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    [–] 'Canada would do exactly the same thing': Israel's deputy minister defends Gaza border violence Redditsoldestaccount 1 points ago in worldnews

    Whoa I'm just pointing out the similarities of labeling every Palestinian in Gaza a terrorist and in turn dehumanizing the people that live in an open air prison. The way they are treated by Israelis is historically ironic. I don't hate Israelis, I hate AIPAC's pernicious influence on my government because it isn't in American citizen's interest to fight endless wars in the Middle East and curtail our first amendment rights.

    I do this on my own time too, I apologize for mislabeling you, and seriously, peace and love to you fellow internet stranger

    [–] Israeli PM rejects Trudeau's call for independent investigation into the Gaza shootings Redditsoldestaccount 0 points ago in worldnews

    Did a City in Texas Require Harvey Aid Recipients to Promise Not to Boycott Israel?

    As an American that values our rights under the constitution, this is unacceptable. Even snopes says it's true

    There was also a teacher in Kansas that refused to sign a pledge not to boycott Israel, which was required by the state to work for the state, and subsequently wasn't hired. This is ridiculous

    [–] Israeli PM rejects Trudeau's call for independent investigation into the Gaza shootings Redditsoldestaccount 10 points ago in worldnews

    You said it yourself, they are lobbying in the interest of a foreign nation-state, Israel, so it doesn't matter that they are Americans. AIPAC does a great job of convincing people that Israel and the United States have the same national interests when that is not necessarily true.

    For example, it's not in the United States' interest to curtail its citizens' first amendment rights under the constitution yet somehow AIPAC consistently accomplishes this. Look at the people who had to sign a pledge not to boycott Israel just to receive Hurricane Harvey relief. How is that in America's interest?

    [–] Vatican says 'amoral' financial system needs infusion of ethics, more regulation Redditsoldestaccount 2 points ago in news

    In a sense they are supposed to work together as check on each others greed, and to a large extent they do. The consumer should be benefiting from this but in reality they just seem squabble over how much money they can extract out of society.

    Yes, in my experience the insurance industry, specifically PPO networks, are complicit with hospital systems in gouging society. Especially when you take into account the minimum loss ratio which incentivizes insurance PPOs to let costs increase because if they actually save their client money they have to give a portion of it back!

    Now there are insurance professionals that profit from transparency and they are trying to disrupt the market with Medicare Reference Based Pricing rather than discounts off of made up charges, but the status quo is fully entrenched and well funded. It's only a matter of time though until the house of cards collapses

    [–] Vatican says 'amoral' financial system needs infusion of ethics, more regulation Redditsoldestaccount 2 points ago in news

    But anyways, the point of the example is to make it clear that hospitals are not operating as a free market would, competition would destroy them if they were in a truly free market. They are acting as unregulated regional or natural monopolies.

    Correct, and the insurance PPO networks actually benefit from the lack of transparency because in most of their Network Service Agreements they stipulate you can't audit the bills after their discount. So because of this, the insurance exec talks to the hospital exec and tells them to raise their chargemaster prices so aforementioned insurance exec can advertise he/she has the best discounts in town even though it's a discount off of a made up charge. This is the status quo in the healthcare delivery system.

    Source- Help people navigate the system and audit bills for a living

    [–] Predicting Every Team's Breakout Player for 2018 Redditsoldestaccount 3 points ago in nfl

    Bleacher report rarely has accurate takes about us. That said, I'm looking forward to seeing Shaq in an expanded role (though I'm sad for TD). Feel like he's going to get a few picks

    [–] "Nazi grandma" arrested after failing to report to prison Redditsoldestaccount 1 points ago in news

    I'm sorry my simple comment illustrating my confusion as to how these hate speech laws work has angered you so, that is not my intention. I'm an American that values free speech. Peace and love to you, fellow internet stranger

    Edit- "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"- Evelyn Beatrice Hall on Voltaire

    [–] "Nazi grandma" arrested after failing to report to prison Redditsoldestaccount -6 points ago in news

    "Fascism (/ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism,[1][2] characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce"- wiki

    So in order to stop the rise of fascism the government suppresses dissenting speech? Seems pretty fascist

    Not advocating for what the person in the article said, just noting the absurdity of this law and its enforcement