So… did this eventuate? What were your learnings? Is it still going?
“finishing school” for rationalists… :)
You get yourself private health insurance here.
Unlike the USA where employers tend to pay for it… it is normal and expected that ordinary private individuals on normal salaries pay for their own private health insurance.
it is NOWHERE NEAR as expensive as in the USA. I’m currently 41 and pregnant, with some (small) existing issues and I pay around $140 a month for “hospital and extras” cover—which I’ve used.
For somebody young and willing to have just the bare essentials, it would be much less than that…
don’t forget that our government healthcare is exceptional and cheaper that the US even when you have to pay full price.
We don’t have the horrific “pay $100 for a tablet of acetomenophin” style BS you regularly find in the US
We have similar compulsory Insurance here in Aus too… it’s called “third party insurance” (or your Green slip) You pay it as the same time as you pay your registration.
It costs nowhere near that amount, even for new drivers.
I currently pay around $600 a year but I’m female and 40 years old. I have not been driving for that many years though.
A quick online google shows me that if I were Male and 23 years old.. the same insurance would cost $890 - even for a driver with 1 year of driving experience.
I spent $5800 on utilities last year… it happens when you live in an area that simultaneously gets below freezing point (and thus you need to spend on heating) and also gets above comfortable living point (and thus you need to spend on fans or air-con). I’m pretty reasonably frugal on both… I don’t set the aircon super low, I don’t set the heating on high… but utilities are pricey. I also count “internet” as a utility. When I lived in a warmer climate I spent $2800
“Misc house expenses” include things like fixing a broken toilet… or other general repairs. If you’re renting you may not have to pay that. Or maybe you do if your landlord is dodgy.
I spent around $8K on “transport”—which includes car payments (I bought a new but small hatchback 3 years ago = $22k), fuel, insurance, repairs, servicing and parking costs. I can well imagine that a family with more than one person (and thus more than one car) easily pays twice as much as me.
So… how did this go?
(Note: for all I know I’ve met you in person… I’m not good with names/pseudonym matching) :D
I’m coming in late to this discussion but… The nearest cryo group will be located in South East Australia… if you have a medical emergency, you’ll be evacced to Adelaide—which isn’t that far away.
Agreed. My own epiphany of shopping came to me when I realised I could treat shops like art-galleries… containing many beautiful things that I could look at all day—but was under no obligation to actually buy and take home.
I guess you can assume that EN auto-downvotes by X and just adjust the origin down by that amount… eg your comment is at −8 - which (assuming EN downvotes by −10) means it’s actually really at +2
I have exactly the same problem because I did an honours-year… which is halfway between a Bachelor’s and a Masters.
Are you asking why adversity-to-success stories are so prevalent? in which case it’s also partly because we (the ordinary people) want to hear them… because they are stories of hope, especially stories of what we hope for ourselves.
Reading about a great success triggers our own feeling of succeeding, in small part.
I did not select that option, but I know people that identify this way.
The sorts of people that do vary considerably, from an atheist who believes in ghosts or spirits, to people that believe that we can have telepathic and/or empathic connections and can achieve this through eg meditation etc. People that believe in “magic as a form of willpower making things change in the real world” consider themselves spiritual, but atheist. etc etc.
I really liked things like “option for people who aren’t in the US and want an option to choose” plus I think I recall one like “I like clicking on options” :D
You’ve got a slight lisp there ;)
My garden makes me happy.
Right now the leaves are turning yellow and there’s a new, autumnal bite in the air that I find invigorating.
The birds are still visiting, and every now and then I’ll feed the king parrots and rosellas seed and watch them twitter at each other, all colourful plumage and huffed-up self-importance. I think they sound like guinea pigs, which always makes me laugh :)
In my experience, people who are not the likely victims of a kind of danger are much less likely to spot the warning signs of that danger than those who are. Women spot potential-rape more frequently, the same way that soldiers that have been stationed in the middle east are more likely to spot potential IEDs—not every discarded thing on the road is an IED, and not every “man roughly handling a women” is a potential rape… but some are… and some women have gotten better at spotting the latter due to either being trained to do so, or having had the experience themselves...
In other words… just because many people didn’t see it for a potential-rape… doesn’t mean it can’t easily be interpreted as pattern-matching on exactly that kind of situation.
To some extent, it doesn’t even matter that it was not the original intent of the author to represent rape. It was close enough that it was a plausible interpretation (specious or no) for those who know what to look for.
I expect the author has learned something about how people can interpret things even when they are unintended...
Interestingly, and vaguely related, there’s an ongoing debate about the Cumberbatch Sherlock Holmes series: apparently many women interpret the relationship between Holmes and Watson as containing a lot of sexual tension… and a lot of men (and the writer(s)) think that idea is rubbish.… it all has to do with how close they stand to each other, and the way they are portrayed to gaze at each other.
I completed the survey. I also like the new format—easy to read, good instructions etc.
As explained it doesn’t fit the definition given: playing house does not have “definite rules” and does not have a defined beginning/end.
I thought it was a deliberate technique on the part of scammers to use bad grammar/spelling in order that their marks self-select for people that are less intelligent/educated etc
It is plausible that the scammer actually has excellent diction.