I also live in country with a national health service.
All these US insurance companies sold insurance before this web site and now people are claiming they can't buy it because of the we site. Yeh the laws have changed but the insurance companies are the same. The policies may differ but people used to shop around via phone or web sites and can still do so. The federal site is just icing on the cake to mak it easier. It is not necessary
I also live in country with a national health service.
Mind you many other countries have odd "visas". Travelling to turkey and you will need a visa that is obtained only on arrival for a fee and with no checking. (many decades old policy to get foreign currency). Travel to Peru and you need non-visa visa to take internal flights. Travel ti Israel and you had better not have certain visas in your passport. But unlike the US most only want money or lack of direct evidence of visiting certain other countries. The US wants money and lots of data. (you provide the data that identifies you and the rest is up to No fly lists, CIA, FBI, NSA and whoever else says yeh or neh (depending on wht they know about you.
Well there was the visa waiver program for friendly countries. You only needed a customs declaration and silly "I'm not a terrorist" card filled out on the plane. Then came advance passenger information which required your flight details/most things on your PNR to be disclosed before landing (and you still had to fill out the "I'm not a terrorist" card during the journey.
Then came enhanced advance passenger information that required the information to be transmitted x period of time before journey start (plus more information).
Then citizens of visa waiver countries were required to apply for a non-visa visa 24 hours in advance (free online).
Then they started charging for the pleasure of the non-visa visa.
So what happened to the visa waiver treaties?
Oh and during that progression US Immigration started photographing everyone and taking their finger prints. My own country does not have my finger prints but the US has one of them. (which probably means my go has it now)
Not quite but the land of the free and the home of the 'I've got mine so f you' seems to carry on working when many in 'socialist' (-bad word) countries would say 'no pay no work'
Odd contradiction there. I don't know which is better if better can even be determined. Live to work or work to live perhaps. Maybe not. No philosophical insights or ways to make everthing all right.
But the kind of discussions, such as this entire story, make me chuckle. People may associate themselves with political parties around here. In the US generaly it seems like people arguing about their favorite footall teams. (Not from the US as you can probbly tell). Blues yeh!, Reds woop!
In the US may be. In most of europe people working for privte companies would say Woop its a Y2K day unless promissed overtime or something. That still would not have really effected most if it was sorted within a few days. Saleried people would still try to get to work. But the kind of fixes that needed doing could not be done in a few days (fix and test and migrate data). And some of the issues could stop people from working.
Say an ISP decided that all customers where overdue for a bill so cut them all off. Airlines getting in a tissy as thier planes are now due in 1900. Holiday makers stranded abroad. Insurance companies asserting that your claim yesterday was made in 1920 (hey some had the foresight to add an offset when dealing with 2 digit dates) and it is now to late to claim.
Not to mention embedded systems controllers that just barf when they ask for a time stamped measurements from bits of kit. Not the end of the world but very expensive and probaly most funny.
well 2032 is not that far away. It seems most have learned though.
Y2K did affect many systems across all industries. No It probably would not have made power stations blow up. But it could have and in many cases would have cased shutdowns of transport, power generation, banking, water and other essential companies. If those companies were in a hissy fit as accounts and payrole were not working then there would have been a lot of problems for a lot of people. Not the end of the world zombies comming to get you kind of problems but significant problems none the less.
Thankfully most sorted out those problems well before they were likely to be an issue (and for many there was no issue) Those who would likely have an issue knew they would and sorted themselves out as there was money involved.
Why do people oppose same sex marriage? It is just a legal contract as it has always been. Who owns what and who gets it when they die. Who inherits et. al.
The religious side is something else. In many countries there is no particular benifit to marriage when both parties are still alive apart from them attesting thier commitment before what ever deity they wish and in front of thier freinds and familly. In the US though I believe you have a tax system that can benifit those who are married.
But it really breaks down to property.
So why would anyone oppose it? In many countries the only difference occurs if you have not written a will or if you seperate (which can also be covered by contract law)
How did you buy insurance from the companies before the web site started/failed?
Not the US as military personnel can not be extradited.
No matter what the crime is they can not be extradited.
Yep they are evil. Who does not want the entrails from something left as a gift.
Cats do not do that. Oddly they do not understand property laws. They do understand their own laws.
History is funny like that. The George renamed the Enterprise. A whole slew of ships named after that captured ship. Some may say stolen. It was most cerainly an Enterprising appropriation
Unfortunately not there yet. Trucks like the RangerEV ? had a combined electric motor and diff in one (plus water cooling) so if it failed it could be very expensive. Other E vehicles do not have that same system and may be much less prone to very expensive failures. But then It is probably less expensive then a clutch or diff failing. (or even a drve shaft as I found out on me old car)
Transmission and diff every 100,000 miles? thats a bit low ball isn't it? Most of those should last 150,000 to 250,000 miles. And then they should olny need a strp down and service.
Unless you are pulling up tree stumps every day. Or are F150s a bit flakey?
Sorry not landrover (they still make the defender). RangeRover bt it was always a yuppies vehicle.