We Demand that the U. S. Senate not confirm Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor
Andrew Puzder is among Trump's more controversial Cabinet picks because he has publicly opposed the overtime rule and various other Department of Labor regulations, and because the fast-food industry, from which Puzder hails, is a top wage-theft enforcement target at the department. Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants, which includes Carl’s Jr. and Hardee's. It’s actually very hard to imagine a worse choice for Labor Secretary than Andy Puzder. The Labor Secretary’s job is to look out for American workers. Trump's Labor nominee has opposed increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour and efforts to expand eligibility for overtime pay. It would be kind of funny if it wasn’t so serious. During the election, Trump made a lot of promises to create good jobs. But he’s filling his cabinet with CEOs and right-wing billionaires who have spent their lives undermining working people’s rights to come together in unions, while fighting minimum wage increases, paid sick leave and family leave policies. The evidence clearly demonstrates that protecting the rights of the people who work at Puzder’s company or its franchisees doesn't seem to be his priority. Puzder has run a business model that has produced widespread labor abuses at the companies. According to data compiled by Bloomberg BNA, over the previous seven years, about 60 percent of all Labor Department investigations of Carl's Jr. Restaurants found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. While working people at his fast food chains sometimes were making below minimum wage, Puzder was taking big compensation packages. In 2012, he made 291 times as much as workers at his restaurants. Now, he could be in charge of enforcing our nation’s labor laws—from ensuring workplace safety to investigating wage theft. His companies had the fourth highest incidents of wage theft reported to the government. ‘Wage theft is a rampant, everyday problem in the fast-food industry: Nearly nine out of 10 fast-food workers across the country report having money stolen from their paychecks by their boss,’ Kendall Fells, the Fight for $15 national organizing director, told Bloomberg BNA via e-mail. Bloomberg reported. “Fells referred to a 2014 poll commissioned by the campaign of more than 1,000 fast-food workers nationwide. The survey documented such common worker complaints as being forced to perform tasks before clocking in or after clocking out, having the cost of uniforms deducted from their paychecks, and not receiving breaks during long shifts.” Puzder’s Carl’s Jr. restaurant chain also has a history of sexist television. He thinks it’s appropriate to peddle sex to kids if it sells the product. “We believe in putting hot models in our commercials, because ugly ones don’t sell burgers,” said the CEO in a 2011 press release, according to Fortune. “We target hungry guys, and we get young kids that want to be young hungry guys.” Let’s target Puzder’s nomination instead. Just Say No Puzder at Labor. This petition will be delivered to the full Senate and to the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee of the U.S. Senate
A HEALTHCARE BILL DOESN'T START WITH TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH.
The Senate's attempt at a Healthcare Bill for Americans should not start with tax breaks for the rich. Those tax breaks are exactly why choice and coverage will decline, while premiums and deductibles will increase. Tell the Senate that if they want to give the rich a tax break, submit a new net neutral Bill for those tax breaks they want to give to their rich donors. But that our health, Americans' health, should not be valued less important than those that are wealthy. A health care bill that has tax breaks for the rich should not be approved.
Make Endometriosis A Recognized Disability In the United States
1 in 10 women suffer with Endometriosis which has no cure. Most of these women are in the twenty to forty age group (can be younger or older) and of the women who have this condition up to 40% are infertile. Unfortunately it can take up to 10 years for a woman to be diagnosed with endometriosis. Many struggle to keep jobs or have lost their jobs due to this painful condition. As of right now social security does not recognized endometriosis on the disability list. It is because they consider the pain to be intermittent and can be manged with medication which endo suffers can agree that that is not always the case. Too often women are turned down because of this reason. This petition has been made so that we can get this condition recognized as a disability in the United States. Too often we must suffer because we have no other resort. I hope that we can reach the white house and make this happen. Everyone please sign, this condition is so common that if you are not a sufferer yourself you know someone (mother, sister, aunt, daughter, wife, girlfriend, friend, etc.) that suffers from it. Thank you for your support!
To eradicate the "War On Wolves" and continue the protection of endangered gray wolves
The following is details taken from the website http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2017/01/minnesota-wisconsin-and-wyoming-have.html?m=1 and http://earthjustice.org/ "Senators from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming yesterday introduced the “War on Wolves Act,” a companion bill to legislation introduced last week in the House that would strip federal protections from wolves and allow trophy hunting and trapping of the species in four states. If the legislation passes both chambers and gets signed by the president, it would hand the fate of wolves in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Wyoming over to states whose management wolf plans two federal courts ruled inadequate to securing the species at legally required population levels in absence of Endangered Species Act protections. In Wyoming, this would allow the state to resume a hostile management program that allowed for unlimited shoot-on-sight killing of wolves across 85 percent of the state. The legislation would further strip citizens of the right to challenge these lethal programs in court. The appeals process of two federal court decisions that restored federal protections to wolves in those four states are still underway. Decisions on those cases are expected any day." Politicians should not meddle in the science-based listing status of a particular species at any stage, but now is an especially bad time as these cases are still playing out in the courts. We urge those who support the protection of wolves to call their senators and representatives and tell them to vote down this lethal legislation.
CONGRESS EVOLVE with SCIENCE! People & Animals First NOT Profit!
STOP the Over Vaccinating of our Animals NOW!
It's a matter of LIFE or Death! Take an ethical stand to protect our animals from over vaccinating. Your pets depend on you! We are demanding a proposed committee substitute or amendment to the Rabies Vaccination Law and include Titer Testing. Administering partial doses of vaccines, has been widely shared by our Veterinarians. A small dog half-dose vaccine study, which supports Dr. John Robb’s theory. Dr. Ronald Schultz, professor of immunology and founding chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and an author of the WSAVA and AAHA guidelines, “The presence of active antibody response to these viruses is a clear indication of protection. There is no confusion on this point.” A Titer Test can be done in lieu of over-immunization. (read below) for more Doctors and Veterinarians. Science continues to evolve and we need more courageous people in the Senate and House of Representatives to evolve too, educate their selves to reflect the current science. What can you do? (1) Sign this petition and share, Facebook share, text, tweet, add it to your website, keep sharing (we're stronger together) and (2) contact (USA.gov link below) your elected officials (call, text, email, visit their offices) to demand the amended Rabies law now! * Attention Senate and House of Representatives Action Requested - Public Hearing and Proposed Bill * AN ACT CONCERNING THE VACCINATION OF ANIMALS Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened: That the general statutes be amended to allow veterinarians to: Vary from vaccine dosage protocols when in the best interest and health of an animal Administer a rabies antibody titer to determine the need for a rabies booster vaccines Statement of Purpose: To allow veterinarians to make decisions that are in the best interest of an animal's health and to prevent animals from being over-vaccinated. Senate and House of Representatives, Animals play an important role in many people's lives. Imagine just for a moment of those with pets and the healing power of these pets. Consider the elderly pet owners, who often live alone or in group facilities. The working dog that saves it's handler and peoples lives. Seeing-eye dogs, dogs that can be trained to detect seizures, therapy, speech therapy, or physical rehabilitation to help patients recover. Aside from these working and therapeutic roles, animals are also valued as companions, which can certainly affect the quality of our lives. Tens of millions of people depend on you to have laws that reflect our evolving health care that influences our animals lives and well-being including the people that own them. We elected you because we trusted your commitment to conduct yourselves with the highest regard for professional responsibility and integrity. You were voted to be reliably honest, fair and morally responsible and always acting in the best interests of your constituents. It is alarming that animal lovers are being bullied by representing owners’ legitimate concerns about vaccination policy and practice. We must be allowed to freely question government mandated medical interventions, (vaccinations'), insist amending laws that put your pets health at risk and legalize Titer Testing. There's nothing worse then a law that's killing the love of our lives. Supporting Documents: Dr. John Robb D.V.M Testimony to amend the rabies law (video): http://bit.ly/2o3qAJv Dr. Ronald Schultz, Researcher of canine vaccines at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine: http://bit.ly/2ppId6H Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory - Rabies Titer Screen Test: http://bit.ly/2phb2SU Dr. J. Blancou Practical significance of rabies antibodies in cats and dogs: http://bit.ly/2nAFriu Dr. John Robb D.V.M Scientific Protocol, Key Points and Conclusions: http://bit.ly/2ppoxj4 Dr. Becker D.V.M: Are Vaccinations Necessary for Pets?(video): http://bit.ly/2o3B1wF Dr. John Robb D.V.M Vaccine Volume: http://bit.ly/2ovvNNk Natural News: http://bit.ly/2lwpmci Science of Vaccination: http://bit.ly/2nAFdrz Care2: http://bit.ly/2ppkEdZ How to Contact Your Elected Officials: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Senate, We the Undersigned, respectfully ask that you do not confirm the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Hundreds of thousands of citizens have reached out to their senators in every state. The case has been made and the facts are evident. What we commit to now is that if you do not listen to your constituents and continue in your support of Ms. DeVos, we will vote against you in your next reelection. We will donate to your opponent and find a representative that will support public education. Please be an advocate for our students and vote no on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos.
JAWONIO JOINS VOICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO SAVE MEDICAID
A Society is Judged by How it CARES for it's MOST VULNERABLE PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION ON ALL OF YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA AND EMAIL TO ALL NETWORKS.#SAVEMEDICAID For children, adults and their families with mental health challenges and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities the $800 billion cut to Medicaid will be devastating. Please stand with our vulnerable community and let your senators know you care. Medicaid funding for community supports, in-home services and habilitation is what replaced living in institutions for many people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Recovery services, addiction programs and peer support is what keeps those with mental health issues alive. So while Medicaid block grants and budget cuts are a nightmare to people with disabilities and their families, they don't even make sense at a fiscal level. Medicaid Saves Lives!! #PROTECTOURCARE Please ask your Senators right now to do the right thing and not decimate health care through support of the House bill.
Tell the H.E.L.P Senate Committee to Make Federal Employment Equal and Safe For People With Autism/ Mental Disabilities
Former FDA Consumer Safety Officer, Stacey A. Meyer is seeking a petition of a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States due April 21st, 2015. She is also seeking to unite special interest groups as amicus curiae to file a brief in support of this case. Her prayer and plight is to bring change to “how” and “who”, neutral third party, handles the requests for reasonable accommodations for individuals with invisible or barely visible mental or developmental disabilities. Often times, the employee with a developmental or mental disability cannot advocate for themselves or even know “what” types of accommodations the employer could make for them. The very essence of their disability impedes them from requesting or speaking up for themselves. Additionally, if the decision making process is left to an employee’s first, second or third level supervisor, a conflict of interest or negative biases will ultimately impact “how”, “if” and “what” the employer will provide for the qualified disabled employee seeking relief. Now, the employee is left exposed, vulnerable and if not valued subjected to resentful and/or discriminatory treatment. Everyone knows someone who has autism either through direct interaction or indirectly. It affects all of us and unless we stand united together injustices will continue to be committed against individuals with autism whether they are children at home, in school or adults in pursuit of the American dream, gainful employment and independent living. Stacey was a proud public servant for the United States Government for 17 years. She was terminated “because of” the mental disabilities she suffers from on July 15, 2011. The last position she held was with the Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration as a Consumer Safety Officer regulating the imported commodities, primarily foods, which enter into our domestic commerce. She was a loyal, trustworthy, dedicated and hard-working individual despite her mental disabilities (panic attacks, major depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, dependant personality disorder and sensory processing disorders). It is more than likely, because of these traits and symptoms, that she falls under the autistic spectrum disorders. The disabilities listed are co-morbidities of the autism. She is a 46 year old woman and often, especially women, do not find out until much later in life. She has been in litigation for 3 ½ years and this process has intensified her health issues and put her in financial ruin. She has lost everything through all of the litigation expenses. She never had her day in court with the administrative judge in the Merit Systems Protection Board, because her trial attorneys led her to believe that the Administrative Judge was going to rule against her and for the defendant the Department of Health and Human Services. Under their guidance, she withdrew from the MSPB process and filed a civil employment lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida in early July of 2012. Her day in court was slated for the first two weeks of December 2013. On November 15, 2013 the defendant moved for Summary Judgment on all four counts and the District Judge Cecilia Altonaga dismissed all 4 counts and closed the case. The four counts: Count I – Discrimination based on disability for Meyer’s termination in violation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. sections 701-791b; Count II Discrimination based on disability for the FDA’s failure to accommodate Meyer’s disability in violation of the Rehabilitation Act; Count III – Retaliatory termination against Meyer for engaging in a protected activity in violation of the Rehabilitation Act; and Count IV – Discrimination based on gender in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1064, 42 U.S.C. section 2000e-2(a) (“Title VII”) Case No. 12-22666-CIV-ALTONAGA/Simonton. HHS admitted that she is a “qualified individual with a disability” under the Rehabilitation Act. The only hurdle that she appears to be facing in the court of law is that the DHHS terminated her under the “guise” that she broke a policy, misuse of a Government Owned Vehicle GOV and misrepresentation of her time and attendance by performing “fieldwork” in the field. She worked from within the GOV to escape the inadequate cubicle, high foot traffic and its location to supervisor William Keck. The court is hinging on the fact that she was not terminated “solely, because of” her disabilities. She revealed her mental disabilities to her first and second line supervisors, respectively, William Keck and Florida Director of Imports Branch, Facundo Bernal. She requested a minimal reasonable accommodations through the EEOC process a flexible any 80 hour schedule. In September 2010, Bernal called a meeting to create the facade that he was willingly engaging in the interactive process that the American with Disabilities and the Rehabilitation Act envisions. This process is a give and take between employee and employer is to determine the exact limitations and to consider what types of accommodations might help the otherwise qualified individual effectively perform the job. This process is also ongoing not a one stop deal. The needs of the individual may change through time or circumstances. Bernal used this meeting as a platform , as a pretext, not to discuss her needs for accommodations, but instead ridiculed and mocked her limitations surrounding her conditions: 1) interacting with others 2) concentration and 3) inability to learn new things. Bernal called her a “liability” during the meeting and flat out stated he did not think she was qualified for the position. Bernal questioned her abilities to do fieldwork, drive a GOV and interact with the officials at the firms FDA regulates. Stacey experienced a panic attack and became overwhelmed when Bernal called her a “liability” and publicly humiliated her in front of the other five individuals involved in the meeting. This disrespect of Stacey as a human being and as a contributing employee to the department caused irrevocable damage to her. Stacey’s behavior, “avoidant” followed after this contemptuous treatment. Even though Bernal did not think she could do the fieldwork, he chose to leave her in that very environment to fester her conditions. Union representatives brought up various accommodations during the meeting, including inner office duties (i.e. entry review and filer evaluations). Those duties are within the position of her former position and there are individuals that are not disabled performing those duties exclusively. Rotation into the inner office duties would have allowed Stacey to decompress from the continual flux of sensory and social engagement countered performing fieldwork. EEOC strongly advised Bernal to grant the any 80 hour schedule and offer FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) as an additional accommodation. Basically, because of the EEOC laws, Bernal reluctantly granted the any 80 hour schedule, but never mentioned to Stacey about invoking her FMLA right. Only 3 weeks later, Bernal unilaterally changed the accommodation, to a First 40 schedule, without consultation with the EEOC. He notified her of the change without union representation and did not engage in a discussion for alternative accommodations. This schedule conceptually looked similar to the 80 hour, but was quite different and was difficult in application. Stacey volunteered every other weekend to perform entry review, remotely, and counted on those hours for the 80 hour pay period. After this change to her schedule Stacey “shutdown”. In November 2010 Stacey’s reasonable accommodation needs changed when the import personnel relocated to a larger building. Stacey’s cubicle in the previous office was a secluded partitioned cubicle. The new cubicle was an open space just outside Keck’s office. Because of the new exposed cubicle, her conditions became exacerbated with sensory overload and a change of routine, important for autistics, and the proximity to Keck’s office. This cubicle became a contaminated area for her. Stacey began to experience panic attacks while sitting there and within eyesight of Keck. Stacey’s previous involvement, with Keck, incited emotions that triggered these panic attacks and extreme anxiety. As a new accommodation, she asked Keck for a different cubicle reassignment and was denied and mocked. Stacey was trying to stay gainfully employed at the same time she was being mistreated and dealing with all the triggers causing her health to deteriorate. This cubicle affected her concentration and anxiety levels. Stacey began to avoid this space at all costs. Keck, on many occasions mocked her limitations regarding her disabilities by exclaiming “What’s a matter can’t you concentrate at this desk?” Keck also made reference to one of her limitations, social communication, by making inflammatory comments “If you shake your ass I know you won’t have any problems while out in the field”. Instead of reporting these inflammatory comments to the EEOC or third or fourth level supervisors, she mistakenly, because of her conditions, stayed silent. Staying silent for too long ultimately caused her termination. After visiting the importing firms Stacey would continue the “fieldwork” at a small park one block across from the office to perform administrative duties, which is not uncommon, within the “safe” space of the GOV or on the park bench. She used the GOV as a satellite office. She also combined her lunch and two – 15 minute breaks while at the park. The flexible schedule was requested and granted, although modified, for exactly this reason to flex her schedule when needed. Stacey chose to avoid the cubicle triggering her panic attacks and work from the field. She also utilized the hour break to walk decompressing from the sensory overload and prepare to return to the contaminated cubicle. Her first and second line supervisors believed she was taking too long out in the field, so allegedly Keck did surveillance for 4 days while she performed fieldwork. Instead of questioning her or asking if her disabilities were causing difficulties while driving or performing the fieldwork, they contacted her third line supervisor, Emma Singleton who allegedly contacted the Office of Internal Affairs (OIA) to conduct an investigation. These managers, Facundo I. Bernal and William M. Keck were so derelict of their duties as the Florida’s Director of Import Operations Branch and as a Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer making over $100,000 each annually neither offered to discuss what was causing Stacey’s delay doing the fieldwork. From the reasonable accommodation meeting held only 1 ½ months earlier both officers gleaned that Stacey was a qualified individual with a disability and struggled with the limitations of 1) social communication 2) concentration and 3) ability to learn new things but neither cared enough to try to engage Stacey when they both noticed a difference in her behavior after moving to the new office. This clearly demonstrates their disregard and animosity for Stacey’s limitations and as an employee in general. Their number one action should have been for her welfare and safety under their purview. This gave them the ability to remove Stacey from her federal career under the pretext that she violated a policy. The investigation through a GPS, of course, confirmed that she was going to the park across the street. Stacey was fired under the pretext that she misused a GOV and that she did not perform work while at this park. Stacey timely appealed, Case No. 13-15685-BB, to the 11th Circuit, on December 13th, 2013. On November 17, 2014 the 11th Circuit Judges: Chief Judge Ed Carnes, Gerald Tjoflat and Adalberto Jordan per curiam AFFIRMED the lower court’s ruling as a matter of law stating that there were no material facts in dispute for a trial jury to decide. Stacey’s trial attorneys and appeal attorney have raised several significant material facts of dispute that collectively; together create a mosaic of circumstantial evidence. These facts should be left to a jury of her peers to decide if there was intentional retaliation and/or discrimination for seeking a reasonable accommodation for her disabilities. The case has many, many more tiles, components to it, that taken together demonstrate intentional discriminatory and retaliatory actions from her first line supervisor, William M. Keck and her second line supervisor, Facundo I. Bernal. Quite prudent to this case is a glaring conflict of interest that has been disregarded and over-looked intentionally. Count IV, gender discrimination, was not appealed to the 11th circuit and is therefore not considered. However, if a jury heard her case in its entirety; the perjuries committed by Keck, about any former relationship, sexually, with Stacey would illustrate his lack of candor. Also the perjuries from the Director, Bernal that he never called Stacey a “liability” and even openly admitted that it was wrong when he unilaterally changed her accommodation, justice could be served. WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP: Please write, call, email and tweet the following individuals to change the outcome of my case and life. President Barack Obama, DHHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D) - FL, Florida District Director Susan Turcovski and the United States Attorney for Appellee Wilfredo A. Ferrer. If you decide to tweet, justice4stacey.com, please include the hashtag #justice4stacey #accountability #williamkeck and #facundobernal. The message is simple: Stacey deserves justice and her right to a jury trial. You can reach the President Barack Obama at: The White House Attention: President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Phone (202)456-1111 Twitter: @BarackObama@WhiteHouse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barackobama You can reach U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D) - FL at: Office of Senator Bill Nelson 225 East Robinson Street, Suite 410 Orlando, Florida 32801 Phone: (407) 872-7161 Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenBillNelson Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/billnelson E-mail: http://www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill You can reach my congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Congresswoman D. Wasserman-Schultz 118 Cannon H.O.B. 10100 Pines Blvd Washington, DC 20515 Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 Phone: (202)225-7931 Phone: (954)437-3936 Twitter: @DWStweets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepDebbieWassermanSchultz You can reach the DHHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell at: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Attention: Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell 200 Independence Ave. SW Washington DC 20201 Phone: 1-877-696-6775 E-mail: Sylvia.Burwell@fda.hhs.gov Twitter: @SecBurwell You can reach the FDA Commissioner, Margaret A. Hamburg at: Food and Drug Administration Attention: Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg 10903 New Hampshire Avenue WO1 RM2219 HF-01 Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002 E-mail: Mhamburg1@fda.hhs.gov Phone (301)796-5000 You can reach the FDA Regional Director, Anne Reid at: Food and Drug Administration Attention: Regional Director Anne Reid 60 Eighth Street DO-ATL Annex1 RM214 HFR-SE1 Atlanta, GA 30309 E-mail: Anne.email@example.com Phone: 404-253-1171 You can reach the Florida District Director, Susan M. Turcovski at Food and Drug Administration 555 Winderley Place 2nd Floor, Suite 200 Maitland, FL 32751 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (407)475-4702 You can reach U.S. Attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer at: US Attorneys Office Southern District Office 99 NE 4th St Miami, FL 33132-2131 United States Phone: (305)961-9001 Fax: (305)530-6444 Email: email@example.com Thank-you everyone for your help and support! Without you I won't make a difference. Stacey Meyer twitter @samfashion43
Warner Brothers: Make Asheron's Call public domain
Warner Brothers sold many people lifetime subscriptions to their property "Asheron's Call" and shortly thereafter shut their servers down and kept the monies. Warner Brothers has made it glaringly obvious that they do not intend to use the aforementioned property. We demand that Warner Brothers make "Asheron's Call" public domain so those who wish to put this 18 year old software to use may do so. If Warner Brothers allows Asheron's Call to become public domain then fans of the game can set up and run their own servers to provide service to those who are interested. Letter From Warner Brothers #SaveAsheron'sCall Let Warner Brothers know how this makes you feel. Let WB know on Twitter. #FreeAsheron #FreeAsheronsCall #WarnerBrothers #SetAsheronFree #SaveAsheronsCall #GiftACToThePlayers #AsheronsCall #Turbine #Microsoft #PowertothePlayers #Gaming #PCGaming #game #games #news #videogames Asheron's Call (AC) was a fantasy MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) for Microsoft Windows-based PCs developed and published by Turbine Entertainment Software. Though it was developed by the Turbine team (with Microsoft's extensive assistance), it was published as a Microsoft title until 2004. Asheron's Call was set on the island continent of Dereth and several surrounding smaller islands and archipelagos on the fictional planet of Auberean. The game was played in a large, seamless 3D virtual world which could host thousands of players' characters (or avatars) at a time. Released on November 2, 1999, it was the third major MMORPG to be release and was developed at the same time as Ultima Online and EverQuest. After initial success its subscription numbers dropped as newer MMORPGs moved into the market. Its host servers remained online for over 17 years after the game's original launch. It was announced on December 20, 2016 that Asheron's Call would close all its servers on January 31, 2017. Despite several attempts by the community to purchase or lease the IP, the game closed at 12 EST on that day. On December 20, 2016, it was announced that Turbine would no longer develop MMORPGs, with the servers and account system to be transitioned over to a newly formed studio called Standing Stone Games. However, the Asheron's Call IP remains with Turbine and their owner Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the result of which is that after 18 years, the game would close on January 31, 2017. New account creation was disabled in December 2016, although players with an account were free to keep playing the game. The closure not only affected Asheron's Call, but also its sequel. In 2012, Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings was resurrected, but would also close on January 31, 2017. The servers closed at 12 EST on January 31. Shortly after the servers closed the website and forums were taken down, along with the official Facebook page.
PKU FORMULA COVERAGE FROM MEDICARE WITHOUT AGE LIMITATION.
MEDICARE CURRENTLY HAS A LAW THAT CAPS FORMULA COVERAGE FOR ADULT PKU PEOPLE AT AGE 20. THE AGE CAP NEEDS TO BE REMOVED AND MEDICARE NEEDS TO COVER FORMULA FOR PKU ADULTS, AS IT IS MEDICALLY NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF EACH PKU ADULT. PKU DOES NOT IMPROVE OVER TIME AND THERE IS NO CURE FOR IT. HOWEVER, PKU FORMULA CONTAINS THE OTHER NECESSARY AMINO ACIDS TO PROVIDE PROTEIN FOR PKU BODIES WITHOUT THE AMINO ACID PHENYLALANINE THAT THE LIVER OF PKU PEOPLE HAVE NO ENZYME TO DIGEST PROPERLY. WITHOUT FORMULA TREATMENT THE PKU BODY BUILDS DANGEROUS LEVELS OF PHENYLALANINE IN THE BLOOD AND CREATES WHITE MATTER (A PUSS-LIKE SUBSTANCE) IN THE BRAIN BLOCKING OFF SYNAPSE AND DAMAGING NERVE ENDINGS THROUGHOUT THE BODY. IT WAS ONCE THOUGHT THAT PKU PEOPLE MAY GO OFF DIET AND DISCONTINUE TREATMENT WITH FORMULA WHEN THE PKU PERSON BECOMES AN ADULT. IT HAS SINCE BEEN DISCOVERED THAT CONTINUING FORMULA AND DIETARY TREATMENT OF PKU IMPROVES DAILY HEALTH AND MENTAL COGNITION. IT ALSO KEEPS AT BAY SYMPTOMS OF SEVERE DEPRESSION,ANXIETY, TREMORS,COGNITIVE DELAY, AND BODY PAIN, TO NAME A FEW. WITHOUT COVERAGE FOR PKU FORMULA THE COST OUT OF POCKET IS WELL OVER $2000.00 FOR A ONE MONTH SUPPLY, THEREBY MAKING LIVING EXPENSES UNREACHABLE FOR MANY, IF NOT MOST, PKU ADULTS.