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Comment Re:defense versus health and human services. (Score 1) 424

Absolutely, I don't go to the doctor when I'm sick. Can't afford it. I pay thousands a year for insurance, but if I go to the doctor I know that's another several hundred just to be maybe be told I need an antibiotic, or maybe be told I need to rest and drink fluids.

How many cancers are not caught early because people don't go to the doctor for something they think is minor and so don't want to pay several hundred dollars for a single mundane visit. It's in the back of my mind each time I get sick, but I just can't afford to go. If I get an xray for something and a few tests I could end up with a $1000+ bill- and it might be for nothing.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 424

I've always opposed to the corn subsidies, I find it ridiculous we subsidize maize at a rate higher than any other healthier vegetable. When Bush started the ridiculously high subsidies is when we started having these 99cent heart-attack specials pop up everywhere. In essence we're paying taxes for farmers to produce the worst food crop, that goes in part to feed cows to make artificially cheap low quality corn-fed beef.

Not just that we're subsidizing the world. Our taxes are making everybody else fat too. as countries like us, and Argentina ship tax payer funded cheap fatty beef around the world.

Can't we subsidise cabbages, or peas, or lettuce, or ... I don't know anything else healthy instead of maize which is essentially just sugar with almost no nutritional value?

Comment Re:I'd love early access (Score 1) 327

The price really is the sticking point... but there again, it already is. $25 is less than you pay for two at the cinema currently and you get to enjoy it in a more comfortable atmosphere rather than the hell hole that is the cinema.

That said, I always wait for rentals to be $2 or $3 before watching them. I never go to the cinema, not because it's a hell hole (which it is) but mostly because it's too darn expensive. $25 is still too much.

$25 for a new release maybe, if it's one the whole family can watch. If it's just me and the Mrs, $15 before I will watch it- and then only if it's something I'm dying to see early... otherwise I'll wait until the price is $3 or lower.

Comment Almost never go... (Score 3, Informative) 327

I almost never go to the cinema. It's useful when you're a kid wanting to date as neutral ground (although from what I understand kids don't date anymore- just hook up).

I'd much rather watch in the Living room than the cinema. No overly loud sound. No uncomfortable squished together seats. No popcorn stuck to the floor. The cinema isn't exactly a positive experience.

Comment Re:What about infertility? (Score 1) 272

A lot of negative genes that would have resulted in a person not reaching reproductive age are being propagated whereas they might have died out if we were less advanced.

I guess that explains the dramatic rise in the number of plain old fucking stupid people I've started encountering as my life goes on.

Seriously, there really seems to be MANY more of them around these days.

It's way too hard to win a Darwin Award these days.

Comment Re:In other news... (Score 1) 272

Indeed it could. Genes that make a male more likely to rape (aggression?) are not getting passed on like they would without abortion. Genes that make females more maternal (more likely to not want abortion) are going to be passed on more.

Abortion could be helping lead to a more "domesticated" humanity.

Comment Re:What about infertility? (Score 2) 272

The answer is yes. A lot of negative genes that would have resulted in a person not reaching reproductive age are being propagated whereas they might have died out if we were less advanced. Negative mutations in our genomes are not being removed like they once were.

It is theoretically possible that 200,000 years from now, humans would be completely genetically unviable without technology. (although technology will probably remove the bad mutations long before then in the real world).

Part of what the Nazi's were doing when they executed handicapped people was trying to maintain the purity of the genes and keep the "race strong" removing genetic impurities. Nasty stuff. Obviously a route we don't want to take, one can assume they wouldn't have been too happy about the number of Caesarians these days.

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