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What should we eat for dinner?





Baaaacoooooonnnnnnnn
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Yo!  Long time no see
Living back in VA (Sterling) now.  How's life?
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'When night falls
She cloaks the world
In impenetrable darkness
A chill rises
From the soil
And contaminates the air
Suddenly...
Life has new meaning''
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It's a song already written, but I like it.  Some of this guy's stuff is controversial but I'm pretty stoked on this album and song in particular.  There's a few others on the album that I really enjoy as well.

Burzum - Dunkelheit
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I wondered how, after SOPA got postponed, all of a sudden there's a big push for 'anti-piracy' indictments... on foreigners.. living in other countries...
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Why was MegaUpload really shut down?
(UPDATE: Forbes covered this story a day after this was posted. Awesome guys! (http://goo.gl/KnsW7) )

In December of 2011, just weeks before the takedown, Digital Music News reported on something new that the creators of #Megaupload were about to unroll. Something that would rock the music industry to its core. (http://goo.gl/A7wUZ)

I present to you... MegaBox. MegaBox was going to be an alternative music store that was entirely cloud-based and offered artists a better money-making opportunity than they would get with any record label.

"UMG knows that we are going to compete with them via our own music venture called Megabox.com, a site that will soon allow artists to sell their creations directly to consumers while allowing artists to keep 90 percent of earnings," MegaUpload founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz told Torrentfreak

Not only did they plan on allowing artists to keep 90% of their earnings on songs that they sold, they wanted to pay them for songs they let users download for free.

"We have a solution called the Megakey that will allow artists to earn income from users who download music for free," Dotcom outlined. "Yes that's right, we will pay artists even for free downloads. The Megakey business model has been tested with over a million users and it works."
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First, this isn't the first investigation of a content sharing website in our history... place this individual event into the bigger picture of the media industry versus filesharing (Napster, Limewire, others). All of these are related in the sense that the folks who are going after them are all lobbied by the same douchebags in the media industry... Whereas the particular indictments may or may not have been in effect until after SOPA was being 'suggested,' it doesn't mean that the reason that it was being suggested wasn't because of the threat from sites like these, killing the industry... ironically an industry that got to the point it's at by doing the exact same thing.

Second, correct, it was never closed to being passed, because of the outrage that it was ever introduced to begin with being sonically bombarded upon congress. there were several supporters of the bill trying to gain more support, and without the public getting huffy about it, it may have even gone through, who knows... doesn't matter really, because it's not passed now.

I disagree with your third point in that your entire argument hinges on the fact that MegaUpload did more than simply committing internet crimes (money laundering etc)... at this point, there is still no law that covers the internet piracy issues that the bill means to address. You can go around and find other problems that they're causing, but you can't indict them simply for setting up a method for file sharing, and that's where SOPA is supposed to step in...

I'm not defending MegaUpload as far as what they're being indicted for. I'm merely pointing out someone else drawing a line between the service that they were planning to release and the media industry going into a panic, deciding that they need all sorts of protection from companies that sidestep the 'rules' put in place... when they were the ones who sidestepped rules in the first place to get where they are now. Whereas physically the bill doesn't relate to the actual indictments, the two issues are very very much so related. By posting the original link I was in no way articulating my approval of MegaUpload's business practices, but merely that there is a HUGE coincidence between the SOPA/PIPA/ACTA bills being voted on around the time that this happens... coincidence yes, related yes... intentional??? maybe or maybe not?
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Check this out if you wonder why we're in the spot we're in and are tired of 'experts' blasting trash at you from every Newsteam in America.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/state-of-the-union-2012
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apparently this is still new... that's is what's new... what the hell is up with google+?  Projected to replace facebook, and now is ______________.
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It means something special, deep down
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My SWTOR guild on the Infinite Empire server. watch out.
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\m/ motan / faarvaa on there hit me up
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might as well have some perspective on it, eh?
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Yeah I think it's a little top heavy for the whole revelations thing and too many bible quotes, but some good info. The best guide to have is the military survival handbooks.
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