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Half-Life 2 AU Woes?

SumeaLaunchpad (thanks Voodoo Extreme) reports that the rating Half-Life 2 has received from The Pan European Games Information system results in the possibility that there is no rating that will allow the game to be sold in Australia. No decision has been made on the game's fate down under, but here's the cause for concern citied in the article:

The Pan European Games Information (PEGI) age rating system has given Half Life 2 an R(18+) rating. This means that minors are unable to purchase the game in numerous countries like Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. What's really interesting about this is how the game fares in Australia. The Australian Office of Film & Literature Classification (OFLC) has yet to classify Half Life 2, but if the board follows suit from their European counterparts, it'll mean that one of this years highly anticipated titles is banned outright from sales here. Currently, Australia has no R rating for games, so game titles need to meet the highest rating available (MA 15+) or they will be refused classification.

75. Re: Ah yes, Socialists... Oct 26, 2004, 15:57 Halsy
I'm assuming Larry, must be Josh as his trolling and ignorance seem to be about the same.

The "official" unemployment rate in the United States is 5.5 percent (July 2004), a contradiction to the actual number of unemployed men and women in the United States which stands at 16,265,736. The United States government only keeps you "unemployed" for six months, whether or not you find a job. The Labor Department (BLS) reports that an additional 300,000 workers fell out of the labor pool (an average monthly share throughout 2003.) Some 6,700,000 professionals have fallen off their unemployment benefits without finding a new job. Employers added no hope, creating only 32,000 jobs in July 2004.

Job creation is a hot topic during this election year; and while the White House statisticians report continuing declines in the unemployment rate, during President George W Bush's reign, the economy has lost 2.3 million professional jobs. . No matter which political party owns the White House, keeping the true numbers of unemployed artificially low boosts the perception of job creation and economic growth.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the true number of unemployed in the U.S.A. tops 16 million. The number of professionals in part-time or freelance work while waiting-out their job hunt is 4.9 million, and 1.5 million professionals seek jobs due to imminent layoffs, added too 9 million already unemployed -- the US-unemployment is the highest in 20 years. The actual percentage of "unemployed" in the United States is 9.7 percent, up .3 percent from 2002.

Got it, ace?

When will you start reading and stop inventing bullshit?
Quote from CNN (above):"Gain of 308,000 jobs far better than Wall Street's forecasts; unemployment rate up to 5.7 percent."

How selective of you, 1 month (March) that exceeded Wall Street expectations - but still failed to actually meet the requirements to qualify as sustained job growth, and has since declined once again. From that article, the important part you excluded....

Manufacturing payrolls were unchanged, after 43 months of declines. Economists had hoped this would finally be the month factory jobs would grow, based on recent surveys showing a greater inclination to hire.

Average hourly wages rose 2 cents to $15.54, but average weekly earnings slipped 88 cents to $523.70. Hourly wages have grown just 1.8 percent in the past year, near the lowest level since 1986.

What's America saying about current employment?

The September employment numbers released by the U.S. Labor Department are disappointing by almost any standard. The number of new jobs totaled only 96,000, an increase of less than one-tenth of 1 percent. The unemployment rate remained constant only because 220,000 people decided to stay at home. Service sector jobs grew by more than the total increase in new employment, while employment in manufacturing dipped by another 18,000. Since the population is growing at a rate of about 220,000 a month, the number of jobs being created not only fails to provide any real expansion of employment opportunity, it probably is too small to sustain family income or living standards.


This is the unemployment rate on the last day of the Truman, Johnson and Clinton administrations, respectively. 2.5%, 3.5% 4.5%. Under Clinton's presidency, unemployment dropped below 5 percent for the first time in 27 years. Yes, I kow about Jimmy Carter, he left with 7.5%, the same percentage he came in with. Now look at unemployment on the last day of the Hoover, Eisenhower, Ford, Reagan, and BushI adminstrations. 25%, 6.5%, 7.5%, 5.5%, 7.5%. For Hoover thats twenty five not two point five. Only Reagan left office with lower unemployment than he inherited, and his finishing unemployment rate pales beside that of Democratic administrations. Pitiful isn't it?

And of course, we know about the explosion in deficit spending under Reagan, BushI and now BushII. Under Clinton, he ended his presidency with a budget surplus, low interest rates, low inflation, and low unemployment -- the same conditions that prevailed in every other Democratic administration except for one (Carter).

As for big government, Reagan saw the biggest increase in government under his watch, Dubya comes next, then his old man, and Clinton last. So please, spare me the bullshit.
And only a fascist idiot like you would argue against positive legislation like civil rights. You don't have a problem with shredding the Constitution via the Patriot Act or banning gay marriage though, do you, but us evil old "liberals" how dare we try to ensure equality and justice for all mankind. No one has tried more to legislate morality than the right.

Anyway, what does any of this have to with your being wrong about what you said in the first place? I guess you just like to be consistently wrong in everything.

Thanks for coming out anyway, scooter.

"Oh, meltdown. It's one of those annoying buzzwords. We prefer to call it an unrequested fission surplus."
- Monty Burns

This comment was edited on Oct 26, 16:01.
"And then, suddenly and without warning, it turned into a real-life case of hungry, hungry hippos."
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