"...prosecutors, in their zeal, just cost another young man his life, and the taxpayers many (hundreds of) thousands of dollars..." - amen. what a complete and utter waste of money. druggies will do drugs, no matter what!! they get stuff in prison! listenwether you are an idealistic bible thumping self righteous type, or a disillusioned selfish pro-legalization-of-anything type - can't we all agree that nothing will ever stop people from consuming drugs (alcohol included)? we cannot and should not try and control this behavior. -- regulate it to some degree and let natural selection go to work! but seriously, why do people care what an other adult ingests? did jesus say "tho shalt not sniff cocaine?" ... "but it is okay that tho shalt consume scotch whiskey"...I'm no biblical scholar but I missed that one. wtf...where did these laws come from? this honor's student's life it's ruined. over. he's an idiot but in the name of what do we do this? does it help you that this guy gets to rot in prison for years (and btw come out FAR more likely to commit a violent crime)? it doesn't help me. it doesn't help anyo**.. oh wait a minute. it helps a couple of people. like the officers in charge of the arrest, and of course the prosecutor. career advancement. money. I see. if we started to become more rational about drug use a lot of law enforcement folks would be looking for work. we're talking billions of dollars annually/nationally, if you look at the whole system. wow, I wonder if this industry spends any money on lobbying folks in Washington....hmm. prison "industry". just good for business to have tough laws. yikes. what comes to mind is the definition of insanity, something about doing the same thing and expecting different results. why in the world are we wasting so much money and ruining so many lives over a public health issue, which - btw - we are making FAR worse by criminalizing!!once you accept that alcohol and drugs cannot be "stamped out", that there is simply no way possible to eradicate the consumption of these substances, it's a start. let's be realistic and start working towards reducing the harm that drugs do to society. putting an honors student in prison for 4 years does *nothing* helpful. nothing.
Posted 17 October 2013, 10:46 p.m.
Posted 8 October 2013, 2:14 a.m.
really, its mind boggling IN scale - the HR/Customer service/ Billing massaive apperatus, etc....etc...etc... again, -- 'fluff" --- just think about how much office space these cmpanies take up. and the resone behind all this manower -- so (guess) what - they can figure out how to legally (not morally) 'glean the system' and figure out just how little they can pay you on your caim..?! --> immoral and dirty industry, it smells roeetn. needs to go ~~~~~~~ adios!!!
RomneyCare ObamaCare ACA - whatever you call it, it certainly isn't perfect. but the main mission should be to eliminate the shameful wastes, where the numbers really kill us. I mean, so what if some crack addict schemes the system for a pack of smokes or even money(?) - for her food stamps - that makes no functional difference whatsoever. all of he alleged "fraud" amounts to hardly anything statistically noticeable. however, lust look at large scale investors / appreciation / dividends / etc.. and mid-high level executives (there are fast more then you'd guess!!) We could eliminate all of the fluff with a single payer system. done. think about the medicare / ,edicade budget and reduce it my 30%....wow, now that's real!!!
Buy seriously, back to healthcare for one comment, UNLESS we start turning people away at the emergency room door, where they can bleed to death or otherwise die in the alley way adjacent to the for profit hospital - everyone needs insurance, Show me a system where single payer isn't the most efficient and then sign me up, But you don't have any thoughts on the matter, do you. your too busy supporting ted cruise in his maneuvering to destroy the global reserve currently as the dollar. euro looks next in line (as a reserve currency replacement). -- and until recently I laughed at that prospect!!. But now the tea baggers have a small noisy minority that is willing to use terrorist tactics that more of their followers do no fully understand [the ramifications of] -- the loss of reserve currency status. Some would say that was the primary reason we went into Iraq.....[cruise] he's a punk who doesn't care, meanwhile everyone else is bracing for a much different lifestyle with the loss of reserve currency privileges'! teapubs control a slight majority in the HOR, due primarily to gerrymandering (shameful), but the congress if solidly democrat, as well as the executive, and the supreme court upheld ObamaCare......don't negotiate with terrorists!!!!!!!
Posted 8 October 2013, 2:07 a.m.
unless we start turning people away at the emergency room door, where they can bleed to death or otherwise die in the alley way adjacent to the for profit hospital, we have some serious thinking to do. as a Christian nation we are simply not going to boot you from trauma because your chase card maxed out. do I hear ANYONE arguing this point?? walk into any hospital in the country and you will get treatment regardless if you can pay or not, Oh, and as it turns out -- its WAY less cost effective and does not provide the best care, and more importantly -- results. (think ER doc treating your torn ACL.....you need a specialist for a lot of things. the ER doc's are amazing, but specialists are there for a reason,) But we have to STOP treating people for the first time in the ER, we can't afford it anymore. its SO much more affordable - with far better results - to see a GP on a somewhat regular basis, and did I mention that its FAR less expensive then the current way we do things,
One small example on how we figure this thing out, There's a long way to go. It is clearly desperate that we need to start saving money on healthcare - due to the overall and trending -- shift in population dynamics -- over the next 30+ years we are going to **have to** be pretty danm streamlined and efficient due to the aging population. And sure we could make an other dent by taking away food programs that make sure desperately poor kids get a decent nutritional meal during school. And we can roll back consumer protections
I read in the new York times that there is 30-40% "fluff: in the system right...doctors getting paid by procedure, healthcare insurance execs, [and I don't just mean the upper tier, lots of money circulating] - a lot of it is commission (sad, if you think that one through) and pays phenomenally well for the performers in the commission contest - you know that one who saves the insurance company the most money ,, meanwhile a family just holding on has to go the bankruptcy route, and a lot of people who get screwed by the insurance industry are older! bankruptcy takes something like over 10 years to clear your record what if you are 64 and had a major hop issue. could easily lead to bankruptcy. very little in the way of new prospects that don't pay #8/hr....... ah, sleepin' in the old impala ain't so bad....
the 30-40% fluff has got you go. it is simply unsustainable, just look at the numbers and I believe you will see I see the truth # >stock price / other equity positions in the dark market. >dividends >executive pay from obviously the absolute top tier down -- but also many rungs down the ladder too, > plenty of :bonuses" to go around also...and, sweetheart (collusion in instances) relationships within the industry - a nexus of golf playing good old boys and gals "just trying to survive" and to make a few bucks. well, more then a few, a ton. but that's how people inherently work.
“If ultimately this happened, this is effectively 'Atlas Shrugged.' This becomes a Mecca for entrepreneurs from all over America,” he said.....the sad thing is I think he actually believes this! what a joke
Posted 3 October 2013, 9:48 a.m.
“If ultimately this happened, this is effectively 'Atlas Shrugged.' This becomes a Mecca for entrepreneurs from all over America,” he said.....the sad thing is I think he actually believe this! what a joke
Posted 29 August 2013, 6:54 p.m.
........Supereruptions are extremely rare, with recurrence intervals of 100,000–200,000 years; none have occurred historically, the most recent examples being Indonesia’s Toba volcano, which erupted 74,000 years ago, and the United States’ Yellowstone caldera, which erupted 2 million years ago. Interestingly, these calculations strongly suggest that present-day annual anthropogenic CO2 emissions may exceed the CO2 output of one or more supereruptions every year.
Supereruptions are a significant contributor to adding CO2 to the atmosphere on geologic time scales. Yet they pale by comparison to human emissions. Yes, you read that right — while supereruptions only happen every 100,000 to 200,000 years or so, we’re presently adding CO2 to the atmosphere at a rate of one or more supereruptions every year.
Those who continue to claim that volcanic activity puts more CO2 into the atmosphere than human activity (including Ian Plimer) have been corrected — many times — by those who actually do the research. Yet the claim, like a zombie, refuses to die. Those who cling to it do so, not just out of ignorance, but out of willful ignorance.
Posted 29 August 2013, 6:53 p.m.
Which emits more carbon dioxide (CO2): Earth’s volcanoes or human activities? Research findings indicate unequivocally that the answer to this frequently asked question is human activities. However, most people, including some Earth scientists working in fields outside volcanology, are surprised by this answer. The climate change debate has revived and reinforced the belief, widespread among climate skeptics, that volcanoes emit more CO2 than human activities [Gerlach, 2010; Plimer, 2009]. In fact, present-day volcanoes emit relatively modest amounts of CO2, about as much annually as states like Florida, Michigan, and Ohio.
Gerlach surveys the literature and reports the scientific findings:
Global estimates of the annual present-day CO2 output of the Earth’s degassing subaerial and submarine volcanoes range from 0.13 to 0.44 billion metric tons (gigatons) per year [Gerlach, 1991; Allard, 1992; Varekamp et al., 1992; Sano and Williams, 1996; Marty and Tolstikhin, 1998]; the preferred global estimates of the authors of these studies range from 0.15 to 0.26 gigaton per year. Other aggregated volcanic CO2 emission rate estimates — published in 18 studies since 1979 as subaerial, arc, and mid-oceanic ridge estimates — are consistent with the global estimates.
Considering that human activity released some 30 Gt CO2 into the atmosphere last year, human emissions are likely 100 (or more) times as large as volcanic emissions. Those who make claims about the Mt. Pinatubo explosion emitting more CO2 than all of human activity for all time, should be made aware that the estimated CO2 emissions from Mt. Pinatubo are 0.05 Gt CO2, about the amount released by human activity in half a day, not our entire history. In fact, in less than 3 days we outstrip the volcanic emissions for an entire year:
On average, humanity’s ceaseless emissions release an amount of CO2 comparable to the 0.01 gigaton of the 1980 Mount St. Helens paroxysm every 2.5 hours and the 0.05 gigaton of the 1991 Mount Pinatubo paroxysm every 12.5 hours. Every 2.7 days, they emit an amount comparable to the 0.26 gigaton preferred estimate for annual global volcanic CO2 emissions.
Annual CO2 emissions from human activity are greater even than what results from supereruptions, volcanic events which spew forth more than 450 cubic kilometers of magma......
Posted 29 August 2013, 6:52 p.m.
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