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Posted in: Trump identifies 11 potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees See in context

Did you ask Quintillan that same question?

My source is http://useconomy.about.com/od/usdebtanddeficit/p/US-Debt-by-President.htm

bass4funk, you more or less concede my point about Republican deficits, but then go on to make the obviously wrong conclusion. Do you think Obama's deficits would be anywhere near what they've been if he hadn't had to deal with a global financial meltdown (not of his doing), two wars (one of which he was actively against), and the absolute pig-headed refusal of Republicans to increase revenue through taxation? I would imagine that his deficits would have been a lot closer to Clinton's. Presidents have to deal with unforeseen negative events, of course, but he started in the deepest of holes.

You mention that the deficit projection for FY 2016 is $616 billion. Where was the Republican hand-wringing when the actual deficit for FY 2008 (during Bush II) was $1.017 trillion--in 2008 dollars? Obama did not get the US into its present economic situation; Reagan and Bush II did. It's time to increase revenue, decrease defense costs, and rebuild US infrastructure. I don't think Trump will do any of those things, unless you count the wall on the Mexican border.

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Posted in: Trump identifies 11 potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees See in context

Sorry for the formatting error above. I should have previewed the submission!

Trump listed no enemies of the Second Amendment, whereas 0bama [sic] and Hillary name only enemies of the Second Amendment.

Many legal scholars and Americans do not support the current interpretation of the Second Amendment, particularly as it ignores the preamble of the amendment. This interpretation will likely change after a Democratic president is elected and a new Supreme Court Justice is appointed. Let's hope the US can finally adopt some sensible gun control policies.

Bernie would put USA in another $20T in debt.

The biggest post-WWII contributors to US debt were Republican presidents. Ronald Reagan was No.1 (186% increase in the debt), followed by George Bush II (101% increase). Obama is at 56%--and that's with cleaning up the financial crisis of 2008, two inherited wars, and an obstructionist anti-tax Congress.

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Posted in: Trump identifies 11 potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees See in context

Trump listed no enemies of the Second Amendment, whereas 0bama [sic] and Hillary name only enemies of the Second Amendment. Many legal scholars and Americans do not support the current interpretation of the Second Amendment, particularly as it ignores the preamble of the amendment. This interpretation will likely change after a Democratic president is elected and a new Supreme Court Justice is appointed. Let's hope the US can finally adopt some sensible gun control policies.

Bernie would put USA in another $20T in debt. The biggest post-WWII contributors to US debt were Republican presidents. Ronald Reagan was No.1 (186% increase in the debt), followed by George Bush II (101% increase). Obama is at 56%--and that's with cleaning up the financial crisis of 2008, two inherited wars, and an obstructionist anti-tax Congress.

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Posted in: Man with diabetes who caused accident arrested for dangerous driving See in context

@Frungy @Ah_so

Thanks for citing some research. As @Frungy mentions, the problem with this law is that it does not reflect what we know about motor vehicle accidents. The increase in risk for such accidents among people with diabetes is 12-19%. In contrast, the increase in risk is 140% for sleep apnea and 340% for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3652323/), which are by no means rare conditions.

I would add that enforcement of this law is going to be difficult. The only way to confirm hypoglycemia is with an on-the-spot glucose test, as the symptoms are often indistinguishable from shock, extreme anxiety, etc. To further complicate matters, people have different blood glucose thresholds for impairment from hypoglycemia. One person might be severely impaired with a blood glucose level of 40 mg/dL, while another would be unimpaired. Under these circumstances, how exactly are you going to prove someone was impaired?

I wrote:

The new bill equates drunk driving with insulin-induced hypoglycemia and epilepsy, which strikes me as grossly unfair to people with medical conditions. Even conscientious insulin users can have a difficult time predicting hypoglycemia, and some don't recognize it in time.

To which @Ah_so responded:

This is not a moral judgement on medical conditions so not "unfair". If you are dangerous to other drivers with a condition, then you you should not be driving. "Fair" has got nothing to do with it - it is a pragmatic decision - that's life, deal with it. This is not the school playground.

I'm not suggesting that the law is taking a position with respect to the morality of people with any particular medical condition. The law is unfair because it equates driving under the influence of alcohol (the most important risk factor for accidents) with use of insulin (a life-saving medication that is only rarely involved in such accidents).

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Posted in: Man with diabetes who caused accident arrested for dangerous driving See in context

@Probie I agree that he shouldn't have been driving if he had an established pattern of severe hypoglycemia. If his doctor advised him not to drive, issues other than diabetes were probably involved (other diseases, poor medication adherence).

It's a little hard for me to understand, if the doctor had told him not to drive (presumably because of the danger of insulin-induced hypoglycemia), why he would continue to prescribe the insulin.

Where did you hear about his doctor?

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Posted in: Man with diabetes who caused accident arrested for dangerous driving See in context

@kimuzukashiiiii The article doesn't say that Miyatani had daily dizziness; no diabetic has hypoglycemia every day.

Also, strokes and heart attacks, while not predictable, are largely preventable. Should we imprison people who've had such events that led to accidents while driving, if we can show that they failed to take their blood pressure medicine, to eat a healthy diet, etc.?

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Posted in: Man with diabetes who caused accident arrested for dangerous driving See in context

As an insulin-using diabetic, I sympathize with Miyatani. Still, the injuries caused were serious and could have been worse.

The new bill equates drunk driving with insulin-induced hypoglycemia and epilepsy, which strikes me as grossly unfair to people with medical conditions. Even conscientious insulin users can have a difficult time predicting hypoglycemia, and some don't recognize it in time.

Drivers with diabetes have a modestly higher, but acceptable, risk of accidents. The focus should be on patient education rather than draconian sanctions. Drivers with diabetes should be encouraged to check their blood sugar before driving and to have a snack before longer drives. I'm certain that these two measures would greatly reduce hypoglycemic episodes while driving.

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Posted in: TEPCO asks for Y1 tril in public funds in exchange for giving gov't 51% control See in context

I'm not familiar with TEPCO's balance sheet, but I would think that the taxpayer's deserve 100% of the company. It's not as if TEPCO can find a buyer now. Still, I wonder if it could ever be restored to profitability.

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