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Comment: Re:Government Thinking (Score 3, Informative) 429

by Bloomy (#45195009) Attached to: DHHS Preparing 'Tech Surge' To Fix Remaining Healthcare.gov Issues
The bill did originate in the House, but as a bill concerning tax breaks for members of the military. After it passed the House, Senate Democrats added the healthcare provisions to it, and were able to pass it during the few months when they had a filibuster-proof majority. After they lost their supermajority in the Senate, Congressional Democrats decided the clearest path to law would be to drop the House's original legislation and try to pass the bill the Senate amended. To get enough House Democrats on board to pass it, it was agreed to pass a follow up bill removing some provisions and Obama reinforced the Hyde Amendment preventing federal funds from being used for abortions. The amended bill barely passed the House and was signed into law. The follow up bill originated in and passed the House, and since it was written to only cover budgetary items, it couldn't be filibustered in the Senate and passed there as well, though with an amendment that was re-passed by the House.

Comment: Re:I wonder how long until it "accidentally" leaks (Score 1) 1224

by Bloomy (#31959578) Attached to: <em>South Park</em>'s Episode 201 &mdash; the Expurgated Version

Son of God or not, Christ came to speak to us and share his message. It follows that this would have been most carefully recorded.

And even then there are problems. Matthew 19:9 and Mark 10:11 both quote Jesus discussing divorce. Both verses say marrying another person after divorce is adultery, though Matthew's quote includes an exception for fornication, sexual immorality or unfaithfulness, depending on the version. Which one is correct?

PC Games (Games)

EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely 341

Posted by Soulskill
from the sixty-dollar-yearly-fee dept.
Spacezilla writes "EA is dropping the bomb on a number of their video game servers, shutting down the online fun for many of their Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 games. Not only is the inclusion of PS3 and Xbox 360 titles odd, the date the games were released is even more surprising. Yes, Madden 07 and 08 are included in the shutdown... but Madden 09 on all consoles as well?"
Games

NYT's "Games To Avoid" an Ironic, Perfect Gamer Wish List 189

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-or-less dept.
MojoKid writes "From October to December, the advertising departments of a thousand companies exhort children to beg, cajole, and guilt-trip their parents for all manner of inappropriate digital entertainment. As supposedly informed gatekeepers, we sadly earthbound Santas are reduced to scouring the back pages of gaming review sites and magazines, trying to evaluate whether the tot at home is ready for Big Bird's Egg Hunt or Bayonetta. Luckily, The New York Times is here to help. In a recent article provokingly titled 'Ten Games to Cross off Your Child's Gift List,' the NYT names its list of big bads — the video games so foul, so gruesome, so perverse that we'd recommend you buy them immediately — for yourself. Alternatively, if you need gift ideas for the surly, pale teenager in your home whose body contains more plastic then your average d20, this is the newspaper clipping to stuff in your pocket. In other words, if you need a list like this to understand what games to not stuff little Johnny's stocking with this holiday season, you've got larger issues you should concern yourself with. We'd suggest picking up an auto-shotty and taking a few rounds against the horde — it's a wonderful stress relief and you're probably going to need it."

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