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Rebecca in a bicycle bag #caturday
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4/22/17
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Feature request: You can filter the view by portal level (unclaimed, level 1, 2, 3, etc.). I'd love to be able to invert that selection (as in GIMP, for example), and to be able to select all and select none.

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You win free stuff depending on how many of your friends follow your link.  Sorry for the spam; I hope it's not too annoying.

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A little bit of Indy for #Caturday
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I got the following in my inbox today:
"Recent Senate Votes:
Opioid Abuse – Anti-Kickback Penalties - Vote Rejected (46-50, 4 Not Voting)

The amendment would have increased anti-kickback penalties for doctors prescribing opioids and test a model for limiting Medicare opioid prescriptions. The amendment fell when a budgetary point of order, offered by Wyoming Republican Michael B. Enzi, was sustained. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the point of order.


Opioid Abuse – Additional Funding - Vote Rejected (48-47, 5 Not Voting)

The amendment would have provided an additional $600 million for opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs. The amendment fell when a budgetary point of order, offered by Wyoming Republican Michael B. Enzi, was sustained. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the point of order."

That left me wondering why Senator Enzi opposed the two amendments.

First, I had to figure out what they were amending. I found the following 2 amendments to Senate bill S.524 at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/524/all-actions :
03/02/2016 S.Amdt.3395 Point of order that the amendment violates section 302(f) of the CBA raised in Senate with respect to amendment SA 3395.
Type of Action: Floor Consideration
Action By: Senate
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03/02/2016 S.Amdt.3345 Point of order that the amendment violates section 311(a)(2)(A) of the CBA raised in Senate with respect to amendment SA 3345.
Type of Action: Floor Consideration
Action By: Senate

Okay. They reference sections of the CBA. What's the CBA? Googling 'Congressional Budget Act' got me to the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, but I can't find the text of that. I think I found a little bit of information on those sections at http://www.budget.senate.gov/republican/public/index.cfm/points-of-order .

I've spent enough time on this; I have other stuff to do. My point, though, is that, no matter who we elect for President, our government is terribly opaque. It shouldn't be so difficult to find out what our politicians are voting on and why.

How about having comms to faction-mates default to the Faction tab? It's painful when your faction-mate replies to your secure comm with a public statement that he's out of gear.

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