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Comment Limited Usefulness (Score 1) 19 19

Unfortunately, these types of devices will always be of limited usefulness for most pre-existing spinal cord patients. Why? - because after only a few months, most muscles have had permanent wasting, and joints have begun to contract, often permanent as well. Bones have undergone significant disuse osteopenia. Unless the patient has Christopher Reeve type resources, then the day to day intensive PT to mobilize limbs does not occur.

Even in young healthy patients, even having a cast on for 2 months results in permanent muscle loss.

Br J Sports Med. 2006 Jun; 40(6): 552–553.
doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2005.020743
PMCID: PMC2465116
Calf muscle wasting after tibial shaft fracture
M Khalid, A Brannigan, and T Burke

Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 1) 249 249

That claim is such utter bullshit that it isn't even worth for a citation. Use your head, man. I mean, how utterly ignorant can you be?

Yes, it's worth a citation. In fact, I have a couple for you. Here's a Fortune Magazine article that shows my claim is true. There's even a nifty graph for you to look at and not understand.


the fact is that the US has one of the highest effective corporate tax rates in the world (go look it up).

Yeah, I looked it up:

And here's the full (peer-reviewed) article, for your perusal. Let's hope you are more capable of perusal than you are of simple Google searches.

Comment Re:Troll (Score 1) 249 249

I've been to Soviet Russia (Stalingrad (now St. Petersberg)) and lived in it personally, first hand.` Have you?

I've been to, and lived in, and have worked in Britain, Finland and France. Have you? Hell, I was even there long enough to have experienced their health care system after I got a wisdom tooth removed in Helsinki. Cost me $25 (which the dentist wouldn't take because he said it had been a pleasure to practice English with me).

So, if you want to talk about "socialism" with me, you can bring your "Soviet Russia" to the parks and see if the squirrels want it, because nobody's buying here. My experience with socialism is a whole hell of a lot more germane than your "Soviet Russia".

And yes, I have been to St Petersberg. In fact, I've got a picture of my wife and I in front of The Hermitage right over my left (your right) shoulder. It was taken on an August day six years ago. My wife was there for a Mathematics conference and I was her plus one.

Comment Re:Unions (Score 1) 249 249

First, forget about pensions; 401k plans are much better and have replaced them for most workers.

Fewer than 15% of everyone with a 401k plan will have enough to retire by the time they turn 70.

The 401k plan will go down as one of the greatest scams, and one of the greatest schemes to redistribute money upward, in the history of human economics.

You know how the Chinese government is forcing people to buy and hold stocks in order to try to shore up their crashing stock market? Well that's exactly what the entire 401k statute was for. Conservatives like to say that Social Security and worker pensions were a "Ponzi scheme". Well, 401k is a Ponzi scheme on steroids.

Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 2) 249 249

The fact that "corporate profits" are a higher percentage of GDP, a prioriy, only means that more private businesses are organized as corporations, hardly a big problem.

More than forty percent of all workers in the US are making less than $15/hr.

The claim that "the statutory top corporate tax rate in the United States is 35 percent" is a half-truth, because the effective corporate tax rate in the US is actually closer to 50%, one of the highest in the world.

That is some happy American Enterprise Institute horseshit. The real, effective corporate tax rate in the US is less than 13%:

Comment Re:Troll (Score 1) 249 249

I'll take my chances with free market capitalism over socialism ANY DAY.

There is an old commie saying: "You keep doing what you been doing and you're going to keep getting what you got."

And what you got is the "new normal". P.T. Barnum had a name for people who believe in "free market capitalism".

Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 5, Insightful) 249 249

Yes, well funny you should mention that. Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland all have mixed socialist/capitalist models using whatever works to solve actual problems.

For instance, UBER is a great capitalist solution to the problem of transportation, requiring no new infrastructure. Eventually some regulation will be required to make it safer, but it's a great working solution.

Health care would benefit from this approach too. If health care providers were legally required to post all prices up front (regulation) and the import of foreign drugs and insurance was legal (deregulation), you'd have a combination of government action and market forces that would go a long way to solving the health care mess and keeping a lid on prices.

A simplistic, "Rah, rah, free market capitalism" approach eventually leads to Somalia. An all regulation approach takes you to North Korea. Take your pick. In both cases, evil lives at the extremes.

How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with brightly colored power tools.