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Who are these amazing cops with their indestructible car and overflowing police badassery? If Taito’s official Japanese art is to be believed, they are Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams. Either it was one way for them to make sure that no one thought this pair was Crockett and Tubbs, or someone at Taito really loved the idea of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian as a modern cop duo. I’m going with the latter, if only so I can imagine Harrison Ford saying, “Hear me baby? Hold together” each time I ram into some punk’s perpmobile. Let’s go, Mr. Driver!

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Altered Beast

Altered Beast, called Juuouki (獣王記) in Japan, is a Sega System 16 arcade game released in 1988 by Sega. It was developed by the creator of Golden Axe, Makoto Uchida and shares many graphical similarities as a result. The game was notable as it allows the player could take on the form of “Were Animals”.

A year later it was ported to various consoles, including the Sega Mega Drive, which it was bundled with during the console’s early years. There was a watered down port for the Sega Master System also, and several ports to non-Sega systems, including console rivals the Famicom and PC Engine

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Almost 80 million with employer health care plans could have coverage canceled, experts predict

According to projections the administration itself issued back in July 2010, it was clear officials knew the impact of ObamaCare three years ago.

In fact, according to the Federal Register, its mid-range estimate was that by the end of 2014, 76 percent of small group plans would be cancelled, along with 55 percent of large employer plans.

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Why Super Mario World is better than Super Mario Brothers 3

Super Mario Bros. 3 is one of the best games ever made. In fact, there are many innovations that were first featured in SMB3, and likely would not have made their way into other Mario games (Super Mario World included) had Nintendo not experimented with the concepts in their penultimate NES platformer. However, Super Mario World perfected most of these concepts. In fact, I would put forward that Super Mario World is better than Super Mario Bros. 3 in the same way The Empire Strikes Back is better than Star Wars. While they both are excellent movies, Empire Strikes Back took everything that was great about the original and made it even better. The same is true for Super Mario World. So here is my point-by-point breakdown as to why Mario’s first SNES outing is superior.

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Oregon healthcare exchange website never worked, has no subscribers

Oregon, a state that fully embraced the Affordable Care Act, is enduring one of the rockiest rollouts of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, with an inoperative online exchange that has yet to enroll a single subscriber, requiring thousands to apply on paper instead.

Unlike most other states, Oregon set an ambitious course to make its insurance exchange, dubbed Cover Oregon, an “all-in-one” website for every individual seeking health coverage, including those who are eligible for Medicaid.

But instead of serving as a national model, Oregon’s experience has emerged as a cautionary tale, inviting comparisons to technical glitches that have plagued other state-run portals and the federal government’s website for those states lacking exchanges of their own.

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TSA Spent $878 Million on Screening Program That Probably Doesnt Work

The Transportation Security Administration has spent almost $900 million dollars since 2007 on a program to scan crowds for signs that someone is a terrorist. The Government Accountability Office reviewed the program. Their finding: Congress ought to shut it down, because there’s no evidence that the tactic works.

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NUMBERS FABRICATED JUST BEFORE LAST YEAR’S ELECTION?

Just before last year’s election some odd numbers floated out of the USBLS. Strikingly, just weeks before the election, unemployment slid from 8.1% to 7.8%. Many economists and CEOs said, “No way. It’s just not true.” Those who attacked the numbers were immediately labeled racist, conspiracy theorists who just wanted the president to lose reelection.

Jack Welch, former General Electric CEO, was particularly outspoken about the numbers. Welch took to Twitter, “Unbelievable jobs numbers…these Chicago guys will do anything…can’t debate so change numbers.” The Obama administration immediately attacked back by calling Welch’s claims, “Ridiculous.”

According to a report by the NY Post, a Census employee was told to fabricate information by his superiors. The report added that the issue continues to this day.

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