Believe me schools, particularly state schools have been cutting like crazy. The fact that about half of all classes are taught by adjuncts (who are usually very underpaid) rather than TT faculty reflects this. Also, state schools are heavily dependent on state funding. In the UC system the state covered 78% of a student's costs, now it only covers 39%*. It's something of a myth that online classes will automatically be cheaper than traditional face-to-face classes. The cost savings often comes from replacing a decent FtF class with a crappy online version. After all, an online class still requires considerable infrastructure in the way of maintaining the computer systems (not trivial), developing curricula and staffing. A good online class will cost $$. *http://budget.universityofcalifornia.edu/?page_id=1120
@ranran: That link really is amazing.
There's also the fact that there's no evidence that bedrest helps.
"The world you’re about to enter is, by and large, a meritocracy." Oh, honey, no. See also, "People on Wall Street are driven by data and rational to a fault."
On Five Points of Advice to Young People on the Spending and Earning of Money, Part Two: Always Pay for Art
@Norrey: Yes, I've "pirated" stuff that I figure I've already paid for. I torrented some episodes of HBO stuff while I was traveling last summer. I subscribe to it at home so I felt like I had paid for it and would be watching it if I were home (my cable company doesn't subscribe to the HBOGo program). I've also torrented stuff that just didn't record on my DVR and wasn't available otherwise. I pay for cable and I'm not a nielsen family, so I feel like no one's really getting hurt.
For farmed and other seafood you can also use the assessments and guides at Seafood Watch. They focus on the sustainability side rather than the human health side. Are the frogs hidden because they are a health hazard or because they are illegal to catch?
Does the kidnapper get to claim the kid as a dependent? Extra mouths to feed and all.