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  1. I'm blessed to be surrounded by successful people whose lives are together, so there are too many to choose from. Perhaps most immediately, I see my boss as a role model: she clawed her way into a directorship with little education, empathizes with us grunts, and has minimized turnover despite increasing workloads. She's also a cancer survivor like me, so has helped me when I was most anxious.
  2. OP has been to my employer, so it's more relevant than your post.
  3. Yep, that's the one!
  4. No, *you* are delegitimizing rape.
  5. When you imprison women for merely spending time alone with men outside of their family, it *does* decrease the rape statistics. Which further makes answering the OPs question difficult. I'm in favor of tightening the legal rape definitions, so that it both has an appropriately severe punishment and appropriate healthcare response. IMO, an older gay man who has sex while high in a bathhouse is *worlds* apart from a young child who is kidnapped and gang-raped by a dog, but some American states treat them identically. This does nobody any favors, imo.
  6. Because it's not dramatic enough for random SWAT guy #462 to make all of your arrests. You gotta have the main characters needlessly risking their lives to keep the ratings up. An old episode of Criminal Minds even acknowledged this trope. FBI found a serial-killer in the midst of his latest kill. Our hapless hero, first on the scene, busts-in solo with just a vest and a 9mm. He gets promptly clubbed in the head by the suspect, but is saved by the SWAT team he called in. His boss openly chides him for charging in alone to arrest an armed suspect like an idiot. Of course, the next episode he does the same damn thing. --- Most forensics and lawyer-work is bullshit on those shows as well, and it's actually a documented thing that jurists think court cases can be solved quickly like on TV. ...... added to this post 6 minutes later: Because it doesn't focus on drama, but comedy, Scrubs is actually one of the more accurate medical shows. Most medical personnel love it. But don't get me started on House.
  7. My employer just posted our latest job openings as the annual budget just got approved. We're hiring several hundred people this year ATM, in a city that already has below-average unemployment. I'm actually thinking about changing positions, for more money and a better title. --- Of course, it all depends on your skills. My SO doesn't have any technical skills, so they are stuck in retail ATM.
  8. I suppose we could talk more about those culutural aspects? Norway is an oil-producing country filled with rich white people who inheirited great wealth, much like the UAE. So we need to act more like rich white Europeans? Perhaps you missed it here last year, but our justice system cannot even determine what rape is anymore. In California, for example, if you've had sex while drunk or high...you've been raped. By this new legal standard, both you and I have been "raped" despite consenting and even enjoying it, simply due to our intoxication at the time. That delegitimizes rape more than anything I've said in this silly thread.
  9. Feel free to volunteer for that study. "More harm than good" is utterly subjective. Had a patient earlier this week that is relevant. Diagnosed with Stage-1 Prostate Cancer in 1996, treated successfully with surgery. It returned in 2010, which was kept in remission by increasing levels of chemotherapy. It's 2017, the patient is now 86, and the patient has just developed a severe Acute Myeloid Leukemia from all of the chemotherapy. He stopped taking his meds and stopped showing up for appointments, presumably hoping to drop dead while still at home. Would've it been better to simply let his original prostate cancer kill him? I don't know, how valuable was the last decade to him? Perhaps your government isn't following the UK's NHS lunacy. Yet. Efficiency is great until you have to tell grandma that the morphine is a cost-saving measure. Americans want all of the best treatments science can offer, and they want them instantly for free. No wonder we're so unhappy!
  10. I can only type so quickly on my phone in-between procedures, dude. Anyways, to put it simply: Nigeria's recidivism rate bounces between 37-50%, depending on the year. Sweden averages 40%. Britain 59%. US is 76%. Nigeria's rate is considered high, which makes Sweden and the US what? Failures at rehabilitation.
  11. We actually consider the study in question to be EU-propaganda. How so? We track outcomes differently. In the EU, if an 80-year-old man develops prostate cancer, goes un-diagnosed until Stage 4, and dies at 81...he is a "success" because he still outlived the average male lifespan in his country. In the US, if an 80-year-old man develops prostate cancer, goes un-diagnosed until Stage 4, and dies at 81...we count it as a "failure" because he survived less than a year after diagnosis. --- Hence the difference between "general outcome" and "survival rates." If you're already too old, or too rare of a disease, your EU docs will give up on you because you're not affecting the "general outcome" for the population. In the US, we pull out all-the-stops for every patient, unless you order us otherwise. This is why the EU has comparable lifespans to the US despite spending far less on healthcare. It's rather like studying to pass a test without actually learning the course content. I actually know of a man who died of my cancer simply because his Portuguese doctors couldn't be bothered to properly diagnose him, allowing his cancer to progress from stage 1 to stage 4 before we referred him to an American specialist. His widow still posts on our foundation's site. Last I checked, there are two doctors in all of France who know how to perform the procedure, and it's no longer taught in their urology schools. The UK's NHS doesn't even recommend RPLND anymore, because the procedure is so difficult (5-10% risk of mortality)...if chemo doesn't work, you transition directly to palliative care. Only old-school UK oncologists will recommend it. In the US, RPLND is still considered standard-of-care, and Sloan Memorial in NYC actually prefers the operation to heavy chemo.
  12. Given that I work in a diagnostic laboratory of one of the best American cancer hospitals in the country, I can tell you I'm at the forefront of this ongoing medical debate. The EU medical establishment prefers less testing, while the American medical establishment prefers more testing. This is a large part of why we have the best cancer survival rates, but also the most expensive/least accessible system. For similar reasons, the RPLND surgery that saved my life is not even available in most EU countries, only performed in a few select cities (such as Paris). Here you can find RPLND specialists in most states, and it's common for desperate Europeans and Australians to fly here for the surgery. It is ultimately a values-call: the inconvenience and expense of unnecessary testing (and potential treatment) vs worse cancer outcomes. I'm not about to stop my diagnostic screening, regardless of what EU doctors say.
  13. I'm sure Plato here could rehab the perpetrators of said child-dog rape, no problem.
  14. Conscripted into the army, sent into a brutal endless war where I don't expect to survive, ordered to and rewarded for terrorizing the enemy into submission. Perhaps it would even be rationalized as "revenge" for trying to kill me in the first place, given that I'd probably be targeting soldiers (cuz I'm gay). Said circumstances almost always lead humans to mass-rape, in every war throughout history. My Grandfather fought in World War Two, from D-Day unto Berlin. He killed many surrendering, unarmed German soldiers at a concentration camp. Received multiple promotions for his good work, and continues to be celebrated as a hero across the US...the last of his generation. Meeting him now, you would never guess he could be capable of such intense violence, spending his days watching cooking shows on PBS. But if you ask him about it, he would do it again in a heartbeat.
  15. I suppose it would depend upon how badly you were ripped open.