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  1. Honest question. Apparently "Betty" had coverage, and still does but is now paying $700 more a month. That's obviously quite a lot of money, and they don't mention what her previous coverage was and what it is now, and if that coverage is just for her or for her family of X members. Anyway, she's apparently been thrown into a new "pool", along with the woman from Obama's example, assuming they are from the same state (I have no idea, but you get the point). Betty is now paying more for that lady's procedure. Is that fair to Betty?Honest answer, Matttyl- in almost all cases, $700 is unfair to Betty. If Betty has an upper class income, maybe not. But otherwise it's way too high, if it's true.But the underlying and better question is: is it fair for Betty or anyone else to pay SOME kind of increase so that someone with a pre-existing condition can get insurance and surgery? My answer is yes. But I don't know how much is fair. My answer is yes. And contrary to at least one person here's belief, I think almost all people would say yes to that. $10 is certainly fair. $50 is arguably fair. Once you approach triple digits (over $1K+/yr) you're gonna have a hard time convincing me of fairness.
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  2. I still enjoy the series very much and will continue to play it. But these silly little "player appreciation" offerings are just stupid. They took absolutely no effort and don't affect the company bottom line at all. If they really wanted to show some actual good faith, they'd start dropping free map packs on a monthly basis. Hell....would 2 maps a month be that much to ask? I don't think so. If you have a few small teams working on them in a staggered fashion, it would be no problem. Hell, I'd even pay. If you offered me 2 maps a month for 10 bucks, I'd probably pay every time.
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  3. It's when the gossip rags and mainstream media pick it up that I have to feel that it's a work. I hope that to be the case here.
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  4. I think most people have some habit, activity, or risky lifestyle choice that adds cost to our healthcare. People who rock climb are at higher risk of falling and being in a coma the rest of their lives than people who sit on a couch and watch TV when they're not at work. People who ride motorcycles are more likely to have significant injury in the event of an accident. Where are you willing to draw the line? Why must a line be drawn? Why can't people be underwritten and pay a cost for a plan that's adequate to the risk they pose? We can accomplish that along with the elimination of coverage denial for pre-ex. You know why. At it's heart Insurance is gambling. The house set the price to play based on who is playing. There has to be some "winners" you wouldn't have a viable product if you only insured people who didn't need it. 10 people step up to the table and the insurance company takes the action. One of them get sick and takes the pot. This is the problem with the pre existing condition and why this is not working well, now an eleventh player is stepping up to the table after the wheel has stopped spinning and is allowed to place his bet on the winning number.
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  5. So I tried to find an older posts of Tims to stop this dumb pissing match and hopefully get the conversation back on something fruitful, but I found out that I personally only started posting anything in the FFA back in September of 2013, so I don't think that would qualify as "from the start" for Strike. Anyway, I did find this post of mine that might get the conversation back on point....(this is from another ACA thread back in September) Why are we the fattest country in the world, we understand that's a health risk, correct? Over one third of the adult US population is obese. Why is it still a problem? The estimated annual medical cost of obesity is over $150 billion in this country. That's $475 for each person in America. That's what people need to understand. If you're fit, are you willing to pay $475 more each year for your health insurance because of all of the obese people? Alcohol consumption costs a total of $224 billion to taxpayers a year, 11% of which is health care expenses (or $24.6 billion). Are you willing to pay $78 more per year for your health insurance because of all of the alcoholics? We know the risks of alcohol, but why is it still a problem? We all know, and have known for years the horrible effects of smoking, yet nearly 1/5th of the adult population does it. Why is it still a problem? Here's an example - if everyone in the country had to pay the exact same amount each week/month/year for gasoline - no matter if you have a car or not, tele-commute or drive 3 hours each way to get to work, drive a Nissan leaf or an H3 Hummer.......how many Toyota Priuses would be sold? What about Nissan Leafs or Chevy Volts? Sales of SUVs would skyrocket overnight. We all know it's better for the environment to drive smaller vehicles and hybrids and such, but we wouldn't.
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  6. Collins has just as good a burst with better vision and shiftiness. Before he started college, I compared him to Isaiah Crowell. As a Freshman, he looks better than Crowell did.
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  7. The kinda sucks. In the big picture it does... seems like there is a fair amount of value there compared to other Verizon options for those who need their coverage.
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  8. I dislike Tim as much as the next guy but I think he provided enough here. Arguing over "the start" seems silly. There are much more important issues to discuss involving Obamacare. I like reading Tim's non-partison replies. Please carry on gents.
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  9. See folks, this is why i don't bother. There's no point. If I wanted to, I could easily find another "safety net" quote from a year ago, 2 years ago, 5 years ago. I've been saying the same damn thing for a pretty long time now. But I don't want to. Strike would just find some other way to discount it. It's cheap and it makes him look foolish IMO. But that's his problem, not mine.
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  10. You do know that over the course of a year, the Earth's distance from the sun varies by 3 million miles. So I think you'll need to add a few million miles to that. not to mention that in this thread the sun orbits around the earth.
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  11. Honest question. Apparently "Betty" had coverage, and still does but is now paying $700 more a month. That's obviously quite a lot of money, and they don't mention what her previous coverage was and what it is now, and if that coverage is just for her or for her family of X members. Anyway, she's apparently been thrown into a new "pool", along with the woman from Obama's example, assuming they are from the same state (I have no idea, but you get the point). Betty is now paying more for that lady's procedure. Is that fair to Betty?Honest answer, Matttyl- in almost all cases, $700 is unfair to Betty. If Betty has an upper class income, maybe not. But otherwise it's way too high, if it's true.But the underlying and better question is: is it fair for Betty or anyone else to pay SOME kind of increase so that someone with a pre-existing condition can get insurance and surgery? My answer is yes. But I don't know how much is fair. Honest question #1 - Is it fair for everyone who had coverage to pay (on average) 41% more so that someone with a pre-existing condition can get insurance? I assume you know why I say 41% more. For a family who was paying $500 a month for instance, a 41% increase is an additional $2,460. Hey, that's pretty close to the $2,500 a year savings that Obama "promised", he just said it would cost that much "less" when he should have said "more". Honest question #2 - should all "pre-exisiting conditions" be treated the same? Should someone who's been fighting cancer for 10+ years be in the same "pre-exisiting condition" group as someone's who's BMI is 35+ and thus too higher to obtain underwritten coverage? The second guy could have dropped 20 pounds and be insurable, but the first guy can't just drop cancer. Bump in a feeble attempt to stop the current pissing match. Good luck with that.
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  12. The Iphone was special because it was revolutionary. The first smart-phone and miles ahead of the competition. The problem with Apple now is not that Steve Jobs is gone. It's that they have refused to build a bigger screen. Android phones should show Apple what is important to consumers. After all, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Which sell the best? The bigger screens. So what is Apple's problem? For most Apple users, iOS is so familiar and comfortable that we'll live with the screen size (or lie to ourselves and say it's not important). But many are not and many are leaving. When Apple finally wakes up and gets with it, their sales will soar. After all, what possible incentive was there for anyone to switch from a 5 to a 5S? Zero. Heck, I almost didn't switch from a 4S to a 5S, as the size difference was pretty insignificant. Sometimes we try to look for complex reasons why a company isn't doing good. As far as the cellphone market, the reason is simple. Their phones are too small. It isn't just the screens that are unchanged. The core of iOS feels like very little innovation has occurred. Couple that in with a higher price, the only surprise is that they are doing as well as they are.
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  13. The Oatmeal Infographic: Violence vs. Hair on Breaking Bad
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  14. Saw a note taped to a mailbox -- IF YOU CANNOT GET HOME, COME IN FOR SHELTER/COFFEE -- JUDY AND MIKE. Thought that was really nice. But, no Kona or Sumatra, and all they had for creamer was Coffee Mate French Vanilla!!!!! I told Judy her coffee sucks.
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  15. They and Home Depot get it as companies, they deserve great praise for their response to this, particularly the depot... wonderful free press and smart smart management, all from being just decent humans Chick fil A fed and housed a lot of people as well. No gays though.
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  16. I dont watch this show, but they asked my parents if they could film in their driveway today. Parents said fine. Wonder if it will be on the series
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  17. Never underestimate the power of a go-anywhere vehicle.
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  18. Best wishes GBMD. Give your girls an extra big hug from this part of the internet when you see them. I couldn't imagine being in a similar situation.
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  19. My buddy in high school was a big fan of smoking weed and watching the Weather Channel during any weather emergency. Taking a trip down memory lane. As good as ever.
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  20. First, let me say that Punk is my favorite wrestler. But I for one, hope this is true. He has a point with all the "part-time" wrestlers when you have guys like him & Bryan giving their all for the company 365 days a year.
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  21. That may be where the new Star Wars attractions end up going. It's a nice piece of land being totally wasted right now. The backlot/stunt area is a good fit for Cars Land because it's right next to Toy Story Mania and other Pixar stuff. Cars Land could go there, and then rip out the Indiana Jones stunt show and MuppetVision to add Star Wars World around Star Tours. There's also wasted space with that Honey I Shrunk Your Enjoyment Of Your Vacation playground that could be annexed by either Pixar or Star Wars. The American Idol theater will turn over in the next five years, too.Lol. Tap the brakes a bit. That's like seven major changes in the next five years, which by my count is six more than in the past five. Good ideas, just not realistic considering their established pace. I apologize for any inference about the timeframe of the proposed changes. I didn't mean to say it would happen quickly. My point was that Cars Land / Star Wars World shouldn't be thought of as an either/or proposition because there is a lot of available real estate in DHS for both, space that Disney has hinted will refresh. They know the backlot tour is a dud, the car stunt show costs way too much for a non-anchor attraction, they shut down Indy several times a year to run other events in the space, and the technology on MuppetVision has depreciated from breakthrough to dated. But yeah, this stuff takes time. Cars Land in DCA took five years to design and build. Translating it to DHS would be a similar calendar, and that's starting much farther along in the process than a new Star Wars attraction would be.
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  22. Any other devy drafts would be appreciated! http://ffoasis.com/mocks/DevyMock2/
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  23. I assume most of us saw the State of the Union last night. As an insurance agent, I just thought that Obama chose an interesting example of showing how the ACA is "working". The example he had was (as I recall) a single mother who looked to be maybe mid to late 30s who apparently previously wasn't able to obtain coverage due to a "pre-existing condition", though what that condition was obviously wasn't stated. She signed up and obtained coverage for January 1st, and a few days later had a (likely expensive) procedure done. I say "likely expensive" as it was stated that if she had the procedure earlier, that she couldn't have afforded it. So she hasn't paid into the system but for only a few days, and is able to get an expensive procedure done almost instantly. While I'm sure that she's glad that she had this opportunity to get coverage, and through it health care, as an insurance agent I don't think it's the type of example of showing how this is working. Obviously if she's only paid in for a month of premium, and already had an expensive surgery, that money has to come from somewhere - others in the pool. If the President's example gets other people in similar situations to sign up knowing they also need expensive procedures, it may only exacerbate the issue. By the way, it's for this reason that millions of Americans had to get their policies canceled so that they would only have the option of being thrown into this same pool to make it somewhat "healthier", but is it fair to those people who made the responsible choice to have coverage who now have to pay for these new enrollees and their expensive procedures? Honest question. I'm just saying that a better example may have been one where a family of 3 or 4 now has better coverage than what they already had, and were able to obtain it for a lower cost. Just my $.02.
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  24. Ice ain't no joke. That situation in the South is crazy. Hearing reports of kids stuck on buses all night on the roads. I can't imagine how awful that would be. 30-50 kids all cold, hungry and thirsty, scared and no bathroom. What a nightmare for their parents and this poor bus drivers.
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  25. Amazon and BB have 12 month Xbox gold subscriptions for 39.99 right now.
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  26. I really hope Bill Burr is gonna be a regular on this. He's awesome.
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  27. How do I tell you my flavor profile? I like tobacco bases with full, rich flavor and a strong throat hit.Best tobacco flavors: -The Duke-Indigo Vapor (actually your description of what you like is what this is) -Uncle Cutty-Indigo Vapor (cherry pipe tobacco) -Huntsman-Heather's Heavenly Vapes (Naturally Extracted Tobacco, earthy flavor with a maple tone) -Legend-Heather's Heavenly Vapes (This one is a pipe tobacco) -Almost anything at Ahlusion, they make the best Naturally Extracted tobaccos with a variety of flavors (American, Turkish, Pipe, Peach, Apple, etc). Smooth Crimal is a Boba's-like juice, but no raisin taste and the tobacco really stands out. One of the best juices out there. -H1N1-Nickoticket -I've heard Goodejuice has some nice tobacco flavors as well Most like an analog: Freedom or Torque from Halo Best RY4s (Caramel/Vanilla/Tobacco): Mr Vape, Tribeca from Halo, Butterfly's RY4, Hangsen RY4, Indigo Classic Best tobacco flavors vendors in order: Ahlusion Indigo Heathers Heavenly Vapes I've tried about 30 vendors now, this is my
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  29. i really don't think Cousins is an upgrade over Hoyer. Either pick someone in the first round or stick with Hoyer and pick someone in the 3rd and let them compete for it.
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  30. Huge win for MSU. Can't believe they pulled that off, and Russell Byrd of all people with the big shot. Hated how tight the game was called though. I think I yelled "How is that a foul?" about 15 times, a few of them on Iowa fouls.
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  31. He's a really boring tool and there are no psychotic women this season. Having trouble getting into it.wait for Ms. Suckramento to show her true colors. she's 32, single, childless, and has daddy issues (i.e. creepy Betamax video nobody but her future husband is allowed to watch). i'm waiting patiently for the tornado of psychosis to start its inevitable revolutions. her exit interview should be one for the ages. it's in her eyes/eyebrows. she screams absolute physco
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  32. Although I am not into the game I think the EVE stuff is fascinating on both a social and anthropological level.
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  33. I know two things. First, in his last 16 games, Josh Gordon has 327 fantasy points (PPR). In his last 16 games with Minnesota, Percy Harvin had either 331 or 337 fantasy points, depending on whether your league counted his kickoff return touchdown. Second, past failed drug tests correlate better with future failed drug tests than past injuries correlate with future injuries.
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  34. This is great. Some good info on how a day in MK can go with FP+. And some good self-depreciating humor. Meeting characters as a single adult male at 8am on a Saturday is extraordinarily awkward.
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  35. It's widely believe all of that content will eventually be available. But they have to ramp the subscriber base before committing to that phase of their digital archiving.
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  36. Frozen ride will be a hit if my daughters are like everyone else's For real. My kids can't stop talking (singing) about that movie. Wait for test track Yesterday was 30 minutes at 2:15. Wait for the two princesses autographs was 2 hours. Rip out captain EO or ellens universe of energy. Leave maelstrom alone!
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  37. This is a bulletproof theory. Considering he's suing Gawker over it, and can't stop talking about it, I would say he's behind his own "leak".
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  38. Got bored and compiled some track results for some current and past NCAA prospects. These are just the player's personal best according to the all-athletics.com database. Some of these times were run in high school and some were run in college, so keep in mind that these players might have been at different stages of their development when they put up these numbers. For example, Reggie Bush did not run track as a senior. Thomas Tyner was injured during his junior track season and did not run as a senior. Others like Brandin Cooks and De'Anthony Thomas continued to run even in college. 100m (seconds) QB Usain Bolt, Jamaica (2008) - 9.58 RB Jamaal Charles, Texas (2006) - 10.13* (10.23 best wind-legal) RB Keith Marshall, Georgia (2011) - 10.20 RB CJ Spiller, Clemson (2009) - 10.22* (10.29 best wind-legal) RB Khalfani Muhammad, Cal (2012) - 10.22* (10.33 best wind-legal) RB Jahvid Best, Cal (2007) - 10.31* (10.36 best wind-legal) RB De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon (2013) - 10.31* (10.61 best wind-legal) RB Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma (2003) - 10.33* (10.56 best wind-legal) RB Thomas Tyner, Oregon (2011) - 10.35 RB Reggie Bush, USC (2002) - 10.42 WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson (2011) - 10.52 WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee (2012) - 10.54 WR Andre Johnson, Miami (2002) - 10.59 RB Byron Marshall, Oregon (2012) - 10.61 RB Shane Vereen, Cal (2009) - 10.66* (10.74 best wind-legal) RB Karlos Williams, Florida State (2011) - 10.70 RB Todd Gurley, Georgia (2011) - 10.70 WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State (2012) - 10.72 WR Marqise Lee, USC (2011) - 10.74* RB Maurice (Jones) Drew, UCLA (2002) - 10.80 RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor (2010) - 10.81 WR Santana Moss, Miami (1999) - 10.82 WR Ty Montgomery, Stanford (2011) - 10.84 WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee (2012) - 10.86 WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri (2011) - 10.92 RB Shock Linwood, Baylor (2011) 10.98 WR Leonte Carroo, Rutgers (2011) - 11.01 WR Marquez North, Tennessee (2012) - 11.11 RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska (2011) - 11.19 Long Jump (meters) WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee (2010) - 7.89 WR Marqise Lee, USC (2011) - 7.76* WR Kendall Wright, Baylor (2007) - 7.33 RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (2011) - 7.16 WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee (2012) - 6.82 The fact that the difference in speed between Usain Bolt and Jamaal Charles is roughly equivalent to the difference in speed between Jamaal Charles and Todd Gurley is pretty scary. I guess if you're the fastest man of all-time you're bound to be pretty freakish. Disappointed that a lot of the NFL's top burners (Mike Wallace, Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden) have no apparent track background to help put their speed in context. I suspect Johnson would've been able to do something similar to Charles and Spiller, if not a little faster. In his prime he looked like probably the fastest football player I've ever seen. I did not realize that Keith Marshall was so fast. Wow. He doesn't really have the juking football style of Jahvid, Reggie, or Charles. Stick them all on a track and it would be a fun race though. Jahvid and Reggie gave up track after high school, so it's likely that neither guy ever hit his peak. Kind of obvious after his combine, but Justin Hunter is a pretty freaky athlete. Solid speed. Amazing leaper. High jumps over 7'2". Long jumps over 26 feet.
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  39. He only carried the ball a few times tonight, but Tyner was looking mean against Texas. Big kid. Looks more like the 210-215 he was reported at in the offseason than the 201 he's listed at online. Rare speed for his size. Mass x velocity = scary momentum when he gets moving. He'll close out his debut season with 711 rushing yards at 6.2 YPC and a handful of catches. Pretty impressive when you consider that he missed much of training camp with an injury and was held out of the opener against Nicholls State while he recovered (that would've been a golden opportunity to pad his stats). By the end of the season he was clearly preferred to De'Anthony Thomas and seemed to be Oregon's preferred pass-catching RB. A lot of observers (including this one) think he's more talented than Marshall and likely to surpass him next season. With a whole offseason to develop, he should come back as the best RB in the Pac-12 next season and one of the best underclassmen RBs in the nation. Given the potential he showed and the fact that I don't see a lot of obvious first round talents out there in the 2015 and 2016 classes, he'd be a solid top 3-5 pick for me in all-class devy drafts this spring.
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  40. I believe you will regret this decision.
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  41. Well, what you have here is a hotel brochure. It may have been owned by Wyatt Earp. But it is just a hotel brochure.... Last night some dude was trying to sell a "handwritten Jimi Hendrix poem" that the handwriting expert said wasn't written by Jimi. The seller didn't believe the expert and said so, and was sort of pissy about it. There was no sale to the Pawn Stars.I haven't watched much lately, but have they toned down the stupid stuff by Chumlee and the lunk-headed son? It seemed like it on the episode I saw last night.
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