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Topic: meaning of 'quite good'
Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 9:14:08 AM
I am a little worried by the "Very interesting" thing. I do say it sometimes and I mean it literally - what the other person have said was something new and of interest to me. Maybe next time I should think twice before I say these words. Thanks, Thar!
Topic: State of the Union - healthcare costs
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 8:18:32 AM
progpen wrote:

One thing to keep in mind about any attempts to fix the health care system in the US is that it is currently $3.5 trillion or $10,739 per person. This is nearly 18% of the GDP. This means that any attempt to fix the system is viciously fought by those making money from the current system.



Wow, I knew it was big, but I didn't check the exact numbers. 18% of of the U.S.A. GDP for healthcare is really something. For this kind of money the US should be the healthiest nation in the world Angel

Then this only confirms how politically toxic this problem is. That's why I was surprised he even mentioned the need to do something about it. I understand most on this forum are of the opinion that he just wasn't genuine, just said something that he knew public would like. Well, let's see, future will show.
Topic: State of the Union - healthcare costs
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 7:51:08 AM
Romany wrote:

Kirill -

I'm not, in the slightest, trying to discourage you from stating your opinion.


Thanks, Romany, so I will. Dancing

And you are perfectly welcome to discuss anything related to "my area", of course! Applause Though in fact we both live in the same area, which is Eurasian continent, and I hope no new iron curtains ever get erected on it again. United States of America is a very important nation, so everybody is interested and affacted by what is going on there.
Topic: State of the Union - healthcare costs
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 5:16:11 AM
progpen wrote:
WinceRind is correct that the ACA slowed the rate of increase in health care costs. There were also other demonstrable benefits that have been well reported, but conveniently ignored by the (R) leadership. The poison pill amendments thoroughly diluted the majority of the benefits that the population would have experienced, but there was still enough progress that people noticed. What could have been the best solution to the US health care crisis ever implemented became a baby step that the (R)s have tirelessly tried to poison after the fact.


If this is so then why would a republican President Donald Trump even dare to raise this issue in his address?

Maybe he is not as bad as many of you routinely picture him, after all.

Maybe it's just that the actual devide between what can bring people prosperous future and what will plunge them into misery and degradation is not along party lines. This devide goes across party lines, and not only in the U.S. of course. It is about mental settings, sense of duty and responsibility, willingness to face problems and find solutions versus just yielding to the temptation to keep kicking the can along the road as long as you personally are fine. It seems to me the world needs leaders who face and address problems, not ones who keep kicking the can. And against this scale they should be judged. No?
Topic: It's time to go vs. It's time that we went
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 4:30:56 AM
Thanks!

Does this work in other contexts, e.g. an angry cooment from a boss:

I think it's time we did it right.


d'oh!
Topic: laced tea
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 4:13:48 AM
Wow, this has proven one of those simple questions that make come out a great amount of interesting information! Dancing

Thank you all.

So I understand this is a great verb whose function goes far beyond adding whiskey to tea on a cold day. It's more like adding a small element that gives a new quality to the whole thing. Correct?

Quote:

Romany wrote:
Did you not have the rohypnol thing happening in Russia? This was when what has been called the "date-rape drug" (rohypnol) was being put into (mainly) women's drinks to render them half-unconscious and rapable. In these cases it was their alcoholic drinks that were being laced. In these cases, as with poison, it is crucial that the person drinking it doesn't know it's there.


I've never heard of this particular substance, and I personally don't use any chemical stimulus beyond normal alcohol to help women relax. But I am aware of such practices of course. The thing we did have here in Russia in 1990s was girls (usually presenting themselves as prostitutes) lacing clients' drinks with clophelin and then robbing them. I wasn't lucky enough to have the kind of money one needed to make himself a target of that.

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Sarrriesfan wrote:
Further to Romanys answer although Bella Donna translated in English means beautiful lady, in this case it could be a reference to the plant Atropa belladonna, commonly know in British English as Deadly Nightshade a highly poisonous plant.



Thanks! So there seems to be a clever play on words here.
Topic: laced tea
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:48:56 AM
Hello again!

This is a line from "Belladonna" by U.F.O.

The tea is delicately laced

The only meaning of the verb to lace in the TFD that fits is this:

lace
(leɪs)

vb

8. (tr) to add a small amount of alcohol or drugs to (food or drink)

What kind of alcohol drink would that normally be? Cognac? Whisky? I don't think wine would work, would it?
Topic: It's time to go vs. It's time that we went
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:18:57 AM
Hello!
Suppose I'm visiting somebody with a friend of mine. At some point one of use is saying:

(1) I think it's time for us to go home.

(2) I think it's time that we went home.

Is there any difference in meaning / degree of politeness / etc?
And in #2 - is this the past subjunctive, or just the past tense?
Thank you!
Topic: State of the Union - healthcare costs
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 4:39:40 AM
Drag0nspeaker wrote:

Yes - somehow, the American government just hasn't managed to get its head around how to run a proper heath service (we have a health service, not a health INDUSTRY - there's a big difference).


Yes.. You know my views - coming from a country where socialism was taken to extreme forms and the whole thing burst after having brought enormous amount of suffering on people, I am always very cautious about implementing any socialist ideas.

However, I tend to agree that healthcare is probably one area that works best as a public service, rather than as a commercial industry.

At the heart of it is the fact that a totally commercialized "healthcare" industry has wrong incentives. In fact, the opposite to what they should be.

The healthcare system/service must make sure people are healthy. Whereas a commercialized "healthcare" industry is interested in people being sick so people pay more and more for medical services and goods (medicines).

Maybe Americans can find an American solution - e.g. Trump mentioned (if I understood correctly) making hospitals at least publically disclose their "price lists", thus encouraging price competition between them and a downward pressure on prices. Maybe this could work as a first step, I don't know.

Thank you, eveybody, for your views and insights.
Topic: This historical action...
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 3:53:41 AM
Drag0nspeaker wrote:
Hmmmm - possible.

I'm from late Bakelite myself - after the Steam Age but before the Silicon Age. NHS was in full swing by the time I remember much.


I am from late Vynil. That's when they registered music by scraping lines on plates Think

How things have changed since then. Boo hoo!

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