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  1. JerryBaumchen

    Hi Bill,


    I fear that it's going to become a trend.

    It has been a trend for a very long time.

    The Luddites smashed the weaving machines; they did not get their jobs back.

    Everyday people are working on machines to eliminate labor.

    Jerry Baumchen

    This. I don't mind doing my own check-out, unless it's something that's like produce where I have to figure out the right item code. Fighting technological advancement to "save jobs" doesn't make sense to me. Technology has always eliminated jobs in some industries while creating jobs in others.

    The more than 10 items in the express lane pisses me off, though. I wish the computers just would refuse to scan more than 10, and when 11 gets scanned an alarm would go off with an automated voice saying "I'm sorry, you have more than 10 items. Please collect your items from the express line and take them to a standard check out line."

  2. I just took a trip to Ireland in November. What I ran into:

    A lot of the smaller shops were confused that our cards had no "chip and pin". Sometimes we ended up needing to pay cash because their machines couldn't read mag strips. Note: this NEVER happened in a pub.

    What I found out upon my return: Call your bank ASAP, and they can issue you a "chip and pin" credit card that will work everywhere there. And, be sure to notify your bank that you're traveling, and when, so they don't block your card due to a change in your spending.

  3. One of my nurse friends told me that "A patient's pain is what they say it is." She said that doctors at her hospital use that philosophy because they'd rather risk giving drugs to a junkie (who will find them elsewhere if not at the hospital) than undermedicating or totally failing to medicate a patient with legitimate pain. They understand that this is what happens when you fail to appropriately manage pain:

  4. kelpdiver

    *** The only reason the tylenol was put in there was to prevent people from abusing it, and it didn't work,

    how was it supposed to accomplish that?

    I was pretty uneasy with the amount I was getting via Norco when I had my bike crash.

    I believe the thought was that adding the tylenol to it would make it difficult to islolate the opiate if addicts wanted to inject it or inhale it, which is why Vicodin and Vicoprofen are schedule III (there was a proposal to move them to Schedule II but I don't recall if it happened), and oxycodone and Zohydro are Schedule II. In reality, I think they didn't prevent any abuse, the addicts just got smarter and found ways to separate the drug or just took oxy instead, and the FDA ended up poisoning a lot of legitimate pain patients with tylenol.

  5. I'm really glad that a version of hydrocodone is coming out without the tylenol in it, because taking tylenol is really bad for your liver, and it limits what other medications someone can take, because almost every cold medicine has tylenol in it! The only reason the tylenol was put in there was to prevent people from abusing it, and it didn't work, and the tylenol is poisoning people with legitimate pain problems, often without them realizing it until the damage has been done. If this is prescribed with caution, I could see it being a good thing. They've had this medicine for years in Europe. The doses it's available in are similar to the doses already available for oxycodone. Since oxycodone is already around and has been for decades, I don't see this version of hydrocodone hitting the market to be a huge risk.

  6. It's certainly a better financial plan than I had before going to law school. I graduated totally buried in student loans and have to pay over $2K a month now, because the private lenders don't give a damn that you have to eat and pay rent or that you have other student loans also. I'm limited jobwise (can't take a job I really want because it's a pay cut), location wise (can't move out of state without taking another bar exam), and credit wise (student loans have totally screwed over my debt to income ratio to the point where I can't even get approved for a car loan). Full time law students were prohibited from working more than a certain number of hours per week, so there are very few part time jobs that pay enough. Three girls I went to school with were strippers. As far as I know they graduated with very few if any private student loans, and two are corporate law associates today and the third is a partner in a firm.

  7. I kept my cat's ashes... what I really treasure is his pawprint, though. The veterinary assistant made a mold of it for me.

    When I had to put Anakin down, he had been at the vet hospital for almost a week, and my other cat, Indy, kept wandering around looking for him. I think one of the best things we did was bring him to the vet's office and let him be there also. He gave Anakin a cuddle, and then the vet gave Ani the shot. After, Indy gave him a sniff and recognized he wasn't there anymore and walked back into his carrier. He was obviously lonely at home, but he stopped looking for his buddy. I think it really helped him, because that way his friend didn't just disappear.

  8. I toured the Coors Brewery when I was 10. It was really interesting, I did learn a lot about the fermentation process (though not actually how to make beer!), and it was fun. They had root beer for the kids in the tasting room. This sounds like a good teacher showing children a practical application for a lesson.

  9. Tink1717

    He sounds a lot like one of these priests that lost their faith a long time ago and is trying to drag the church into the 21st century. I think it's funny that the minions are scrambling after everything he says to try to make like he didn't say it. So much for papal infallability.

    Papal infallibility is a really misunderstood doctrine, and it applies really, really rarely. "In July 2005 Pope Benedict XVI stated during an impromptu address to priests in Aosta that: "The Pope is not an oracle; he is infallible in very rare situations, as we know". His predecessor Pope John XXIII once remarked: "I am only infallible if I speak infallibly but I shall never do that, so I am not infallible"."

    It's not that everything that comes out of the mouth of a pope is infallible. The man is still human. Papal Infallibility applies when he's speaking under really specific circumstances called "ex cathedra" teachings, which mean he's 1. deliberately speaking ex cathedra and generally states so, and 2. that he's speaking to define a specific issue that is applicable to the entire church, concerning a doctrine of faith or morals.

    A pope making a statement about his personal feelings or opinion, or how he sees things is not speaking infallibly.

  10. Check your state's insurance board or department of managed care. There may be an appeal process that your doctor can help you through. I did this in CA when my insurance denied my migraine treatment. They paid.

  11. Nope. I figure I either trust my partner or I don't. If I do, I have nothing to worry about. If I don't, there's a bigger issue there, and I need to reevaluate the relationship.

  12. It's what happens if you make a film that offends fanatics. Judging an entire group for a vocal minority that is blowing stuff up and killing people is like... judging all Christians for a vocal minority that is blowing up abortion clinics and killing people. The problem is that since we do not have a large Muslim population here, most of our exposure to Islam is international news, and people being nice to each other just doesn't make the news. Exciting explosions and dead ambassadors, on the other hand...

  13. I have a bacon number... not "google-able" though... I was on TV with Michael Crawford, who has a bacon number of 2, so mine would be 3. They credited the choir's name, rather than us as individuals, but it is in IMDB and all that.

    Just googling random celebrities and bacon number, I couldn't come up with anyone higher than 2.