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MS fucks up another acquisition.

I had a craving for some Minecraft, but it's not installed on this computer, so I connected to Mojang.com and managed to figure out my password. Great. When I try to download the MSI file, it hangs.

So I go to MineCraft.net and find that I can't log in, even though the passwords are supposed to be in sync. I decide to reset the password, but I find that there doesn't even seem to be an option to do so on either site.

So, basically, I'm hosed. I paid for this game and now I can't DL and install it.

WTF, MS, WTF?
Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. At night monsters come out, make sure to build a shelter before that happens.
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+Per Siden Sorry.

They have a version that requires Windows 10 and I'm not willing to run that.
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Cerf and Root explain the Internet. Except rule 34: nobody can explain that.
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After weeks of very dark stories, today's Free Fiction Monday story features a cat. Don't expect a light and fluffy story, though…
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I'll add that the Fred Koch founded and led the John Birch Society, of which his son, Charles, was a member. Ron Paul is a longtime fellow traveler, much beloved by the Birchers but not quite a part of them.

It is not hyperbole to say that these people are fascists. Libertarianism is just fascism all dressed up so that it looks nicer and therefore goes down easier. It is the sugar coating on top of the poison.
 
Know Your Wingnuts

Today's anti-government, anti-tax, pro-gun, anti-immigrant, virulent anti-communist, pro-Confederate, anti-civil-rights types have roots in a number of earlier movements that have long since been discredited in the minds of sane people.

These include the +Klu Klux Klan and the +John Birch Society (hi, guys!)... the latter of which, I'll note, is headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin (about two blocks from where I lived when I was there in 1997-99) -- home of Joe McCarthy, the "commie" witch-hunter and ever-vigilant guardian of our nation's precious bodily fluids.

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One day, after my father was gone, I talked to my mother about her beliefs. “What happens to the poor, the elderly, the unemployed, the disabled if the Birch society achieves success?”

“It doesn’t matter, not at all,” she told me. “It’s all about the Constitution.”

“The Constitution doesn’t feed a hungry child or help an unemployed man,” I argued.

“That’s not my concern,” she said.
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Any similarity to "rights are innate and come from nature/God, and exist whether or not they are enforced" is, I'm sure, purely coincidental.

It's all about retaining privilege and hierarchy. If society is based on anything less than totalitarianism with them at the top, they will call it  "oppression" -- not because they really believe that, but because they think it's a magic word that gains sympathy.

...and they will use absolutely any argument to support their cause if they think someone might buy it.

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Most Americans have no idea that these “new” ideas are the same “old” ideas that the John Birch Society preached fifty years ago.

I do.

I lived in the heart of radical right-wing extremism. I left the movement when I realized that living in a Birch society, libertarian America would be hell.

Right now, the libertarian push is strong. Bolstered by seemingly endless amounts of money, the anti-government crowd is buying influence on every level of government. This money juggernaut will be tough to stop, but it can be done.

When Americans realize what a libertarian-big business-religious right regime means, they’ll stand up and scream NO.

Time to start screaming.
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via +PZ Myers http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2015/08/30/the-walking-john-birchers/ .
  Starting in 2009,  Americans were presented with crowds of Tea Partiers ranting about debt, deficits, socialism, and healthcare reform. They waved their copies of the Constitution, hoisted the "D...
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"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs." - Anonymous from Facebook
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+Phillip Landmeier Mild doses of libertarianism aren't necessarily toxic.
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A Louisiana newspaper claims to have surveillance video showing Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), a married freshman member of Congress who ran for office last year as a conservative Christian with the backing of the stars of the "Duck Dynasty" reality show, "passionately embracing and kissing" one of his female staffers.
A Louisiana newspaper claims to have surveillance video showing Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), a married freshman member of Congress who ran for office last year as a conservative Christian with the backing of the stars of the "Duck Dynasty" reality show, "passionately embracing and kissing" one of his female staffers.
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I'm sure all the stars of Duck Dynasty are in favour of passionately kissing women, too.
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I tried it this evening. Fun, but now my fingers are sore.
Splatter enemies and claim your turf as an ink-blasting Inkling in Nintendo's ultimate mess-fest!
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Rickey Thompson started a drug court to start treating offenders and stop imprisoning them. Then he says officials quit sending him offenders altogether.
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It's not just a few bad apples, it's systemic. You can see this when someone tries to make a difference and is punished for it.
 
Rickey Thompson started a drug court to start treating offenders and stop imprisoning them. Then he says officials quit sending him offenders altogether.
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Because if you treat their addictions instead of imprisoning them, the for profit industrial prison complex can't use them for slave labor, which is the whole purpose for having these laws that turn addicts into petty "criminals".
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"I was really good at just one thing: surgery. So I quit that and got into politics, where I'm completely incompetent. Now I serve as the GOP's token black candidate."
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Maybe he thinks he's a crappy person and other people like him shouldn't get as far as he did.
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