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Comment: Testing for "risk" is risky (Score 1) 26

by jbmartin6 (#49789975) Attached to: Gene Testing Often Gets It Wrong
I am sure gene tests for conditions that are 100% due to genes are accurate. But how does one determine if an estimate of risk is accurate or not? If the lab tells me I have a 10% chance of getting cancer, and I do, that doesn't establish anything unless I can live the same life repeatedly. The article doesn't say anything about tests being 'often wrong' instead it is about different labs judging risk differently, and the need to share information to try to narrow that variance.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 739

by jbmartin6 (#49767697) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment
That's one bone of contention in the whole mess. While Greece borrowed money it could not pay back, shouldn't the lender also take some responsibility for giving the money to them in the first place? I keep waiting for Greece to say something like 'all these banks are going to take a haircut or we drag all of you down with us'

Comment: Re:Germany should pay war reparations for WWII (Score 1) 739

by jbmartin6 (#49767687) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

Should Greece abandon them because Germany said austerity is the way?

This is a false dichotomy. What is often overlooked is that fiscal 'austerity' is only a small part of the bigger issues afflicting Greece. If half your economy is dependent on government spending, and government spending goes down, well there goes your economy. So what happened to the rest of the Greek economy? They are crippled by a huge list of counterproductive regulations from some dreamland they have been in for decades. I don't mean regulations like 'dont dump poison in the river' I mean regulations like 'there can only be one pharmacy in each town' or 'all freight has to be driven by a Greek driver'. Getting rid of all that garbage is the other half of the austerity program that is typically overlooked.

The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong -- until the next person quits or is fired.