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    And what's the individual cost of not being able...

    And what's the individual cost of not being able to afford healthcare? Or the cost of being a slave to the "golden handcuffs" of employer-based insurance programs. That doesn't sound free to me; nor...
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    My Scottish relative was unfortunately involved...

    My Scottish relative was unfortunately involved in an accident that made him a paraplegic. The UK gave him an income and even a disability-friendly HOUSE.

    I just did research in Japan on gene...
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    Read the article. Medicare is actually a very...

    Read the article. Medicare is actually a very efficient middleman between the government and the consumer.



    ETA: As you know, my job is to interview healthcare providers and healthcare payers....
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    I knew someone was going to say that. Once we tax...

    I knew someone was going to say that. Once we tax appropriately, get the middlemen out of the picture (the managed care executives and pharmacy benefit managers), reduce corporate profiteering and...
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    Wow. Thanks for this information. Over the past...

    Wow. Thanks for this information. Over the past year, DH has been under the care of a Hahnemann specialist, and we just recently got a letter that they are closing their practice, but I had no idea...
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    Oh, yeah. Did that, too.

    Oh, yeah. Did that, too.
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    I had a wonderful thing happen to me recently....

    I had a wonderful thing happen to me recently. One of my VT neighbors gave me and my neighbors vegetable plants that he had started from seed. He doesn't come up here often. I put mine in the ground...
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    I think I'm hardwired to start something and jump...

    I think I'm hardwired to start something and jump in with abandon and then... abandon. I did it with drawing, sewing, piano playing, writing, acting, embroidering, decoupaging, and running.
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  9. Thread: New England

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    Yes, we did!

    Yes, we did!
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    Jane, it looks like you and I are both...

    Jane, it looks like you and I are both well-positioned for climate change: This article says that if you want to avoid climate change, Burlington VT is #1 and Seattle, WA is #2.
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    I was thinking, not of the few grains of oats...

    I was thinking, not of the few grains of oats that hit the road for the sparrow, I was thinking of the s**t.
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    Yesterday I had a connection through Newark on my...

    Yesterday I had a connection through Newark on my way home from Los Angeles, and I threw in a quick trip to see the NJ kids/grandkids. Sitting on the plane before taking off to Burlington we were all...
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    I completely agree. I don't know if it's...

    I completely agree. I don't know if it's pheromones drying up at a certain age, but, yes it IS a real phenomenon. Then, if you're not ignored, you are addressed with insulting, ingratiating names...
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    Adjustable beds and recliners

    Well, a couple of weeks ago the plumber came to install a new tankless hot water heater and a new kitchen faucet. He had to go through a trap door in the kitchen to access the crawlspace. When he...
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    I love this topic. Nothing puzzles me more than...

    I love this topic. Nothing puzzles me more than an obsession with security over one's possessions.

    I remember when DH and moved into our first house. We had nothing. Nonetheless, I asked him,...
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    Haha... I appreciate that, LDAHL. There is...

    Haha... I appreciate that, LDAHL. There is always a tension between idealism and realism, so I'll always be the yin to your yang. But I feel that we need to determine what's in the best interest of...
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    I'm with you on the entertaining guests thing. ...

    I'm with you on the entertaining guests thing.

    I was at a women's retreat once and the facilitator asked us what we wanted to "be"--what were our aspirations. So I said I wanted to be a good...
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    Whose economy? If we were to implement his...

    Whose economy? If we were to implement his policies, it seems the economies of the struggling middle class families, debt-ridden students, and people who can't afford healthcare would improve...
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    Yeah if you skip that gaudy Vanderbilt mansion....

    Yeah if you skip that gaudy Vanderbilt mansion. In New England I prefer the simpler, colonial examples of architecture.

    IL, I wish you could have come to VT!!! Next time.

    Boston is a great...
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    Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. I used to love this...

    Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. I used to love this movie, but DD and I pulled it up on YouTube a few weeks ago, and it's really weird. I still like it, though.

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    So very sorry, Terry. In my experience, losing a...

    So very sorry, Terry. In my experience, losing a furry friend is more devastating than almost anything else. They weave themselves into your everyday life with love and loyalty, and yanking that...
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    I know what you are saying, and that makes a lot...

    I know what you are saying, and that makes a lot of sense. But reading about the fundraiser, with Epstein's partners involved, it made me realize that I think I want a true populist. Of course the...
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    Not relevant to me.

    Not relevant to me.
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    My take-away, being kind of a "big picture" type...

    My take-away, being kind of a "big picture" type of person, is that when JFK said, "We will have a man on the moon by the end of the decade" and we achieved it in July 2019, it shows the power of...
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    I'm back on the Bernie bandwagon. I don't care...

    I'm back on the Bernie bandwagon. I don't care how old he is, or the fact that he's white, and male--(read: putting aside identity politics)--He still has integrity and consistency of message, and he...
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