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Comment Re:eating less (Score 1) 254

Sure walk-in centers exist in the US if you have spare no expense attitude. Just getting in to my doctor for any appointment can take 6-8 weeks and arguing it requires getting in faster often means being directed to an ER. You can't "walk-in" to get an MRI without a doctor referral if you want there to be any chance of it being covered by your insurance and even so using that clinic will likely leave you with a series of bills amounting to $1000+ when all is said and done. Remember when a doctor or hospital visit resulted in a single bill from a single entity? Unless of course you haven't met your several thousand dollar deductible in which case it will be much much more.

That is of course assuming you are allowed to get an MRI in the first place. 99% of the time a doctor is ordering an x-ray or a CT an MRI would have been a better test but your insurance refuses or he knows it won't cover an MRI.

Comment Re: Long range space probes? (Score 1) 154

"The nuclear diamond battery is based on the fact that when a man-made diamond is exposed to radiation, it produces a small electric current."

A diamond is needed to convert the radiation into current, there is no clear indication the radiation source itself needs to be a diamond vs lining a shielded rtg with vapor deposited diamond.

Comment Re:eating less (Score 1) 254

I wouldn't dispute that at all you need all three. Like I said in another thread, keep that hamburger, drop the bun and the ketchup, but keep the thin slice of tomato.

You also never want to combine high carb and high fat in an 8 hour period. Go ahead, have that pasta, just don't have butter/cream/meatballs/cheese. Have your sausage and bacon, do not eat toast or jelly or a muffin alongside it... you could always have whole grain toast tomorrow.

Unfortunately cuisine is pretty much universally designed around combining these elements. As hunter gathers this was easy, you kill a boar you ate boar that night, you forage berries you ate berries that night, food was too scarce to render those berries into a nice glaze carbing up a ham.

Comment Re:"Science" (Score 1) 254

Eating dietary fat is not eating badly, we've known this for decades but there are even some doctors telling you to eat skinless chicken, turkey, and complex carbs. Dietary fat is important, is a better source of calories than carbs for many reasons, and it should not be excluded from your diet! Some plant based oils lead to heart disease so moderate your intake of those... amusingly most people consume them because they were taught the healthy fats cause heart disease.

Comment Re:Whatever (Score 1) 254

Watching TV and spending time on the computer are actually both more productive than spending time at the gym. They both engage the mind to a greater degree and potentially contain new information. There are even things to be learned from fiction. Building the brain at least carries the potential for improving how you do something useful.

I will agree that spending a few minutes heavy lifting a few times a week improves even mental function. Increasing the activity level beyond this actually just causes your brain to waste more and more of it's limited capacity on sensing/controlling increasingly large and fast nervous system required to have that level of physical function while that level of physical function has no practical use.

Comment Re:eating less (Score 2) 254

Really? I've heard people who claim we have the best healthcare make claims such as that. I've yet to ever encounter someone who came here for healthcare though. I do know people who have imported things or exported themselves for treatments not offered here or save dramatically on the cost of treatment vs the US though. Including myself, I went to Mexico for dental work at 25% of the cost (which frankly is still an outrageous figure). My dentist tried to discourage me but on my return he reviewed the work and confessed to me that everyone he knows who has gone there for treatment has had excellent work done.

Comment Re:eating less (Score 0) 254

There is a big problem with that quote... human weight gain is not caused by high dietary fat intake. Carbs aka sugars are less filling and burned faster than dietary fats, complex carbs are promoted like crazy by out of date diets (which includes the 1980's "heart healthy" diet promoted by many doctors) but while burning slower than simple carbs they still are less filling and satiating than fats.

So yeah, that burger from McDonalds is bad but it's the bun, sauces, tomato, fries, and coke are that are the evil bits. Not the fatty burger itself.

Comment Re:"H1-B skilled worker visas" (Score 1) 184

Either a percentage (25% is reasonable, most benefits packages are valued there or below that) above the prevailing industry rate for the geographical area or within that same percentage above the pay rate of the highest paid employee who previously performed a functionally similar position within the last 2 years within the hiring organization, whichever is higher.

The only way you even have a chance of ending H1B abuse is to guarantee it will never provide a cost saving measure vs existing or local talent. I don't care what market data you are coming up with, if the actual market has resulted in the guy you have now commanding $120k/yr plus a benefits package that is the most targeted indicator of the correct wage.

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