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Comment Re:It worked for ancient Rome (Score 1) 75

Just to clarify, it wasn't the US Military that disbanded the Iraqi military, they actually had plans on how to hand over security to the existing Iraqis and were just starting to implement it.
It was the State department that decided to imitate what happened in post war Germany, the difference here is by disbanding the military and forcing all Baathist members out of their jobs they upset a lot of people (a lot were part of the party only because it gave them more money in their jobs not because they had any true political affiliation).

Comment Sorry.. (Score 1) 162

but there is a point where frivolous becomes ludicrous. Sure it is neat and I am guilty of having a bit of an impulse control issue with gadgets but if he wants to blow his wad, I am sure there are better places (more philanthropic) to spend his money.
The irony of it is hilarious that he would spend so much on making his media room look like a bridge from a starship from a galaxy where money is no longer coveted.

Comment Re:Candy (Score 1) 416

My wife has suffered from anxiety and depression her whole life, she was on SSRI (Cialis) which did nothing for the anxiety but made her more depressed as she gained 40lbs due to it (which is a known side effect but they seem to gloss over it). She had a bad episode earlier this year and her doctor gave her a prescription for benzodiazapine without blinking. The results are just taking a quarter of a pill with the lowest dosage knocks her our and gives her a hangover the next morning. She did some research and found that CBD which is the non-psychotropic portion of marijuana has been shown to be a good mood stabilizer. She looked into getting a card (we are in Canada) and one of the (fortunately optional) requirements was to get a referral from her doctor. He refused. Sure benzos no problem fill your boots, MJ, hell no. He also admitted he knows very little (and from what we gleaned is very outdated).
Luckily the people involved have figured out how to work the system and are in contact with doctors who are more up to date. It cost us about $400 ($50 for copy of her records, $320 for doctor appt over video conferencing in another province). He reviewed her records noted that she had tried other legitimate means and approved it. She has noticed an improvement compared to the dulling effect of the SSRIs.
I don't blame the parmaceutical companies to be scared.

Comment Re:Viewers hate political correctness (Score 2) 251

So? Just because they made a mistake before means they have to continue?
I would say they learned and obviously learned well.
Clarkson got what was coming. I liked him on the show (and absolutely hate Evans) and am looking forward to their new show and I assume he has learned his lesson.

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