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Comment: Re:Free? (Score 1) 703 703

First, I want to thank you for explaining your logic on this. I have seen a few "it is more expensive, because it is subsidized" posts on this thread, and I wasn't connecting the dots. Your claim seems to be counterintuitive to what I observe. I go to the grocery store and the cheapest things I see are the heavily subsidized goods like corn and wheat. I grew up going to a parochial school, and our tuition was more expensive than our public school counterparts. Naturally, the school was mostly unsubsidized by taxpayers. When I took my economics class (at a community college, strangely enough), we learned that quantity demanded is inversely proportional to price. So when price goes down, quantity demanded for that good goes up. So i am not sure your logic adds up. Hell, even the Heritage Foundation says subsidies decrease prices: http://www.heritage.org/resear... I don't know how trustworthy the wikipedia site is, but it comes from a Princeton University Page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

Comment: Re:Ironically, blame HIPAA (Score 3, Interesting) 78 78

You had me at HIPAA, lost me at Obamacare. Wouldn't new regulations been a perfect time to upgrade those legacy systems? It would have been a perfect time to blame increase costs on "more computerization". Insurance companies already blamed increase rates on Obamacare, why not just tack on the extra upgrades.

Comment: Re:At the risk of sounding like a Luddite... (Score 1) 108 108

They can't do this. They don't have the passenger pigeon DNA, not one copy, apparently, 100% intact, and you'd need dozens at LEAST to give you anything LIKE enough genetic variability for successive generations of the resurrected species to reproduce and create healthy, viable, not horribly deformed due to extreme inbreeding specimens.

Except that they do. It just takes a pinhead size portion of tissue to get the DNA. There are about 2000 species currently in museums, all with intact DNA.

Comment: Make it a game (Score 1) 123 123

Make it a game. Could you set up a virtual environment? Perhaps you can find an area where people explore the border of a habitat in the condition it "should be in" in the game. When they see an area with a problem, they can run chemical test which actually runs an actual chemicals test in the affected area. Perhaps since actual fish are affected, you can make it a virtual fishing game. Tough to say since I don't really know what all is involved in the actual clean up process.

Comment: Re:Apples and Oranges (Score 1) 186 186

Having been born, raised, and currently living in Ohio, I wanted to double check your "prisons in Ohio are privatized", as I had never heard of all of Ohio's prisons being privatized.
According to wikipedia, only two are privatized: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...
This particular prison mentioned in the article is not privatized: http://www.drc.ohio.gov/public...
Here is an example of a page according to the ohio gov site that shows one that is privatized (it says privately operated near the address): http://www.drc.ohio.gov/public...

Comment: Re:Doing "it" for a living and skill (Score 1) 189 189

The obvious other example is in sports---is there any sport which has a professional league where a substantial number of amateurs are seriously competitive? I'm unaware of any. In fact, professional sports teams are enormously better than even the best amateur clubs.

I think you will want to look at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Specifically, take a look at football, basketball, maybe even baseball. I'm usually hesitant to call the college football and basketball amateur, but they are generally considered still amateurs. In the article below, 40+ athletes were drafted to the pros. Most of these draftees contribute to the team by the very next year, some star. Ohio State has had the most players drafted from a single team at 17. http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-mock-draft/2013/4/27/4275658/2013-nfl-draft-results-breakdown-college

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