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Comment Re:Don’t be an asshole about people who need (Score 1) 287

"Based on the common definitions of "alternative medicine", your statement is false"

No, I think you're confusing "alternative medicine" with "natural medicine". I know full well that something like willow contains salicylate, which is one of the main ingredients of aspirin. When such plants and herbs pass through peer-review clinical trials and the proper dosing is determined, they are determined to be medicine, even though they contain natural ingredients. I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone who thinks aspirin or opium is an "alternative medicine", even though both are derived from plants.

"However, you missed my point that "homeopathic" is often a meaningless term used more as a marketing gimmick than anything else"

I didn't miss the point. The FDA has set guidelines that a product must follow in order for it to be labeled as homeopathic.

Comment Re:market forces trump nation-specific laws (Score 2, Informative) 284

"Why the hell do I pick your overpriced American company instead of the cheaper alternatives? Is it because you'll do a better job []? Don't make me laugh."

So instead of choosing overpriced Americans (or possibly Europeans) you would choose somebody from India? Because they never have failed IT projects:

Comment Re:Of course not (Score 1) 345

"Americans pay far more for their prescription drugs than the rest of the world"

I'm assuming you mean individual Americans....wouldn't someone in Europe end-up paying the same amount for the drug as well? What I mean is that someone is paying for the drug, whether it's individual citizens or the government health insurance programs. Wouldn't antibiotics be the same everywhere regardless of who pays for it (currency exchange rates aside)?

Comment Re:Detecting weapons is NOT the purpose of TSA... (Score 4, Interesting) 349

"Note that the weapons the hijackers allegedly used were ILLEGAL TO CARRY ON PLANES before then, and they got them on in other ways."

Are you sure about that? I was able to bring my pocket knife through security before 9/11 as long as the blade was just a few inches.

Wikipedia confirms this as well:

"Box cutters and similar small knives were allowed onboard aircraft at the time."

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.