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Speedy von Vloppen

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About Speedy von Vloppen

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  • Birthday 09/29/1964

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    Omaha, NE USA
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    play writing, photography, languages
  1. Sounds more like a description of blue state USA (liberals) versus red state USA (so-called conservatives).
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  3. Thanks. I was going to ask about Winnipeg and Manitoba in general because I remember that that's the province that Louis Riel founded. I'm actually from Nebraska, but am living in Idaho for now at least. Manitoba is pretty much due north of Nebraska. It's a bit of a drive, but I could get there.
  4. I live near Boise, Idaho and am working hard to learn French for numerous reasons. Of course I'm in a border state and could easily drive up to Canada in a day, but the provinces close to me are English ones, not French. It would be easy for me to get to British Columbia or Alberta or even Saskatchewan. Unfortunately, the French provinces, Québec and New Brunswick, are quite far from me, way too far for a one-day drive. This leads to my question. Are there pockets of French speakers in the western provinces? If so, it would be worth it for me to take a mini-vacation up there. There are
  5. I'm an American busy learning to speak French. I study the language every day via books, audio materials, and software. I also practice speaking it with a Skype partner from France. All my study materials are based on Parisian French. However, I hear that at least for written word, the Parisian and the Canadian dialects are mostly the same. On the other hand, I'm told that the accents are quite different to the point where sometimes a Québécois may have a difficult time being understood in France. It's important for my French to be useful in multiple countries, not just in France. I've theref
  6. You're correct about that. It's definitely a problem here. One solution that looks promising is to create a centralized medical database that every doctor accesses. It's what they do in Taiwan. Every patient has a medical access card that they have to present. It gives the doctor immediate access to all the person's medical records. So if the person got an oxycontin prescription from a doctor in New Taipei and then went to another doctor in Taichung asking for the same med, the doctor would see that he already has been prescribed it. Then if he suspects addiction, he could refer the pa
  7. First, I'm not one of the right-wing extremist nuts who spreads misinformation about Canadian Medicare. I'm aware of the preposterous stories they spread, like if you break your arm you'll wait in the ER for 72 hours in searing pain before you get any help; or if you need open heart surgery, they'll schedule you for 18 months down the road and you'll die waiting. I'm well aware these stories are garbage. But I do have a few honest questions. 1. Is there anything in place to prevent overuse of the system? I've researched other health care systems such as the one in Taiwan. Taiwan has a si
  8. Appreciate the concern, but we won't be heading up north until the summer. Many thanks to everyone.
  9. If you repeat a lie over and over it does not become true. The hostess employees and their union keep getting blamed for the company's demise, but that's scapegoating. That's just the oft-repeated lie. If you want the truth, you can consider these facts: Read more from the source: http://www.thenation.com/blog/171331/vulture-capitalism-ate-your-twinkies# This scapegoating of the hard workers at Hostess is getting old.
  10. My roommate and I might drive up to Canada from the US this summer. I have a US passport, so I'm good to go. My roommate was born in Canada and lived in a foster home there till he was 7 when he was adopted by an American family. He's lived in the US ever since. He says he doesn't need a passport because he can just show his Canadian birth certificate at the border and he'll be allowed in. I'm not so sure. I remember you used to be able to travel to and from both countries with just a US or a Canadian drivers license. I know for a fact that's no longer the case. I've urged him to get h
  11. Their WHO ranking is high. Polls show the German public is happy with the system. And, btw, I'm not saying that Canada has to adopt a public/private system. The current system works way better than the one in the US. The wait periods to see specialists could conceivably be shortened by improving the doctor/patient ratio, as others have suggested. I'm only saying that it's possible for public and private insurance to coexist and work well.
  12. It could be set up to not drain resources from the public system. In Germany everyone has to pay taxes into the public system, even if they opt out and purchase private insurance. It's similar to how in the US you have to pay taxes that support public schools even if you send your child to a private one. Doctors also accept both public and private insurance. With it being set up this way, only wealthy people can afford private insurance. In fact, only about 10 percent of the population is privately insured. IMO Canadians are smart to be wary of a change to a public and private system.
  13. On my trip to Lake Winnipeg next spring, I'm of course going to bring my photography gear so that I can get whatever quality shots I can. Does anyone know if either Canadian or US customs (upon my return) will care that I'm traveling with my gear? For example, will US customs want proof that I had previously bought my gear in the States before my trip?
  14. Allowing private insurance would not necessarily take doctors out of the public system. It depends on how it's set up. In Germany, most doctors accept both public and private insurance. When I was living there, I noticed the first question the receptionist at the doctor would always ask was, "Do you have public or private insurance?" Then you would hand in a certificate known as a "Krankenschein" that gave them all your insurance info. Keep in mind, the public insurance system is different in Germany. There's not a single public option like Medicare. The government has actually created
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