I believe he's saying he's 100% sure it's better than death.
Actually, socialized medicine tends to provide quality healthcare. It's our screwed up high cost system that tends to be sub-par. Even more so if your insurance runs out.
If he had chronic back problems that prevented him from leaving the house, the x-ray was probably of minimal benefit and only done just in case. How much new insight was gained when he did get it and what improvement did it lead to?
So do you also churn your own butter? Cut out the automatic gain control on your stereo and TV?
I get that some people just enjoy driving a manual, I don't get the ones who look down their noses at people who prefer an automatic.
I'm rather confused why anyone in this thread thinks it's a good idea to create state boundaries with the express intent of breaking apart people of different affiliations, political or otherwise. If I'm in a different party than you and we don't see eye to eye, we should talk and reach a compromise, not be put in different rooms so that we can separately stew about what a mean guy that other person is. And what makes political affiliations so special? Why not break up the states based on the predominant religion in the region instead? It's just a different form of affiliation, after all.
What makes political affiliation special is that politics is, when you get down to it, about how the entire society (i.e. not just me, but everyone else) should function. So when you aggregate people with common political affiliation together, they will tend to reach consensus much easier, but more importantly, that consensus will also be accepted far more enthusiastically.
In the current system, OTOH, there is very little consensus building. In practice you almost always end up with one side dominating the other, and basically just ignoring it on all levels where the political system makes it possible. So you get a minority that is annoyed at being completely denied what they believe in, and a majority that is annoyed about the existence of said minority.
What more, a little civil war that would precede such a unification (you know, to settle once and for all which one universal set of laws and taxes everyone gets to adopt) would significantly trim down the government. Alongside with the population, unfortunately.
The United Earth Directorate.
Yes, I know, it's not quite the entire Earth yet. But we have to be thinking forward.
So subtle, in fact, that they don't feel it at all.
The fact that we're discussing it now shows they chose a decent enough target. They got your attention, didn't they? I'll bet they got the Google and Apple employees' attention. They got their managers' attention too since those people were all late for work.
They tried it your way and didn't even make the back page of the newspaper, so they're upping the ante a bit. Which is more violent, breaking a window or driving someone from their home?
Which would you rather lose, a window or everything you own that won't fit in your pockets?
The people protesting get about 1/5 of the salary of those highly paid tech workers.
OTOH, the highly paid tech workers get about 1/100 of the total compensation package of their CEO. In practice, this gulf is even wider, because all that extra money can and will be invested, generating significant additional income that does not count as compensation.
I dare say there is a bit of a difference here.
NO. They maintain that because they were already living there they shouldn't have to leave just because some rich bastards are distorting the local economy.
You seem to maintain that people with more money should be able to banish the less wealthy to wherever they don't want to live.
You mean where they were living in reasonable comfort before the techs helped price them out of their homes?
I had decided to buy this tablet as soon as it became available in the US long ago. I ordered it before just before
It's a nice tablet. I would not mind them using these at my kids' school. Heck, I wouldn't mind using this at school myself if I didn't already have a Nexus 7.
I have no idea how they managed to sell this for $40.