The ground troops were under direct threat
Except they were not. The differences between this fuckup and the fuckup where undisciplined US pilots shot up British tanks and killed their allies are that there was far less threat and it got caught on film. It's a fuckup and then a coverup instead of disciplining the people who deliberately fired on a target they were aware that they should have confirmed first.
Agreed. Once it became obvious the Republicans weren't going to cooperate and the Democrats were going to have to ramrod the legislation through on their own, why the %$#@! didn't he go with a *real* fix instead?. Hell, if he was so all-fired hopeful of reaching a compromise he should have brought out a nice simple plan like universal Medicare as the alternative - cooperate on corporate handout plan B or we'll pass plan A without you. Let the Republicans figure out how to spin *that* one.
I'm still undecided as to whether he was just so naive that he came to the job thinking a violently divided congress would cooperate for the good of the people if only an honest attempt at compromise were offered, or if had sold out from the beginning.
>The real question is why the Democrats needed to take over the entire health insurance industry if the goal was to just help pay for insurance for a few million folks that didn't have it and wanted it. You could have covered that with a check just out of what's been spent on the federal and state ACA exchanges.
Because for some reason Obama wanted to compromise reach a with the obviously completely uncooperative Republicans and offered them their own plan of a decade or two prior, with all the corporate handouts that implies. Still the single biggest failing of his administration to my eyes - once it became obvious that the Republicans were completely unwilling to cooperate he should have ramrodded through a *real* plan instead of the deeply flawed Republican one.
Then again - can't say I've actually checked on medical insurance contributions to the Dems, could be they were bought as well.
Realistically there is absolutely no reason for mandatory maternity care insurance to add any cost to the insurance plan of somebody beyond child-bearing age - insurance against a nigh-impossible event is cheap, unless of course the insurance company is exploiting mandatory changes to increase profit margins (Corporations exploiting legal loopholes for profit? Never!). On the other hand your advanced years mean that you are coming in to the most expensive part of your medical life, compared to which maternity care is a drop in the bucket. IIRC a US citizen is expected to rack up something like 80% of their lifetime medical bills in their last year of life, and the decade prior isn't exactly all sunshine and lollipops.
Yes, so you have to ask yourself why none of them voted for their own plan from a couple decades ago. Could it be political grandstanding do you think?
Indeed. Given the choice between only social welfare and corporate welfare, I'll pick the social option every time.
> it was institutionalized back then
>He was a product of his time
Evidence? That's not something you can just automatically assume. If it was then nothing would ever change. He was also raised at a time when women were supposed to be demure second-class citizens, yet you need only look at any of his female protaganists, or the woman he married, to realize he was very much a feminist before the term was ever invented, though admittedly some modern feminists seem to have trouble with the fact that he clearly believed that women are in some ways fundamentally different than men (to which I can only say, have they ever actually interacted substantively with a member of the opposite sex?)
I have never heard anything to suggest that Heinlein was racist, if you have I would be interested to know your sources.
Heavily salted bacon grease? Coconut oil/Copha? Any ideas for something that's going to last and melts at 60C?
As for basic thermo - look for a binary phase diagram for an alloy between two metals of different melting points. There will be some compositions where the melting point is higher than that of the one with the lower melting points. Tin-Lead is a good one to look for, you'll notice that with a lot of tin the melting point is higher than that of Lead.
It's just adding "thermal mass", like the old trick of putting a lot of stuff in a furnace to keep the temperature more stable.
So it's a different trick, but it looks like both tricks get the job done in a lot of cases. You'll see a very slow decline in temperature with the lumps of stainless steel and a steady temperature then a sharp decline with the phase change material. So long as you drink the stuff in the right time window both are going to work, and with the lumps of stainless steel you can increase the time window by putting another one or two in.
Of course that would be obvious to somebody that has used them but I'm writing this for anyone else that wants to read it.
You're right - it took much longer. The trip into the swamp has been progressing gradually for decades as offices become increasingly computerized. And for most of that time "computer" pretty much equaled "DOS / Windows PC" in most organizations. They didn't just suddenly wake up one day with decades worth of platform-dependent software and scripts that would have to be migrated.
I'm not so sure. Maybe you're hearing the whooshing sound because the only thing AC complained about, was "irregardless" -- which though nonstandard, was actually spelled correctly and used as it normally is used. This distinguishes it from the other terms which were phonetic misuses of familiar phrases. So maybe it was a subtle riff on the previous joke. If so, it was deep. Then again, maybe not. It's pretty hard to tell here.
Don't worry about it -- it's a mute point.