Nerds are big business

This little fact surprised me.

Gen Con is currently Indianapolis Convention Center’s largest annual convention, bringing the city tens of millions of dollars in revenue. It was originally held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in the late 1960s and organized by none other than Gary Gygax, the father of modern role-playing games. Since then the event has morphed into a four-day event combining tabletop miniatures, board games, video games and live-action role-playing games. It regularly creates in excess of $50 million in revenue for the city of Indianapolis.

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Ted Cruz is running for president

Of course he is, because this is America, and anyone can become president here, as long as they curry enough favor with enough billionaires…and America also has plenty of crazy billionaires. Cruz is just the first to officially announce his candidacy, and pretty soon Huckabee and Rand Paul and Rick Santorum will come along and we’ll have enough clowns to start a circus.

But as for Cruz…I’ll just let Charles Pierce tell you about him.

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The Ferguson law enforcement system was worse than I ever imagined

I’ve been reading the Ferguson report. It’s a horror. Every page documents an appalling violation of the whole purpose of having a police force: these people weren’t there to serve and protect, they were there to skim off as much cream from the community as they could. This wasn’t a police department, it was a racist extortion racket, oozing corruption.

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