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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 6:14 PM

Re: Why US health costs are so high.

But what in the diet?

According to this, we have added about 500 calories per day (on average). That's one major reason we're so fat. It's mostly in increased fats and grains (wheat, rice, and corn), not so much extra red [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 2:26 PM

Re: Anxiety about electric cars misplaced

To be fair, the study didn't say that anxiety about electric cars is misplaced. Rather, it just found that newer versions of electric cars with larger batteries (like the future 60kwh Bolt) could meet driving needs for 98% of [more]

Fri Aug 19

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 4:56 PM

Re: Still bugs me

Trump is hitting the economic populism issue though. He's constantly talking about trade issues and trade agreements, framed in the context of US job losses.

Sure, but that's the one area of economic populism that has a lot [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 4:54 PM

Re: Obamacare Morphing into Medicare

This NYT article describes how Obamacare plans are changing away from employer type plans and towards a Medicare type menu of treatment.

Not Medicare. Mediccaid. The article describes how they are moving towards only providing [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 4:48 PM

Re: US Doctors Call for Universal Healthcare

Outside my level here but what does reimbursement levels cover? Does it include things that would no longer be needed under single payer?

What we're referring to is the payments that medical providers receive for providing medical [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 4:15 PM

Re: Still bugs me

I keep hearing the TV pundits saying that Trump is representing economic populism, but no pill supports that notion. If Trump was actually an economic populist I'd support him. The problem is when these TV pundits keep repeating the lie that [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 4:08 PM

Re: US Doctors Call for Universal Healthcare

Based on past conversations with albaby, they won't have a choice if it is to work.

Again, that's not entirely accurate.

They won't have a choice if single-payer is to reduce medical expenses...but [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 1:47 PM

Re: Why don't we deal with enviro. threats

Really? I thought you were the one who had $150/barrel by some set date (I forget when). But the sudden drop to <$50 surprised everyone and established the winner of the bet.

Nope - cnaylor picked the over. I was the pollyanna [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 10:11 AM

Re: US Doctors Call for Universal Healthcare

What's interesting is that this will negatively affect them. As albaby has pointed out before, it would require some price controls that would likely involve pay cuts for many/most doctors and other personnel.

That's not [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 9:46 AM

Re: Why don't we deal with enviro. threats

Based on the latest research I just read recently, they are expecting an exponential growth rate in sea level rise. So instead of the ~1ft by 2100 some estimates are as high as 6-9m. So, more than a decade. But possibly within your children's [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 9:36 AM

Re: Why don't we deal with enviro. threats

Albaby lost a bet over the price of oil because, much to everyone's surprise, the price plummeted.

I won that bet. I had argued that the price of oil wouldn't grow to the sky (or at least to $150 per barrel), in [more]

Thu Aug 18

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:20 PM

Re: Why don't we deal with enviro. threats

And how much is this going to cost the nation (and you KNOW the little guy will end up getting it in the shorts) when Florida is under water?

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How many trillions will it cost? Moving an entire state of people (and
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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:06 PM

Re: Why don't we deal with enviro. threats

With over 300 million wills of the people how exactly does one do such things?

In no small part, by having a legislature that is composed of representatives of portions of the overall population. By giving a huge chunk of the [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 4:51 PM

Re: Why don't we deal with enviro. threats

It's depressing if, as you seem to describe. most Americans - who are the biggest source of carbon emissions over history - ignore their guilt and only think about their own immediate wealth...grasping for pennies today even at the expense of [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 4:15 PM

Re: Why don't we deal with enviro. threats

They'll pay all right... whether they want to or not.

Not for years, if not for decades. And remember, the U.S. is an over-emitter of carbon - we're one of the free riders on emissions, so we get more economic benefit [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 4:13 PM

Re: Why don't we deal with enviro. threats

So you are saying that the politician's sole purpose in power is to get reelected?

No. Rather, that politicians in representative democracies have two broad roles, which sometimes conflict with each other:

1) [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 1:16 PM

Re: Why don't we deal with enviro. threats

So instead of just doing it they asked people if it was OK? }};-@


Not leadership.


But it is representation. Public officials have to fulfill both roles; and they have to choose what to do when the roles conflict. [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 1:13 PM

Re: Why don't we deal with enviro. threats

As you like to point out on other topics, most issues do not lend themselves to being single-issue-voter worthy. Abortion is one that does. So do guns. Developing alternative energy while phasing out fossil fuels? Won't win you any fans in [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 1:01 PM

Re: Why don't we deal with enviro. threats

Of course they had a choice. Ride a bike. Walk. Take a bus. Push your leaders to install transit/rail. There are lots of choices. But people found them unpalatable for whatever reason(s).

They didn't have a choice if they [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 12:37 PM

Re: Why don't we deal with enviro. threats

Would people change their vote over a 5¢ increase in the price of a liter of gas?

Oh, yes - absolutely. That's about $0.20 per gallon. To put that in context, New Jersey is considering a similar-sized gas tax ($0.23 per [more]

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