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    [–] Roku Pulls InfoWars Channel After Attracting Social Media Scorn BecausIts2016 7 points ago in news

    and just like the video rental stores the arguments about first amendments rights will fall through the cracks because a private business is not the government

    What if the government is censoring through private proxy? For example, if you watch the Congressional hearings with Facebook et al. A large portion of that is lawmakers from both aisles pushing on why certain groups or people aren't removed from the platform. Likewise, a "FOIA" request with the EU revealed that The Commission encouraged these platforms to self-police, and remains in continued contact with them to "follow-up" on those efforts. The redacted sections that follow would suggest they want to possibly move toward a more legislative approach instead of implicit cooperation.

    This grey area is infrequently talked about, I'm not sure why.

    [–] Men in police uniforms ‘massacre’ unarmed civilians in Haiti BecausIts2016 11 points ago * (lasted edited 5 hours ago) in news

    This isn't an army. They are some corrupt police and criminals by the sound of it. These villagers would have been better off with the means to defend themselves, instead of flailing about like headless chickens. In Mexico, there was some success with self-defense militias for a similar purpose. The government then wanted to absorb them into federal forces.

    [–] A three-year-old British boy was crushed to death by a car passenger seat pushed back by his mother’s boyfriend, who complained he was too noisy BecausIts2016 6 points ago in news

    Well, yeah, that's a given. I meant between the adults. They all appeared to be fine with him crushing and suffocating the child with his seat repeatedly. Then fine with lying afterward to conceal that fact. The driver isn't mentioned in that, but I doubt he came forward either, and the other three with him are real pieces of work.

    [–] Doctor allegedly ordered potentially fatal doses of pain medication for near-death patients BecausIts2016 15 points ago in news

    Man that headline is a rollercoaster. Doctor, potentially fatal doses, then you get to for near-death patients. I just assumed these people were in excessive amounts of pain or discomfort, requiring a hefty dose, and potentially fatal is ultimately inconsequential when you're already near-death.

    But yeah, looks like it was done as a "humane kill" type of thing. Maybe even at the request of the patient. The article doesn't say whether this was done with all near-death patients where lifesaving measures were terminated. Only that it was done in at least 27 cases.

    [–] A three-year-old British boy was crushed to death by a car passenger seat pushed back by his mother’s boyfriend, who complained he was too noisy BecausIts2016 63 points ago in news

    She and her boyfriend Stephen Waterson, 25, deny manslaughter.

    The couple and Miss Williams have admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice by making false statements to police.

    Everybody in that car sounds like a piece of shit.

    [–] Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada gets 24-hour security amid online threats BecausIts2016 1 points ago * (lasted edited 10 hours ago) in canada

    • High profile refugee. Politicized in Thailand.

    • Heads of state commenting on case. Very unusual. Trudeau makes statement. Highly politicized at this point.

    • Says it's best to quietly accept her, but worried about political stunt.

    I mean, the prediction isn't very groundbreaking. Online hate follows anything remotely high profile, and this had a not so subtle political veneer near the outset.

    [–] Shutdown Prompts Hunger Strike at Manhattan Jail as Family Visits Are Canceled BecausIts2016 12 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in news

    Depending on the relevant statute governments can be afforded quite a long period of delay before a speedy trial violation. The government shutdown has been what, some odd weeks now? It's impossible to speculate on the specifics of "anonymous defendants awaiting trial." Regardless, your federal courts are still processing criminal cases for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, most of the statutes have "exceptional fact or circumstance" exemptions on their time limitations (not sure if a temporary government shutdown qualifies).

    edit; read federal courts are still processing criminal cases.

    [–] Shutdown Prompts Hunger Strike at Manhattan Jail as Family Visits Are Canceled BecausIts2016 88 points ago in news

    high-security federal jail ... At times the inmates have included accused terrorists, prominent white-collar criminals and organized crime figures like the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo.

    I don't know. The pretrial detainees at a place like this might be the type of high-risk people that don't qualify for bail.

    [–] Organizers that cancelled Eureka women's march say they'll boycott third-party march BecausIts2016 18 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in news

    I'm going to identify as a mixed black-native homosexual trans-female of the Islamic faith that is poor and grew up in an abusive household. I will climb to the upper echelons of this organization.

    [–] Florida man drives Ferrari off dock because Jesus told him to. BecausIts2016 5 points ago in news

    Dos Equis commercial was a lie. Florida Man is the most interesting in the world.

    [–] Sen. Rand Paul scheduled to have hernia surgery in Canada BecausIts2016 5 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in news

    Yes. I touched on that in another comment in this thread, which might be where you saw that information. One thing I skipped over is innovation. If Shouldice Hernia Hospital is fluctuating between red and green financially, it means they likely aren't making very much profit. Minimal profits means they likely don't have the funds to invest heavily into R&D for future innovations. There's also less incentive for other investors to do so. One good thing about the U.S. healthcare system, despite its expensiveness, is those profits generate unparalleled innovativeness.

    [–] Sen. Rand Paul scheduled to have hernia surgery in Canada BecausIts2016 128 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in news

    It's a bit more complicated. Basically, yes, allowing private options to operate within a public system while retaining a for-profit aspect can sustain top quality care. Doesn't need to be exorbitant, but things don't operate forever at a loss. Shouldice is required by law to accept OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) patients at a negotiated rate, but they pass the buck into the public system when it likely isn't profitable for them.

    An essay on the hospital published in 2000 by the Canadian Union of Public Employees accused Shouldice of engaging in "cream skimming" by only accepting patients who require straightforward hernia operations, while referring costlier, more complicated surgery to the public system.

    This OHIP requirement has placed some strain on their continued viability. Their financials jump between red and green in any given year according to that article. That likely has to do with the delicate balancing act they need to conduct with OHIP patients.

    The business has “maintained its viability” with losses in some recent years, and profits in subsequent years that made up for the red ink, he said.

    Their renowned status and foreign clientele, which they can bill at market rates, is probably essential to their continued operation.

    Edit; fixed mistake.

    [–] Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is going to Canada for hernia surgery BecausIts2016 9 points ago in canada

    In one sense yes. Allowing private options to operate within the public system (while also allowing the for profit aspect) can sustain top quality care. But at the same time, he isn't getting the benefits of the socialized system. He isn't getting the OHIP negotiated rate, but the market rate. Nor is he visiting a hospital operated by the government.

    However, Shouldice also has strain on their viability, bouncing between red and green on the financials earlier this decade.

    The business has “maintained its viability” with losses in some recent years, and profits in subsequent years that made up for the red ink, he said.

    I think they've managed to remain viable by "cream skimming," as the Canadian Union of Public Employees accused them of in 2000.

    An essay on the hospital published in 2000 by the Canadian Union of Public Employees accused Shouldice of engaging in "cream skimming" by only accepting patients who require straightforward hernia operations, while referring costlier, more complicated surgery to the public system.

    So they are generally only accepting OHIP patients that they think they can profit from. Otherwise, those that come at a likely financial loss get referred into the public system.

    [–] Sen. Rand Paul scheduled to have hernia surgery in Canada BecausIts2016 33 points ago in news

    It's actually required by law to accept Ontario patients, at an OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) negotiated rate (likely lower than what they charge foreign customers). Kind of how private drug companies have negotiated, and lower, drug pricing with the VA.

    [–] Sen. Rand Paul scheduled to have hernia surgery in Canada BecausIts2016 220 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in news

    We're just having this discussion on the Canada subreddit.

    He is going to Shouldice Hernia Hospital. A privately owned and operated, for profit medical center. He will be paying for their services at market rate. It markets itself as "the global leader in non-mesh hernia repair." It’s one of a handful of private hospitals in Ontario that were grandfathered under the Ontario Private Hospitals Act, which banned private hospitals in the province. It's also apparently renowned as the world's best hernia clinic. Rich people come from all over the world to recover there.

    The socialized healthcare "hypocrisy" has nothing to do with this story.

    [–] Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is going to Canada for hernia surgery BecausIts2016 91 points ago in canada

    Shouldice Hernia Hospital is a privately owned and operated, for profit medical center. He will be paying for their services at market rate. It markets itself as "the global leader in non-mesh hernia repair." The "socialized healthcare" angle has nothing to do with this story.

    [–] Man accused in death of girl, 4, who spilled juice on Xbox BecausIts2016 5 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in news

    Recidivism is a tough topic. Are we accounting for a certain time period before reoffending? How long? Does the definition include fines? Things like the profile and composition of risk level in your sample also invariably effect the statistics. This data is extremely hard to come by, and there are structural variations within those you can, so it's difficult to compare concretely.

    Sweden also apparently has a soft, rehabilitative prison system, yet their 2 year recidivism rate is 35%. That's on par with our institutional 2 year recidivism rate in Ontario. Federal stats are harder to come by, but it's estimated to be around 41% over two years on 1990s data. That same source has the U.S. two year recidivism rate listed at 36% on newer data--one percentage point higher than Sweden.

    Profile of offenders is another difficult one. Maybe the United States has a much larger gang problem than Norway. Gang-affiliation ties into risk level of offenders and increases recidivism. Locking up Joe Shmoe for youthful idiocy or a heat of the moment crime is different than locking up members of a neo-Nazi gang, Bloods, Crips, or MS-13.

    If we go back to my Ontario recidivism source, you'll see two year recidivism rates for medium to low risk offenders are marginal. Ranging between ~20% to ~2.5% respectively. A drastic spike is observed with high risk offenders, between ~35% to ~65%. You'll also notice they make up a hefty share in our institutional sample, shifting the averages. If you just look at the recidivism average in the aggregate, it looks like community releases are much better at rehabilitation than institutional releases. However, the rates are actually very similar across risk levels, but community releases only have a 30% high-risk share, where-as institutional releases have a 62% high-risk share.

    If Norway is processing less high risk offenders (eg: gang-affiliated) as a percentage in their system, you'd expect their recidivism rate to be lower.

    [–] Germany: Man stabs pregnant woman, kills unborn child BecausIts2016 217 points ago in news

    Sounds like they were in a relationship tbh. Might have even been his child. Or they were just friends.

    [–] Germany: Man stabs pregnant woman, kills unborn child BecausIts2016 23 points ago in news

    Automod. Its targets things it thinks are spam and bots. It can also target newer accounts, certain links, etc.

    [–] Poland: Gdansk mayor stabbed on stage at charity event BecausIts2016 8 points ago in news

    When I first watched the video (unzoomed version), I thought the security taking down the assailant was the stabbing, with the assailant being the victim. I couldn't have got that more backwards, ahaha. I thought the knife was something like a microphone or phone. His parading made it seem like he was the one conducting the event.

    [–] Poland: Gdansk mayor stabbed on stage at charity event BecausIts2016 12 points ago in news

    I read the security were a bunch of volunteers (and therefore might have had no relevant training). I also read the assailant had a media pass, which is probably how he got on stage. Still, he shanked the guy, paraded on the stage waving the knife, and even acquired a microphone for his statement. Very few reactions until that point.

    [–] Poland: Gdansk mayor stabbed on stage at charity event BecausIts2016 76 points ago in news

    Video of the event.

    Zoomed in, easier to discern.

    The attacker reportedly said: "My name is Stefan Milosz, I was unjustly imprisoned, Civic Platform tortured me. It is why Adamowicz died."

    [–] Polish mayor of Gdansk attacked with a knife on stage during The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity BecausIts2016 17 points ago in europe

    Holy shit. Did that guy just walk up and stab him in the back/spine? Then everybody at the back is standing around almost like nothing happened.

    [–] A police robot with a vape pen ends 6-hour standoff at a gas station, Calif. cops say BecausIts2016 22 points ago in news

    God bless. These vape pens are pretty solid. Bought one recently to help me quit smoking, it grows on you fast.