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The college bursar's attempt at prompting students to think will doubtless fail. But I like the response: "Well, if you're really against fossil fuels I can turn off the heat...." Heh.
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Take a look at 2015's budget. A common leftist plaint is that we spend too much on the military, and if we stopped doing that, there'd never be a budget deficit.
Except when you look at those pie charts, you see that "Medicare and Health" and "Social Security, Unemployment, and Labor" take up, combined, 60% of the budget--some $2,327.5 billion dollars.
Compare that with the military budget of $609.3 billion. Even if you add in veterans' benefits, at $160.6 billion, the two segments combined only come to 20% of the federal budget.
Big surprise, right?
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I'm guessing they're pretty thoroughly converged. "The first game of Blizzard’s that really knocked my socks off was Diablo," begins the piece, and I could have written that myself. I was first introduced to it at a friend's house and played it for hours there. He burned a copy of it for me, and then I came home and played it more. I think I played it something like sixteen hours straight that day, and loved it so much that I went out and bought a copy as soon as I was able to.
I bought Diablo II on the day of its release and sat at work drooling over the manual while waiting for quitting time to come around so I could go home and play.
WoW--we all know the story of that one.
D3 was...disappointing. It just wasn't as fun as the first two installments; and further I ran into a "step function" in difficulty when I encountered the first boss, such that I got flattened fast. That's not how a game should go, of course, and up until then Blizzard had never pulled anything like that. But the sudden impossible barrier that the first boss represented--I couldn't even put a decent dent in his HP bar before dying--made me lose interest in the game.
They've been stumbling quite a bit in the past few years. I understand why they had to make WoW more casual-friendly, but they ruined quite a bit of the fun in the process. The expansion packs kept falling flat, until Legion came out; that one was a heck of a lot of fun--until Battle For Azeroth came out and they took away everyone's legendary weapons and excised the weapon levels and special powers in favor of the "Heart of Azeroth" pendant. And, by the way, BfA is not nearly as much fun as Legion was.
Meanwhile, they keep adding player races, but the only way to access them is to farm rep with this or that faction, then run a quest to unlock them. If you're going to be "casual-friendly", that certainly is not.
Their semi-random flailing with WoW expacs is indicative of the fact that the corporation has begun to concentrate on things other than their core business, which is (was) making amazingly entertaining games.
Their convergence really shows.
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Only about half of Bernie supporters say they'll support whoever the Democrat party eventually nominates. That's bad news. It was bad news in 2016, too.
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Trump has the media in the palm of his hand and it's a wonder to behold. He calls Bloomberg "Mini Mike" and the press starts talking about his height (or lack thereof) and it's a thing of beauty.
HOLY SHIT WHAT IS THAT THING ON THE RIGHT--oh crap, jeeze-louise, don't scare me like that! It's just Sam Donaldson! *Whew* I would have thought that in the intervening decades since that man retired, his hair would have calmed down and stopped being so frightening, but the lack of public exposure appears only to have made it worse!
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Some of the anti-Trump crowd are literally screaming lunatics.
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Okay--now for the bad news.
Limbaugh has "advanced lung cancer". That's a punch in the gut, right there.
Limbaugh is 69, and he was a heavy smoker. And smoking is still the risk factor for lung cancer.
The thing that bothers me is, he's richer than Croesus--was he not seeing a doctor regularly? Why wasn't this found before it became "advanced"? Or was he simply too busy for that?
Ace says what I'm thinking:
I'm very surprised that someone as wealthy as Rush Limbaugh -- who undoubtedly has one of the best doctors in Florida -- could be diagnosed suddenly with advanced lung cancer. Seems like he should have had an earlier warning.That would certainly make sense. But what also makes sense:
I'm just speculating, but it could be that he's known he had cancer for a while, and has been quietly undergoing treatment, but the treatments have not quite worked and the disease just recently moved to the advanced stage.
From what I've read, lung cancer is one of those where there are very few symptoms until it has progressed quite a bit. Very sad.That's one reason they used to do annual chest X-rays for smokers. Limbaugh quit smoking (except for cigars) so I guess they thought it wasn't necessary, or something?
It's sad to hear. Maybe he can get better, and maybe not; but if not, he's 69 years old and he's lived a life few people can even aspire to--and simply by doing his thing he managed to change the face of radio in America, something which can be said of only a very few people in history. He got very rich in the process, and paved the way for the "alternative media"--and after that, provided an anchor of sorts for all the right-wing blogs and other Internet media sites.
An extremly influential man--God save him, I hope he recovers.
I expect the left to begin their celebrations almost immediately.
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Betelgeuse is still dim, and it's now described as "unprecedented". Since it's been visible this year it's faded by about one entire magnitude, which is a lot. Okay, each magnitude is about 2.5 times brighter than the one below it, so a 1st magnitude star is 2.5 times brighter than a 2nd magnitude star.
So, since Orion became visible in the night sky last August, Betelgeuse has become 2.5 times fainter than it was previously.
Well--if the thing is going to blow up* I hope it does it before Orion is obscured in the daytime sky. I mean, we'd be able to see it--it'll be that bright!--but it wouldn't be as dramatic as seeing the snow-covered fields lit by the silvery light of the supernova.
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*--yes, yes, I mean, if we see it blow up that soon it actually blew up about 640 years ago, but you know what I mean.
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So, one of the computers I deployed on Friday had a problem. I'm not even sure what it was, but when I got to the site it absolutely would not display any video. It was on but the monitor claimed there was no video.
Took it back to the office and took it apart and put it back together again, and it worked. So maybe it was just flaky? I don't know, but I hope that does it.
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The Washington Post is saying we should ignore it if Bernie wins Iowa. The Democrat-media complex really does not want Sanders to win, do they?
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So apparently the most recent ep of Doctor Sue included a "black female Time Lord" which has never been done!!!!!1111one-oen and so it's a groundbreaking history-making episode!!!!1111
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Anyway, Monday's done. The day flew past! Maybe Tuesday will too.