All those pay as you go meters remind me of the quote by James Baldwin "Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor."
In the UK they have electricity and gas meters that you pre-pay for. When either one runs out you press emergency for an additional 2 quids worth of power or gas. Then you take your card/fob down to the corner shop put a fiver on it and get 3 quids worth of whichever because you’ve gotta pay back that emergency usage first.
Source: born and raised on council estates. It sucks to be that poor.
Edit: I wasn't expecting my answer to blow up like this. I just want to clarify quickly that I didn't mean all houses have the meters. They are seen more in council estates, though some privately rented residences will also have them because the landlord prefers it that way.
My first flat (apartment) had pre-pay as standard since it was also council provided housing. It was what was allocated to me after a stint of being homeless at 17/18 years old. I had no choice in the matter and I couldn't have requested quarterly billing, as some have suggested, because my mother ruined my credit and I was living on £42 p/w until I could get on my own two feet. Which never really happened until I met my now husband and moved to the USA.
Fuck pay as you go meters. Nothing worse than living with some friends and agreed rota on payment etc and Johnny hasn’t paid and isn’t even Home when you’re plunged into darkness trying to take a shower and it all goes freezing cold. Then having to get dressed go to the meter press the emergency button, realising there is no credit for the emergency and having to walk into town to get some credit on the fob with whatever money you have left. Fuck them and fuck Johnny.
I know I'm going to sound like an asshole but I couldn't watch this past 5 minutes.
This girl was born and badly deformed enough, and now she's going to have to live a long life of ridicule, pain and suffering. Mental and physical.
It's always such a surprise when you see someone with physical deformities this bad without the equivalent mental handicaps. From the clips of her she really seems to be a fully normal kid with perfectly normal movement patterns (she's honestly better at minigolf than most kids I've encountered) who doesn't really have any trouble understanding, only speaking and hearing, and that really throws you off guard.
And on a completely unrelated note, my god that moustache.
My son was born with TC. He's only six weeks old. We had no idea even though my wife had genetic screening during the pregnancy. It's so rare they don't even screen for it. Nothing was noticed on the ultrasound though.
Thankfully, he seems to have a pretty mild case. Nothing like this poor girl.
Man, I hope to god they figure out a sugar lattice of some kind, and re-create a new face using stem cells.
Once she hits teenage years, that suicidal depression is going to start and never end.
God, I hope the best for her.
I once worked an 8-hr shift without drinking a cup of coffee
Hof claims that his Tibetan-based breathing method can help with or help alleviate symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, clinical depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, cancer, etc.
I bet mainstream medicine will never accept that breathing prevents death.
Wim Hof has been blamed by relatives of four men who separately drowned in 2015 and 2016 when practising his breathing exercise.
Do not hyperventilate before diving under water... people think it gets more oxygen into your lungs, it does not, it depletes CO2. The urge to breathe comes from CO2 buildup, you won't feel anything when running out of oxygen if you don't also have an excess of CO2. By depleting CO2 to abnormal levels by hyperventilating you can hold your breath longer without getting the urge to breathe... but that doesn't mean you have enough oxygen, you can easily pass out without even knowing anything is wrong.
I don't even want to walk my trash to the can 25 feet from my house when it's 32 degrees outside.
One of my childhood friend's father was a FDNY firefighter who died on 9/11. He is briefly seen in this doc engaging in rescue operations shortly before being killed when one of the towers collapsed while he was inside it.
Prior to this doc being released the filmmakers sought out his family so they could show them the footage. His widow found a lot of peace in seeing that her husband was calm and determined during his last moments.
I've always thought that the filmmakers' decision to learn the identity and fates of the firefighters they filmed and to privately show the footage to their families prior to releasing this documentary to the public was an extremely decent way to go about it. I'm not sure how widely known that part of the story is, so I wanted to share.
(Note: I do not know if anyone from from the documentary was present when my friend's family viewed the footage, only that they reached out to them with it prior to its public release. I also do not know if they asked permission to include the footage in the documentary, though I do know that my friend's family was would have granted it if they were asked)
They filmed the only high quality footage of the first plane hitting the North Tower. IIRC they were originally filming a documentary on NY firefighters when they heard the plane overhead and filmed the crash in broad daylight. It boggles my mind because to me it still feels recent, but this event happened at a time when almost nobody had access to a camera every day. If 9/11 happened today there would be hundreds of phone videos of the first crash, jumpers, inside footage, etc.
Can confirm, they filmed my uncle running up the stairs of WTC 2 (South Tower). We never found any remains, so it was comforting to have some idea of where he was.
Puerto Rican here, shit is bad over here. Half of the population is still in the dark. FEMA's response has been awful with their supposed assistance, my parents had to empty their bank account by the third week after the hurricane just so we could survive, and it doesn't help that grocery stores were selling product almost at 200% their regular price. My parents rinsed through $5k in those three weeks, had to get help from family in NY, and even that didn't last us much, so me and my brother took out student loans! Almost all private business have closed, my parents didn't start working again up until December. People are jumping from bridges and hanging from trees, others are just looting and killing innocents for electric generators, and all this shit isn't being reported by any media, not even local.
My worst uber ride pickups was a guy who lost part of his roof in PR. Got moved to Orlando and got a car to go visit his kid at UF. Got into an accident on 75. Everyone walked away,, until 4 hours later his wife had a heart attack. Collapsed on her kids kitchen and the daughter in law did CPR till the paramedics arrived. Then drove him to the ÈR
For the people who want to point the finger and blame Trump or the government or whatever, you should know the following:
Business in Puerto Rico is not the same as business the mainland. While I'm not going to go so far as call the whole country corrupt, things simply do not proceed on the expected timetable. I work for a company who has an office in Puerto Rico. Getting things done there takes twice as long with twice the effort. Technicians often don't show up, are unqualified for the job, or make massive blunders. This is before the hurricane. Simple things like dispatching a technician to fix a Xerox printer can be a problem. They say they are coming at noon but don't show up until 5PM after everyone has left, without a phone call to keep us informed.
It is no surprise to me that things are not moving as fast as they should be in getting power restored to the island.
Now, I said I don't want to call the whole country corrupt, as the common people have nothing to do with this. But from what I understand at the government level, it's not very good. For example, they recently paved the way for a massive bond deal and then defaulted on it, screwing-over a lot of people. They give false assurances and then do what is in their best interest.
If anyone remembers the mayor of San Juan who made it big in the news because she was challenging the government's handling of the situation, I'll remind you of governor Christie during hurricane Sandy. He was pushing back against Obama before the hurricane, bridge gate ring a bell to anyone? But when the hurricane hit, he stfu, took Obama's money and support, and was grateful for it. He was smart enough to not beg with one hand and slap with the other.
The US can put supplies on the ground, and they did. But getting those supplies to where it's needed is a different story. This is where corruption takes over. Puerto Rico is all about taking care of your friends first. Trump could have ordered the military to take over all logistics, but honestly, that wouldn't have been a great call as the authority would have been greatly challenged by the local government. They wanted to distribute the supplies they way they wanted it distributed. It would have also made them look incompetent on the local stage.
So what happened is all that could have happened, more or less. The mainland gave money, gave supplies, and let the Puerto Rican people manage most of the crisis as they wanted it. If the citizens of the island are upset, it should be because they live in a slightly oppressive and malfunctioning regime.
One a side note, if you've ever watched public TV in Puerto Rico, at least the last time I was there (last year) it was filled with nothing but fear-mongering news channels and left-over 1990s era soap operas and cheezy sitcoms. They are at least a decade behind the mainland in many cultural aspects.
Any way I can help you? I can send a care package if that would help? Some non perishable food and stuff? DM me if you need anything, no shame in it.
Here's the link to the documentary on Netflix:
OP is a spammer trying to push one of those shady ".ml" sites in the YouTube comment section.
(Here's a pic of how the links looked originally: . It was changed to "hukaloh.com" sometime during the past hour.)
I hear ya... but at the same time you’re a dick. Let people experience life. Perhaps they’ll internalize a lot of this, and it’ll be the first step to doing great socially conscious things. Maybe they’ll go live a privileged life on Wall Street, but perhaps they’ll keep these memories in mind and just be decent people in their day-to-day interactions. Not everyone is a Justice warrior.
I find your Debbie downer hater attitude loaded with all types of personal issues. Go deal with your shit and stop being a dick.
They mentioned that they considered working, but didn't want to steal jobs from locals while they were there.
There's 2 kinds of people... So far 2 comments, "That's so tragic." and "Well they do say two heads are better than one. "
This may be a dick thing to say, but honestly that’s probably mercy
She died at the age of two, from an infection in the brain...
"My grandfather belonged to Thomas Jefferson"
Imagine being proud of who owned your ancestors... The fact that he was owned is so ingrained that he takes it for granted.
Here is the full unedited interview with Fountain Hughes:
On the channel this video is on you will find more unedited interviews.
FWIW, for some people having ancestors owned by Thomas Jefferson also means they’re related to him (as fucked up as that is).
Not all people spend every waking moment on Reddit. The only thing I see consistently repeated on here is complaint after complaint about reposts.
Perhaps if you've seen all these things before you should go outside or something. If it's voted up then people clearly still find it interesting.
Ironically, Your complaint itself is a declaration of unoriginality and a testament to how unvaried your life is.
Yeah, that's probably true
Continues flipping through Reddit
Upvotes on current social platform destroying civil discourse.
will be checking back on this comment in a little while for a possible dopamine hit
Edit: omg so many dopamine hits. feedback loop instensifies
desperately hopes to get gold
Spam domain that makes money every time you visit the site.
Direct link to video:
Don't even browse /sub/documentaries but I see this exact same one with the same title so often
Is this normal
This is why I don’t click on bullshit links like the one in the OP. Thanks for the direct link.
It's posted so much strictly because "Ivanka Trump is in it too". Don't think about it too much.