Feb
28
2014
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Oh, by the way, Shadowrun: Dragonfall is out.

I’ve paused playing it because I want to see if there’s going to be a patch coming out soon (no major glitches, but an annoyance here and there). It’s very cool: my major complaint is that I can’t run my main campaign character.

…Yes, that character would go through the campaign like a hot knife through butter. Your point?

Feb
28
2014
4

Tweet of the Day, THIS Is The @BarackObama Administration, In One Tweet edition.

I’m impressed, really.

The more you look at it, the more depressing the message gets.

Feb
28
2014
13

Russians setting up to take control of Crimea.

So much for good news coming out of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s interior ministry accused Russia of a “military invasion and occupation” on Friday, saying Russian troops have taken up positions around a coast guard base and two airports on its strategic Crimea peninsula.

Ukraine’s parliament sent an urgent plea to the U.N. Security Council for a meeting on the crisis and adopted a resolution demanding Russia halt actions it says are aimed at splitting Crimea from the rest of the country.

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Feb
28
2014
3

Quote of the Day, @BarackObama Still Has The Jonah’s Touch edition.

It’s a miracle that Barack Obama gets invited anywhere, anymore.

A Minneapolis light rail test train derailed shortly after President Obama lauded the expansion of the system, the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn., reports.

Obama touted the expansion of Minnesota’s Metro light rail system to St. Paul, which is scheduled to open in June, as an example for the nation to follow. Hours later, a train ran off the tracks.

Although I suppose that there’s no such thing as a Jonah.

Via somebody on Twitter.  Sorry: lost the tab.

Moe Lane

Feb
28
2014
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@KindforCongress, @Barrow4GA, Collin Peterson, @ericswalwell, & @BishopforCongress’s dirty Koch money.

Note: I do not actually consider Koch Industry [and employees: see Update below] campaign contributions to be in point of fact ‘dirty.’  And neither do the following Democrats!

  • Barrow, John (D-GA)
  • Bishop, Sanford (D-GA)
  • Matheson, Jim (D-UT)
  • Kind, Ron (D-WI)
  • Peterson, Collin (D-MN)
  • Swalwell, Eric (D-CA)

Screenshot here, just in case.
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Feb
28
2014
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Health whispers about Hillary Clinton.

Always hard to tell how much of this is true, how much of this is BS, and how much is BS that also happens to be true, but for completely unrelated reasons.

If you listen to the chattering class in Washington, D.C., Hillary Clinton is a virtual certainty for the 2016 Democratic nomination, and the front runner in the next presidential race.

But in private, rumors persist that the former Secretary of State may not even be capable of making it to Iowa and New Hampshire. Clinton, these skeptics often say, will not run for president again because of health concerns.

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Feb
28
2014
7

Joe Biden is so totally running in 2016. And that’s a problem for the Democrats.

Fascinating Politico article here about Joe Biden and his desire to run in 2016.  Here is the basic problem, in a nutshell: Hillary Clinton is more or less qualified to be President* – or, at least, the Democratic nominee for President – but she is a horrible campaigner and nobody likes her.  People like Joe Biden, and he is better at the entire campaigning thing.  However: by the time 2016 rolls around “close to the Obama administration” is not going to be a selling point in the general election… and while both Clinton and Biden severely suffer from that problem, Biden suffers from it a heck of a lot more. (more…)

Feb
27
2014
14

Oracle abandoning Cover Oregon. #obamacare

I dunno if ‘open question’ is the right term to use.

Oracle Corp., the giant technology company at the center of the Cover Oregon controversy, has significantly downsized its army of software developers trying to salvage Oregon’s health insurance exchange website.

What that means for the Oregon exchange — which has been plagued by bugs and remains largely unfinished — is an open question. Exchange acting director Bruce Goldberg did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday afternoon.

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Feb
27
2014
7

OK. Everything is back to normal.

This is… kind of strange, really.  Usually this sort of thing is much more painful.  Yeah, I know, I know: I’m tempting fate.  But still.

Moe Lane

PS: Still have the cold, though.  So there’s that.

Feb
27
2014
10

Well, good news on the computer front.

On the advice* of my wife I took the blessed thing to a local computer guy, who promptly determined that the power supply was busted and needed a new one. Thanks to the coupon that my wife also found and printed out for me, it’ll even cost less than a hundred bucks and I’ll get it back this afternoon. If all goes well, I’m back on track for the Kindle purchase.

Moral of the story? Marry well.

Moe Lane

*No, not instruction. My wife never tells me what to do. I’m just not stupid.

Feb
27
2014
8

Shall we bring back the passenger pigeon? …Sure: I hear that they’re tasty.

Via AosHQ, meet a controversy you may not be aware of: the politics of using genetic engineering to recreate extinct species. Although admittedly the NYT thought that it was just writing about passenger pigeons.

More pressing to conservationists is a practical anxiety: Money. De-extinction is a flashy new competitor for patronage. As the conservationist David Ehrenfeld said at a Revive & Restore conference: “If it works, de-extinction will only target a very few species and is extremely expensive. Will it divert conservation dollars from tried-and-true conservation measures that already work, which are already short of funds?”

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Feb
27
2014
7

Connecticut to gun owners: hey, did you *try* to register? …SUCKERS!

Well, isn’t this just a fine how-do-you-do:

After tens of thousands of defiant gun owners in Connecticut chose not to register their semi-automatic rifles to comply with a hastily-passed gun control law, the state is now taking some action. Officials are reportedly notifying gun owners who submitted late applications that they have one last chance to get rid of their “illegal” weapons.

State officials did accept some gun registration applications that were submitted after the Jan. 4 deadline, however, not all late applications were accepted, the Journal Inquirer reports.

“But rather than turn that information over to prosecutors, state officials are giving the gun owners a chance to get rid of the weapons and magazines,” the report adds.

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