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Comment Re:I Can't Figure Out (Score 2) 287

The most common placebo is antibiotics prescribed for viral infections.

It's becoming pretty uncommon for a physician to actually do this, no matter how many dorks show up for minor viral illnesses saying "Can we just TRY an antibiotic?" even though everyone knows they don't have a bacterial infection.

Physicians are well aware today of the issues with over-prescribing them and some lose patients over it, but it's pretty uncommon for a family practice doc to do this anymore.

Comment Re:In line with current US thinking (Score 1) 190

It's a security concern for the institution itself. A prisoner using information from the outside to dig up dirt on others who are also incarcerated, planning smuggling operations, directing criminal enterprises on the outside, directing reprisals against the people who got them locked up in the first place... all these are legitimate things to monitor.

Comment Re:11 cents a minute? (Score 4, Informative) 173

The prisons need to enable inmates to call only the numbers they've been authorized to call. Someone has to approve applications to enable telephone numbers. Someone needs to process the background information and telephone bills that are sent in to verify identities. Someone needs to manage the billing and payment aspects of all of this. Someone has to archive the recordings. etc etc. This operation is contracted out like anything else. The prison can't reasonably do this, nor should they be doing it.

Comment Re:Kimber (Score 5, Insightful) 469

Aren't reliability and weight big concerns with the M9?

I'm not sure why they don't just switch to a Glock in .45. Cheap, durable, repairable, cost-effective, and very reliable.

The importance of the sidearm is decreasing in warfare, so if you're at the point where you need to use one, you'd probably rather have .45. Being able to carry more ammunition for a pistol doesn't seem like it would be the concern it once was.

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