Snapshots of Afghanistan - August 2009

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Kulvinder Singh Matharu, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    stephe_k Guest

    OK lets grasp reality for a moment, which is more likely to happen? Take
    away insurance company price fixing or remove elections?

    stephe_k, Sep 14, 2009
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  2. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    stephe_k Guest

    So why are you protecting them? I don't understand the logic.

    stephe_k, Sep 14, 2009
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  3. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    stephe_k Guest

    This is why I am just really confused. We have a guy here who is paying
    $750 a month for "health care" and has no idea if he is even covered. I
    can promise him as soon as he needs to use this policy, they will either
    drop him or raise his premiums to the point he can't afford to keep it.

    He is FIGHTING to keep the insurance companies in control of his
    health care, after he admits they are paying off the congressmen to let
    them price fix and otherwise walk off with our health care dollars. I
    really don't blame the insurance companies for this, as their job is to
    MAKE MONEY and make as much as they can. Given they are the only game in
    town, of course it's going to continue just like it has been. Who I
    blame are congressmen on BOTH SIDES who don't want this health care game
    to change because they WANT TO BE PAID OFF.

    His solution to get rid of ALL of the congressmen would work but I
    highly doubt that is going to happen in my lifetime. The -only- other
    solution is for the Gov to get into the health care business. I fear
    this won't happen because the congressmen will be biting the hand that
    is feeding them and wants to convince their constituents that the
    insurance companies are working for them. Seems lots of people are
    buying into that propaganda.

    This isn't a liberal vs conservative, democrat vs republican, this is
    our lives vs the insurance companies profits.

    stephe_k, Sep 15, 2009
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    Bob Larter Guest

    Indeed. ;^)
    Bob Larter, Sep 15, 2009
  5. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Bob Larter Guest

    The cops *always* downplay the number of protesters at any rally. You
    can argue about why they do, but it's a fact that they do.
    Bob Larter, Sep 15, 2009
  6. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Bob Larter Guest

    In general, averaging the organiser figures with the police figures will
    give you a sane estimate of the numbers.
    Bob Larter, Sep 15, 2009
  7. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Bob Larter Guest

    Got any cites to support that claim?
    Did the Iraq government know about them & approve of them?
    Bob Larter, Sep 15, 2009
  8. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Bob Larter Guest

    Yes, I would. If W had announced that the 9/11 terrorists were based in
    / backed by Saudi Arabia, & decided to invade Saudi Arabia, I would've
    said: "Fair enough - they deserve it".
    Bob Larter, Sep 15, 2009
  9. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Bob Larter Guest

    Yep, really. I'm not a pacifist - if anyone invades my country, & I'll
    pick up a rifle & do everything I can to kick them out.
    You think I hate the USA, but that's not the case. Half of my close
    friends are American.
    No, I wouldn't. Unlike Iraq, the evidence against Saudi Arabia is pretty
    solid. If the USA were to suddenly pull up stakes in Iraq & start
    bombing Saudi Arabia, I wouldn't necessarily think it was was the best
    idea in the world, but I'd consider it totally justified.
    Bob Larter, Sep 15, 2009
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    Bob Larter Guest

    Bob Larter, Sep 15, 2009
  11. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Bob Larter Guest

    If your car is too expensive to fix, you can scrap it & buy a new one.
    You can't do that with your body.
    Bob Larter, Sep 15, 2009
  12. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Bob Larter Guest

    Or fava beans...
    Bob Larter, Sep 15, 2009
  13. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Bob Larter Guest

    You don't die if you can't afford caviar.
    Bob Larter, Sep 15, 2009
  14. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Bob Larter Guest

    In my country, we get 100% coverage for 1.5% of our taxable income. You
    guys in America get ripped off something terrible.
    Bob Larter, Sep 15, 2009
  15. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Bob Larter Guest

    Their commentators are even worse.
    Watch the scrolling marquee sometime while they're 'reporting' news.
    Bob Larter, Sep 15, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    He can't have. I know I was in Kurdistan in the late 1980s What there
    was were Kurdish Guerrillas who were being trained on the Iranian side
    of the Iraq Iran border.

    These forces were anti-Bhagdad no matter who was in charge ans they
    wanted a free Kurdish state.
    It knew about the Kurdish Guerillas and attacked them with bombs and
    gas. This was inside Iraq. The training camps were generally inside
    Iran. Some were along the Iraqi Turkish border.

    The US bombed some of them as at the time Iran having got rid of the
    Shar was Islamic and therefore a target for the US (who were aiding
    Saddam). The US had aircraft, CIA and Special Forces in Kurdistan
    operating out of Diyarbakir .

    This one was also running in the late 1980's

    No other cites other than a few roles of film I took in Kurdistan.
    Chris H, Sep 15, 2009
  17. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Bob Larter Guest

    Can you at least appreciate that he's at least *trying* to fix the
    system? And yes, I agree that he's not necessarily going about it the
    best way, but I expect that you & I would disagree about what the "best
    way" would be.
    Bob Larter, Sep 15, 2009
  18. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Walter Banks Guest

    You don't have to wait Bill has previously been caught between two
    conflicting health insurance policies.

    The real problem with the insurance model for Heath Care is
    you can opt not to drive your car but are less inclined to stop

    The Canadian single payer system is funded in Ontario from $2.25%
    of gross payroll tax. The system works. The level of care and the
    quality of the hospitals is high.

    The real problem that I see on this round of the US health care
    debate is the status quo is no longer an option.

    The rhetoric and facts are a long ways apart. The US health care
    system is far from the best in the world except for chronic care
    where it is among a small group. Overall heath care ranks the
    US behind Costa Rica in the high 30's of a 100 country sampling.

    In terms of life expectancy a lot needs to be done. The lobbyists
    are part of the problem.

    Half truths no truths, truth is what I say it is, name calling
    and racial slurs are going to push US society back 50 years.

    When saying no to something that will benefit the country is
    more important than country could be a serious
    problem if the US is to survive for even another 25 years.

    There is a message when most of Europe was at war with
    each other 60 years ago are now consolidated into
    a mega society and the US can't agree on their own national

    /rant off

    Walter Banks, Sep 15, 2009
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    DRS Guest

    In Australia the Medicare (not to be confused with the American Medicare)
    Levy is explicitly identified as such and is distinct from ordinary income
    tax. That money does not go into consolidated revenue. It is not a common
    taxation model, to be sure, but perhaps it shows the importance of health

    What Bob did not mention was that the previous "conservative" government,
    which hated out Medicare with a passion and undermined it at every
    opportunity, diverted around AU$3 billion per year away from the public
    health system in the form of tax rebates for people who took out private
    health insurance. Membership was dropping because premiums were increasing
    faster than CPI.
    DRS, Sep 16, 2009
  20. Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Ray Fischer Guest

    Which supplements your Medicare coverage. If you had to pay it all
    yourself it'd cost about $2000 per month.
    Make that $300.
    Except that it isn't.
    You've already admitted that it's a supplemental policy. that means
    that you DO depend upon the government.
    Ray Fischer, Sep 16, 2009
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