Doug B

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  1. Yeah, they've gone once so far. And maybe Nirvana is a little cliché in this genre -- but there's a reason for that: 22nd round: "In Bloom", Nirvana (Grunge)
  2. Here's a link -- it's unclear to me exactly what is going on, though. EDIT: a little more detail from another link: Bump since a new page was started.
  3. Here's a link -- it's unclear to me exactly what is going on, though. EDIT: a little more detail from another link:
  4. It missed being eligible for the British Invasion 64-67 category by a month Yeah, I was kind of saving this one ... then I went and looked at the release date to be sure.
  5. No psychedelic rock list is complete without ... 21st round: "Pictures of Matchstick Men", Status Quo (Psychadelic Rock)
  6. Negatory -- if I'm behind the work firewall, Spotify doesn't work regardless of browser. It's odd, though ... most sites they don't want us to visit are just plain blocked. They won't even load, and we get a message about "such-and-such site is blocked because of category yada-yada ..." Spotify pages load, but nothing on the page really works (and the playlist pages actually don't load all the way -- can't see the actual songs on the playlist, for example). Eh, what can you do? Found out also that you (or just me?) can't really search for our Genrepalooza playlists on Spotify. When I type "genrepalooza" into a search window, no results come back. Yet all the Genrepalooza playlists have "genrepalooza" in the playlist title, right?
  7. So far, the answer has been ( a ) to get out from behind the firewall, and ( b ) switch from Internet Explorer to Firefox. Next thing will be to test Firefox from behind the firewall. When I signed up for Spotify from Firefox, it installed (with my permission) some kind an interface onto my laptop. Wasn't expecting that. Really just wanted to listen to stuff from within a browser. No need for a separate Spotify program hanging around and showing me ads. So ... Spotify no-likee Internet Explorer, eh?
  8. Does anyone have any experience with Spotify working/not working behind various types of workplace firewalls? I can go to the various Spotify playlists, and I can go through the motions of making a Spotify account so that I can sign in and listen to things. But nothing actually works -- the account I created seems to be messed up. Can't really log in with it ... Spotify acts like the account doesn't exist. Throws up a bunch of captchas, then I pass those and pfft -- nothing.
  9. Off-topic (maybe should start a new thread), but: I can't help but think we'll never see a "normalized" U.S. President again. Whoever gets elected going forward, the life mission of the opposing party's legislators/senators (state level, too) will be to "oppose the President at all costs" at the expense of "running the country".
  10. Knock out another biggie here: 20th round: "Would?", Alice in Chains (Grunge) Many of their later tracks get more love, but this one stayed my favorite from AIC. And, yep, another movie tie-in for me (Singles).
  11. Looking at that link ... what's the difference between getting soaked by more taxes to go single payer versus getting soaked by just general healthcare expenditures? Something's gotta give ... the trendlines would suggest that nearly the entire U.S. GNP would get spent on healthcare after 35-40 years or so (did not actually do the math there). Can healthcare costs rise like that in a vacuum? Does the rest of the economy stay the same? Do the people who make out handsomely from rising healthcare costs put enough back into the economy (due to spending, investments, etc.) to make it at least close to a wash? Or at least more palatable? Just can't see the status quo being maintained for many decades into the future. Some kind of sea change is inevitable, is it not?
  12. Something else -- there are things that American healthcare treats now that practically didn't exist (or was virtually unknown) in 1960. For instance -- how much is spent on ADHD/ADD care these days? How much was spent on the same in 1960? Or on neurological disorders and mental health in general? Number of people on prescribed depression meds in 1960? And how much is spent on those meds today nationwide? Gluten intolerance? And allergies ... barely a thing except for hay fever and pet dander in 1960 (right?). Various digestive disorders -- anyone walking around with diagnosed Crohn's or IBS in 1960? The more medical science learns and matures, the more things that need treatment seem to get identified. It's a complicated issue, but one that's not much discussed when comparing healthcare costs to years gone by. (Did a whole lot of people just suffer in silence back then? I guess so.)
  13. Depends on the metric. "Unhealthy" is an extremely vague term. As is "healthy". Is it average life span? Infant mortality? Average BMI (and if so, BMI at different stages of life)? Athletic metrics (ability to run a mile, do X situps in a minute)? What does "healthy" mean? Common sense doesn't get us very far.
  14. Or 20% less in 2015 ($3.2 trillion). Not cheap, to be sure, but it's clear there is no one firm, unassailable number. And that $3.2 trillion includes dental (normally separately insured today) and nursing home/retirement home expenditures -- knock that out and we get just below $3 trillion. Still think something is broken and more than adequate care can be provided for sub-$5k/yr per person under 65 (note the goalpost shift). Don't all the 18-35 year-olds who never go to the doctor count for something? I get that our population is aging, but still. I haven't spent $10,000 in a year on my own health as long as I've been in the work force (over 20 years). I might average $2,000-2,500 a year -- probably less (well less before age 35). And I am not a triathlete who lives on kelp and tofu. I guess I considered myself as a good example of the default healthcare consumer in America.