1. We have marriage equality for all people in my homeland so perhaps I should not comment on the rules in your world. Benefits for disabled people such as home help, nursing assistance, independence allowances etc are a benefit that apply to disabled people only. This is a favourable treatment and does not restrict or impinge their rights. Marriage is just a word. If the tax break you get from being married does not cover the cost of your independence support, just have a civil ceremony and get the best of both worlds. Wear a ring if you want. If marriage is worth giving up the financial support, get married. If not, don’t. Your choice.

  2. In my country, we had to fight for gay marriage to become legal. Back then, it was right-wing christians who were saying "marriage is just a word" and "just have a civil ceremony", and people were losing their shit over it.

  3. Gay and lesbian people were forbidden from marrying before they got equal marriage rights. Disabled people have the same marriage rights as everyone else. I get the impression that you want to fight or argue so I won’t respond to the inflammatory suggestion you made and will call it a day. Good day fellow human.

  4. Spending hours each day working on my detailed, colour-coded and categorised “to do list” saves me from wasting any of my valuable time on procrastination. AJR

  5. Spotify is terrible platform for podcasts. They only want you listening to Podcasts so they don’t have to pay music artists and record labels for music streams. Podcast content is “free” for them. From Spotify’s point of view, the ideal subscriber would pay for premium but listen exclusively to podcasts. Pure profit and zero expenses.

  6. Yes, more common for jewellery stores but a push to exit button operated from behind the counter is not unusual in these parts.

  7. A better headline would be ‘House prices rise 4.4% despite vast increase in poverty and hardship’

  8. No I did not mention last year. My comment is on the difference between a “fall in house prices” which has not happened and the slowing of the rate at which the value of houses have increased. House prices have not gone down. They have gone up slightly less than people who own houses would like.

  9. The only part of any Shakespeare that stayed with me and is still valid: “neither a borrower nor a lender be”

  10. Sorry for your loss. There are no sufficient words. Take care of yourself and your family.

  11. Yes, they usually send a replacement immediately. If you have a few bad ones in a short period of time they might ask you to send the faulty one back. They send postage bag and postage paid envelope with the replacement. I have had to send 3 or 4 back in total and never heard anything more about them: I think it’s more of a deterrent than an actual device audit - they probably just check that they are being returned but dispose of them without opening them up.

  12. In lots of countries (including UK where I am) it’s not permitted to cycle on the sidewalk: the pavement is for pedestrians only - it’s so weird to see cycles on the path for me so they prolly thought it was illegal in your country too.

  13. If you have never fallen for any of the scams it’s likely that your number is probably visible and being scraped from the public internet. What do you see if you google your own phone number? Check if your phone number is visible on the internet. It could be anything: If you ever put your number on a personal add/market place/church group, ran a business from this number etc this could be scooped up by internet robots and added to call lists.

  14. That might be part of it, but the number has been on the public internet for years. I can try removing it, but are there any relatively painless ways I can have these calls blocked? Maybe add a blocker "device" that connects to the phone? Or switching to another provider? I have Verizon.

  15. The people making spam and scam calls usually are not concerned about “do not call lists” or which provider you are with. All communication providers make money from ingress and egress charges when a call connects via their network so are largely not concerned about reducing the volume of calls. If I were you and was unwilling to change phone numbers or remove the phone number from old help wanted/for sale ads, I would get an answerphone.

  16. Take care as you approach 100. The milestones and “milestone eves” are difficult because in my experience a little voice pipes up encouraging me to celebrate the victory (just one, you were happier, one or two is OK now etc) as if the mission is over, victory accomplished. I have done 9, 29, 59 dry days before ruining it and having to learn the lessons again after an indeterminate amount of “I can moderate and have a couple” lost weeks. I don’t mark milestones anymore and I am over the 2 year mark. I think “I was happier” instinct could be your version of my “I did 60 days, I am obviously cured and can moderate now”

  17. I have spent far too long thinking about this - I am a proponent of the sit down wee at home. Gravity and a withdrawn “sheath” do most of the work. Wiping would be more akin to dabbing at the end of a tap/faucet or hose. If it’s still wet or dripping, the tap is likely still running. Either way, the shake or jiggle to expel excess liquid with force (like a dog) may leave the penis relatively clean and dry but the surrounding clothes, walls, fixtures and fittings may not be so lucky. Sitting down and doing the shake/jiggle in to the bowl is my preference.

  18. It’s a lonely and private problem that we generally have to deal with in isolation. I am not officially diagnosed either (no benefit I can see and difficult to diagnose anyway) but learning that it has a name has helped me deal with the “why” and “why me” existential aspects. I can’t think of anything over and above this that a diagnosis would give us. It would still be an isolating, private and lonely problem but with a name and a diagnosis. Good luck and take care which ever route you take!

  19. Usually yes, but she's in the middle of the highway, who knows how long it will take for EMS to come. She should be very very gently moved to the side.

  20. This is one of the more depressing comments I have read today. Just don’t move any injured people until the ambulance gets there.

  21. You should definitely move them if they are in danger which could certainly be the case on many highways. If you can get it blocked off and it's close to an exit so the ambulance can Come, then don't move her. If she is at risk of getting hit, move her.

  22. People are out of their cars walking around on the road, trying to help (and filming) so they can direct traffic. From my experience (UK) the first on the scene after an accident use their own vehicles to block traffic and shield the injured, use hazard lights etc.

  23. I live close enough to GCHQ that I would probably be vaporised in the first few hours so don't really have to worry about that!

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