Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Not-Quite Liveblog of the Republican Debate

I'm a little late to the party, but here goes.

Cruz just started his first turn:
Cruz is claiming the "Obama economy is bust"
10% flat tax
Reduce/remove regulation on industries
Commentary--I used to work in supplier regulation. I don't care how many times they say that regulation is bad, that's simply not true
Kasich is talking over Bush, Bush is pretty irritated about it.
The buzzer/bell that they are using for "you are out of time" is already not working.
It is unbelievably obvious that they don't respect each other on stage at all.


Bush is just "repeal everything"
I can't figure out what his point is supposed to be


Fiorina---Problems are worse under Dems--Opened with anecdote about a "40 year old women with sevcral children
Need 5 things
1) 0 Base Budget
2) 3 page tax code
3) Hold Gov't officals accountable
Bell for time

Rand Paul - Oh god, sorry folks, I can't even with this. He's pure smarm..

My feed just cut out. Brb seeing if it's me.
And I'm back at the end of Carson.

Back to Trump
Trump is happy that the 5 million immigrants will be removed. Diss on Obama using Exectutive orders.
Blaming drugs and inner-city issues on immigrants.

He thinks they can come back but only under precise rule of law

Kasich is responding, saying need to control border, but doesn't think law abiding immigrants, pay penalty, stay, "think of the children" holds it's a silly argument.

Trump is responding and everyone is arguing goddamn

Kasich does not want to let Bush talk at all. good greif. Calling Trump out on "truth"

moderators trying to take control, failed. Trump is being an ass. Booing in crowd.

Bush is being snarky as hell to Trump. Agrees that shipping 11 million people back is rediculous. "They're doing high-fives in the Clinton campaign right now."
Offers path to legal status.

Rubio gets new question:
Jobs being replaced by machines? Rubio is acknowledging that the world and global economies are changing faster than can react.

And now he's just bashing Obamacare and regulations again. Seriously? I'm already tired of "Reduce and Repeal Obamacare"


Cruz gets entitlements question:
Wants raise of retirement age.
"Mainstream Media"

I'll give Cruz this, he's good at working the crowd.
He thinks being (rightly) called anti-immigrant is offensive. And the bell was 2 min or more ago. second bell

I think the moderators have already given up.


Fiorina wants Obamacare repealed. "Crony Capitalism"

hahahaha "No one can understand [Obamacare]..except the Lawyers, Regulators, Accountants." Um, yeah, I think that's the point.

Big government grumping. Assumes that because she doesn't know what's in the tax code, that therefore noone does.
oh here's her third
and I missed it.

Alternative to Obamacare is for States to do something no explanation of what that means.

So really I don't have much to add. they are all harping on repeal of Obamacare, Bush and Kasich are only two who don't want to deport all our undocumented immigrants, Trump managed to get booed, and I missed the two times Carson got to talk.

Carson wants a flat tax because Tithing. No deductions at all.


Rubio's is 14.5% flat with mortgage and charity deductions.


Cruz "There are more words in the tax code than there are in the bible -- an none of them are as good."

10% flat tax for personal, 16% flat for businesses

pimping his website. Wants to abolish the IRS.

Wants to abolish Commerce?! I'm pretty fucking sure at this point he has no idea what Federal employees do.

Everyone seems to ignore that abolishing any of the major Federal agencies would put thousands of people out of jobs...while claiming that this would create jobs.


Rubio is pimping strong family values weirdness.

Somethingsomething, Rubio and Rand are yelling at each other.'

Uhh, Jihadists, Iran, and China have now made verbal appearances


Wow, Paul is actually arguing agaisnt overspending on military.

and Cruz has butted in, and the moderators have lost all control.


Fiorina has stolen time now too.


Trump wants "bigger, better, stronger military."


Kasich tried to but in on Taxes and got shut down.


Trump is also claiming that documents are getting passed without being read at all.


Ok, I'm gonna stop here. The arguments are turning to just that, arguments and whinging about not getting enough airtime.

Goodnight folks.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Dem debate #1 Liveblog attempt

We'll see how well this works, but after that "fight night" intro by CNN, I've gotta try and liveblog this mess.

This will run top-oldest bottom-newest. Time stamps will be manual, so I'll get them in as often as possible.

Edit 11:09 pm. noticed I got some name attributions wrong, think I fixed them all.

Lincoln Chafee- Mayor, Senator, Governer- going over his credentials.


Jim Webb--I've done things other than be a politician--going over political credentials. Went over family.


Martin O'Malley -- Mayor Baltimore, Gov Maryland--"I learned to be an effective leader." --

Huh, he's actually acknowledging learning something. --Went over family, also.


Bernie Sanders-- Went right into policy, including campaign finance.
Climate change "moral responsibility" to move away from fossil fuels, leave planet for children and grandchildren. African American youth unemployment 51%, put money into education, not jails.
"can we mobilize our people to take back our government"

Biggest cheers yet.

8:58pm eastern.

Hillary Clinton--going over credentials--opportunity for her 1 yr old granddaughter and the granddaughters contemporaries.
Center of campaign is to raise wages. Companies should share profits with workers. Make Taxes more equal-close loopholes on wealthy. Tax cuts for middle class. Equal Pay for women, Paid family leave.


Hillary -- changing mind, arguing that flip flop: Response new information results in new opinions.

"I'm a progressive, but I'm a progressive who wants to get things done." paraphrase "I'm willing to compromise."


Sanders-- You call yourself a "democratic socialist" -- Sanders is explaining what that means
Arguing for learning from Denmark, Norway, Sweden.

moderator "but socialist is a bad word" Sanders "but it doesn't have to be."

Clinton rebutting with Capitalism is little businesses. We're not Denmark. Don't want to be Denmark.
Need to rein in Capitalism

Sanders Rebuttal: I don't disagree, but we have to remember that not every one is a small business owner and help all people

Chafee -- I didn't leave the Republican Party, it left me. My record hasn't changed. It now aligns with Democrats.


O'Malley-- Question of Zero Tolerance, He's a little hard to hear. Comment/Question on Freddie Gray. Claims that he reduced arrest rate in Baltimore and increased safety.


Webb -- called Affirmative Action - "Racism against whites." Claims to support it for African Americans. Is against "diversity programs for all people of color."


Sanders --- Sanders is saying he has a D- from NRA, question 'does he want to protect gun companies or not?"

Goes into mental health care.

Clinton Rebuttal-- Sanders is not hard enough on guns *cheers*

Sanders Rebuttal -- Wants to keep guns out of hands of people who should not have then. Exapand background checks, address straw man purchases

O'Malley Response --- We did it in Maryland (didn't explain what it was he did)-- Has people from Aurora in Audience.

Sanders and O'Malley are arguing over how far gun control can go in Senate/talking over each other.

Webb Rebuttal-- Yay, more mental illness stigmatization.

(aside--this guy comes across as a jackass)

Chafee discussion---Try to work with the gun lobby, can we change this and find common ground.

O'Malley rebuttal -- NRA lies to voters in Maryland


Clinton --- "Did you underestimate the Russians?"
Response Putin is bullying us in general and in Syria in particular.

Sanders response-can't hear---Somethingsomething
Iraq was a mistake. I don't support troops in Syria.

Clinton -- no one does

Chafee -- criticizing Clinton for voting for Iraq war, says Clinton has poor judgment.

Clinton rebuttal -- Obama trusts my judgement. We don't need troops there, We need a coalition of people/countries around Syria.

Sanders Rebuttal -- thinks that no fly zone in syria is bad. thinks he predicted what happened in Iraq.


Sanders Question-- When you use force? Voted to stop Osama Bin Ladin, voted to stop ethnic cleansing

Question to group: Is Hillary too quick to use force?

O'Malley  -- Seems to be saying yes in 300 words.

Clinton is smirking and looking like she's really trying to not snap at people.

Sanders doesn't seem to understand how the debate works *sigh*

Clinton Rebuttal -- No fly zone in Syria to get Russia to the negotiation table.


Webb -- Benghazi? I'm not sure I understand the question.

He has run over his time, and he is now going against China?

It is now 9:32 pm eastern


Sanders Response -- Putin is trying to save face and is regretting his choices.


Clinton -- Should you have seen Benghazi coming?
She is explaining what was going on at the time. We need to send Diplomats to dangerous places, so that we can try to prevent things.

Clinton is nodding in agreement with Chafee arguing that we need better intelligence in those areas.


I can't keep up. they're discussing whether or not Sanders can be a credible commander in chief as he was a conscientious objector in Vietnam. Sanders argues that War needs to be last resort.


Chafee  is going after Webb for a falsehood regarding Russia. Again, they're bouncing topics faster than I react.


Worst security threat
Everyone is giving different answers

Commercial break

///commentary -- 5 people is clearly too many on stage for the 2 minute discuss and 1 minute rebuttal format CNN chose. Also the moderators suck at actually getting people to give up the floor. I feel like they need a talking stick like a class of kindergartners, ffs.

It is currently 9:44 pm Eastern.


Clinton -- emails How do handle crises? she's testifying for congress about it. Pointing out that the Benghazi committee is to drag her numbers down
Saying there are other questions that are more important.


Sanders Rebuttal -- Agrees with Clinton, "The American people are sick and tired about hearing about your damned emails!"

*handshake* and chuckle, standing ovation

Chafee -- This is a huge issue -- damages American credibility -- we already need to repair work. Implies she has ethical lapses

"Clinton do you want to respond?" "No"

*standing ovation*


question "Do black lives matter or do all lives matter?"

Sanders -- "black lives matter" we need to combat instiutional racism and overhaul our criminal justice system.

O'Malley -- acknowledged BLM is a movement and that black lives are undervalued. "black lives matter"

to Clinton: What would you do that Obama hasn't?
Reponse We need to fix criminal justice system. Feels this is a bipartisan issue. We need a new "new deal" for communities of color

Webb "all lives matter" claims he started the national debate about it back in '06, I think.

Sanders gets a different question- " what would you do about income inequality that Obama hasn't?"
Answer Create jobs by repairing infrastucture, pay equality, make college free

Clinton -- How can you represent the middle class when you are part of the 1%? Make sure that all people have the chance to make the same rise from lower paying to wealthy.
Economy does better with a Democrat in the white house.

O'Malley -- Agrees with Sanders, adds that Glass-Steagal needs to be re-implemented.

Clinton -- says leave it alone but we have to worry about investments and shadow banking. Says she agrees with putting attention on the banks

Sanders keeps raising his hand.

Sanders -- I don't agree her policy is harder than mine - fraud is currently a business model. I fought deregulation of banks in '99.

Clinton response -- I went to Wall Street, told them stop it when i was a NY Senator. Want the same thing, different method, but my method is the one that work.

Sanders -- Congress does not regulate Wall Street, Wall Street regulates Congress

Webb is trying to break in, and failing.

Chafee -- the banks control 65% of GDP now. going after Clinton for not supporting Glass-Steagal.


Sanders voted against the bank bailout. Thinks it was wrong to ask the middle-class


Webb thinks the system is rigged.

Talking about a Windfall tax, no so sure what this is going on. (this guy seems to non-sequiter  a lot or I can't tell how his logic works.)

Getting scolded for wasting time.


Chafee is admitting he didn't know what he was doing for his first vote in Senate, lol.


Sanders is laying out how he wants to make public schools free. It's by taxing speculation on Wall Street.

Clinton rebuttal -- wants to refinance college debt to a lower interest rate. Thinks that people should have a job ~10 week in exchange for tuition.
Medicare for all Americans-- Enhance benefits for Social Security for impoverished people. No defunding, make sure it's still around.

Sanders lift cap on taxable income.

Sanders -- Immigration-- why should Latino voters trust you? We need a path to citizenship, let them come out of the shadows


Clinton, undocumented workers get ACA access? Not necessarily full access, but yes, everyone should be able to be healthy.


O'Malley -- We are a nation of immigrants-- we need to help people get healthcare.


Webb is also fine with better immigration, and healthcare for undocumented workers.


Clinton is trying to break in
Follow up -- Wants to point out that they disagree on details, but that everyone on that stage is not willing to demonize humans, real people who want to work. IE the Republican party.


O'Malley -- Maryland has offered in state tuition to undocumented children, and it's been successful.


Need a break, 10:20 pm

Sanders is talking about VA hospitals.


Chafee and Clinton voted for PATRIOT. Claims that a warrants were supposed to be required.


Clinton thinks that the tapping/Patriot act was good. Also says it was supposed to be done with warrents.


Sanders voted against Patriot act.
Yes he would stop the tapping of phones, tracking of calls, websites, emails needs to stop.


Chafee -- Snowden should be able to come home.


Clinton -- He had legal ways to do what he did, he didn't. but he stole important information. Snowden needs to "face the music"


Chafee -- he's guilty, he ran to Russia


Sanders -- he needs to face a court for breaking the law, but his assistance of finding out the government was doing should be considered to balance that.


Webb -- Data collection is ok, if it's destroyed after a period of time. Not saying anything about Snowden


Not a third term of Obama? to All

Chaffee-- end the wars, need a new paradigme

O'Malley -- shrink banks, protect middle class

Clinton -- Well, first woman president, kinda obvious
Policy? Support and surpass Obama.

Sanders -- Power of Corp America, Wall Street, etc. is through a political revolution, gov't needs to be encouraged.

Webb -- Use of Executive authority, use Congress and with Congress

Sanders --- we need to raise public consciousness, and teach so that we can bring change.

O'Malley -- We need a Green revolution.


Commercial break, Supposed to be 2 hours, apparently they're going for that third.


Clinton -- I know how to find common ground and stand my ground.

O'Malley -- I respect Clinton, but we need new people.

Clinton Rebuttal -- Don't vote for my name, vote for my positions. "We can't have a Republican succeed Obama."


Sanders -- I'm the only one who isn't a millionare, and the only one without a SuperPac

Topic: Climate Change

O'Malley -- Extend tax credits for solar and wind. Solve the problem of a non-clean energy.

Webb -- Pro offshore drilling, pro Keystone Pipeline, pro coal -- Believes in nuclear power, we need to work world wide at China and India to work on Global warming.

Sanders -- Pope Francis is right, this is a moral issue. Scientists say we need to be bold. Fossil fuels are funding Republican party. We need to work with China, India, Russia.

Clinton -- This is what I've been doing, Get China/India to agree to work on it.


Mandated Paid Leave

Clinton -- California is already doing it. Republicans are trying to scare us out of it. This does not have to put burdens on small businesses.

Clinton just got a standing ovation for showing the hypocrisy of the Republican party "small government -- unless it's a womens right to choose"

Sanders and O'Malley agree.


Weed -- legalize it?

Sanders -- rethink war on drugs

Clinton -- I'm not ready to take a national position on legalizing it nationally, however, imprisoning is a overkill response. Medical marijuana is fine.


Sanders -Can you get Republicans to compromise?
People, you need to vote them out.


commercial break 10:49 pm eastern


final Question 15 s answer:

Which enemy are you proud of

Chafee - coal lobby

O'Malley -- NRA

Clinton -- NRA, Iran, few others, the Republicans

Sanders -- Wall Street/Pharma

Webb -- the soldier who threw a grenade at me


Closing remarks minute and a half each, Stroking of egos. Plugging of websites.


This is the end of my first attempt at a live blog. Hope ya'll enjoyed it.

If anyone has any tips, thoughts suggestions, well, the comment box is below.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Welcome all!

I know this is blogger, and it's not as clean as Wordpress, but I hope it'll suffice for the time being as a sort of Lounge substitute.

If people like it and want me to continue hosting, I'd be more than glad to do so.

Note: I have (probably for the short term) turned off the requirement to sign in to comment on my blog. Obviously if one of our friends from the 'pit shows up, that might have to change, but until then, you hopefully shouldn't need a google account to comment.

Note 2: and Brony just mentioned in the comments that if you are looking for the Lounge to go to Tony!'s place over at The Shoop's Roost.

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

I'm pretty excited about this. His segments on The Daily Show so far have proven that his sense of comedic timing is damn near perfect. Add to that a large dose of charisma and cleverness and I think he'll be a lot of fun to watch.

Even better, he's already shown he's as willing and able as Stewart to tackle uncomfortable topic like race relations and their current tensions in the US and I think he'll be able to knock this out of the park.

Good Luck Trevor! Congratulations!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Zelda WiiU Delay

So Zelda for WiiU has been delayed indefinitely. According to this video, the development is going so well that the dev team is discovering all kinds of things they want to add to the game. This fleshing out and completing the game to perfection is the current goal. As such we will not be seeing Zelda WiiU until not 2015.

I am not surprised but I am disappointed. With the maintained lack of third party support Nintendo really needs to bring their A game to any in-house games they release. And with the luke-warm reception of Mario Party 10, they've already used their one "Ok, that one wasn't good, but all their other stuff is, so I'll keep buying" for the year.

As for the Club Nintendo closure, I'm sill frustrated that they didn't roll memberships of Club Nintendo into whatever the new loyalty program is going to be, but I am excited to see what kinds of mobile games are in the works.

I play a lot of mobile mini-games when I'm in between things, and don't necessarily want the extra weight of my 3DS with me. So I can easily see situations where I would want an iPhone/Android game that gives me my Pokemon/Zelda/Mario fix while still wanting and having the full or bigger versions on the 3DS. I know some people think that phone-based mobile games will be the death of handheld consoles, but I still like the separation.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BeatBurn by Lolo Review

So since I run on a treadmill I have a hard time staying motivated to run for much longer than 15-20 minutes, which is about 1 mile for me.

My husband was browsing apps today and found this amusing one, though it doesn't really work for a treadmill as you have to be able to change speed on the fly since you're running from zombies.

So I started looking for apps that were geared toward use with/on a treadmill and I found this one. BeatBurn by Lolo. As someone who is new to the whole 'working out' thing, this app is very interesting.

Firstly, it's a really nice, clean interface. Full props for intuitiveness and simplicity. Second it has a lot of possible choices. You start with 'Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced,' then select how long you want the workout to be, if you prefer walking/walk-jog/run for your pace and finally if you prefer going faster or more incline for challenges.

The next thing you do is import music from your phone/ipod to the app where it scans the tracks and pulls down the BPM from the internet.

The app then selects a song from your music library that roughly matches the pace you should be moving at, so that your feet are hitting the treadmill to the beat. To further this, the app is capable of slightly altering the speed of your music. So it picks one that is close and then speeds the song up or down as needed. It's really interesting to hear a song you know really well slower than usual.

I've seen in some reviews that people were complaining that it wasn't altering the speed of their music. I suspect these reviewers either a) weren't paying close enough attention or b) aren't musicians to notice the often subtle changes as the app does pick songs that are very close so that you don't get a deepening or chipmunk effect.

And then during the workout. This is where I've found this gem of an app to really shine. It calculates a new routine for you every day based on the initial information you gave it. With my settings I get both some speed and incline based intervals. The app both shows and tells (via headphones) when to change the settings on the treadmill and what to change them too. I've had 5 minute intervals at a medium effort level and 15 second intervals of "holy shit." The need to be thinking and changing the treadmill manually, combined with the music, helps me keep from getting completely and utterly bored that I usually do when on a treadmill. As a result, (this is day 4, I think?), I've actually walk/jogged for my full half-hour been dripping sweat and averaging 1.5 miles. Prior to this I was doing about 1 mile, and not pushing myself at all.

To top all that off, you can change the intensity of the workout on the fly in app. It'll adjust from wherever you are in the workout on to give you a breather or to make it more intense. It really gives a sense of having a trainer and freedom to do what feels best at the same time.

This is the first app I've bought in ages, if not ever that I felt the $4 price tag wasn't exorbitant. It's not an applet or mini-program like so many apps are. It is a full, comprehensive workout companion.

(you know, I never thought I'd be reviewing work out stuff and liking it.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Is Anyone Actually Surprised?

Well, Ted Cruz announced his vie for Presidency today.

Folks, I hate to break it to you, but he is currently a viable candidate. He appears to be clever, he has the "pulled up by my own bootstrap" narrative, and he's damn near as flashy as Governor GoodHair. Yes, we are still over a year out and Cruz has plenty of time to make a pratfall, but don't count on it.

He announced his run at Liberty University, yes, that Liberty University that offers a minor in Creationism.

He is a Dominionist. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it refers to a group of Evangelical Christians who believe that the United States was founded on solely Christian principles and that the religious laws in the Bible should be made secular (read state/federal) law.

He has also recently tried to interfere with the passing of some laws in the city of D.C. I mean, seriously. Why is it my employer's goddamned business what contraceptives I might or might not be using? Or if I've had an abortion?! (The answer in case you were wondering? Is "None")

Back to my main point. The political climate of the US right now is such that rallying behind an apparent preacher, someone who can provide the appearance of purpose. We American's are suckers for that type of charisma and emotional manipulation.

So please, please don't laugh Cruz off as an impossible candidate. He's all too possible. And yes, while the US can survive 8 years of a Cruz presidency, I don't want to have to.

Remember all this when it's time to vote in the primaries and don't ignore them. Vote. Please. Vote.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fitbit Charge HR Review

So Husband and I have been trying to get into shape, that dream of all New Years resolutions.

To that end I've been trying to discipline myself to calorie track and use the Fitbit Force I got for Christmas. Well. Husband and I finally started actually doing the "working out" part of that about two weeks ago, and I discovered the fundamental flaw of the Force. It doesn't pick up steps or distance traveled on a treadmill.

But I liked how accurate it was picking up my approximately 2 mile walking commute, so I decided to try the Charge HR. So.
Things I like:

  • To the best of my ability to tell, accurate for heart rate and distance
  • Picks up/tracks distance and steps, even on a treadmill
  • Don't have to put it into "sleep mode" to track sleep
  • Reasonably comfortable
  • Watch strap where the tab to hold down the end has a plug to go through the last hole and hold the strap still. Why have watches not done this before?!
Things I don't like:
  • Silicone band
  • It's textured on the outer surface, so it picks up *more* dog fur and dust than should be possible. I got the black one, and have a white dog. You do the math.
  • You do need to move it around periodically as the heart rate monitor is designed to press slightly into your skin. I have ridiculously formable skin, so it leaves an indentation on my skin. However, that's probably just me.
  • The "face" that actually sits on top of your arm (not wrist) is actually a little bit wider than my arm. So even with a "small" I have about a fingers worth of empty air on both sides.
So to sum up. It's comfortable, the Fitbit app works smoothly, I've had no problems with getting the devices to sync, and it's a fairly slick bit of tech. But those of us who are smaller than the "average" small adult are still getting left out of the wearable tech market in the sense of having things sized correctly.
Lovely gap between my wrist and the band. The green light is the heart tracker LED. 

All The Fur!!!!

I wear it third from the end on small

Size reference. Yes that is an U.S. quarter. Yes it is nearly the size of my wrist.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Winter Weather (Maybe?)

So as the northern part of the North East is getting constantly hammered this month, the mid-Atlantic region has yet to see more than a dusting of snow, though we're getting All The Cold.

-20F last night after wind chills and looking to be in that ballpark again tonight. That's too damn cold.

We're rumored to get 5 inches give or take tomorrow night...but given the way the rest of the winter has gone, I must say, I'm rather sceptical.

So I'm curled up under multiple blankets and the dog while playing Fantasy Life on my 3DS. Husband is playing Diablo III, and I think that's what we are going to continue doing until work forces us to venture back out.

This is the first time I've found myself wishing for a fireplace while living in an apartment, usually I just consider the to be nuisances that take up valuable floor/wall space.

Good luck to those of ya'll in the Boston area.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Stand Against

I don't even know what to say that hasn't already been said by those with louder voices, and better turns of phrase.

But I feel as someone who has been a part of the Atheist/New Atheist movement for as long as I have must stand up and say "I reject that man. I reject that murderer."

Yes, I apparently have some level of belief system in common with that man, but I will not let him represent me. I will stand with honest, honorable religious people, from any walk who are working to make this world a better place before I will ever stand with an Atheist who has so little respect for life as to murder.

My heart breaks for the families who lost their son and daughters. They are the ones who need to be remembered.

Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, you are gone now, and wrongfully so. My sincerest condolences to your families.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Club Nintendo Closing

Nintendo is closing Club Nintendo. This makes me suuuper sad. I mean, I've been a member since before it was even called Club Nintendo.

I registered my GameBoy Advance SP alll the way back in 2004. It became Club Nintendo in 2009.

This was a great way for them to get feedback on Nintendo-published games. Plus, we got awesome loot for being their feedback/survey monkeys.

I still wear my 8-bit Mario t-shirt, I use my Pikmin tote as my lunchbag, the Platinum award several years ago was a sweet statue of most of the main characters from Super Mario.

As a consumer, I'm failing to see the downside to this program.

Further, it's clear they weren't planning on closing it until recently as fairly new games, like Pokemon AlphaSapphire/OmegaRuby have Club Nintendo codes that the expiration date isn't until 2018.

We have until March 31 (also the last day to register both 3DS and WiiU SSB to get Mewtwo) to get all our games registered, and then all codes expire. We have until June 30th to redeem our Coins. 

Why, Nintendo, why?