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Comment Re:All these pharma/insurance stories (Score 1) 391

He was a pretty well off person so he wouldn't have been bankrupted if this happened in the USA. But he wouldn't have his house anymore either.

Why wouldn't he? If he was 'pretty well off', he'd have been paying monthly health insurance premiums instead of higher taxes. He would be providing for his family, not for others. You may find this to be selfish - that's your right. But if he lost his house over it, he just wasn't planning ahead.

Does he carry fire insurance? Or would the government replace his house if it burned down?

Comment Re:Who's stopping you... (Score 1) 391

In which case, they'll confiscate the shipment and do nothing more (unless you're importing 'recreational' drugs - but you still need a prescription and a phone interview with a Canadian doctor). Some of the Canadian providers will reship (for free) if you don't get your order.

Do you really think customs gives a tinker's damn if you're importing blood pressure meds? (That was my own particular 'crime', till it went generic).

Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 391

HAH! This is one of my favorite hypocrisies of the Libertarian. So, do you want the government to ensure your drugs are safe, or do you want to let anyone make and sell any drugs as cheaply as possible?

Actually, I want both. I'm willing to fund the FDA as an advisory agency, but not a regulatory one. Let me make the decision of whether to use only FDA approved drugs or not. In fact, a few years ago, when I was buying prescription meds from Canada, I once faced a shortage of the Canadian approved version and was given the option of getting it sourced from Europe - which I did.

So where's the hypocrisy? In fact, we (Libertarians) are generally opposed to having the government in charge of what we do.

Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 391

I've bought syringes (intended for insulin) over the counter several times at my local pharmacy - I toss the needles out, but the 100 cc size is perfect for measuring out and administrating my dogs' home-brew heart worm medicine.

[And there is another absurdity - in the US you can buy the active ingredient (ivermectin) over the counter for horses or swine, but not for pets. A $50 investment in a 50cc bottle of 1% solution + pharmaceutical grade propylene will provide on the order of one to three thousand doses.]

Comment Re:IP law has nothing to do with logic. (Score 1) 391

I joined the 'libertard' party around 40 years ago, when I was 20. Thank you for highlighting the fact that our belief in legalizing drugs extends across the entire spectrum of drugs, both 'recreational' and therapeutic.

And I completely agree - the FDA would be far more useful if there conclusions were along the line of a UL approval, not regulatory.

Comment Re:Making 26 YOs work 80 hour weeks is easier too. (Score 1) 242

Because you don't shift the canister around when you move the wand back and forth - the hose is long enough to clean a respectable area arount the base unit before shifting it - once - to the next general area. And you only deal with the weight of the hose and wand, not the entire machine. Can you picture designing a shop vac as an upright?

Comment Re:Maybe the driver believed it was enabled? (Score 1) 166

It perfectly matches up with what I (and others) have been saying about partial autonomous driving: if the car drives perfectly for 50 minutes, and then requires the human to take over, the human may not be in a position to do so.

No, Autopilot didn't drive perfectly for 50 minutes - it was used periodically for 50 minutes. Meaning that the driver had been turning it on and off, and was thus could be reasonably presumed to 'be in a position' to do so again.

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