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Comment Re:Where's the news? (Score 1) 258

Are you sure about that? I used to take golf balls apart in the 70s and they varied wildly. Some had a tiny hollow rubber ball surrounded by meters of rubber band like material wrapped around willy-nilly, covered by a multi layered skin. I doubt that they became less sophisticated over the years.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 1) 171

OK, I am familiar with the German system. I don't understand how the public option hurts the paid care. All the Germans I know like the system's main parts. To me, the German system is a good example of universal health care with capitalism provided care on top of it and it working out well for rich and poor alike.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 1) 171

OK, so once again. Is there a market on this planet that you like? Somewhere, anywhere, is there a single country that approaches health care in a manner that you approve of?

I'm thinking there isn't, or you would have brought it up the first time I asked. Given that there isn't you should think about why. It is possible that your approach is not valid or it hasn't been tried yet.

Comment Re:I can't do it (Score 1) 125

You should consider donating blood regularly. I haven't had a flare up since I started donating at the maximum frequency. I used to get a few a year, now it has been several years without a single flare up.

I happen to enjoy alcohol, and this regimen has allowed me to continue to enjoy it without negative effects. Pretty much everything I like to eat is high in purines, so I needed to find another way to manage. Mushrooms, shellfish, fish, meat, beans all high in purines. Now I don't care!

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 1) 171

I'm really curious. Your only example of private, self paid health care, with the power of free markets providing competition and lower costs is in the United States? The US has the highest costs in the whole world. Is the free market so horrible that literally any other approach, however socialist, offers better outcomes at lower cost?

I'm starting to think that libertarians aren't serious people with any ideas to contribute. It's a shame because I agree with some of their axioms.

Comment Re: Baby Goes Whaaaaaaaa! (Score 2) 171

Working conditions used to be awful. Unions improved conditions for all, union or not, and are the sole reason we have things like days off, health care, safety rules, and good pay.

As unions have lost power conditions have begun eroding, especially for unskilled workers. It's fine to think you are self reliant, but you exist in an environment that was shaped by a lot of other peoples effort. You are benefiting from that. Now that that force is fading conditions will continue to deteriorate.

Comment Re:Are all Outlook users this pedantic? (Score 2) 48

I've worked in numerous instances of both approaches and the homegrown mailservers in general have been far worse, in terms of features and downtime. Expensive, too.

Modern examples of google or microsoft sourced email has excellent spam filtering and uptime. There isn't any reason to do it yourself anymore. Sure, I could possibly manage a mailserver pretty well but it is a poor use of my time.

Comment Re:IMMA CHARGIN MAH LAZER (Score 1) 112

Ticks are awful creatures. I'll never forget one time we were camping and realized our legs were absolutely covered with ticks. It was like a scene from a horror movie.

Now I spray my shoes and socks and pants with permethrin. It lasts for months and survives multiple washings. It's a chemical cousin of a natural insecticide and it is super effective against ticks. Mosquitos too!

Comment Re:Nope nope nope (Score 1) 193

Different poster, maybe I can help explain. I have to listen to friends gripe about their kids a lot. They have endless litanies of problems. They blame all kinds of things on their kids and ditch plans or financial obligations because of their kids.

Then they have the gall to hound me about having kids. They make condescending remarks about how I'll change my mind. They claim that they love having kids when they're in hound mode but next time johnny burns a cat to death it's back to complaining.

So yeah, I guess I'm a little bitter about it. The hypocrisy, lies, and bullying attempts to get me to make the same mistake make me a tad bitter.

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