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westeast edspratt's article
May 4, 2021 at 0:03
May 4, 2021
Video: Big Sends at the First Strait Acres Jam
@suspended-flesh: I have to call baloney on that article. No disclosure of tests performed, positivity rate, cycle thresholds being used (see recent CDC guidelines for reduction in cycle thresholds that would lead to a lower positivity rate), accounting for a percentage of the population having developed natural immunity.... Anyways, awesome to see people acting normal in a very not normal world right now.
westeast henryquinney's article
Apr 26, 2021 at 20:11
Apr 26, 2021
Opinion: I Love Internal Cable Routing, There I Said It
It's not quieter, and the cleaner and looks better is an opinion so this article is a fail. I like being able to cut a zip tie or two and take the rear end of the bike off for maintenance without having to bleed my brakes or prop up half the bike with some wonky setup. Bikes are meant to be ridden and maintained by some of us who don't have time to massage our bakes for an hour each day. Too each their own, but if all other things are equal I'll take external cable routing all day long (except when it comes to seatposts).
westeast alicialeggett's article
Mar 27, 2021 at 15:35
Mar 27, 2021
westeast jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 15, 2021 at 16:17
Mar 15, 2021
Rose Bikes Announces Price Increases of 8-12%
@Patrick9-32: How is it a straw man argument? If you're arguing for a "minimum wage" then you are arguing that price fixing / price controls work. Anyone with common sense, honesty and some econ 101 knows they don't. That's my point. You're the one with the straw man argument trying to justify $15/hr. It could be $5, $10 or $1,000 and my point does not change. Price fixing / controls contradict laws of supply and demand. By the way, good luck raising you family in most cities on $15/hr. Instead ask why are prices rising but wages are stagnant? Why is wall street and billionaires making billions when the middle class is shrinking? Look at how our fiat financial system works, how it punishes savers and rewards the politically connected. See the late Walter Williams for more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y97UqMZvvIE
westeast jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 15, 2021 at 9:42
Mar 15, 2021
Rose Bikes Announces Price Increases of 8-12%
It's the new fiat dollars being printed. More dollars chasing a reduced supply due to lockdowns leads to higher prices. Basic supply and demand. Supply and demand should determine wages as well... not bureaucrats or pinkbike commenters. Besides, if price controls such as minimum wage laws worked why stop at $15? Why not $50 or $100? If anyone wants to be upset, get upset with the federal reserve and the politicians who recklessly spend while stopping people from going to work.
westeast jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 15, 2021 at 9:14
Mar 15, 2021
Santa Cruz are the Latest Brand to Increase Retail Prices Due to the Effects of COVID 19
@drjonnywonderboy: it's more than that. With a fiat monetary system and lots of new dollars being created it encourages people to take on debt. The saver is punished. Debt is then inevitably taken in a sector that has developed into a bubble and eventually it pops (up or down) depending if the new dollars creation increases or slows.
westeast jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 15, 2021 at 9:10
Mar 15, 2021
westeast jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 12, 2021 at 14:06
Mar 12, 2021
Santa Cruz are the Latest Brand to Increase Retail Prices Due to the Effects of COVID 19
@cuban-b: @HB208: I think you both can find some common ground. I don't believe anyone, even the government, should be telling what others should or should not make (price controls don't work and that's basic economic 101). Also, we do NOT have a free market in healthcare so in some cases doctors may make more than they otherwise would have. Forcing down doctor's pay isn't going to make healthcare cheaper though. Next time you get a massive bill from an ER visit look at the breakdown. The doctors portion makes up a small amount usually. It's a complicated mess and beyond the pinkbike forum. It's been a while, but there are articles and I think the book The Primal Prescription does a decent job breaking down the mess we are in. HB208, it also highlights the role of AMA limiting doctor supply thereby driving up prices. I recall reading a long article at mises.com giving the corrupt history of the nation and state AMA formations. It's very much a corrupt cartel. I belive freedom is the answer though, not more government intervention (when's the last time that brought lower prices???).
westeast jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 12, 2021 at 9:58
Mar 12, 2021
Santa Cruz are the Latest Brand to Increase Retail Prices Due to the Effects of COVID 19
@sspiff: You'll have to explain that better for me. Are you saying since a patient might be so desperate they would give anything for life saving treatment putting them in an unfair bargaining position and open to being taken advantage of? Wouldn't that be the case for food, shelter, and transportation as well? I'd argue that all these services are much too important to trust to bureaucrats and corporate insiders. Give me freedom and the ability to purchases these services as I want them without those evil entities saying I have to buy this or can only have that service.
westeast jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 12, 2021 at 9:54
Mar 12, 2021
Santa Cruz are the Latest Brand to Increase Retail Prices Due to the Effects of COVID 19
@HB208: Please don't mistake my comment as a defense of our current system. It's not a free market system in the US and instead is run by bureaucrats and giant corporations for their benefit, not for the patients. You're totally right that the AMA has historically artificially reduced the supply of doctors as well as suppressed alternative treatments slowing or even reversing our knowledge of good quality healthcare. We then import doctors and elevate PAss and NPs to fill the role of doctors. Again, it's all to benefit the insiders and not the patients. Doctors have benefited from this at times, but that is increasingly not the case.
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