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Comment After the cold war ended (Score 1) 212

After the wall came down in Berlin, GHW Bush commented that the intel focus would shift away from military targets to economic targets. I don't remember the exact words, but that shift in focus stuck in my mind. The cold war was an economic war. The USSR didn't have the infrastructure to survive an extended global war and we knew it. All we needed to do was keep the pressure on, force them to spend more on their military and wait. Osama bin Laden tried that same tactic on us and GW Bush fell for it hook line and sinker.

Comment Re:The more poor that sign up, the more the rich p (Score 1) 586

Even before the roll out the ACA has saved my family a few thousand dollars. The free mammograms and other preventative care exams that fall under the law have allowed my family to get checkups without having to worry about paying for them. Both my wife and I were uninsurable. I had to sell my business and get a government job to obtain health insurance. If the ACA was in effect back in the 80's, I might still have my business.

Comment A private sector fail. (Score 0) 586

The first failure was the state government believing Oracle could build the site. Oracle promised but didn't deliver, and now the state is taking the blame. Maybe Oregon should call Kentucky and copy what they are doing. Even a "hick" like gov Beshear knows that if you want it done right, you do it yourself.

Comment The mentality (Score 1) 165

We have no friends, only enemies and potential enemies. We only cooperate when it serves our interests. Every country knows they are being monitored, but don't admit it in public. You don't want your adversaries to know you know what they are doing to you. You want to know what your competitor is looking for. Only part of the spying is military, much of the spying could be called industrial espionage.

Comment Re: The alternative (Score 1) 492

Just do two days of fasting, and eat normal meals the other days. It seemed like you were trying too hard. I will soon be fasting on Mondays and Thursdays. tomorrow I will have, for my fast day, baked Salmon and grilled vegetables. It will be a wonderful under 600 calorie meal. You need to find a plan you can live with. Remember, it is a marathon, not a sprint. Allow some flexibility. Don't be too strict with yourself.

Comment Re: The alternative (Score 1) 492

Eat less. Try a method like Alternate day fasting. No pills, no charts, no bullshit. Eat regular diet on feast days, 500- 600 in one meal on fast days. You can do it every other day, or 5 days feast, 2 days fast. I'm doing it now and have lost 20 lbs. I haven't had to feed big pharma, or buy some diet guru's book.

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