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About bearrock

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  1. Maryland's rebuttal to Mercatus ranking There is a strong whiff of confirmation bias. Mercatus ranking rewards states who tax less and spend less rather than examining the quality of government such policies produce. Many will say that government should tax and spend for appropriate reasons and much prefer a lower cash solvency in exchange for a government that does more. If the ranking is designed to measure fidelity to conservative ideals, I think it does that. But, if the ranking is trying measure degree of successful governance, I think it oversimplifies and fails.
  2. If the Green family really thought this was the best way to use their wealth, they should consider reading the Bible before building a museum for it. Even a Google Translate version might do.
  3. I think the courts balanced parents wishes vs best interest of the child (as it would be in the states). In this case, the primary concern would be whether the child's suffering will be prolonged in search of most likely a futile experiment (I think this case was particularly difficult because it was hard for even the experts to know exactly the nature of the suffering the child was undergoing.) Few things I'll note: 1) Overriding parental decisions are a lot easier when parents are refusing treatment vs parents advocating for treatment. But I've seen cases where parents understandably seek heroic measures for any chance even when all it does is prolong the suffering of the child. It is a no man's land for the courts in these situation and tragedy for everyone involved. 2) I think this case is particularly difficult because the nature of the child's suffering is murky. Is he comatose in there with no pain reception or does he feel pain but is unable to express them? 3) I don't get the sense that this case easily overrode the parent's wishes. They got expedited appeals all the way up to EU court. Everyone along the way probably agonized over the decision. I will say Destino, without knowing all the details of the case, I probably would have said if the parents will pay all costs, they can try their heroic measure. I just wanted to acknowledge that the courts probably gave due consideration over a very difficult decision (of course, just my opinion). @twa I'm willing to bet you can always give a better and more humorous answer than I can
  4. Excerpt from the English High Court ruling regarding the experimental treatment: If the proposed treatment had never even been attempted on a mouse with the same gene type, I think the court was justified in considering it pretty much a non-option. Even here, parental right to decide on their child's treatment is not absolute (nor should it be). There was probably never going to be a good outcome in this case.
  5. I guess that's one of the grand questions. Are we willing to let health insurance companies go out of business if it will result in cheaper healthcare for the population overall? I would tend to lean yes, but yeah, it would be pretty seismic. Would there be a way to phase it out?
  6. If it happens, we should make Wall player/GM.
  7. I do wonder whether 50% by medicaid is a result of poor families actually having disproportionate number of children or whether people are more likely to fudge to get medicaid during pregnancy. I think one can agree that medicaid abuse needs to be looked at and addressed without saying that medicaid coverage needs to be rolled back.
  8. That's so cool! It would be awesome to have it autographed by Bryce someday.
  9. But the loan application was approved by the financial board at the college? Kinda hard to imagine that the College president could single handily doctor the application.
  10. I'll just add to tshile's excellent post, have your contract reviewed by an attorney. Even if it's boilerplate and builder won't accomodate amendments, you want to know exactly what you are signing now instead of when something goes wrong.
  11. I'm gonna guess that ThirtyFive2Seven is a troll who seeks amusement by trolling the rest of the people in this thread trying to have an adult conversation (much respect to Bang and Nonniey for the leadership by example this morning). If not and this is all serious, well then I would say he or she already got the worst possible punishment: Thrityfive2Seven is actually that crazy.
  12. At the end of the day, responsibility for parenting falls on the parents, not the government, not the school, and not the teachers. Thanks for fighting the good fight Code. Lord knows vast majority of teachers in this country are under-appreciated and under-supported. For every knucklehead who doesn't appreciate your dedication, I'm sure there are many more who are extremely grateful, even if they don't always remember to show it.
  13. Use your imagination and try to thimk of any reason why Trump might not want to end up publicly pardoning his former National Security Adviser. Then think if it might be better for Trump if he could say FBI looked into it but dropped it. President can do any number of things, including ordering the end of an FBI investigation. He may not, however, do it with a corrupt purpose. A perfectly legal action within the scope of the presidency can become illegal due to its corrupt purpose.
  14. Are you suggesting that a president should be immune from obstruction of justice charges because of the power to pardon? Nixon could have pardoned the Watergate burglars too.
  15. It would be a question of fact for the fact finder. Ordinarily, it would come down to circumstantial evidence because most people don't announce their corrupt intent in public. Like in an interview with Lester Holt for example.