It was never my intention for anything here to be overtly political in this thread. I'd expressed my desire to see others write stories about how policy decisions affected their lives, their livelihoods, their data privacy (and if possible, smartly weave audio into it) instead of offering simplistic opinions - because you know - everybody's got an opinion - and there's always some cause: excess fentanyl deaths, plight of foster kids, afghans we left behind, china hegemony, old-school NY bosses' shitty behavior, police officers beating the crap outta people or snuffing out their lives, anti-asian racism (of which Hollywood has been far more guilty than any random punk on the street), the ghost of slavery, etc. What I wanted to hear were personal stories or stories from people who had subject matter expertise, and how public policy affected things for the better or for the worse. I worked in a heavily regulated industry for over eleven years and I saw how the winds changed. Whichever way the wind blew, some things got better and some things got worse. (It's not much different from audio where we are trying to find a DAC with three good qualities, but in the end, we can only get two.) In my experience, there's always a good balance. Where one believes where we should sit on the balance scale and the reasons why - those are legitimate discussions. Instead what happens today is people sit on totally opposite extremes - only seeing the pluses but ignoring the minuses of their positions. Unfortunately, I haven't read much with respect to good stories which really made me think, despite my trying to lead by example with my own personal stories or my own experience in banking. I don't really even have very hard positions, well other than being anti-statist, and even that is on the soft side because of my pragmatism: government should entice and encourage good behavior and social harmony, but never force it. Also, sometimes I like being witty: It's eleven years after the Affordable Care Act. How come my insurance is less affordable than ever? Where is our government? Help! I mean, I'm still pissed about this. I lost my insurance and couldn't keep what I had as promised by the man. What am I supposed to do, just bend over and take it? The more I think about these half-assed "solutions" offered by our government, the more I want to be part of a future insurrection. Don't get me wrong, I saw what happened at Capitol Hill and my first reaction was shoot those fuckers. (Hey, I hold sacred the peaceful transition of power). But I get why they did it and empathize with their deeper concerns.