A is for Autobiography

26.
Palaeontologist.
Artist.
Photographer.
Writer.
Guitarist.
Skier.
pilosopogyno:

This man, James Verone, robbed a bank for one dollar. Why only one dollar? Because he knew that in prison he could get the medical care he could not afford with his part time salary as a convenience store clerk. He was approved for food stamps, but they did little to help his finances. Between his back problems, carpel tunnel, and arthritis, he simply couldn’t handle the pain any longer.
On June 9th, he sent a letter to his local paper, the Gaston Gazette, that stated: “When you receive this a bank robbery will have been committed by me. this robbery is being committed by me for one dollar. I am of sound mind but not so much sound body.”
He then took a cab to the RBC Bank, and handed the teller a note asking for one dollar and medical attention. He quietly took a seat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive.
Since Verone only stole one dollar, he was only charged with larceny. His bail, which he doesn’t plan to pay is set at $2,000, reduced from the normal $100,000. He’s scheduled to see a doctor this Friday, and hopes to get foot surgery, back surgery and to have a protrusion on his check treated.   
To me, this is the perfect example of how disturbingly corrupt and unjust our health care system has become under HMO’s. For this man, or any person for that matter, feels that he needs to be imprisoned just to see a doctor, is ridiculous. 
This is exactly what I hate about America. Why is it that you can buy an entire house with money you don’t have, but still can’t apply for health care if you don’t meet the requirements? That’s messed up.

pilosopogyno:

This man, James Verone, robbed a bank for one dollar. Why only one dollar? Because he knew that in prison he could get the medical care he could not afford with his part time salary as a convenience store clerk. He was approved for food stamps, but they did little to help his finances. Between his back problems, carpel tunnel, and arthritis, he simply couldn’t handle the pain any longer.

On June 9th, he sent a letter to his local paper, the Gaston Gazette, that stated: “When you receive this a bank robbery will have been committed by me. this robbery is being committed by me for one dollar. I am of sound mind but not so much sound body.”

He then took a cab to the RBC Bank, and handed the teller a note asking for one dollar and medical attention. He quietly took a seat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive.

Since Verone only stole one dollar, he was only charged with larceny. His bail, which he doesn’t plan to pay is set at $2,000, reduced from the normal $100,000. He’s scheduled to see a doctor this Friday, and hopes to get foot surgery, back surgery and to have a protrusion on his check treated.   

To me, this is the perfect example of how disturbingly corrupt and unjust our health care system has become under HMO’s. For this man, or any person for that matter, feels that he needs to be imprisoned just to see a doctor, is ridiculous. 

This is exactly what I hate about America. Why is it that you can buy an entire house with money you don’t have, but still can’t apply for health care if you don’t meet the requirements? That’s messed up.

(via prettymint-)

gin-ger-if-ic:

Amazing! Ceramics was so fun. I never did work a wheel but I still had tons of fun.

(Source: iraffiruse)

thebrainscoop:

This is a 500 million year old fossilized meteorite excavated from a limestone quarry in Sweden. Only about 101 are known to exist, but their rarity isn’t surprising: they crash-landed on Earth about 270 million years before the dinosaurs evolved. 

thebrainscoop:

This is a 500 million year old fossilized meteorite excavated from a limestone quarry in Sweden. Only about 101 are known to exist, but their rarity isn’t surprising: they crash-landed on Earth about 270 million years before the dinosaurs evolved. 

(via sagansense)

poopflow:

"My best day had to be the day after I wrapped Guardians of the Galaxy. I was very homesick and coming home to my wife, and my home, and to my son, who was at the time 13 months old. My wife told me there’s a chance he won’t recognize you—but that’s okay that happens all the time. He doesn’t know, he might be a little shy…"

IM GOING TO CRY

(Source: pedro-quill, via wilwheaton)

mucholderthen:

The August 10, 2014 supermoon was the closest, brightest supermoon of 2014. These are some of the photos submitted to EarthSky.

  • Supermoon over Ireland by Damian O’Sullivan.
  • Supermoon by Stephen Curtin.
  • Super cool super-moonrise composite from Fiona M. Donnelly in Ontario.
  • Supermoon by Kimberly O’Donoghue.
  • "Fly me to the Moon …" Boston, © Manish Mamtani Photography
  • Supermoon over Lake Ontario by Steve Thamer.
  • Supermoon and shipwreck by Damian McCudden.

(via sagansense)