If we got rid of Medicare, Medicaid, slashed defense spending by maybe half, and regulated prices in the healthcare industry, how expensive would it really be to implement Universal Healthcare?
runa-lovegood: Why is compassion such a foreign idea to so many people? It’s definitely not always easy, but why is it such a rejected idea that every single human being has value and should be treated as such? AND I MEAN EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Including the bullies, including the ones you least want to see with compassionate eyes. No nitpicking. If you want people to treat you...
Game of Thrones S3E8, because that’s all I blog about anymore [[MORE]] Arya and The Hound. I’d been hoping The Hound would change sides at some point, and while technically he’s only left Joffrey (and not joined the Starks or anyone else), his primary purpose right now is helping Arya reunite with Robb/Catelyn. I really like this development for both characters, but I think...
Game of Thrones thought [[MORE]] The Realm is millions in debt to the Iron Bank of Braavos. What if the bank decides to fund Daenerys or Robb to take King’s Landing?
“To promote niceness. To make the world prettier. To share candy with everyone. To obfuscate the true nature of the Milkman. To protect the Milkman at all costs. To eliminate all who threaten to reveal his secret objective.”
Game of Thrones armies [[MORE]] I’m pretty sure GoT is going to continue its story blind to the actual tactical advantages each army has, but it’s still interesting to think about. This is most important with Daenerys, as she’s in the process of building up her forces, and it would make sense for her to prioritize fighters that would best counter the armies she’d face in...
Took kind of a big risk with stocks today and may have to incur my first significant loss. I don’t have high hopes that I’ll break-even or profit for the day, I’m just hoping it’ll go back up and minimize my loss. Oh the joys of day-trading. EDIT: Also, I was debating between two stocks this morning. Let’s see if I went for the wrong one, or if both would’ve...
money [[MORE]] I’ve been slightly obsessed with money lately, sort of with the end goal of being able (as soon as possible) not have to rely on a full-time or well-paying job. So it’s a lot of long-term stuff. It’s half based on having money, half based on reducing expenses. Put extra money into a savings account to draw from in case of emergencies Switch to putting extra...
What if Hodor is like Annyong and he just speaks a different language where his “name” is actually “hello” in that language. So when people say “hodor” to him he’s just saying hello back.
Somebody linked to an article on Facebook. I read the comments, and they were good.
Also on the subject of that “pursue your dreams” post, I really like this TED Talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRVdiHu1VCc
While commercial and personal borrowers are currently enjoying historically low interest-rates on loans, and big banks are able to obtain loans at less than one percent interest, student borrowers have had to fight against lawmakers looking to raise interest rates on federally subsidized student loans. With the rates on Stafford loans set to bounce back to 6.8% from 3.4% on July 1, Massachusetts...
Conservative friends are posting politically on facebook. This isn’t going well.
The laws of my fist are about to compel your teeth.– Game of Thrones
Just a recap for those that haven’t been paying attention the past few years: Antigua used to make a lot of money running online gambling sites. The US decided to make it illegal to gamble online, so Antigua lost all its US customers and suffered economically because of that. Antigua brought this to the attention of the WTO, who sided with Antigua. The US repeatedly ignored the WTO’s...
I’m having a weird thing where a sad/depressing song is reminding me of some good/happy memories. Obviously it makes more sense for a song’s emotions to connect to memories with similar emotions, but does this happen to anyone else, where the song and the memories seem conflicting?
http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/11d2qz/i_graduated_15_years_ago_yet_i_had_that_dream/ also: http://xkcd.com/719/ I really want to know why these are so common.
dearpadfoot: I’m trying to make a joke using “because of raisins” in place of “because of reasons” but I CAN’T THINK OF A GOOD ONE ALL OF THE ONES I’VE COME UP WITH INVOLVE POOPING OR WRINKLES AND I JUST GIVE UP BECAUSE OF I can only think of this.
If you’re ever really bored, remember: Google lets you read every issue of Modern Science (from the 1870s to the 2000s) for free.
If you have a CEO that makes $5m/year, half their salary could pay for a $3/hour raise for 400 employees, and they’d still be making $2.5m every year. That would be the difference between making $15k/year and $21k/year for someone on minimum wage. One of the biggest things that annoys me is conservatives claiming how cash-strapped corporations are and how they couldn’t possibly pay...
bah [[MORE]] i don’t think i’m quite as mysterious as the dark side of the moon
Apparently opinions are happening.
gobeautiful: liquor-inthe-front: Single Woman’s Title = Miss Married Woman’s Title = Mrs. Unknown Woman’s Title = Ms. Married Man’s Title = Mr. Single Man’s Title = Mr. Unknown Man’s Title = Mr. Because a woman only has status if she is married think about it. add an apostrophe to Mrs = Mr’s. think about it. and then go throw up. holy fucking shit Actually it looks like Mrs. has...
I’d like it if people stopped feeling the need to insult people that do bad things. I mean this in the context of, like, after the Boston bombing or any other high profile crime, you’ll get politicians and media calling the perpetrators (or suspects) “sick,” “monster,” “twisted,” “cowardly,” “delusional” or whatever else....
twisted-sapi0sexual: ugh how can you only like ONE gender?? the bible said adam AND eve not adam OR eve!! Yay boolean logic. Adam XOR Eve Adam AND (Eve XOR Steve) Eve NAND Adam
Game of Thrones, S3E04 spoilers [[MORE]] Bran: Meh, not much happening there. Sad lack of Hodor and Osha. King’s Landing: Okay, this whole thing is getting ridiculous and it’s kind of awesome. So the Tyrells are manipulating Joffrey, Cersie realizes this and is trying to rally Tywin against them even though they’re not on great terms with each other, Tyrion is looking for his...
“Still, some Republicans in Congress have pushed the Obama administration to designate Mr. Tsarnaev an enemy combatant and to try him in a military rather than civilian court.” No. Stop that. Because Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, Bradley Manning, the NSA’s new data center, the drone killing of US citizens, and really the drone killing of anybody else haven’t all already...
Give me all your sugar and nobody gets hurt.– runa-lovegood
I’m a bird, I’m a bird!– Hank Green (via hankgreenoutofcontext)
Hank Plays QWOP has now been transcribed on the wiki, at long last.
California governor has 20 days to fix overcrowded prisons or be put on trial I don’t know what it is about judges. They make a lot of mistakes, but all-in-all they’re so much better at government than the other two branches.
Somebody linked to this on Facebook and it’s just, aaagh. Mini rant/response: The glorification of violence is far more widespread. You know how we’re told that truest patriots are in the armed forces, and that joining the army is the path to “be all that you can be?” Or with violent movies, where characters like Rambo are set up as heroes? You don’t want kids...
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I think when your phone stops working you should be able to put it under your pillow and the phone fairy will take it and leave you $200 for a new one.
So I hadn’t realized that back when Zuccotti Park was raided (the location of the main OWS group) that their library (“The People’s Library”) had basically been destroyed. About 2/3 of their books and other materials were destroyed or damaged beyond use/repair. OWS sued, and apparently the judge just signed off on a settlement of $47,000, which will be used by OWS library...
Had a dream last night that was part-Minecraft, part-Game of Thrones, that eventually morphed into Wreck-It Ralph. Had a dream this morning that was Harry Potter-themed.