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14 September 2016

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kooshy

You require these books and have not (yet) been visited by David Horowitz?

Poul

The Hariri's feel the pain of lower oil prices.


http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-oger-restructuring-idUSKCN11E153

"The Saudi Arabian government has ended talks aimed at saving construction giant Saudi Oger, which is now facing the prospect of a multi-billion-dollar debt restructuring to stave off collapse, according to sources aware of the matter.

Oger, owned by the family of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, was one of two mega-contractors charged with implementing the grand infrastructure and development plans of the kingdom, building everything from defense installations to schools and hospitals."

LeaNder

Matthew,

what I forgot was to ask, how are options 1-2 related to Khalilzad's "revelation"?

Full discovery, the developments inside Saudi Arabia don't seem to need him to talk about it. There are developments that were reported on over here, never mind why. ...

turcopolier

LeaNder

Why the reference to Khalilzad? pl

LeaNder

Hmmm? I didn't send this:

thanks, Matthew. The Politico article is interesting. Khalilzad surely was better then Bolton in the UN, apart from that not sure what to make of him.

Are US diplomatic cables from the Nasser times on already available?

LeaNder

I am not sure. But I am very, very interested in where TTG showed he "left out water"

He might be correct if he looks only at statistics and/or the ones of other countries. From an American perspective the German system may look very, very non/un-free since it is a basic rate deduced from everybody both employed and retirees, which strictly forces you into some type of solidarity, both young and old, ill or non-ill. Mind you, if you are younger you can opt out of it, cheaper offers by private insurance companies for the younger, you only have to keep in mind there is a time after which you cannot return. And artist friend of mine missed the right time for return and was left without. ...

LeaNder

sorry, Fred, apparently I didn't close the italics tag after "non/un-free". Meaning after the "<", the backslash must be missing.

Maybe I reflected on other matters like: legally necessary residence registrations over here compared to e.g. in GB. In other words, it made me realize, I may not really consider some matters restrictive that others due to their specific history do. There are other things, e.g. our public channel's legal framework, created after WWII for a reason, that the our own neo-nationalist would like to get rid off. Or change it into a purely subscription based enterprise.

http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/englisch_bgb/englisch_bgb.html#p0030

Fred

LeaNder,

I addressed Eric's reply.

LeaNder

Pat, I pondered if it is relevant, maybe that is why I didn't post it. Only after I realized my comment might be read as censorship did I decide to do it anyway. There were rumors in Austria a while ago. On the other hand quite a bit of political turmoil in Austria lately. Not only there, though.

Second paragraph:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zalmay_Khalilzad#Post-Bush_administration

Sorry I didn't close the italics tag above. Apparently the closing backslash before the "i"=italics is missing.

Eric Newhill

LeaNder,
That is interesting. Americans like to indulge in fantasies about the beauty of European healthcare when few have ever had an encounter with it.

Of course, there is no such thing as free healthcare. Someone is going to pay for it. Most obviously that will be everyone who works in the form of a tax. The only difference between what we have today in America and what they desire is that everyone would be covered 100% of the time, which is nice. But it isn't free. The ACA (Obama Care) basically aimed to achieved exactly this [universal coverage] in an American fashion. But it isn't the big free give away that everyone wants. So the people who misunderstood the administration on that point are upset. Then the incentive to get into the program wasn't set right up right. So the healthy made the rational decision to opt out.

turcopolier

Eric Newhill

Politically the ACA is a massive transfer of wealth in the form of subsidies for the Obama constituency. pl

Bill H

Not a doctor, but have been being treated for Parkinson's for almost ten years and I often read the doctor's notes in my chart. There is certainly something up with Hillary Clinton and I despise the person as much as most people here do, but that paper appears to be a rather poor fake. Two phrases in particular stood out as highly unlikely to be used by a doctor in patient notes.

“The patient scored significantly lower on todays test than when tested in 2013.” There are several things wrong with that. 1) The lack of an apostrophe in “today’s test” is relatively minor, but… 2) The scores, both current and in 2013, would be recorded, as the information without those scores is relatively useless. The term “significantly lower” is medically meaningless. 3) The date in 2013 would be recorded, since the interval between tests is significant.

“…increasing her medication for the seizures.” The medication would be named, and the precise dosages would be recorded. That note is essentially meaningless from a medical standpoint.


Babak Makkinejad

North Korea is and will remain a nuclear-armed state.

Babak Makkinejad

"Persian Axis" is exactly right; without the legacy of the great empires of the yore, chief among them that of the Great King, Iranians would not have been able to conceive the paradigm under which they are operating.

Babak Makkinejad

All throughout the duration of Bush II, US planes had been "buzzing" Iran. This is not new. The new thing is that Iranians are now making threats.

turcopolier

Babak

Not if it is invaded and destroyed. pl

Babak Makkinejad

They have taken Seoul hostage; I do not think they can be invaded at acceptable costs to South Korea. Nor do I think South Koreans will march North. I think Chinese like North Korea the way she is now.

Eric Newhill

Sir, Agree. You hit the nail, less all the window dressing, squarely on the head. It would have been much simpler/cleaner to simply expand Medicaid coverage, but then the true nature of the program would have been too obvious and it would not have been politically viable. So instead we get this rotten sausage that is going to have to be tossed out sooner or later.

BTW, I am all for universal coverage under a single payer/socialized system. However, I do think that we need to be honest about what that means and doesn't mean. So far, that honesty has been absent and there has been way too much utopian thinking in the mix.

turcopolier

Eric Newhill

I suppose that the long pole in the tent on single payer is the inevitable rationing of optional procedures, like knees. etc. In Canada they have so much money every year for things like that and if they run out, you wait. The US Armed forces have infinite money so far so that has not come up as an issue. What do they do in France? pl

Babak Makkinejad

I agree, nothing should be free; even a nominal fee ought to always be required - say 1 Euro or 1 Dollar.

Eric Newhill

Sir, Again you are correct. Rationing is how Europe, etc pays less for health care.

Additionally - another form of rationing - in the US there is a lot of use where the marginal cost exceeds the marginal benefit. The socialized systems eliminate this to the extent possible. If the bang for the buck isn't there, it isn't covered. This is a good thing, but US doctors convince their patients that the evil system is depriving them of important treatment.

Norbert M Salamon

Sir:
your note is 100% correct, it applies to all surgeries, procedures which are not emergency, On the other hand, emergency treatment is excellent:
my Heart attack on Friday in Olds 6 pm. transfer to Calgary by 10[special heart ward -like ICU], stent by Sunday noon discharged on Monday by 1:00 pm [long weekend].
Renter has probable kidney failure Saturday, sent to Red Deer for proper diagnosis, dialysis set up 3 times a week.
Neither of these 2 procedures involved any personal expense, except for needed prescription drugs, which in my case cost subsidized $ 140.00 for the real cot of 1490/ 3 moths[ being over 65 years old in Alberta].

LeaNder

EN, you can opt our of the system e.g. if you are above a certain income or belong to a specific group: self-employed, civil servant, soldier ... (Social Security law V/SGB V §27ff). But if you are insured you get 100 % of what you need*, you don't wait long and your age does not matter either, as seems to be the case elsewhere ... Although, let's see the share trade invades market over here too, e.g. with hospital chains, and other chain ideas. Thus let's see. ;)

* you used to get everything, but have to contribute a fixed rate concerning prostheses and orthodontic for longer now. But not concerning any other treatment. Psychological treatment is covered too, although not for entertainment, meaning within limits, § 27 tells you what is covered... You may not get any of the many things like Chinese herb tea, some of our doctors have on offer lately. I was offered that once. ;)

Strictly much of the law with all its modifications goes back to the late 19the century and/or Bismarck. The socialists became unruly. ;)

I know some that could have and regret to not have opted out of both health insurance and the state pension system. It has been misused, partly necessarily after re-union. State health insurers have been in troubles too resulting in rising rates, and yes, there is absolutely no doubt it can be exploited too. ... The health/pension employee system covers a special rate of your income if you are ill too. Met some experts in that context ... Others I know never regretted they didn't opt out. There you go. ;)

Ken Roberts

"In Canada they have ... if they run out, you wait."

I'm sure that's true. But in practical terms, rationing is done in a fair manner. I've observed folks getting the the necessary care, for serious matters, yet getting delayed for stuff less urgent. It is triage. We all do it, in all areas of life. I like two aspects of Cdn system: rationing is based upon need, not wealth -- but, if a person is really rich, they can go to the US for private care, so the US system provides an outlet for otherwise disruptive elites. And, universal coverage is genuinely more efficient. There are still opportunists, of course, but less than seen elsewhere.

Matthew

Interesting piece on new MOU with Israel. See http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/new-us-israeli-military-aid-package-reflects-shifts-in-relationship/

Irony: The World's Most Overrated Client State will now have to use American money to buy American weapons.

It's actually pretty stunning that for decades we funded competition for our arms industry.


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