If you want to focus your money for deeper impact, people will definitely accuse you of favoritism.
Which would be true in a sense. I favor research that I think would be productive and a good return for the money I put in.
But to complain because cars weigh only a few dozen times more than the precious cargoes they transport? I can't be bothered to care.
1) This is just wrong on a financial level. There's actually a mechanism so that insurers who pay out more claims due to insuring higher cost customers get paid from the guys who benefited from having low-cost customers.
Seriously? If this really is true, then Obamacare is even worse than I expected. We really need built in incentives for insurance companies to make bad decisions.
2) Healthcare.gov does not take any of your info but your age and address.
And don't forget considerable financial information - which if materially wrong gives the insurer a pretext for cancellation of the insurance.
No matter how flawed the law is, no matter how expensive it is going to be, no matter how many fumbles the administration makes, there is this huge hunger for healthcare by a very large section of America.
So what? No matter how much "hunger" is out there, there is no such thing as a free lunch.
It is an historic anomaly that Church is aligned with the capitalists and not marxists. It will get corrected eventually.
Your weird obsession with the "Church" is why you got modded "flamebait". There is no one Church. Nor is Christianity the only religion out there. And there are splinter sects of Christianity that do support some degree of Marxist tenets. That doesn't help Marxism perform any better. It also doesn't help that Marxism routinely perceives religion as a competitor to be ruthlessly stamped out.
OTOH, capitalism just works and has done more to relieve poverty and build wealth than anything else out there.
But the plan and law was heavily politicized, 36 states refused to set up their own exchanges and dumped all of them on the federal exchange. Millions of people who would have gone to medicaid are dumped into exchanges because they refused to expand medicaid.
This is just a straightforward exercise of self-interest at the US state level. It's not the individual state's job to cover inadequacies in federal law or shoulder the costs for their implementation.
Still they are doing it in the right order. Get people to commit to a plan before the dead line. Errors on the back end can be sorted out when they actually file claims,
Can be != will be. It's worth noting here that filing a claim indicates that you will cost an insurance company money. If they then can find an error in your application that let's them selectively disqualify you after the fact, there would be considerable incentive to do so.
be it tweaking with the heat sinks on a stereo or trying to release demons from one's brain with a hand drill and a piece of metal coat hanger
Don't confuse an act of desperation and confusion with an act of will.
Afghanistan is the exception that confirms the rule
The US has spent roughly a third of the last 60 years in two wars. They aren't "exceptions that confirm the rule".
Implying that he was happy with the mercury caused by coal is the fallacy. nothing in anything said implies that he was happy nor aware of the previous situation.
Changing one's behavior based on a trivial increase in risk implies ignorance of the previous state of affairs. And "happy" is used sarcastically.
the entire post is argumentative and does not belong on slashdot.
You would be wrong here. Slashdot's whole business model revolves around argumentative geeks collecting in one place and writing argumentative posts.
It is being upvoted because people here like nuclear power and are feeling defensive of it.
Given the unthinking libel that gets throw around (like assuming right after the accident that TEPCO has to be incompetent without information), I think that's a reasonable concern.
You only think that the data sets were merged/normalised in arbitrary ways because you don't seem to understand statistics.
No, it was because someone looked at the actual code (the linked example shows data being multiplied by a random looking array of numbers which happens to generate a "hockey stick" shape in the result). The comments are quite entertaining.
Also: if you don't think we should do anything you are insane.
but if you don't mitigate it at all it'll go way beyond the point where it's possible to adapt.
No evidence has ever been provided for this assertion. Actual predictions indicate relatively small temperature changes less than what the Earth experienced 50 or so million years ago (I see a graph that estimates peak temperature increase was 12 C over present day (the year 1999) for the region (present day arctic ocean). Solar activity hasn't changed that much over that period of time.
This is a standard chicken little threat. What's going to happen now that will be worse than what happened then?
I call Bullshit on a supertanker every 3.5 days. Dude, really, think about it.
Apple sold over 40 million iPods in 2011. That's one iPod made every 0.7 seconds. Does it mean that someone slapped together an iPod in 0.7 seconds? No.
It's not a straw man argument, if it directly and appropriately applies to the person being spoken to.
Some brain dead hospital admins left a machine with Caesium 137 in the hospital after it had been closed and abandoned.
Glancing at the Wikipedia article, the device then became part of a lawsuit and the hospital couldn't remove the device after that from the property due to a court order. Apparently, the court did decide it was a danger and appointed guards to patrol the hospital. One of the guards didn't show (claims he was sick). The device was stolen during that time.
You're telling me that the contents of a medical supply truck could be dangerous?!
Sure. For example, they could cause a larger loss of life than a few recent nuclear reactor meltdowns. They probably wouldn't result in the long term loss of real estate though unless someone deliberately spread the isotope via a well-designed dirty bomb.