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Comment Re:Big news (Score 5, Interesting) 214

Government official wants money he didn't earn. Says he has good reason why he should be allowed to spend it on his priorities.

More like "government official wants money owed to government because of Volkswagen's deceitful practices." When you're a city with a polluter-toll, and you have a car company lying about their emissions causing consumers to unwittingly increase pollution while not paying said-tolls, I think it's safe to say there are damages. I think the government can spend the money however they see fit. What, would you prefer them to send a bill to the drivers of the vehicles? To me, this is the most legitimate and reasonable money-grab I've seen throughout the VW debacle.


Jordanian Mayor Angry Over "Alien Invasion" Prank 217

krou writes "Jordanian mayor Mohammed Mleihan has taken a dim view of local newspaper Al-Ghad's April Fools prank, which saw a front page story claiming that 'flying saucers flown by 3m (10ft) creatures had landed in the desert town of Jafr.' The paper claimed that communication networks had gone down, and people were fleeing the area. The mayor called the local security authorities, who combed the area, but they were unable to find any evidence of the aliens. Mr Mleihan is now considering suing because of the distress it caused to residents: 'Students didn't go to school, their parents were frightened and I almost evacuated the town's 13,000 residents. People were scared that aliens would attack them.'" I guess they've never heard of Orson Welles in Jordan.

Comment Re:I am in the same boat too with these things (Score 1) 727

I too have to wear one and it's ungodly expensive. My argument is the fact I need them to have a normal life and work. So if people can get glasses for fairly low price and it's a item that people need then why can't insurance companies provide coverage too? Reason for that it's very specialized market and expensive.

Don't get one of those cheapie $49.95 hearing aids from the ads as they do not provide the proper specs to the type of hearing loss you have. In fact it'll make your hearing worse. It'll be like listening to iPod all day long.

See if they can offer a payment plan.

Good luck.

I can easily spend at least $500 on a pair of glasses every year or two, and that's without the uber-special designer frames or the candy-lens coatings. They can top $1000 pretty quickly if you go all-out.

I'd say that a lot more people wear glasses than hearing-aids, and the technology isn't exactly new. Still expensive, and most people don't have ocular insurance.

So yeah, you can get a $50 hearing aid that doesn't work very well, and I can get $200 eyeglasses from Walmart that I hate. By comparison, however, I'd say the pricing isn't all that far off.

Comment Re:Assault ! (Score 1) 841

This willful act could be considered assault by one of the attendees and BillG arrested. Even if not stung. Worse for him, this conceivably could come under US federal terrorism laws.

Some people are allergic to mosquito bites even if the mosquitoes are disease-free. Harm is not necessary in most states to convice for assault (that's battery). Just the threat of harm.

Only female mosquitoes bite after laying eggs. I'd assume Bill might have thought of that. Its likely that none of the mosquitoes will bite anyone.

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