Today’s cup: gamers and HIV, Obama’s deficit proposal, the Emmys, the NFL, and the MLB

Recent news regarding the enormous tax breaks afforded to video game companies such as EA, maker of Mortal Kombat and Battlefield, had gamers anxious to come up with something big to prove that they were worthy.  The tax incentives, written in 1954 and expanded in 1969, were put in place to encourage technological innovation. With today’s news that gamers made a significant breakthrough in unlocking the code of a protein involved in the spread of HIV, a goal scientists have tried to reach for years, the fight to make gaming companies pay their fair share of taxes may have just gotten more difficult.

President Obama today unveiled his plan to cut $3 trillion from the federal deficit in the next ten years.  The reduction comes in the form of phasing out our involvement in two wars, a reversion to tax rates on the wealthy from before the Bush era, and cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.  It’s complicated, for sure, and the super committee tasked with implementing the changes is not a committee I’d like to be on, but tough times demand tough choices.  They have until Thanksgiving or else.

The Emmys were last night.  I love Jane Lynch and I thought she did an admirable and enthusiastic job with some awful material hosting the show.  And what the heck was that musical number with Andy Samberg, Michael Bolton, and Maya Rudolph?  But Margo Martindale won for “Justified” and the leading comedy actresses got on stage like they were part of a beauty pageant, so I wasn’t totally disappointed with the broadcast. has comprehensive coverage, including photos and dish.  Charlie Sheen?  Who thought that was a good idea?

In case you weren’t aware (or didn’t care), fighting is still going on in Libya.  Rebels continue to fight forces loyal to Moammar Gaddafi, even as they search for the elusive ‘former’ leader.

Dominque Strauss-Kahn was interviewed Sunday in France and gave few details of the sexual encounter he had with a New York hotel maid last May, other than to say it was “consensual” and involved no violence.  He continues a fine tradition of political sex scandals, exhibiting upstanding character and moral vigor.

Friday’s Reno air show tragedy claimed its tenth victim early Monday morning.  Several who attended the ill-fated National Championship Air Races are still in critical or serious condition.

Some new or returning shows to watch on television tonight: “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC at 8pm with Hope Solo, Chaz Bono, and others; “Two and a Half Men” on CBS at 9pm with Ashton Kutcher and not the ‘winning’ Charlie Sheen; and “Two Broke Girls” right after is supposed to be funny.

My Jets won handily, Michael Vick went out with a concussion, the Patriots look unstoppable, the Steelers were back, and Tim Tebow played wide receiver.  It was an interesting Sunday, though my picks were far from exceptional.

In baseball, the Yankess, Detroit, and Texas are the American League leaders (and Detroit has already clinched a playoff spot), and the Red Sox and Angels remain hopeful.  In the National League, Philly has already clinched, with Milwaukee and Arizona likely to soon, while St. Louis and San Francisco cross their fingers.

A sperm bank in Denmark doesn’t want donations from redheads because, according to Ole Schou, the director of the bank, “I do not think you choose a redhead, unless the partner – for example, the sterile male – has red hair…”  Well, that just hurts my feelings.

Okay, so you’re trying to start a fire.  You don’t have kindling but you do have chips.  (This would be a familiar scenario in my life.)  Use the chips – Doritos might be best – and voila! you have a fire.  I love this MacGyver tip from a Reddit user via

I’m in the mood for a coming-of-age novel, or bildungsroman.  Any suggestions?

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  1. Beth says

    Or you can go to E! News at 7pm and 11:30pm for GREAT Emmy coverage…(a shameless plug, I know)

    and I appreciate your including the great sport of baseball, Jo, when most of America has moved on to the gridiron – but the YANKEES are still in it – woohoo!

  2. Bill B. says

    My vote for a bildungsroman is S.E. Hinton’s classic “The Outsiders.” I’ll bet you even have a copy of it lying somewhere around the house…

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