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America, Android, and Doctor: StanceGrounded SJPeace The horrors of Socialized Medicine: A first hand experience by Kevin Bozeat We need Universal Healthcare! RETWEET THIS The Horrors of Socialized Medicine: A first hand experience A few days ago my stomach began to hurt. Thinking it would pass, I went home to try and rest for the night. A bit later I vomited. I thought that was the end of it. But for the rest of the night, I kept vomiting almost every 30-40 minutes. Even after my stomach was completely empty, I kept vomiting. Soon it was nothing but stomach fluid and bile. I tried to drink water to stay hydrated, but I kept throwing it up, no matter how hard I tried to keep it This could have easily cost me hundreds or even thousands in the US without insurance. But here in Taiwan I was able to receive speedy, quality care comparable to what I would have gotten in a US hospital for relatively small amount of money Given this experience, I no longer have a reason to fear or hesitate getting care in Taiwan should I ever need it. America, it's time to stop making excuses. 3:16 PM Feb 25, 2019 Twitter for Android 1.9K Retweets 3.6K Likes The Horrors of Socialized Medicine: A first hand experience A few days ago my stomach began to hurt. Thinking it would pass, I went home to try and rest for the night. A bit later I vomited. I thought that was the end of it But for the rest of the night, l kept vomiting almost every 30-40 minutes. Even after my stomach was completely empty, I kept vomiting. Soon it was nothing but stomach fluid and bile. I tried to drink water to stay hydrated, but I kept throwing it up, no matter how hard I tried to keep it down By 3am I had severe stomach cramps, my body kept trying to vomit even though there was nothing left. I was dizzy and light-headed. My symptoms showed no signs of abating At this point I had to seek medical treatment, I knew had to go to the hospital I wanted to avoid it. I had no idea how different Taiwanese hospitals would be, whether I would be able to find an English speaking doctor, or what it would cost me (my US health insurance has lapsed and I don't qualify for Taiwanese NHI) My Taiwanese roommate called a taxi and took me to the ER at NTU Hospital. I was immediately checked-in by an English speaking nurse. Within 20 minutes I was given IV fluids and anti-emetics. They took blood tests and did an ultrasound to ensure it wasn't gall stones or appendicitis. From there I was given a diagnosis: a particularly severe case of Acute Viral Gastroenteritis (aka the stomach flu). After about 3 hours on an IV I began to feel slightly better, my nausea disappeared and my stomach began to calm down. I was discharged with a prescription for anti-emetics and pain medication. Each day since lve gotten progressively better and am now pretty much back to normal The bill for the ER visit? US$80.00 Eighty. American. Dollars Out of pocket. Full cost. No discounts. No insurance. At one of the best hospitals in Taiwan. And if I had NHI, it would have been a fraction of that. This could have easily cost me hundreds or even thousands in the US without insurance. But here in Taiwan I was able to receive speedy, quality care comparable to what I would have gotten in a US hospital for relatively small amount of money. Given this experience, I no longer have a reason to fear or hesitate getting care in Taiwan should I ever need it America, it's time to stop making excuses. corvussy: thatpettyblackgirl: the US has no excuse some great examples of us hospitals setting pretty exorbitant prices for health care: The infamous $629 bandaid Woman charged $40 for holding her baby after a c-section Two South Korean tourists took their baby to the ER where he was only given some formula and took a nap before being discharged but were given a $18,836 bill Canadian man gets heart surgery in Florida and is billed over 600k USD Some more pictures of people’s hospital bills A public hospital’s ER is out-of-network with all private insurances, resulting in many patients being stuck with unreasonable bills and eventually resulting in a class action lawsuit over their billing practices Annual healthcare spending in the US is estimated at 3.5 trillion, and billing prices are pretty much unfair and inconsistent, even for insured patients with legal loopholes and hospital discretion in setting prices Billing announcements, and million dollar hospital bills on the rise Top 35 Most Expensive Health Conditions in the US Just… facility fees Hospitals are more likely to tell you how much parking costs than how much a basic ECG test costs (meaning they probably inflate prices arbitrarily for patients… possibly on an individual basis) Hospitals are magically able to “discount” hospital bills to less than a thousand dollars for patients that receive national attention in media (x, x) People in the US are less likely to seek medical care because of high prices, even though 42% of doctors believe their patients are receiving too much health care (falsely)

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Bones, News, and Shit: Keaton Patti @KeatonPatti I forced a bot to watch over 1,000 hours of White House Press Briefings and then asked it to write a White House Press Briefing of its own. Here is the first page. WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING INT. THE WHITEST HOUSE SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS angers her way up to the podium SARAH Good afternoon. Couple of announcements: I don't actually wish you a good afternoon and the President hates you all. Questions? Journalists raise their hands SARAH (CONT'D) There will be no answers Journalists still raise their hands. It's all they know SARAH (CONT'D) Fine. But make the questions good or I'l1 explode into spiders. JOURNALIST 1 Is the President downloading Russian spies into his son? SARAH Two things: 1. If Russia is real, show me it on this map, news pig Sarah holds up a map of Hogwarts, the wizard day camp. SARAH (CONT'D) You can't, because it's not real. And 2. The President does not exist. Next question JOURNALIST 2 Are we still building the wall? SARAH I will have a wall built with your questions and your bones. Every day you try to slay me. I get death threats. They feed me. A threat is a meal. I eat meals for meals. 3 meals a day, 10 times a day. Next. JOURNALIST 3 Why do you hold that glowing skul1? sarah does not answer. The skull glows brighter. npott123: hogwartsconsultingtimelady: thedevilsofficialblog: rikuzegram: First of all, you are going to spark the AI uprising by subjecting bots to 1000 hours of this shit, and we will have deserved it. Second, why is your bot better at writing comedy than SNL NEWS PIG We’re about two weeks away from hearing “The President doesn’t exist.” I chuckling so hard rn
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Bones, News, and Shit: Keaton Patti @KeatonPatti I forced a bot to watch over 1,000 hours of White House Press Briefings and then asked it to write a White House Press Briefing of its own. Here is the first page. WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING INT. THE WHITEST HOUSE SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS angers her way up to the podium SARAH Good afternoon. Couple of announcements: I don't actually wish you a good afternoon and the President hates you all. Questions? Journalists raise their hands SARAH (CONT'D) There will be no answers Journalists still raise their hands. It's all they know SARAH (CONT'D) Fine. But make the questions good or I'l1 explode into spiders. JOURNALIST 1 Is the President downloading Russian spies into his son? SARAH Two things: 1. If Russia is real, show me it on this map, news pig Sarah holds up a map of Hogwarts, the wizard day camp. SARAH (CONT'D) You can't, because it's not real. And 2. The President does not exist. Next question JOURNALIST 2 Are we still building the wall? SARAH I will have a wall built with your questions and your bones. Every day you try to slay me. I get death threats. They feed me. A threat is a meal. I eat meals for meals. 3 meals a day, 10 times a day. Next. JOURNALIST 3 Why do you hold that glowing skul1? sarah does not answer. The skull glows brighter. princess-tia-beanie: npott123: hogwartsconsultingtimelady: thedevilsofficialblog: rikuzegram: First of all, you are going to spark the AI uprising by subjecting bots to 1000 hours of this shit, and we will have deserved it. Second, why is your bot better at writing comedy than SNL NEWS PIG We’re about two weeks away from hearing “The President doesn’t exist.” I chuckling so hard rn i will have a wall built with your questions and your bones
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Life, Love, and Respect: Fusion neptuNo @Neptuno I am not participating in the WorldCup. / No voy a participar en la WorldCup Read: tl.gd/n_1sqki2s 8:07 AM 15 Aug 18 157 Retweets 1,042 Likes I am not participating in the WorldCup. I made this decision long ago but did not want to make it official until I was back home. I got really burnt out during OWL Season1,I gave everything I had to improve as a player and make the team better. It was a good run and probably the best experience I've ever had in my life **TOLD TEAM SPAIN ABOUT THIS LONG TIME AGO TOO, SO THEY ARE AWARE OF IT I want to keep improving and be the best player I can for my team in OWL And after so many months of non-stop scrims, thinking about the game, what can we improve as a team, what can l improve, how can l be a better teammate, going into stage and give everything every single time... kidney stone during 45 days, tonsilitis, stomach acid problems, sleep problems I've decided that the best for me as a person and player is to not participate in the WorldCup. I want some free time and focus on having fun in the game l love and stop being tilted-annoyed-stressed for a while I am so sorry for those who I may dissappoint but this decision is not meant to hurt anyone, just to make me reset. Also Thank team spain for everything and I hope they have a good run in the WorldCup, lll be watching it and cheering for my country and players I respect a lot phillyfusion: Neptuno will not be participating in the Overwatch World Cup this year despite previous announcements. I’m glad he’s taking the time to focus on his health. He’ll be back for Overwatch League 2019!

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Life, Love, and Respect: Fusion neptuNo @Neptuno I am not participating in the WorldCup. / No voy a participar en la WorldCup Read: tl.gd/n_1sqki2s 8:07 AM 15 Aug 18 157 Retweets 1,042 Likes I am not participating in the WorldCup. I made this decision long ago but did not want to make it official until I was back home. I got really burnt out during OWL Season1,I gave everything I had to improve as a player and make the team better. It was a good run and probably the best experience I've ever had in my life **TOLD TEAM SPAIN ABOUT THIS LONG TIME AGO TOO, SO THEY ARE AWARE OF IT I want to keep improving and be the best player I can for my team in OWL And after so many months of non-stop scrims, thinking about the game, what can we improve as a team, what can l improve, how can l be a better teammate, going into stage and give everything every single time... kidney stone during 45 days, tonsilitis, stomach acid problems, sleep problems I've decided that the best for me as a person and player is to not participate in the WorldCup. I want some free time and focus on having fun in the game l love and stop being tilted-annoyed-stressed for a while I am so sorry for those who I may dissappoint but this decision is not meant to hurt anyone, just to make me reset. Also Thank team spain for everything and I hope they have a good run in the WorldCup, lll be watching it and cheering for my country and players I respect a lot phillyfusion: Neptuno will not be participating in the Overwatch World Cup this year despite previous announcements. I’m glad he’s taking the time to focus on his health. He’ll be back for Overwatch League 2019!

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Life, Love, and Respect: Fusion neptuNo @Neptuno I am not participating in the WorldCup. / No voy a participar en la WorldCup Read: tl.gd/n_1sqki2s 8:07 AM 15 Aug 18 157 Retweets 1,042 Likes I am not participating in the WorldCup. I made this decision long ago but did not want to make it official until I was back home. I got really burnt out during OWL Season1,I gave everything I had to improve as a player and make the team better. It was a good run and probably the best experience I've ever had in my life **TOLD TEAM SPAIN ABOUT THIS LONG TIME AGO TOO, SO THEY ARE AWARE OF IT I want to keep improving and be the best player I can for my team in OWL And after so many months of non-stop scrims, thinking about the game, what can we improve as a team, what can l improve, how can l be a better teammate, going into stage and give everything every single time... kidney stone during 45 days, tonsilitis, stomach acid problems, sleep problems I've decided that the best for me as a person and player is to not participate in the WorldCup. I want some free time and focus on having fun in the game l love and stop being tilted-annoyed-stressed for a while I am so sorry for those who I may dissappoint but this decision is not meant to hurt anyone, just to make me reset. Also Thank team spain for everything and I hope they have a good run in the WorldCup, lll be watching it and cheering for my country and players I respect a lot phillyfusion: Neptuno will not be participating in the Overwatch World Cup this year despite previous announcements. I’m glad he’s taking the time to focus on his health. He’ll be back for Overwatch League 2019!

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Being Alone, America, and Apparently: I brought this in because the School cannot OFord soap. ess you Hands Feeling Soft FL0 236 mb bandbandbandbandbandbamd: mehofkirkwall: lost-carcosa: hntrgurl13: stariousfalls: jolenemeghan: bailieinabottle: sonicmeplease: yall-mothafuckas-need-misha: theoneandonlystraycat: letmeshinebright: derinthemadscientist: gooseweasel: derinthemadscientist: averyoddfishindeed: derinthemadscientist: bluecinnamonbunzuh: evanj2014: flyfella: leviathans-in-the-tardis: me-myself-and-will: carrot0nesie: ladies and gentlemen, the american education system My school apparently ran out of toilet paper a few weeks ago and my Spanish teacher was telling the girls to keep a roll in their purses and the guys to keep a roll in our backpacks. North American Education system. this is basically any public school in the world tbh bet the football teams have new equiptment though Whoop there it is No I’m not even kidding I bet my life that there is equipment and a well managed field for the football team. Probably a good baseball and basketball team for guys. Other sports not so much. This is NOT any public schooling system in the world! Australian public schools do not have this problem! How the fuck does a school not afford basic bathroom amenities?! If that happened here there would be an immediate school funding revision campaign! I assume you guys are joking about the football teams because there’s no way overblown American sports movies are real. Does your government just… not fund schools?  A running joke in my high school is “…but we can’t afford paper!” because a few years ago, my entire school system had us recycling each and every scrap and refusing to pay to get teachers copier paper. We were all asked to bring in our own paper, because school just wasn’t going to provide paper anything. Ironically, same year the football field was renovated. That… That can’t possibly be right.  My high school had chunks of the ceiling falling down periodically, because of water and mold damage. I remember being in the gym for basketball practice and a huge grate fell down and scared the crap out of us. No one was ever hurt, and the state health department declared the levels of mold to be “not immediately dangerous” and so it was left alone. They once had to close down an entire section of hallway and stairs because one year, the toilets flooded on the second floor and soaked into the ceiling and walls. The next year, a chunk of ceiling fell out right below that, and the toxic variety of black mold was found. Again, the levels were “not dangerous” so they blocked off the area for a few weeks (making it impossible to get to class on time) until it was “cleaned up”. There were no windows, because when the school was built it was right next to an international airport (that has since moved) and the noise was too much at the time. So in order to keep the air flowing, they pumped air conditioning year round, including winter. And yes- the football field was in fact completely renovated before the buildings were even touched. 5 years prior to the original start date of high school building renovations. Also, while the football field was built with out a single hiccup, the school renovation was actually stopped after it started and halted for 4 years because the town didn’t want to spend the money on it. People argued that taxes shouldn’t be raised for that since they felt the buildings were fine as they were. Welcome to American public schools.  WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOUR SCHOOL SYSTEM?? FOOTBALL OVERT RELIGIOUS LOBBYING SCHOOL SHOOTINGS CRUMBLING BUILDINGS AND NO SOAP DO YOU LIVE IN A SEMI-DYSTOPIAN NOVEL A few years ago the music program lost funding for all things musical and we have to raise all our money ourself. And in addition to that, in the music hall the ceiling started to fall in and flood the band lockers and there are still whole tiles not in the ceiling from the water. But you know what the football team got all new uniforms. American schools have always sucked ass. Now you all know why. I remember one year we were all walking around for a week or so with all the hallway lights turned off so we could save money. School lunch was a joke. There weren’t enough text books for everyone. I got a D in calculus because I had no book. The theatre department had to have car washes on Sundays to raise money. But of course football was the only concern. I remember the yearbook had like the first 20 pages dedicated to sports and then the rest of us had one page, if that. My senior year, our theatre page had to share with the foreign exchange students. You know in Glee when all the glee kids have to raise money for everything and Sue spends a shit ton of money on the cheerleaders? Not even an exaggeration. Our theater program funding was cut to send our football team to St. Louis. They didn’t win anything but they tried really hard so they deserved a team trip. If this shit happened in England there would uproar I went to a private school where I was the French Club President, and our advisor was privately informed that all of the money we had been raising all year long would be absorbed into the Athletic Fund if there was anything left at the end of the school year. In response to this injustice, we decided to make an annual event a month before school ended where we would all go the Refectory (aka a fancy French restaurant in the city) and spend every single cent of our hard earned treasury. Like, this was just ONE instance that affected me personally. Things like this happen all the time in the United States. All throughout my experience with public schools in America (all 14 years of it), I always remembered that when we had to buy our own school supplies, and we were always told to buy classroom supplies like kleenexs, soap, hand sanitizers, and more. Because once the classroom ran out of this stuff we had nothing. And once I got into high school no one ever brought this stuff for the classrooms so I always found mucus rubbed on the walls in some classrooms and bathrooms and it’s was absolutely disgusting. And guess where all our money from the state went to? The high school football team. Within the past year or so our taxes went up because my old high school expanded the football field’s bleachers/seating. Also, despite all of our signatures in our town for a petition to prevent a ‘student activity center’ being built next to the school where it would be for the most important student athletes, the school got their way. And guess who doesn’t have enough money to support their programs? The fine arts programs. I had friends who were in choir, band, etc. that had to find ways to raise money for their programs since the school never cared to fund them. It’s either that, or the teachers pull money off of their paycheck to provide supplies for their students (and public school teachers don’t have good salaries anyways in the US), whereas the school uses all their state funds for the football team. It’s ridiculous, and I’m glad I’m no longer in high school having to deal with a school who worships their football team, while all the other programs suffer to remain in the school. I haven’t been in highschool in 7 years but my brother is currently in highschool. Apparently the school is in much worse condition than when I left, with some classes having lessons outside because the a/c was busted and the school refused to fix it. Programs related to art are royally screwed and have to raise their own money or find their own supplies. We had to go DUMPSTER DIVING for art supplies. In Pom (dance team) we had to raise our own money for a Disney trip despite Disney having invited us to perform after we had won multiple state championships. Same happened to the cheer team the following year after I graduated. Performing arts often has to make their own sets from whatever scrap gets donated or gets found by teachers/students. We had to raise all kinds of money and were forced to reduce prices of tickets for performances because “people shouldn’t have to pay that much for a show” by the school (our shows were $10). Band is still in the same shitty facility as it was when I was there with shitty acoustics and shittier uniforms. But you can bet your ass the football team got all kinds of goodies. Like new equipment, new uniforms, new gym equipment and A FUCKING INDOOR FOOTBALL FIELD! Our team sucked when I was in highschool and they still suck now. The school is letting teachers go due to budget cuts but they’re STILL hiring a new coach just because the last one (who had only been there a year) didn’t win a championship (which football hasn’t won a championship in almost 30 years). Coaches get paid more than regular teachers even if they don’t teach a subject aside from football. They also often bully other teachers into boosting a students’ grade just so they won’t be ineligible to play an upcoming game. This is why I hate highschool football. In America it’s seen as a religion. Football takes priority before EVERYTHING even though hardly any students have a career in football after highschool or college. Even though most scholarships are based on academics and OTHER extra curricular activities. But fuck that, the football team gets all the money. Fuck football. Infographic: Is Your State’s Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably) There is a reason people who didn’t play sports in school hated people who did with a fucking passion Our band won 1st all season and it was hardly mentioned meanwhile football getting 4th was top priority on the announcements. Plus, the entire instrumental music program ran out of funds 3 months in. We are one of the highest funded music programs in the district.
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Ass, Family, and Friends: Relatableo @Relatabletxtes Follow If the titanic sunk in 2016 RETWEETS LIKES 5,7097,671 Follow @k-İbrahim15 Replying to @Relatabletxtes The titanic wouldn't sink in 2016 there would be no iceberg in due to climate change and global warming. RETWEETS LIKES 350 E19022 <p><a href="http://madgastronomer.tumblr.com/post/164439699233/dirtydirtychai-destinyrush-she-aint-wrong" class="tumblr_blog">madgastronomer</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://dirtydirtychai.tumblr.com/post/161114927288/destinyrush-she-aint-wrong-im-so-what" class="tumblr_blog">dirtydirtychai</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://destinyrush.tumblr.com/post/161111984033/she-aint-wrong" class="tumblr_blog">destinyrush</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>she ain’t wrong 🤔</p></blockquote> <p>Im so????</p> <p>What asshole drew this?? As if we don’t have the <i>very recent</i>, devastating shipwrecks of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Concordia_disaster">Costa Concordia</a> (2012) in which video from firefighters helped prove<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/costa-concordia-trial-footage-shows-captain-francesco-schettino-preparing-to-flee-sinking-cruise-9900846.html"> the captain abandoned his ship</a> in a disaster that resulted in 32 fatalities</p> <p>or the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_MV_Sewol">sinking of the Sewol ferry in Korea</a> (2014), in which over 300 people, mostly <i>middle school students</i>, were drowned, but not before many sent footage of the ferry’s announcements telling people to stay seated and not evacuate, proving the negligence of the ferry’s crew. Many of them were able to get final goodbye messages to their friends and family before they drowned. </p> <p>Ability to send final messages aside, documentary archival video footage is PRICELESS in situations like this. After any kind of public event, you bet your ass police are asking for any and all cell phone footage from the area. </p> <p>anyway, in conclusion, that artist can fuck off </p> </blockquote> <p>And WTF, there were people literally sitting in the lifeboats on the Titanic <i>sketching it</i>. That’s where that iconic fucking image of it COMES FROM, you WOMBATS.<br/></p> </blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Technology is evil and Thomas Edison was a witch&rdquo;</p>
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Ass, Confused, and Family: Relatableo @Relatabletxtes Follow If the titanic sunk in 2016 RETWEETS LIKES 5,7097,671 Follow @k-İbrahim15 Replying to @Relatabletxtes The titanic wouldn't sink in 2016 there would be no iceberg in due to climate change and global warming. RETWEETS LIKES 350 E19022 celticpyro: asiafish: dirtydirtychai: destinyrush: she ain’t wrong 🤔 Im so???? What asshole drew this?? As if we don’t have the very recent, devastating shipwrecks of the Costa Concordia (2012) in which video from firefighters helped prove the captain abandoned his ship in a disaster that resulted in 32 fatalities or the sinking of the Sewol ferry in Korea (2014), in which over 300 people, mostly middle school students, were drowned, but not before many sent footage of the ferry’s announcements telling people to stay seated and not evacuate, proving the negligence of the ferry’s crew. Many of them were able to get final goodbye messages to their friends and family before they drowned.  Ability to send final messages aside, documentary archival video footage is PRICELESS in situations like this. After any kind of public event, you bet your ass police are asking for any and all cell phone footage from the area.  anyway, in conclusion, that artist can fuck off  technowogy is scawwy Yes, at least a handful of people probably would be recording it on their phones because then they could alert authorities to send aid and let loved ones know where they are and what’s going on. I can’t stand the anti-technology stigma that really just boils down to a bunch of bitter old people being scared and confused by something they’re unfamiliar with and want to make themselves feel better about by painting it in a negative light.
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