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Hortensis

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28. :) How does an economist measure every glass as dirty and
Sat Sep 25, 2021, 12:22 PM
Sep 2021

mostly empty? Are there special algorhithms for that school of thought?

Good grief, of course our healthcare isn't "crummy and rationed." A large majority of us have access to some of the best healthcare on the planet, and all the rest capable of seeking it to basic healthcare. This forum alone is full of new fear that healthcare they expect and are entitled to might not be available if hospitals are filled with Covid patients. One of our members came back from Europe for vaccination available to everyone here, but delayed ("rationed" ) there.

Btw, humanity's answered your question many times as we've continued to grow -- as best it can be answered in the middle of a long, ongoing process. But the overall direction has overwhelmingly been toward increasing the rights and wellbeing of the individual.

As a reminder, before Covid, the average planetwide lifespan had risen to the late 70s (!!!!!!!!) due increased wellbeing, and there's no reason to assume it won't be again, and continue to improve. Even with the planet's new ultrawealthy classes sucking up all the new wealth they could, the percent of humanity living in extreme poverty had shrunk to an estimated 1%, and people around the planet are dedicating their lives to shrinking it further.

Perspective allows us to be realistically brave, even when reality doesn't look so good, and keeps us from getting lost in scary moments. Imo, unsupportable negativism is right up there with hiding under the covers as a refuge from fear or responsibility. And often much the same thing.

Indeed! We love to say "We just don't do that here!"... Wounded Bear Sep 2021 #1
The pandemic emergency has revealed our national character. Irish_Dem Sep 2021 #2
Good, bad, ugly & willfully ignorant! Dustlawyer Sep 2021 #18
Recommended. H2O Man Sep 2021 #3
Why the forgetting that a majority of Americans are much better? Hortensis Sep 2021 #4
Less than half the eligible voters vote leftstreet Sep 2021 #5
Not voting doesn't get them off the hook. Salviati Sep 2021 #15
C O R R E C T ! Cosmocat Sep 2021 #25
Roughly the same proportions as in revolutionary times. Hortensis Sep 2021 #34
Yes ugly and loud too. Just because the ugly loud people get the press... LakeArenal Sep 2021 #6
My negative imaginings must be related to the fact that I live in Texas Horse with no Name Sep 2021 #7
But our institutions allow that loud minority to control the country Freddie Sep 2021 #8
You hit the nail on the head Mysterian Sep 2021 #11
RW forces of evil, and I believe that's a valid decription, have been Hortensis Sep 2021 #16
This☝️ I_UndergroundPanther Sep 2021 #23
This message was self-deleted by its author Rebl2 Sep 2021 #19
:) Oh brother? Stand back and look beyond this "the sky already fell" Hortensis Sep 2021 #24
And yet, we see overt racism is alive and well, institutional racism is worse than ever, PatrickforB Sep 2021 #17
:) How does an economist measure every glass as dirty and Hortensis Sep 2021 #28
I have a really good job and have worked there for over 30 years. PatrickforB Sep 2021 #38
Well, I guess it explains your attitude. I'm sorry you've been Hortensis Sep 2021 #39
Yeah, I hear that. I really felt sorry for Hillary in the early 90s. PatrickforB Sep 2021 #40
And then I get...quietly enraged. I try to be realistic, Patrick, to accept that Hortensis Sep 2021 #42
americans just need to stop ignoring 1500 coordinated radio stations certainot Sep 2021 #33
i agree. ignoring talk radio continues to be the biggest political mistake in history. much of certainot Sep 2021 #30
"You are what your record says you are." - Bill Parcells Grins Sep 2021 #9
Depends on who or what constitutes "we as a nation." Ocelot II Sep 2021 #10
+1000 paleotn Sep 2021 #22
"Men and nations behave wisely when they have exhausted all other resources." pecosbob Sep 2021 #12
Well, maybe. We can certainly hope for that before these Dem assholes run out of time. calimary Sep 2021 #35
It makes me gag as does "only in America" nonsense grantcart Sep 2021 #13
See also: "Those aren't Christians" nt Gore1FL Sep 2021 #14
Who are "we" anyway? In reality, we're a conglomeration of different peoples.... paleotn Sep 2021 #20
It's who we have, in many ways, become dlk Sep 2021 #21
It is, as Stephen King might put it, the dark half peppertree Sep 2021 #26
Amusing? How about frustrating and nauseating? dchill Sep 2021 #27
I've stopped being amused by those statements. halfulglas Sep 2021 #29
It bugs me a bit too, but I guess you have to think of it as an aspirational declaration... Silent3 Sep 2021 #31
Beyonce PSPS Sep 2021 #32
Death cult, war profiteering, seditionist, science denying, racist hillbilly, predatory insurance traitorsgalore Sep 2021 #36
We are better than that some say pwb Sep 2021 #37
This nation was built on slavery and genocide. KentuckyWoman Sep 2021 #41
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