Friday, September 18, 2009

Healthcare: Wendell Porter

I'm still somewhat open to alternative solutions, but single-payer does seem the best way to go.

From some news site:
One of the panelists, former Cigna Health Insurance executive-turned whistleblower Wendell Potter, said in his opening statement that if Congress “fails to create a public insurance option to compete with private insurers, the bill it sends to the president might as well be called the Insurance Industry Profit Protection and Enhancement Act.”
Forgive the use of a random-ass site. I just wanted to make sure you saw that I didn't pull reformed smegma-sucking asshole Wendell Porter's quote out of my ass (he's still a putz for his past, but at least he realizes it now). Those guys framed it in a way that explained who he was and gave the quote without requiring me to use ellipses between the two. Now for the PBS interview with the same guy (if YouTube sucks at buffering it, try this instead):

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kingory is not copycat. (Evony\Civony v2.0)

If you liked even one of my Civony\Evony posts in the past, you need to read the most recent development. I swear I want this to end as much as all of you, but God damn they make it easy!

Also, in case you haven't noticed, I disable comments on almost all of these offlinks because I don't want to split the discussion. Comment me on NFO if you've got something to say. The Akismet can be horrible at times, but as long as you're not posting a bunch of links, you'll get through.

So yeah: Read. Laugh. And click some of the articles I link in that post too - most of them are great as well!

Thanks to Jim for the tip :3

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Image yanked from Encyclopedia Dramatica, an intarwebs site

I don't intend to make a bunch of micro-posts, but damn it I've got a lot of games to play and many people to talk to! At any rate...

Just found this through a friend: I've chosen not to roll it into some "5 Sites You Should See" kind of thing because it's unlikely they'll keep it up for too long (as the joke will get old). Go watch Kanye West's publicity stunt at the VMAs if you don't get it.

If you haven't seen a site like this before, here's what you do: Type{ANY URL} into your address bar and replace {ANY URL} with the URL of the site you want to see Kanye interrupt.



Friday, September 11, 2009

Never Forget

I don't know why Erd hasn't posted in a while, and frankly I can't blame him since neither have I. But, at the very least I wanted to talk about this date in history, because it's obviously significant. A part of me died on September 11th, 2001. Let me tell you about it.

I was in class when I heard the news about the World Trade Center. The school assembled the students in the cafeteria to watch the coverage. An hour goes by. We get to leave early... not because The-middle-of-fucking-nowhere, New Jersey is some prime target for terrorist groups, but because - as one might expect - a few of our classmates had relatives that worked in the New York Metro. We drove around, thanks to an upperclassman's car, talking about the attacks. A friend suggested we get something to eat.

We pull into a plaza, grab a bite, and saunter through a record store, still bewildered by the news. I flipped through racks of CDs, perhaps looking for something to dull the sting of our country being attacked, but there seemed to be no salve in stock. Then, I saw it: "Glitter," the soundtrack. Could this be the pill I sought? Could this be the bright spot in an otherwise dark day? There was only one way to find out. Debit card in hand, I deflected insult after insult from my friends. It's not their fault. They don't understand Mariah like I do. They were just venting. They'd see what a great album this would be - like all her others before it.

That afternoon, once I'd had my fill of the media, I retreated to my room: prize in hand. It was time for an escape... to passionate vocals of love, joy, and the struggles of a mixed race woman's journey to stardom. Life is much simpler in the world of music. Unfortunately for me, life was far worse. I thought "How could this be? Why would someone do this? Who would produce such a tragedy? Who was behind this? Such beauty, such majesty... crumbling down!" I could take no more. I smashed my CD player to pieces in anger and screamed at the top of my lungs! What a waste of money this was, what a waste of time, what a waste of... FUUUUUCK!

A part of me died that day. Specifically, the part that would continue to buy Mariah Carey albums. I of course calmed down, and a couple weeks later, I decided to go see the movie itself. It was just as bad... perhaps worse.

And if for no other reason, September 11, 2001 will go down in my memory as a truly tragic day. A day I try my best never to revisit, but inevitably do year after year. Never forget.