Man's mom dies. While cleaning out her possessions, finds frozen mummified infant corpse of his older sister in his mother's freezer.
Long article from Jalopnik about the racist trends of the 50's and 60's that lead to the construction of I-81 through the heart of Syracuse, and the effects it had. I've heard similar stories, and have seen first hand the after affects of similar work in the Chicagoland region. The current project I'm on still has city atlas maps that show the pre-expressway street grid and property boundaries even though the expressway (and the infrastructure that we're replacing) has been built since (and after) 1962.
My mom is watching now with the volume cranked to overcome the air conditioner and listening to the two hosts talk about this college scandal was painful. Misinformation, half-truths and glossing over the news with total nonchalance.
There is a very simple rule. If you are handing out money based upon "need" you are going to get all sorts of people who will try to prove to you that they "need" it. Assume you're being scammed. Trust later.
see also: All the money wasted/whining about preventing voter fraud these days by a certain political group.
The BCBS problem is an interesting one, but also very dangerous and maddening. I like the idea of someone at least asking questions about whether a diagnostic test or certain treatment is reasonable and necessary, because I do believe there is a tendency in some cases to over test or over treat. There is a financial benefit to it, plus I think doctors probably take a "better safe than sorry" approach so as to avoid getting sued.
On the other hand, letting someone in North Carolina sit and second guess what my doctor says is necessary, the person who has actually examined me and talked to me and has probably treated me for years, is very, very frightening.
But all of that is wrapped up in contract law and in the duty of a physician to treat you within an appropriate standard of care, and what happens when someone second guesses that opinion and bars the care.
What I'm talking about is simply handouts based upon need. I've served on foundation boards where we've been approached by groups claiming a need, only to have discovered that they're concealing the true financial status of their group. The same with school aid. I work with a guy who has lived with his girlfriend for five years. They want to get married. They intend to get married. But she makes $40,000/year and has two kids about to enter college, and he makes five times what she does, and getting married isn't exactly going to improve the ol' FAFSA form. Thus, they wait.
Switch to CBS. The new format isn’t as good as the previous but it’s still a more serious platform.
I've worked in healthcare for 30+ years, and at a high level. When my facility down-sized, I took-on coding too, as a streamlining measure, and still work as a clinician.
Yes, there's a lot of waste, and there's a lot of superfluous billing for BS testing. it makes me sick to play that game, but that BS $ is what keeps my hospital afloat, because so many people are under-insured, and there's no way to recoup that without working Medicare.
The individual-mandate was a great idea. Pay a little now, and reap the benefits later, when you wouldn't be able to do it otherwise.
It's pretty-much the same as mandatory car insurance, and the Republican AH's never make that comparison. I've paid 40K or so in car insurance in my life, yet have never filed a claim. It's not 'fair', exactly, but it's a reality.
JHC, we live in a "society" for a reason. ..Mutual benefits accrue to all, even if we never have to use them.
German kindergartens say they’ll remove pork from menus. Right wingers threaten to bomb the buildings
Can I ask, why should these schools have to do this? Is it wrong or impossible for them to offer another protein option that would also cover the Muslim kids? Or is the concern that doing so would alienate them from the non-Muslim kids?
I honestly can't think of another country in Europe with a bigger love affair with pork (maybe Austria or Poland). Eliminating it entirely from a public school because of one religious group seems like overkill.
That said, the AfD and the Neo-Nazis can go to hell for threatening violence over it.
I had similar thoughts. I guess the follow up question should be: how do these schools handle peanut allergies? Are peanuts not allowed already?