Who here is determining whether or not a given medical reason is fake?
Considering how the DoJ has a hard time determining innocence, the notion of creating a sufficiently impartial review panel is dubious.
In my line of work, I see a lot of disabled people who, themselves, see a lot of disabled people, and it is curious how often we encounter someone who believes my disability is real, but everyone else's is fake.
Curiously there's a similar problem with abortions, where abortion is immoral, except my own
Statistically, welfare fraud is rare, and we lose more money trying to find it and investigate it than we do from the fraud itself.
That's not entirely true. I could go satellite with a low data cap for twice as much, and I have considered an unlimited phone service, if i could find one that didn't eventually throttle (usually around 25-30gb for those Unlimited-for-realsies packages).
So really, Comcast is my only plausible choice, even as they get less so with time.
When AT&T was a monopoly for land lines, what would have been the alternative then? Communication by post?
I don't think we take seriously the notion that we're a democracy anymore. Some people have been corrected on these forums America is a republic
According to the Oxford study, it's behaved mostly as a corporate oligarchy since the early 20th century. And the rate of corruption is still a net positive, so that government agencies increasingly follow the will of corporate interests rather than public interests.
In the failed democracy, the United States of America, TV watches you. (As do all our appliances and devices.)
...would exact specific penalties to agents who violate the constitutional rights of persons of the public with whom they interact, from increasing fines to (say) mandated prison time after many repeated violations.
The problem with our system as it stands is that there is no impetus to follow any law, all the way up to the Constitution of the United States. Law enforcement, including ICE and CBP officers, are above the law, and can (and often do) get away with murder frequently.
It's not going to happen in the current administration (regime?) but nothing less than a system with near-certain detection and enforced penalties is going to make any change.
Our police forces love to bust heads, and only now in the age of ubiquitous cameras are we seeing this.
Statutory rape very much applies if both participants are minors, and prosecutors in some counties have been inclined to try both of them separately as having raped the other.
This is why most states have Romeo and Juliet laws, which give persons of similar age immunity to statutory rape. (Though if one can claim the other forced or coerced them, you still have a case.
We've seen incidents in the last decade in which statutory rape still applied, for instance when two underage girls were caught playing around. Lesbian sex was not covered by the state's R&J laws, so the trials happened anyway.
Yes, when kids get too interested in sex too soon and behave like kids, US society LOVES to ruin their lives for them.
Our legal system can indict a ham sandwich and find a workable case on pretty much anyone.
And we still have this attitude where a conviction means justice is served and an acquittal means the culprit evaded justice on a technicality. We never assume an acquittal means law enforcement arrested the wrong guy.
So, yeah, we're all criminals evading the attention of the law.
During the Aughts, Bush pushed abstinence-only sex ed hard across the nation. A-O sex-ed often includes a lot of conservative-Christian-values dogma, and in counties that used A-O as a religious inroad to public education, countless kids were taught that if they had sex even once the girl was ruined for life. Even if she was raped.
(A few rape survivors who have spearheaded an organized activism front to discontinue A-O sex-ed, and oppose public schools from teaching that a woman's value is contingent on her sexual history.)
In a lot of counties that implemented A-O, teen pregnancy skyrocketed (and in some cases, never recovered).
And in a lot of cases, girls who were taught to value their virginity above all else (yet who were interested in sexual experimentation) instead would negotiate fellatio and anal with their partners instead of coitus.
So in a lot of states that are not California, teen anal is still pretty commonplace.
There are plenty of academic discussions of the Bill of Rights and its intent mandating application to all persons foreign and domestic.
But as application goes, rights quickly dissolve once agents or officials (typically prosecutors and law enforcement) decide you're a threat to their interests, e.g. you have something they want or allegedly have done something they resent.
This is how we can have detection dogs with high rates of false positives count as probable cause, or civil forfeiture in the face constitutional protections against unreasonable seizure. This is how the right to not self-incriminate is discarded when a judge wants encrypted data to be unlocked. It's how we sustain a 90% conviction rate, and a higher incarceration rate than any other nation in the world.
So really, tourists have the same rights the rest of us do, specifically none at all except the ones that the Department of Justice deign to allow us at a given moment.
We don't mandate proof of citizenship here in the US. Oh, we've batted about the notion of national IDs and the necessity for US adults to carry them and present them to authorities, but that's to federalist even for Republicans, so such programs don't get off the ground.
And yet...only those who pass as white get this advantage. Plenty of Latins (for example) who are legally here, whether by visa, green-card or are in fact US citizens, are often harassed, detained, incarcerated or even deported (to where?) on the basis that they're non-whites without valid ID, hence can't prove they legitimately belong in the United States.
The same goes for most other non-white races. The same harassment policy applies to black Americans as well, but we don't deport them. Instead we just throw them into prison.
Video games are part of my depression / anxiety treatment.
...and have been for years, even when video games were purported to rot my brain and incline me towards violence. And numerous PTSD (military vet or otherwise) cases I've encountered rely on video games as part of their coping system.
Incidentally, when fiction of scandal and intrigue first became available, it was thought that women would not be able to differentiate between fantasy and reality.
It turns out our ability to differentiate is so effective it works against us. Drone pilots face a job that is supposed to have all the distancing advantages of video games, yet they have to grieve and agonize about the civilians they were ordered to massacre. It's a factor shortening the service careers of the pilots, and we're not recruiting replacements fast enough.
So yeah, shooting zombies in game is a lot easier than shooting enemies -- even doomed, infected, mindless ones -- in real life.