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Comment Re: theodp (Score 1) 150

The biggest stumbling block I see that will likely always require doctor participation is in prescribing controlled substances. We require extra credentials for that because of that abuse potential.

I don't see any reason, even in theory, why "extra credentials" should have any effect on abuse.

Many other countries have far fewer drugs that require prescriptions, and some have a hierarchy of prescription drugs, with some requiring only the approval of a pharmacist or nurse, rather than a doctor. The upside to this system is lower costs and more accessible treatment. The downside is ... nothing.

Comment Re: theodp (Score 2) 150

Yeah, my next doctor is going to be someone who didn't go to medical school.

In many other countries, when you go to see "the doctor" you are actually seeing a nurse or PA. You are only referred to an actual MD if your problem is non-routine. This leads to faster and more affordable healthcare and MEASURABLY BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES.

So would you be better off if your next "doctor" is someone who didn't go to medical school? Apparently, yes.

Comment Re:TV show writers on strike. So? (Score 1) 129

Quite frankly, a monkey could write the garbage we get fed these days. "Scripted reality", yeah, right, what kind of drugs do you have to be on to consider this to be in any way even remotely close to "reality"? In between we got court TV and other garbage that needs zero writer or talent by the actors, sorry, "genuine people presenting real cases".

Even the most lame reality TV show is scripted. In fact, that's one of the things the Screenwriters Guild is fighting about. Currently, if you write a script for a reality show, you are treated differently than if you write for a drama or comedy.

You didn't think Honey Boo Boo was spontaneous, did you?

Comment Re:What's the immigration status of these families (Score 1) 132

Prove it, or shut the fuck up.

There is no such thing as "proof" except in mathematics, but there is plenty of evidence that housing people is cheaper than the police and emergency services needed to deal with street people.

Homelessness is a deeply intractable problem. Most homeless people have many other problems, including mental illness, substance abuse, joblessness, etc. But there is evidence that dealing with "housing first", and getting them into permanent shelter, makes dealing with the other issues easier.

I am skeptical that this big project, concentrating all the problems in one place, is better than something like rent vouchers, and it is going to run into a wall of NIMBYism. Would you want 1600 homeless families moving into YOUR neighborhood? And their kids flooding into YOUR local school?

Comment Re:This always worked for me... (Score 1) 199

Weird thing is, everyone's estimate is off by a factor of roughly X, but the value of X changes from person to person. The key is to figure out what your own personal X is and start using it.

If you're the kind of person who is consistently late, then your manager already does this without telling you.

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