Ferguson, Missouri

Anyone else noticing a distinct difference in coverage between major media and internet media of what’s going on in Ferguson?

Lots of internet sources reporting about people getting angry and frustrated at authorities. And why.

Lots of mainstream reports of threats to police and looting. Not much about why.

Report shows that refusal to expand Medicaid hurting Red States.

Reading another post by Cottonmouth I have to wonder if ‘Red State’ voters will ever figure out the trap they are in. The Red States as part of their strategy to oppose President Obama in every way they can have refused to expand Medicaid or in a lot of cases to implement State exchanges as part of the ACA. Those states high number of uninsured will continue to suffer, bringing the economy of their states down with them, but those true believing voters of those red states simply will not accept what the Democrats say, when they tell them that their own elected officials are to blame for that. How long will this continue? Will the suffering just have to continue until morale improves?

 

Local Politics; is texting suspicious?

I’ve decided to lay off of the national politics blogs for awhile and focus on local versions. It’s been quite the eyeopening experience. I think the guys (it’s mostly guys) covering the state are doing a pretty good job, and I try to read them even if their politics are quite different from mine. The blogs seem to be run by well educated people that try to keep themselves informed, and I think THAT may be the reason all of them seem to have no time for a lot of the Tea Party nonsense, even the more ‘conservative’ ones. They all rely heavily on local newspapers and news stations to keep them informed, so that’s making me re-consider a subscription to the Clarion-Ledger. I’m pretty sure I still wouldn’t read the paper version, but I might read the online version more.

Anyway, the story that jumps out lately, is of course, the MS Senate race, but I actually want to talk briefly about something else. The theme of political corruption is the main driver of this post by ‘CottonmouthBlog‘ poster “Cottonmouth”. The reason it pops out to me is that my place of work is mentioned in relation to the corruption. I have NO IDEA if the allegation is true or not, I’m in no way related to the story and have no personal knowledge of the situation. But I do wonder if ‘text messages with a contractor’ is an issue. I text message several contractors all the time. First, they are personal friends that I know FROM WORK but like to hang out with outside of work, and secondly, they can actually help me solve problems here at work because they worked on the systems I’m tasked with supporting. Is just the act of texting a contractor really all that suspicious?

If US Representatives were actually based upon the smallest state’s population

Political Post so ignore: (I saw this mentioned as a needed change to the gerrymandered house and decided to figure out the actual numbers.)

A quick back of the envelope calculation of how many representatives each state would have if the representatives were chosen based upon the smallest state’s population.

Wyoming’s population is the smallest at 582,658. So they would get ONE representative and every other state’s number of representatives would be determined by dividing that state’s population by Wyoming’s and rounding up.

Currently we have 435 Representatives. Under this rule we would have 567 and they would break down thusly:

California 66
Texas 46
New York 34
Florida 34
Illinois 23
Pennsylvania 22
Ohio 20
Georgia 18
Michigan 17
North Carolina 17
New Jersey 16
Virginia 15
Wasington 12
Massachusetts 12
Arizona 12
Indiana 12
Tennessee 12
Missouri 11
Maryland 11
Wisconsin 10
Minnesota 10
Colorado 10
Alabama 9
South Carolina 9
Louisiana 8
Kentucky 8
Oregon 7
Oklahoma 7
Connecticut 7
Iowa 6
Mississippi 6
Arkansas 6
Utah 5
Kansas 5
Nevada 5
New Mexico 4
Nebraska 4
West Virginia 4
Iaho 3
Hawaii 3
Maine 3
New Hampshire 3
Rhode Island 2
Montana 2
Delaware 2
South Dakota 2
Alaska 2
North Dakota 2
Vermont 2
Wyoming 1
Total: 567

Bing vs Google Search

I’ve been running an experiment this month. I changed my default search engine from Google to Bing. Bing offers a 5$ gift certificate once you’ve used the service enough so I figure I’ll stick with it till I get that Amazon certificate. After almost a month I must say that Bing works as well in ‘most’ cases but sometimes falls remarkably short.

Use both search engines for this text string:

“dungeons and dragons 5th edition character sheet”

Bing gave me 3rd edition links and other basically USELESS links. Google’s FIRST hit is EXACTLY what you’d want.  I’m finding that this happens way to often for Bing. I think they’d better KEEP on offering those monetary rewards because they aren’t ‘there’ yet compared to Google.

Maybe you’ve had the opposite experience? If so let me know. If you want to try out Bing and get yourself a 5$ gift certificate ALSO let me know. If you join because of my invite I get a big reward of ‘points’.  :)

Not ready for my ‘next game’ quite yet.

I’ve been playing Elder Scrolls Online since it released, back in April. I play slowly these days, and my highest character is only 30 (out of 50 plus 12-13 veteran levels). Though I must say, playing alts is what’s really slowing me down. I have a level 30 Dominion Sorcerer, a 21 Dominion DragonKnight, a 27 Covenant Templar, and a 20 EbonHeart Nightblade. I think I’ll take the Sorc to veterans level before I even consider dropping the game. It’s a fun ride and I can see taking one of each faction to veteran level so I can see each factions ‘story’ completely. After that, I’ll have to check out PvP, and then I’ll probably be done with the game. I don’t see myself getting into group/dungeon runs which I think is the current PvE endgame.

I loved the PvP game in beta but once people started getting to veteran ranks they were so powerful compared to normal characters that I just didn’t see the point in even trying till I was comparably outfitted. They REALLY need to split the PvP into Vet’s only and everyone else, and I hear they are going to do that eventually. I hope it’s sooner rather than later.

Other than PvP I don’t see much of the endgame that really appeals to me, so I guess another month or two and I’ll be ready to move on to my ‘next’ game. I know some of my friends want to try out Wildstar, and I may let them talk me into it, but I take the game makers at their word, and if the game is ‘hardcore’ then it’s not for me. I’m definitely a casual player these days, and I figure the grind in that game will be a huge turn off for me once I hit 30+. I know I won’t be social enough to get in a big guild because I just don’t like being that social and I won’t be able to play enough to do long sessions of dungeon/raid content so what’s the point?

I may check out Divinity: Original Sin. I HATE real time ‘squad’ games but love the same when they are turn based. I don’t know why, it’s just something I’ve noticed. Blood Bowl turn based? Love it! Blood Bowl Blitz Real Time? HATE IT! Didn’t like Mass Effect or Dragon Age for the same reason. Divinity is turn based so I’m really thinking about checking it out. I may eventually check out the Warmachine: Tactics game too but no way in hell am I paying $65+ for it.

I got the last two Batman games during the last Steam sale so I will need to play those through at least once during my ‘down time’ from the multiplayer games. I have a friend that want me to try out some oldschool tabletop D&D (via roll20.net). Oh, and College Football is only a month away, and Comcast has signed up to carry the SEC Network! Should be fun! I think my fall is going to be full.