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By gzt (Mon Sep 18, 2017 at 03:50:02 PM EST) gzt, lunix, liberalists, torture, opioids (all tags)
Baseball is baseballing. Over the last couple years I started following baseball again, perhaps as a good break from work, or a bad break from work, or perhaps because my team (the Chicago Cubs) actually started being interesting again.

My interest in baseball waned after the 1994 strike, especially since my favorite players started retiring or moving on - Ryne Sandberg was my idol of sorts, Andre Dawson as well, and Greg Maddux was unstoppable. I perked up a little bit for the chase for 62 homers, for Kerry Wood, and for the playoff runs, but I have little sense of what went on in baseball besides that between 1996 and 2015. I picked up again in 2015 because something magical seemed to be happening. And now it's my primary diversion from other responsibilities.

Anyway, right now there are 13 games left in the season and the Cubs are four games ahead of their closest competition (and they have a four game series against them this week). Mild drama.

My hip seems to have recovered from tweaking it a couple weeks ago, but I seem to have irritated my elbow - it feels like my triceps are trying to tear off my olecranon. Hopefully it's just tendonitis rather than the tendon kind of clicking over bone, because that's a worse thing to deal with.

I did a mile time trial last night - I'm down to 7:15. This is okay. I probably left a few seconds on the road but not enough to get it below 7:00. Maybe I'll try again next month. Here's a concerning issue, though: afterward it seemed to trigger my asthma. Was it the cool air (it was in the 60s) or was it the exercise? If the former, that's disconcerting as it's only going to get colder and that will basically mean I'm going to have to stop running soon. If the latter, it's also disconcerting, but probably only means that I can't do maximal effort runs since my less strenuous running has not been a problem. Hopefully it's only the truly maximal running that does it, otherwise any kind of interval work is not going to be a good time.

My weight is under 100kg now. Possibly a result of not being able to squat the last (nearly) two weeks and not really being able to work the upper body over the last several days (elbow).

The Brexit/Ireland issue with the border is going to be extremely hairy. The vote on Brexit was so friggin' irresponsible - the very idea of having a somewhat binding public vote on a policy that was not at all thought through and wholly misrepresented by the supporting side. Something with so  many potentially disastrous ways of failing needs to be presented as either a non-binding suggestion subject to whether it can be done well or as a vote on a specific path.

We are probably going to get a cheap used laptop to have as a backup, primarily for use as web browsing and basic word processing. Considering chromebook. Might even keep Windows on it instead of wiping to Lunix.

Liberalists always stumble over themselves to show how centrist they are - see for instance the Hollywood establishment embrace of Spicey now that he's out of the administration. It's sick. See also: rehabilitation of John Yoo, the guy who drafted the memos justifying Bush's torture program.

People keep trying to pin insurance companies as solely responsible for the ills of the American health care industry. A lot can be laid on them, to be sure. But providers and pharma companies set prices and insurers try to negotiate them down. And at least 80% - and for some classes of policy 85% - of your premium is claims (ie paying providers and drug companies). Most of the rest is paying claims processors, customer service, and information technology people. A recent article came out saying insurers may partly be to blame for the opioid crisis because some opioids are so much cheaper than alternatives (some of them opioids) which are less prone to causing addiction. Yes, quite true, but this is something a government system or direct consumer preference would have a problem with as well. Making this change, by the way, is one of the things that would drive up a premium (which people would then complain about), there's no such thing as a free lunch. We can ask another question instead. Why are the more addictive opioids (some of these being more recently developed) so much cheaper than these other drugs? Investigate that.

The real problem: capitalism.

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not capitalism by gmd (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Sep 18, 2017 at 06:07:42 PM EST
 a lack of sufficient capitalism...

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I assume you mean by jimgon (4.00 / 1) #6 Sat Sep 23, 2017 at 08:44:37 PM EST
a lack of competition. 

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
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pharmaceutical industry should be nationalized. by the mariner (4.00 / 3) #2 Mon Sep 18, 2017 at 07:32:14 PM EST
the crucial work is largely done in academia. to the extent that it isn't, it can be. it is insane the way the costs of research are born by society, yet the benefits go to capitalists.

the pressure to leave the university system to work in pharma, finance, etc. turns people who wanted to contribute something of value to society and were in the position to do so into parasites who in turn convert their talents, as well as considerable social investment, into fancy cars, gentrified neighborhoods, and higher rents, higher prices, lower wages.

au contraire by gmd (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 03:04:25 PM EST
 It shoukd be completely deregulated and market forces should be allowed to prevail. After all, you won't stay in business for very long as a pharmaceutical company if your product kills its consumers...

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Exercise induced asthma by lm (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Sep 19, 2017 at 07:03:01 AM EST
For me it's usually effort induced. If I push too hard, I start wheezing and things develop as one might expect from there.

Cold can aggravate it but it doesn't really  cause it, at least not for me.

One thing that really helps me is being properly warmed up. I'm far more likely to start wheezing when pushing hard from starting cold than if do a reasonable amount of work first.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
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who makes the money by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Sep 19, 2017 at 09:08:00 AM EST
and then who will get the haircut ?

Should Aetna's CEO be making $13mill ? Should doctors be making $1mill ? Should pharma sales bros be making $800k ?

Doctors salaries by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Sep 19, 2017 at 11:02:45 PM EST
Very few doctors make $1 mil these days.  (
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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