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Comment: Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (Score 1) 739

by cakiwi (#48281273) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

The Democrats needed the vote of Olympia Snow to break the filibuster and get the bill passed in the Senate. It then went to the house where a modified bill was eventually passed. It then came back to the Senate and was passed using budget reconciliation rules requiring only a 50% vote and thus not needing the vote of any Republicans.

Please become better informed before calling people delusional.

Comment: Re:Single Payer (Score 1) 723

by cakiwi (#46750441) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

I realize there is nothing I can say which will make you pull your head out of your ideological corner, but you have gone from claiming single payer systems have no competition to maybe they do but they are worthless and expensive to maybe they're ok, but you don't want to pay for mine. So let's take the next logical step and have medicare for all. That way we will all be paying and all be getting the benefit. It should have the added advantage of slowing the rate of growth of medical costs, since the US is the only OECD country with does not have some kind of government provided health care for all residents and it costs us 50% more than the next most expensive country for generally lower quality healthcare. Here are some links for you to consider.

Comment: Re:Single Payer (Score 1) 723

by cakiwi (#46731881) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
Well, no. Obamacare is regulation of medical insurance, Medicare is a single payer system and the VA is a single provider system, so it is obvious that none of them is an example of whether the others will work. I was merely responding to your assertion that a single payer system has zero competition. I can't speak for the quality of the VA, but I am eligible for Medicare, I chose from among the many plans offered to me and I am very satisfied with the quality of care I receive.

Comment: Single Payer (Score 1) 723

by cakiwi (#46729629) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
A single payer healthcare system does not equal zero competition. Medicare is single payer and there are many medical providers competing for Medicare customers, as evidenced by the plethora of ads during the enrollment period at years end. Single provider systems are (close to) zero competition. The VA system is an example of this

Solar Car Speed Record Smashed 72

Posted by timothy
from the hats-are-off-to-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes with word from Australia that "There's a new world record for the fastest solar-powered land vehicle: 88 km/h average speed over one kilometre in a lightweight car that uses about the same power as a toaster." As the article goes on to explain, this solar racer, built last year by students from the University of New South Wales, managed to nab that speed record earlier this month on an Australian navy base airstrip.

Traffic-Flow Algorithm Can Reduce Fuel Consumption 328

Posted by timothy
from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong dept.
thecarchik writes "New projects from German automakers Audi and BMW promise to ease congestion simply by looking at traffic signals and driving style, in an effort to smooth the flow of traffic. Through a test course in Munich, vehicles were able to post phenomenal fuel efficiency gains simply by adjusting the timing of traffic lights depending on traffic volume — to whatever speed provides a so-called 'green wave' of four or more synchronized signals."

Politically Correct Zoology 218

Posted by samzenpus
from the cover-all-the-naughty-bits dept.
flynny51 writes "Dr. Dylan Evans of the School of Medicine, University College, Cork, Ireland, has had a two-year period of intensive monitoring and counseling imposed upon him and as a result his application for tenure is likely to be denied. His offense — sharing an article from a peer-reviewed journal on fellatio in fruit bats."

Website Sells Pubic Lice 319

Posted by samzenpus
from the gift-that-keeps-on-giving dept.
A British website called will help you prove that there is literally nothing you can't find online by selling you pubic lice. A disclaimer on the site says the creators "do not endorse giving people lice," and the lice are for "novelty purposes only." The company also boasts about a facility "where we do all of our parasite husbandry and carefully considered selective breeding." Three different packages are available: "Green package - One colony that can lay as many as 30 eggs for about $20. Blue package - Three colonies to share with your friends or freeze a batch or two for about $35. Red package - A vial of 'shampoo-resistant F-strain crabs' which can take up to two weeks to kill for about $52."

MIT Unveils First Solar Cells Printed On Paper 125

Posted by timothy
from the let's-give-them-some-post-unveiing-privacy dept.
lucidkoan writes "MIT researchers recently unveiled the world's first thin-film solar cell printed on a sheet of paper. The panel was created using a process similar to that of an inkjet printer, producing semiconductor-coated paper imbued with carbon-based dyes that give the cells an efficiency of 1.5 to 2 percent. That's not incredibly efficient, but the convenience factor makes up for it. And in the future, researchers hope that the same process used in the paper solar cells could be used to print cells on metal foil or even plastic. If they're able to gear efficiencies up to scale, the development could revolutionize the production and installation of solar panels."
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State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor 574

Posted by samzenpus
from the let's-vote-on-this-instead dept.
Everyone knows how boring a debate on a controversial abortion bill can get on the Senate floor. So it's no wonder that Florida State Sen. Mike Bennett took the time to look at a little porn and a video of a dog running out of the water and shaking itself off. From the article: "Ironically, as Bennett is viewing the material, you can hear a Senator Dan Gelber's voice in the background debating a controversial abortion bill. 'I'm against this bill,' said Gelber, 'because it disrespects too many women in the state of Florida.' Bennett defended his actions, telling Sunshine State News it was an email sent to him by a woman 'who happens to be a former court administrator.'"

Salad Spinner Made Into Life-Saving Centrifuge 87

Posted by samzenpus
from the kitchen-and-lab-equipment dept.
lucidkoan writes "Two Rice University students have transformed a simple salad spinner into an electricity-free centrifuge that can be used to diagnose diseases on the cheap. Created by Lauren Theis and Lila Kerr, the ingenious DIY centrifuge is cobbled together using a salad spinner, some plastic lids, combs, yogurt containers, and a hot glue gun. The simple and easily-replicated design could be an invaluable tool for clinics in the developing world, enabling them to separate blood to detect diseases like anemia without electricity."

An Animal That Lives Without Oxygen 166

Posted by timothy
from the besides-me dept.
Julie188 writes "Scientists have found the first multicellular animals that apparently live entirely without oxygen. The creatures reside deep in one of the harshest environments on earth: the Mediterranean Ocean's L'Atalante basin, which contains salt brine so dense that it doesn't mix with the oxygen-containing waters above."

If it wasn't for Newton, we wouldn't have to eat bruised apples.