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Comment Re: Single payer system would avoid this problem (Score 1) 324

The trouble is, a good deal of the price gouging we see in the United States, is a result of the pharmaceutical industry trying to subsidize the low prices in other countries. A thing costs a given amount, and if they don't making it up somewhere, the won't be around to make anything at all.

I don't know what the solution looks like, but we definitely need to remove profit as a motivator from the entire medical industry, as those two things just don't mix very well. Too much of medicine is assuring people they're being helped, while burglary is being done. The tricky part is removing the money from the equation, while still maintaining a system that people want to participate in. I fear we may never get there, without a post-scarcity economy.

Comment Re:Cell Phone (Score 3, Insightful) 195

This thinking really bothers me, and while I know the principle you cite is generally true, I can't help but think that by far, I'd prefer to live next to a slob than someone who's going to tell me what I can and can't do on my own property. I can't speak for anyone else on this, but I, for one, would abandon any bargain on the sale of a house, upon being told that there's an HOA involved. That is a total deal breaker. If I'm going to buy a house, I'm buying a place to live. If it's an investment that I want, I'll try venture capital, trade goods or the stock market. Or comic books, as I'm already doing that.

Comment Re:Really Obvious Solution (Score 1) 1144

Australia also doesn't share borders with countries that have rampant illegal drug trade going on. It's isolated pretty well, and having a limited number of locations where entry is possible makes it difficult to smuggle conspicuous things in. America has Mexico and a whole bunch of nearby island nations in the Caribbean where all sorts of crazy shit is going down. Whether it's a matter of catapulting a package across a relatively unpatrolled part of the border, or discretely landing a motorboat on a Southern beach, people bring weapons here both for their own use, and also to sell. What worked in Australia isn't likely to work very well, here.

Comment Re:Virginia Tech (Score 1) 1144

When the state of Florida introduced requirements for registered gun ownership, they started a program to keep track of gun-related crimes involving registered gun owners. They discontinued the program after several years because there just weren't enough incidents to justify spending money on tracking them. A fair number of the incidents they did document involved a registered gun owner using his gun to save the life of a police officer.

The incident I think GP is talking about was one of the copycats following Columbine, and it was, in fact, a teacher who went out to his car, and obtained his gun, then proceeded to end the situation.

Wide-spread legal gun ownership really does make people generally safer.

Comment Re:Yeah, sure (Score 1) 104

I was diagnosed in 1993, so I came in some time after human-based insulin hit the market. Never saw humalog until I got an insulin pump, but I find that it offers somewhat tighter control over my blood sugar. Surviving diabetes is about getting insulin in your system, but controlling it is really about getting the right amount of insulin in your system all the time.

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