Why are you characterizing “contraindicated cancer screening” as “healthcare”? In either case, it’s not central to the issue where rural specialists have two-month waits for appointments and four-hour waits from the appointment time.
You said “More healtchare isn’t always better”.
Can you give a central example about a situation where more people receiving healthcare is worse, and why we should characterize that situation as one where more people receive healthcare?
If the government restricts the supply of meat (and food generally is adequately distributed), then the finite supply of meat makes it positional, and the fact that all needs are being met (within the scope of the example, at least) makes the outcome satisfactory.
If you thought that I intended some element of “maximize production even if all needs have already been met”, then we have completely failed to communicate.
You’re speaking of meat being a positional good, not a need. If luxury food or cosmetic surgery are easily obtained by everyone who wants them, then they stop being even positional goods.
Making more things universal is a goal that goes beyond the scope of providing basic needs, although the mechanism is rather similar. But it would be inhuman to eliminate the idea of positional goods and status entirely.
It makes no difference whatsoever why the scarcity is created- incompetence, malice, and apathy are all causes of waste. Logistical failures are no more tolerable than intentional genocide of equal total deaths.
The number of people killed by scarcity is the measure of scarcity. At least until there’s enough that nobody is being killed by it. There’s no point in trying thought discussion about whether scarcity changes nature after we stop killing people with it, not until we’re a lot closer to that.
Food being scarce only because so much is destroyed instead of distributed. While people are starving to death for a lack of enough food at all, it isn’t “meat” that is scarce, it is “food”.
For a particular person, more medical attention might be harmful, but there’s no shortage of examples of cases where people are not getting enough medical care because they can’t. Sometimes because they can’t afford to, sometimes because doctors simply literally refuse to perform certain procedures.
No, and you failed to comprehend what I was saying as soon as you said “For a given amount of scarcity”.
Also, the fewer people die, the less scarcity there was. Pretty much linearly.
If the prompt was supposed to be examples of good explanations of puns, I’m sure that we can’t agree on what a good explanation of puns looks like. But it appears to treat pun jokes and regular jokes equally. And it understands how to make formulaic jokes, but it’s impossible for me to tell if it made any adequate ones or just copied them.
Most of the questions of law will have to be decided by a judge- not just ‘ruled on’, actually decided by, unless the legislators clear up the uncertainty.
I don’t see any place in Somerville code that defines “family” at all, so many things are insufficiently specified (is ‘family’ even reflexive?).
The existence of forgetting is necessary, given recall speed that scales with amount of memories, but the haphazard nature of remembering and also of unbidden recall is not.
A garbage collector that periodically deallocated memory addresses based solely on when they had been accessed, or a CPU cache that randomly fetched memory from addresses associated with system instability, would be horrible design choices compared to the ones that were made for computer memory; biological memory lacks design choices.
Transhumanist ‘perfect memory’ isn’t “perfect recall of everything”, it’s “ability to chose what to recall” combined with “offsite backup capability”.
I understand that there’s certainly an information-theoretical security flaw, but if there is an attacker who could gain net value by seeing your mouse activity, you should be in a secure facility that prevents eavesdropping and none of the computers allowed in that area should be allowed to have bluetooth trancievers.
If a given dongle can be spoofed into providing arbitrary HID input (or just arbitrary keystrokes, in addition to mouse movement and clicks), that would be a more serious vulnerability.
There’s also an element of “past performance is not a guarantee of future results”. It’s possible that someone correctly confidently predicted one thing for exactly the right reasons, and then confidently makes an error in the next thing for almost exactly the right reasons.
Likely, even, because the people who are confident about hard questions are more likely to be overconfident than have superpowers.
“Undevelopable” does not mean “utterly without use”. An area that can’t be paved over and built up because it would cause watershed damage might still be usable for grazing cattle. A city block surrounded by blocks that have variances from the building height code is worth less, not worthless.
Suffice it to say that there are epicycles that negate the specific problems that you were pointing at. They almost certainly invoke problems that I’m not capable of identifying.
Bidding on tax bonds would set equally efficient prices on them, since it would be the insurance companies’ people bidding on them.
Treasury bonds pay back their principal; deducted improvements would not be added to basis price at the time of sale.
That’s entirely incompatible with the idea of selling the tax liability separately.
If the insurers go insolvent, does the government default?
I would suggest a system where the government sells bonds linked to specific future tax revenues, and allow a property owner to buy the bond for their own property many years in advance, essentially prepaying the taxes at the current bond rate. If property values and taxes, or even just collections, crash, the bond holders take the loss.
Should undevelopable land adjacent to a formerly rural developed area pay taxes as though it were developed, while giving the developed adjacent land two tax breaks?
If someone has a lot of wealth stored in land that has been significantly improved, they could bear a larger tax burden than they would be paying under an unimproved land value tax.
I’m not sure why this is considered a weakness, other than the effect is has on incentives; it is easier to offset that effect on incentives than it is to eliminate it.
For example, tax land at its improved value, and allow the cost of any improvements to be deducted against up to half the tax on the land for the entity that made the improvement.
Improved value can be easily determined by market means; either enforce that the owner can always sell at appraised value, or enforce that any buyer can buy at appraised value. I prefer the option where the current owner determines if they will sell, but I can see an argument for letting the current owner determine the value on which they will be taxed, instead.