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1) Message boards : Politics : Big Pharmaceutical companies price gouging (Message 1719756)
Posted 2 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Why is healthcare costs so very big in the US?

Frivolous lawsuits generated by unethical lawyers seeking to make their fortunes driving up insurance costs to compensate causing doctors and medical facilities to keep raising their prices to cover the insurance costs generated by unethical lawyers filing frivolous lawsuits.

Partial Answer: Tort Reform and Legal sanctions on repeated attorney offenders.

In three years the insulin has gone up over 400%. Nobody else makes it and people on insulin don't have any other options.

So you don't think Bob's observation in starting this thread is a major component?

Why do you think only one company is willing to make it anymore? Lawsuits?
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part II You wouldn't believe what they found! (Message 1719725)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
You wouldn't believe what I borrowed from my corner shop today! Apart from being in bad taste it is also incorrect because genuine Biltong is dried Elephant meat.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biltong
Biltong is a variety of dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa. Various types of meat are used to produce it, ranging from beef and game meats to fillets of ostrich from commercial farms.
3) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1719719)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Just the Human Condition.

No not at all. Simply sets that intersect.
4) Message boards : Politics : Big Pharmaceutical companies price gouging (Message 1719714)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
So when are you lot going to jump on the Universal health care train and stop being suckers as it already is costing you in the hip pocket .

You mean that isn't Obamacare? Then why when we fiscal conservatives said it was crap and only going to raise prices did all of you from the rest of the world jump on our throats and tell us to approve it because universal healthcare was this wonderful thing?! I simply can't believe any liberal would have thought putting wall street in charge of medicine would be a good thing!
5) Message boards : Politics : Ephebiphobia (Message 1719659)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
if you haven't earned the right to be who you are by 75 then when do you have the right?
Popping your bubble, conformity is a requirement! That's why they engineered governments to have the rule of the tyranny of the majority.
6) Message boards : Politics : Big Pharmaceutical companies price gouging (Message 1719658)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
My particular form of Type II was diagnosed 11 years ago. I have successfully treated it by diet, exercise and an oral med called Metformin(commonly prescribed initially).

FYI my last refill of Metformin, 90 day supply, was under $10 at Costco, no insurance, with Costco RX med plan (free). It sounds like your insurance is paying for my prescription to be cheap.
7) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1719605)
Posted 10 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
i got a post from change.org to sine a potision for background checks on gun
purchases sighting this,

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/27/us/wdbj7-virginia-journalists-shot-during-live-broadcast.html?_r=0

a fired black newscaster shoots two white newscasters live on air.
now am i supposed to think the black newscaster was racies, or the white newscasters were racist or the station was racist.
i see a tragedy were 2 white people were gunned down by a black man who also
tragically committed suicide and i do not see how a background check could have helped.
so i find the whole thing sad does that make me a racist?
please explain it to me because i do not understand!

He last employer ordered him to go to a head shrink or be fired. HIPPA won't let us know if he did. HIPPA also won't let us know if his shrink should have reported his sorry butt to the gun database.

As to him, heard an interview with a station director who fired his butt some years before for a station in Tallahassee. He was a very angry gay man. One has to wonder if he had as many issues as Chelsea Manning and needed the Caitlyn Jenner treatment?
8) Message boards : Politics : Big Pharmaceutical companies price gouging (Message 1719438)
Posted 20 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Amendment, limit of 1 term in each office, no pension, salary = Avg US wage + audited costs, cannot be a lawyer.

I want my politicians to be much better than average people and should be paid much better than average.
You get what you pay for if your lucky, if you don't pay for it you will get nothing.

Legislatures should only be in session 3 days a year. One day for opening ceremonies, one day for closing ceremonies, and one day for business.
</pipe dream>
9) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1719436)
Posted 20 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Wow. What I take away is that MB was running away when DW discharged the first shot. Then MB must have stopped to turn around and face him. Then DW shot at him a lot more times.

As to those missing witnesses, perhaps they weren't witnesses, just people interviewed to see if they might have been witnesses, or they only witnesses by sound and not sight. PBS doesn't say what criteria they used in selecting who was in the table.

OBW that table shows about how reliable witness testimony is. People are terrible at observation!
10) Message boards : Politics : Big Pharmaceutical companies price gouging (Message 1719304)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
When this supply runs out I am going to go back to local fulfillment even though it will cost me $50 out of pocket every 90 days. Paying something and actually getting the meds is better than free and having the order cancelled due to incompetence. I will be switching Advantage plans in November.

May I suggest that you wander by a Costco Pharmacy and inquire on their prices.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Submarine thread (Message 1719292)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
...fear of heights (negative to sea level)

12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Speed of light question (Message 1719137)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Yeah. Like i said, William is wrong.


To be honest i have no idea what you're talking about.
You're as vague as William is.

You are wrong as well. You shifted from reference frame of earth to reference frame of ship B without doing a Lorentz transformation.

Actually i never shifted to ship B reference point.
C distance and time all relative to earth/starting-point reference frame

You thought you didn't shift, but when you asked when B sees the light, that is in B's reference frame. You didn't say what time is it on earth when B should see the light.

The problem is more interesting when you realize that A somehow has to know when to emit this light. As A's clock and yardstick have changed relative to earth's, if he uses his clock to time the year he won't emit the pulse when or where the earth observer expects. Same also applies to B and earth, they don't agree on the time or place when the pulse gets there. Why not also include that A encodes the time of his clock on the pulse of light. (The problem gets more interesting if you do it in reality and these ships don't break another of Einstein's laws and have to accelerate at less than infinity, bringing general relativity and gravity into the picture.)

Are you saying that no light from either ship can reach the other, like William did initially?

Of course not. A and B do not measure each other at 1.5c. Work out the transformations to find out what speed they see each other moving at.

Here is a little hint to all. B doesn't stop moving when A emits the light. Where is B when the light finally gets to him? Oh and how much farther does A travel waiting for B to see the light?
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Speed of light question (Message 1719065)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Yeah. Like i said, William is wrong.


To be honest i have no idea what you're talking about.
You're as vague as William is.

You are wrong as well. You shifted from reference frame of earth to reference frame of ship B without doing a Lorentz transformation.
14) Message boards : Politics : 5 year Political future for the UK (Message 1718940)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
This man is CLEARLY a one man crime spree, and if I had known about him years ago, and had been in any position to have done anything about it, his feet wouldn't have touched I can assure you of that.

Did you just say that you think politics belongs in the courtroom?! That courts should be swayed by public opinion?! Or are you saying you should be king/dictator?! Just not sure where your part about being in some position to do something fits in with the legal system, or how you think the legal system should be designed. Especially that part about calling people into account. That sounds like you want them subject to the whipsaw whims of politics.
15) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Speed of light question (Message 1718936)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Well, that's just wrong. If it were correct Ship A would measure Ship B's speed to be 1.5C. Ship A can't measure ship B's speed at greater than C.

Your mistake is only measuring the time dilation. You missed the spatial dilation. Ship A and Ship B's yardsticks aren't a yard long anymore.

Also you have this special not relative place called earth in you example. Ditch it. Same result is A stays put and B flys away, or B stays put and A flys away, or they both fly away from each other.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1718828)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
nono this is a irobot cat roomba it vacuums up the cat then makes a special delivery to the chinese buffet ....thats why your usual meal is 10 bucks and not more .... the roomba cuts out the middle man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj_e9UcJD34
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Boat Thread (Message 1718754)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Hydrofoil Cruiser..

Is that the BOINC logo on the flag?
18) Message boards : Politics : Dallas PD HQ Attacked! (Message 1718743)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Is suicide a sane person's response to being fired?
http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/26/us/virginia-shooting-wdbj/

Or as someone on Gawker pointed out, the second amendment outguns the first.

Someone on Gawker doesn't understand the first amendment. It is freedom from government censorship, not freedom from private censorship. If the private censor pig was restricted then the part about religion would be useless. In short, speech has consequences.

Now are you all ready to discuss the actions of this gay black man?
http://abcnews.go.com/US/shooting-alleged-gunman-details-grievances-suicide-notes/story?id=33336339
In the 23-page document faxed to ABC News, the writer says “MY NAME IS BRYCE WILLIAMS” and his legal name is Vester Lee Flanagan II. He writes what triggered today’s carnage was his reaction to the racism of the Charleston church shooting:

“Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15…”

“What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them."

It is unclear whose initials he is referring to. He continues, “As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!” He said Jehovah spoke to him, telling him to act.
...
“The church shooting was the tipping point…but my anger has been building steadily...I’ve been a human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Submarine thread (Message 1718695)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I could nosh on one, I'm hungry.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1718692)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Ladies only

Why am I not surprised? I'd say more, but then this would be in politics PDQ.


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