atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#3541: I have so many tabs and so little time today.

Therapy is in 3 hours and I was actually reconsidering my stance on not taking the scrap metal to the recycler, but if I'm going to do all that I've got to get a wiggle on.

So I saw the doc this morning, and here's what he said: my T3 and T4 are fine, but my TSH is what's high. The TSH is made by the pituitary gland, and it prompts the thyroid gland to make thyroid hormone. So basically the pituitary is making extra TSH to force the thyroid to make enough T3 and T4 so my body's metabolism is properly regulated.

It's probably okay as things stand right now but if this gets worse, I could get a goiter; still, my reaction to the synthroid was enough to justify discontinuing hormone therapy for now since it's just my TSH that's out of range--and not by much. We decided that we'd recheck it in six months, and if treatment is warranted I'll go to a thyroid specialist for treatment.

Fair enough.

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"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" but apparently the lack of religion does not (yet) register as an establishment of religion.

The standard of evidence required to prove the non-existence of any god (or God) is the same which is required to prove that there is a God (or gods). It's entirely a matter of faith and in fact it's harder to prove the negative (there are no supreme beings) than the positive (God exists and He loves you).

So you see, a "no-church zone" is respecting the establishment of a religion--atheism--which is unconstitutional.

This suits the left just fine, of course.

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Perhaps Iowa isn't a lost cause. I was worried about Iowa after they elected Tom Nutsack Vilsack to be governor--he was governor of Iowa for most of the time I lived there, and in fact was still governor until Obama appointed him to be his Secretary of Agriculture.

WTF does Tom Nutsack know about agriculture?

...anyway Hank Williams Jr. went to the Iowa State Fair and did a show there, and got a lot of pro-USA and anti-Obama cheers. So if Iowa can just overcome the idiocy concentrated in Des Moines, they ought to be okay.

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I said that Obamacare represente the single largest tax increase in US history. I was not wrong; the scheme includes eighteen new taxes.

$370 billion worth of new taxes take effect January 1, 2013.

$275 billion more take effect January 1, 2014.

The official title of Obamacare is "Affordable Care Act". What the fuck is affordable about five hundred billion dollars' worth of tax increases in the next two years?

And by the way, Romneycare is now taking control of doctors in Massachusetts.

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Democrats are more racist than Republicans. Not surprising, considering the Democrats are the party of Jefferson Davis, Jim Crow, segregation, and ex-kleagle Robert Byrd.

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Prominent SF writers made predictions in 1987; how did they do?

Isaac Asimov: "Assuming we haven't destroyed ourselves in a nuclear war, there will be 8-10 billion of us on this planet—and widespread hunger. These troubles can be traced back to President Ronald Reagan who smiled and waved too much."

...he's close on the popuation--7 billion and counting--but dead wrong about the "widespread hunger" thing. Bonus points for blaming it all on Ronald Reagan.

For such a smart man, Asimov sure was an idiot.

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Speaking of stupid people, Another round in the Vox Day vs. John Scalzi blogwar. Three guesses on which one of them I think is stupid.

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Alan Caruba reviews a book talking about the "real" Iran.

Notice please that the Obama administration has never failed to ride to the rescue of groups that want to replace stable governments with islamic dictatorships. Look at Egypt and Libya. "We're all about democracy!" the administration goons told us.

...but before that, when the people of Iran were agitating for free and true elections, Obama's response? "Uh...well...yeah. Democracy, yeah." Because the people were rejecting (or trying to) the imams and the totalitarians who stole an election rather than let themselves get voted out of office.

And of course Jimmy Carter approved.

The problems that we (and the rest of the world) have with Iran are with Iran's government, not the people. The people in power there are ruthlessly and illegally clinging to power. The people want a free, open, and Western society.

Best to remember that when we think about what must be done to keep them from getting the Bomb. We can't just vaporize Tehran.

EMP bursting Tehran would also be a bad idea. Iran is a small enough country that an EMP burst meant to disable their nuclear facilites would also disable every radio, TV, computer, iPod, or electronic whatever in Tehran. Not a good idea if you want the people to remain faithful to the idea of being liberated from their masters.

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"Todd Akin's Really, Really Sorry He's An Idiot". But the fact remains that his "women's bodies have a way of dealing with pregnancy when it's the result of legitimate rape" nonsense was an amazingly stupid thing to say. (Comment paraphrased.) I'm surprised he was able to speak well enough to be understood with his instep between his molars.

I don't know what he was thinking, but that comment was enough to damn his candidacy.

The worst part is, he's running against Claire McCaskill. The GOP couldn't have found someone better than this to challenge Claire McCaskill? I mean, that's like pitting Dan Quayle against Joe Biden.

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One from Borepatch:

Commentary on the Colorado university system's inability to do math. They want to build a new football stadium in order to attract more out-of-state students.

...

In the long run it would be simpler and much cheaper just to pay the out-of-state students to come to Colorado's state schools. The new stadium would run at least $246 million, for a net gain of perhaps 600 students per year in the best case.

So instead of spending $246 million on a new stadium, just drop the tuition price for out-of-state students by the same $3,000 per year that you do for in-state students. That $246 million would fund that discount for some 80,000 out-of-state students and you'd be no worse off than you are now.

But the problem is a $60 million shortfall due to in-state tuitions, and we want to attract out-of-state students to make up for that. Hint: when you're $60 million in the hole, you're not going to fix it by spending an additional $250 million.

Simple: knock $1,500 per year off the price for out-of-state students, and raise the price for in-state students by $1,500 per year. The result? Your school becomes more attractive to out-of-state students, your in-state students pay more, and the deal is a wash in bookkeeping so at worst it's revenue-neutral.

But of course because I'm not highly edumacated like the people running that university, I can't see all the blatantly apparent dangers and pitfalls that riddle this obvious solution to the problem.

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Two from Borepatch:

Another demonstration of Anarcho-Tyranny and how it is increasingly the system of government of the United States. His example of the "anarcho" side is the recent beating of a man a few blocks from the Capitol Building by a bunch of unruly "youths" (read: "a gang of black kids"). The "tyranny" side refers to the recent flap over a valedictorian not getting her diploma because she said "hell".
I have a simple solution for this problem. The good burghers of Prague, OK could round the Principle, Mr. Rick Martin (School Superintendent), and the entire School Board and apply a generous coating of tar and feathers and then run out of town on a rail.
You know, as much as I detest mob justice, I do believe that the System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Feather really ought to come back into vogue, you know? How many of these petty tyrants could (or would) continue to act like this if they had to fear being dipped in tar and cast out of their community for being asshats?

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(I've awarded myself bonus points for working the title of an obscure Edgar Allen Poe short story into that....)

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Three from Denninger:

Best Buy is tanking. Best Buy is tanking because they don't understand how to do business in a world that has the Internet.

No, it's worse than that: they sell products with poor margins, and they're luxury items to boot. In this economy.

Best Buy doesn't really compete on price; they can't--the margins are already too thin. They don't sell anything you can't buy at a hundred other stores, usually for exactly what you'd pay at Best Buy. So why go there?

That's the problem they've got--and it's a problem that all appliance stores have faced. Most of which have, by now, gone out of business.

They can't even win on service. Best Buy's idea of "service" is upselling extended warranties and trying to get people to pay $85 for a $3 HDMI cable solely because it says "MONSTER" on it.

So I don't expect Best Buy to be around this time next year. They've already closed a bunch of stores, exactly the way Borders did a while back.

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Facebook stock is still a sucker's bet. Except for the founders of the company, who will get very, very rich selling the stock to suckers.

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Health care is way overpriced, and we have government interference to thank for it.

Salient point, emphasis removed:
In 1963 it cost $120.55 to have a baby in a hospital, according to one man who actually stroked the check. There was no "insurance" for any such routine and expected medical procedures (have sex, child will likely follow if you do it often enough.)

This is great because the BLS says that the CPI was 30.4 in 1963. Today it's 229.104, or 7.54x as high.

So we'll multiply $120.55 X 7.54 and we get $908.95, or what it should cost for everything, including the room for both baby and mother, drugs, the delivery room, circumcision (it was a boy, obviously) and lab fees. This covered four days in the hospital, incidentally, not the less-than-24 hour "quickie" that is usually the norm today.

Now I'll grant you this was an "uncomplicated" birth. And? Most births are. Some are not, but a routine birth was, in 2012 dollars, under $1,000 in 1963.

And trust me, babies are born the same way in 2012 that they were in 1963; they are emitted out of the same place in the mother, the same labor and delivery process happens, the cord still has to be cut, etc.

Oh sure, things go wrong and when they do it can get more expensive -- quickly.

But find me a hospital that will deliver a baby, with a four day stay for mother and child, for $1,000 cash anywhere in the United States. You can't because such a hospital does not exist.
The problem is the disconnect between the consumer and the provider. Medical bills get shoveled around several times between provider and insurer (ie various middlemen) before the consumer sees the first bill from the provider--and usually the bill is greatly reduced one way or another.

If you're not insured, you pay full bore for whatever the provider feels like charging.

...but I don't need to elucidate all that as Denninger does quite a nice job himself.

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I've spent 1.5 hours on blogging and have 1.5 hours before my therapy appointment. This means that I ought to have time to get over to the scrapyard and the Yamaha dealership. Right?

Well, I'm about to give it the old college try.
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