Healthcare in America is extremely fucked up. Health insurance, for one, is the biggest load of shit there is. I pay health insurance but I can only get help paying for healthcare if my bill is over $1000 or some shit like that. Lets say over a 6 month span I make 2 doctor visits, both with $500 bills (insane prices btw for doing nothing). I have to pay all of that, + the monthly insurance fee.
In order to lower the amount of money it takes for your "insurance" to kick in, you have to pay a lot more on a monthly basis...and you might not even need healthcare...
Why is the healthcare industry so corrupted and fucked up in America? B/c most people are fat. People have so many health problems and sicknesses that could be easily avoided. If they had free health care theyd go to the doctor every day. Medical schools cost wayyyy too much money...and doctors get paid wayyy too much money.
My last and only visit to an urgent care clinic..they measured my blood preasure, took my temperature, weighed me, asked me some questions about my problem and felt around my stomach for a min, guessed my diagnosis, and gave me a prescription for $10 drugs. Took about 20 mins or so all in all, including the wait time for the nurse practitioner to come talk to me. I have health insurance. They paid for nothing. My rate went up. It cost about $300. Fuck this country.
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wow. this thread delivers...! almost 2400 posts!
What did I missed?
Anothers questions for you, about the TSA.
Are you for or against it? A necessary evil or an privacy violating measures?
Assuming you're going to travel, which line do you pick? The body scan or the pat down?
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I think it's also blatantly unconstitutional. Our 4th Amendment of our Constitutions states, "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated". I sure as shit do not believe that flying actually makes it "reasonable" to search my person. There's nothing suspicious about going home to visit the parents at Christmas time.
As far as I know, there's no choice between lines at most airports here, unless I missed something.
Question to ze Americans: How do you feel about the current education system, and do you think it needs a reform or not?
Body scanners need to go.
The bans need to be lightened up. I had a bottle of WATER confiscated once. And I was in Air Force dress blues coming home from Tech School FFS. Banning items won't do jack-shit to stop terrorism until we are all naked and handcuffed to the chairs. There is a degree of risk therefore that we HAVE to accept. And we can mitigate that risk by instead focusing on ensuring every flight has an armed air marshal or two, that the flight attendants know self defense and that the cockpit is hardened.
The searches need to stop unless there's probable cause. The fact that they've searched 7 year old children and 70 year old, wheelchair bound grandmothers is disgusting.
The terminal security we have now would not have stopped 9-11. Mohammed Otta and his crew would have simply found another means to take over the airplane. Instead of box cutters, perhaps they would have gone on board with a CD, broken it into shards and used the sharp shards to threaten the pilot.
What would have stopped 9-11 would be air marshals, flight attendants who know self defense, and a hardened cockpit.
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Only had snow for about 1,5 month, january + a couple of weeks in feb.
How common is it that you guys have exchange students? Be it in high school or university. I think we got about 10-15% exchange students or international students at the university I attend, so around 6000-9000 out of 60000, brings some different perspectives/flavor, which I think is cool.
Also, how about schools with only boys/girls? Does it exist, if so how common is it and do you think it's a good idea?
The nerve is called the "nerve of awareness". You cant dissect it. Its a current that runs up the center of your spine. I dont know if any of you have sat down, crossed your legs, smoked DMT, and watch what happens... but what happens to me is this big thing goes RRRRRRRRRAAAAAWWW! up my spine and flashes in my brain... well apparently thats whats going to happen if I do this stuff...
Lower levels of education (k-12) are a bit of a mess. There is a fight in most states about teachers. One side thinks we need to throw more money to teachers to improve the quality of education. I understand that argument, but don't think it's as simple as that. The other side wants to cull "bad" teachers. I also understand that, but the only way they've figured out how to do it is by making mandatory standardized tests. The problem with that is the teachers essentially become coaches, showing the kids how to pass the test, not really educating them.
Also, I don't think the kids take education seriously enough. That's probably more to do with the parents, though.
And, of course, I think there should be far more emphasis on math and science than we currently have. Oh, and a foreign language starting in elementary school rather than later.
In lower levels, we had a couple exchange students every year. At university, at least larger ones, there are many foreign students. If you go to the math or physics department at any major research university, I would guess the majority of the graduate students are asian or eastern european.How common is it that you guys have exchange students? Be it in high school or university. I think we got about 10-15% exchange students or international students at the university I attend, so around 6000-9000 out of 60000, brings some different perspectives/flavor, which I think is cool.
I think our secondary education, research universities, and professional training remain the best in the world and should actually serve as a model for other nations rather than the other way around. We do a lot of things wrong, but our universities are damned sure something to be proud of. Not that there aren't any flaws (science Ph.D.'s take too long, for example, and financing is an issue), but it's pretty outstanding.
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This country definitely needs an education reform and one of the first things I think needs to happen is an increase in the options available to students in this country. For example the option to pursue some sort of vocational training early on instead of traditional school i something I think would really help.
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