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I backed it! I loved reading rainbow as a kid.... I read so many books because of it. 
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How much of what you see in movies these days is real? The truth is, not much. so if you had hopes for one day visiting the locations you see in films or your favorite show, they might not actually exist. 
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As usual, an amazing video. I am still playing DS1! After following your beginners mage guide I am stuck.. lol I want the witches robe set, but no clue how to get it.. I have beat queelag and got big hat logan, just grinding souls now in darkroot. cant wait to bwat it and get to DS2. 
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Hey!! Thank you SO much for watching my guides!  I worked really hard on these videos and it's nice to see somebody appreciates my work!  :) 

In order to get the Witch Set in the Original Dark Souls,

-You have to 1) summon Witch Beatrice in New Londo Ruins, then 2) Kill the Four Kings after you summon her.

If you die while fighting the 4 kings, you MUST summon her again the next time you try.  Witch Beatrice does NOT have to survive the entire boss fight. She just has to ENTER the boss room with you.  After the 4 kings are dead, go to the Valley of Drakes and the Witch Set is on a ledge. From Firelink Shrine, go down the elevator and turn right up some stairs and thru a gate. You will be in Valley of Drakes. Go straight forward (don't go across the bridge) and you will run into the Witch Set!!   Thanks for watching!!  :D
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I know we did not repost this video here on google plus. But there is a video all over Facebook about "fake snow" where people are burning it and saying "it smells like plastic". "Supposedly", they found this "fake snow" outside and it was put there as some kind of "government conspiracy". (keep us inside with fake snow omg) I figured I'd post the real science  so you can educate your idiot facebook friends.


Video of Conspiracy: Fake Or Just Dirty??? Georgia Snow Storm Jan 2014

Video of sodium polyacylate: SODIUM POLYACRYLATE demonstration

Whether people are actually trying to decieve others or just happened to pick some up outside (it is used in gardening and commercial agriculture and may not full expand into the "fake snow" until after heavy rain or actual snow) in their neighborhood I don't know. I just hope people arent actually falling for this. 

Of course it could just be carbon from the lighters too!


Additonally this product was also responsible for the "blue balls" mystery in the UK. 

Video: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/feb/03/blue-balls-mystery-solved-scientists
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Good thing I'm intelligent enough not to have FB :-D
Good post .. surprised people would think snow to be a conspiracy .. probably just folk looking for likes and attention from made up stories is all ;-) 
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I laughed harder and longer than I should have..
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The woman's name is Chelsea.  She's fine, BTW and gave Deadspin a great follow-up interview: http://deadspin.com/meet-the-girl-who-ate-it-after-interview-about-running-1519389938/@Tom-Scocca
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Nail on the head.....
 
Have heard that before :)

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Since 2007, the cost of brand-name medicines has surged, with prices doubling for dozens of established drugs.

Analysts predict the first $1 million drug treatment may be just around the corner.
Earl Harford, a retired professor, recently bought a month’s worth of the pills he needs to keep his leukemia at bay. The cost: $7,676, or three times more than when he first began taking the pills in 2001. Over the years, he has paid more than $140,000 from his retirement savings to cover his share of the drug’s price.
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Too funny. Don't buy everything they try to sell you. 
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This is what I have been saying about the ACA forever. If you hate it, you either don't fully understand it or our curent system. Most people don't know anything about it that they didn't get from their politcal party, or talking points on thier favorite "news" channel.  Is it perfect? No. But it is much better than what we have in place and needs further tweaking to truly be useful.  (my argument is it didn't go far enough)

I am not an Obama fan personally, and have been a registered independent my entire life,  but as someone who is every day faced with how broken our medical system is I agree completely with the first part of this epic rant. 

The second half goes off the rails a bit......and is in no way affiliated with my opinion.. :)
 
Please Shut Up About the #ACA If You Don't Know Jack Shit About It, Kthkbai.
I love the argument portrayed here. What I really love is that it's wrong. Other people already did pay for your health care -- with higher premiums and higher doctor costs. People who went to the ER and didn't pay or have insurance, we paid. People always sick or dying because of lack of care? We paid in lack of taxes they would have contributed while off work or, you know, dead.

To whit: I have a friend whose friend went to the doctor for a backache. "You have stage four prostate cancer and will be dead within two months," he was told. If he would have had a finger up his ass years ago he'd be alive now and making money, paying into the system, and consuming goods. Now the rest of us have to take up the slack. Now multiply that times the millions of sick and/or dying people in this country because they can't get even basic preventive care.

Anyone against the #ACA is on dangerous ground with me. Most people don't know shit about it, to be honest, and spout crap that #FoxNews and the insurance companies said about the law. It's not the law Obama wanted, it is the law that made it through Congress. If you don't like the end result, fire your Congressmen. Obama had to give up on single-payer to get any law through.

The ACA reigns in abuses of insurance companies severely. Some insurance companies now are refusing to get into certain markets because they won't make enough money. They have to spend 80 percent of the money you or the gov't pays them on your care or they have to send you a check at the end of the year. Did you know that? About the only major medical system for the ACA was #KaiserPermanente . Everyone else went FUD like crazy and creeps ate it up and spewed it like crazy. And that's the bullshit I hear out of most people's mouths today, regardless of party.

Did you know, for example, that as long as you never have a refund due from the IRS you never have to pay the penalty everyone is sniveling about? It's not a tax and the law everyone bitches about mandates that it can't be treated as one by the IRS, so they can't lien on you for not paying it or anything. They used the IRS simply because the system is already there and setting up a new system would be redundant. Never have a refund due and you'll never have to pay the penalty. You'd be a fucking dick, but you can do it.

A major part of the ACA is something that the Supreme Court neutered, sadly, and that is the forcing states to expand Medicaid. So, in California, for example, men and non-pregnant women can now get Medicaid (MediCal here). No longer is having a penis reason to deny me health care! Only a small percentage of states did expand Medicaid, and the rest sued or ignored it -- like neo-fascist #Indiana , where their red-faced creep of Tea Party pig governor is still lying to his constituents about the ACA.

You could try to blame Obama for the fact that no one knows much about the law, but I really don't. I blame the FUD they were up against that everybody talked about while ignoring their president and even their petty Congressmen who actually passed the damned law (thank God the idiot didn't have both houses) while listening to everything everyone on TV said about it. Just so you know, I cheered when it passed, watching the vote like a sporting event -- except, unlike a #Raiders game, this even mattered. I should put a big, tacky, expensive (and stupid) balloon couch on my lawn, and have flags flying on my car, that all proclaim "Socialism > #WINNING" and see how the sports fans react.

Health care was 16 percent of the USA GDP in the run-up to Obamacare; it's 12 percent elsewhere in countries that have a single-payer system. Something had to be done as the people who did have insurance started dwindling as prices soared, insurance companies covered less and less, charged more and more. Since Bill Clinton Dems have been trying to do something about health care costs spiraling upward faster than rockets launch into space and Obama finally pulled it off after the slime #GOP ignored it for eight years while in power and let the problem get worse.

Believe it or not, the law actually kind of kicks ass for what it is, excepting its not being a single-payer system. And like any law, it's not at its best coming out of a politically charged Congress, and will have to be fixed -- just like the ACA fixes that stupid "donut hole" the GOP put into Medicare Part D -- that law was called "No Lobbyist Left Behind." The #Constitution itself has been amended by laws twenty plus times. Laws start off sucky because politics suck because of self-involved and sometimes flat-out evil politicians; you have to fix them later.

And to those who crow that we have the best health care in the world? $50 for a Band-Aid? Fuck off. If you prefer what we had, you probably have your own insurance from work, are able to pay for your own, are young and don't give a fuck if you ever get sick, have no kids, are a "staunch" Republican that really doesn't know what the fuck the leadership is doing, or are a greedy employer that doesn't want to cough up that extra dime. Yes, greedy. #Starbucks coughs up that extra dime for insurance, has done for years, and is doing fine. And to that end, fuck +Papa John's Pizza.

And before you start slinging Dem insults at me, I claim no party as a Baha'i, I'm not supposed to. We vote independently because parties divide people and Baha'is are about unity. I probably side with Dems more because they at least pretend to try and advance social programs to take care of people, but even Dems are liars. I once voted in Indiana for a Repub governor and Dems for everything else because I liked the Repub guy better, and until he became a Tea Party moron, he was pretty decent. The first thing he tried to do -- and failed, of course -- was to put a 1 percent tax on the richest Hoosiers. Can't have that in "Bend Over For Companies To Come In To Our State So They Can Screw Our Citizens and Make a Few of Us Rich" Indiana!

Having been raised Baha'i, I must know: why are you non-Baha'i people surprised when someone gets into power and does the opposite of what they promised? I have a friend that "hates" Obama so much she's not going to get health care via Obamacare even though she desperately needs it, and of course she loved him at first and is now disillusioned... Politics are stupid. Getting wrapped up in it to the point you'll let your health go because you're mad at a president who will be gone in two years is, I feel ... how to say nicely? ... naive? Cutting off your nose to spite your face is all you're doing. Obama isn't going to notice if you die. He might notice if you continue living, get health care, get better, and become and advocate and help enact change.

Bear in mind that I'm not even allowed to be a politician because the entire system is based on promising multiple people conflicting things for money to get into power, and Baha'is are known for upright character, honesty, and trustworthiness, and even our enemies (Muslims, mostly, especially in the Middle East and Iran in particular, where the Faith was born) admit this about us.

US politics (or any in the world, for that matter) are broken and unfixable. The Baha'i system is much better: silent elections yearly for local assemblies, every adult Baha'i in good standing is on the ballot for the locality. Vote for nine names and the nine people with the most votes become the assembly. No campaigning, no nominating, no money. The same goes for regional institutions, the same for national assemblies, and every five years the nine-member #UniversalHouseofJustice that oversees the Faith is elected in similar fashion. The cream rises to the top in this fashion, not the people who want power and money. Those people get voted out as soon as we become aware of them in our system. For example, the LA assembly was some years back dissolved by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the US (I have no idea why LA was dissolved and have to be fine with that), and our system works flawlessly. Not because of the people, but because the system is people-proof. Every other system, especially political ones, pale to Baha'u'llah's model.

And the #UHoJ doesn't have "dissenting opinions" like the also-nine-member Supreme Court -- the House has always been unanimous. Their written guidance is incredibly beautiful to read, and challenging as well because they use words that even sometimes I don't know; the amount of information in each paragraph can be at time almost overwhelming to read, but the guidance always makes sense to me and reading it challenges my spirit and my all-too-human beliefs that aren't always right. For example, racism is "understandable" because we're different and people fear different "blah blah blah," -- but knowing you should strive to get past skin color and those different from you helps you do so. Baha'u'llah said (paraphasing) that a thought of hate should be followed up with a greater thought of love -- that is wonderful to me, because it takes into account man's natural tendencies at the same time that it helps us understand why and how to get past them. I used to tell racist jokes all the time as a kid -- until I accidentally told a racist black joke to a black friend of mine without thinking... No more, at least not often, and then only to people who know I don't believe what I'm saying.

Baha'u'llah said (paraphrasing) that this country is an amazing creation and He was pretty tame in His tablet to the president at the time (1860s) compared to those He wrote to Napoleon or the head of the Ottoman Empire, but as He also mentioned, this country is off the rails with materialism -- and again, He said this in the 1860s and it's even more true almost a century and a half later. Our worship of celebrities, glamour, sex, drugs, and Rock 'n Roll, without a spiritual base of any real kind makes us neurotic, confused, and mentally, physically, and spiritually ill. And, to bring this back to politics, the lack of spirituality is evident with just about every Congressmen and the #1percent on #WallStreet that own them.

Rich folks who, under Reagan, oversaw their Congressional groupies drop the amount rich folks paid in taxes from like 70 percent to the same as you and me -- and somehow feel they can defend this notion?! The concept of "trickle-down economics," and the creator of the concept evidently admits this, essentially just the rich pissing on your head. It doesn't trickle down, they keep it, as Pope Francis has also mentioned. Speaking of him, Pope Francis is now championing the poor -- and of course Tea Party folks like #SarahPalin are now saying he's "too liberal" and effectively distancing themselves from Christ's teachings while purporting to work in Christ's name. Worse, most people spouting the crap they're told to spout by these self-involved assholes don't even know the platform they're arguing to any real extent, much less the opposite argument, or have any clue about how politics, laws, or the ACA work. What's the fourth branch of government, hmm?

In the end, not enough rich folks like Warren Buffet care about you or me or we collectively wouldn't be suffering like we are, and rich people own our politicians and our media. As a Baha'i I was taught "None too rich, none too poor..." and to be an "admonisher to the rich," and I have no problem doing so. That is my goal, although I obviously fail a lot being an American myself.

Call me a #Socialist -- I don't care. That's a party and I wouldn't be part of it anyway, but -- wasn't "Social" Security "socialism?" Oh right, the loves to borrow from that and then try to gut it. Countries that are socialist have much less problems than we do with violence and the lower, impoverished classes being so miserable, downtrodden, homeless, rotting in commercially profitable jails, and distracted by bullshit sports franchises (okay other countries do that, too), cheap malt liquor to keep the masses drunk and happy, and all the other crap (TV, etc.) people in this country are so obsessed with. And these people often claim quite loudly to be "good Christians!" Really?

Wake up! Respect whatever president you have, but do challenge him and, more importantly, challenge the slime we vote into #Congress . Vote for the best person, not a stupid word. If a partisan ideology was concrete at any point in regards to how I believe, it would change the next second, and be ill-reflected in most people claiming that party. People who claim to have certain values just don't half the time, and show other ill values when in power (see Nixon, Reagan, Cheney). Frankly, putting ancient morons like Ted Kennedy or Strom Thurman eternally in Congress just because they happen to use the same word as you (Repub or Dem) on an application is blind love, which is as bad as blind hate. I mean, really? Both of these idiots were in Congress probably through Azheimer's, were probably for a long time incapable of making informed choices -- and were somehow blindly re-elected while teetering on the edge of the grave by voters obsessed with a word and an ideology that really doesn't exist. Sound stupid? It is.

It's rich old white people that are ruining this country -- stop defending them; most of them laugh at your day-to-day struggles, bark constantly that "no nigger's gonna get a free drink of water" (true story, a friend of mine heard this while fundraising in Long Island) and would gladly drop McDonald's apps on your head.

Let's take our country back from its real religion: money -- that involves no longer being a slave to man-made ideologies that don't mean Jack Shit in the end.

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-JR

[Resharing image posted originally by +Melanie Watson so people can share my rant with the image.]
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I think I understand it pretty well.  I also think this rant has some factual errors.  BCBS also lobbied for the ACA.  Now we get to have an  insurance "cartel" made up of the largest few companies, while the smaller providers are forced out.

I also think the administration realizes they didn't realize what the law was going to do and are thus sort of not complying with themselves. And you can't say that hundreds of thousand of people were forced out of their current plans, because that kind of happened. And on and on.  

Short version, my view is that we have never really tried an open market in health care, so demonizing "markets" and then implementing PPACA is like complaining that there's a thumb on the scale, and replacing it with a bigger, different thumb.
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Good debate, honestly...

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Bill Nye is the man. I love the way he explains his point of view, that which can be proven by excepted scientific principle and experimentation. He doesn't speak with disdain about the opposing Creation theory, he just calmly explains why it can not be true. 
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