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drastic times call for drastic measures

Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions. Derived from the proverb, "Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies." I know that the austerity measures introduced by the government during the recession are unpopular, but drastic times call for drastic measures.
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drastic times require drastic measures

Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions. Derived from the proverb, "desperate diseases must have desperate remedies." I know that the austerity measures introduced by the government during the recession are unpopular, but drastic times require drastic measures.
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It is also possible to imagine a different scenario, in which the community hospital maintains its place as the center of health while drastically changing its shape and many of its functions, dropping types of care that are no longer needed while adding, for instance, genomic screening and lifelong health planning, health "coaching," widespread digital home self-care, hospice care, nutritional management and other longitudinal wellness programs.
Because we can predict when we are going to have to start the engine," says Louckes, "this allows us to preheat the catalyst, warm the combustion chamber, and run the engine on a lean fuel mixture, which drastically reduces emissions and oil contamination," says Louckes.
The Voyager diesel train is the first of a series of new deliveries that will drastically cut journey times on Virgin Rail's two routes - the West Coast main line, which serves Coventry, and CrossCountry.
The drug companies knew they could discount the drugs drastically for use in Africa, but they worried that a secondary market would develop, whereby people in Africa would buy the drugs cheaply and resell them at a mark-up in the West.
Does it make sense to drastically cut taxes that, once lowered, are difficult to raise?
Just one sad fact in this fact-packed book is that the growing popularity of 'the now ubiquitous sport utility vehicle', now half the cars on the US roads, has 'almost single-handedly' undermined the nation's efforts to achieve clean air goals, since they have drastically higher levels of emissions, less stringent emission standards than cars, and lower fuel economy.
The Hot Rock, the trio's latest album, isn't drastically different from its cult-creating predecessors.
In fact, any changes in the pooling-of-interests treatment will have to be accompanied by changes in accounting for goodwill, according to Crooch, who noted that if the FASB drastically restricts pooling rules, the major opportunity to avoid goodwill amortization will disappear.
For small businesses especially, the Internet has the potential to drastically increase market share and foster competition with large, well-financed corporations in a way that was previously impossible.
Richmond Heights--where tree cover was drastically reduced by Hurricane Andrew, creating an extensive need for energy-conserving trees
We know that communities within all regions of America differ drastically among themselves in how violent they are.
Police powers were neither drastically diminished nor were its tasks drastically redefined.
With new federal legislation drastically increasing the number of individuals protected by discrimination laws and drastically increasing the liability for violating them, there is greater reason for an employer to adopt clearly written and consistently followed policies that employees understand and recognize as fair.
R 3567 would have drastically changed the definition of a small business.
Summary: Washington, July 06, 2010, SPA -- The United States will drastically cut power- plant emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides over the next five years, hoping to prevent thousands of deaths from the air pollutants, dpa quoted the US environmental regulator as.