Megan Rothbauer should be able to consider herself lucky — one year ago at age 29, she had a heart attack that left her in a coma and almost took her life.
And she does feel lucky she’s alive, but unfortunately there’s a downside no one would have predicted. Despite being fully insured, she’s now $50,000 in medical debt and instead of being able to simply celebrate that she’s alive, she’s worried about bankruptcy and having to put off her impending engagement.
When Megan had her heart attack, she was left unconscious and taken by an ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Unfortunately for her, St. Mary’s is out of her insurance network. What’s worse is that Meriter Hospital, an in-network hospital with a maximum co-pay of only $1500, is three blocks away from St. Mary’s.
Whether or not you play the state lottery games, you’ve seen their ads and heard their sales pitches…
“Playing the lottery is so much fun!”
“Billions of dollars in lotto profits are going to education!”
“Imagine what could happen!”
John Oliver takes a few minutes to show why that sales pitch is a load of crap. Despite this being nearly 15 minutes, it already has 1.2 million views, implying that this take on the issue resonates with a lot of people. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out…
90 year old Arnold Abbott has been feeding the homeless with his organization, Love Thy Neighbor, every Wednesday night at 5:30 PM for 23 years, and he’s certainly not going to let anything stand in his way.
So when the City of Fort Lauderdale Commission passed an ordinance banning public food sharing, Abbott made no plans to change his weekly tradition…even if it meant getting arrested. Abbott was at his weekly post the Wednesday night after the ban took effect when he was approached by police:
One of the police officers said, ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as if I were carrying a weapon.
He was given a notice to appear in court, but that didn’t stop him from going back to the beach again, where his food operation was shut down; nor will it stop him in the future, he says—
I don’t plan to give up the beach.
The ordinance, which recently went into effect, says that anyone serving food outdoors would need to provide public toilets for those working and those being fed. The Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Jack Seiler explains…
We hope he feeds. He has a very valuable role in the community. All we’re saying is he can feed the next block over. He can feed at the church. We want them to be in safe secure settings. We wanted them to be in a sanitary matter. We them to have facilities available before and after.
Abbott may face up to a $500 fine or 60 days in jail, but he’s no stranger to fighting in court to feed the hungry; in 1999, he sued the City of Fort Lauderdale after they tried to stop him from feeding the homeless on a public beach. He won the case three times in circuit court and twice in the court of appeals.
What do you think of the ban? Should Arnold Abbott fight the City to feed the hungry, or obey the ban?
For people living on the streets, although not always easy to find, there are resources for food, medical attention, and shelter. But what about laundry? Everyone deserves clean laundry, and for the homeless, it’s nearly impossible to afford to wash their clothes and a free washing service is unheard of.
Everyone has seen and is now tired of the video about street harassment that now has 32 million views on YouTube. But that doesn’t mean it’s going away. People are still talking about it, because as annoying as it might be to hear so much about something, it’s still a fascinating and divisive issue.
And this interview on CNN proves it.
In typical TV fashion, no one listens to anyone or addresses any of their opponent’s points, good or bad. If you enjoy fruitless arguments about cringeworthy claims, this was filmed just for you…
Google Street View cameras catch people off-guard every day, so the tech giant automatically blurs the face of anyone who appears in a Street View image.
But what happens when the image shows a little more skin than the subject would like to have displayed for the entire world to see? And what if — in spite of her blurred face — that subject is easily identifiable because she’s sitting on her front porch with her address and license plates clearly visible?
When Montreal resident Maria Pia Grillo found a photo of herself leaning forward on her doorstep, she was embarrassed by how much of her cleavage was displayed for the whole world to see online. Two years after discovering the photo, the bank employee filed a lawsuit demanding $45,000 for harm inflicted due to alleged mocking from her coworkers. She also requested that Google blur out her entire body, address, and license plate.
This is the grainy photo in question, captured before Google blurred the entire scene from their system…
Google agreed to blur the areas requested, but argued that they weren’t responsible for any emotional harm that occurred as a result of the photo.
The judge ruled that while Google wasn’t responsible for Grillo’s emotional distress, being in a visible place where someone can be seen does not mean that person forfeits their right to privacy.
For this violation of privacy, the judge ordered Google to pay the woman $2,250 plus interest and an additional $159 in court costs.
While Americans place a high value on free expression, which generally would permit the use of a photo of someone in public, the judge opted to take what he dubbed a “European approach” to privacy in determining what qualified as “personal information.”
Regardless of the public’s opinion of the case, Google’s incredible volume of images ensures it won’t be the last of its kind.