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Politics / Re: Universal health care bill passes U.S. Congress
« on: March 23, 2010, 06:14:44 PM »
No, none of your inferences are based on fact.

It sounds like you're quoting from Sarah Palin.

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Politics / Re: China, Google and Internet censorship
« on: March 23, 2010, 06:13:32 PM »
It isn't as if any Chinese will actually care about Google leaving their country.

It hasn't been proven whether China was in fact behind the attacks.

You can have your ideology and China can have theirs.

Most Chinese use Baidu.

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Politics / Re: Universal health care bill passes U.S. Congress
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:02:52 PM »
The health care system isn't going to be much more 'socialized' than it already is, considering SS (Social Security, not Schutzstaffel) and Medicare are government run, and many insurance companies owe the government money.
You also don’t cite any facts, which I find rather disturbing, because it shows to what extent the media at the right can influence people from reason.
Isn’t extending health insurance to more Americans the point? Nobody except perhaps you family cares about your specific circumstance, seeing as you can already afford insurance. The bill extends Medicare to 150% of the poverty line, provides subsidies for those between 150 and 400% of the poverty line, and will reimburse doctors and hospitals for providing subsidies/free care to the poorer.
Do you know what 'socialized' means?  Instead of trying to lower the price of medicare coverage so more people can afford to pay for it themselves, the government taxes the middle to upper class to pay for the others insurrance.  This is a form of redistributing the wealth aka socialism.  There are many ways to lower prices without the governement paying for people's insurrance including: investing in preventive medicine, reduction of abuse and fraud in the Medicare program, malpractice reform, allowing issurance commpanies to trade over state lines, immigration reform, est.

And how the hell do you think you're going to implement your said solutions? Anyways, I don't see what is wrong with wealth redistribution, and its already being done, seeing as the income tax is variable depending on your income, between 0 and 33%.

I also don't see how your solutions are actually solutions. Investing in preventive medicine is a vague idea, and I can't see how this can be implemented as to produce tangible results, which is the problem with essentially all those solutions. How would you reduce abuse/fraud? How would you deal with malpractice? Are those two really issues that are important on a large scale? What about legal issues arising out of insurance companies trading over state lines?

If we had magical bullets to solve every problem we'd be living in a utopia.

The health care bill should actually save money, seeing as it cuts federal spending for certain programs, and provides for taxation of businesses not offering health insurance, as well as uninsured individuals.
Explain to me why it is a good idea to tax small business(the greatest source of job creation) when the economy is bad.  The "cuts federal spending for certain programs" is cuts in Medicare.

Small businesses get subsidies for providing employees with health care, so your point is moot.

Why is this bill a good idea?
1. There isn't a single government agency or division that runs efficiently; do we really want an organization that developed the U.S. Tax Code handling something as complex as health care?
2. "Free" health care isn't really free since we must pay for it with taxes; expenses for health care would have to be paid for with higher taxes or spending cuts in other areas such as defense, education, etc.
3. Profit motives, competition, and individual ingenuity have always led to greater cost control and effectiveness.
4. Government-controlled health care would lead to a decrease in patient flexibility.
5. The health-care industry likely will become infused with the same kind of corruption, back-room dealing, and special-interest-dominated sleeze that is already prevalent in other areas of government.
6. Patients aren't likely to curb their drug costs and doctor visits if health care is free; thus, total costs will be several times what they are now.
7. Just because Americans are uninsured doesn't mean they can't receive health care; nonprofits and government-run hospitals provide services to those who don't have insurance, and it is illegal to refuse emergency medical service because of a lack of insurance.
8. Government-mandated procedures will likely reduce doctor flexibility and lead to poor patient care.
9. Healthy people who take care of themselves will have to pay for the burden of those who smoke, are obese, etc.
10. A long, painful transition will have to take place involving lost insurance industry jobs, business closures, and new patient record creation.
11. Loss of private practice options and possible reduced pay may dissuade many would-be doctors from pursuing the profession.
12. Malpractice lawsuit costs, which are already sky-high, could further explode since universal care may expose the government to legal liability, and the possibility to sue someone with deep pockets usually invites more lawsuits.
13. Government is more likely to pass additional restrictions or increase taxes on smoking, fast food, etc., leading to a further loss of personal freedoms.
14. Patient confidentiality is likely to be compromised since centralized health information will likely be maintained by the government.
15. Health care equipment, drugs, and services may end up being rationed by the government. In other words, politics, lifestyle of patients, and philosophical differences of those in power, could determine who gets what.
16. Patients may be subjected to extremely long waits for treatment.


Few of these concerns are legitimate, I'll tackle them in order. I’ve numbered them for clarity. 
1. The government is designed to be inefficient, as to make sure it works as fairly as possible. If you wanted efficiency you can take a time machine and go to Italy during World War II. However, your point is irrelevant anyways as it is based under the assumption the government is going to ‘taking control of’ health care, which is isn’t.
2. Wealthier families can pay more, and even if they didn’t have to, the benefits have to be weighed. Someone will have to look up where the cuts are being made/what taxes are being implemented before we can fairly argue this point.
3. That’s your opinion, and it doesn’t conflict with the health care bill anyways. You’re stuck with a viewpoint of a vague, messy hive mind that is the government enveloping everything, which severely limits your viewpoint.
4. No it wouldn’t. Fact-check that please. You are allowed to stay with your current insurer as long as they don’t change the plan, and the government does not dictate your new insurer/doctor, merely recommends them.
5. That’s a hypothetical, so I ask you for proof.
6. That is again a hypothetical, so I ask you for proof.
7. Yes, and they’ll have to pay. The new health-care bill subsidizes insurance for the poor, and offers a plethora of new ways to get it.
8. Nope. You have to fact-check these, this is a myth that is blatantly untrue.
9. Where did you get that idea? Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, or Glenn Beck?
10. That won’t happen, seeing as no companies are going to be dismantled…
11. Again, an idea based on an untrue myth.
12. Malpractice makes up for a tiny fraction of a fraction of health care costs, and you’re basing this on a hypothetical.
13. Where did you get that idea?
14. --16. Hypotheticals…
In the end, although your list seems impressive, it is based mostly on personal assumptions and no facts.

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TSoG Bugs / Re: Telepath RPG: Servants of God buglist
« on: March 22, 2010, 08:04:51 PM »
You can do that after any cutscene, only Mission 4 is the most convenient as you can redo it over and over again.

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TSoG Wish List / Re: New attacks for teammates
« on: March 22, 2010, 07:47:48 PM »
if they're falling and we have an aerial view shouldn't they start big and decrease in size?

Oops, that's what I meant. Or at least was thinking about before typing.

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Politics / Re: Universal health care bill passes U.S. Congress
« on: March 22, 2010, 07:46:10 PM »
Yesh, It toke you guys that long to get a better health care system. Canada has a free health care system and we have been doing just fine. then again, their are no socailists patries in America. God Bless Tommy Douglas and the NDP (only this one time though).
With America socializing health care, where will Canadians go?


Pretty much everyone agrees that the Health Care System needs Reform, but making "any" change won't make it better.  The Democrats praised Medicare and Social Security, but Social Security is bankrupted and Medicare is losing money to this loathsome bill.  Bureaucracies are inefficient and shouldn't be running one-sixth of the US economy.  The cuts in medicare shows that Obama prefers to help the guy-who-will-not-buy-health-insurance-because-he-wants-to-have-a-bigger-house rather then your and my grandparents.

The health care system isn't going to be much more 'socialized' than it already is, considering SS (Social Security, not Schutzstaffel) and Medicare are government run, and many insurance companies owe the government money.
You also don’t cite any facts, which I find rather disturbing, because it shows to what extent the media at the right can influence people from reason.
Isn’t extending health insurance to more Americans the point? Nobody except perhaps you family cares about your specific circumstance, seeing as you can already afford insurance. The bill extends Medicare to 150% of the poverty line, provides subsidies for those between 150 and 400% of the poverty line, and will reimburse doctors and hospitals for providing subsidies/free care to the poorer.
Since the governement decides what and who gets covered, they can decide that certain heart surgeries are too expense and will not be covered.

Have you read the bill? Can you point to a particular provision that says this?



Nobody has read the whole thing, I hope. Also,

Personally I'm against government influence in many parts of economy, people, etc. So I'm against universal health care, as long as there are so many other government policies and commissions using up federal reserves. So, as I am a little biased as I have read none of the health care bill and only barely understand it, I'm pretty much against it on general principle in that the U.S. government is so stretched and so much in debt with a floundering economy.

So while health care does sound good, But right now? I don't think its the time.


The health care bill should actually save money, seeing as it cuts federal spending for certain programs, and provides for taxation of businesses not offering health insurance, as well as uninsured individuals.
I don’t see what you mean by ‘stretched’ either, seeing as none of the provisions require much more supervision than Medicare and SS need now. 
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There are some important details you need to understand about the bill:
-You are allowed to keep your current health care plan as long as the insurer does not change it.
-The bill does not restrict health care, neither does it call for ‘snooping’ on individuals.
-You will be able to choose your benefits, as before.
-Health care will not be denied depending on personal characteristics
-And other such myths are likely untrue…there is a fact-check I’m pulling these from. It is here.


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TSoG Walkthroughs / Yellow Orb
« on: March 21, 2010, 11:14:23 PM »
Don't equip it--it Craig didn't fix a fork bomb associated with it and the game crashes if you keep it on too long.

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TSoG Wish List / Re: New attacks for teammates
« on: March 21, 2010, 10:43:22 PM »
Another possibility, of course, would be to have the projectiles start out small, then increase in size and explode.

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Forum Games / Re: Corrupt a Wish Foundation
« on: March 21, 2010, 10:42:15 PM »
Wish granted. You stumble in front of a car.

So?

Whatev, wish granted, you wake up in a cave 50 years later.

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TSoG Bugs / Re: Telepath RPG: Servants of God buglist
« on: March 21, 2010, 09:54:46 PM »
Yes, you are absolutely correct, it is a near-fatal bug, Craig has announced he will be abandoning the project in two weeks if he can't fix it.

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TSoG Wish List / Re: New attacks for teammates
« on: March 21, 2010, 09:53:42 PM »
Think Pyro Hail maybe?  ;)

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Forum Games / Re: Corrupt a Wish Foundation
« on: March 21, 2010, 09:52:25 PM »
You didn't get my wish, so you didn't corrupt it.

I wished I was super-retarded so I wouldn't be aware of anything. I wouldn't even know if anyone took me to Cantarctica.

It is a near-incorruptible wish; you have to get more creative...

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Politics / Re: Universal health care bill passes U.S. Congress
« on: March 21, 2010, 09:47:33 PM »
That reminds me, you're a lawyer, is your main income from law, scholarships, games, or your family?

On topic:

The Tea Partyers piss me off, but I don't have much to say, other than wondering how senators can bear to filibuster for so f'n long.

And I'm glad Congress can now focus on more pressing issues.

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General Discussion / Re: To Pay Or Not To Pay?
« on: March 21, 2010, 06:13:42 PM »
As long as he doesn't leak the source code/goes for a patent he should be protected from IR crime.

And if he doesn't keep up the updating, it will take far longer to do bug testing as he doesn't have the wide audience testing out the whole game as he would with continuing updates.

Also, if he'd stopped updates, I'd lose interest, and forget about the game, and even if I had a credit card unlikely to buy it.

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Forum Games / Re: Corrupt a Wish Foundation
« on: March 21, 2010, 04:52:02 PM »
Wish granted. Scientists take you into a remote Antarctic lab where they sedate and vivisect you.

I wish I was super-mentally retarded.

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