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http://www.businessinsider.com/expensiv ... s-12-2011#

9 gadgets that go beyond ridiculous pricing.

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I feel like robbing someone.

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In before Satis saying he owns half of these things. Well, not the bike, he IS American. :lol: ;)

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haha, yea, I don't own any of that. Though the RED epic camera really isn't fair to put on that list. That's high end cinematography gear. The rest, though... sheesh.

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Lol well...what to say. I'm still alive clearly, and probably not going through a mid-life crisis yet. Other than that I'm doing pretty shit, though, but nothing too worrisome.

EDIT: crap, I thought this was the funny stuff thread. Oh well, too lazy to fix it.


This is pretty funny:



Also, funny parody of jack-ass Rick Perry's anti-gay commercial. The original, and the parody.




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Holy dog shit!

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16847278

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The airline business is something that defies common sense anyway. They are always broke busted and in huge debt but things just keep on spinning. There has to be a god damn scheme behind this.

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Yet another example of how our current economic (and by now also political - one controls the other) system is continuing to hollow out society. Big companies say "we made X million profit this year!" to shareholders, and have to make more X millions profit every year or their stocks crash and they tank because of speculation.

So they apply pressure to governments (aided by international neoliberal programs like the IMF) to give them huge tax breaks, under the guise of being important for the economy and/or employment. Their cronies in the governments and lobbies push it through, government cuts typically in social and cultural programs to finance this. But after a while the company hits a peak anyway, both because you can't keep growing profits forever and because consumers are becoming weaker exactly because of this vicious circle, and their only way out (that is, to make profits) then is to fire people and to force the people still at the firm to work harder for less return. The stockholders or debtors are happy for another year or two, until shit goes downhill again because there is no sensible way to keep making profits from less work. You can't keep squeezing out a dollar or pound or euro. So, it ends with bankrupcy, and the small shareholders and the employees getting fucked hard. Not the board members or big shareholders, of course.

Over here in Belgium, the biggest energy company (it's almost a monopoly) pays almost no taxes to the state, makes billions (literally) profit every year, and yet every year I get a letter saying that since 'energy prices have gone up' or 'it was a mild winter' or some other BS excuse, I gotta pay more money that year. It almost makes me laugh. I barely use ANY energy at all, and I still pay a lot of money every month. God knows how people with a big house with 3 children actually manage to pay their electricity & gas bills. I pay 50 € a month for a (big-ish) studio where I rarely heat, only shower when I have to and don't use any appliances much other than PC and fridge. Boggles the mind how much it would cost for a house like I described then.

And in general, very rich people (private persons) seems to pay almost no taxes at all. Unlike the common man, they use their access to tax specialists to set up constructions to avoid most if any taxation. And yet they use the roads too, and their children go to schools, and they use the health care system. And even with all that money, they can't give back? Shit.

I've decided to try and get hired by one of the ridiculous exempt moguls (international organisations, big companies) in the hope that I can ride the system instead of become a victim to it. Principles are one thing, but I don't want to become part of the growing underclass before too soon.

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http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Google-Maps ... 14072.html

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A recent ruling in a French commercial court may see Google put into much larger legal bind globally thanks to the "anti-competitive" nature of Google Maps. Why? Because Google was offering a service that one French company provided for free, thus the latter cried "anti-competitive" to the French court system.

Honestly, it's surprising Google isn't facing additional anti-competitive lawsuits both locally and abroad. Case in point: a Verizon customer who purchases an Xperia PLAY smartphone has two options: use Google Maps, which is free, or use Verizon's VZ Navigator which costs an extra $10 a month. Which service will the consumer likely use?

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Here's a trailer for a crowd-sourced movie coming out called Iron Sky.

Imagine that the Nazis had a secret space program and ran away to the dark side of the moon following WWII. Now they're coming back with an army of flying saucers. How awesome is that? :mrgreen: Watch the trailer to have YOUR MIND BLOWN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py_IndUbcxc#

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holy crap thats awesome. and lol @ obvious Palin lookalike

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haha yeah, apart from the Southern accent that is totally Palin. :lol: It actually looks pretty kick-ass...I may have to look out for this one.

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Some BBC article within the economics section:

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"Once you get to the ultra luxury end of real estate you are operating in a different market. It is not necessarily moving with the variables of the rest of market," says Forbes magazine property expert Morgan Brennan.

It is widely believed that the world's most expensive private dwelling is in Mumbai, India.

The 27-storey Antilla tower, which boasts three helipads, six floors of parking and a series of floating gardens, was built at a cost of $1bn (£0.63bn) for India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani.

But it currently stands empty. According to press reports, the Ambani family are concerned that spending the night there will bring them bad luck, as the building's design falls foul of vastu shastra, an ancient Hindu architectural doctrine.

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Hah, yeah. Incredibly rich people have huge state-of-the-art real estate that they barely use, but God forbid us normal people would dare to ask for them to give something they don't even use or need back to society. Instead, we have to "work harder" and suffer cuts in our social security and wages. Where did all that money go? Did it just disappear in the last 10 years?

Once you start looking into the larger economic systems that lead to this, you start to wonder how it even was possible that people put up with is (and are putting up with it). Create a little "crisis" here and there, use it as a cover to push through all the pro-big money economic 'reform' plans, tell people they have to pitch in and voila...everybody thinks that's the only way out. And you don't want to be seen as a part of those goddamned hippies and thugs protesting and looting either. So yeah, it's a fucked up situation. :(

We're moving to either a police state with huge splits between the rich and the rest, or towards popular uprisings in the West against neoliberalized governments.

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