August 5th, 2009

News

just don't act surprised

"As a candidate for president, Barack Obama lambasted drug companies and the influence they wielded in Washington. He even ran a television ad targeting the industry's chief lobbyist, former Louisiana congressman Billy Tauzin, and the role Tauzin played in preventing Medicare from negotiating for lower drug prices.

"Since the election, Tauzin has morphed into the president's partner. He has been invited to the White House half a dozen times in recent months. There, he says, he eventually secured an agreement that the administration wouldn't try to overturn the very Medicare drug policy that Obama had criticized on the campaign trail.

"...At the same time, Tauzin said the industry he represents was offering political and financial support for the president's healthcare initiative, a remarkable shift considering that drug companies vigorously opposed a national overhaul the last time it was proposed, when Bill Clinton was president."

Gaming

indecision is my third middle name

I've got a free mini coming to me, from my alternate history WWII game. Narrowed down the choices, but am having a bitca of a time making the final call. All of the below would be about equally useful in the game itself. So, really, it's mostly down to looks.

Poll #1439990 pick the free fig

Which fig looks the coolest?

11(33.3%)
12(36.4%)
10(30.3%)
News

Bad evolution, raising taxes, and Cobra!

SOME NEWS:
* Good read: "What if the Republicans ran on a platform of, if not actually raising taxes, at least curbing their resistance to them, thereby hoping to claim the moral highground on the issue of deficits?"
* Should convicted felons have the right to vote?
* Fact-checking health care reform rumors.
* A new world order: the White House hits back against Drudge on YouTube.
* Problems with the Cronkite obituary point to other problems at the NYTimes.
* Looking back at the Manson family murders, 40 years later.
* Rendering 3-D images of ancient spiders.
* Next time someone brings up intelligent design, just point them to this article on terrible evolutinary designs. (Courtesy vwvortexer.)
* Not screening a big movie for critic is never a good sign.
* Chris Sims presents five Cobra Commander plots that could actually work.