The markets are based almost entirely on rumors. Rumors that a business is doing well and will return a huge profit makes the stock jump up. Negative rumors make the stocks fall. A single rumor has been known to almost crash a company's stock just so an employee/ex-employee can sell their stocks for a certain amount. Markets, such as the stock market, is little more than legalized gambling. When you invest, you're gambling that the company or stock is going to do very well. It's called risk.
We're living in a world where everyone wants all of the rewards but none of the risk involved. It's called 'entitlement', and people and/or corporations feel they're entitled to all of the money in the world (or at least a good sized chunk of it) without any risks. Politicians are bribed to pass laws to help decrease or completely do away with risks. That's how our world works now.
So it makes perfect sense that one little (or big) rumor can move the markets since people have fear of risk and losing everything.
"Yeah, I bought a knife and got really into them. I loved them so much that I had fifty thousand knives all around my house. I had so many, I had to stand them all on end with the blade up just to store them. Then one day I tripped and stabbed myself. This is why we need to outlaw knives. So I've moved on to juggling loaded shotguns..."
That's nothing. The real problem is that 100% of video gamers play video games. That's a horrid statistic as if video games make people more violent, then we're headed for a revolution. For crying out loud!!! Do you realize just how bad it would be for Sim City gamers to venture out of their homes after a 96-hour gaming spree and violently build a city??? OMFG!!! How terrible!!! And let's not forget the violent outbursts of those Angry Bird gamers. They might start buying shotguns and shooting sparrows or pidgeons off their roof!! Could you imagine the horror of seeing our children... OUR CHILDREN... playing Call of Duty games and suddenly signing up to fight in the Armed Forces just to go over and kill every terrorist they can find??
I mean, just look at the older generation! All those years of playing "Pole Position" in the arcades, and today those people who drove a digital car for endless hours while plunking in thousands of dollars in quarters and THEY'RE ON OUR ROADS DRIVING!!! Not to mention the Tennis players who go ballistic on the courts throwing tantrums, smashing their rackets, and flipping off the referee only to be fined heavily for their outbursts. You know what caused that???
PONG!!!! Hours and hours of PONG! Violently hitting a ball back and forth! Yeah, I'd lose it too. I always wondered why I wanted to break my badmitton racket in two during Phys. Ed. and stab someone in the neck with it.
Looking at the video, the logo on the front of the car doesn't look exactly like a Ferrari logo. I zoomed in really close, and I could swear it reads either "RIAA" or "MPAA". Not sure. Can anyone else verify?
I knew someone who was in the same boat. He was in an accident and comatose for weeks. Spent a few months in the hospital. He never openly told me how much is final bill was, but he only laughed and told me he could only afford $10 a month. They threatened him, and even took him to court. But he proved that since he had no assets and other bills making only a small amount, it was all he could afford. Apparently he's been doing that for years. You just can't get blood from a stone. So why even worry about paying it all back? Just pay a puny amount each month until they agree to lower the total amount.
That's alright. The company applying for the trademark is now sending people throughout the swamps in Florida looking for snakes to sue. Right now, there's a team of lawyers on swamp boats out looking for the long slithering creatures in which to serve. But the snakes aren't taking this lying down (pun intended). They're hiding out. When they see a boat, they bolt and hide so they can't be served. So "HA HA!" to the lawyers and the UK company.
That really isn't fair. You have to remember that a lot of countries don't have the niceties that we have here in America. They need things like American treaties and 301 reports and presidential executive orders. You don't understand! THESE POOR COUNTRIES DON'T HAVE TOILET PAPER!! What are they supposed to use?? These written documents are needed every time a non-American or whatever has to take a dump. For crying out loud... Don't knock their only means of wiping their back side.
Upon reading this, I realized that I never actually heard the entire MLK speech in my life. All the years through school, I'd only heard the name and the "I have a dream" phrase. Just tried to look it up to listen to it for the first time and received the copyrighted notice. Apparently, the day isn't important enough for people to hear the speech. Martin Luther King is apparently, and the day, not as important as copyrights.
And since we have our fill of copyrights in the world, I guess it's safe to say that Martin Luther King Day just isn't that important. So who cares? Not important to me, then I don't have to give a damn.
Actually, if you take a step back and look at where this is going, it's going to be all the rage! Bear with me for a minute. We have a mouse that connects directly to the internet for updates (or whatever) which is probably going to lead to a keyboard that does the same thing. Maybe even a monitor. The next DRM on the roadmap is going to be that you will no longer need a computer, only a monitor, keyboard, and mouse that plug right into the wall (or a router). If you "buy" the game, someone at the company will 'install' the game onto the computer you're going to be using. Your peripherals will connect remotely to the next available box, and you can play all you want for as long as you want. You won't get the DVD of the game, won't need a computer to buy all the 'costly' hardware, and you won't have to listen to fans blowing to keep your system cool.
Yeah! This will be all the rage! It's not DRM! It's what all the 'cool' kids want nowadays. How could you possibly not want that??? You'd have to be a terrorist or a communist or something to not want that. And you don't want to be labeled a terrorist now, do you?
And if you internet connection goes down? Well, no need to worry. The company has your money so they can develop a new system that won't need internet connection in the future. Hell, by then, you won't need a keyboard, mouse or monitor. You can just calmly sit in your desk chair and *think* about playing. And no DRM there!!! Wow! DRM is almost a miracle!!!
Yep, that's how it starts. The people who wanted this are going to be all up in arms that this didn't pass. You know what we're going to see now? Babies. Billions of babies. All butchered in the streets. We'll see rivers of blood and people shooting baby-skull-seeking bullets into the air. We're going to see roads built from the bones of babies as pavement. We will most assuredly see people hovering overhead in hot air balloons tossing babies out to fall to the surface of the planet. Why??? Because this law was shot down. And those who didn't support the bill? Oh, yeah. They're baby butchers. Those are the people walking around with babies on spikes chanting and cheering and bathing in the blood of babies. They're the ones wearing baby skin clothes and jewelry from babies' eyes. Because those are the types of people that stand in front of bills and laws like this.
Just like when moms used to tell their sons, "Every time you do the 'dirty little deed', God kills a kitten.". Well, every time someone opposes stuff like this, a baby is launched into outer space on a rocket and sent plummeting into the sun or to the nearest black hole. Remember hearing about all the Aztecs who sacrificed women and babies and ate their flesh? Or tossed babies into volcanoes? It wasn't because of their beliefs. It was because the people didn't pass the laws like these meant to protect children while simultaneously taking away the rights of the people.
Let's here it for the great authoritative government group of a******, jerk-off, low-life scumbag dumb***es at facebook for being too restrictive. How blatently incompetent do they have to be that they can't even do their job properly. There are thousands out of work who could do a better job than these morons, and they have to stand in the unemployment line while idiots like those leading FB screw up their own system.
What the hell is this? Unnecessary censorship? Why not??? They've already censored everything else. Might as well censor that does not need censoring. Make a post on FB: "Oh look! There's a *bleep* walking her *bleep* down the *bleep*!" Then along comes Facebook: "Sorry! We've detected that you attempted to use verbs and nouns in your post. That violates our Terms of Service along with pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and infinitives. Please remove the offending language or we'll suspend your account!"
But in all fairness, I can see where FB might censor this picture. After all, that's a cat. And a cat comes from 'pussy cat', and we all know what word is offensive in that. "Sorry, you can't use 'cat', or even have a picture of a cat anywhere on FB. You also can't say 'pu**ywillow' as even though it's a plant and grows in nature, we've censored it."
Now, take this post I just wrote and post it to FB, and chances are you'll see this: "***** ******** **** ***** ****** ****** and ***** **** * ***** ******. (Note from FB: We are currently deciding if the word 'and' is offensive to some individual in the Arctic Circle who eats fish and berries to survive. If so, 'and' will be added to our ban list."
Just goes to show that school is only for the rich, elitists if publishers and colleges have their way. Publishers are standing on their soapboxes screaming "NO POOR PEOPLE!!! SCREW YOU ALL!! IF YOU'RE NOT RICH, YOU DON'T DESERVE OUR BOOKS!!" blah blah blah.
Ever wonder why colleges are charging $10k for 12 credits? And what does the government do? Nothing. Why? Oh, yeah. Because they're rich. Amazing!
Separately, it lists out 16 critical infrastructure "sectors," but those can be interpreted really broadly, which is dangerous.
And I'm sure every single one is capable of being interpreted as "Obama can crown himself king and extend his rule for fifty years while simultaneously disolving the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and turning the Legislative and Judicial branches into party houses for all of his cronies and buddies who worked so hard to put him in power... All hail your new king. The White House has now become the new frat house. I'm sure the November election is just a formality that he's already won. No need to campaign.
So let me get this straight... If I develop a patent and a company steals that patent without paying me, I can sue them. If they use MS SharePoint in their computer servers, I can sue Microsoft for helping that company induce infringement since Microsoft wasn't directly involved. And I can sue Apache, Inc. for allowing Apache web server to be used in the company that infringed, even though they aren't "directly" involved... I can sue the vending machine owners in the building for supporting a company that infringed since they're not directly infringing... I can sue the electricity making company for givng them electricity... I can sue the toilet bowl making company for having their crappers in the company's bathroom... I can sue the building owner for allowing the infringing company to stay in the building... I can sue furniture manufacturers, light bulb makers, pencil and pen makers, ceiling tile makers, carpet makers, drywall makers, construction workers, etc. etc. etc. because none of those "directly" infringed, only indirectly.
So logically, since the building foundation sits on the planet Earth, I can sue everyone on the planet for allowing the building to sit there and the company to be inside.
Wow!!!! I'm heading for a payday!!! MONEY!!! MONEYMONEYMONEYMONEYMONEY-.... err... wait a minte. I'm on the planet... So would I have to sue myself, too? Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.....
This proves it. The fact that Mike was completely open, candid, and transparent about this whole thing will be used as proof and indisputable evidence that he tried to hide it. If we use the same rationality as some of the RIAA judges, openly admitting and being transparent actually means you're trying to hide the truth. You can't have it both ways. Either you're hiding the truth, or you're transparent... and transparent means you're hiding it.
Passing a law making running red lights illegal meant that the government who passed it actually meant that running them is legal.
"Officer!! I wanna report a crime! Buford called me a 'hampster testicle' on Facebook! Arrest his ass! Charge him with a felony! Have the MPAA pay you the four million dollars it'll cost. They're good for it."
Taken any college classes lately? I'm at a college where text books are now ranging from $150-$300 *per book*. That isn't competitive. That's downright gouging to the nth degree. I don't give your left nut what your argument is or how you try to defend yourself. Paying that much is horses***. What does that force me to do? (and yes, *force* is the correct term) I go looking for it through Pirate Bay, from digital lockers, from any place I can find it. I've saved a lot of money doing it, too. And I'll keep doing it until those books come down to a reasonable price (under $100).
And what does that teach me to do??? Find my books on the internet. What happens when I do it too much? I develop a habit of doing it. What might I do after my classes? Cut up the books, scan them into my computer, and help the next poor student out. So that's what text book publishers teach me to do... how about you all?