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  • On Sat, 1 Aug 2015, 9:02pm PDT in Why police unions should be outlawed, turtledove said:

    WorkInProgress says

    The reason to bash PUBLIC unions is the simple fact that the taxpayer is not at the negotiating table when compensation and benefits are discussed.

    I'm not sure that it has anything to do with the union. I'm fairly certain even if there were no union, I still wouldn't be included in the compensation decisions for public employees.

  • On Sat, 1 Aug 2015, 8:49pm PDT in Zimbabwe to U.S.: Extradite dentist over killing of Cecil the lion, turtledove said:

    SoftShell says

    Shooting a tame humanized lion lured from a zoo with a crossbow and gleefully watching it slowly die over an agonizing 40+ hours is not sport hunting.

    It's a hop skip and a jump from ted bundy territory...

    I've always thought that people who hunt for sport weren't all that far off from hunting a human. At the very minimum, they are desensitized to the pain they are causing another creature. Granted, it's not the same as killing a human, but the lack of sensitivity to creatures other than themselves seems similar to the way a sociopath might think. It's one thing to hunt because that's the only way you are going to eat. Or the only way you can keep warm. But there is something missing from a person who kills for fun. Watching any creature die a horrible death and calling that "fun" is twisted. At what point will they decide that it might be fun to torture and kill a fellow human?

  • On Fri, 31 Jul 2015, 8:06pm PDT in Why are dentists so damn rich?, turtledove said:

    mell says

    There is and has been enormous demand for orthodontics and the lack of insurance has driven the price of a full invisalign treatment down to less than 2 months rent in the bay area, you can even get coupon deals on it.

    It's the same with infertility. We have an IVF practice. Guess how much the price has changed since we started in 2002? Maybe $1,000 for a fresh IVF cycle, all the while the technology has gone waaaaay up. What's different about IVF? It's not covered by insurance. The same can be said about plastics. How much was a boob job 15 years ago? Basically the same as it is now. Since insurance isn't involved in any of these, price is determined by what people can afford to pay.

    Now let's look at the things insurance covers... How much to have an x-ray for a broken bone at the ER? Thousands of dollars. It's gone up hundreds of percentage points over the last 15 years. What's different? Insurance. Instead of being about what people can afford to pay, it's become about what insurance companies can afford to pay. Why anyone thinks that more insurance is the answer is beyond me.

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