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  1. bassett

    bassett Guest

    Perhaps he was "Beamed" down instead of being "Beamed" UP
  2. Keithr

    Keithr Guest

    As far as the locals were concerned we may as well have been beamed
    down. We formed a definite subculture in a town full of "Interesting"
    characters :)

  3. Davo

    Davo Guest

    I know a guy that worked at Woomera. His name is Tony Bell. After
    Woomera he worked as a TV repair man for a while and then moved to
    Western Australia to work at Muja Power Station. A very nice guy and
    lots of funny stories.
  4. Keithr

    Keithr Guest

    I remember working with a Tony Bell up there. Can't remember too much
    about him though, it was a long time ago and a lot of you know what has
    gone under the bridge since then.

  5. Keithr

    Keithr Guest

    Well the dishes weren't that big, ours was only a 30 footer, there were
    plenty of empty flagons and bottles around and there were passed out
    people of all colours, getting smashed was one of the major recreations
    up there. If you went to a party, it was expected that you'd take a slab
    with you, and there usually weren't too many unopened bottles left by

    My abiding memory was flying in for the first time, and seeing the sign
    on the tin shed that was the "Terminal building" which said "Welcome to
    Carnarvon altitude 3 feet"

  6. Keithr

    Keithr Guest

    Piching pennies? Many people need drugs in order to live, I have
    diabetese, without insulin, some pills, and blood sugar testing
    supplies, my life would be shortened considerably. Here in Australia, it
    costs me about $10 per month, when I lived in the US, it cost about the
    same but only because my employer picked up the tab for pharmacutical
    insurance. Those who cannot afford the insurance would be paying several
    hundred dollars a month for those supplies. The Canadian government was
    prepared to stand up to big pharma to get a better deal for it's
    citizens, the US government obviously lacks the balls to do so.
    Arnie, I lived in your country for 5.5 years, I have visited it once or
    twice a year since I left (I will be back for 3 weeks again in October).
    I could have stayed as long as I wished, but I handed back my green card
    because, after due consideration, Australia offers a better quality of
    life. I base my opinions on direct personal experience not rumour, the
    US has much to recommend it, but it is not the perfect paradise that you
    and many of your countrymen make out. There are much better places to
    live, Australia is one of them.
  7. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    Yeah, continually filling drug prescriptions without regular assessment of
    the affects, is real penny pinching.
    Since our vets pay nothing for those regular health check's, obviously they
    are far better off.

  8. Keithr

    Keithr Guest

    There are problems with making things actually zero cost. The healthcare
    system in the UK did that and got overwhelmed with people wanting
    trivial things just because they are free. I pay 50c for test strips,
    needles are actually free, 4 months supply of insulin costs me $5. This
    would change if I was on a pension.
    Being a vet makes a big difference, many of the people that I worked
    with in the US were worried how they were going to pay their medical
    bills when they retired. These were middle class professionals too not
    minimum wage workers.
    I did like it that I could ring my health centre and they would get my
    doctor to fax a new prescription straight to the pharmacy. I have an
    arrangement with my doctor that he will write me a new prescription
    without seeing me, but I have to pick it up from the surgery and he
    charges me $5 to do so. It doesn't happen very often though as I see him
    every 6 months anyway and my prescription usually lasts that long.

    Are you type 1 or 2? I have known that I am type 2 for the last 14
    years, god knows how long before that I actually had it, no secondary
    effects though, my circulation is excellent and my eyes are unaffected
    so far.
  9. Keithr

    Keithr Guest

    People who need a heart bypass operation need it there and then, they
    don't have time to go shopping for one in another country. I did hear
    that some US HMOs are sending people who need less urgent operations to
    asia as a cost cutting exercise, perhaps that says something.
    Not many Australians migrate to the US, and when I handed back my green
    card at the US consulate in Sydney, the official told me that more
    Australians give up their green cards than any other country. Perhaps
    that says something about our countries, Austalians are prepared to go
    out there and give it a try, but then they see that it is better at home.
    Europeans and Canadians aren't hammering your door down to get into the
    US, it is third world countries like Mexico that people are desperate to
    get out of (understandably). Just go to the Dept of Immigration web site
    and look at the green card waiting times to see where the numbers are
    coming from. It took me less than 3 years to get mine, so there weren't
    many Australians in the queue.
    Millions don't. The US is not a bad place (although many of it's foreign
    policies are) it is though a massively overhyped place, and you and many
    of your countrymen unfortunately believe your own hype.
  10. Keithr

    Keithr Guest

    Mine came out of the blue, no family history, not even overweight. I did
    have a sweet tooth though, maybe it is payback by the fates for that.

    One of my grandsons got type 1 at age 14 we have no idea where that came
    from either.

  11. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    Reading what you wrote, I couldn't agree more.
    And since our prescriptions come with repeats, the doctor will cover you
    until the next visit, unless he thinks you need more regular attention, or
    is trying to gouge you. Most doctors here are busy enough not to even want
    to create unnecessary visits.
    So actually seeing a doctor is important to you then. What was the point of
    your argument again?
    Which is why our prescriptions come with multiple repeats where necessary.
    Up to six months is not uncommon before a further doctors visit is
    I wish I could say the same about you.

  12. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    Read what I wrote, not what you want to make up. Or is comprehension a
    problem for you?
    Not much different than here then. What is your point exactly?
    Nor here. We do have on-line pharmacies for those who prefer them. You are
    just proving your ignorance of what occurrs in other countries, so why
    bother continuing the argument?
    Not me, YOU are the one claiming the USA system is somehow better than
    another of which you continually prove you have no knowledge at all.
    So do all aussies, NOT just veterans or those with company provided health
    Which you could do in Australia for up to a year, depending on your doctor.
    After a year you would need to see a doctor for free to get another
    prescription and make sure it is still appropriate.
    How exactly is that a HUGE imposition?

    Ask the low income non-vets without health care in the USA what they think
    though. I bet their opinion is different to yours.
    No, that would be YOU.
    You are biased against a system you have proven you have no knowledge of.
    As for me, I realise there are better systems than in either USA or

  13. roughplanet

    roughplanet Guest

    And there you have it. Arnie the masochist just LOVES to be hated. It's the
    only reason he bothers to post to newsgroups, safe in the knowledge that he
    has wrested the title as the most obnoxious person on Usenet from Phil
    Allison, and is likely to hold the 'trophy' for the forseeable future.
    What a truly enviable title to own. Not!
  14. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    And you're still wrong. Repeats can go for up to a year maximum. Sure six
    months is common, but it's free for all and hardly the impostion you
    Just why are you so hung up on this issue I wonder. Does it really make you
    feel better even IF you were actually correct?
    Trying to get actual sense/facts from you? I couldn't agree more.
    And as I said, thankfully you don't have to be a veteran here.
    So why do you continue to argue from a position of ignorance I wonder?
    If you're happy with your system, good luck to you, and good luck that
    you're a veteran I guess.
    Non-vets are definitely better off here.
    But frankly I've had enough, and I don't care what you think any more, or
    what your health is.
    Something is definitely stuck in your bonnet though :)

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