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General Discussion / Re: Rebublicans Take control of house!
« on: February 03, 2011, 02:52:27 AM »
Ponzi Scheme.  Violation of Trust.  Call it what itis.

The original concept of Social Security was/is a sound one.  Employees paid into a Social Security TRUST FUND, that would grow and be available to them at retirement.  Notice your tax returns: the government still goes thru the fiction of calculating and collecting Social Security separate from general Income Taxes.

BUT, over the years, the government has violated the trust by invading the SS Trust Fund to pay for non-SS governmental expenses ..... with no serious intent to repay the invaded funds.  THAT is the reason that SS is running out of $$.

Republicans/Tea Partyers feel it is more important to keep the windfall Tax Break for the already-super-rich 1%, than to honor the SS Trust Fund that common workers have paid into for a lifetime.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie amputee, have some questions
« on: January 03, 2011, 05:24:18 PM »
From what I hear, Hanger is like the WalMart of prosthetics -p a giant operation with many locations.  Once in awhile I meet a person who has a great prosthetist at Hanger, and swears by them.  But, more often that not, people have less-than-stellar reviews about them.  I've never used them, so it's all hearsay.

But, as anonther reply said, the socket is the key.  Unless it fits properly, it doesn't matter what hardware you attach below it.

Even a decent prosthetist doesn't hit it off with every customer.  Find one that works well with you.

As a new amputee, remember that the stump will shrink alot in the first year or so, and you need several re-fittings and new sockets.
Dick Stevens

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General Discussion / Re: Rebublicans Take control of house!
« on: November 20, 2010, 04:37:39 AM »
Ann:

As I see it BOTH major parties are equally adept at over-spending and running up the National Debt.  Example, look at the debt levels at the beginning and end of Bush's years - we're deeper in debt than at any time in history.  And ..... it may be that the Obamqa Administration may do likewise.

The big difference is WHAT the parties are willing to over-spend on.  The Democrats would spend on human-service programs, health, education, wlefare, social security, and the like.  The Republicans would cut all such programs, and spend more and more on starting wars and generous hand-outs to the super-rich privileged few.

I think the Big Bail-Out (started by Bush and continued by Obama)  missed the mark.  Instead of giving countless billions to the already-wealthy bankers so they could hoard it, I would have divvied up the billions and given a few thousand - equally divided - to every tax-payer in America.  Each could decide whether to spend more and boost the economy, or to pay off some serious personal debt, or to save and invest -- each according to their circumstances.  To the lower and middle income folks that would be a real boost in the arm.  To the very wealthy, it would be a nice little treat.

So......I'd like to see some serious fiscal responsibility and conservatism,  but I don't see either major party willing to head that way.  Needless to say, if you and I ran our family finances the way the Federal Govt runs theirs, we'd be in deep trouble.

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General Discussion / Re: Rebublicans Take control of house!
« on: November 19, 2010, 02:01:54 AM »
"Heck yes uScott.....jump in the waters really nice     We love to tease the democrates...that we do." [Ann]

And yes, Ann, there's a few of us Moderates and Democrats who love to tease the Right-Wingers, too.

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General Discussion / Re: Missuse of handicap parking
« on: November 19, 2010, 01:50:38 AM »
I believe that here in PA the police CAN indeed come onto private parking lots to ticket violators of h/c parking regulations.  BUT, how often they actually do so is up for debate.

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General Discussion / Re: Rebublicans Take control of house!
« on: November 10, 2010, 02:17:27 AM »
Snowbear:

Impeach Obama??  On what grounds? Please be specific.


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General Discussion / Re: Missuse of handicap parking
« on: November 10, 2010, 02:02:33 AM »
Jason:

Best solition to a business abusing h/c parking - the only language they understand - stop patroning them!  ...and let them know.  "Since you continue to ignore the needs of handicapped people by abusing the h/c parking spaces, I'm taking my business to [name of competitor, like Wawa, Cumberland Farm, etc.]"

Send copy to local store as well as corp. headquarters.

If they fail to respond, that confirms their disregard.


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General Discussion / Re: US slips to 49th in life expectancy
« on: October 19, 2010, 06:04:49 PM »
I hear you, Herb:

The US high-profit Big Business healthcare system is a disgrace.

I think it is ironic that the same folks who tout free-trade and the unbridled capitalistic market, are the same ones who staunchly deny Americans access to the more reasonably-priced drugs in Canada.

Free trade for the big corporations, but NO free trade for the American public.

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General Discussion / Re: Missuse of handicap parking
« on: October 01, 2010, 07:15:40 PM »
Herb:

Sorry to hear of the gross ignoring of h/c parking in your town.  Here we see some classic flaunting of the law.  Nut, by and large, people do honor the h/c spaces.

I past winters, snow was often piked up in h/c spaces (and of course those piles were the last to melt), but in the last couple of years they've done much better.

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General Discussion / Re: Missuse of handicap parking
« on: October 01, 2010, 01:26:03 AM »
Anne:

Short answer is:  Some people in this world just LOVE to have a confrontation.

Your point is well-taken.  If she and her elderly paasenger were coming INTO the store, couldn't they have just taken the cart and used it?

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General Discussion / Re: Missuse of handicap parking
« on: September 29, 2010, 08:53:40 PM »
My classic mega-abuse of h/c parking was in a local Burger King.  There were 4 designated h/c parking spaces, and there were many vacant regular spaces available.  A PA state highway dept over-sized dump truck pulled in and parked cross-wise covering ALL FOUR h/c spaces.  A half-dozen very able-bodied-looking men walked in and ordered lunch.

I felt like walking up to their table and asking "Which one of you guys is the handicapped driver.", but thought better of it.  One gimpy geezer on crutches vs 5 or 6 muscle-bound hulks didn't look like a good match.

I did take down the truck's humber and reported to the state - but never heard anything about it.  Grrrr.

Could be they were MENTALLY handicapped. LOL


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General Discussion / Re: two topics to talk about,
« on: September 27, 2010, 06:10:53 PM »
Jason and Jack:

Yeah, hospitals are dense when it comes to peer visiting.  They certainly don't do anything to encourage it.  I'm not sure why, but it could be a mix of professional pride and fear of liability.  They seem to work on the pricinple of "the fewer fingers in the pie the better".  They seem to enjoy a certain "mystique" about medicine, hiding behind their white coats.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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General Discussion / Re: two topics to talk about,
« on: September 27, 2010, 06:00:58 PM »
Jason:

You're not alone.  I haven't had any peer visit requests from ACA for years.  I think I'm off their list now.  Most of my requests have come thru LVH.

I believe that ACA was too persnickity about who they would refer.  Had to be the same limbs amped, and same age, and same gender, and same......  And if you weren't a perfect match, you weren't called.  It's not like ACA has a million peer visitors to choose from.

Persoanally, I believe a new amp lying in the hospital or rehab would welcome a first contact from almost any other amp.  I know I would have.  My surgeon said he knew of a nurse at the hospital who was an amp, and asked if I would like to see her.  She worked in another part of the large hospital, and for whatever reason, we never did meet.

Back then, I didn't know of ACA and their visitors.  I knew a couple of amputees in my town - one lived down the street.  Other than that, the first amp I met was my former prosthetist, George.


I dunno. With ACA, peer visiting is "the best kept secret in town".


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General Discussion / Re: story on nbc today show about amputee
« on: September 25, 2010, 12:20:42 AM »
Herb:

I'd be curious to see how they do with a prosthesis.  In the video, it appeared they relocated her remaining leg to be centered under the spine.  Also, it must have been a major feat to do the surgery without damaging the trunk-line of nerves going to the remaining leg.

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General Discussion / Re: story on nbc today show about amputee
« on: September 24, 2010, 07:59:15 PM »
Thanks, Herb, for sharing that story and link to the video.  Quite a remarkable woman.

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