The Onion: My Major Source Of News

Here's why. They called the Bush years correctly -- eight years earlier than almost anyone in the mainstream media.

U.S. Democracy Server: Patch Day

Yes, I am a complete nerd. (And as much as I'd like to, I can't blame it on Whitworth.) How else did I find this? (If that doesn't work, try this.)For those dog-blog readers who play World of Warcraft, it will be very funny. For everyone else, take my word for it, it's very funny.

Here's a taste...

U.S. Democracy Server: Patch Day
Version 44.0

  • Leadership: Will now scale properly to national crises. Intelligence was not being properly applied.
  • A bug has been fixed that allowed the President to ignore the effects of debuffs applied by the Legislative classes.
  • Drain Treasury: There appears to be a bug that allowed loot to be transferred from the treasury to anyone on the President’s friends list, or in the President’s party. We are investigating.
  • Messages to and from the President will now be correctly saved to the chat log.
  • Messages originating from the President were being misclassified as originating from The American People.
  • A rendering error that frequently caused the President to appear wrapped in the American Flag texture has been addressed.

Vice President
  • The Vice President has been correctly reclassified as a pet.
  • No longer immune to damage from the Legislative and Judicial classes.
  • The Vice President will no longer aggro on friendly targets. This bug was identified with Ranged Attacks and the Head Shot ability.
  • Reveal Identity: this debuff will no longer be able to target Covert Operatives.
  • Messages to and from the Vice President will now be correctly saved to the chat log.
  • A rendering bug was affecting the Vice President’s visibility, making him virtually invisible to the rest of the server. This has been addressed.

It goes on. Best I can tell, this originated here, on the Chrome Cow site and was written by a guy named Sean Hyde-Moyer. The Chrome Cow server is presently getting hammered as a result, which is why I put the WoW forum repost at the top of the page.

And now the WoW forums are getting hammered as well, so here is another link to the full text.

Danger, Falling Everything

Just when you thought it might be safe to go into the water, Dr. Doom is back.

If you're not familiar with the work of Nouriel Roubini, there's just a couple things you need to know. He's the NYU economics professor that called the U.S. mortgage meltdown about three years ago and was derided again and again for being a nut – but guess who's laughing now?

Well, not him, actually – he's probably lying awake nights in sheer terror because he knows too much. He's now predicting the utter collapse of U.S. banks, and says stock markets have at least another 20 per cent to drop.

Oh, and did we mention that it's beginning to look like the entire United Kingdom is about to go belly up and go to the International Monetary Fund hat in hand? And that some of the smartest currency traders out there are betting on the Sterling's utter collapse?

Makes you wonder why Wall Street hedge funders are, well, hedging their bets and preparing for the end of the world.

Oh, and just for good measure, the world's newest Nobel laureate in economics? Well, he's calling it like he sees it.

Now, why do I feel like I need a drink before noon again?