Mar 1st 2010 10:18PM What we like to call this is "Insane over-analysis based on far too little information to draw such wild conclusions"
Mar 1st 2010 10:14PM I don't think you understand how reforging works. Read it again.
Feb 27th 2010 7:03PM What makes you all so sure it's going to be set in the past?
Feb 19th 2010 10:26AM Zach, apparently you are having a fundamental problem with how logic works. You don't make any claims you want and then make other people prove them wrong. That's not logical. You need to prove your claims outright. If I said "There are giraffes in space, prove me wrong" you would not be able to. It's nearly impossible to prove even the most outrageous of claims absolutely false. On the other hand, it's perfectly plausible to prove those claims right IF they are true. So, have at it!
Of course, I can prove you wrong on numerous issues anyway:
The tax cut in the stimulus bill, which amounted to the single largest one-year tax cut in American history, benefited 93% of Americans:
You say they ignored Republicans, except that the stimulus bill was 30% tax cuts, and it grew to that percentage in an effort to bring Republicans over. The healthcare bill includes every single thing Republicans asked for, including breaking down state barriers for buying insurance, tort reform, allowing small groups of individuals to pool together the way large groups can, giving the states more control over healthcare, and doesn't include a public plan. They just keep saying those things aren't in there, but they are. I can post the pages if you want.
Every single industrialized, first-world nation on the planet has universal health care. If our system was proven to be so successful, there would be large movements to get our healthcare system in those countries. There isn't. We have the highest infant mortality, the lowest average age of death, the highest cost per capita, and the highest rates of almost every major disease amongst those countries. We have the highest cost per capita even though we leave tens of millions of people OUT. We are the ONLY first-world industrialized nation that accepts the idea that children should die if their parents don't have health insurance. Is it a surprise nobody else wants this? No.
Let's be clear, in 2001 the CBO was estimating budget surpluses of $850B in 2009. Before Obama took office, that had changed that estimate to over $1.5 deficits, so it's really rich of people like you to start whining about spending now. If Bush had done things correctly, Obama would have walked into a massive surplus. Oh wait, I'm sorry, we can't blame anything on Dear Leader Bush or you guys get upset and take your toys home. God forbid your Dear Leader actually has to take responsibility for his actions!
When Obama took office, the Federal Budget was around 2.8T. The Federal budget for 2010 is around $3.5T.
Well, that's a pretty big leap, but it's nowhere near Obama spending more in a year than everyone else combined. In fact, the 2010 budget is only about 25% higher than the 2008 budget. Again, big leap, but if you add any two years of Bush together, they come in well over the 2010 budget, so you are either ignorant or a liar.
But wait, that's not the whole story! Those numbers all include entitlement spending, which the President has very little control over, so let's cut that out. If we do that, the 2010 Federal Discretionary Budget is left, which is $1.4T. In 2008, this was $1.1T and in 2009 this was $1.2T.
But wait, that's not the whole story! 2010 is the first year we are counting the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as part of the budget. Bush didn't like to do that. I'm sure he had a good reason. If we add in war spending, the 2008 budget comes in around $1.3T and the 2009 budget comes in around $1.4T.
Oh no, Obama raised by budget by 7%... the sky is falling... everyone run... it's the end of the world... the economy is going to collapse... the end is nigh! the end is nigh! Reagan raised the budget by more. Give me a break.
Almost all of that information can be found on Death and Taxes' graphics of the Federal Budget. They are very useful.
Your numbers for unemployment are fake. You are using the standard unemployment to get your 4% number and the U-6 unemployment to get 17%. U-6 is a very unreliable number because it includes everyone unemployed and NOT looking for work.
The Republicans had the power to do whatever they wanted with Fannie and Freddie while they were in total control for six years. Nothing was stopping them. Fannie and Freddie is a failure of the entire government, but let's be realistic: It is not and never was that important. Neither bank ever gave out a single subprime loan.
The subprime loan business was in full swing loooooong before 2007, so that's just random drivel. The banking catastrophe is, again, a failure of both parties.
Pretty much everything else you said was broad, random, conspiracy theorist allegations, so there isn't much i can do to prove it wrong. It's inanity and ignorance speaks for itself.
In conclusion, read a book.
Jan 23rd 2010 11:12PM Reading this article made me realize what pvp in wow is lacking: Resource destruction. Aside from the handful of mana drains/burns, resource destruction is not featured at all in the entire wow combat system. There should be abilities that will attack the resources of all classes.
Jan 22nd 2010 11:43AM They are also redoing 60 levels of content, so I wouldn't say "5 new levels of content" is accurate. Besides, those 5 new levels appear to take place over only a couple fewer zones than the 10 levels in BC or WOTLK did. There is also an entirely new progression system (Path of The TItans), as well as a complete redo of the talent system.
Jan 8th 2010 11:13AM I've had my account get hacked, and guess whose fault it was? Mine. If your account gets hacked, you have nobody to blame but yourself.
This is a GRAET idea because it will speed up restorations. This is like someone dropping a product they bought at a store, and then being surprised that they have to wait for it to be repaired, even though the store is doing it for free!
Jan 1st 2010 1:06PM I don't agree with the drug laws, but that has nothing to do with Blizzard's actions. This guy chose to sell drugs. He knew the consequences, and whether those consequences are justified or not is totally irrelevant. He was a fugitive. He fled instead of owning up to what he had CHOSEN to do. Blizzard did not assist in the capture of someone who was advocating legalization of drugs and was becoming a threat to the government. They assisted in catching a drug dealer who was too much of a coward to face his sentence.
Jan 1st 2010 11:24AM Actually they do not have that many people's information. It's closer to half that. Chinese players don't have accounts like we do. They make unlimited ones at internet cafes without using personal information.
Regardless, your cell phone company has all their customer information too and way more than eleven million people. When a fugitive goes on the run, one of the first things law enforcement does is go to the cell phone company to track them. It's standard operating procedure. This is really no different. You choose to play WoW. You choose to have a cell phone. If you CHOOSE to operate either of those things while on the run from law enforcement, you are giving away your information. Once you give it away, it is no longer private.
Jan 1st 2010 10:06AM The ToS specifically states that Blizzard can give any of your information that they deem fit to law enforcement. You don't have to enter into this contract with Blizzard. You are not forced to play WoW. Privacy comes at the cost of not sharing your information. Once you share information, it is no longer private. Helping law enforcement find a fugitive does not sound the death knell of liberty. Ironically, when you engage in alarmism, conspiracy theorizing, and overzealous hyperbole, you are coming much closer to condemning liberty than Blizzard did in this matter.