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Saturday, January 17. 2015
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Colorized old photos
AI Has Arrived, and That Really Worries the World’s Brightest Minds
A dark, dark, day in American history
The Metaphorical War - Conceptual metaphors determine how we view the
Why the Republicans are finding it hard to reform Obamacare
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Lessons For Winning Liberty In A World Of Statism
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Why less than half of adults in WV work.
Senator’s husband stands to profit big from government deal
Obama to Senate Dems: ‘I’m going to play offense’
Hitchens explains Islam and why it is so STUPID.
Cuba Is Hoping To Replace Venezuelan Oil With American Tourists
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"Why the Republicans are finding it hard to reform Obamacare".
The article is based on false assumptions. The U.S. has the best healthcare in the world. When Canada denies older citizens a bypass operation or simply delays it for years that Canadian citizen can drive across the border and get the bypass in a week. When the UK denies people basic healthcare because they don't have enough doctors or operating theaters or hospital beds people die. State run health care will kill you (the VA). What Obamacare will do is bring our health care down to the level of Canada or the UK. It will allocate healthcare based on federal budget funding and not need. It will provide free and complete healthcare to the millions who sneak across the border while denying healthcare to older citizens because it is not cost effective. Today the U.S. may well have more CT machines then the rest of the world combined but if Obamacare is allowed to survive ten years from now we will have half as many CT machines and the waiting times (as in Canada and the UK) will grow to years instead of the present hours to days. Some years back when I went to a clinic, to my doctor complaining of shortness of breath my wait time for a CT scan was 30 minutes and then I was admitted to the hospital. In canada wait times for a CT scan average 6 months with some people waiting two years or more and some dyng while on the waiting list. In the UK CT scans are rare and doctors with patients in need of a CT scan are not allowed to say those words. Most people in the UK have never seen, heard of, or used a CT machine. Why? Because the UK's health care budget is mostly spent on administrators and not on health care. In Canada in some provinces entire hospitals will close for the last three months of the year because they have already spent their yearly budget. Make no mistake; Canadian's love their healthcare! Why? Because if you have the sniffles or a broken bone you can get in get treated and pay nothing (well, actually you paid a lot but it was taken from your paycheck withut yur choice). Most Canadian's have not run into the wall in their healthcare system. But on that day when they have a diagnosis of cancer or heart disease or any of the serious illnesses associated with old age they discover that their health care system has problems. Often it will take them months before they even discover that they are getting the run around. They are told that they need a CT scan but the machines are booked up so they are put on a waiting list. They don't know that in the U.S. there is no waiting list and CT machines are not just in regional hospitals but in all hospitals and large clinics. Then after 3-6 months on the waiting list and feeling sicker everyday they ask pointed questions and that is when for the first time they discover the problem with socialized health care. That is when they are told in private to drive over the border to any large U.S. city and get their emergency treatment; some real healthcare. What will they do after the U.S. adopts their healthcare system?
True. It was true five years ago when this same analysis was first said.
I know, we all know. The two political parties want this for the control and the power. They will not give it up.
Currently interested in what it will take to get children playing freely outdoors. By freely I mean the daily act of leaving home alone and setting out to explore life in the out doors. In particular the children currently held in inner captivity in suburban housing developments.
Lost a computer this summer and many of my notes on this newly emerging subject. I am writing today to ask MF folks to help me find references to free playing, undesigned play, imaginative play, anything of that nature. In particular I would like to find parks that have been designed with that in mind.
If any of you folks are snowed in today, or just bored would you please be so kind as to search for and post links, or references to articles about this subject. Thank you,
Try playfreemovie.com/blog lots of links, video, etc to get started.
My favorite playspot was old gravel pit that was also the neighbor trash pit. All kinds of things to explore,d o (and not do, e.g. don't drink the pretty blue water running out of that hill)
Colorization of old black and white media has advanced so much, that it should now be de riguer for all old black and white films. Color brings an immediacy and liveliness to all such media that black and white cannot hope to capture.
And for you artsy-fartsy types who claim that "B&W" was part of the film-makers' craft, two words: DON'T WATCH!
I really enjoyed the colorized photos, and maybe the technology is better now, but it semmed pretty good when Ted Turner colorized several old classic movies and I thought it was a waste of time. I really didn't think the color added that much. It was OK a time or two, but then I preferred the original B&W. Maybe it was because I was used to th B&W movie.
One of those colorized photos was marked, Colorized by Anna Dullaway--perfect last name!
WaPo and SALON: Two sources for suspect stories.
Re: AI Ethics
In the end there will be none. The people who would sign an ethics pledge don't need to and there are enough others for many of the expected dangers to be realized. Many realized dangers will be unexpected consequences of "positive" developments, but many will be intentionally evil developments by people not constrained by ethics.
Re: dark day in American history
The author makes a good point about the 18th amendment being one to limit freedoms rather than protecting them, but the "positive" thing about it is that they respected the Constitution enough to amend it rather than ignoring it.
That Salon article on the Constitution doesn't do much to disabuse Buckley's notion that the left is basically stupid.
I hold this truth to be self-evident: that all men who resort to sneer quotes are not interested in rational persuasion, but only in social shaming.
I think it irritates Salon readers that this tactic doesn't work as well as they expect. It works so well on them, they can't understand why others aren't similarly moved.
You are a wonder! Thank you, thank you, so so much!
That link is perfect!
If any other links or papers regarding kids playing freely, please post. I know I found an article here on MF about a woman who is talking about this subject and I would love to find her website again--hint, hint, BD
Thank you again Walt.
See the website: freerangekids.com
Also, there was a fellow back in the 60's who did quite a bit of research and writing about unstructured play and about how to design playgrounds for this sort of thing (he called them "adventure playgrounds"). His name was Arvid Bengtsson. He wrote several books that are good resources.
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