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    2 Weeks Ago
    Who does the actual "tracking"? Is it a function you can access with a smartphone, or does the company track for you? If I knew something stolen from me was on someone's property, a warrant wouldn't be high on my list of priorities.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I haven't dumped my 1-ton since the last load of shingles I dumped in 2011, but I think mine has a similar setup. IIRC, the black knob is the valve control, and is sleeved, like a lawn mower throttle cable. Mine got real stiff due to rust once (under the truck). I think spraying the offending area with a liberal amount of WD40 helped. If that is the case with yours, the seizure may be restricting the valve lever travel. In other words, you perceive it having a hard time, when the issue is the valve is only partially open. May be totally irrelevant to your situation. Just thought I'd mention it. (Straightening any errant kinks in the cable will make it operate smoother as well.)
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    4 Weeks Ago
    treesmith replied to a thread Good Morning! in Odds and Ends
    Snowing here. My wife and I are recuperating from the flu. I'm nearly back to normal. Enjoying the wood stove and keeping an eye on the greenfield. I fully expect to see some deer any minute now. I dread having to dress one in this cold, but if the right buck steps out, I'll deal with it somehow....
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Call it error if you will, but I know my mother's bill was settled for less than 10%. (And I've heard other similar stories, though I can't testify to their validity) I found this.......http://truecostofhealthcare.org/hospitalization/.....which reflects similar figures. In that pie graph, it shows a 70.1% slice....."HOSPITAL MARKUP, LATER DISCOUNTED FOR INSURERS"..... Now I wonder how far that would fly in the private sector. I go price a job at $19,275, then add that if they have insurance, it will magically drop to less than $2k. No insurance? YIPPEE for me! You get to pay the full price, SUCKA! Somehow that is reminiscent of price-gouging....
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    01-15-2018
    Alabama started in 2013 requiring liability auto insurance. If you had a wreck prior to that, you'd be in trouble for not having it, but no law was enforced requiring you to have it. Of course, the insurance companies were behind the push for making it mandatory. In my opinion, a far better solution would be to drop "liability" insurance from vehicles entirely, and place it where it belongs...on the DRIVER. For example, my wife and I should be able to walk into our insurance office, lay our driver licenses on the agent's desk, and say "WE" need liability insurance on US. And I have a 2015 F250 and a 2015 Honda Accord, for which I'd like to purchase optional collision insurance for. Problem solved. Wouldn't matter which of my vehicles I was driving, or if I were driving my cousin's neighbor's father's truck, I would have liability insurance. But no....the companies saw past that. They know that many people have multiple vehicles, and they can only drive one at at time, so they want to charge for ALL of them, thereby netting a much larger profit at a much lower risk. I look at health insurance the same way. They saw the only way to get ahead was to "require" those who don't use doctors to carry the insurance anyway, thereby offsetting the cost of those who worship doctors. I know folks who have it who run to the doctor every month or so. If I had it, I'd still avoid doctors like the plague. Therefore, I would be all profit and no loss to them...which is why I opt to not have it. At some point in the future I may decide it's worth it to me to get it, but that point has not arrived yet.
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    01-15-2018
    I'm not trying to be argumentative about it...I'm honestly curious as to how it's a justifiable practice. I have heard quite a few similar stories over the years, but don't know enough details to cite them.
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    01-15-2018
    I wouldn't know, as I am not a hospital accountant, but if they "can't" function at those costs, how do they justify it? I know it happened (my mother had a heart attack and a stint...not heart surgery). And Carl cited his example...$116k nettled for $4600-ish. And I know my example of our miscarry...$6000+, settled for instant payment of $925 (Medicaid rate). So you're telling me hospitals sell their services for pennies on the dollar to Medicaid patients and insurance companies, hoping to make up the difference....WHERE?
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    01-15-2018
    Imagine a guy selling $50 gift cards for $25. Sounds like a deal until you find out he buys them for $5 apiece. Are you still getting a "bargain"? That's up to you. But in light of the facts, he's scamming folks. (You're actually paying $20 to save $25) I've always thought it odd that if a couple of guys buy a reefer and stock it with ice, for which they paid $1/bag, then drive to the coast after a hurricane and try to sell it for $8/bag, they wind up arrested for price-gouging. How is that any different from a hospital "selling" their service to one (self-pay) patient at $100k, then sell the same service to the next (insured) patient for $10k? At least in the case of the ice, folks don't HAVE to buy it....
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    01-15-2018
    EGGZACTLY!!!!!
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    01-15-2018
    I think he meant $4600...I remember it being a ridiculously low number. My mother had a heart attack back in 2000 I think it was, and the bill was over $112k. They settled for $10k-ish. Five to ten percent settlement (read 90%-95% discount) seem common for insurance companies. That's why I say they are a scam.
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    01-15-2018
    That was one of the two incidents I was citing...heck, that's less than a 5% settlement... My point was, faced with a bill for $116k, you basically set up payments. If they openly said, on the other hand, if paid TODAY, it's $4600, I'd wager Carl would figure out how to make it happen!:D
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    01-15-2018
    I knew rates would increase and benefits decrease when O opened his piehole with his "plan". It was idiocy from the get-go. How can you force a company to insure those with known risks, and expect them to keep low rates? It would be economically impossible. I have no health insurance. I consider it a scam. Not to say it doesn't work, mind you, but it is a scam. I know of TWO incidents personally, where medical costs were over $100k, yet settlements were agreed upon for around 10%. If you can settle with an insurance company for 10% of the bill, why can't you do that for an individual? I know if I'm getting storm trees off of two houses, one with insurance, and one self-pay, if I give a break, it AIN'T gonna be to the company. Another example...we lost a baby back in 2007. I carried my wife to the hospital and she spent one night there. Discharged the next day (Sunday). Business office was closed. I called Monday to discuss paying the bill. The lady said it wasn't even in the system yet, call back tomorrow. Called back Tuesday, preliminary billing was there, but not final. She said if I'd pay in full right then, she'd let me have the Medicaid rate. Credit card payment over the phone for $925. She said to disregard any bill that may come in the mail. A week later, we got a bill for over $6000. Now, if they can provide such care for Medicaid patients for $925, (roughly 15% of total), and they can provide care for insurance customers at roughly 10% of total.....why the heck can't they provide the same care for folks who pay their own way? Barring cancer/organ transplant/bypass surgery/etc....(read "common medical issues")....most folks could manage 10%-15% of their bill, many paying via credit card on the spot.
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    01-08-2018
    I couldn't afford to shoot at all if I didn't reload!
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    01-08-2018
    So $200 for that one....?
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    01-08-2018
    Ship your Sendero to my FFL...I'd hate for you to be stuck with a rifle that won't shoot straight! $250?
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    01-08-2018
    Stephen, I just missed a stainless Security-Six a few weeks ago with a 6" barrel. I felt the guy wanted a bit too much for it. Had it had the factory wooden grips, I likely would have bought it.
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    01-07-2018
    Is yours fluted stainless or blued? I have a friend who has a blued Sendero in .300 Win Mag.
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    01-06-2018
    I was torn between .25-06 and 7mm Rem Mag...decided on the .25 as it will double as a long-range coyote rifle. I'd just as soon not shoot critters with a 7 Mag... After deer season is over, I'll bed it and see what kind of accuracy I can get out of it. It's inch or better now, but I think with some tweaking, it ought to shoot ragged holes.
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    01-06-2018
    My "Christmas" present...Remington 700 Sendero...25-06 Rem...26" fluted stainless barrel...Nikon Monarch 5.
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    12-26-2017
    From my porch to my 400-yard target is the farthest shot possible (that I know of) on our place. Too many hills, hollows and brush/trees. From my shooting house, I can shoot up to 350 to the south, and 300 to the north, but due to the roll of the land, you can't see from one end to the other. being elevated in the (near) middle is all that makes it possible to see that far.
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    12-26-2017
    Looks good, Stephen. I need a good shooting table, but have nowhere good to set it up. I have a 100-yard target at about 10:00 looking out my front door. From the east end of my porch, I can shoot at a 250-yard target. From the middle area of the porch, I can shoot up to 400 yards. But no on spot is good for all three ranges. Life is hard....
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    12-25-2017
    treesmith replied to a thread HUNTING 2017 in The Rec Room
    Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker in .270 Win.
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    12-25-2017
    treesmith replied to a thread HUNTING 2017 in The Rec Room
    Here's my Christmas buck, along with a pic of my awesome hunting setup. Actually thought it was a doe...turned out to be a button head. Stepped out the front door and shot him at 350-360 yards.
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    12-25-2017
    Wood burning iron.
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    12-25-2017
    My son-in-law gave me a stipple job for Christmas. Gen 4 G19....Rebel flag side panels, basketweave on front and rear, finger grooves ground off. Feels good in hand.
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