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If two people walk into a facility for an MRI, one with health insurance, one without, will they be charged the same? Assume both are paying out of pocket because insured person has a high deductible. Does insured person still get a better rate? Or does it vary? Hoping someone with knowledge of medical pricing/billing can answer this.

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Here's the front page of the inaugural edition of the American Minerva ("Patroness of Peace, Commerce and the Liberal Arts"), New York's first daily newspaper, published on December 9, 1793 (SLPR)

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My car is running rough, CE light on, diagnostics show it has a misfire in the 6th cylinder. We've checked all the usual suspects, replaced the fuel injector, and still, misfire, cylinder 6. Help.I have a 2001 Chrysler LHS, automatic transmission. I bought the car from an acquaintance knowing there was a problem, and expecting it to need some work. At first the check engine light was coming on periodically. The car sat for a while, then when we went to get it registered, the check engine light was off, and it passed an emissions test. Fast forward to now, about a year later, the light is on, can't pass the test to renew the registration. I don't know much about cars (but my dad, a mechanic, does), so I'll do my best to explain what's going on and what we've tried. When I bought the car, it had just started having the problem, and the previous owner had replaced the spark plugs. So those are fairly new, and didn't solve the problem. Multiple diagnostics have shown a misfire in the 6th cylinder. The noticeable symptoms are the car running rough - when idling there is a noticeable uneven vibration. The exhaust smells extremely strong, and there is a lot of smoke - especially big clouds when accelerating from a stop. And finally the problem that never seems to happen when my dad drives the car: the car will periodically start shaking violently when accelerating, almost like the engine is about die (but it never actually has). This seems to happen most often when changing speed/gears around or above 40 mph. Usually I've been cruising along at a fairly stead speed around 40, then I slow down for traffic or a turn, and as I begin accelerating again the shaking starts. It only shakes while my foot is on the gas. I usually can stop the shaking by flooring it for a few seconds until I feel the transmission kick into the next gear and it stops, and is usually fine for a while even when I slow back down. Like I said, the shaking also stops if I take my foot off the gas and coast, but usually starts again if I step on the gas pedal again, until I accelerate quickly as I described. So far here's what we've tried: - last owner replaced spark plugs, dad says they still look good. -swapped coils from 6th cylinder and another. Misfire is still in 6th. -replaced spark plug boots (? the rubber tube insulation thingies) -compression test. Looked okay was about 140 in no. 6. I don't know if he checked the others. -finally, we replaced the fuel injector. No change after all of these things. After the injector was replaced, the diagnostics briefly returned a random misfire, then consistently went back to the 6th cyl. When my dad tried to reset the CEL, it wouldn't clear the first few times, then finally it did, and stayed off for about a whole half a block before coming back on. (Also, if relevant, the CEL alternates between flashing and solid while driving.) So, please, anyone have any ideas of what could be causing this misfire? What to check next? I'm so frustrated and can't really afford the take it to another mechanic. I'll try to answer any other questions, and I'll be by my dad soon if there's anything that needs clarification. I realize I may not be explaining things quite right.

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An Amazon Echo and a Google Home talk to each other. Via Hackster.

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I'm looking for a thing I once read. It was a comic or other illustrated story on the internet in the mid-2000s. It starred a girl (I think) who was exploring a strange, largely empty world. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs was a motif throughout; it might have been intended as a teaching tool. I remember there being a city, and a train. It might have been colored with colored pencils. The Hierarchy appeared in the illustrations as it was being explained, perhaps with one layer of the pyramid highlighted, or others grayed out.

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I just bought a discounted Google Pixel Phone from an ebay seller with high ratings. The eBay seller appears to only sell used cell phones. What do I need to do to protect myself, and what mechanisms will I have if there are problems later on?Every smartphone I've had since 2007 I've bought on eBay, used, without issue. This is the first I've bought a used phone when it was released the same year and is currently a hot commodity, and it makes me feel weird that people are selling their barely-used phones through vendors like this. The seller has a 97% rating and over a thousand reviews, and on every negative review the seller claims to have fully refunded the buyer. The phone is used, and didn't come with the box or usb cable, which makes me question it's provenance, but I have no reason to suspect it was actually stolen. Here's what I've done: * I've checked the IMEI number, and it's clean and not blacklisted. (How does IMEI blacklisting work? If someone does report it stolen later on it could be bricked and locked remotely?) * I think I have 30 days to dispute a transaction with the eBay seller and return the items. * Paypal dispute resolution - 180 days * Credit card chargeback via Paypal - 120 days from date order is placed. * I have factory wiped the phone immediately upon receipt. Anything else I should be thinking about?

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My 'love language' has always been gift-giving. There is nothing I enjoy more than paying for friends' and acquaintances' drinks and food, giving presents, doing favors, and toiling over elaborate meals and cocktails to serve to others -- summarily, I guess I find incredible comfort and joy in being fortunate enough to provide for folks in a material way. Unfortunately, I am no longer quite so fortunate. What are some cheap-to-free forms of service and giving I can engage in instead?One of my friends is like, "You don't have to keep buying me stuff for me to hang out with you!" but I am honestly at a loss as to how to express fondness for someone without giving them an actual object. I do like to tell people flat-out that I adore, admire, and/or love them, but it tends to make things awkward, much more so than simply springing for a trio of rum and Cokes at happy hour or a fancy dinner for no reason. How can I continue to give, without having money to buy stuff for people? Or do I need a new 'love language' altogether?

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Businessweek have published their annual list of the stories they are most jealous of in other titles. Previous lists are also up from 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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I don't have my own car, so no insurance there (I have health insurance, period, no other kind). I also don't have a credit card, and am going with Enterprise as they are willing to work with that without running credit. In order to be protected as I drive a 14h round-trip, what insurance should I tack on? It's been a long time since I bought any (and I haven't rented a car in ten years). Advise please?

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The trailer for the third movie incarnation of Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming, was released via Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which featured a few additional Spider-Men on the show. The movie will feature Tom Holland as Peter Parker, and Michael Keaton as a menacing costumed version of a winged creature (no, not that one, nor that one, either). This is the same version of Spider-Man that appeared in the film Captain America: Civil War.The film is the first stand-alone film for Spider-Man from Marvel Studios (which is co-producing the film with Columbia Pictures and LStar Capital), following two previous versions of the character from Sony, which will be distributing the film as part of a complicated deal made with Marvel last year. Among the other characters familiar to comics readers making an appearance will be the Shocker (no, not that kind, perverts).

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"The Golden Dawn (and Spiritualism) fostered women's rights activists, activists against poverty, educators, anti-colonial revolutionaries, and radicals of all stripes. And the way they broke through the despair of daily life was through magic." Jessa Crispin looks at what magical thinking actually does for a person.

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Mrs. pjern, for reasons of disability (she had polio as a child and is finding it very difficult to move around), wants to purchase a handicap/power wheelchair accessible vehicle. We know nothing about the process, and searching on line brings much in the was of spamvertising, but precious little real information.The big questions first: How do you get one of these vehicles? The dealership is no help, because it's third-party thing. Do you just buy a candidate vehicle and take it somewhere? Buy one already modified? Is financial assistance available for modifications? What are the warning flags that a vehicle modifier is shady? As always, thank you in advance for any insights the hive might have into this process. (Her current car is unsuitable because it's a compact sedan.)

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When you engage in dirty talk, how do you refer to lady parts?I'm not very experienced with dirty talk, but I want to get better. My issue is that I don't really have a good word for referring to female genitalia. The most obvious porny word is "pussy" but that word has been tainted for me a bit (can't help but mentally prepend "grab them by the"). All the other words I can think of feel wrong for a bedroom context. Vagina or vulva feel clinical. Cunt feels like an insult. And the other terms I can think of feel either too silly or childish. Best I've got so far is to get more specific (referring to the "lips" or the clit) or to avoid the noun entirely ("I want to be inside you" or some such) So I'm curious, for those of you who get turned on by dirty talk, what words you like to use/hear?

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There's a mysterious man in a suit and a high-end car that's following me. I didn't think anything of it until my neighbors called to say they were concerned. I went to the police and they told me to take a picture of the license plate and come back to the station as soon as it happened. What the heck?I was pulling out of my driveway and there was a car parked partially blocking the driveway. I did "shrug, go away" motion, didn't think of it. It was a high end luxury car and a guy in a suit, so I assumed he was picking up a neighbor up at the airport. He proceeded to follow me very closely for about a mile, and I thought he was angry at my gesture (I did not flip him off or anything just shrugged). The following day, same guy, same car, sitting in the same spot looking at me. I almost went to knock on his window to see if he was lost or was looking for a certain address. Again, did not think anything of it, and told myself I was being paranoid. My ex-cop neighbor called me and asked if I was okay, told me to to immediately go to the police station and that he saw the entire thing. If he hadn't said this I would have chalked it up to an over active imagination. I went to the police station and was surprised they took my report and told them to call me immediately if it happened again. As far I can tell he did nothing illegal except tailgate, and act kind of creepy. They told me not to approach the car, and come straight to the station or call 911 next time it happened. Asked if I had any known enemies, etc. I don't, I'm a simple Internet nerd. I'm not political or anything else, sometimes I play video games. He tailed my car VERY closely, then would veer away after about a mile. Is this a PI? Someone investigating me? They are not being very coy about it, and it feels like intimidation. I feel as if this might be a case of mistaken intimidation. As far as I know there's no reason for someone to be tailing me, or tailing me and being so obvious. I don't feel physically in danger, I'm a male and I'm rather fit. Is this a thing? This feels like it is out of a bad Lifetime movie or television show. I plan on taking the police's advice, but feel as if I should take extra precautions. I'm actually more worried they are worried, if that makes any sense. To the point where I might stay with friends for a bit. Am I overreacting? Has anyone had this happen to them before?

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Hello! I would like to drive somewhere within 20 minutes of Jamaica Plain MA and see some fantastic* holiday lights. Can you help? It would be amazing for this to be somewhere we could drive and park (or take the Orange Line T), then get out and walk, but I am completely open to just slowly driving through a residential neighborhood. A cluster of houses is better than just one crazy place, though if there's something really outstanding I'd love to hear about it!*"fantastic" should be read as synonymous with any of the following (please specify which type of lighting display you are recommending): beautiful, striking, tacky, outlandish, ghastly-but-impressive, majestic. Basically anything that makes you say, "Whoa, look at that!" This will be happening early next week, so lights should be up already or likely to go up this weekend.

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On impulse, I registered for two tickets to a Trump/Pence "Thank You" rally in Milwaukee next Tuesday. If I chicken out, or no one is willing to go with me, at least there will be some empty seats, but if I do go, what should I do? No signs/banners allowed.I am white and I pass as a boring cis straight guy so I'm not that concerned about my general safety. I'm trying to gauge if I should wear an anti-fascist t-shirt or what. Bring an airhorn? I'm willing to take the risk of getting roughed up and kicked out, but I am scared of getting arrested since I'm trans.

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I'd like to ask for some really nice yoga/lounge pants/leggings for Christmas. I'm pretty medium sized, but I often run into the problem, even with stretchy stuff, that if pants fit my thighs then they're loose/gappy in the waist. They must be machine wash 'n' dry. Cost, up to $100. Recommendations?I don't want Lululemon because I'm turned off by the John Galt thing a few years back and the other stuff about the see-through material. I don't want Lularoe because I've heard they're line dry and because the giver would never hunt up a seller. I've tried Lands End Starfish pants and they fit me oddly - I think they're made for women who have more hip than I do. Also the fabric is a bit thicker than I'd like. Athleta? American Giant?

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I'd like to get my wife a set of wheel lights for her manual wheelchair. The requirements being a bit different from typical bicycle applications, I seek insight and suggestions.My wife commutes via city bus while using a manual wheelchair with spoked 24" wheels. The wheels are mounted on and dismounted from the chair every day, and get handled a lot more than bike wheels. The ideal product would be lightweight, robust and very easy to switch on and off while seated in the assembled chair. Less importantly, it would be nice if the components weren't so clunky or garish as to look odd in a lighted office environment. Because the wheels never spin very quickly, lights intended to create graphic visual effects probably wouldn't work. I have no idea what's available these days. Hit me.

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After being convinced here last year that I should keep the Amazon Echo that I received as a gift, we have been completely happy with it. Moreover, my inlaws also have enjoyed it when they come over to visit. They like the ability to just ask for music and have the music "just play." As such, I was thinking of getting them an Echo as a gift. However, they don't have Amazon Prime. How much will this impact what they are able to do? Bonus question: Is a Google Home a better alternative? Bonus bonus question: If they are willing to pay an ongoing subscription fee, which between the two will get them the most bang for their buck?

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I am a fan of the Siberian Crane who took a wrong turn and ended up in Taiwan. Now in Japan, maybe? Problem: I can't read Chinese.So a couple years ago a Siberian Crane took a wrong turn or two and ended up in Taiwan. The local people protected and doted on this crane. It got a full time employee of the Taiwanese govt to keep an eye on it. It has a Facebook page and a children's picture book. I have been enchanted by the story so much so that when I went to Taiwan I visited the place where the crane was without knowing if it was still there. (It wasn't but that's ok, don't regret trying) While in Taiwan I discovered it had moved to Japan, from miraculously understanding a post from the FB page. Articles in English and Japanese, which I can read, are nowhere to be found for recent news. Japanese!=Chinese so my kanji reading skills do not give me the whole picture, and recent posts mystify me. So please, folks who can read Chinese: Where is my beloved crane?? Is it still in Japan? Do people know where it is? Any other developments I should know? Thanks! Crane FB page

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I want to gift my husband with a game (board, online, whatever) that we can play together an hour or so after work each weekday. Recommendations?He loves all board games, including One Night Ultimate Werewolf and Settlers of Catan. He plays a few online and video games..I'm not sure what they are. I personally am not a huge fan of anything too competitive and only recently started playing board games. It'd be fun to do something we can play for a little bit after work to unwind and then can stop and go back to continue the next day.

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Meet The Machinists Who Keep the New York Times Running is a short video from Motherboard. The video initiates a new series, State of Repair, which will look at the work involved in keeping legacy industrial infrastructure functioning.

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There was a TV show or movie in Britain in the late 90s/early 2000s that was centered around two women (comedians) who played teenage boys. I believe in one of the movies they go to the seaside. What was this show? Who were these comedians? My parents are insisting I made this up.

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Restaurant reviews are a dime a dozen on Youtube, but what the world still lacked was a guy going around London chicken shops rating them on wing crispiness, chip consistency, burger buildup and value for money (anything over two pounds fifty is stretching it). Fortunately, now there's Chicken Connoisseur's The Pengest Munch to fill the gap.

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Issur Danielovitch Demsky, aka Kirk Douglas, turns 100 today. Kirk Douglas Turns 100: The Legendary Actor Recalls Kubrick and the Blacklist 5 reasons to celebrate actor Kirk Douglas on his 100th birthday Kirk Douglas at 100: a one-man Hollywood Mount Rushmore In pictures: Kirk Douglas at 100 "I'm Spartacus!"

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