Saturday, July 07, 2007

War Costs Soar by a Third; Total Could Top $1.4 Trillion

It's not just the troops that are surging. War costs are up for American operations in Iraq -- way up, more than a third higher than last year. In the first half of this fiscal year, the Defense Department's "average monthly obligations for contracts and pay is running about $12 billion per month, well above the $8.7 billion in FY2006.

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This war has become a cash cow for corporations like Halliburton and other Military contracting companies like Security companies (Mercenaries) and Defense contractors like GE (General Electric) I just read an article that showed GE making over 100 billion in profits last year but did not spell out how much of that was through their Military contracts for building and maintaining fighter jets, the Abrams tank and other equipment being used in this war. When will it become evident to the people of this country that we are heading down a very windy path to hell. We need to separate church and state but we also need to separate big business and the state. Which is worse? I feel that having a corporate state is because money is what makes the world go round. Look at the whole Jack Abramoff scandal, it is a perfect example of why big business is in Washington and they have the power. You can be a religious fanatic all you want, but you will never do anything without money at this stage in the world. Hopefully Jesus remembers to bring his dad's ATM card when he returns, he is going to need it.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Pirate Bay Wants MediaDefender to Walk the Plank to Bankruptcy

The BitTorrent trackers sitting in the depths of The Pirate Bay are there for the benefit of the people, to help them distribute bandwidth intensive media worldwide at no cost. But when anti-piracy companies like Media Defender of MiiVi infamy abuse that service, it's time to bring out the plank. They're not welcome.

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This just seems so wrong in many ways. First they movie industry doesn't want you to download movies, then then they have one of their minions setup a "honey pot" for what looked to be some sort of STING type operation. TPB is taking the right approach and hitting them in the pocket as law does not seem to apply to them either. I know that downloading files it is not the most upstanding thing to be doing on the internet, but there could be a lot worse. I don't see how any of this will accomplish any good for the industry as people have already given up on the RIAA and have just stopped buying music. The same could follow suit for the MPAA if they keep up these dirty tricks. Laws are laws and according the law of their home country, The Pirate Bay is doing nothing wrong. It is way within their reach to collect payment for the usage of the network from certain parties, especially if they are dumb enough not to read the fine print. Finally, someone got big business with their own fine print instead of the other way around. Even Pirates have some rules it seems, haha! Major props to the guy who wrote the title for this as it is just great.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Virginity For Sale - Offers start at £10,000

Baby-faced Carys Copestake, 18, has offered her virginity for the price of £10,000 to help her pay for university tuitions.

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Well, at least we are not the only ones desperate for money for college. It just goes to show how crazy tuition costs are to get a good education. It should not have to take a woman to sell her virginity for knowledge. That sounds like some sort of Satanic ritual, in fact it probably is. I find it a sad day in the world when people have to resort to these types of things just to get tuition money.