Nothing in life is free. If it seems free it still comes at a cost whether it costs in environmental impact, time, energy, or wear and tear, it is hard to imagine anything completely free. However, some things being free from monetary cost would be a tremendous benefit.
Although there have been many attempts by different organizations to make things like water, medical care, and education free there are equally as many who oppose it. One could argue that providing free education would reduce spending in others areas in a big way.
Education, especially higher education, is linked to a reduction in crime, substance use, and self sufficiency. As some states are currently providing free community college they are seeing these positive impacts. Even ensuring quality education for children has seen major returns. With every dollar spent on education seeing up to $7 in economic returns, $2 of which use prison costs. In areas with underfunded educational programs the rates of crime are higher. Knowing this, sometimes making things free—for something like education—makes sense both fiscally and socially.
To find out more Guilhermedidi asked Reddit:
“What should be free, but isn't?"
WiFi is a funny thing…
“Wifi at hotels. Keep your little conditioner bottles and give me free Wifi.” ColemanOtis
“Wifi is a funny one with hotels. Cheaper hotels tend to include it for free because they are chasing value orientated customers. Fancy hotels don't tend to because they reason that if you are happily dropping a few hundred a night for a room what's a few dollars for WiFi?” Minidooper
“Basically, free water ain't happening because people are wasteful garbage."
“Clean, drinkable water.” Slippedstream
“Funny story, in my country water used to be free. People started wasting so much water that the water grid was basically on the verge of collapse. After introducing water meters and a water bills, the usage dropped by a very significant amount.”
“My local sewage treatment plant still uses only half of it's allocated space after several decades of grid expansions, because they thought it's gonna need that much capacity when water was free. Basically, free water ain't happening because people are wasteful garbage.” kaszak696
Not only helps life quality but it makes solid economic sense.
“Period products and contraception.” atomic_blue
“This. Think how much money we could save as a society by making contraception freely and easily available to poor women and men who lack access but do not want to have children.”
“That's a lifetime of Medicaid, education, and social security fees prevented all for the cost of a birth control prescription and a cheap condom.” Wrong_Coast
Free trials that don’t stay free…
“Free trials on everything. It should be against the law to collect credit card info, contact info, data, etc if they're offering a free trial.” shaka_sulu
“My cousin would use a gift card to sign up for a trial, and then make sure to spend the card before the trial was up. Because some companies will automatically charge you at the end of your trial and make it near impossible to cancel.”
“I simply refuse to give iTunes my updated billing info because I accidentally took the 1 year trial of Apple TV, never used it, and can't figure out how to cancel now. So now I just keep getting emails that they need a new credit card to bill me for that, and I'm like nah, you keep that expired card number.” SmallTowneBoy
Accessibility is necessary and legally mandated.
“Education for the Deaf and disabled. My son lost his hearing at 18 months from bacterial meningitis of the brain blood and spine and then a secondary brain/mastoid infection. I live in New Hampshire where you are nothing short of f**ked if you're Deaf.”
“It took us 5 years in a lawsuit to finally get the school district to pay for full funding for a school for the deaf for my son (to the tune of 86.7m for k-12). I live in New Hampshire where they do NOT have a Bill of Rights for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. Deaf children are born with the same ability to acquire language as any other children, and deserve the same chance to acquire language.”
“Deaf children have the right and the capacity to be educated, to graduate high school, to obtain further education, and to pursue a career. To achieve this essential goal, all families of deaf children have the right to appropriate early intervention services as well as quality family educational services. These families have the right to accurate and comprehensive information, including access to state resources to help their deaf children reach their full potential.”
“Deaf children have the right to acquire both English and American Sign Language (a natural visual language). Deaf children can acquire both of these languages simultaneously, with the support of intervention services prior to entering school and reinforced within the school system.”
They continued with their experience…
“Deaf children can fully access education and society. This means every deaf child must have full access to all information, specialized personnel, school programs, social activities, and extra-curricular activities. Communication skills and/or modes by themselves do not equate language proficiency."
“Deaf children have the right to qualified professionals proficient in developing the child's acquisition of language throughout the early intervention and school years. To ensure this right is fully protected, deaf children must be assessed on a regular basis by qualified language acquisition professionals."
“Deaf children require settings that uitilize a critical mass of language peers to ensure age-appropriate development of learning, emotional and social skills.Deaf children require interaction with deaf adult role models to internalize their self worth and visualize their potential."
"Deaf children have the right to succeed. And yes I was right when I told you $86.7 million I live out of state, The school district had to pay after a lengthy lawsuit. His school is about 2.7 million a year. This includes all audiologist appointments, 1:1 ASL aid, transportation which is about a two hour ride there in 2 1/2 hour ride back and the summer school program."
"It is a medical facility. I know that does not add up to the 86.7 million but with taxes being out of the state, in-home respite care, medical doctors on staff it does add up. Also we had five years worth of lawyer fees that the school ended up having to foot once we won."
"My son is projected to go to the school until he is 25 however I do not see him staying at Beverly school for the deaf more than a year my son was completely Nuro typical before he lost his hearing. He has been deprived of language for five years now because New Hampshire does not believe that sign language is a language." crazydogbabymom
Healthcare instead of so much profiteering…
“Insulin, especially in America." WarCrimeFunder
“Yeah, I'm a type 1 diabetic and I see the issue with insulin being brought up frequently these days. I fully support it being free, but I'm confused as to why it's the go to every time this question is asked. Why not any of the other drugs that people take daily that keeps them alive?"
“Cancer treatments? Having to choose between dealing with an illness that could kill you or going to a hospital to be bankrupted? T1D is such a small population in the US that it's amazing it's being brought up so much." _breadpool_
"I think the reason that insulin is always brought up is that profiteering is basically the only reason it's as expensive as it as. Crazy new cancer drugs or whatever could still be trying to recoup their costs of development, whereas there hasn't really been much development when it comes to insulin."
"For example, Lantus should, by rights, have gone generic in 2015, but through various patent tomfoolery that's been extended to at least 2028." gritherness
Paying just to go into work…
“Parking at the hospital you work at.” LimpBrilliant9372
“Not just America. The UK charges hospital employees for parking in their carpark in some places too. Horrendous.” RelativeStranger
No expensive funerals here please…
“Death. There should be an option of going to the dump and uneventfully dumping the body. I just want to be thrown in the f**king bin, any money that's spent on my funeral should be going to support my daughter and wife. People can celebrate the life or morn the death of the person at a pub, a home or whatever.” rastika
We all need more education…
“Scientific publications. Yet, big publishing companies charge for them (without compensating the writers may I say).” Braincyclopedia
The things that people feel should be free aren’t the frivolous items that many would expect. It’s the things like healthcare, clean water, and other necessities of our daily lives. Perhaps someday we’ll find ways to come together and make the accessibility more realistic.
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While the video game industry seems completely focused on graphics as the way to draw in players these days, a lot of classic games are still excellent—despite their often pronounced lack of graphic fidelity.
There is a reason why nintendo has ported Super Mario 64 to almost every console they have released, despite the game originally coming out in 1996.
The graphics may seem more than a little wonky these days, but the game play is solid, even 20+ years later.
Reddit user cartstanza asked:
"What pre-2000 video game will always be a banger?"
Roller Coaster Tycoon
"Rollercoaster Tycoon 🎢"
"O how the theme park manager that wanted to kill and or trap guests till death came came out in all of us!"
Command And Conquer Red Alert
"Command and Conquer Red Alert."
"Granted it's a slightly modded version I play still, but damn does it hold up nicely with a tight little community."
"The soundtrack was the best."
"I didn't know a single word of English when I started playing this game and LOVED how that sentence sounded... until I realized I couldn't build anything else lol"
Age Of Empires 2
"Age of empires 2"
"The intro music with the chess game is now in my head"
"Just the entire OST is fire"
"It's got a robust community even in 2021. I will binge-watch matches on Youtube. It's crazy how skilled the really good players are to be able to plan and execute so quickly"
"SimCity 2000. The music and sound effects still pop up in my head sometimes."
"YOU CAN'T CUT BACK ON FUNDING! YOU WILL REGRET THIS!"
"Take it easy, Reggie, they're just roads- oh I see..."
Super Mario 64
"Super Mario 64."
"I've put a lot of hours into that since I got it Xmas'98. Helluva lot of fun."
Heroes of Might and Magic III
"Heroes of Might and Magic III"
"Dude i looked so long for this reply, it is just such a great game and it is as old as i am and i grew up with it i love it so much."
"Fell down a rabbit hole on HOMM on Friday, actually. It was so well done, used to play multiplayer with my friends and family."
"Brilliantly done, great story, great expansions, etc. Reading up the wiki on the history, the changes with 3DO (before they went bankrupt), and so on was pretty wild."
Donkey Kong Country
"Definitely Donkey Kong Country"
"Also Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's King Quest"
"DKC 2 has one of the best soundtracks of anything, to this day. Just remarkable. Honestly made the game for me."
"Couldn't agree more, it just….hits me in a way nothing else has. I listened to it on the way to my wedding last year, I'll never forget"
"Unreal Tournament is the best game nobody talks about anymore. It's a go**amn crime that Epic just abandoned it."
"I used to play UT every day for years. Just one of the best gaming experiences for me."
"It is a shame that Epic abandoned it."
"I was spending hours jumping between buildings (morpheus map) with my rocket launcher. Loved this game. (*Similarly loved Quake 3 at the time)."
"To refresh memories, a sample of someone's gameplay:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
"It was that long ago? You mean I've been hating the Water Temple since last century?"
"Came here to say this. Ocarina is infinitely replayable."
"Maybe I'm just a freak, but I've always enjoyed Majora's Mask more than OOT. MM just feels like a more complete and vibrant world. OOT is relatively unpopulated and lonely when I've replayed it recently."
"Both are fantastic though."
"To me, OOT and MM are two sides of the same coin. I always put them together as one video game. They're so beautiful."
"It really is great to play, even after all these years."
"I remember playing it countless times back in the day - and I replayed it again last year. Still great."
"There was some real feeling of 'homeliness' playing through it, for some reason the Hazard Course more than other bits."
"I find the same with Deus Ex too, with Liberty Island and UNATCO headquarters - almost like a home away from home."
"It's undoubtedly pure nostalgia, but I love them both."
"If you haven't played Black Mesa, you should pick it up. I believe it's on Steam now."
"Well worth it if you loved the original."
Just because a game is old doesn't mean it isn't still awesome.
If a friend recomme ds an older game, give it a try—you just might find a hidden gem you love.
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Sleep is one of the most difficult things to get these days.
About 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder. The most common ones being insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.
Whether you have a hard time falling asleep from stress, travel, illness, or something else, there are a few things you can do to improve your situation. That could mean improving your sleep hygiene, revising your daytime habits and learning to relax.
Redditor Joydipisalamer asked:
"What is your life hack to fall asleep faster?"
We went to AskReddit to hear the best hacks for getting a good night's sleep.
"Progressive Muscle Relaxation. I learned about it from therapy, but it's also very useful in helping you relax both your body and mind."
"The practice basically boils down to the intentional of tensing and releasing of muscles in a specific order, while maintaining your breathing."
"I learned something similar in the army. It works."
"I do this and I start from my toes and work my way up. Another good one is the "stone" game where you also start with the feet and imagine them as heavy as you can and travel upwards getting really really heavy (and hopefully sleeeepyy...)"
"A hard day of physical labor."
"A lot of people complaining about aches and pains and not being able to get to sleep because of it. Revisit your diet and physical state, I used to have the same issues. We labeled restless leg, then I lost weight and started eating better. Magically disappeared."
"Absolutely! As a physician, I tell my patients that I have never had to prescribe sleep medicine to a ditch digger!"
The right timing and evironment.
"If possible, go to sleep at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. But you have to really stick with it... not just do it for 3 days and then go 'oh it isn't working.' As you keep doing it, your body will get used to it and you'll naturally get tired at the same time every day."
"Also, make sure you are in a cool dark room. Those are ideal sleeping conditions."
"If it's too hot, it's really hard to fall asleep. Ideally, you should NEED your blanket to actually be a comfortable temperature. If you are not a bit chilly without the blanket, the room ain't cool enough."
"And if you have a night light or light coming in from a window, that also makes it tough. Even just a TINY bit of light coming in compared to pitch black makes a huge difference. Blackout curtains are great."
"Make the room really cold and sleep in a down jacket. I learned this staying in hotel rooms in the winter that were sometimes cold. Something about the down jacket with it's puffiness. You can thank me later."
"I learned this technique growing up with an Asian mom. Thermostat never moved. Wear layers or freeze."
"That's how I am, I use a giant down comforter though. The only downside is getting out of bed when it's 62 degrees in the bedroom and it's shivering cold to get out from the covers. I did find that smart thermostats are a life saver, I cool down the room all night until an hour before I wake up, I crank it up to like 75 degrees so I wake up warm and loose."
"I can't go to sleep at the same time every night though that's the whole reason of the question it's like for me if I got to bed at 10 I won't sleep till like 2."
"I think they mean get your circadian rhythm in a cycle, e.g. if you go to bed at different times every night and wake up at different times it's of course going to be difficult to sleep early because your circadian rhythm isn't synced, if you start getting yourself in a cycle ( which I know it's really hard) of going to bed at the same time and waking up at the same time you'll notice after a while that you will sleep much earlier and it will be a lot easier."
Counting and breathing.
"Count down from 1,000 but say each digit in your head."
"One zero zero zero"
"Nine nine nine"
"Nine nine eight"
"Nine nine seven"
"I challenge you to get into the six hundreds."
"I do something similar, but I count down from 100. I breathe in on the even numbers and out on the odd ones. I start over if I get my breathing/counting wrong."
"I start at/near 100 but count down by 3s. You have to think about it so it shuts out other thoughts."
Putting on some background noise.
"Put on a NASCAR race. Down on 5 minutes."
"I'm a massive motorsports fan but listening to Cars going around, doesn't matter if its NASCAR, Formula 1, GTs or Prototypes, is so calming to me and helps me fall asleep so fast."
"Forensic files. I literally fall asleep so peacefully once I put this on TV. I know it's strange and not the content to watch before bed but like the narrator puts me to sleep. Also it's on literally every night so it's routine now"
"I do this too!"
"My husband always accuses me of wanting to collect subconscious ideas on how to murder him because 95% of the time it's the spouse."
"This absolutely works! Even when I intend to actually watch the episode."
"Stay out of your bedroom and definitely off of your bed unless it is sleepy time. Go to sleep at the same time every night. Do the exact same thing before going to sleep every night. Think about advanced integral calculus."
"Unfortunately my bedroom is my only space, and my bed is the only comfortable place to sit in that space. I don't even know what basic calculus is."
"No problem, the underlying strategies is to create a routine. That is the main idea."
"A cooling weighted blanket. Chef's kiss."
"I only have intermittent issues with falling asleep, but I did try a weighted blanket. I've heard it works wonders and I'm sure it does for many, but for me it gave me night terrors."
"I'm already prone to them, and maybe if I gave my body time to adjust to the feel it wouldn't last, but night terrors are awful and it wasn't worth it for me."
"So just a note of caution for anyone who gets occasional night terrors. I'm glad it helps you Krabbi, I did love the feel of it, but my subconscious did not."
A lack of sleep can cause serious health problems, like heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes.
Take some of these people's advice and see how your sleep changes your waking life.
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No country is a perfect place to live.
*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm and sexual assault.
Why does your country suck?
Just because a country is beautiful to look at, doesn't mean it doesn't have its problems under the surface.
Pretty To Look At, Tough To Live In
"Today I learned it has way more expensive gas than neighboring countries and even more expensive gas than Austria. On the other hand minimum salary is 560 euro, while minimum salary in Austria is 1500 euro."
"My country is Croatia. And its economy rly sucks. All the prices (renting, food, etc) are the same like other EU countries but people just have way smaller salaries."
"Because of that many young people emigrated to Ireland and other countries, and the population is falling hard, and getting older and older."
"On the other hand it is a country full of sea, sun, islands, nature and beauty. Definitely nice to live in if you have a decent salary."
"Argentina — nobody knows why it doesn't".
"Argentina. Terrible governance, corruption, never-ending economic crises, poverty and insecurity. We have meat, cereals, fish, oil, minerals, beautiful and diverse landscapes. We were once the richest country in the world (1895). But now the situation is constantly worsening."
"Nobel winning economist Simon Kuznets stated that there are four sorts of countries: "developed countries, underdeveloped countries, Japan — nobody knows why it grows — and Argentina — nobody knows why it doesn't".
Unable To Agree In Bosnia
"There are 3 presidents so nothing will ever get solved"
"There are 3 presidents, 1 of each ethnicity that makes up the country, most of which hate each other. Impossible to come to terms with one another, imagine if the US had 2 presidents that were opposite political parties, they would never agree with each other enough to accomplish anything."
The worse thing about some of these places is how they treat their own citizens.
Or, how they don't treat their citizens.
Trouble On The Island
"New Zealand. We have the highest teen suicide rates sadly. I wish we could do something to change this. I know people are trying but its really not going anywhere. Of course, people with money and power don't do much either."
"In my opinion. It's probably because of our living cost as well as house prices. Cost of everything is increasing so fast and our wage increase is nothing compare to it. Your life savings is nothing compare to the people who already have 2 investment properties, they are going to out bid you straight away. If you want a property in NZ you have to buy one in the rural areas. Thinking about the future is so dam depressing."
A Slow Erosion
"Offshore processing of asylum seekers. The slow erosion of a great healthcare and educational system due to years of conservative governments."
Too Drunk To Work
"We got drunk president that is in hospital in critical condition rn and his spokesman is saying hes completely ok which hes not. Also our soon to be ex prime minister is pretty much a mob. He kidnapped his own son and send him to Krym bcs he could testify in tax and dotation fraud. (Czechia btw.)"
These are just unforgivable.
"mass shootings and sh-t healthcare"
"Ooh ooh I know the answer to this question of which country this is. Pick me."
"The healthcare is fantastic."
"Its the price that will getcha"
An Imperfect System For Criminals
"Our law system."
"In our country, when a crime is commited, u get a sentence, and then u can get some of the sentence removed."
"For an example, "u were under 18 when it happened? 10% off!" "U have a bad situation at home? Very well then, only one year prison instead of three".
"There was an instance where a serial assaulter was given 840 000SEK (around 105 000 dollars) because he was detained, awaiting trial, for the same amount of time as the sentence that he was given, which was around two years. This man assaulted multiple girls and walked out of court a near-millionaire."
"Swede here and i instantly understood what you meant"
The Pandemic Hits Everyone, Everywhere
"Our healthcare is free yet I am terrified to go to the emergency because I will probably be dismissed, rushed, or have to wait 12+ hours in a chair..."
"...First, I absolutely don't want to make a point that free healthcare is bad. I actually should have emphasized the issue is corruption and mismanagement of public funds. I'm in Quebec and have myself worked a long time in the system. It's badly managed from the top down, but don't get me wrong, private is bad, really bad. I worked at a clinic that has public and private services and the social inequalities are insane."
"About other provinces, sorry for the Maritimes, it sounds rough. I've heard Ontario isn't as bad as here. Would be interesting to see the best healthcare in Canada is where"
"Finally, I also heard it is bad like this everywhere else right now and I agree. But you can't even imagine how bad it was pre pandemic already. It is a long complexe issue though and the solution is absolutely NOT to privatize. If anything, over here we have a double system and guess what the public one is turning to sh-t while all the good doctors are turning to private."
"This pandemic has been rough for everyone. Hold strong!!"
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
I eat just about anything, but can't say I'm a fan of okra. Might it have to do with the way it is typically prepared, at least in my experience? It's slimy. It shouldn't be. It would probably taste better fried. But I have friends from the South who swear it is heaven on a plate.
But there's more than food that's disgusting. Like... why do people idolize Joe Exotic, the Tiger King? He's a sexual predator and a criminal. I know we all needed something to watch during lockdown, but damn. Don't tattoo his face on your body!
People shared their opinions after Redditor blackismyfavcolorlol asked the online community,
"What's that one disgusting thing that everybody except you seems to like?"
"It sounds so gross..."
"Deep-fried butter and deep-fried mayonnaise. It sounds so gross but everyone seems to eat it at state fairs or amusement parks."
Yeah... I'll pass.
I love butter. I love mayo. Do they need to be fried, though?
"You know the type..."
"Those social media videos of food being made with so much heavy and greasy s***! You know, the type where it's a whole burger, cooked into a quesadilla with a pound of cheese, then fried and covered in three different sauces."
So unnecessary. And they ultimately become a waste of food because who would actually eat that?
"People who slam..."
"People who slam their friend's faces into birthday cakes. Just stop."
I would be so pissed if I spent so much money on hair and makeup only to have it ruined.
"You know what..."
"You know what I think is sick and weird? Why do some people take pictures of their dead/dying family members? Like "at the hospital with my aunt," and it's pictures of someone's aunt on breathing tubes unconscious. It makes no sense to me why you would take pictures and put them on social media."
"Pictures with babies. Or parents creating Facebook profiles in the name of their children, and those children are like... 3 years old, or less."
"Well, I know I can't be the only one that finds them disgusting, but long fake nails. Unless you have a serious case of hand-washing OCD, there is no way that can be hygienic."
How do these people wipe after going to the bathroom?!
"Truffles. The smell makes my stomach turn. I feel like there has to be some kind of bizarre conspiracy or truffle gatherer lobby or something for them to be so expensive."
"He's a predator..."
The guy is a sociopath who manipulated two young straight men into a sexual relationship, which ended in one of them committing suicide. Then he had the audacity to give the most tasteless eulogy in front of the guy's family.
He's a predator and I'm shocked that more non-straight and non-monogamous people aren't speaking up against him being released and getting more screen time."
There are people out there who have gotten tattoos of him. Why would you want a tattoo of a sexual predator on your body?!
"You look like a clown."
"Lip injections. You look like a clown. I don't get it."
"I have so many friends..."
"Whiskey. I have so many friends who love it, but the moment it touches my tongue I gag immediately, regardless of how expensive it is."
Do you hear that sound?
That's me getting ready to hurl.
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