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    Nick 0208 Ldn News 24

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    This does exist, right? ;) I've gathered a range of stories to start things off:








    Arkansas Weighs Whether To Remove The Clinton Name From Little Rock's Airport

    http://www.npr.org/2017/03/01/51784...ve-the-clinton-name-from-little-rocks-airport


    Billboard About Gender Roles Sparks Debate, Protest In North Carolina

    http://www.npr.org/2017/02/28/51772...roles-sparks-debate-protest-in-north-carolina


    8/10 wildfires attributed to human causes

    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...-leading-cause-of-wildfires-in-the-u-s-humans



    I trust this is acceptable with you mods? Only the Trump Presidency thread has become so all-encompassing, and we're talking about nation state comparable to the whole of Europe.
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    Ubik Full Member

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    Good thread idea, Nick!
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    Are you actually going to participate in the discussions of the things you post ? :)
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    Nick 0208 Ldn News 24

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    Once i've had time to read them all in full, very probably. However...if i know of posters with either local or expert knowledge, i would rather listen to them first before running my mouth on a topic.
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    Nick 0208 Ldn News 24

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    I don't know if we have any Arkansas natives on the forum, however Rep. Jason Rapert seems to be so far right that Farage be akin to a cuddly liberal.


    On occasion, British politicians can be prone to adopting a somewhat condescending attitude toward our American cousins, yet the positon of various states is some ways of the UK.


    I've been present at a few places where the wildfires were occurring not too many miles away, although mostly while on holiday.What is the position of the Californians among you (to name but one state) , as regards prescribed fires?
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    sincher "I will cry if Rooney leaves"

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    There's a clue to how much of a c*** he is in his name, surely.
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    Is this the atheist thread? :confused:
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    berbatrick Full Member Scout

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    <3

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/05/union-rally-mississippi-nissan-bernie-sanders
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    JustAFan The Adebayo Akinfenwa of football photoshoppers

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    Surprising and at the same time not. Obviously would love to see education be the big winner here, and who knows over all better education might lead to lower incarceration rates. But when you consider that prisoners are under 24/7 "care" no holidays, no summers off, they don't go home to the family at the end of the school day, have to be fed 3 meals a day as opposed to one or two, it becomes easy to see why the cost is higher. Now some of those figures really are crazy. For me it talks more to seeking ways to lower the incarceration rate rather than going into cost cutting mode (though there are probably costs that could be cut, especially if the costs are high due to top heavy administrative staffs).
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    berbatrick Full Member Scout

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    Perhaps, and what is worse is that this is per : then you add in the insane incarceration rates and that will be a scary amount.
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    The state to state variance is possibly the most interesting aspect to come out of it for me. As a general rule it does follow that both tend to be more expensive in the wealthier states (NY), but definitely some systems come out as more and less cost efficient if you look closely.

    Other than that, agree with your point. To believe that education should inherently cost more than incarceration is a result of not thinking through the burdens that each activity entails.
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    The costs per inmate are pretty low. Economies of scale and inhumane conditions I guess.
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    https://www.theguardian.com/busines...otection-laws-repeal-poultry-industry-workers
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    Public Clinics Fear Federal Cuts To Planned Parenthood Would Strand Patients

    http://www.npr.org/sections/health-...s-to-planned-parenthood-would-strand-patients



    There is an illuminating (albeit odd) contribution from a pro-life representative on the corresponding audio report: by the way he was talking, Planned Parenthood walk around canvassing for women to have abortions, as if it is something they aspire to.
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    Republican propaganda against PP is quite rediculous. You wouldn't believe how many people believe that PP is an abortion clinic ONLY.
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    Not the ideal thread for this, but



    Easy as that!
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    Everyone has a condo waiting, as a wedding gift. What's the big deal?
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    Are you on r/latestagecapitalism or is this spreading via twitter too?
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    Twitter! Reddit makes me anxious.
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    Fairly standard views about same-sex marriage, abortion, and the Ten Commandments in this part of the country. Allowing the 10 commandments to decorate local court lawns is a common flashpoint.
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    JustAFan The Adebayo Akinfenwa of football photoshoppers

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    Here is the entire story. While at one point she gave up her car it seems that through it all she and her bf/husband were also able to buy some other properties and rent those out for extra income. This really does not come across as the type of thing the average person could do. I would love to know if her parents or grandparents helped with the financing of the other rental properties.
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    Yup, but AFAIK if something isn't covered, that means you as an individual have to negotiate with the hospital (as opposed to an insurance company representing many clients with many procedures). Which means pay up or declare bankruptcy, right?
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    Yes. I've had insurance pay their portion, and the amount left over was still so much that I had to negotiate a payment plan with the hospital because there was no way I could pay it all at once.
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    I don't really know how it works in practice. Imo know, it is just a price they slap on it to start the negotiation. It is not a price on the margin so it doesn’t reflect the costs to provide the service. I don’t really know enough about hospital administration to understand how they come up with it. I saw a couple of those figures and they seem to be incredible random.
    In my opinion that is a great example of what happens to prices, if you don’t have markets. At least not one that is responsive to individual consumers (maybe this prices have some meaning for insurance companies, but I doubt it) and you are pretty much screwed without further information.
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    JustAFan The Adebayo Akinfenwa of football photoshoppers

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    Same here, was not too bad, but still had to pay it off over time took about 6 months. Would have been worse had we not hit our max out of pocket part way through her hospitalization.
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    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/03/...acy-donald-trump-bernie-sanders-bill-clinton/
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    This is so shameful on both sides:
    Also :eek:
    I'm hoping they didn't get the court packing measure through after Cooper got in? Or are fights still ongoing?
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    matherto ask me about our 50% off sale!

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    American health care is basically anything but. Neither healthy nor caring.

    Literally putting a number on the worth of people's lives scares the hell out of me, it's sociopathic.
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    JustAFan The Adebayo Akinfenwa of football photoshoppers

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    Gerrymandering is a very old problem and needs to be sorted. Even that one ridiculous district in NC has had both republucan and democrat hands in its odd design since the beginning. Some districts have been tried to be designed to give more representation to minorities others to of course decrease it.

    But even when fixed there will always be chances that the results will yield representation not in accordance with the percentages. It is important to realize the reps are from each district not from a state wide vote. US Senators of course are voted at the state level.

    Better designed districts would close the gap in most cases though.
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    berbatrick Full Member Scout

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    One of my favourite quotes
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    JustAFan The Adebayo Akinfenwa of football photoshoppers

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    Nice quote but the reality is we have a system like many others in the world where our representatives are decided by district. That in and of itself is not s violation of the equal protection clause. It works quite well for the most part. Though things like gerrymandering need to be fixed.