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impala454
Posted on: Feb 21 2012, 06:50 PM





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QUOTE (dauss @ Aug 14 2009, 05:02 PM) *
So, years from now when I look back on the markets, and they didn't test the bottom we saw in March 2009, well then, that is wonderful news and I was wrong. However, if the opposite happened, I'll probably ask you how your humble pie is tasting.

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impala454
Posted on: Nov 19 2011, 10:46 AM





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Been working at NASA since 2008. Getting to work on some cool ISS payloads! Also dropped about 95 lbs since last posting on here smile.gif
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impala454
Posted on: Oct 29 2009, 01:52 PM





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Oooh... and the recession is over... Dauss nowhere to be found... shocker!

HAH!



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impala454
Posted on: Oct 17 2009, 02:14 AM





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Yeah... risky shit... oh well. That's how it goes... still... at our age... better than boring ass mutual funds.
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impala454
Posted on: Oct 15 2009, 03:07 PM





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And that's why you invest long term and don't short sell on stocks.
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impala454
Posted on: Oct 14 2009, 04:40 PM





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Dow over 10k today... still waitin for that rock bottom Dauss? lol

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Posted on: Oct 9 2009, 09:45 PM





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Posted on: Oct 3 2009, 10:00 PM





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I wanted to go shooting today but thanks to the rain the ranges around here are all swamps today
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Posted on: Sep 15 2009, 08:49 AM





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I just watched Road House for the first time the other day...
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impala454
Posted on: Sep 4 2009, 02:51 PM





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QUOTE (Hartmann @ Sep 4 2009, 12:39 PM) *
I'm not sure if the Commerce clause applies because insurance stays within a state, meaning people in Pennsylvania can't buy insurance from New Jersey. There have been mentions that the 10th Amendment may be used to attempt to quash any bill.

This may be true but indivuals buying insurance is a very small portion of the whole. Large companies often buy the insurance in other states, or the state where their headquarters is. I know mine is currently BCBS Tennessee (as my company's headquartered out of Tennessee), though it is universally accepted.
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impala454
Posted on: Sep 4 2009, 02:48 PM





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same here

Facebook
Engadget/Engadget HD
Chron.com
Weather
Gmail
this forum and a couple others
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impala454
Posted on: Sep 4 2009, 09:22 AM





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QUOTE (cmac @ Sep 4 2009, 09:46 AM) *
two rotator cuff surgeries and an acl repair in the last three years, and then several one offs, broken ribs, wrists, dislocated elbows, concussions, etc.
all the surgeries were virtually free out of pocket and done by the best joint doc in the country out of Vail. their pro athlete list is impressive. they did arods big offseason hip surgery, bode miller, ronaldo, elway, rod woodson, greg norman, priest holmes, mario lemieux, joe montana, marino. i've always had the opinion that if i want to play hard that i need to go to the best place to get my body put back together. yeah it's expensive, but i use it. no sense half-assing it i guess.

ouch, but yeah I can see why you're so expensive tongue.gif . Now imagine some govt employed doctor chosen for you performing all of those surgeries instead of the one you wanted to go to.

QUOTE (cmac @ Sep 4 2009, 09:46 AM) *
what are you getting at? high taxes?

yeap
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impala454
Posted on: Sep 4 2009, 09:20 AM





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QUOTE (Inferia @ Sep 4 2009, 09:43 AM) *
Well, it's not very effective to go to the emergency room for your kid who has asthma or other conditions they may have develop along the way if they don't have regular doctors check up.

this is completely irrelevant. we're not talking about how the care is given, we're talking about who pays for the insurance.

QUOTE (Inferia @ Sep 4 2009, 09:43 AM) *
For some people, putting food on the table is hard, $40/month may be a lot of money to put aside. Plus, if your kid is born with a diseases, $40/month may be out of the question.

1. If $40/month is a stretch for a young couple, they have no business having kids
2. Would it be easier to pay for insurance yourself, or have your taxes massively increased in order to pay for government health insurance? You seem to think the way a lot of liberals do on this subject, that this govt health insurance would be free. FAR from it. Not to mention, someone like me who does the responsible thing and makes sure I have health insurance doesn't want my taxes increased to pay for someone else's poor money management and decisions.
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impala454
Posted on: Sep 4 2009, 08:43 AM





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QUOTE (Inferia @ Sep 4 2009, 09:05 AM) *
I'm not sure I agree with the part about everyone is able to get healthcare. I hear from my friend that when she was young, she couldn't go see the doctor cuz her parents job didn't cover health care, and they couldn't afford it either.

Not being able to afford it doesn't mean it's unavailable. And rarely do employers pay for the full premiums, you still have to pay some portion out of your own paycheck. If she had two parents that both had jobs, then I guarantee they could afford it, probably just didn't want to or were sorry with their budget.
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impala454
Posted on: Sep 3 2009, 09:42 PM





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hah... it's a game... not like I would travel across the country for it
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Posted on: Sep 3 2009, 09:42 PM





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QUOTE (chook @ Sep 3 2009, 10:15 PM) *
Problem is that the same coverage for health care keeps going up faster than inflation. It has come from all the excess management (HMOs)/ Lawsuits / and providing emergency services at a loss (can't deny emergency services). Something has to be done cause its getting worse. I don't think public health care in the answer, but it needs to have an overhaul on the rules.

I haven't noticed it going up faster than inflation...
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impala454
Posted on: Sep 3 2009, 09:39 PM





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yeah facebook has kinda taken over


I never used to play those cheesy little games but some people sucked me in and they're addicting!
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Posted on: Sep 3 2009, 08:26 PM





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So I did start playin again after some buds at work started back up. Not playing a whole lot but pretty cool changes, and the new expansion looks like it should be pretty kick ass. Long story short, adding two new races, max lvl 85, reworking the entire old world (heroic deadmines anyone??), allowing flight in the old world, tons of stuff. They added in a new feature yesterday that kinda makes the game new, can change faction now.

Between this and whenever Diablo III and StarCraft II come out, should be some great stuff from Blizzard for a while.
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Posted on: Sep 3 2009, 08:22 PM





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QUOTE (cmac @ Sep 3 2009, 07:38 PM) *
i know i pay roughly $700 a month for health insurance through my employer. i get injured a lot. a whole lot, so i chose an awesome package.
it would be cool if a large percentage of my paycheck didn't disappear for something that i may or may not use. but because i get hurt a lot, this seems to be the best way for me, because paying a company, or the government on my own would cost more.
correct?

bingo

and re-read this that you posted one more time:
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it would be cool if a large percentage of my paycheck didn't disappear for something that i may or may not use

remind you of any other large percentages that come out of your paycheck?? wink.gif

$700 still sounds like a ton... how many injuries have you had?? I have had three surgeries in the past five years or so and I am paying like $190/month. pretty good coverage too... have gone to some of the best specialists around the houston area.
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Posted on: Sep 3 2009, 04:33 PM





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Right now we have privatized healthcare. I.e. private companies offer health insurance, you pay them. Most people who work a full time job have some form of health insurance made available to them, and for a good price due to them getting a group rate and/or your employer paying for part or all of the premiums (monthly fee). We also have medicare which is government run for old and/or disabled people, paid for by tax money.

Right now, if you do not have a job and want health insurance, you simply go to a company and enroll, and pay the full premiums yourself (very good insurance can be had for $200-300/month. I've seen some claim as low as $100/month, but surely the coverage is different, etc etc. Just think of it like how car insurance works, except for yourself and much more complicated. I know mine is something like $300/month and my company pays something like $190 of it.

If you do not wish to have health insurance, that is your own prerogative.

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What was originally proposed by Obama was to completely remove privatized healthcare, and make it completely government run and paid for (hello huge tax hike). Everyone would recieve the same level of care automatically simply by living here. I heard rumblings of options to still be able to buy your own plan on top of that, but either way, it would be mandatory and would be paid for by taxes.

So many people were up in arms over this idea, that Obama removed it. He claimed that removing privatized healthcare was only a "small" portion of his bill, but I don't see what the rest of it is, so in that part I have no idea.

Also I believe with his current plan, health insurance still becomes mandatory for all.

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Hope that helps. I think our healthcare system is great as is. People come from all over the world to use it. Just look at current govt run healthcare industries like Canada. People up there wait months just to get an MRI, or routine surgery. Their taxes up there are unbelievable, but then they talk about how healthcare is "free" up there... Keeping it privatized helps keep competition, keeps prices down, and keeps incentives for doctors to be good at what they do. Hell, it also encourages people to actually get healthy and/or get whatever care they need. I know if it had taken several months to get an MRI on my knee, I probably wouldn't have even bothered with it.

What you need to think about when you're forming an opinion is this: The average person probably pays between $100-300/month right now, through their employer, for good health insurance. It comes out of their check pre-taxes, and covers their entire immediate family. Do you think the government can do better than that? IMHO, no friggin way.
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Posted on: Sep 3 2009, 08:51 AM





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need to just face the fact that it's just us. kinda silly to think that a bunch of people who don't go to tech anymore and are now upwards of a decade older than the people that go there are going to somehow relate with them and create some texas tech community that can then be plastered with google ads once the hit counter gets high enough. kudos to lance for getting some money out of it laugh.gif
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Posted on: Aug 26 2009, 11:06 PM





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Didn't say they couldn't voice an opinion, just that it is stupid for them to do so (at least, stupid in the business sense).
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Posted on: Aug 26 2009, 11:04 PM





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Well the first scrubbed launch wasn't until about 10 mins before, so yeah I was there. Stayed again for the try tues night/wed morning but that one got scrubbed early for tech probs. So overall was in FL from sunday afternoon until this afternoon around 3. Went to Universal Studios first day, watched blue man group that night (awesome), then drove to cocoa beach after that. Drove over to KSC the monday (I can get on site w/my badge). Messed around on site a while then hit the beach. then headed back out to the site around 7 for the 1 am launch. launch got scrubbed due to weather about 10 mins before (I swear, the only storm in the entire area, was directly over the pad). i was in the parking lot of the VAB and we didnt see a drop, and then it cleared up right after the launch window... Tuesday, hit up the beach again, then the launch got scrubbed at about 5 pm due to some valve, not going again until friday at the earliest, didnt have the money to stay 3 more nights so said screw it and went back to orlando. hit up disney this morning and then flew back this afternoon. will definitely be trying again as soon as money/vacation time allows.
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Posted on: Aug 22 2009, 09:19 AM





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Oh and some people definitely got blitzed I can vouch for that... Will be some great work stories for a long time to come...
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Posted on: Aug 21 2009, 02:30 PM





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So I'm headed out there to watch the launch tuesday, and will have about a day and a half of time to do whatever in the orlando and/or cocoa beach area. Anyone know of any must-see things to do or restaurants to try?
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