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  1. US politics 2016: I can see Russia from my White House

    I think there's some genuine danger there with the attacks on voting and on the press. But I'm hopeful that the folks involved are too incompetent to pull it off.
  2. US politics 2016: I can see Russia from my White House

    This 21st Century Cures Act is not getting a ton of attention, but it is a very interesting bill that i'm leaning pretty heavily against. Like ObamaCare, it's about a lot of things. One thing is that it pumps billions of dollar back into the National Institutes of Health. That is good. But another thing it's about is speeding up drug approvals at the FDA. This is a potential disaster. For one, there are already mechanisms to help people get experimental drugs that are still in trial. For another, the scenario where a person dies because the cruel b'crats at the FDA didn't approve the life-saving medicine fast enough is comparable to the 24 nuclear bomb scenario: exceedingly rare and a terrible justification for sweeping legislation. And lastly, drugs are dangerous as shit. In the status quo we do and will continue to see people harmed by unforseen consequences of approved drugs. That will just happen more now if this passes. This is complicated as it takes a while for drugs to be tested enough to know if they treat their indications. ETA: I didn't explain my point very well. The problem is the fast-tracking of drug-approval which will undoubtedly lead to harm from adverse events not being well-enough understood before things get approved.
  3. NFL 2016 Week 13: Bigger, Stronger, Faster to IR

    Totally. Having a badass punt team and bragging about it is inadvertantly bringing attention to one's dependence on punting.
  4. Pardon my ignorance, but since it's reported that Jeffrey Wright is back for S2 are we to assume that's for Arnold flashbacks or is he going to be a resurrected host?
  5. US politics 2016: I can see Russia from my White House

    It really is. Too many people just cannot grasp what Kenneth Arrow pointed out many decades ago: healthcare does not function like regular markets. For the truly sick, medical procedures and drugs are extremely expensive, and this is true in just about any system; it's just a matter of degree. Insurance companies in a true market would have the perverse incentive of covering the people that need it least and not covering the people that need it most. An anti-market.
  6. What is the solution though?
  7. College Basketball - Year of the Bluebloods?

    TJ Leaf named player of the week which is apparently something that happened for Lonzo Ball already. Man, Alford saved his own ass with these two.
  8. HBO's Westworld(v4)- What door? [spoilers]

    The Radiohead love of the creator continues. That song playing over the final sequence is Exit Music which was in the Dicaprio and Daynes Romeo and Juliet long ago. Not sure if that portends anything or if it's just another song.
  9. The slow revolt of Western electorates

    Merci beaucoup!
  10. NFL 2016 Week 13: Bigger, Stronger, Faster to IR

    To be fair to the Moose from Scapoose, that "drop" was a perfect volley-ball set to the defender. Terrible. Ted Ginn will run by you.
  11. Even though I've been impressed with Penn State I will be quite shocked if they beat USCw. It is staggering how much they've changed throughout the course of this year once they changed QB's. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Oregon fired Helfrich given all the rumors that had been swirling, but it seems like a premature move to me. Oregon did have a really crap year going 4-8 and having a bad Oregon State team run it down their throats in the finale. But they were in a transition year with a very young and had three losses (Nebraska, Colorado, and Cal) that were a play away from going the other way. And the freshman QB they brought in has a very high ceiling. I think he has the potential to be the best Oregon QB ever after Mariota. I wonder to what extent the decision was just a reaction to this year versus whether there were other signs that Helfrich wasn't a good head coach.
  12. The slow revolt of Western electorates

    Pardon my ignorance, but what's up with this guy Fillon in France? I heard him described as the conservative which would have made me think he's the same party as Le Pen, but apparently that's not the case? Is Fillon from a more mainstream conservative party like Republicans / Tories and Le Pen's party is something more right-wing and formerly fringe?
  13. NFL 2016 Week 13: Bigger, Stronger, Faster to IR

    Are the Lions kinda good? Stepping away from on-field stuff happening at the moment, it looks like San Diego is now even likelier to move to LA. This is big for LA in that they will then have pro football team for the first time in over two decades but blows for the city of San Diego. But does this mean that the impossible dream of the San Diego Raiders is still alive? ETA: Holy shit, missed that Fisher's contract has been extended.
  14. I am also hoping that Michigan doesn't hop over Washington. What is the point of the whole power 5 thing if a strong champion from one can easily be displaced by just one of the four top teams from another? Washington's only loss is to USC who is now looking like the best team not named Alabama, and they hammered a good Colorado team in that championship game. It's not that Michigan or Penn State are undeserving. It's that if Washington can be displaced in this scenario than anything goes, it would seem.