you are right, maybe I should have guessed a.a.a-r meant alfa-romeo ;-)
Although I know alfa-romeo exists, I have never looked to this brand of
car neither was I close to be able to guess that a.a.a-r meant
alfa-romeo, unless I spend some cycles of my brain to a.a.a-r complains.
What so special about a.a.a-r ng?? People from a.a.a-r keep on
complaining about netiquette, top post corrected and crap . The
president or some important guy from a.a.a-r even spammed this thread
with a link to the the group pseudo home page.
Let people live, cross-posted threads are one of the funniest thing on
the ng as long as it remains under control, is not spam, and remains
under acceptable level of politeness, then again ;-))
Do you have an alpha I can test-drive (misspelling intended). Maybe I
will sleep better after driving one. ;-)
Peace man live and let live.
America has the greatest medical system in the world - bar none.
I've worked with physicians in several metropolitan hospitals, and the
number of foreign politicos & illuminati under their care was impressive.
Why do these foreigners come to America for their health care? It is better
and cheaper than their nation's own health care system.
I believe America's biggest problem with our healthcare system are the
disconnects between "payment vs. service rendered" and "value vs. customer
Every American knows the frustration of receiving a $385 bill for a
radiologist they never met and can not rightly understand (or appreciate)
the "value" associated with that heinous invoice.
Also, our hospitals are becoming like all American service institutions -
there is absolutely no sense of "customer service". If you walked into a
car dealership intending to spend $67,000, you will be treated like a god.
But, walk into a hospital for a hip replacement, and even the nurses have
the "do as I say" attitude.
I think healthcare has been corrupted by third-party payers where either the
government or some insurance company pays the bills. The medical
professionals give their allegiance to whomsoever directly pays the bill -
and they get paid directly by the insurance company or government, not the
insured. This displaced allegiance has grievous effects on our health care
If you want to see how medicine used to work, look at what happens in
private clinics and elective surgery facilities - these doctors & practices
must earn their patients. They serve good coffee, have comfortable
furniture, and keep management overhead low. If their patients do not have
a good experience, they will never see them again.
95% of women who receive breast implants say they would do it again and 85%
of cosmetic surgery patients are "extremely satisfied" with these painful,
expensive, and first-party-paid procedures. That is because their surgeon
knows how to treat the patient - they get top-notch service, have a
comfortable environment, and get exactly the service they expect.
Vascular and neuro surgeons do not remotely approach this level of patient
satisfaction - and their services are literally "life saving"!
We even complain about an $80 office visit!
We need to re-think how we pay for our medical care because we should lower
our expectations while paying more with our current political and social
perspectives on medicine.
We want something for nothing, so we insist that government pay for our
healthcare all the while misunderstanding where our government gets its
money... from us!
Pretty soon, American doctors may very well work for the federal government
and we will get hospital systems that operate like our public school
systems - inadequate, over-paid, over staffed, under-performing, and
Of course, this is just my opinion, but my experiences have taught me that
few people understand what is happening with our healthcare system and what
long-term philosophy we're adopting when it comes to healthcare.
Other than this, I have no feelings on the subject... sarcasm.
In February the price of regular was $1.799 in Key West.
Many people use premium in vehicles that are designed to
use regular. Where I am in PA it is $1.699 now and it was
$1,499 in February.
Dave Smith wrote:
Your are entitled to your opinion and you can spend your money
were you wish, as I do. All I can say is my 2003 Mustang GT
convertible was $5,000 cheaper and it 'gets around' at lot
quicker than my Solara convertible did, that's for sure. LOL
Mike Smith wrote:
The published braking distance, 60 to 0 is 121 feet, better
than average. I.E. comparable BMW is 128 feet. Just for the
record NO engine can ever overpower the braking system on any
Corey Scheich wrote:
(Cough) 89p/litre here, famously 99.9p per litre in Chelsea, London. And
that's just for 95RON [standard unleaded, let's not get into that octane
99.9p = $1.84 per litre = $6.97 per US gallon.
Now, you were saying..
Hairy One Kenobi
Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this opinion do not necessarily
Well, not that there is much one can do about it. The MP will nod and
shrug because it's money for the government. If you elect a different
government it'll do exactly nothing. Same intentions. Money for the
Buying somewhere else is not feasible. Prices are roughly the same all
over the place.
Fuel prices are really a method by which a social system
controls/supports private transport methods. The USA doesn't have much
of public transport (compared to Europe or japan) yet long distance
commuting is the standard. Fuel prices in the US at the level of
Europe would be a major cause for the national economics slowing down.
Not something the government and the customer really wants.
Over here, we're used to it and we know that part of the money we
spend on fuel is moved over to ecological projects and supports our
social system (not directly, but the money the government saves
because the car owners pay directly for roads and ecological repairs
can be spent on e.g. health care).
Personally I don't mind paying more for fuel in exchange for a
lifetime ensured health care and retirement money.
For that reason I think the comparison is obsolete and not on equal
YMMV of course
* Audi A6 Avant TDI *
* reply to wolfgang dot pawlinetz at chello dot at *
That's your opinion and you're entitled to it. In fact, that's what I
was obliquely implying to "Hairy One Kenobi" - if fuel taxes are high in
his country, it's because that's the way (the majority of) his
countrymen want it.
Hmm. In 19 years of voting, can't say that I recall ever ticking a box that
says "please raise all car-related taxes".
So, what are you suggesting? Armed rebellion (!), or what is starting to
look like a possible repeat of the national fuel protests that halted the
entire country back in 2000?
Wolfgang, things are a little different over here - in the UK, we pay a wide
variety of taxes directly relating to cars, but very little gets put back
in - I've tried to find the study that analysed the difference (it was
mentioned on BBC Radio 4 a while back), but haven't been able to locate it.
Still, at least I've managed to avoid paying the Speed Camera Tax* - that's
an interesting double-whammy, as the Gov'mint also gets to tax you on the
increased cost of compulsory insurance..
* A wonderful British implementation of Dutch technology, whereby you hide
cameras in hedges and behind signposts, then take all of the police off of
the roads to process the paperwork. (That's not just my view, incidentally,
but one shared by friends in the Old Bill)
Have you (collectively, the subjects of the UK) let your elected
officials know that you will not keep putting them in office if they
don't do something about fuel taxes? And/or shown favor to candidates
who *do* make an issue of fuel taxes (if there are any)?
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