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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton has a long history of fighting for LGBT rights. It's true that her personal positions on issues like gay marriage have evolved – as they hopefully would for any public servant who has been in politics for decades. But it is also true that she has always believed, at the core, that LGBT folks deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, are entitled to equality in the land of the free, and should be able to access the same opportunities as every other American.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

High-speed internet service can be defined as a utility, a federal court has ruled in a sweeping decision clearing the way for more rigorous policing of broadband providers and greater protections for web users. The decision affirmed the government's view that broadband is as essential as the phone and power and should be available to all Americans, rather than a luxury that does not need close government supervision. The 2-to-1 decision from a three-judge panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday came in a case about rules applying to a doctrine known as net neutrality, which prohibit broadband companies from blocking or slowing the delivery of internet content to consumers. read more


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Are you not familiar with the whole wait time issue associated with socialized systems?

Are you saying wait times is your sole measure of quality?

#100 | Posted by snoofy

again with the wait times. The conservatives latch onto these things like snapping turtles!

Once everyone has access to health care in America (as they already do in most advanced industrialized nations) wait times naturally go up until doctor supply once again meets demand.

In 2013, the healthcare foundation The Commonwealth Fund examined waiting times across 11 countries, including the US. It reported that in the US a quarter of adults surveyed (26%) said they waited six or more days for primary care appointments "when sick or needing care". The figure for the UK was just 16%. The US also underperformed on same-day or next-day appointments compared with the NHS – 48% access versus 52%. According to Robin Osborn, a researcher at the foundation, longer-term comparative trend data over a decade (2003-2013) shows "dramatic" improvements in the NHS on waiting times, including for specialists.

www.theguardian.com

The longest wait to see a doctor was in Boston where the average wait was 45.5 days to schedule an appointment with a family physician, dermatologist, cardiologist, orthopedic surgeon or obstetrician/gynecologist.

www.forbes.com

Americans look down on national health systems like Canada's and Britain's because of their notorious waiting lists. In recent weeks, the Veterans Affairs hospitals have been pilloried for long patient wait times, with top officials losing their jobs.

"We were smug and we had the impression that the United States had no wait times -- but it turns out that's not true," said Robin Osborn, a researcher for the foundation. "It's the primary care where we're really behind, with many people waiting six days or more" to get an appointment when they were "sick or needed care."

...patients waited an average of 29 days nationally to see a dermatologist for a skin exam, 66 days to have a physical in Boston and 32 days for a heart evaluation by a cardiologist in Washington.

www.nytimes.com

Link please, and not your sad-ass marital issues.

#16 | Posted by northguy3

I am sorry you are this so naive about this. Maybe you are young and innocent of the ways of the world. I do suggest you look into these things before you blindly commit to allowing any the power to destroy your life. Which marriage is.

Thank you for your concern about my marriage but it is not about me. Just so happens I am living this vicariously through my son's situation and has made me intimately aware of this tactic. So being the inquisitive sort and married myself I looked it up.

So it is about awareness of what is happening when these laws are abused and knowing how to protect yourself from being abused by it.

I will give you a few links but it behooves you if you are married in a strained relationship or if you are thinking about getting married nothing beats talking to a divorce lawyer first and letting him explain how this law works.

The charges alone can destroy your life so common sense should tell you something right there.

domestic-violence-law.com

With "Zero Tolerance" arrest policies and "No Drop" prosecutions, the number of arrests for petty family arguments has skyrocketed. A former prosecuting attorney explains the phenomena:

"Christopher Pagan, who was until recently a prosecutor in Hamilton County, Ohio, estimates that due to a 1994 state law requiring police on a domestic call either to make an arrest or to file a report explaining why a no arrest was made, "domestics " went from 10 percent to 40 percent of his docket. But, he suggests, that doesn't mean actual abusers were coming to his attention more often. "We started getting a lot of push-and-shoves," says Pagan, "or even yelling matches. " In the past, police officers would intervene and separate the parties to let them cool off. Now those cases end up in criminal courts. It's exacerbating tensions between the parties, and it's turning law-abiding middle class citizens into criminals."

www.ejfi.org

Then the two officers will confer with each other and compare stories. A decision to arrest will then be made. This entire "investigative" process can be completed in mere minutes, with the arrest decision made in a split second.

'What couple does not encounter stress, especially when they have children? But in the fever of emotion, a woman can call " 911" and have three police cars there in minutes. After this fateful act, she loses all control. The state prosecutes her husband whether she likes it or not. He is jailed and prohibited from returning home... And all they wanted was the police to defuse a tense situation...This policy (Zero Tolerance) is designed to accustom society (both police and victims) to the intrusion of the state into private lives. Couples are arrested just for having an argument. Neighbors phone the police. What's next? Cameras in our homes just like George Orwell's "1984" '?

There are hundreds and thousands of links on this subject. I suggest you do your own research.

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