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Why I hate pirating but…

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… if there are no other alternatives, I’ll do it.

this is to you AMC.

So you spent a bit of cash on a thing called “The Walking Dead“, a zombie show, if you will.

Question 1) Didja not think it would appeal to geeks and weirdos who were internet savvy?

Question 2) Didja not think that some of said demographic might not be able to watch replays at 2am or even 12am

Question 3) Didja not think about helping to broaden your fanbase by making the pilot available online for, I dunno, those folk who weren’t able to make the premiere, weren’t sure it would be any good, or had other shit going and couldn’t dvr? Didn’t own a DVR? Whats the matter, digital distribution too hard? No one to help? Like… I dunno, HULU???

Question 4) Didja not think those geeks who missed it and would be told by their peer group that this show is awesome, might know a thing or two about how to obtain it if you didn’t.

Question 5) Didja NOT think that a lot of these folk are good tax-payin people, who can’t stand piracy, but hate the fact that corporate america STILL doesn’t get its audience and get – I dunno that whole FUCKING INTERNET THING???

Question 6) If I donate to AFI the cost of 1 6th of the cost of a DVD, will that absolve me of the guilt of having to go to “the bad place

Question 7) MalwareBytes is still one of the best anti-malware programs, right?

Fucking Fucking Fuckety Fuck – seriously – you have a [i]website[/i] for FSM’s sake, don’t just play teasers about something cool I missed – post the pilot!

USE IT, you Assholes!

Fuckin’ AMC.

Dumbasses

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Written by skepticalsinner

November 3, 2010 at 5:57 am

2010 Midterm election, oh you silly people.

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I wanted to sum up my feelings about the result of last night’s election.  However it will take most of the day to coherently sort out the resigned disappointment from the despair at the outright apathy and/or stupidity of the voting majority of the American People.

Highlights so far:

Oklahoma passes Sharia Law ban. Because, you know, that wussy 1st Ammendment isn’t enough (or are we planning on repealing it, now Oklahoma doesn’t need it any more)

Californian’s vote to continue costly prohibition. Mainly because the voting base who would have voted to end it, stayed home.

However, while I can’t eloquently formulate my position at 5:16am. a poster at the highly underrated arstechnica.com forums pretty much nailed it for me.

Mikeyk said:

“Our country likes to cut off its nose to spite its face from time to time without thinking about the consequences. Thanks to not bothering to pay attention to reality, we are now going to give more tax cuts to the wealthy that they don’t need, and haven’t added a single job during the current recession, and was borrowed to pay for it, and will continue piling on to the federal debt. Now we also get to watch Mr. “No You Can’t” become Speaker of the House and the subpoena machine ramp up for a witch hunt against Obama, his administration, and other Democratic members of both Houses. As for those without a job and those that lost their Health Insurance, don’t worry, extended benefits will now get cut since your too lazy to look for a job (that doesn’t exist) and you’ll probably lose the cobra assistance that helped pay for you Health Insurance while looking for a new job (that still doesn’t exist).

And now that we’ve saved some money by cutting off UI payments and cobra costs, they can work on cutting some more costs, meaning more lost jobs and Health Insurance during the worst recession since the Great Depression. Welcome to the double dip. Welcome to more foreclosures, more bankruptcies, and more job losses in the name of cutting Federal spending, all those people will now stop paying into the tax pool and instead will drain more cash from the Government via their unemployment benefits. You asked for change because things didn’t move fast enough for you, and instead voted yourself into grid lock, congratulations on screwing your country up even more”

Thanks mikeyk for posting that, while I don’t think (and certainly hope ) things won’t get quite that bad, I sincerely hope you don’t mind me sharing what you so eloquently summed up.

Of course, if the democrats hadn’t squandered a supermajority, and did the right thing as opposed to what they thought might get them re-elected (hah!) the D base wouldn’t have been some horribly uninspired.

Oh well, I will take solace in the fact that Sharron Angle didn’t get elected, although Reid seriously needs to step down. I feel bad that Christine O’Donnell didn’t get in,  we’d have had comedy for 6 years. We have Rand Paul still, I enjoyed his acceptance speech – but I think he’s going to find he’s in over his head. Or, potentially, become a younger version of his dad, Ron. Which wouldn’t necessarily be all bad.

Oh well… way to go USA.

Written by skepticalsinner

November 3, 2010 at 5:28 am

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Y’know? I like to see both sides of the political story, which is why I’ll watch Olbermann followed by O’Reilly and Glenn Beck. And to be honest, both of the Fox talking heads are talking a lot of sense right now.

The country is in the toilet, the stock market is umming and ahhhing and still the .gov is spending cash trying to make things right… but it’s not working, and it needs to show signs of recovery or that whole “hopey changey” thing really won’t matter any more.

The Presidential campaign for 2012 isn’t too far away now, only 7 months, and given how much we’re all hurting currently, it wouldn’t be surprising if the GOP take control of the house in the 2010 elections.

However, this is the party that didn’t come up with anything except oppose oppose oppose…. at least the Dems tried to put something together. Personally, I wouldn’t want to take over the country in 2012 unless some green shoots really start getting their shit together… what sane person would?

We’ve got a total disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that was predominantly caused by corporations running the government agencies that were put in place to regulate them, we have a crazy puppet midget in North Korea who is trying to start a conflict, knowing that the cupboard for military action is already getting pretty bare. We have Wall St out of control, making millions while we watch our retirement plans dwindle.

There is a lot of shit that is broken, right now…. a lot of policies in place that are wasting our tax dollars. It’s time for prohibition to end, at least on marijuana and… so called “sex trade”, and we need to focus on what’s important… putting in place a system that nurtures and encourages small business to grow and prosper.

We are also obsessed with the stupidest things, like the penny and the dollar bill…. if we can abolish the penny and the paper dollar (and save $500m a year) We are at least saying “things need to change – because doing the same thing is insane” Get rid of the Penny, and put George Washington and Abe Lincoln on the new Dollar Coin.

Legalize and tax marijuana, use a portion of the revenue to educate and rehabilitate like we have with alcohol. Legalize and tax prostitution… it’s called the oldest profession for a reason, and as George Carlin (rest his brilliant soul) said, “If selling is legal, and fucking is legal, how come selling fucking is illegal”

And again, use some of those new tax dollars to fight the downside of the “sin trade” like human trafficking and diseases.

This country cannot afford it’s puritanical and traditionalist roots any more. These things are never going away, the penny is worth nothing anymore, and dope and hookers will ALWAYS be around. Let’s at least say – okay, we get it… rather than cling to outmoded, outdated, and futile policies…. and just legalize it already.

Plus, having legalized dope, booze (thank you 21st ammendment) and hookers… I can’t think of a better way to combat Fundamental Islam than by being way cooler than our dorky head covered cousins.

While I’m on my soap box… federally legalize gay marriage too… do you have any idea how much these queers spend on getting hitched? Serious – fucking stimulus bill… well, in more ways than one… and a happy fag is good for the fucking economy and the morale of the people… can you imagine Bill Maher getting pissed over that? Thank gaaaaaawddd.

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May 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm

The War on Drugs. Not so much as a “Mission Accomplished”

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I came across two excellent opinion pieces.

One from the LA Times 
The United States’ so-called war on drugs brings to mind the old saying that if you find yourself trapped in a deep hole, stop digging. Yet, last week, the Senate approved an aid package to combat drug trafficking in Mexico and Central America, with a record $400 million going to Mexico and $65 million to Central America.
The United States has been spending $69 billion a year worldwide for the last 40 years, for a total of $2.5 trillion, on drug prohibition — with little to show for it. Is anyone actually benefiting from this war? Six groups come to mind.”

And One from Matt Hutchens from the MPP
“For almost forty years, America has been engaged in a war which has cost us trillions of dollars and ruined the lives of millions of our citizens. We have been fighting against drugs in a street war across the country. The definition enemy combatant has changed through the course of this conflict, first encompassing only the smugglers and distributors, then growing to include users, and now reaching beyond our borders to the farmers in the developing world who produce the source crops. Today we are told that all these parties are contributing to the forces of Terror, and that the whole chain of enemy forces is complicit in a conspiracy against us. If this were true, though, wouldn’t we disarm our enemies by taking control of the economic forces that are the source of their power?”

Prohibition fails. Prohibition puts money in the hands of those who have no disregard for law, order, decency or justice. That money isn’t taxed, or accounted for. It’s laundered and used to buy guns. It’s used to corrupt law enforcement officers. It’s used …more

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July 8, 2008 at 11:58 am