When the pilgrims first sailed into what is now Plymouth Massachusetts,
in the winter or 1620, they faced a hostile, rugged wilderness
and bitterly cold climate. Although over half of then died that
first winter, the settlement at Plymouth took hold. By 1643 20,000
settlers had arrived from England. The prospect of land to farm
and timber to build a home was a great incentive even for those
who were not escaping religious persecution. The Pilgrims brought
the memory of the basic 17th century dwellings, based on the
medieval technique of post and beam construction
with them. The first homes were simple timber structures with
thatched roofs and white limestone walls. They soon learned that
the harsh New England winters required adaptions to the traditional
style. They protected the exterior with horizontal, hand cut
clapboards and roof thatch with wood shingles to withstand the
biting northeast winds. There are still examples of this early
Colonial style existing today, the most famous, Turner-Ingersall
House (House of the Seven Gables) in Salem, MA, Paul
Revere House, Boston, MA, and many homes built before 1700
still being used as residences throughout New England.
There is a wealth of information at local libraries and historical
societies available for your own study if you want more information.
By its very nature, Medicare is a sitting duck for fraudulent activity. Why? Because the government pays on an honor system, requiring only electronic submission to claim for services or goods provided by a health care provider. This simple procedure was designed into the system to speed payments to doctors who would treat the poor and needy when the program rolled out in 1965. However, it wasnít long before criminal minds discovered the bonanza this lack of oversight afforded them. No built-in checks and balances or due diligence exists to protect the Medicare giant from the onslaught of devious and criminal elements ever seeking new ways to rob from the Medicare giantís piggybank. It is only when the fraud is large or blatant enough that the government and Medicare will try to recover their funds. Visit the Medicare Fraud Reporting Center for more information.
Federal antitrust laws were first passed more than 100 years ago to protect consumers from unfair business practices that can drive out competitors and push up prices. Congress has passed three major acts dealing with competition, pricing and monopolies, and has regularly added amendments to strengthen the provisions and reflect the changing times. Enforcement of these laws protects the public from overspending, encourages choice within the market and protects businesses from competitors who seek to gain an unfair advantage. Visit the Antitrust Law Center for more information.
Over three dozen former players joined a lawsuit against the NFL which was filed in a Miami court. The suit filed in Miami is yet another one against the NFL and is among the more than a dozen lawsuits filed in different Districts. The lawsuits claim that the National Football League has been ignoring evidence which suggests that repeated head injuries could cause long-term medical issues. The health problems include depression, migraine headaches, and memory loss. Please visit the NFL Head Injury Claims Center for more information.
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