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Name: Steve
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Consumers Union: Share Your Surprise Medical Bill Story

Have you been slapped with a surprise medical bill? We want to hear your story!

Did you receive an unexpected bill because your doctor was out-of-network and you didn't know it? Did you go to an in-network hospital but end up with a surprise bill not covered by your health insurance? Or maybe you searched your insurance provider directory to find an in-network doctor and the doctor ended up being out-of-network!

We're tackling surprise medical bills head on. Help us understand the problem with your story, and we may get in touch to ask for more details. To submit your story, please scroll down the page and click the "submit" button.


Do you drink black coffee ?

No thanks! I take mine adulterated with sucrose and ½ & ½

1908: Labor Unions suck, Loewe v. Lawler 208 U.S. 274


Loewe v. Lawlor, 208 U.S. 274 (1908), also referred to as the Danbury Hatters' Case, is a United States Supreme Court case concerning the application of antitrust laws to labor unions. The Court's decision had the effect of outlawing secondary boycotts as violative of the Sherman Antitrust Act, in the face of labor union protests that their actions affected only intrastate commerce. It was also decided that individual unionists could be held personally liable for damages incurred by the activities of their union.

Prosecution of labor under antitrust laws would continue until the enactment of the Norris-La Guardia Act in 1932, which included express exemptions of organized labor from antitrust injunctions. These exemptions were upheld by the Supreme Court in United States v. Hutcheson (1941) where it was stated that the act should be read broadly to provide a total antitrust exemption for labor unions, "so long as union acts in its self-interest and does not combine with non-labor groups." The majority opinion in Hutcheson was written by Felix Frankfurter who, before becoming a Supreme Court Justice, had served as one of the drafters of Norris-La Guardia.

Opinion here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/208/274

I'm singin' the colonoscopy blues yea

#1- Someone has to sit in the lobby for X minutes until you're done, and then has to drive you home. NO FREAKING TAXIS ALLOWED! wtf...ok ok....

2- The pre-pooping.

3- Can't drink water before you do it. WTF. Yes, that's not a zombie typing that. Only crushed ice to slake your thirst.

The good news ? Afterwards we'll have a party!

Microsoft's Bold Plan To Ditch Passwords In Windows 10 (still in beta)


FOR AS LONG as we’ve called for the death of the password, it’s still conspiring to make our lives both more complicated and less secure than they should be. In Windows 10, Microsoft will do its part to ease that particular pain. So long, random string of letters, characters, and numbers. Hello, well, Windows Hello.

Windows Hello, announced today on Microsoft’s blog, is an authentication system relies not on typing memorized gibberish but on face, eye, and fingerprint recognition. Unlocking your laptop or phone will be as simple as looking at or touching it.

Biometric solutions like this aren’t unique to Microsoft; Android has offered a Face Unlock feature since 2011, and fingerprint ID has been unlocking laptops and smartphones for years now. But the technology behind previous offerings—particularly facial recognition—has historically been lacking, and certainly not as ubiquitous as Windows Hello would be given the predominance of Windows machines in the world.

That’s not to say that Microsoft has necessarily gotten it right. There are signs, though, that Hello could succeed where others have muddled, particularly in its compatibility with Intel RealSense 3D cameras, a next-generation tech that can at the very least tell a human from a photo (a distinction with which early Face Unlock devices struggled). Better still? All of the data is stored locally, and not on some remote Microsoft server.

more at link

(Rochester,) Michigan mayor fires back at Madonna's dis


CNN)Madonna, saying something controversial? Perish the thought.

The object of her scorn fighting back? Of course.

The mayor of Rochester, Michigan, has written an open letter to the venerable pop star, taking her to task for saying she never wanted to go back the town where she went to high school.

"I can't be around basic, provincial-thinking people," she told Howard Stern last week on his SiriusXM satellite radio program.

Smoking, Cocaine, And 3 Other Ways You Can Kill Your Brain Cells


(original article title)

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t have a limited supply of brain cells. Sure, the majority of them grow early in life, but some areas of the brain continue to grow them into adulthood and beyond — a process called neurogenesis. The hippocampus is one of these areas, and it’s also among the most important areas of the brain, playing roles in memory, emotion, and learning. But as we grow older, a number of factors compete with neurogenesis and kill brain cells. No, they’re not smoking weed and drinking alcohol; instead, they’re a little more common than you might expect. Here are seven of them.

(highly edited)

1. Losing Sleep

2. Smoking

3. Dehydration

4. Stress

5. Cocaine and Other Narcotics

Thought this was interesting, at least worthy of discussion.

I'm blessed with a really great older brother

It was his 60th birthday a few days ago, and by his wishes, we celebrated yesterday in his town, which is 5 hours northwest of me.

My entire family is great. I'm truly truly truly lucky/blessed. It always makes me sad when I hear the family-stories-from-hell that some people have.

Windows users security tip of the day: Use a standard account

A standard account is great for browsing the web and doing most other usual computer activities.

You only need to use a administrator account if you need to change settings or install software, etc.

It's tempting to always use the administrator account, because it's more convenient. However, if a nasty gains access to your computer, BOOM, the nasty has access to your entire computer right away. With a standard account, it makes it much more difficult to gain access to your entire computer.

Of course, if you're more concerned about security, use a distro of Linux. Better yet, unplug your computer from the internet and do things the pre-internet way. It's a lot harder to violate your security OFF the internet.

Bush v. Gore: The Worst (or at least second-to-the-worst) Supreme Court Decision Ever


A great article. The article cites Dred Scott also.
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