Crap you should read Wednesday (9/21)


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Patriotic Cuban

Mark Cuban went a little Mark Cuban on his site Blog Maverick yesterday and threw in his two cents to the debate on Raising Taxes. The guy completely contradicts all the GOP dicks that say that raising taxes will kill job creation and handicap America’s rich. Cuban basically says paying taxes isn’t only necessary, its a patriotic honor:

So be Patriotic. Go out there and get rich. Get so obnoxiously rich that when that tax bill comes , your first thought will be to choke on how big a check you have to write. Your 2nd thought will be “what a great problem to have”, and your 3rd should be a recognition that in paying your taxes you are helping to support millions of Americans that are not as fortunate as you….While some people might find it distasteful to pay taxes. I don’t. I find it Patriotic.

I’m not saying that the government’s use of tax money is the most efficient use of our hard-earned capital. It obviously is not. In a perfect world, there would be a better option. We don’t live in a perfect world. We don’t live in a perfect time. We live in a time where the government plays a big role in an effort to help lead us out this Great Recession. That’s reality.

So I will repeat my point. Get out there and make a boatload of money. Enjoy the shit out your money. Pay your taxes. It’s the most Patriotic thing you can do.

I’m unaccustomed to rooting for Mark Cuban, but you’ll probably hear from politicians and Fox News that Cuban is nothing more than an off-his-rocker maverick, and his rational views don’t represent the rest of wealthy America. Just do yourself a favor and read his entire post here.

The Most Patriotic Thing You Can Do — Blog Maverick

Like a Job-Creating Boss


Hack a Shaq

Shaquille O’neal seems to be one shady bastard. The Miami New Times reports that Shaq is engaged in a serious legal battle with his former IT guy, Shawn Darling. Darling claims that Shaq hired him in 2006 to scrub his computer free of damning emails that could be used in the Stalking suit against him. Darling erased it all but convinced The Diesel to create his own server rather than using AOL. Shaq did, and Darling, as Administrator, (and convicted Felon) kept every communication Shaq sent. Every single one.

The New Times article details a number of SHADY situations that Shaq found himself in: paying mistresses, abortions, illegitimate children, threats, stalking, using his Police buddies to cover up his indiscretions, using his two LARGE sisters (I mean his actual sisters, you racist) as enforcers…the list goes on.

Over the years, Darling has blackmailed Shaq, leaked docs to his ex-wife Shaunie as well as to the press. Rightfully pissed, Shaq did what he could to ruin Darling, including trying to frame him as a child predator. The Big Framer had another hacker try to fill Darling’s computer with traces of kiddie porn, but that was a strong violation of Rule 408b: never try to hack a hacker. That’s when Darling freaked and took his story (and emails) to the courts.

Shaq’s emails are so devastating that the Judge refused to admit them into record because of how many important people, are implicated.

“The court must think of the public interest,” he declares before adding with a knowing chuckle: “The public interest would not at all be served by the release of these emails.”

I’m sorry, isn’t widespread crime and corruption even worse for the public interest? Is the court really going to just ignore all the accusations that derive from the emails rather than institute an investigation?

Read the full article (here) and you’ll see why the Big Criminal Deisel is working his ass off to make sure those emails don’t hit the web.

Shaq wages war against Computer Hacker for exposing his shady life — Miami New Times

"Just go in there, turn on his webcam, Â show your junk, and get the hell out. Got it, kid?"


…So The Police Can Bother Me

The Feds released some “War on Drugs” figures this week, basically boasting about the 1.6 million drug related arrests in 2010. That number far exceeds the arrests for any other type of crime. Embarrassingly, 853,838 of those arrests were for marijuana-related offenses, and over 750,000 (88%) of those arrests were for simple possession.

Paul Armentano, Dep Director of NORML, responded to these stupid stats:

“It makes no sense to continue to waste law enforcements’ time and taxpayers’ dollars to arrest and prosecute Americans for their use of a substance that poses far fewer health risks than alcohol or tobacco.”

The Government is bragging about the success of the “War”, but they’re blind if they don’t see the obvious: arrests increase yearly because the War on Drugs isn’t working. For the record, ending this ridiculous policy could save Americans $46.7 Billion a year, not to mention free the courts and prisons of 1.6 million bodies a year.

That number is just so staggering to me. 1.6 million PEOPLE were arrested last year for something they did to themselves, not society. More than half of them for smoking weed. Not sale. Not cultivation. Possession of a plant.

This crap is stressing me out. I wish there was something to help me chill…

Marijuana arrests drive so-called War On Drugs — NORML

"It's illegal???"


Full-Tilt Ponzi?

The Department of Justice laid its cards on the table yesterday, and loudly exclaimed (in Addendum to Complaint form) that  “Full Tilt Poker was not a legitimate poker company, but a global Ponzi scheme.” The US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York alleges that Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer and 2 other directors used Full Tilt‘s client accounts as their own personal piggy bank…to the tune of $444 million.

“[Full Tilt] insiders lined their own pockets with funds picked from the pockets of their most loyal customers while blithely lying to both players and the public alike about the safety and security of the money deposited with the company.”

Full Tilt answered the original complaint (which did not yet include the Fraud charges) by saying that US laws governing online gambling are still vague and unclear. Nice try, but its kinda universally accepted that you don’t pay yourself out from the accounts of your clients, and only replenish those accounts with new client funds. They have a word for that: “brilliant”, but legally they call it a “Scam.”

DOJ says Full Tilt was Global Ponzi Scheme — Wall Street Journal

Jesus, that's plain hubris


Pandora Depression No More

Disney needed something big to counter the wildly popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, and now they got Pandora. Disney announced a deal with James Cameron and Jon Landau to bring Avatar‘s world of lush, exotic vegetation and giant blue warriors to Disney World theme parks. Construction is slated to begin in 2013 on an addition to Animal Kingdom to house the first Avatar-Land.

The opening of the parks will coincide with the release of two Avatar sequels headed our way in 2014 and 2015. Cameron, for one, is psyched for the Nav’i domination:

“I’m chomping at the bit to start work with Disney’s legendary Imagineers to bring our Avatar universe to life.  Our goal is to go beyond current boundaries of technical innovation and experiential storytelling, and give park goers the chance to see, hear, and touch the world of Avatar with an unprecedented sense of reality.”

No designs or ideas have been announced, only dreams of lots (and lots) of money. I’m just excited to see 10 foot tall naked blue chicks.

Disney to open Avatar-land at theme parks — The Hollywood Reporter

Disney really went cheap


Nic Cage is a Vampire

Some guy on Ebay is hocking an antique photo that he purports is Nicolas Cage…from the past. Seller Jack Mord asked for $1million for the picture which he says proves Cage “is some sort of walking undead/vampire, et cetera, who quickens/reinvents himself once every 75 years or so.” The guy certainly looks like Cage, but until I see him emphatically shake his hands or egregiously over-act, I can’t be positive.

Unfortuatnely for Mord, I doubt anyone will pay $1 million for a photo of Cage when no one pays $10 to see him on screen. But is Cage some sort of immortal Vampire? If so, I can think of no worse curse than to be stuck watching his own movies for eternity.

Nic Cage vampire picture for sale — WWTDD

If he has the wisdom of centuries, why the hell would he make Ghost Rider 2?


Thank You?

Sometimes you just need a little Hump Day Help….

Have a Horn-y Humpday


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