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  • Sep 17th, 2015 @ 1:31am

    7 Warning signs: I call "SHENANIGANS!"

    This particular 89% off proXPN 'lifetime' offer is bombarding the Internet at the moment by way of a multitude of different websites. Perform a search for something to the effect of "proXPN VPN: Premium Lifetime Subscription For 89% Off" and see what I mean. That's warning sign #1.

    Warning sign #2 is the use of the word 'lifetime'. I NEVER trust that word when it comes to paying for something, not matter what the deal. I've never seen the word 'lifetime' live up to that promise. Not ever.

    Warning sign #3 is the fact that NOWHERE on the proXPN website is there any ability to actually buy a 'lifetime' subscription for ANYTHING, including their premium service. Huh?!

    Warning sign #4 is the fact that I've TWICE written proXPN directly for verification of this offer, providing them with its details. They have NEVER replied to me.

    Warning sign #5 is a comment posted at, one of the many sites listing this offer. The comment from a fellow named Eric Cook who reports: "It's say lifetime, but they also says "You're now subscribed to 2 Years of proXPN Premium", which one is it? or am I expected to live for only 2 years?"

    Warning sign #6 is another comment at from a fellow named Ryan Nguyen who reports: "Ok I just bought and I thought it was proXPN but when you buy it, it is actually TigerVPN by proXPN, not sure what that means but hopefully that helps clear things up."

    Warning sign #7 is the fact that TigerVPN is located in Slovakia. Plus their website pushes Canvas tracking images into visitor's web browsers, not a good sign of integrity from a VPN service!

    7 warning signs is my limit. I call "SHENANIGANS!"

  • Sep 10th, 2015 @ 10:20am

    Re: Re: Re: Corporatocracy

    The US Congress already gave up their constitutional obligations of "Advice and Consent" regarding TPP when they approved 'Fast Track'. (US Constitution, Article II, Section 2). IOW: They broke from the US Constitution. Why was this done? So there would be NO discussion or debate regarding the final draft of TPP. All they now get is yes or a not vote, which is entirely unconstitutional. Why did the corporatocracy demand this illegal, traitorous decision by the US Congress? Because they want ALL of TPP enacted, not just bits and pieces, forcing renegotiation of the abomination.

    Summary: CRIME. USA: Criminal Nation is the goal. Let's be China. Except let the corporations be our overlords, instead of some bogus 'communist' party. The end result is the same: TOTALITARIANISM. Screw citizen's rights.

  • Sep 10th, 2015 @ 2:58am

    News Corp, Our Information Overlords

    I personally consider Wall Street Journal to be entirely worthless, thanks to it being merely a tentacle of News Corp.

    As a victim of Time Warner Cable, I might as well have been reading nonsense with that hated company as the by-line instead of Holman W. Jenkins. It's corporatocracy at work. Lie to the customer. Gouge the customer. Screw the customer.

    Neo-Feudalism in action.

    Cable TV is over. Customer retribution for decades of abuse is here. We get what we want. Deal with it or sell off your crap companies to someone who considers the customer to be a collaborator, not an enemy.

  • Sep 10th, 2015 @ 2:46am


    Corporatocracy - SOPA/PIPA
    Corporatocracy - ACTA
    Corporatocracy - TPP/TPPA
    Corporatocracy - TTIP/TAFTA
    Corporatocracy - TISA

    To hell with democracy. :-P

    This is Neo-Feudalism.

  • Sep 5th, 2015 @ 5:26am

    Real vs Fake Fluffy Stuff

    What started upsetting me about 'Food Science' ice cream was the infestation of propylene glycol. I don't eat industrial chemicals, especially that one.

    Then I figured out that the fluffy stuff in the containers was being sold by volume, not by mass. That means the fluffy stuff is composed largely of air. The more air you can inject into the fluffy stuff, the more profit you can make per container.

    Then I realized the consistency and density are all wrong. The flavors are largely fake and no where near as delicious as actual ice cream. The fluffy stuff is industrial food science 'product'. All I want is actual ice cream. That is the only 'ice cream' I will buy and eat. I'll enjoy the calories, versus not enjoying the fake mock-up of 'ice cream'.

    Sadly, identifying actual ice cream can still be difficult, despite a simple 'natural' ingredients list on the package. There is still the injected air factor and the quality of ingredients. Then there is the quality of dairy products, with or without growth hormone and antibiotics, etc.

    Taking all of this into account, it's amazing what utter and udder crap has infiltrated the grocery stores.

  • Aug 18th, 2015 @ 6:32pm

    Totalitarian Surveillance Maniac Traitors

    Does this phrase describe the NSA? Let's change that. The US Constitution is how We The People rule the USA, NOT our elected government and their assigned lackeys . Deal with it or drop out and leave. No '1984' scenarios are welcome.

  • Aug 11th, 2015 @ 7:23am


    This is insane. TPP, TTIP and CISPA are insane.

    The level of demanded lunacy in 'data exclusivity' points out that the LAST entities that should be ruling the world are corporations. They represent a GAMING SYSTEM called 'finance', NOT real life.

    No thank you to allowing game players to run anything IRL. Stick to playing your game, corporate kiddies! Stay Out of my REAL life please.

  • Aug 8th, 2015 @ 9:15am

    Speaking of Lies and 9/11...

    There is no need for 'conspiracy theories' when the facts are at hand:

    So many arguments for unconstitutional citizen surveillance are based on the 9/11 story. But darn! That yarn has been proven to have some whopping holes in it. So now what?

  • Aug 7th, 2015 @ 8:18am

    Is this case about Slander?

    The pertinent question here is whether Melissa Lucas has committed slander. Slander is a crime, no matter what state you're in. Why did Brian Mannal pursue this situation with a bogus old statute that was obviously contrary to the First Amendment? Is this a case of having an lawyer ignorant of the law?

  • Jul 28th, 2015 @ 3:22am

    Not Hologram: Pepper's Ghost. It's done with mirrors.

    Just to be a techno nagging nelly: None of the 'hologram' stage performances done have had anything to do with actual holography. None of them.

    The technology is formally called 'Pepper's Ghost and is performed with light and mirrors. It was first formally performed in 1862 and has a history dating back to the 1500s.'s_ghost


    No, it's not OK to mislead people with wrong terminology. Research your subject.

  • Jul 23rd, 2015 @ 5:55am

    Why worry about AI evil when we have plenty of human evil?

    The FUD about AI is a ridiculous diversion and distraction from the real threat that's already here: Use of computer intelligence by humans to destroy our fellow humans as well as the rest of miracle planet Earth, our only home. IOW: Again we're looking into the face of the human self-destructive imperative.

    What's the real 'Terminator'? Us with our hands on the controls of a remote coward murder machine we call a 'drone'. Plenty of other human driven abominations of technology are on the way. That's what we must worry about and stop now. Now.

    If AI is going to threaten mankind, it could possibly be any worse than the example that AI would discover in us, Homo sapiens sapiens, as we oddly call ourselves. (Sapiens = Wise. Sapiens sapiens = Wise wise).

  • Jul 18th, 2015 @ 11:21pm

    Adulterated, Rotting Corporatocracy

    This bad attitude and outright ABUSE toward customers is the 'Spirit Of The Age' in business these days. Idiotic, self-destructive companies have been destroying their reputations with their customers to the maximum degree possible, with more on the way.

    Here are some of the horrors they have attempted to pull on us by way of lobbying, aka OWNING, world governments:

    TPP (TPPA)
    Fast Track treaty approval

    ALL of the above are unconstitutional to some degree or another in the USA. But that has not stopped them from relentlessly being pushed by the Corporatocracy and their elected official minions. Every democracy in the world is under attack from lousy, hateful biznizz bozoids, the worst possible people to lead anyone, including their own biznizziz. (I am being deliberately sarcastic by way of spelling).

    Business is a collaboration between companies and their customers. As soon as the customer is abused, its no longer capitalism. It's plain old PARASITISM. Let's keep track of the terminology of this sick situation.

  • Jul 10th, 2015 @ 1:12pm

    C E N S O R S H I P ≠ 'Tamed'

    Censorship from a lame government that can't stand criticism. So to hell with the human right of freedom of speech.

    China: Criminal Nation.

    And yes: I've been urging businesses to get the hell out of China since 2007. Put your money into respectable countries.

  • Jul 10th, 2015 @ 1:04pm

    Mythological Trey & Matt History...

    No, Matt and Trey did NOT put their first South Park animations up on the Internet. Jesus vs. Frosty and Jesus vs. Santa were put online by other people while they were being shared around the media industry. Why is it so difficult to read Wikipedia?

    As for Trey and Matt going Hulu: It's their work. They can do what they like with it. I'm grateful they offered it for free, with ads, for so many years on the net.

  • Jun 8th, 2015 @ 9:52pm

    Re: Human Overlords, You Mean

    I wrote the above. Apparently my cookie control app wiped the Techdirt cookie before I posted it. IOW: Blame me for the above insight.

  • Dec 9th, 2014 @ 6:05pm

    WHO killed 3000 Americans on 9/11?

    There's enough evidence so far for my question to be poignant. What else isn't yet public knowledge?

    "The Crazies" was President Ronald Reagan's name for the 'Neo-Conservatives' behind this entire scenario, AKA PNAC, AKA the majority of GW Bush's cabinet as well as VP.

  • Apr 2nd, 2014 @ 3:21pm

    Next Up: Calling NSA Treason 'Treason'

    Mass surveillance of US citizens on US soil without probable cause, without a warrant. That's treason. How about calling it 'treason', eh Senate?

    And how about impeaching and prosecuting all the people who participated in that treason, eh Senate?

    The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution:
    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

    Benjamin Franklin's point of view:
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    Teddy Roosevelt's point of view:
    "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

  • Mar 25th, 2014 @ 11:10pm

    There Is No Law Authorizing Breaking The Fourth Amendment

    The end of this is simple:
    Stop breaking the Fourth Amendment President Obama and Congress.

    But no, we have to be LIED to, over and over from various perspectives as if all of the mass surveillance of US citizens on US soil was ever legal. No it wasn't. Not ever. There is no law authorizing it, not a single one. Deceit rules and apparently we're too stupid to recognize that everything coming out of the politician's mouths is either ignorant and deliberately wrong.

    The simple cure: Read the US Constitution and follow it. The politicians have all sworn to protect and defend the US Constitution. So do your job and cut the corruption. The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution could not be more simple and obvious:

    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

    There are no excuses for breaking the Fourth Amendment, ever. How about we impeach all the treasonous liars? That's the American thing to do.

  • Feb 23rd, 2014 @ 3:44pm

    Re: Architectural Review synopsis

    LOVE the ignorance. THRIVE on the ignorance. MAKE LOVE to the ignorance.

    Or you could grow up, get literate, and read reality instead of wallowing in self-delusion. Just a thought, anonymous coward

  • Feb 22nd, 2014 @ 1:28pm

    YES Biodegradable!

    There are plastics available as well as being developed that make use of corn starch as their base. These plastics are ENTIRELY biodegradable. How quickly they degrade and are digested is variable.

    Here are a couple useful Wikipedia articles to get folks started on the subject:

    A nd please folks, understand that turning such plastics into mulch and compost does NOT mean they are returned to the environment as CO2. They are mainly decomposed into dirt, which is one of the basic requirements for most plant growth.

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