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Comment Re:Why? (Score 0) 403

I imagine that the US could put a lot of pressure on the EU pretty easily with the amount of economic ties the two regions have together. Not to mention that I doubt the Europeans are all that upset about expanding their own security states as this is a convenient excuse for both to do so.

Comment Re:Inflation (Score 2) 696

*sigh* The deficit is caused primarily by two things: The lower tax receipts from the huge destruction of wealth during the 2008 crash. The increased spending in the social safety net that automatically kicks in during such downturns. Long term out deficit is a product of bad demographics and health costs.

So no, the Government isn't a family, it doesn't tighten it's belt. It's an insurance company for old people with an army, and it sets its own wage.

Comment Re:Like all good legislation (Score 1) 688

To vote for it out of committee is ostensibly a vote for it, in the same way that in the Senate a vote for cloture can be used as a vote for it. The point for the politician is that it's just true enough for attack ads to be run on the subject. It's unfortunate that our politics aren't allowed the nuance they so deserve, but that's they way it is.

Comment Re:Like all good legislation (Score 2) 688

No, it won't ever leave committee. No one who has to run for reelection wants to be seen as soft on crime and drugs and that's EXACTLY what they'll be seen as if they vote for this thing to move it out of committee. Paul and Frank run in districts at the far right and left of the US political spectrum and can get away with this sort of thing, most of the rest of congress does not.

Comment Re:Agreed (Score 1) 688

The only way I see Legalization coming about is the following scenario: California eventually does it, followed soon by Oregon and Washington seeking more desperately needed revenues. Then, in response to this, the more conservative states in the deep south try to push back against it, with some success at first, but then their gross need for revenues begins to outweigh the social factors, and it's done. That's when you'll see it taken up, or at least defacto, at the federal level. It's also not a question of "if" but "when" once California legalized it for medicinal use, the foot was in the door.

Submission + - High Tech Elder Care May Be Mixed Blessing

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Gerontologists say aging in place vastly improves the quality of life for seniors and is a lot cheaper for society than group homes and institutions.The trick is to do so without jeopardizing the health and safety of older people, which is why480 people taking part in pilot programs in Portland, Oregon that outfit homes with technology so elderly people can be monitored for illness or infirmity.With the first wave of baby boomers turning 65 this year, corporations such as Intel see lucrative new business opportunities tending to a generation of people accustomed to doing things their own way."This is a race to see who's going to invent 21st century care services for boomers," said Eric Dishman, health policy director at Intel-GE Care Innovations, a joint venture that Intel formed this year with General Electric Co. "Worldwide, there's this enormous market opportunity." As part of the test, DorothyRutherford's two-bedroom condominium has been outfitted with an array of electronic monitoring gear that might eventually find its way to retail shelves.Motion sensors along hallways and ceilings record her gait and walking speed. A monitor on her back door observes when she leaves the house, and another one on the refrigerator keeps tabs on how often she's eating. Aspecial bed laced with sensors can assess breathing patterns, heart rate and general sleep quality, a pill box fitted with electronic switches records when medication is taken, and a Wii video game system has been rejiggered so that players stand on a platform that measures their weight and balance. Butthere is the downside, as some experts on the aging population worry that making it easier for elderly people to stay in their homes could reduce the incentive for children to visit or could create a false sense that technology can foresee every problem and address every need."This technology has the potential to isolate people as well as connect people because it has the potential to replace [human] contact," says senior researcher Tamara Hayes."

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