Fair enough.Also, I doubt that the Mayans didn't account for leap years. As I recall, their calendar was entirely based off of the winter solstice, and not around any concept of "days" (which is what throws the calendar off in the first place: a "day" isn't actually 24 hours, so each year winds up with about a quarter of an extra day, and you toss that in every four years). So, each year of theirs would be the same amount of time regardless.
Fair. Probably still could stand some procedural refinement where possible.In addition to what ArmorAndonomon said, drugs are extremely time- and money-consuming to bring to the market, and very few drugs that they patent will be feasible to mass-produce, and of those, even fewer will be able to make it through the very stringent trials the FDA enforces (realize that they have to file a timed patent on a potential drug molecule before they even start anything else). Then, by the time they are put onto the market, their patent is usually pretty close to running out, so they charge high prices to get their money back and profit, before another company comes along and undercuts them with a generic -- for which they have done no R&D. Honestly, when you look at it like that, generics can seem almost unfair at times, imo.
As for voting, I saw this on another forum and it pretty much summed up my beliefs on voting:
… I never believed, however, that voting was a duty. A man's duty is to his family, his wife and kids, his mother and father. A man's duty is to pay his bills and protect his loved ones from harm. It is living his life with respect for himself and others -- living proudly the few years God has granted each of us, grateful for whatever he has -- no matter what he has accomplished.
Voting is an honor
. It is a gift. It may not be a duty, or a responsibility to vote, but it certainly is an opportunity to be counted, to have one's say, to make one's feelings known -- to stand up against the liberal dream of silencing all dissent…
Exactly. I really don't think they do. You always hear "Obama is a socialist! He wants to make everyone equal!", forgetting that's not and has never been what socialism is.
Oh I know what socialism is since economics used to be my thing. I just think that there are programs out there we can do without.
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Who is Lamb Chop?
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Voting tomorrow is going to be a pain. It never dawned on me to try the mail-in route, and now my Tuesday's all full of schooly things from dawn to dusk. Ah well. I'm going to cast my vote regardless of how annoying and potentially useless it might feel to do so. Everybody else who can should, too.
Edit: Also, let's talk more about the pharmaceutical industry; specifically, the psychopharmaceutical industry. DSM-5 is coming out in 2013!
Wise men at their end know dark is right.
Omg kreis, you missed lamb chop?!?! For shame. . .