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Obamacare:

The Claim.
30 million Americans were in dire need of Health Insurance.  It is a crisis that requires re-tooling of the entire healthcare system.   We must act now!  
And by the way, an efficient, government-run system will save families $2500/yr.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=15E7go…

The Stated Result.
Over 30 million uninsured and under-insured Americans would clamor to sign up for low cost insurance w/o pre-existing conditions or limits.  The system will pay for itself and even save taxpayers money.  Projected costs were under $1 trillion with savings eventually.

The Expected Result.
Hopefully somewhere near 30 million Americans will be persuaded to pay for something they didn’t really want.   A few million will pay the penalty.    There will be no savings but maybe it won’t cost too much more.

The Actual Result.
Only 2.4 million have signed up and most of those are because they are getting, or expect to get, the cost of their Obamacare Insurance subsidized.   Billions were taken out of Medicare to offset costs.   Obamacare was determined to be merely an additional tax by the SCOTUS.   There is no upper limit to costs.

The Hoped-For Result.
Government control of all Health Care.  Hospital policies, staff wages, treatment, patient selection, etc will be mandated by Wash D.C.  “Personal” health records will be co-owned by government.  The IRS will ensure medical payments and collections.  Severe limits placed on personal health choices.

Likely Evolution of Result.
Your health record will be entered into a government health matrix and the amount and/or vigor of your health care will be determined by government criteria.   Although these criteria will shift slightly with the political winds, expect factors like:  age, race, sex, income, occupation, weight, lifestyle, etc., to play a major role in deciding who will be treated and who will be given pain medication and/or end-of-life counselling.
Food choices, sports, hobbies, vehicle use, travel, reproduction, etc, will be monitored and regulated due to health concerns and costs.
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Uniforms of the Continental Navy

The first row of uniforms reflect the regulations authorized by Congress upon the Navy's founding. From left to right, the uniforms are:
- Midshipman
- Sailing Master
- Lieutenant
- Captain
- John Paul Jones' Variant of Captain

In 1777, John Paul Jones collected the opinions of several other officers and proposed a new set of uniform regulations to Congress. In addition to being a dandy, Jones was an advocate for asymmetrical warfare. As such, his primary argument to Congress was that adopting uniforms faced with white and trimmed with gold would liken them to the Royal Navy, displaying their ability to match them blow for blow. Congress was vehemently opposed to this proposition, as they wanted nothing to do with uniforms that suggested wealth and power. Nevertheless, when John Adams was at a dinner party in France in 1779, he spied Jones wearing a blue and white uniform, which was even more gilded that the Captain's uniform he had proposed to Congress. It is believed that Jones was wearing this uniform at the Battle of Flamborough Head on September 23rd, 1779. The uniforms in the second row are, from left to right:
- Midshipman
- Sailing Master
- Lieutenant
- Captain
- John Paul Jones' Variant of Captain

The bottom row is dedicated to the Continental Marines. Initially, their uniforms were green with white facings, as seen in the first two uniforms. However, in 1779, the facings were altered to red. When ashore, the Marines wore spatterdashes to maintain the cleanliness of their uniforms. The uniform on the far right is that of the French-Irish Marines who served on Bonhomme Richard.
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Hi everyone, it passed time since a last submision.

This is an own design representing the deatheaters followers of Voldemort in Harry Potter series :lol: basing in the argument very possibly Ms Rowling inspired in nazis to state D.E. ideals of blood purity, even the young Tommy looks A LOT LIKE Hitler :XD:
That's shows how her ideas are the awesome good creating stories and groups of characters.

This work shows a fusion of swastika nazi version with Slytheryn's "S" holding the form of the snake, possibly Nagini and of course this one in the green field.

Hope you like it.
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At long last, an art trade between :icon57kunst: and I has been fulfilled! We struck the deal in July, 2009 and he quickly responded with excellent work. Alas, I was off to the Virginia Military Institute for a summer class and then the start of the Fall semester. It has been a very trying and exciting journey as a Rat (Freshman) at VMI, a journey that has allowed me no time to sit down and draw.
I've been home for the past three weeks for Christmas furlough, and today, January 10, 2010, is the last day - I leave tomorrow! However, I will not return to The Institute without first upholding my end of the deal... I give you, :icon57kunst:, my half of our art trade that has survived the test of time!

I used pen and ink to draw the ship's lines. For the antiqued version, I applied an old paper transparency layer (stock image provided by :icongeneralvyse:) over the original lineart. For the colored version, I applied transparency to the lineart layer, added a white layer beneath it, and colored it via your standard digital painting tools. The program used to digitally enhance this piece is The Gimp 2.2

USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America, she is the oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat in the world. Launched in 1797, Constitution was one of the six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794. Joshua Humphreys designed these frigates to be the young Navy's capital ships, and so Constitution and her sisters were larger and more heavily armed and built than the standard frigates of the period. Built in Boston, Massachusetts at Edmund Hartt's shipyard, her first duties with the newly formed United States Navy were to provide protection for American merchant shipping during the Quasi War with France and to defeat the Barbary pirates in the First Barbary War.

Constitution is most famous for her actions during the War of 1812 against Great Britain, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships: HMS Guerriere, Java, Pictou, Cyane and Levant. The battle with Guerriere earned her the nickname of "Old Ironsides" and public adoration that has repeatedly saved her from scrapping. She continued to actively serve the nation as flagship in the Mediterranean and African squadrons and circled the world in the 1840s. During the American Civil War she served as a training ship for the United States Naval Academy and carried artwork and industrial displays to the Paris Exposition of 1878. Retired from active service in 1881, she served as a receiving ship until designated a museum ship in 1907. In 1931 she started a three year 90-port tour of the nation and in 1997 she finally sailed again under her own power for her 200th birthday.

Constitution's mission today is to promote understanding of the Navy’s role in war and peace through educational outreach, historic demonstration, and active participation in public events. As a fully commissioned US Navy ship, her crew of 60 officers and sailors participate in ceremonies, educational programs and special events while keeping the ship open to visitors year-round and providing free tours. The officers and crew are all active-duty US Navy personnel and the assignment is considered special duty in the Navy. Traditionally, command of the vessel is assigned to a Navy Commander.

-- Wikipedia
(To read the full article and learn even more about this fantastic ship, click this [link])
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Color refined logo for Project: AGU's INTERCEPT (International Central Enforcement and Peacekeeping Taskforce)

INTERCEPT - International Central Enforcement and Peacekeeping Taskforce

Founded in 1953 by elite members of the international counter-intelligence community and under a secret resolution signed by the United Nations Security Council, the International Central Enforcement and Peacekeeping Taskforce (INTERCEPT) is a global enforcement and peacekeeping organization dedicated to combating the five major threats on Earth: terrorism, drug-trafficking, organized crime, monitoring and enforcing metahuman activates, and extraterrestrial incursion and invasion.

Its' director, Lance Bishop, supervises the global activities of INTERCEPT. Its' personnel consists of some of the world's top scientists, counter-terrorist operatives, special operations soldiers, law enforcement personnel, and intelligence agents, all of those an expert in his or her field and are selected by a random screening process. INTERCEPT is involved in public activities, collaborating with various law enforcement agencies including the FBI, National Security Agency, CIA, MI6, Interpol, Russian FSB, Israeli Mossad, and Japanese military intelligence.

INTERCEPT is divided into several divisions, or "task forces", each dealing with a specific threat: TASK FORCE FALCON, the main intelligence/counter-espionage division; TASK FORCE TALON, which deals in counter-terrorism; TASK FORCE AURORA, its' planetary defense force dealing with extraterrestrial incursion and invasion; and TASK FORCE UNICORN, its' special operations unit which interchange with the other three divisions and specialized in high-risk missions; TASK FORCE TWILIGHT deals with supernatural cases and is collaborating a majority of its' resources with independent paranormal investigations agency TRINITY; TASK FORCE GENOME deals with cases and situations involving the world's "Neo-Human" population; TASK FORCE PARADOX deals with fringe science cases and techno-crimes; TASK FORCE PROMETHEUS concentrates on combating global terrorist acts involving mobile bipedal weapons platforms like the experimental XM-216 Avatar-7 mobile mech.

Originally, INTERCEPT was established to counter the threat of the high-tech neo-fascist terrorist groups PHOENIX and G.H.O.S.T. (Global Hierarchy of Superior Tacticians), which were formed in the aftermath of WWII by remnants of the Third Reich. But ever-increasing threats to global security is added to the agency's mission. It is very important for INTERCEPT's role especially in the post-9/11 era, where world governments, even the United States, became incompetent, and possibly plagued with corruption, in dealing with protecting its' citizens from various terrorist organizations.

INTERCEPT has all classified files revealing the secret identities of all of Earth's registered metahuman and some human public heroes and most private vigilantes, but will not share this information with the outside world since it may compromise the lives of these extraordinary men and women and their crusades for justice. INTERCEPT has monitored and on occasion worked corporately with these metahumans to help encounter out-of-the-ordinary threats their agents alone could not handle.

Today, INTERCEPT is represented as Earth's first line of defense against those who threatened it.

Inspiartions/influences:
- S.H.I.E.L.D. (Marvel Comics)
- Checkmate (DC Comics)

Co-designed by myself and ~kathreftis
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In 2010 I made a wall chart for a forum project on alternatehistroy.com, the Alternate History World Cup. You can see that one here: martin23230.deviantart.com/art…

Now, 4 years later (and two years since I've actually posted anything on here) the project is back for the 2014 World Cup, and I'm the one running it. The thread is here: www.alternatehistory.com/discu…

And of course with the new tournament comes a new poster, so here it is.
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Uniforms of the United States Navy, 1800-1808

The uniforms seen here are those adopted at the turn of the 19th century. As such, these are the uniforms that were seen aboard USS Constitution and Philadelphia during the Barbary Wars. Note that during this period, Lieutenants who were given command of a ship that didn't warrant a full Captain would switch their single epaulette to the opposite shoulder. It became common practice to call them "Lieutenant, Commanding." The uniforms are, from top to bottom, left to right:
Line Officers
- Midshipman
- Sailing Master
- Lieutenant
- Captain
Staff Officers
- Purser
- Surgeon
- Surgeon's Mate
- Chaplain (No Uniform Prescribed; Clerical Attire Shown)
United States Marine Corps
- Private
- Corporal
- Sergeant
- Captain

For all you Leathernecks out there, these are the uniforms that were worn to the shores of Tripoli.
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A speedpainting done during my visit to L.A. last summer.
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I just wanted to try my hand at a Unified Korea flag using themes from the nations past.
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Its a cover for my 2 Disc DVD case that holds both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 in it. The picture of all 8 survivors on the back was made by deathwing107. They can be found here
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Other images were google'd and all the text that can usually be found on the back of your Xbox 360 games was taken from the Left 4 Dead 2 box itself but re-typed by me.
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