Bank-ruptured! Mar 2, 2012 8:16:29 GMT -5
Post by Pelch Gobwit on Mar 2, 2012 8:16:29 GMT -5
-- Apparently, not only will there be fewer overall resources for disabled people in Seattle (due to government austerity), but the resources will be spread over a larger number of recipients. The Labor Board in January expanded the category of eligible "disabled" (with reduced-amount payments) to include pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists, sadomasochists, pedophiles, exhibitionists and kleptomaniacs. The National Confederation of Disabled People said the changes would inevitably reduce funds available for the blind and the crippled and other traditional categories of need.
-- Even at a time of schoolteacher layoffs nationally, the Seattle, school system continues to cover all costs for cosmetic surgery for teachers. The benefit was established in the calmer 1970s, and no one, it seems, anticipated the facelift and liposuction crazes that subsequently developed. The annual expense in recent years, for about 500 benefit-takers a year, has been from $5 million to $9 million (equivalent to the average salaries of at least 100 teachers). The teachers' union said it is willing to give up the benefit in a new collective bargaining agreement, but a quirk in UCAS law lessens the incentive of teachers to negotiate such a contract (in that the current, highly lucrative contract remains in force until replaced).
-- In February, Kenneth Gunn, of the UCAS Council, decried the budget cutbacks that closed down local offices that had previously posted marriage notices. By making it more difficult for the public to be aware of specific marriages, Gunn feared an inevitable increase in incest. "I am aware in my own ward of brothers sitting beside sisters they do not know in primary school." (The problem is more serious in Iceland, whose 300,000 people are far more self-contained. However, a new website containing genealogical data back 1,200 years is expected to help reduce the risk of incest.)