Yeah - the whole situation is a train wreck Of course, the US was humiliated *before* the manhunt, when he leaked the info exposing NSA spying. This was a debate no one in the government wanted, and now they must face up to it. The ongoing manhunt is just more icing on the cake. Hopefully some good will come out of all this.
Yes - it provides a better and healthier mix of opinions Here in the US, everything is funneled through the two-party system, and unless a new party can get a majority of votes in any single district, then it is doomed to lack any influence. An MMP system allows new ideas and new parties to start up, and gives voters much more choice. Much of the partisan gridlock, voter apathy and ignored issues (why doesn't either party take the NSA wiretapping or campaign finance reform seriously?) can all be traced back to the current system and its limited choices.
Yes - it's happened before In the long history of Earth, there have been several periods where the Earth has been free of polar ice, whether due to orbital cycles, continent arrangements, or degree of greenhouse gas warming. There is no reason to think that the Earth won't someday return to this state, with or without human causes.
And I disagree with @GWL-CPA. Yes he is right about the cycles, but there is now no doubt that human activity does have an impact. And whereas orbital cycles operate over tens or hundreds of thousands of years, the things we are doing now are causing changes within a century, which is far to rapid for most animal species to adapt to.
No, not always I am saying "No" because the way this question is phrased suggests that *all* terrorists would also be freedom fighters. I think in some cases it is true, maybe even true for most cases, but there are still other terrorists who are not doing it out of freedom as the motive.
As an example, the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963 was an act of racism as well as terrorism, and I don't see how this event could ever be spun as "freedom fighting". Http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/16th_Street_Baptist_Church_bombing
No, it's a dwarf planet Pluto was downgraded to the new category of dwarf planet for a good reason. As scientists discovered more and more Pluto-sized objects out in the Kuiper Belt, they were faced with two choices: start adding several more planets to the list, or create a new category specifically for these objects. They did the latter, and it was the right move.
Yes, but only #12 (12) Voters are split 44%-45% on whether Bush intentionally misled about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Yes, I'm sure that happened. The run-up to war was too fast, and Bush was too dismissive of UN weapons inspectors. Clearly he wanted that war one way or another.
As for the others, no. Though I do wonder if there might've been more to the Kennedy assassination.
No. Fossil record is not consistent with this hypothesis The fossil record shows a very gradual development of life on Earth over 3+ billion years, from very simple up to multicellular animals like ourselves. Any alien wanting to terraform Earth would dump a mix of fast-growing highly-engineered bacteria on the planet, leave, and come back as soon as terraforming goals were reached (oxygen atmosphere developed, climate stabilized, etc). It would make no sense to leave humans here, as we only seem to degrade the environment. And the long history of the fossil records clearly shows our roots here on Earth. We evolved here, we weren't just dropped here recently.
Absolutely - not doing so hurts us competitively The metric system is not only easier to work with (everything is base 10), it is also the global standard. In the past it may not have mattered what the standard was, when the US had a supreme position economically and globalization was less of a factor. But these days, products and product components are made and shipped all over the world, and so being on a unique standard can only hurt us competitively. Already some industries, like the semiconductor industry, are fully metric, even in the US. The sooner we can align with the rest of the world, the better.
No - top button to messaging/email is gone I don't like how the top button that takes you directly to email/messaging is missing. I found that button very useful, and now I have to jump through several screens to get back to it. I am a newb on this site, and just as I was getting used to the layout, everything has changed. Why do websites insist on pointless reformats?
Yes - Windows 7 wasn't broke Windows 8 started life as a way to merge mobile and pad operating systems with laptop computer systems. This was a mistake. Rather than boost flagging laptop sales, the changes were so unpopular and unnecessary that Microsoft made a bad situation worse.
After years of bad redesigns, Microsoft finally got it more or less right with Windows 7. 7 built on the familiar functionality of previous generations while fixing bugs and improving capabilities on older/slower systems. This is a good model for an upgrade. Changing the look and feel of something just to make resemble cell phones was a bad and unnecessary move. Good to see them starting to come back to their senses.