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Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, the three underwriters of the initial estimate of the value of Facebook a week ago, has already spent astronomical sums buying FB stocks to keep their value artificially afloat and avoid a PR blunder and lawsuits that might cost them billions and not only ruin their own credibility, but even that of future tech IPOs. Despite their panic-stricken efforts, the stock is now nearing $30 below $30 below $20 a share, down a total of 30% 50% since opening day.

Class action lawsuits* have already been filed by investors and companies arguing they were suckered into buying stocks on the basis of misleading and withheld information. The estimates of future earnings were based on projections akin to a wide, white marble staircase beset with angels and rainbows, going through the skies to a white castle of world dominance. Which might be descriptive of the place Mark Zuckerberg has been living, in his mind, for the last 6-7 years.

As time progresses from now on, the few people left who are considering investing in Facebook, are going to have to take into account the avalanche of bad news and the increasing scrutiny of future earnings decorating the already grim downfall of the stock. Maybe the Wall Street Journal article below is not too far off.

*Edit: http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/23/technology/facebook-ipo-legal/index.htm?iid=EL

The suit claims that Facebook executives told the underwriter banks to lower their revenue projections for the company, and that the banks relayed this information to favored clients but not to the general public.

If true, this would likely be in violation of federal securities law, which dictates that all "material information" -- facts that could influence investor decisions -- be disclosed by public companies and companies planning to go public in their filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Documentation to support this claim is not provided in the lawsuit, though Darren Robbins, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said his team had access to "witnesses and shareholders and other sources of information."
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I got out of the market 30 yrs ago and stayed out. I look at this, like I look at Government Bonds, It  would be safer to a Junkie your money than a market or Government to hold for you. IRA, 401K, the big ponzi's game. You lose they win. At best Sheep always get sheared, then come back for more.
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At last, someone is planning to start mining asteroids orbiting Earth. They'll probably use robots so simple they'd lose a game of chess to Mitt Romney, there's no reason to send people or Deep Blue. We're running out of basic elements, especially rare Earth elements. It's already making the tech industry worry to death, and kids will find there is no more helium for their balloons in 2020. From the video: "One asteroid may contain more platinum than has been mined in all of history".

http://www.livescience.com/6129-shortage-rare-earth-elements-thwart-innovation.html

Edit: They got +Larry Page and +Eric Schmidt on board. Who else would have the foresight to invest in this? Certainly not +NASA, 8 years of GOP have seen to that.

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Planetary Resources' mission is mine near-Earth asteroids for raw materials, ranging from water to precious metals. Through the development of cost-effective exploration technologies, the company is poised to initiate prospecting missions targeting resource-rich asteroids that are easily accessible

Resource extraction from asteroids will deliver multiple benefits to humanity and could be valued at billions of dollars annually. The effort will tap into the high concentration of precious metals found on asteroids and provide a sustainable supply to the ever-growing population on Earth.

The company was founded by space visionary Peter H. Diamandis, M.D. and leading commercial space entrepreneur Eric Anderson, and is supported by an impressive investor and advisor group, including Google's Larry Page & Eric Schmidt, Ph.D.; film maker & explorer James Cameron; Chairman of Intentional Software Corporation and Microsoft's former Chief Software Architect Charles Simonyi, Ph.D.; Founder of Sherpalo and Google Board of Directors founding member K. Ram Shriram; and Chairman of Hillwood and The Perot Group Ross Perot, Jr.
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Oh my, I took for granted it was the asteroid belt, which is what you'd think from looking at the thumbnail above. Somehow my brain excluded all references to NEOs. I always thought they were asteroids zooming by at insane speeds, not advisable to fish for. A scene of Donald Duck being hauled by a whale comes to mind. :p

Indeed, the video is compressed extremely badly. With the budget they presumably had available, they ought to at the very least have found a professional.
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Colbert's God Machine button has moved on to advertising. I won't be surprised if it earns a tip of the hat for it.
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I wondered about that too, maybe the spectators were told to brace themselves for "something", but were genuinely shocked when they saw how much effort and craziness they actually put into it. :p
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Excellent ad for windmills, though probably 50 years ahead of its time. The nuclear industry is not that easily demolished, in fact, it's not just trying to keep green energy at bay but also "clean" fission (thorium), by lobbying governments. Someone once had the idea of making all parlamentary representatives wear the names of their sponsors on their jackets, like the Formula 1 drivers. Enlightening as that might've been, it'll happen about the same time Hell starts using windmills to power its heaters.
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Additionally, where they got their money invested. Wall Street bloggers inform their readers where they invest in order to avoid suspicion of corruption, that principle should be ten times more important for all the democratically elected day traders on Capitol Hill, who "rig the game" for a living.

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There's a draft of DSM-5 out, anyone wanna give it a test-run on this guy?

(...) personalized number plates on some 20 vehicles seized from the site included KIMCOM, HACKER, STONED, GUILTY, MAFIA, GOD and POLICE, according to the indictment".
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A couple of weeks ago, there was a high-def 11 minutes long video on Youtube with a time-lapse map of Europe from 1000 AD to 2003. It condensed a thousand years of history into a short and neat animation, somewhat akin to what Sid Meyer would've come up with if he had the patience to spend the million hours it must've taken to track 9000 border changes.

After it made its appearance on G+, it spread quickly and newspapers all over the world started writing about it. That same day, just before the clip went completely Kony from New York to Nepal, Centennial Software, who made the 3MB program the video was captured from, made Youtube remove the video. They could've gotten free advertising worth a train load of gold bars, but their boss decided to ride the copyright train instead. Here's him right here: http://i.imgur.com/PuBkZ.jpg

As a replacement, they put together and uploaded three short, horribly pixelated, unwatchable low resolution videos. Liveleak has a copy of the long HD version, but it's not much help because it's not possible to see the year ticker under their logo. As a result of these misfortunes, I've re-upped the original two HD clips to Youtube. They're unlisted and can't be found without the URLs below, so there's a chance they'll stay below the radar for a while. You can download them with keepvid.com or Antbar. If you'd like to zoom in and explore areas in your own time, consider buying the program. Unsurprisingly, it has a quirky GUI, but it's very useful nonetheless. You can get it here: http://www.clockwk.com/p1.asp?x=1u

Short version, 3:24: Animated map 1/2
Full version, 11:02, with year/event tickers : Animated map 2/2

These videos cover the last 1000 years. I had a look around and found one that complements it nicely, save for a 4-500 year gap: Ancient Western Civilizations Timeline 3500BC-476AD
 
Literally Epic Time-Lapse Map Of Europe
Europe's shifting borders, alliances, unions, territories from the year 1000 until 2003.
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Thank you for posting the video links above +Hans J. Furfjord, this is most interesting.
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Advertisement for the new David model by Weyland Industries. They did a fine job bringing Stanley Kubrick back from the dead to make it. And I'm sure the next Alien movie, Prometheus, for which this a trailer, is in safe hands too. Ridley Scott did after all make the first one.

Michael Fassbender is the 'artificial human' in this movie (they don't like being called robots). He was recently replaced with Colin Farrel in the upcoming remake of Total Recall. Mr. Farrel is obviously not satisfied with almost single-handedly sinking Oliver Stone's Alexander, he's now moving on to wreak havoc on the remake of one of the greatest classics in science fiction.
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@annjarman Oh, no. You weren't the only one by far.  He was horrific in that role.
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Indeed, though this development is particularly welcome in my book. The Zuckerberg has evaded the law of karma for long enough ;)
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Thanks to +Philip Plait for pointing out the new and improved upgrade of The Scale of the Universe. It truly puts you in your place in the cosmos. (It's a monstrous chunk of Flash, so give it plenty of time to load. It will be worth your while.)
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