MrPotatoeHead

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MrPotatoeHead wrote

If you live near Spanish speaking neighborhoods, just hanging out and interacting is a great way to pick up some conversational Spanish. If you have a smartphone, consider installing Microsoft Translator. It's surprisingly good at translating quickly. That would help you communicate that you want to learn Spanish through immersion.

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MrPotatoeHead wrote

Does your grandma have a smartphone that can record the conversations where she's told she has to work three hours for free and not to report it? With proof, she'll get a nice payout. My sister was being screwed over by another large company. She got the union involved, with evidence in hand. She received all her back pay and a large pay increase. Many large companies are run by assholes that are out to fuck over every employee that they can. Fight back with proof.

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MrPotatoeHead wrote

The US health care system needs to be completely reworked. I think we should start with Medicare for all. Arrangements between governments should keep the cost fo treating foreigners at what they person would pay in their home country. If it's fully covered there, that country pays for it.

In this case, the patient was screwed over by Blue Cross. This should be illegal. The corruption in health care is at an amazingly high level.

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MrPotatoeHead wrote (edited )

I have no affiliation with any party or belief system. I want our current system to change into one that takes care of people, and removes the power that billionaires and mega-corporations have over our lives. I believe people's rights need to be increased, not be taken away. With more automation occurring all the time, a minimum income should be provided, without being a welfare state. For example, Social Security should provide a minimum income to all people of retirement age, even if they or a spouse did not pay into the system for ten years, the current requirement. This would open up jobs for younger people that can't find them by removing the need for people around 70 years old to keep working to pay their bills and eat. Social Security could be expanded to cover everyone over 18. Health insurance is criminal in the US. Medicare for all would be a good way to cover people. The problem with this is the corrosive power of health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and giant health care providers that milk the system. There is much that needs to be done.

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MrPotatoeHead wrote

I'm not an anarchist. But, they offer many worthwhile ideas that need to be considered in order to move society to a fair and equitable state, unlike it's current two tier system which favors the very rich over the rest of us.

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MrPotatoeHead wrote

I certainly don't want the chemicals in Teflon in my system. But what happens when they are in my system? The problem with the article is that there is no mention of what the negative effects are. Is it a carcinogen? Are some people allergic to it? We really have no health information, just concern. I'd like to know more about what the actual negative effects are.

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MrPotatoeHead wrote

I use reusable acrylic straws that last for years. Gummint can always force people to drink out of a cup by completely banning disposable straws. In that case people can bring their own straws.

Paper straws are destroyed too quickly by kids. So, going back to them is a bad idea, IMO. Wax coated paper doesn't degrade in landfills anyway.