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Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 10.25.16

This is so ludicrously evil, but here we are:

Facing enlistment shortfalls and two major wars with no end in sight, the Pentagon began offering the most generous incentives in its history to retain soldiers in the mid-2000s.

A lot of the bonuses were made in error, and so now the government is harassing vets to repay decade-old bonuses. I would say, "Well, now that it's got some bad publicity, they'll no doubt stop this ridiculous policy," except that they've been harassing vets for years, and some of them have already suffered severe consequences.

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Guest post - assorted Eurogloom
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 10.25.16

Mossy Character writes: Spiegel piece on Germany in Europe.

Nikos Xydakis, deputy culture minister for the Syriza government, echoes the sentiment.

"It is as though my country were experiencing the consequences of war," he says. European savings policies have ruined Greece, he says: "We have lost a quarter of our gross domestic product and a quarter of our population is unemployed."

Germany, he says, has become too powerful in Europe. The country, he concedes, is a leader both politically and economically. "But those wanting to be a leader have to behave like one too."


Helmut Kohl sought to avoid isolation at all costs when it came to important negotiations, but Merkel has all but completely rejected that approach. "I am rather alone in the EU, but I don't care. I am right," she once said to a small group of advisors during a discussion about the role of the IMF. Later, she said: "We are in Europe what the Americans are in the world: the unloved leading power."

Which might work if she actually were, you know, right. But those unemployed numbers say otherwise. Meanwhile in Brexitland:

EU money accounted for 40 percent of funding for cancer research in Britain over the past decade, according to Digital Science, a consulting firm based in London. In nanotechnology research, that figure is 62 percent, and in evolutionary biology, it is 67 percent.

Those resources have plugged the gap in falling British government funding, adjusted for inflation, and low levels of investment from Britain's private sector


There are also fears that the European Medicines Agency, which has overseen regional drug approvals since 1995 from its offices in London, could move to Europe once Britain leaves the EU, and drug companies could follow suit to streamline the regulatory process.

Heebie's take: I have no take!

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Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 10.24.16

This is so gross! This woman is playing some multi-player virtual reality video game:

In between a wave of zombies and demons to shoot down, I was hanging out next to BigBro442, waiting for our next attack. Suddenly, BigBro442's disembodied helmet faced me dead-on. His floating hand approached my body, and he started to virtually rub my chest.

The whole piece is enraging. It makes me never want to play video games, on top of not really enjoying them very much.

Via E. Messily

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Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 10.24.16

Ugh, I'm drawing a blank yet again on something to post. This election is sucking all the oxygen out of the room.

Who wants advice from me? Write your problems in the comments and I'll tell you how to solve them.

Doesn't it feel like all the easily solvable problems have been solved, and all that's left are the intractable ones that don't solve easily? We need an easily solved problem, posed by an irascible person who will argue with the solution (but not too much! Just the right amount of arguing.)

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