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thedaysofforever:

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on ‘keeping up with the kardashians’

khloe: you know if you go in an ambulance you have to pay for it after

kendall: omg what a rip off

REALLY THOUGH. cause EMTs and medics don’t have to get paid and ambulances don’t need maintenance and the departments don’t need…

yileikong:

I think EMTs and medics should be paid and ambulances should get maintenance and stuff, but I also don’t think the patient should have to pay for it necessarily especially if I got ambulanced off unconscious.  I appreciate that effort is being made to save my life, but to me this sounds like a public service that my taxes should be paying for and I think it’s upsetting that they don’t and public health, safety, and basic life saving things like an ambulance ride to a hospital are an extra cost to the public out of pocket instead of it being a shared pool among all taxpayers that we don’t have to worry about how much it costs to get to a goddamn hospital.

i hear you, and i actually agree. i think taxes should cover the cost of an ambulance, just like taxes cover police and firefighting. i wrote this post on a whim and out of anger because the kardashians are so well off and the fact that they were scoffing at EMS costing money really just rubbed me the wrong way lol. in general, though, yes, it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to get necessary and possibly life-saving care.

I totally agree. Except, i’d be concerned as to how much that would raise taxes. After all, we as americans, really really fuck up bureaucracy. 

Up until recently, my medical insurance did NOT cover emergency ambulance transport. At 500-800 per transport, (mind you, i live 1.5 driving miles from the hospital)  that added up quickly. Even to a point that i had an account with the local 911 ambulance that got an auto transfer of $25/paycheck to eat away at the huge balance i had with them over the years.  This also kept me from calling an ambulance during times i should have, and either drove myself or had someone take me… which was a really bad idea from someone who should know better.

Yeah, I’d be worried about the taxes too, but I’m generally also okay with paying taxes as long as the money goes where I expect it to.  Ambulance rides being one of the places I would like to expect it to go.

The other side of the question is of course what the hell we’re spending tax payer money on if the public has to pay $500-$800 for an ambulance ride.  I mean, if we really aren’t wasting money somewhere else and money actually CAN be allocated for me to be able to get a free or severely discounted ride to the hospital to save my life, I’m okay with paying a bit more.  Because you know, LIFE SAVING.  

But if ambulance care isn’t covered by taxes because some politician was a jerkface and decided to find a loophole that basically gave one of their sponsors kickbacks and we’re wasting taxpayer money somewhere, that’s rage worthy and I wish them terrible things.  Maybe I’m cynical, but I think somewhere buried in our system, this is probably one of the actual reasons why ambulances aren’t free and it’s probably pretty awful that I even find that plausible. I wish we could audit the government.

thedaysofforever:

on ‘keeping up with the kardashians’

khloe: you know if you go in an ambulance you have to pay for it after

kendall: omg what a rip off

REALLY THOUGH. cause EMTs and medics don’t have to get paid and ambulances don’t need maintenance and the departments don’t need equipment to CARE FOR YOU or anything. ugh. ew. 

I think EMTs and medics should be paid and ambulances should get maintenance and stuff, but I also don’t think the patient should have to pay for it necessarily especially if I got ambulanced off unconscious.  I appreciate that effort is being made to save my life, but to me this sounds like a public service that my taxes should be paying for and I think it’s upsetting that they don’t and public health, safety, and basic life saving things like an ambulance ride to a hospital are an extra cost to the public out of pocket instead of it being a shared pool among all taxpayers that we don’t have to worry about how much it costs to get to a goddamn hospital.

Stayed Up Til Dawn

Just to make Doctor Who QR code outfits.  XD  I wanted to submit them as fanart for the Doctor Who tumblr’s art submission thing, but I dunno if it’s okay or even how it would work with their video thinger since it rotates and probably won’t give people enough time to whip out their 3DSes and run in their towns to their sewing machines while standing in front of the booth.  I sent them an ask though, so I’m waiting to hear back from them.

If nothing else, eventually I’ll post them.  I made 1 of 12 and 2 of Clara.  One’s Oswin’s dress and one’s Clara’s outfit from The Day of the Doctor.

Comcast plans data limits for all customers | WTVR.com

wilwheaton:

Comcast is considering imposing monthly usage limits for all of its Internet customers.

David Cohen, executive vice president of America’s largest cable company, predicted at a conference Wednesday that in five years’ time, the company will have “a usage-based billing model rolled out across its footprint.”

That means Comcast customers could only consume a certain amount of data before facing extra charges for going over their limits.

Internet should be delivered like water. Can you imagine your water utility deciding that it’s going to deliver a certain amount of water to your home, and then shut it off after an arbitrary limit, unless you pay more? What about delivering water faster or at better quality to people who pay more for it? It’s unthinkable.

Companies like Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon and AT&T are using publicly-funded infrastructure (in addition to whatever the companies have built themselves) and should not be allowed to act in a way that’s counter to the public interest.

I agree with what you’re saying, but I think I vaguely remember in college that the water company does do this.  At least the one we had when we were in Irvine did.  It seems like LA’s doesn’t.  The one we had though back then, they calculated the average amount of water usage for the number of people we told them we had in our household and we got a crazy bill if we went over that like if someone took extra long showers or something.  Electricity is the same and is tiered based on “average usage” so I usually get a more insane bill during the summer because I can’t survive without air conditioning when it’s 100+ degrees outside.

Overall, while I believe in net neutrality and equal access to online services, I feel like making analogies to other utilities is a difficult sell.  Like right now with water, we’re in a BAD drought so it’s super terrible for someone to use more than the average person because usable water isn’t easily replenishable overnight.  We have tons of water everywhere, but most of it isn’t fresh water and most of it isn’t ready for human use.  There’s also a huge environmental cost with making electricity that makes sense for why power usage might be tiered because we have a difficult time efficiently executing eco-friendly resources for energy.  We’re slowly working on that, but SLOWLY.

Internet access on the other hand, can someone with more knowledge of internet network tell me what the problem or difference REALLY is with one user or another using more bandwidth?  Are there any environmental effects?  Bandwidth doesn’t disappear like water can evaporate or be used, dirtied, and need desalination or filtration.  It’s just ONE THING that is used or is not used at any given time.  If you have more users using more, why can’t you just install more servers or infrastructure to handle the load?  

Yeah, maybe you need to pay more people for maintenance on that infrastructure, but that just means maybe you should take a hard look at internal accounting or maybe raise general prices.  I don’t understand why there is a need at all for tiered access to internet.  The adding of new servers doesn’t really have as much lasting permanent effect on anything unlike sucking up the contents of an entire reservoir and not having any rain.

cooperspooper:

The final 25 seconds of the Once Upon a Time finale!!

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