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(ECONOMY/OUTRAGEOUS) READ: Chicago Cabbies Want To Charge For People Tossing Their Lunch!…

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s-CAB-largeSource: The Huffington Post

Chicago could become the first major city in the country with a puking ordinance if cab drivers get their way.

Chicago taxi drivers proposed a package of fee and fare hikes Thursday designed to offset their plunging income during the recession. Among the more controversial revenue-boosting ideas brought to the City Council is charging customers $50 for vomiting in cabs.

If enacted, Chicago would become one of America’s least friendly cities for drunks and people who eat bad shellfish. Customers who barf in cabs in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, D.C., Houston or San Francisco may face the driver’s wrath, but they won’t see any additional charges.

“No, we do not have a puking fee,” Boston Police spokesman Joe Zanoli told the Huffington Post. “To my knowledge it’s free to puke in a cab.”

Raymond Turner, president of Yellow Cab Houston, said Friday that of the nearly 3.7 million cab trips his company makes yearly only a fraction involve incidents of reverse peristalsis.

“It’s a fairly rare event,” Turner said. “From my perspective, putting a city ordinance that applies to all cab rides for something that happens only three or four times a month is not very prudent.”

Turner added that while Houston has no law allowing for a fee, drivers often work out arrangements with customers who ralph while in transit. Some passengers agree to pay for a car wash, while others give larger tips.

Written by dnnnewshound

September 26, 2009 at 10:09 am

Posted in Economy, Outrageous

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(OUTRAGEOUS) READ: 3 of 4 Oklahoma Students Can’t Name First President…

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294358-6-20090917133058.image(Newser Summary) – Are you smarter about American history than a recent immigrant? Most of the students in Oklahoma’s public high schools aren’t. A conservative think tank asked thousands of high school kids to answer 10 questions drawn from the citizenship test given to recent immigrants. Would-be citizens have to answer six correctly, and 92% do so on their first try. By contrast, only 3% of the Oklahoma students would have.

A whopping 77%  couldn’t name the first president, and 90% didn’t know how many justices are on the Supreme Court. (The question most knew—61%—involved naming the ocean on the East Coast.) The problem is not just an issue for Oklahoma; a study in Arizona yielded similar results. “It points to a real serious problem,” says one think tank member. “Jefferson said that a nation can’t expect to be ignorant and free.”

Kevin Spak

Source: KWTV Oklahoma City

Written by dnnnewshound

September 17, 2009 at 3:16 pm

(OUTRAGEOUS) READ: Loving Couple Divorces To Stay Afloat Financially….

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Source: The Huffington Post

s-RONMARY-largeFor Mary McCurnin and husband Ron Bednar, money trouble has followed health trouble. In 2003, the couple declared bankruptcy after their insurance covered only 10 percent of treatment costs for her breast cancer and his intestinal bleeding. In 2004, McCurnin’s breast cancer returned, and Bednar underwent open heart surgery.

Now, after repeatedly refinancing their house to pay medical bills and living expenses, they’re broke. To improve their chances of growing old together, they’ve filed for divorce.

“It occurred to me that I could get my first husband’s Social Security,” said McCurnin. Her first husband, to whom she’d been married 20 years, died in 1989. When she turns 60 in November, McCurnin said she will be eligible for $1,200 in monthly survivor’s benefits from the previous marriage. As the Social Security Administration told her, she can’t have the survivor benefit if she’s married to someone else.

The Rancho Cordova, Calif. couple has been scraping by with the occasional freelance gig — both are graphic artists — and Bednar brings in $1,000 a month in Social Security benefits. They haven’t made a payment on either of their mortgages in two months and fully expect a foreclosure. McCurnin told the Huffington Post that they don’t bother opening mail from their credit card companies, to whom they owe at least $10,000.

McCurnin said she suspects their horrendous credit is a huge obstacle to either of them landing a job, and Bednar talks about the “gray wall” that faces perfectly qualified older workers.

“We literally live from week to week,” said McCurnin. “We got $300 in the bank.”

McCurnin has health insurance via Medi-Cal; Bednar is hoping to stay healthy until next August, when he turns 65 and will be eligible for Medicare.

The couple first attempted to file for divorce in February, but ultimately hired a paralegal when their paperwork kept getting rejected for errors. They expect the divorce to be finalized in the coming weeks. There’s a bright side: After the widow’s benefits kick in, they could remarry without her losing them.

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“She could divorce him now to collect short-term benefits on her earlier husband, and then at some later point after age 60 remarry him without it affecting her widow’s benefits,” said Lowell Kepke, a spokesman for the San Francisco regional office of the Social Security Administration. “Congress put that in precisely to stop encouraging elderly couples from not getting married.”

But the widow’s benefits aren’t the only reasons for the divorce. McCurnin and Bednar will be able to earn more money working before reaching a cap that would reduce their Social Security payments. Married couples are allowed to earn much less than the sum of what two individuals can earn separately.

“It’s always significantly less for the couple than it is after a divorce,” said Mary Thuerwachter, an elder law attorney in California, in an interview with the Huffington Post.

And, potentially more importantly, McCurnin and Bednar will be indemnified from each other’s future debts, should expensive medical problems come up.

“They will be off the hook,” Thuerwachter said.

The couple will be glad to get a break, but it’s not exactly the ideal kind.

Bednar, the couple agrees, is a little more romantic about it.

“It makes me feel awful, to tell you the truth,” he told the Huffington Post. “It makes me sad. It really does. I believe in the marriage. I believe in the whole act of marriage, to declare that we are married in front of friends and family and God and all that. It just makes me sad to have to go through that process.”

“The only thing that happens is a check mark in a box in a courthouse,” said McCurnin, who takes a more pragmatic view. “It’s absurd… Having to get divorced in order to be able to eat. I have no idea why it’s like that.” READ MORE

Written by dnnnewshound

September 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

Posted in Outrageous, Recession

(OUTRAGEOUS) READ: DNN Is Calling On It’s Readers To Boycott Whole Foods…

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Source: DNN & ABC

I was outraged at what I read over at ABC and other sites about the CEO/Founder of Whole Foods saying that we don’t need a government-run health care or bigger government, ETC! Grrrrrrrr! I shall shop somewhere else, I hope you do too! Click this image to go to the original “Boycott Whole Foods” site…

www.indybay.org__boycott-whole-foods-market

Written by dnnnewshound

September 3, 2009 at 7:20 pm