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Old 07-23-2013, 07:44 AM
 
Location: State of Being
35,885 posts, read 67,633,970 times
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Originally Posted by newenglandgirl View Post
Sad morning on my street. The little old lady who lives across the way from me in a big New England style house, all alone, was carried out on a stretcher to an ambulance. I couldn't see whether or not she was completely covered. Her sister, with whom she had lived, passed away last year.

My other neighbor says the old woman brought up her family in that house. I can only imagine the memories, the mementos, the history within the walls. I've never met this woman, as she has been a recluse and doesn't answer her door, but a neighbor has looked in on her and she has relatives whose car shows up in her driveway every once in a while. This woman was probably happy to have been able to stay in her own home instead of living elsewhere. I said a little prayer for her as the ambulance slowly wended its way down the street in the rain.
Oh my.

I could see your neighbor being carried out . . .like a movie in my head. Even the house.

Yes, I am assuming she loved her home; it was doubtless her fortress. I hope she has been content in her world and has lived a good life -- and lived it the way she preferred.

 
Old 07-23-2013, 12:28 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Originally Posted by anifani821 View Post
Every click is tracked! Wherever you go, your IP address is right there on someone's server and website, logging in your activity.

Several other posters and I were trying to ascertain how they get the "times read" count, and the consensus was - whatever thread you have posted on, if that thread is clicked by a reader, everyone on the thread gets a "hit" on the counter.

Now, I have not discussed this with a programmer! But that is what we assumed had to be the mechanism.
Sounds likely to me, if that is indeed what they're graphing. I can't imagine how else they could count it.
 
Old 07-24-2013, 02:46 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
6,848 posts, read 10,222,334 times
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Originally Posted by Escort Rider View Post
Here's one thing not everyone may realize. In the case of an unsigned attack or insult made via rep commnet (as DM's cannot be anonymous), the mods can still see who sent it and can issue infractions if deserved. Then they can remove the offending comment but if so you still get the keep the points. All you have to go is DM a mod for redress.
True, every CD mod can do this!

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Originally Posted by in_newengland View Post
I think if you want to see who repped you, you would have to DM one of the two senior mods, not one of us lowly ordinary forum mods. I don't think I have any way of seeing who wrote to whom--and I am not interested in knowing either. There are two paid mods and they get all the hard to do stuff. lol
Not true... you and every other mod can look at any member's reps... and make changes to the comments as needed (ask one of the other mods to show you how to do this if you're not aware of how).

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I did assume that a MOD can track via IP addy who left what rep on whose post.
IP addy tracking is unnecessary in this case, since, regardless of what name anyone uses to sign a comment - theirs or yours - their real registered screen name will be shown by the rep as the one that actually made the rep comment!

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Originally Posted by in_newengland View Post
It does make sense. There are two paid mods here who can do practically anything. Then there are also some mods who are very experienced and knowledgeable and maybe THEY have permission to look up IP addresses. But nobody should worry about ME looking up their DMs -- I have zero interest and anyway I'm just one of the drones.
Only the two paid CD mods, Marka and Yac, as well as the CD Administrator, have access to IP addresses on City-Data, as well as to all CD members DMs.

Hopes that helps to clear things up!
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Last edited by BstYet2Be; 07-24-2013 at 02:58 AM..
 
Old 07-24-2013, 09:50 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Please remind me not to respond to any threads concerning Obamacare. I am wasting my time. Folks will get to see what is being cut out, diminished, and denied soon enough. People are so misinformed . . . they have no clue how huge this legislation is and how it will affect them, not only as consumers and as patients, but as taxpayers and employees.

How can people think the only "changes" in healthcare coverage are a few minor things such as no pre-existing conditions and that mammograms will now be covered. We are talking about over 2000 pages of NEW REGS. Those changes could have been made using 1 1/2 sheets of paper.

The media has regurgitated the White House's spin, which I don't find surprising, as you can bet not one reporter out there has actually read and comprehended the legislation. So of course they have taken the easy way out and just feed the incidental fluff to the public.

I find it difficult to accept that folks are that naive, but evidently they are.

2000 pages, folks.

Here's just one little hiccough . . .

In Obamacare Buildup, Hospitals Face a Self-Inflicted Wound - Businessweek

The bottom line: The sequester has shaved 2 percent from payments to hospitals, leaving poor and elderly patients with fewer services.
 
Old 07-24-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Here's another page out of the Obamacare book . . . hospital readmissions. Why hasn't this been discussed on the evening news? How is this going to affect you or your loved one? I doubt most folks can even decipher what it means.

Readmissions Reduction Program - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
 
Old 07-24-2013, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Health Insurance and Medical Care

Ani, it sounds like you have a lot a knowledge about this topic. It is interesting what various areas of expertise some of us have, outside of retirement issues as narrowly defined. But because it's the retirement forum a lot of that expertise never gets exposed. Good for you!

It also sounds like you are exasperated and frustrated with other responses on this topic. I do seem to recall an example of that recently on your part, but the example I am thinking of didn't have to do with Obamacare per se, but rather with health issues more broadly.

You haven't been posting in Politics and Other Controversies, have you? [Edited to add: Oops! I looked at your statistics and answered my own question; you have slightly over 2,000 posts there.] If so you have more balls than I have (pardon my French); I've heard so much about how wild things get there that I don't even care to read there to find out if it's true! And I'm not even one of the gentler souls here!

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Old 07-24-2013, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
14,017 posts, read 17,939,286 times
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Default Where else on City-Data do we read and post?

Under "statistics" we can see the five City-Data forums in which we, and others, post most often, together with the actual number of posts made in each of those top five forums. Out of curiosity I ran through the necessary divisions to come up with the following on myself, rounded to the nearest whole percentage point:
1. Retirement: 47% of total posts.
2. Personal Finance: 7%
3. Economics: 7%
4. History: 6%
5. Health Insurance: 4%

That adds up to only 71% of my total posts because only the top five forums are listed, i.e., 29% of my posts have been in forums other than those top five. I'm actually more spread out in my interests (as related to City-Data) than I would have guessed.

What are some of the other frequently frequented forums for some of our Retirement regulars? (Actually I can look at that myself for any other City-Data poster, but I just thought it might be fun to see it here.)
 
Old 07-24-2013, 11:05 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Originally Posted by Escort Rider View Post
Ani, it sounds like you have a lot a knowledge about this topic. It is interesting what various areas of expertise some of us have, outside of retirement issues as narrowly defined. But because it's the retirement forum a lot of that expertise never gets exposed. Good for you!

It also sounds like you are exasperated and frustrated with other responses on this topic. I do seem to recall an example of that recently on your part, but the example I am thinking of didn't have to do with Obamacare per se, but rather with health issues more broadly.

You haven't been posting in Politics and Other Controversies, have you? If so you have more balls than I have (pardon my French); I've heard so much about how wild things get there that I don't even care to read there to find out if it's true! And I'm not even one of the gentler souls here!
No, I haven't been posting there (POC) lately, lol. I did post there when the legislation was being introduced, and I would even quote sections and explain it and people STILL DID NOT BELIEVE IT, lol.

I am exasperated b/c I find it incredulous that the public is still so unaware of what this legislation will mean in their lives. I fully understand that the White House has not released much meaningful info, but the info is out there - if people would do a little research.

I am dealing with clients who have employees who must (in various ways) deal with the impending changes, and the employees are having problems believing some of the regulations and what this will mean for how they deal with healthcare services. So I am feeling frustration from several angles.

Mainly, I just wonder what it is with folks who have access to a gazillion archived pages of info, yet they won't do some research . . . they will believe whatever BS they are being fed.

EDITED TO ADD: I think I will go over to POC and see what's happening . . . I am sure someone is playing apologist for Obamacare over there . . .
 
Old 07-24-2013, 12:41 PM
Status: "Support the Mining Law of 1872" (set 19 days ago)
 
Location: Cody, WY
9,668 posts, read 11,127,014 times
Reputation: 19463
When I first began posting on c-d I posted primarily on POC. But I quickly learned that it was both fruitless and frustrating. Today my posts represent actual interests. Although the posts here are mostly for amusement I do find it necessary to speak for both my generation and for my elders..

Total Posts 3679

Retirement 816
Self-Suffficiency and Preparedness 812
Wyoming 450
Food and Drink 317
Guns and Hunting 251

I've made many posts on the Pet forum and Dogs and Cats subfora as well. I would have expected it to be in the top five.

The problems with health care began with the passage of Medicare. That's when administrative costs went sky-high and we saw the cover-everything policies replace the old hospitalization policies. The Swiss have the best system, no socialized medecine.
 
Old 07-24-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Originally Posted by anifani821 View Post
I am exasperated b/c I find it incredulous that the public is still so unaware of what this legislation will mean in their lives. I fully understand that the White House has not released much meaningful info, but the info is out there - if people would do a little research.
Coming from the "news" profession (journalism), I am not at all surprised at how little people know, and frankly, I don't blame them. There was a lot of secrecy around this whole thing and it was given to the public in dribs and drabs, and at that, from mainstream news from the WH to the lips of Associated Press (AP) and to our ears. The average working person gets the news daily in small sound bytes completely out of context that would allow some thought and analysis. They hear fear tactics from pros and antis. They have extremists blabbing from both sides. I cannot think of a single television or radio program that has laid out the workings of this "plan" in lay terms for public consumption. Now we are being blamed way too late for not taking responsibility for understanding 2,000 pages worth of content. If the info is 'out there' in comprehensive form for the lay person in lay language, I'd like to know where. Then I might better understand how we might have missed it.
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