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Originally Posted by Harold falcon View Post

A doctor is probably the last person I'd want setting health policy.

This is more or less true. What I'd say is the last person I'd want setting health policy is any clinician that lacks both education and experience in policy and economics.
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It's always dangerous to let someone from that particular industry regulate itself. If the purpose of regulation is supposed to be to benefit the public then a person from that industry is the least likely to do it. The doctor as a regulator sees regulations as a means to benefit him and his doctor friends - how to make their jobs easier. Not how to provide better service to the consumer.

Same thing with the military, for example. These people are too involved in their own sector to have any impartiality or ability to view the situation from another viewpoint.

This is the problem inherent in all regulations, they are always written from the perspective of alleged experts who are really just rent-seeking welfare queens.
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Why do you think such an overwhelming huge percent of Congress are lawyers?
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Why do you think such an overwhelming huge percent of Congress are lawyers?


Good point. foo.gif
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Facebook now has option to turn your profile pic into the French flag. So then people post about how it's the definition of slactivism and why didn't you change your profile to the Sudanese flag when the boko haram attacked or the Turkish flag or the Egyptian flag

Which makes me wonder why do more people care more about the attacks in Paris but not the kidnappings and mass murders and suicide bombers elsewhere? Is it cuz people expect terrorist attacks in places like Sudan but not in Paris?
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That's because people like to go to Paris and vacation. I don't hear too many people say I'm going to Sudan for vacation.
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

Facebook now has option to turn your profile pic into the French flag. So then people post about how it's the definition of slactivism and why didn't you change your profile to the Sudanese flag when the boko haram attacked or the Turkish flag or the Egyptian flag

Which makes me wonder why do more people care more about the attacks in Paris but not the kidnappings and mass murders and suicide bombers elsewhere? Is it cuz people expect terrorist attacks in places like Sudan but not in Paris?

That's pretty much it. It's like the difference in reporting on 30 shooting deaths in Chicago over the July 4th weekend vs. reporting on 30 people murdered in a movie theatre.
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That's because people like to go to Paris and vacation. I don't hear too many people say I'm going to Sudan for vacation.

Also it's a shorter step to envision a similar attack in New York or wherever you live. If they can attack Paris...
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The best part is, you can just click a button to change the profile.  Facebook asks you.  You don't even have to go through a step of doing it yourself or going to another website to do it.  You don't even have to think about it.  Get prompted and click yes.

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The most popular response I've seen to that question is that people are desensitized to news about deaths in those areas compared to places like Paris. However, it's probably more along the lines of what Texasmade said. 

 

Paris has an appeal, therefore people on social media care(let's be honest, hardly). Remember the Tohoku earthquake and tusnami? same thing, but when another area is struct by something similar, nada. People don't actually give a shit about all lives. Didn't 147 or so Kenyan students get shot to death recently? ain't no cries on social media about that. 

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I want to fight terrorism by hashtagging a peace symbol on my facebook. And maybe that awesome cartoon of the Statue of Liberty stepping into salt water to swim to France.

Bam.
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

Also it's a shorter step to envision a similar attack in New York or wherever you live. If they can attack Paris...

I think this is right, but at the same time denial is still appealing. Expecting them to consider political ramifications or think beyond changing their profile picture is a silly, chimerical concept. They care, but not enough to do anything beyond the most hollow gestures, circa 15 yrs ago when everyone was slapping a 'support the troops' bumper sticker on their car but probably never stroked a check for wounded warriors or any other veteran charity.
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LOL
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31 states in the Bible Belt?
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