Let’s Just Get Rid of Florida Already

Oct 30

The question of the day: Would anyone really care if Florida just fell off from the continental United States and disappeared into the ocean? I know I wouldn’t be particularly concerned. As far as states go, Florida is just about the worst. I wish we could call on our Georgia attorneys to simply go to court and get a divorce and never have to see Florida again or deal with their shenanigans, but then again, it’s Florida, and I suppose there’s some advantage to keeping them around to be the butt of every joke.

The best thing to ever come out of Florida is I-75. As far as I know, all they have is alligators and swamps that always flood, and you couldn’t give me anything that would convince me to move from Georgia to Florida. We’ve got it made in the shade here, and I love Georgia.

Georgia was founded in 1732 as a place for debtors to get a fresh and fair start. Everything cooks under the sunny Southern sky, and this land is full of magic. We have the sweetest Vidalia onions in the world, and we produce the most pecans than any other state. There is nothing better than grandma’s pecan pie after a Thanksgiving feast! You can go outside and breathe the same fresh air that supported the birth of the Civil Rights Movement, right here in Atlanta, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s house is still on Auburn Avenue.

If you like golf, we’ve got that too. Every year, the Masters Tournament is played at the Augusta National Golf Club, after the course was denied hosting the US Open. Around here, if we run into obstacles, we don’t give up. We’ll figure out a solution and work hard to resolve the issue.

Florida is the kind of state where Sharknado could actually happen. For some reason, everyone seems to dump their non-native species in Florida and the state has a huge problem with invasive creatures. You would think there are enough alligators down there to eat up all the problems, but it doesn’t work like that. Fully grown boas and pythons dwell in the murky landscapes surrounding local cities, and lately, giant African land snails have taken over the place, eating houses and spreading parasites like rat lungworm. Poisonous lionfish and Cuban tree frogs are common throughout the state, and there just isn’t as much natural beauty in a place like Florida compared to Georgia.

Georgia has its fair share of ridiculous laws, like taking away the license of a funeral director for using obscene language in the presence of a corpse. We’ve also got some weird natural phenomenon. Stone Mountain is the world’s largest piece of granite that has been exposed to the surface of the earth, and little pockets in the stone have created a habitat for shrimp nearly 1,683 feet above sea level. Don’t ask me how they got there, but at least you don’t see Georgia with enormous four-foot long black spinytail iguanas running all over the place, like Florida. If only our two states could handle this amicably and part ways… Oh well.

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Clean Air for the Future

Aug 13

As globalization continues to affect our growing world we as a species must innovate our technology in order to protect the Earth from harmful environmental pollutants. As we burn fossil fuels, pump methane into our atmosphere from animal agriculture, and burn down the rest of our rainforests our planet has become increasingly fragile. Too long have humans placed our own immediate needs above the long term needs for all life on Earth. Companies such as RoboVent are mavericks in their field, cleaning up the earth’s air supply and reducing further impact. Their mission is simple – provide innovative tools that can reduce harmful emissions that would otherwise harm the operator and the planet as a whole.

The global population has exploded at an alarming rate. Humans are doing more to harm the planet than they are to heal it. We take out resources from the earth’s crust, burn down forests, which in turn throws out excess carbon into the air, and overfish the oceans until one day they will be virtually empty. Even more depressing is that we have pridefully done this in the name of the entire human species with no remorse. This is where companies like RoboVent are stepping in to combat climate change by producing technology that is innovative in order to slow the effects of humanity killing the earth. The Anthropocene is the current age we are living in. This age is notated by the period in which humanity permanently disrupted the planetary environment in a way never previously recorded. Due to human intervention, wind patterns have shifted causing major changes to climate and seasonal periods. This in turn has and will continue to disrupt farming cycles.

Everything humanity has done to pollute the world in the past 100 years is literally shifting the homeostatic patterns that the earth previously operated on. RoboVent specifically uses innovative technology in order to stay current with worker’s needs. Their filtration systems are cutting edge and are crucial to their mission of improving lives daily. The work RoboVent is spearheading is extremely valuable to the future of industrial work sites. With current political administrations slacking majorly on EPA regulations for factories and major producers, companies like RoboVent must be at the forefront of protecting workers and the planet. Their commitment to the earth and their clients have allowed them to prosper alongside other Fortune 500 companies. I find it particularly important to mention that typically companies that place client feedback on a level of high importance usually have successful business ventures and RoboVent is an excellent example of that vision.

To summarize, as the whole of Humanity enters further into the Anthropocene it is increasingly important to place companies like RoboVent at the front lines of technological innovation so that we as a species do not further harm the planet. Eco-friendly technology must become the standard goal for all devices around the world. As tech is integrated more regularly, we must make sure it is ethically suitable for our current ecological state.

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Prompt Pay

Jul 30

As defined by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, “prompt pay” is a policy that “makes sure that valid and proper invoices submitted by vendors are paid on time by federal agencies.” In 2003, the state of Texas implemented its own Prompt Payment Act to ensure that doctors and other medical professionals were being fairly compensated for their services. Prior to the act, many insurance companies engaged in evasive business practices that cheated medical practitioners of the full compensation that they were entitled.

The Prompt Payment Act of 2013

As the Prompt Pay attorneys at Williams Kherkher explain, the Texas Prompt Pay Act of 2013 does not cover all insurance programs. Furthermore, not all physicians that provide patient care are eligible to pursue a Prompt Pay Act claim. Unfortunately, prompt pay laws are extremely complex, and medical professionals often enlist the help of experienced lawyers to help them determine their eligibility. The basic eligibility requirements for Prompt Pay include the following:

  • The patient must be insured by an entity covered by the Prompt Pay Act
  • The medical care provider must either have a written contract with the insurance company, have performed services in an emergency or its “attendant episode of care,” or have performed services at the request of the insurance company because an in-network doctor could not have “reasonably” performed the services.
  • The claim initially submitted to the insurance company must have been “clean”—complete, legible, and accurate.
  • The claim must have been submitted within 95 days of services rendered

There are occasionally exceptions made to these basic requirements, but such exceptions are extremely rare.

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Employer Responsibility: Indoor Air Quality

Jun 20

Employers should not overlook indoor air quality. It can affect both the productivity and health of employees, so it is a lose-lose situation if they ignore the role of indoor air quality, even if they look at it in a pure business perspective.

It doesn’t matter what industry they are, because all kinds of work are vulnerable to poor air quality. Below are just some of the things employers can do to ensure the cleanliness of air in their premises.

Installing the adequate ventilation system

The most basic thing they can do is to get a good ventilation system, such as that from RoboVent. A ventilation system does not just circulate air and control temperature, as it can also effectively filter dust and other pollutants.

Of course, merely installing the system is not enough. Maintaining it to avoid defects and malfunctions are just as important.

Designing the workplace for good air circulation

Even if the workplace has an adequate ventilation system, it may not function in its most effective if the workplace itself is not designed in a way that promotes good air movement. Furniture, supplies, equipment, and even entire machines should not block airways, particularly air conditioners, hallways, and windows. The place should also not be too crowded.

Maintaining the workplace

The ventilation system is not just the only thing that needs maintenance. The entire workplace should be cleaned for aesthetic and health reasons. Aside from ventilation system defects, the most common maintenance issues include excessive emissions from appliances and office equipment, improper disposal of trash, improper storage of food, and growth of bacteria, mold, and other contaminants.

Avoiding pollutants

Pollutants such as chemicals and particles are sometimes unavoidable, especially on industries such as manufacturing and mining. In these instances, it is best to wear protective gear to avoid direct contact. But on instances where they can be avoided, like in office spaces, it is just wrong not to even try avoiding them, because they can present risks, particularly for the eyes, skin, and lungs.

Employers should avoid materials and processes that may cause pollutants, and they can do this by enforcing rules, such as establishing smoking areas and separating high-emission equipment from the work area.

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Why Planes Crash

Feb 21

Aviation accidents happen less often compared to car accidents, but when they do, you always see them on the news. Most of the time, plane accidents result into serious injuries and even death. According to the website of the aviation accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, you have legal options you can pursue in case you or a loved one has been injured in an aviation accident.

Pilot Error
One of the most common causes of plane crashes is pilot error. Airplanes are extremely complicated machines, so there are almost unlimited opportunities for the pilot to commit a mistake. Pilots can misread equipment, underestimate weather conditions, and fail to recognize mechanical defects and malfunctions.

But getting rid of pilots altogether is not ideal, as there are complications where human intelligence and experience is still better compared to computer analytics. In a way, pilots are still the last lines of defense against crashing.

Airplane Defect
Airplane defects can occur because of many reasons, such as the inherent flaw in the plane’s design, external factors such as weather conditions, and poor maintenance. There are some instances where the pilot can fix the problem or adjust to ensure the safety of everybody on board. But there are also instances where the defect is so great that the pilot will not be able to do anything significant against it.

Weather Condition
Different weather conditions pose different kinds of threats to airplanes. There are conditions that may damage the plane’s features, such as lightning strikes. There are conditions that may compromise the safe travel of the plane, like how thick fogs can affect visibility, and how rain water, snow, and ice can affect take-off and landing procedures because of runway issues.

The advancement of technology has helped the aviation community to determine weather conditions in advance, but still, many plane crashes today occur because of bad weather.

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