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pilosopogyno:

This man, James Verone, robbed a bank for one dollar. Why only one dollar? Because he knew that in prison he could get the medical care he could not afford with his part time salary as a convenience store clerk. He was approved for food stamps, but they did little to help his finances. Between his back problems, carpel tunnel, and arthritis, he simply couldn’t handle the pain any longer.
On June 9th, he sent a letter to his local paper, the Gaston Gazette, that stated: “When you receive this a bank robbery will have been committed by me. this robbery is being committed by me for one dollar. I am of sound mind but not so much sound body.”
He then took a cab to the RBC Bank, and handed the teller a note asking for one dollar and medical attention. He quietly took a seat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive.
Since Verone only stole one dollar, he was only charged with larceny. His bail, which he doesn’t plan to pay is set at $2,000, reduced from the normal $100,000. He’s scheduled to see a doctor this Friday, and hopes to get foot surgery, back surgery and to have a protrusion on his check treated.   
To me, this is the perfect example of how disturbingly corrupt and unjust our health care system has become under HMO’s. For this man, or any person for that matter, feels that he needs to be imprisoned just to see a doctor, is ridiculous. 
This is exactly what I hate about America. Why is it that you can buy an entire house with money you don’t have, but still can’t apply for health care if you don’t meet the requirements? That’s messed up.

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TABLOID HEADLINES WITHOUT THE SEXISM

"WOMAN IN TRACKSUIT PROBABLY NOT DISOWNED BY ENTIRE FAMILY"

"It’s mildly breezy outside."

I love everything about these…

Sexism in tabloids. Who would’ve thunk?

(via mostlysignssomeportents)

Drone’s eye view of Burning Man 2014

mostlysignssomeportents:

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Beautifully shot and edited, a rarely seen vista on one of the most amazing places in the world.

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The Distinct, Positive Impact of a Good Dad

How to Get a Job at Google

The least important attribute they look for is “expertise.” Said Bock: “If you take somebody who has high cognitive ability, is innately curious, willing to learn and has emergent leadership skills, and you hire them as an H.R. person or finance person, and they have no content knowledge, and you compare them with someone who’s been doing just one thing and is a world expert, the expert will go: ‘I’ve seen this 100 times before; here’s what you do.’ ” Most of the time the nonexpert will come up with the same answer, added Bock, “because most of the time it’s not that hard.” Sure, once in a while they will mess it up, he said, but once in a while they’ll also come up with an answer that is totally new. And there is huge value in that.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/friedman-how-to-get-a-job-at-google.html?_r=0&referrer=

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I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites. Billy Connolly said: “Don’t vote, it encourages them,” and, “The desire to be a politician should bar you for life from ever being one.”

I don’t vote because to me it seems like a tacit act of compliance; I know, I know my grandparents fought in two world wars (and one World Cup) so that I’d have the right to vote. Well, they were conned. As far as I’m concerned there is nothing to vote for. I feel it is a far more potent political act to completely renounce the current paradigm than to participate in even the most trivial and tokenistic manner, by obediently X-ing a little box.

Total revolution of consciousness and our entire social, political and economic system is what interests me, but that’s not on the ballot.

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- Russel Brand on Revolution (via hebrew-national)

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nevver:

Back to work

Monday

"I confess that I do not entirely approve this Constitution at present…I am not sure I will ever approve it: for having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions on even important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise."

- Benjamin Franklin, concluding speech to the Constitutional Convention, 1787 (via laphamsquarterly)

"Would the boy you were, be proud of the man you are?"

- Heard somewhere

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South Tyrol, Italy (by Phrasikleia Epoiesen)

Paradise.

PSA: It’s now illegal to unlock your phone

Yes, you read it right and it’s not from the Onion. Kinda like, you buy a car, the dealer locks it and to unlock it you now have to pay the dealer or go to jail. Corporations win, consumers lose. Asinine.

Subsidy model is disconnected from the actual purchase of the phone. Subsidies work better for carriers since they can hide the cost. Bet nobody knows how much they’re paying for the actual subsidy ($650-$199). I can bet it’s more Pawn shop rates rather than Bank rates. Why not charge real price and offer financing (la T-mobile)? But that’s too transparent for most carriers.

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Lapham's Quarterly: We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was “legal”...

We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. But I am sure that if I had lived in Germany during that time, I would have aided and…

Lapham's Quarterly: We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was “legal”...

We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. But I am sure that if I had lived in Germany during that time, I would have aided and…

Why?
Imagine a life where all your time is spent on things you want to do. All your attention is focused on the project you create yourself, instead of working as a cog in a machine that exists to make other people rich.

My goal is to transition to a meaningful life oriented toward something I love to do. Take responsibility of your own future and build something beautiful and long lasting. And make money in the process.

Why now?
The vital career question of our times - what is risky and what is safe - has changed permanently. The old choice was to work at a job or take a big risk going out on your own. The new reality is that working at a job may be far riskier choice. Instead take the safe road and go out on your own.

Businesses have been around since the beginning of commerce. What’s changed is the ability to test, launch and scale your project quickly and on the cheap.

I need to define and decide that “this” is what I’m going to do. And that is that. Decision made and I’ll figure the rest out.