I was going to say the only ones they're fooling are their customers, but after thinking about it, I realize their customers are only using Comcast because they have no other options. So they are not fooled, but have no other choice. So yes, in the end I agree that the only ones they're fooling are themselves.
I DO blame the lawyers. Look at the problems in society today and there's a team of lawyers at the root of every one. That combined with business schools teaching "greed is good" and "everything must be owned" and you can explain every ill seen in the last couple decades.
It's not insanity, it's a combination of love for the game (NOT Nintendo), and a sense of civil disobedience. When a stupid law exists, it's the responsibility of EVERYONE, including fanatics and nerds, to flaunt said law at every turn.
And well they should! After all, if a robot can kill suspects cheaper and more safely than human officers, what use do we have for them anymore? It's not like the human officers are capable of anything else. ;)
We don't have disdain for metric measurement, we just object to the base unit as they're crazy. How about a compromise?
A foot would be defined as the distance light travels in one nanosecond. That's 11.8 inches, close enough to a foot that people won't notice. Then make the foot 10 inches. Make a mile 5 kilofeet. That's 93% of the current mile... close enough again. See? Metric while still being familiar, and more based on something tangible than the meter!
I never have. I have stated that rap mostly sucks, and I stand by it, but I still like much of the music today as much or more than music from my own generation. I have a set of tastes, like most folks (which doesn't include rap), but those tastes can be satisfied by today's music just as easily as by the 70's and 80's music I remember so fondly.
You read that wrong - 12,996 is NOT the rate, it was the total. The rate was 4.2. For the same year, the rate for Canada was 1.6, or 2.65X as likely... but the figures are LOW, so you aren't likely to be killed at all. Also take into account that the vast majority of those killings in the US were criminals killing other criminals and your likelihood of being killed on vacation in the US is too low to consider.