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subego
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Apr 13, 2018, 12:26 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Government doesn't make a profit. The group tasked with solving a problem will get reassigned, but everyone else will have a shot at their former budget. So there's no system-wide motive to fail.

The reasoning does break down with very large efforts.
Adding personnel while maintaining the former budget is equivalent to a loss, no?
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Apr 13, 2018, 03:14 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
What is actually a much more pressingly obvious conclusion is that healthcare should under no circumstances be profit-driven.
Nonsense.

*Somebody* is going to profit from it, regardless.
If it’s government run, it’s just a different bunch of cronies.
You can’t truly eliminate “profits”, even if you play games with how you name it.

Free market enterprise systems are NOT the problem, crony capitalism or Statism is.

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Apr 13, 2018, 05:41 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Adding personnel while maintaining the former budget is equivalent to a loss, no?
Which he's stated is his goal. I think he submitted a budget of zero. He's torpedoing the department intentionally.

What good is it to stay under budget if your department does nothing? He can pay everyone double salary to sit around and play farmville.
     
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Apr 13, 2018, 07:29 PM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
Nonsense.

*Somebody* is going to profit from it, regardless.
If it’s government run, it’s just a different bunch of cronies.
You can’t truly eliminate “profits”, even if you play games with how you name it.

Free market enterprise systems are NOT the problem, crony capitalism or Statism is.
Nonsense?

Crony capitalism is literally the result of a market left to run “free” (as in “out of control”). You’re living the dream right now. Goldman-Sachs just summarised it nicely.

Regulate the hell out of it and make sure the system doesn’t reward keeping people sick.
Reward them for curing people. Stop privatisation. Health is a human right, not something to be put at the mercy of profit-maximisers. Here in Germany, we’re seeing privatised hospitals here pushing people into expensive back surgery, for example, long before all other options have been explored. Hospitals are closing emergency units for being too expensive, except for those right by the autobahn, which have a state mandate to remain open, so they’re just starved down to a minimum.
These things should not be happening.
     
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Apr 13, 2018, 09:04 PM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
Which he's stated is his goal. I think he submitted a budget of zero. He's torpedoing the department intentionally.
What? Huh? Who?
     
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Apr 14, 2018, 01:10 PM
 


Have you seen this building?

That’s a serious question. Didn’t know it existed until yesterday.
     
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Apr 14, 2018, 08:47 PM
 
My first time also. Where is it?
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Apr 14, 2018, 09:49 PM
 
Yes. Mid-east, right? Or is it Southeast asia?
     
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Apr 14, 2018, 10:45 PM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
My first time also. Where is it?
Found it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryugyong_Hotel
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Apr 15, 2018, 12:47 AM
 
So, yeah... it’s in freakin Pyongyang, which is why I imagine no one here has ever seen it, and I hope qualifies it as random and ridiculous.

It’s also an empty hotel, so it could have gone into Woops!
     
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Apr 15, 2018, 08:55 AM
 
Wow! They’ve done the exterior! That apparently happened in the last six months, after thirty years of raw concrete.

Huh.
     
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Apr 16, 2018, 11:58 AM
 
I just had a random conversation with my introverted self:

Me: Does giving up coffee for a day make people grumpy?

My reply: How the hell should I know, I haven't had any since yesterday.
This one time, at Boot Camp, I stuck a flute up my PC.
     
 
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