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Posted on December 12 at 11:22 a.m.
sharpen123, the argument is NOT that "private industry always does everything right".
The argument is that if government does it then they create a monopoly on the industry and if they mess it up there is no competition and we are stuck with them.
If private industry messes up, there are alternatives and competition. Nobody is holding a gun to your head forcing you to purchase services from the private market - oh wait - the government forces you to purchase products and services from the private market like utilities and now health insurance.. not to mention everything they subsidize from GMO corn and wheat to generations of cheap oil that has cost millions in innocent lives lost in wars and occupation of the middle east. And we wonder how we got addicted to oil.
foofighter is correct that government is pushing for electronic medical records. I think they are inevitable and it isn't necessarily a bad thing in theory. If you get injured in an accident in another state and they take you to the hospital, it might be nice for them to find out things like medication allergies or any installed equipment with a simple search, but it should be a service offered to patients rather than foisted on them through government regulation.
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Posted on December 12 at 10:54 a.m.
lol, foofighter you are the one making embarrassing statements.There was plenty of herb back in the 60s and 70s that was as or nearly as potent as today. They also had hash, and hash has not gotten any more potent. The average quality of green bud may have risen some, but that doesn't even matter, because people simply ingest larger quantities of the less potent herb and it has a similar effect but with more health problems in case you are ingesting it through smoking. So now it is simply more healthy. But don't think that people were not taking very potent hallucinogenic pot brownies back in the 70s, because they were.
The studies I cited were from 1983, 1992, 1998 and 1999 as well as a study done just in the last couple of years in Seattle where it was legal for patients and is now legal for recreational use. There are also more recent studies if you search for the ones I posted you will get several lists of such studies, I just posted a small sampling.
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Posted on December 12 at 12:49 a.m.
I thought it was excellent, thanks for the perspective.
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Posted on December 11 at 8:18 p.m.
JohnT, the police would be required to monitor that the cars were compliant and the devices were not circumvented which would require a bigger police state which is precisely everything I am against.
Posted on December 11 at 8:06 p.m.
Tabatha I would buy airbags voluntarily, I don't need the government to tell me to do so.
In fact, I really wish they wouldn't, since if I were a really tall person or a really short person I might decide that I don't want them:
Posted on December 11 at 7:41 p.m.
Yes, the government should make sure that all of our behaviour is constantly monitored, what could go wrong?
Posted on December 11 at 7:27 p.m.
Native1, a vibrant young woman living in Santa Barbara and choosing to engage herself fully into the recreational alcohol lifestyle by participating and choosing it as her employment and making it into a huge part of her life unfortunately suffered a horrible tragedy that just happened, incidentally, to be related to her chosen lifestyle and was caught up in someone's emotional distress and PTSD thanks to our violent overseas empire. If you read about this guy you would know he was an alcoholic many years ago, using the substance to treat his PTSD from the Iraq war. We sent him there with our tax dollars and now we are all mad at him for being messed up in the head. What a great society we live in. Anyway, if you know how alcohol works for some people, you see what I'm saying. Otherwise you may need to study up.
I did NOTHING to disparage this girl because I fully respect her right to engage in that lifestyle and have done so myself, there is no reason you should be attacking me.
I am fighting for people's right to live their life how they choose and continue to be vibrant themselves, whether they choose to consume alcohol in a somewhat responsible manner or otherwise is up to them - but I am not going to sit here and watch other people use her victim status to promote an anti-civil liberties agenda that flies in the face of the life that she lived. THAT I believe is disrespectful, THAT is what I was trying to stop from happening, ok? So stop trying to bully me into feeling guilty because it won't work, I have nothing to feel guilty about here.
Posted on December 11 at 7 p.m.
Right, let us take away everybody's rights because a few people are irresponsible..
A more stringent law would have prevented this how exactly? Last I heard DUIs cost people nearly $10k in lawyers, fines and court costs plus insurance increases and license suspensions.That is already very significant, yet people still drink and drive.
Why don't we have a real, intellectually honest discussion about driving under the influence of alcohol? This zero tolerance attitude just drives the vast majority of people away from the discussion because it is completely incoherent and illogical. People in SB enjoy drinking recreationally and will continue to do so. Occasionally there will be a drinking related tragedy just as there are tragedies that occur in every aspect of life.
The fact is that some people are better drivers than others. A person who has good driving skills and is responsible may be a better driver with a .04 BAC than some people are sober. If they can act responsibly and get themselves home safely then they should have every right to do that, and it happens hundreds if not thousands of times, every night in our very own community.
I want to add before I get attacked that I rarely, rarely ever drive with any alcohol in my system and never drive anywhere near the legal limit. I also discourage others from driving when they are intoxicated whenever I can. I am not FOR drunk driving, I am FOR holding people responsible for their actions to encourage people to make good life decisions on their own. I think it is very irresponsible to drive while heavily intoxicated such as this guy did. However there are plenty of people who are able to do it responsibly and they should not be punished for this person's actions.
Posted on December 11 at 5:28 p.m.
Ya and there has been a jackhammer outside my bedroom window the last few mornings starting at 7:55am and it sucks. I figure I'll either deal with it until it stops or I'll move because I guess those gas lines or whatever just have to be updated.
I'll bet these are some of the same people who will, if they get their way and the class is cancelled, complain when a few of these band members turn to gangs during next semester with all the extra free time they have.
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Posted on December 11 at 4:44 p.m.
That's great that you think every time a police officer goes into a house "not knowing what is on the other side" that he should just shoot everybody. Holy cow.
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