avoiding healthcare

American health insurance is the worst. My place of employment actually has quite good coverage for full-time employees but at our enrollment meeting the rep kept emphasizing not to go to a hospital as the fees are astronomical, you’re charged $300 per day as opposed to per visit or admittance, and any tests that get done on a hospital campus are double what it would be at an independent facility. >.>

I guess I’ll just… avoid… ever being sick….

the reason republicans are so violently opposed to the media isnt the liberal bias, which does exist to a certain extent but i find liberal media (not like MSNBC liberal i mean like NYT or Wash Post liberal) to actually be fairly centrist like they feature conservative opinions pretty regularly. but like generally speaking republicans tend to get mad when reporters ask questions they dont want to answer and its always obviously because they don’t actually have an answer to that that’ll wont make them look like an asshole, like all these guys avoiding questions about healthcare are doing that because if they were honest about their intentions they would say something like “i think poor people are lazy and as such are not entitled to life and health, and i am not obligated to help them”. but that would be a bad move politically in most districts. so instead you just bodyslam reporters and break their glasses

UPON LAUNCHING THIS GAME, MY COLD RED COMMUNIST HEART WAS IMMEDIATELY ASSUALTED WITH COPIOUS LEVELS OF FREEDOM. AFTER PLAYING THE GAME, I HAD TO SPEND SEVERAL HOURS READING MARXIST PROPAGANDA AND SPREADING IDEAS OF FREE HEALTHCARE TO AVOID BEING LURED BY THE SIREN CALL OF BASEBALL, APPLE PIE AND DEEP FRIED BUTTER ON A STICK, A FEW OF THE MANY TOOLS THE CAPITALIST MONSTER HAS AT ITS DISPOSAL. DO NOT RECOMMEND.
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When providers don’t inquire about and honor individuals’ preferred terminology for their gender and their body parts, the outcome is more than just discomfort. It exacerbates a potent source of distress–distress so intense as to be potentially life-threatening for the patient. It is alarmingly common for trans masculine patients in qualitative data from our study to report extreme anxiety, needing to dissociate in order to get through doctor visits and even avoidance of healthcare services altogether. This is particularly true in the context of sexual healthcare services.

John Cheese’s mother-in-law isn’t the only person getting screwed, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

The 5 Worst Things About Getting a Job in a Small Town

#4. Businesses Take Advantage of Part-Time Labor

When my mother-in-law moved here last year, she got a [grocery store] job doing office work and payroll. She’s basically a manager without having the title or vast flowing wizard robes of one. It’s a pretty important job, which is why they pay her enough that she can live the life of luxury in income-based housing and qualify for government assistance with food.

How? Well, first, they start by paying her a single-digit per-hour wage (even after a raise), and as the manager told her with pride, “That’s the most we’ve ever paid anyone for this position! You’re doing great work!” Second, they have only two or three full-time employees, and she’s not one of them. Everyone who isn’t full-time is prohibited from working more than 28 hours per week so that they can avoid legally mandated healthcare benefits. Score!

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Why I Want to Save Almost Human

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. What makes this show so special that I want to do everything that I can to get it uncancelled? There are lots of others shows I could watch instead and there are lots of other things going on in the world that also need attention and support, what makes this show so important?

I think it’s because in my mind Almost Human is kind of like a little brother of Star Trek. Sure it isn’t as optimistic as Star Trek is and doesn’t put itself as far in the future, but at its core Star Trek is a show with a message and Almost Human is too.

The first clear case of this is in the world-building, showing how pervasive technology has become in 2048. Dorian can take bio-scans of John without his permission, the internet is constantly monitored, we have personalized advertising, palm phones, and drones with facial recognition. Privacy is basically non-existent. There are still large class divisions especially with chromes and the fact that only the rich or the very resourceful can obtain such technology to push their children to be the best and brightest and thus widening the class gap further. And I’m not even going to get into the gap created by the wall since we know people do live on the other side of it. Most episodes also have messages or themes they are exploring. ‘Arrhythmia’ makes mention of what happens to people who can’t avoid proper healthcare and has a nod towards organ donation. ‘Skin’ takes a look at grief and the nature of existence.

This desire to be more than just an action/drama buddy cop show extends to our main cast as well. The grumpy cop dealing with a new partner has been done before, but not quite like this. For one thing Dorian isn’t a rookie and in the pilot certainly is shown to be a better cop than John is. For another John is a man with a disability and is never singled out for this. Nobody treats John as less than for only having one leg. No one tells him his depression and mental traumas are things that need to be fixed, only when his behaviour is dangerous to himself and others such as his use of Membliss do the others intervene; and over time John is shown to be working towards improvement in his behaviour. The guy who comforts Dorian after the events of ‘Unbound’ sure isn’t the same guy who was pushing MXs out of moving cars and shooting them in the face earlier in the season.

This push to have well-rounded and human characters, pun completely intentional, is seen in other characters like Rudy who is socially awkward and yet still a valued and important member of the team. Even if John does forget his birthday. Richard is introduced in the pilot as the precinct’s resident asshole, but instead of just having him be some generic thorn in the side of John he too is shown to be a likable guy. We don’t get an episode where Richard has to eat humble pie about John and Dorian instead over the course of the season we see him warm up to Dorian, even giving him a glowing review, and that John gives just as many jabs to Richard as Richard does to him. Also Richard is shown to be a good guy in ‘Strawman’ when he helps out the homeless kid with the sunglasses and he is shown to be a good cop when he trains Rudy about undercover work in ‘The Bends’. Valerie isn’t just a pretty face, but has backstory for her looks in that she resents being who she is and is prejudice against other chromes.

I think the reason Captain Maldonado is my favourite character on the show is that she is such a great example of the production team pushing themselves in their own show too. Originally the character of Maldonado was a man. Now I’ve seen a question posed here on Tumblr when looking at gender-equality in entertainment and how we might make it better and it asks, does anything necessitate this character being male? Could your villain or main character or whoever be a woman instead of a man without drastically changing some aspect of who the character is? And to the credit of the show-runners the answer here was no so they changed the gender.

They then went even further though with the kind of person Maldonado is. Often this kind of character, woman in charge, authority figure, is cold and stand-offish, but not Maldonado. As Lili Taylor herself describes her “she is still in touch with her femininity and her compassion. So she is able to run her force with empathy.” Indeed we see that Maldonado goes out of her way to help John and makes sure he is okay. She does the same thing with Valerie when she goes to the chrome club in ‘Beholder’. Maldonado wears jewellery and paints her fingernails bright colours and in ‘Blood Brothers’ when Avery gives the women in power are all lonely and seeking validation speech we don’t get a scene where she has to prove Avery wrong and show that a guy likes her. She just gets a nice compliment at the end that she thanks the lawyer for and that’s it. Also it’s her plan that saves the day for Valerie and in ‘Strawman’ it’s her plan that does indeed flush Glen out of hiding. She is smart and respected by those under her instead of being the chief who has forgotten what it means to be a cop. To quote the speaker from the San Diego Comic-con “she’s not the angry screaming lieutenant whatever.” And I love that so much I can barely find words to express it.

In the end these are all fundamentally good people trying to do their jobs to the best of their abilities and I find that so refreshing in a culture that seems to lift up the bad-boy, rule-breaking anti-hero, as the pinnacle of human achievement. John has a bit of this in him, but at least Maldonado yells at him over it or gives sarcastic remarks in response. And Dorian is no slouch about telling John what he needs to hear either whether John likes it or not.

Even the background characters prove that Almost Human is more than just another well-made TV show. Again just like Star Trek stands as a platform for diversity, especially the original show, Almost Human has this in spades. In ‘Disrupt’ for example the Bennett’s are young successful people of colour, the person running the security company is a woman, and the villain of that episode is too. The person obsessed with their looks in ‘Beholder’ is a man. The scuzzy lawyer defending Ethan Avery in ‘Blood Brothers’ is a woman and she isn’t some blond thin twenty-something model either. The Recollectionist and Officer Patel are Asian. We have three ethnicities for the MXs and in our main cast. Police officers are shown to be women and people of colour, as is Anna, Vanessa, and I’m sure there are other examples I missed.

There is just so much good in this show from absolutely every angle. Main characters, secondary characters, and guest characters all provide a wide range of audience representation in a positive light. The mystery it builds up about its own world with the wall and InSyndicate, and the amount of corruption within the police department is gripping and I’m fully invested in the story they want to tell. I won’t say the show is perfect. Even watching the episodes in production order I think InSyndicate plot ended rather abruptly at the end of ‘Perception’ and not being brought up again until ‘Unbound’ with nothing in-between, even just a conversation between John and Maldonado about how they’d double check John’s recent cases to make sure no vital information has been compromised by the doll, makes the pacing a bit uneven. I felt the connection between case of the week stories and the overarching plot of the ambush could have gelled a bit more and one thread of it probably should have been wrapped up before the season finished, but hey it’s a first season there are always kinks to work out and the fact that the actors found such good chemistry so quickly and that everyone got chances to shine in just thirteen episodes speaks to the high quality of this show. To pack such a punch in just thirteen hours of screen time is amazing, everyone both in front and behind the camera brought their A game to Almost Human and it shows. This show is brilliant. It’s brilliant in its world-building, in its diverse characters, and in its desire to be more than just escapist entertainment.

So this is the long and rambling essay on why I want to save the show. If anyone would like to use any of this in future tweetouts or in the mail campaign to Warner Brothers please feel free to do so and don’t forget to support all the other efforts that you can to get Almost Human further development whether it be a second season, film, comic books, or any form it which it can continue because it matters.