“"Watch live"? I'd rather stick a fork in my eye than watch these pompous, deluded, morality-mongering, bigoted hypocrites spew their condescension (and, of course, flog their books/blogs/talk-radio shows/political agendas).”
“Do you even understand what the term "socialized medicine" means?
It means the government owns hospitals directly and doctors are salaried government employees. THAT'S "socialized medicine". Like the NHS in Britain.
Which, if you knew what you were talking about, is completely unlike Obamacare. The ACA leaves the private insurance industry intact (with more regulation of overhead and more rights for consumers), does not change in the least how doctors interact with patients (other than giving them more freedom to diagnose and treat illness, with less interference from insurers) and gives most consumers more, not less, choice.”
bradfromearth on Oct 1, 2013 at 16:09:56
“You don't wake up one morning to socialized medicine. It is a process of change and we have gotten started. Consolidation has already begun. Smaller physician groups have been selling off rapidly to guess who? The larger orgs, the Hospitals. Decentralized to centralized. It is a process.
Also it does not leave the private insurance industry in tact. It will change how your doctors interact with you. They have taken huge pay cuts by going from employment by a physician group to employment by a hospital. They will also HAVE MUCH LESS FREEDOM. Electronic medical records are partially to cut losses from malpractice and in order to do that the docs are forced down a decision tree and a diagnosis is decided for them. Decision trees cut losses due to error but they also handcuff the docs ability to use his intuition and instinct. Source: I am in the insurance business and not on a small scale.”
“But polls that measure approval for the component parts of Obamacare - the individual mandate, subsidies for those who can't afford coverage, the end of "pre-existing conditions", insurance exchanges, insurance on a parent's plan until the age of 26, etc - show that Americans approve of these changes.
"Obamacare" as a whole has been demonized by its enemies. But the people want the benefits, rights and changes it will create.”
hatecyberspace on Oct 1, 2013 at 14:13:10
“Ah. Finally a well thought post. Thank You. There are many parts palatable. There are many parts that will become so abrasive that Americans will learn to hate it. American's haven't experienced socialized care yet and as it progresses they won't care for it. It is a blend of good and bad. The mid terms are coming for those who don't want to fix it.”
“Why all the sneering on this thread? Are you all doctors? Do you really know what autism is?
It doesn't just manifest as looking and acting like a zombie. It's Autism SPECTRUM Disease - there is a wide range of intensity and different behaviours associated with this. It's a very, very individual thing.
I have a young relative, very intelligent, but he has cognitive problems and has a lot of troubles reading social cues and emotions. He can be very quiet and observant, or impulsive and anxious. He also suffers from extreme sensitivity to sound. It took years to get him diagnosed as autistic.
Don't mock what you don't understand.”
mrscrutty on Sep 28, 2013 at 19:28:09
“Sadly, most would rather mock...its quicker and easier. After the shooting in Connecticut, many people made horrible comments about people with autism. What they refuse to understand, is that when you see one person with autism, you haven't seen all of them. Yes, some of them have certain traits, but you can't compare a high functioning person to a low functioning person.”
Hefner was never an "icon" of civil liberties. He supported the movement in his magazine, but did not sacrifice his lifestyle to advance it. He got hit over the head by a police baton outside the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968 - and never stopped talking this up afterward.
Hefner did NOT bring jazz to the mainstream. Jazz was the most popular music in America for 25 years or so before Playboy came along.
Who in the "Establishment" opposed Hefner? He was pretty Establishment himself, with his mansions, jets, clubs and high-profile way of life.”
“This man should be invited to the United States and given the Medal of Freedom.
There are many more stories like this, in the US and the old Soviet Union. A book was recently published describing how a US nuclear bomb was nearly detonated by accident over North Carolina in 1961. It's a matter of sheer luck that no bombs have exploded unintentionally since WW2.”
“Microsoft has blown more than $100 Billion in R&D funds on products that went nowhere - in music, search, phones, tablets, internet apps, you name it. Failure after failure after costly failure. Windows and Office continue to be the company's flagship products, more than 20 years after they were developed.
And Gates's big admission is that Control-Alt-Delete was a bust?
barrada nicto on Sep 27, 2013 at 00:43:06
“" Windows and Office continue to be the company's flagship products, more than 20 years after they were developed. "
It's called a monopoly.”
Wanderer99 on Sep 26, 2013 at 23:48:32
“And what does Windows and Office resemble--something from another computer company known for innovation perhaps? Gates once worked for them. And where'd the innovation stay? Enough said.”
“You forgot to mention the right-wing think tanks that legitimized and promoted the neocon agenda of inequality from the 1970s on, and turned fringe ideas into a mainstream ideology.
You forgot to mention the Koch brothers and the other wealthy right-wing financiers of the conservative hate machine. The Tea Party would not exist without their money, mostly supplied by the Kochs.
You forgot to mention the 30-year deficit spiral that began with the passage of Reagan's radical tax cuts of 1981. Reagan tripled the national debt on his watch, and the two Bushes in turn tripled the debt Reagan left behind - leaving it to that terrible, "tax-&-spend", big-government-loving Liberal, Bill Clinton, to restore the federal budget to a surplus condition for the first time since 1969. Republican-engineered debt, which the party successfully sold as "fiscally conservative", brought about the very fiscal crisis the Tea Party now rails against.”
“Gee, your gun laws are so great. The rest of the world is so envious of America's success at keeping guns away from nutcases and mass murders. Every country in the world that regulates gun ownership so admires how low America's rates of murder and gun crimes are!! You're just so darned sensible about firearms.
Super Schneider on Sep 26, 2013 at 19:43:12
“Well one thing I can say, I hear over and over about how it is about mental health.
Yes, but why then when you propose regular mental health screenings for gun owners and police for that matter, so many cry out as if it were the 10th circle of hell!”
aaldrew on Sep 25, 2013 at 17:27:24
“And you are ANNOYING Canuck.”
jay1975 on Sep 25, 2013 at 17:23:51
“Our violent crime rates are actually lower the the UK or Australia and our murder rates have been going down for over 20 years. The largest numbers for murder and violent crime comes from the urban neighborhoods and roughly half of all such crimes are committed by one ethnic/racial group. It is not a gun problem, it is a subcultural problem. As long as that fact is ignored, it will never get better.”
Sep 25, 2013 at 16:49:19
“Good for David Gilmour. He said he wants to teach what he likes, and that's what he's doing - his prerogative. Why is anyone surprised or outraged?
When I was a student - 25 years ago - I had feminist profs who made their gender and cultural biases very clear. No one disputed their choice of what to teach or their right to interpret course material from a feminist perspective.
I very much doubt that any of Gilmour's students have not had ample exposure to writing by women or writers of different ethnicities. Most English faculties these days bend over backwards to accommodate diversity and feminist perspectives. Gillmour's students may actually be getting an extra dose of diversity by being taught great books that have been pushed out of the curriculum by lesser, fashionable authors.
What redeems Gilmour in my eyes is that quite aside from his academic career, he is a successful writer and novelist. His books are good and they sell well. Few academics, even teachers of English lit, possess his talent or renown. His voice is one that serious English students need to hear.”
postypost on Sep 25, 2013 at 17:45:59
“Actually sadly they probably haven't read much by women and that's part of the problem. A young man could get a degree in literature without ever having to read more than a couple of books by Asian or African, or even non white female writers because these books are considered just literature. they are part of Asian studies or African studies or gender studies. And do you seriously believe that his students aren't missing anything by not being able to read the work or female authors?”
Sep 25, 2013 at 16:24:49
“Just goes to show that Toronto is not the sophisticated, world-class, culturally advanced city is pretends to be.
Toronto, the supposed "Center of the Universe", the place that loves to sneer at the rest of the country, is actually a small city in the middle of a vast sprawl of boring suburbs. The voters in the burbs are the people who elected this oafish blimp and continue to support him. The chattering classes downtown, for all their pretensions, are irrelevant.
Toronto and Rob Ford - you deserve each other.”
Jonny Boy on Sep 26, 2013 at 12:47:40
“You sound like that guy who just got dumped by a girl you loved so much and now is attaching her character.”
“mop it. Just stop with the spin and the paranoid, partisan l i e s, will you?
"Massive taxation"? Get real. Most of Bush's tax cuts are intact. The top marginal tax rates remain far below what it was when Clinton was in office, when the economy boomed and the budget was in surplus (for the first time since 1969).
"Massive spending"? Under Obama, federal spending has risen as the lowest rate since Dwight Eisenhower. The deficit has fallen consistently since the spring of 2009, too.
"No jobs"? Obama's record on job creation is better than Bush 43. Quite a bit better, actually. When you factor in massive public-sector job cuts at the state level, which Obama has had nothing to do with, private-sector jobs performance compares with previous recessions.
"Dead economy"? Bush: worst growth in jobs, incomes and GDP since Herbert Hoover. Drove the economy off a cliff, left Obama to clean up his disaster. Obama: prevented 1931-style deflationary depression, presided over slow but consistent recovery.
Middle class decline and income inequality? That began in 1973 when real wages peaked - and accelerated under Reagan, with his tax cuts that enriched the top 10% of taxpayers and blew federal debt through the roof.
Very convenient to ignore 30 years of neocon economic policy, "fiscally conservative" Republican deficits and regressive taxation. Your view of the world failed.”
“I'd rather share the road with older drivers over teens any day. Accident and insurance statistics don't lie - the most dangerous drivers are definitely the younger ones, especially males 24 and under.”
detalumis on Sep 24, 2013 at 11:09:04
“On a per mile basis older drivers are actually just as bad as younger ones. The other difference is accountability. In my area which is full of dementia drivers, I have to really watch it at intersections when I am walking, they really don't look for any pedestrians and if I get maimed or killed they will not face any repercussions due to their illness. A 23 year old will have the book thrown at them. We had a jogger killed by an 80+ woman who had the jogger on her hood and dumped in her driveway. She claimed she didn't notice and was given a slap on the wrist as a penalty.”
“I did not neglect to mention LBJ's role in Vietnam - which is a well-known fact of history. You conveniently neglect to mention Nixon's massive escalation of the war he inherited, and his extension of hostilities into Laos and Cambodia. ”
“The idea of serving US Senators actively criticizing a sitting president's foreign policy abroad, at a time of extreme international tension bordering on war, is indeed treasonous.
Once upon a time (not very long ago, in fact), this would have been considered unthinkable by anyone from either party. Democratic legislators did not go abroad during the Nixon Administration and trash US policy in Vietnam. They didn't speak out against Reagan or Bush 41 on their policies regarding the Soviet Union and Iraq.
The Republicans today have thrown out all the rules and all propriety regarding the president's prerogatives on foreign policy. Their only purposes are to advocate war in all circumstances and to smear the president regardless of his policy.
This was once the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan. Now it's the party of reactionary baboons. It's shameful.”
flyingfortresb17 on Sep 22, 2013 at 18:29:07
“The democrats at the time were veteran politicians and knew their place was not in the middle of a war zone and none wanted to go to Vietnam or anywhere near there. Even the republicans were afraid of going there to back the troops. Those who went there were called down by the public.”
DanJake on Sep 22, 2013 at 18:28:24
“A little history, if you please. LBJ (Democrat) marched us into Vietnam on false pretenses. The war, that was in full session, was dumped in Nixon's lap. There was actually a failed attempt by Democratic leaders to label Vietnam, "Nixon's war." The public knew better. I served active duty from 1968 - 1972, so it might happen that I know something.”
“All the more reason for them to defund it, if only to show they care more about fiscal responsibility than they do about partisanship.
Instead, they pursue their obsession with Obama, lie about his positive record of deficit reduction, and ignore the appalling fiscal legacy of George W. Bush - and their complicity in every bad economic decision Bush made. ”
- every other industrialized country in the world has mandated health insurance or single-payer public health care. Every single one of these countries provides care to its citizens at a cost that it at least 30% less than what Americans pay.
- US-style private health insurance and care creates MORE debt, personal and public, than public health care. It also results in more bankruptcies, less economic mobility (people who choose not to move jobs or create businesses because they will lose their insurance coverage), less disposable income and more poverty in old age.
- US: ranks 35th in the world in infant mortality. World's highest rate of death from cardiac disease. Has no measurable advantage in mortality in almost all diseases than countries with public health care.
- Obamacare is almost identical to the mandated private insurance system in Switzerland, which provides excellent care. Switzerland is hardly a "Third World Country", or a hotbed of liberalism. It's also almost identical to Romneycare in Massachusetts, which has been very effective in containing costs and increasing access to people who could not otherwise afford care.”
“If Paul and the rest of the Tea zealots had a shred of integrity, the first thing they'd repeal and defund would be their own health care boondoggle, the Seniors' Drug Benefit (aka Medicare Part D):
- adds more than $4 Trillion to the unfunded liabilities of the US government.
- funded entirely with debt, unlike Obamacare.
- adds to the federal deficit every year, unlike Obamacare.
- it's capitalism-free!! It actually bans the government from seeking competitive bids for drugs and allows the pharma companies to set prices unilaterally. In almost any other industry, this would be considered illegal price fixing. This legislated ban on competitiveness adds 30% to the cost of the program.
No Republican has ever suggested Medicare Part D be repealed or even amended to reduce its cost. For some weird reason, no one in the media ever asks about the fiscal consequences of this program, and why it is sacrosanct while Obamacare is demonized.”
Nick Jihad on Sep 22, 2013 at 16:00:02
“In fairness to the Tea Party, Medicare part D was one of the things that motivated fiscal conservatives to form the Tea Party.”