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    The medications most vulnerable to running short have a few things in common: They are generic, high-volume, and low-margin for their makers—not the cutting-edge specialty drugs that pad pharmaceutical companies’ bottom lines. Companies have little incentive to make the workhorse drugs we use most.

Agreed on the generics. I see this as the space were government steps in to pool and implement collective resources to make 'Murica Great Again.

That, and fix our crumbling Michigan roadways.

katakowsj  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Lawns Are an Ecological Disaster

No watering here. I've fertilized our yard every year by mulching up the leaves that fall each Michigan autumn and then overseed with ten pounds of drought tolerant grass seed. The grass seed alone chokes out about 90% of all weeds as it comes up in the spring and the grass (Michigan summers help) stays green-ish much of the year.

What else can we do? The kids need a place that will not harbor deer ticks and Lyme's disease. I'm not into having rodent habitat butting up to my home.

Anyone have any experience with rotary push mower? I imagine that there's a good reason that they've not had a resurgence in popularity since the 1920's. It would be cool to keep the yard maintained without gasoline and noise.

Elon Musk = hubris squared

katakowsj  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What do you think of this jacket?

Yes. Impressed at the cojones it would take to wear that in serious belief of one’s awesomeness.

katakowsj  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Tech’s Two Philosophies

Thanks for sharing. I'd never taken the time to look at it from this perspective before.

    In the 21st century, we are witnessing another important shift in both power and knowledge due to factors that include the increased availability of public platforms afforded by social media. Knowledge is no longer centrally controlled and – as has been pointed out in the wake of Brexit – the age of the expert may be passing.

Or, could it be that we're in the throes of recognition of what an actual expert really looks like and how necessary experts are? Although we can armchair quarterback the presidency and think any fool can do it, it actually takes a person with carefully cultivated skills that have been gained through experience over time.

katakowsj  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Let's Destroy Bitcoin

Yes. That, and an M.I.T. smarty-pants may be whining about sour grapes, having missed the Bitcoin boat his friends have been riding the last few years.

katakowsj  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Shitty brain tumor

That sucks. I'm not familiar with her work, but it looks like my ten year old son may get a kick out of her videos. He loves to build stuff.

Also, I am now just over six years out of surgery, radiation, and chemo for a similar tumor in my right anterior temporal lobe. Cancer, particularly the brain stuff that can mess with who you are and how you function may be the worst form of it all.

Thanks man. In our research online, finding the Malibu's limitation of a 4-cylinder engine looked like a stopper for my wife. A car with a 6-cylinder, or larger, engine was on her short list of deal breakers to begin with. Some extra anecdotal evidence should help us keep an open mind when we test drive them.

Good point. You've got to wonder who these ass-clowns are that keep working for him. People that have nothing better going for them but to become tools as part of the Trump Machine. Trump is the Burgess Meredith version of The Penguin with his inexplicable swarm of henchmen. Each one ready to take an ass-whoopin' for the boss.

My wife and I are looking this weekend at the Chevy Malibu. So far, from online research it looks pretty solid. Anyone have any personal experience with it?

She's getting rid of her 2008 Saturn Aura. It's been a great car, and only now is starting to show it's age in terms of now costing us some bucks in repairs to keep it in top shape.

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