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Comment Re: Fuck. (Score 1) 1545

I'm not going to defend her. She is a creature of big finance and big business. She is a power broker and doesn't hesitate to lie if she thinks it will be to her advantage.

On the other hand, she is extremely intelligent, hard-working, and has vast experience on both the national and international stages.

Dear God, just on the basis of not starting a global thermonuclear war, I don't see how anyone could prefer Donald Trump as the leader of the mightiest country the planet has ever seen.

Comment Re:Fuck. (Score 1, Interesting) 1545

I'm not the OP, but I am saying "Fuck..." as a Canadian who wished to see the US continue to be healthy and have a positive relationship with the rest of the world.

Instead, I see its government being taken over by a President who has demonstrably and repeatedly lied, who continues to control his financial empire while preventing his countrymen from seeing what exactly comprises that empire, who is unapologetically and thoroughly indulging in nepotism.

I see an executive that is made up of the richest, most powerful people of any cabinet in history, who have no need to change the economic and social policies because they, more than anyone else, have benefitted from the existing policies and therefore see no need to alter them to allow anyone else access to wealth.

I see a government that refuses to use science or evidence as a basis for its decisions, but glorifies ignorance and mocks education.

I see more attention being given to racial/cultural differences within the U.S., at a time when it finally looked like you were going to start moving past that bullshit.

To be entirely honest, I think that historians will look back and see that this election marked the beginning of the decline of the American Empire, with its government completely captured by the plutocracy and sound decision-making giving way to bombast, uninformed emotionalism, and slavish attention to soundbites and Tweets.

Comment Re:How ages voted (Score 1) 1592

Well, for about 400 years it ruled 1/4 of the whole planet... There is a reason there is a saying "the sun never sets on the British Empire"...

Well they can have fun with the Babylonians, Egyptians, Romans, Byzantines, etc. I'm a Canadian with strong ties to England (mother and brother have English passports) and I believe that they have just taken a giant step in their long decline.

Funny you say that it depends "how much of a friend the UK has in the US", considering that people who voted to leave the EU ostensibly did so because they wanted more independence.

Comment Re:So who are the other 176? (Score 2) 288

Rush (or at least their drummer, Neil) has been blunt about their desire to control their music. Not outspoken or inflammatory, but consistent and clear that they don't like music being copied and shared without their consent (and without them receiving a cut, it's not clear which is the biggest issue for them).

I bought several of their albums on vinyl, cassette, and CD over the years, and have been to several of their concerts. I've been a supporter even when they weren't "cool".

Interesting that in some of Neil's books he refers to listening to compilations of music made for him by friends, presumably without the knowledge or enrichment of those artists.

Comment Re:Insurance leeches (Score 1) 209

Even in Canada, with our single-payer healthcare, hearing aids are not normally covered by insurance. Nor are dental or visual issues, which are just as much a part of health as the areas that are covered.

I have trouble believing that it is due to anything other than the established practitioners trying to protect their independence and, not incidentally, their lucrative revenue streams.

Comment Re:I believe this is because diagnosis is importan (Score 1) 209

Part of the cost is the lavish trips that manufacturers give to audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists who sell their products, the kind of exotic vacations where you have a seminar for one morning out of a week-long stay in a tropical resort. (Not taxed as income for the audiologists, either.)

Doctors used to get these, but now it's typically dinner at a nice restaurant in exchange for listening about the latest devices/medications. Audiologists are still at the trough and saying that they aren't being influenced.

Comment Re:I don't know which is more depressing... (Score 1) 340

I agree. The University of Toronto (85,000 students, many in the heart of Toronto) has campus police. The University of British Columbia (60,000 students) has an RCMP detachment on campus (not exactly the same as the university having its own police. As far as I know, no other Canadian university has police.

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