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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2015, 01:18:29 PM »
"Ailment of the real world" = people who walk around just looking at their phones >:(
I've stopped deviating my current path, and will bang against them if needed to make my point ;D (normally they notice a couple of paces away)
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2015, 01:27:13 PM »
"Ailment of the real world" = people who walk around just looking at their phones >:(
I've stopped deviating my current path, and will bang against them if needed to make my point ;D (normally they notice a couple of paces away)

As a frequent traveler I wish airports had two separate lanes. One lane would be for people who are walking normally and are trying to get to wherever they need.  The second lane would be people talking or looking at their phone who wander aimlessly around the airport like slow motion pinball.  There would obviously be some sort of high voltage electric fence to keep those people from moving into the normal lane.

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2015, 01:48:16 PM »

I'm the one who introduced politics, and I wouldn't do it if I didn't think we're all the right kind of folks to allow for a range of opinions and repsect all around.

Thank you for starting a separate thread.   I think it's great that forum members should be able to discuss politics and get more information on different systems and viewpoints.  I have had bad past experiences with two happy international forums in the past, where political views have badly disrupted the friendliness. But I believe what Jmack says is right and F-F will be fine.

My personal reasons for keeping out of these discussions is that here in Oz we have lived through two toxic destructive years. There has been seriously alarming authoritarianism and uncertainty in a jingoistic atmosphere of fear mongering. Australia's humanity has been internationally shamed and we have been made to look ridiculous in so many ways.  It has been frightening and depressing for so many different categories of people who both deserve and need help.

I will not bring this here with me, I hope you understand, I never meant to presume or criticise anyone else's choice of discussion.
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2015, 04:07:08 PM »
I am extremely iffy about this thread idea, but if it works, more power to ya! At least it's out of the King's Paws.
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2015, 05:08:59 PM »
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"Ailment of the real world" = people who walk around just looking at their phones >:(
I've stopped deviating my current path, and will bang against them if needed to make my point ;D (normally they notice a couple of paces away)

I did a bad thing last summer.In the centre of Bristol A guy stepped out in front of me just before a junction, coffee in one hand texting with the other.
Now on a bike peds who cant be arsed to look where they are going are a real hazzard in towns. Instead of beeping the horn I braked got the clutch in and and as he got 3 steps into the road revved the hell out the bike. Coffee went one way phone went the other and I got out of dodge before he had time to get angry.

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2015, 05:20:00 PM »
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"Ailment of the real world" = people who walk around just looking at their phones >:(
I've stopped deviating my current path, and will bang against them if needed to make my point ;D (normally they notice a couple of paces away)

I did a bad thing last summer.In the centre of Bristol A guy stepped out in front of me just before a junction, coffee in one hand texting with the other.
Now on a bike peds who cant be arsed to look where they are going are a real hazzard in towns. Instead of beeping the horn I braked got the clutch in and and as he got 3 steps into the road revved the hell out the bike. Coffee went one way phone went the other and I got out of dodge before he had time to get angry.

Bah, sounds like it was completely necessary. You did what you had to do.  ;D

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2015, 05:28:02 PM »
Speaking of the real word, did anyone hear about the guy that raised prices of a drug by 5000%? It went from $13.50 per pill to $750. Crazy world we live in.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/business/a-huge-overnight-increase-in-a-drugs-price-raises-protests.html?_r=0

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2015, 06:18:45 PM »
Speaking of the real word, did anyone hear about the guy that raised prices of a drug by 5000%? It went from $13.50 per pill to $750. Crazy world we live in.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/business/a-huge-overnight-increase-in-a-drugs-price-raises-protests.html?_r=0

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2015, 07:13:34 PM »
Speaking of the real word, did anyone hear about the guy that raised prices of a drug by 5000%? It went from $13.50 per pill to $750. Crazy world we live in.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/business/a-huge-overnight-increase-in-a-drugs-price-raises-protests.html?_r=0

He backed down off that.  If he had only raised it to $25 or even $50 he wouldn't have heard a peep.

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2015, 09:00:12 PM »

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Speaking of the real word, did anyone hear about the guy that raised prices of a drug by 5000%? It went from $13.50 per pill to $750. Crazy world we live in.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/business/a-huge-overnight-increase-in-a-drugs-price-raises-protests.html?_r=0

Caught a little of this but not looked into it from what I understand the IP was bought by a hedge fund and did what hedge funds do in the medical world. Looked to kill people for profit.The Sociapathic attitude is it's a TB drug America has a low incidence of TB so its only poor people elsewhere who will die.
You live in a country which holds it's population hostage through healthcare. This is just an extension of the process. The market will provide and all that....(does not necessarily mean for you. Read the T&C's warranty void if opened)
From whe I stand America looks like a very rich part of the 3rd world. It is really disappointing because you tend to be good people who deserve better.

« Last Edit: September 23, 2015, 09:07:01 PM by Rostum »

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2015, 09:10:37 PM »


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Speaking of the real word, did anyone hear about the guy that raised prices of a drug by 5000%? It went from $13.50 per pill to $750. Crazy world we live in.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/business/a-huge-overnight-increase-in-a-drugs-price-raises-protests.html?_r=0

Caught a little of this but not looked into it from what I understand the IP was bought by a hedge fund and did what hedge funds do in the medical world. Looked to kill people for profit. . The Sociapathic attitude is it's a TB drug America has a low incidence of TB so its only poor people elsewhere who will die.
You live in a country which holds it's population hostage through healthcare. This is just an extension of the process. The market will provide and all that....(does not necessarily mean for you. Read the T&C's warranty void if opened)
From whe I stand America looks like a very rich part of the 3rd world. It is really disappointing because you tend to be good people who deserve better.

Oh my! This really is a politics thread.  ;D ;D

Rich part of the third world... that's one I'll have to try out on some folks.

It is strange, isn't it, that the land of the people, by the people and for the people fought like a tiger against unionization, human rights, women's rights, gay rights, etc. But we've gotten there/getting there on the individual rights I've mentioned. But where we fall short is any place where there is a whiff of wealth redistribution or interference with conducting business.
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2015, 09:31:56 PM »


You live in a country which holds it's population hostage through healthcare.

I don't think I have ever read a more accurate statement.

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #27 on: September 23, 2015, 09:39:24 PM »
From here it looks like you have:

A justice system that says you are innocent until proven bankrupt
A healthcare racket that again you get great treatment until bankrupt
A political system that is sold to the highest bidder
Student debt that can never be written off.
3 letter agencies intent on destroying the American way of life and keeping you scared
A constitution that is being used to keep the population in check and it's protections ignored by those in power.
An insistance that capitalism* is the only answer in spite of the evidence to the contary
A paramilitary police force seizing assets from the public without just causehttp://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/2014/09/06/stop-and-seize/

Yup could be any third world dictatorship. We are following in your footsteps and I am well aware that the future holds little that is good for any of us. This is not an attempt to troll America or Americans. I am aware of how proud you tend to be of your Nation, but you really need to correct the idea that money is more important than anything else.

*Except when to big to fail banks need your tax dollars to continue their racketeering. That's a fine example of socialism

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #28 on: September 23, 2015, 10:07:54 PM »
@Rostum, you should really be clearer about your POV.  :D ;D ;D

At some point, I'll muster an argument for some fragment of American exceptionalism. But for the moment, I've had two hard ciders - which is quite enough for me, thank you. I feel like maybe I'm on track with my story (which may be the alcholhol talking thank you very much). And I have a baseball game to stumble wander over to.

[politics] for later   ;) [/politicfs]
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #29 on: September 23, 2015, 10:09:23 PM »
@Rostum, you should really be clearer about your POV.  :D ;D ;D

At some point, I'll muster an argument for some fragment of American exceptionalism. But for the moment, I've had two hard ciders - which is quite enough for me, thank you. I feel like maybe I'm on track with my story (which may be the alcholhol talking thank you very much). And I have a baseball game to stumble wander over to.

[politics] for later   ;) [/politicfs]

If you're going to watch the Orioles you may need to have several more hard ciders.