Australia, in 1996 enacted gun control after a mass shooting there. In fact, it took them a whopping 12 days to enact the legislation. In 1996 they had 521 gun deaths. The next year, the number dropped by 84, and has steadily since.
You know what stops gun deaths? NOT HAVING GUNS!!!!! America is swimming in an ocean of weaponry, with more guns per capita than ANY OTHER WESTERN NATION! The primary reason so many people have guns, is because there is little gun control.
While I am not singing Wal-Mart's praises, but Michael does have a point. This is the free market at work. By lowering prices, Wal-Mart has given themselves a competitive advantage, and if other stores cannot follow suit, they will fail. This is reality. Of course, Wal-Mart has a track record of treating employees badly. This is where the government needs to step in and enforce their regulations.
Wal-Mart has suddenly found itself loosing sales to online sources, who can undercut even Wal-Mart's "Low Prices". If Wal-Mart can't compete with these online stores, then it will also fail. This is the free market at work.
Don't get me wrong here, I am no fan of Kim Dotcom and I have never used Megaupload for any purpose. That said, what happened to him is even more tragic.
This is a case of government doing what their financial backers wanted, despite lack of evidence of any wrongdoing. Oh, there was reasonable suspicion, but they went ahead and broke the law to nab one person.
While I personally think that Dotcom is a slimeball, he does have the same rights to privacy, security, and freedom that we all do. Those rights were violated by a government bent on taking him down, regardless of the cost.
And that cost is high, because now the government feels empowered to do this to anyone. Maybe you'll be next Mike, maybe Out_of_the_Blue will be next. When our rights are violated like this, and no one stands up to it, the government will feel justified in continuing it.
So, despite my dislike for Mr. Dotcom, I support his fight against the seizure of Megaupload. He has become the champion for rights in the digital age. He is far from perfect, but he is what we have.
I remember back in high school, reading Mr. Orwell's 1984. I remember thinking that it would never happen. Now I am older, and wiser, and looking at the world we live in today, I am very afraid that Orwell only got one thing wrong. The year.
You are looking at the bowls several hours later. The first bowl probably did attract the most flies, but the content was not dangerous, so the flies came in, consumed and left. They can and will return.
The second bowl has bad food in it. It gives them indegestion, and in some cases, fatal. This is why you will find some dead flies here. Most flies will not return here, unless there is no other choice.
The third bowl has plenty of dead flies, but, these are flies who will never sample from any of your bowls again. These flies will not return, for they are all dead.
Now, you say bowl three is the winner, but, if all you do is put out bowl 3, you will loose in the long run, because once all the consumers of your content have consumed once, they will never do so again, and you will go broke.
Yeah, Bowl 1 is the winner here, because they will be able to return time and time again, consuming your content, and paying you in kind.
Bowl 2 is the second, as they will consume the content, but only if they absolutely must, and even then, it doesn't sit quite right. Some will sample once, and never again.
Bowl 3 is the clear looser. Once sampled, you will never get a repeat customer. Great long-term business decision.
Of course, I believe your post was satirical in nature, and for that, Kudos. If, for some insane reason, you are being serious, then you need to take an economics class. Stat.
I have rarely heard any music in the last 10 years worth purchasing, and even then I don't. I tend to listen to the radio for music when I am in my car, otherwise, I listen to my music collection which I legally ripped of the CD's I own. Most of the music I listen to was made in the 80's.
I understand your frustration, but, Mr. Out_of_the_blue has as much right to voice his opinion as we do ours. If we ask that he be removed from this site, are we any better than the **AA asking that file-sharers be incarcerated?
OOTB is not breaking any laws when he is posting here, so let him post. If you do not like what he says, ignore it.
Personally, I find him highly entertaining in much the same way that I find several Viral videos entertaining (such as the True Meaning of MPH and the Please Move the Deer Crossing Signs videos.)
Wow, it actually seems like you are agreeing with Mike on this one. I guess there is a first time for everything. Of course, trademarking something as commonly used as "Best Of" is rediculous, and should be smacked down.
If Yelp used Village Voice's "Best Of" font, logo, and made it visually identical to what Village Voice had, I can see a case (though I still don't agree with it), but really, there is no confusion here. At all.
You are right that law-practice is almost risk free for prosecutors, which is why there are so many silly cases happening. I like the idea of juries deciding "irredeemably stupid prosecution." That idea is actually sort of brilliant.
Re: Sigh. Technical complaint by some idiot alleging "lost his" data".
Allowing someone to get back his legally created material which was siezed by the government is not baloney (or bologna).
Many people used Megaupload for perfectly legitimate reasons. As a storage place for their own records, and to distribute their own legally created software. These are all people who were hurt when Megaupload was raided.
Yes, infringing content was placed there. I am not saying that it wasn't used for infringement, but the innocent should not have to pay for the crimes of the guilty. After all, how would you feel if your car was taken by the police because a similar car three states over was used as a getaway vehicle in a crime. After all, all makes and models of that vehicle are obviously used for criminal enterprise right?
This is the same argument, and then there are shills and trolls like you, who say that it's ok. No it isn't.
I purchased two textbooks throughout college. I had a friend in the same course ahead of me. I ended up using his books for my classes (minus the two I purchased, because they were new to the course). I simply copied the changes from another student's books and did that. It worked well for me. When I was done, my friend sold his books and all was well.
The price of textbooks are far too high for the value you are getting. I would recommend a business of renting textbooks. You buy X number of textbooks and then rent them out (with a leaflet of changes) for a low price, that saves students money, and over the course of several semesters, gives you money.