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Dec 11, 2012 Drone commented on Because the Internet Is the Place for Doctoring.
If you're looking for zebras to ask your doctor about, may I suggest Guillain–Barré syndrome? It's pretty rare, but would usually manifest as bilateral weakness that progresses over the course of days to weeks. It is in some cases accompanied by pain and/or changes in sensation (tingling or numbness).

The good news is that most people affected with GBS fully recover. The bad news is that if it starts affecting your respiratory muscles, you may need to be put on mechanical ventilation, which is serious business.

Best of luck!
Oct 2, 2012 Drone commented on The New Post-Growth Mood in Germany.
"Cancer is ultimately a rebellion against the fascist state of the body" is my favorite Mudede-ism since Marxism and Insects.
Aug 9, 2012 Drone commented on Yesterday, I Went to the American Idol for Startups. It Made Me Want to Die..
Microryza is a great name! It's derived from 'mycorrhiza', which are symbiotic associations of between fungi and plant roots. That works as a neat metaphor for the kinds of connections the service is trying to make.
Jun 20, 2012 Drone commented on Savage Love.
Can someone explain to me what the name "Point 5cc" is referring to? I don't get it...
Jan 3, 2012 Drone commented on Deadly Weapons.
@32 I don't think that's true. Canada (or at least parts of Canada) doesn't require any formal training either, you just need to pass the test(s).
Jan 3, 2012 Drone commented on Deadly Weapons.
I also postponed getting my license (until I was 26), but for exactly the opposite reason - I didn't trust myself behind the wheel of car. They're such huge, heavy, dangerous hunks of metal, and it terrified me that even a short slip of my attention could result in such a catastrophic outcome. I did eventually get my license, but still can't understand how people can trust themselves enough to drive something large like a SUV, which has even greater potential for harm to others.
Nov 1, 2011 Drone commented on Prof. X: Foster School of Business Faculty Support Occupy Movement.
@23, I wish I had skipped the details. While setting up a system of cost of living write-offs does mitigate the problem of overburdening low-income people, the problem is that the tax is not progressive past a certain point ($20,000, in the case of Belize). The problem you envision could be easily avoided by instituting a cap on the amount that could be written off (such a cap would be necessary, in fact, or it would be to easy to avoid). Therefore, it only differs from the standard flat tax in that it soaks the middle class rather the the lower class so as to cut taxes for the rich. I can think of no reason why you'd want to institute such a tax policy instead of a truly progressive income tax, especially considering that nearly all income growth in the last 20 years has been concentrated in the highest earners.
Nov 1, 2011 Drone commented on Prof. X: Foster School of Business Faculty Support Occupy Movement.
"Humane flat tax"? Jesus Christ. There's the dead giveaway that this person is in fact a business school prof and not, say, a decent human being. The two tools that a government has to address worsening economic inequality - the fundamental issue, in my opinion, of OWS - is social spending and tax policy. Why fight that fight with one hand tied behind our back?
Aug 3, 2011 Drone commented on African Laughter vs. European Dread.
@1, There is an opera about scientists: Dr. Atomic, composed by John Adams, is about Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan project.

Also, the best operas are about Nixon.
Jul 11, 2011 Drone commented on Tintin: Now 300% Creepier!.
Strongly disagree. It looks fine - not in precisely the same style as the comics, but nevertheless not totally off-putting.