7:09 A.M. Profiting from the mindless …

In 2011 Microsoft purchased Skype for 8.5 billion …

At the time , Skype shifted ownership around numerous times … Each time successive owners making a ridiculous , profit based on ‘ paper value ‘ ( NO actual money , but bottom line LOSSES !!! ) … With the real cash flow coming from all the crap 99.9 % of us would rather rid ourselves entirely of in the first place … BULLSHIT ADVERTISING !!! …

Last week, Reuters reported that Google (yet again) and Facebook were in talks with Skype, involving either a partnership or an acquisition. There was no mention of Microsoft. One of Reuters’ sources said a deal for Skype ‘ could be valued at $3 billion to $4 billion ‘ … One of the few reports in all of Skype’s history that was lower than previous reports or actual valuations. Not surprisingly, it turned out to be way low.It is open to question whether any of Skype’s valuations ever made sense. Not only is it still losing money (net loss last year: $7 million, though it reported an operating profit of $286 million on $860 million in revenues ) , it’s saddled with $686 million in debt , representing 8% of Microsoft’s purchase price. And as Marc Andreessen , partner in Andreessen Horowitz , told Fortune , ‘ The only actual deal negotiation was with Microsoft. There were no other companies that we ran a process with. No other companies put an offer on the table like Microsoft did ‘…

Source: Skype’s long history of owners and also-rans: At an end? | Fortune

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11:19 A.M. You WILL deal with this the rest of your life …

The former college student who drunkenly crashed her car , killing a Bryan man and his unborn child has received a 14 year prison sentence … However , her punishment does not stop there …

Shana Elliott , 22 , was found guilty on two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault last month. The crash happened in August of 2016 and killed 23-year-old Fabian Guerrero from Bryan. His pregnant wife survived the crash , but she did lose their unborn baby …

At the trial in March , Elliott admitted she was guilty and the jury decided she should serve seven years for each death she caused … But it was up to a judge if those years would be stacked or served at the same time.Judge Jack Robinson chose to stack the time for a total of 14 years … With parole however , Elliott could be free from prison as early as 2023 but the judge made it clear that her punishment will not end when she leaves prison … The judge has ordered her to turn herself into the Hays County Jail every year during her probation on the anniversary of the crash where she will stay for two days , one for each victim …

While still being forced to remain inside the , sometimes  questionable , parameters of the law … This Judge made an excellent decision to force this individual to not let her piss poor judgement escape her mind … I hope she spends 48 hours of misery realizing she has ended the life of a young father and not allowed another young life to begin …

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Source: Drunk driver who killed Bryan man, baby gets additional punishment

1:28 P.M. Wednesday afternoon musings …

A Quebec town’s street-name change is forcing a confrontation with history … The name of Sir John Colborne is set to be removed from a street and park in Chambly , a town near Montreal. The British military officer played a role in suppressing a French-Canadian rebellion 180 years ago. And while he’s regarded by historians as an able commander , he’s remembered much differently in Quebec. Chambly’s mayor has said having his name on signage is like having a street named for Hitler in Israel , according to a local media report. But the local historical society says this is an attempt to whitewash the past. Chambly , noted the society’s president , is named for a French army officer who was sent to Quebec to exterminate the Iroquois …

MORBNOTE ; First of all … It’s typical KbecWAH! style to overreact by comparing this to Adolph Hitler ! … And secondly , one tends to notice their convenient memory loss of Chambly’s participation in the ‘ extermination of the native Iroquois ‘ … Can’t handle it being named after a British soldier ( without whom , the French wouldn’t have a thing to do with this country ) but have no problem changing the name to one of their own who murdered the indigenous people of the area …

Canada has offered to resettle nearly 2,000 African asylum seekers from Israel. Federal officials say the deal is still on the table despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s quick turn-about on a United Nations agreement to relocate thousands more to Western countries. The Canadian offer , which was pitched independently by Ottawa, came two months ago after Israel said it planned to deport African migrants to third-party countries in Africa. After that expulsion plan was met with legal obstacles , Israel worked out a deal with the UN to relocate 16,250 of about 39,000 people from Eritrea and Sudan. But hours after Netanyahu announced the deal , he said he was freezing it because of backlash from Israelis upset that 18,000 migrants would stay in the country temporarily. Meanwhile , Israel’s military has rejected fresh allegations that its army used excessive force against unarmed Palestinians during Gaza protests that left 18 dead. Netanyahu’s government has defended the army’s actions , with the defence minister saying ‘ our troops deserve a medal ‘. Here’s Doug Saunders’s take on the Gaza violence : ‘ By removing the promise of a Jerusalem capital from its scanty collection of bargaining chips , Washington no longer appears to have much leverage to bring Netanyahu to compromise with the Palestinians and his response on the weekend made that abundantly clear ‘…

MORBNOTE II ; Junior’s up to it again !!! … Grabs up all the wogs he can … Gives ’em ‘ vote Liberal ‘ gift packs and costs us all hundreds of thousands per more !!! … It’s also interesting to know the true political stance of the Americans all these years … The States have continuously used the  ‘ carrot ‘ of a ‘ future ‘ Israel ownership of Gaza to dangle in front of them … Old Doug pretty much sums that up noting that Trump has given it to them …

Pride Toronto doesn’t want Toronto police marching in this year’s paradePride issued a statement calling on the Toronto police to withdraw its application to march over the force’s handling of missing-persons cases from the city’s Gay Village, many of which have since been linked to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur. Pride said the LGBTQ community’s concerns were dismissed by officers who already had a strained relationship with marginalized people. This isn’t the first time Pride has been at odds with the Toronto police: In 2016, Black Lives Matter interrupted the parade with demands that included an end to uniformed police participation.

MORBNOTE III ; If I was in charge of the cops I’d just tell them ‘ We’ll be there doing our job , as usual , regardless of actively being IN the parade or along side it … Ready to arrest any individuals who dress inappropriately , loot , obstruct … whatever ‘ … 

Source: Morning Update newsletter: The push for a swift NAFTA deal; Pride’s message to Toronto police – The Globe and Mail

2:59 P.M. Allistair Dabbs … A prime example of why the world is swirling ’round the toilet bowl …

Who the Hell is this guy ?!!! …

‘ The belief that bad shit is a new phenomenon created by an impatient younger generation that has unreasonable expectations is just another ‘ you-don’t-know-you’re-born ‘ ism. There are few things as infuriating than some old bastard who benefited from a lifetime of well-funded healthcare , humane working hours , affordable housing and a generous pension telling a hipster who has access to none of these things that he has an overblown sense of entitlement ‘ …

That’s because the ‘ hipster ‘ refuses to WORK and put in hours of real toil to attain those things you asshole !! … Most of us ‘ old bastards ‘ have done MORE than our share of hard work to BUILD the healthcare and EARN the pensions they contributed to ALL THEIR LIVES , working many long hours in the process !!! The past four generations … XYZ and milennials all want to fast track it with bullshit 3 year college courses and not have to actually work ! … Plus the banks shell out credit like candy these days ’cause they make billions from the over inflated interest to account for all the defaults !!! … Which allows you to purchase or lease a shitload of amenities that ‘ old bastards ‘ invented to make so many tasks easier for you today !!! …

Source: Zucker for history: What I learnt about Facebook 600 years ago • The Register

5:28 P.M. Generations X and Y have grown into pathetic , lazy , apology driven , bleeding hearts for the sins of our ancestors …

National Geographic has been around since the waning days of the 1800′ s … It is , and always has been , a good , solid publication that has grown with society … Needless to say , when I stumbled across this ‘ news tidbit ‘ I rolled my eyes … Knowing I was about to read yet another opinion piece telling ME how bad I should feel over the unenlightened , yet rapidly evolving ancestors ( whom are all dead at this point in time ) mistreated groups of people … You know … That weren’t quite up to speed with them at that time …

National Geographic acknowledged on Monday that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations , with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage , unsophisticated and unintelligent.

‘ We had to own our story to move beyond it ‘ editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg told The Associated Press in an interview about the yellow-bordered magazine’s April issue , which is devoted to race. National Geographic first published its magazine in 1888. An investigation conducted last fall by University of Virginia photography historian John Edwin Mason showed that until the 1970s , it virtually ignored people of colour in the United States who were not domestics or labourers , and it reinforced repeatedly the idea that people of colour from foreign lands were ‘ exotics , famously and frequently unclothed , happy hunters , noble savages … every type of cliché ‘ .

I am sick and tired of having these left wing assholes thinking they are so fucking noble !!! … Hey , shit happened back then … Those people were wrong because they didn’t ‘ know ‘ everything about everything … Societies evolve in time … Generation to generation …

 There’s no point apologizing to anyone now … They’re all dead !!! … We can just discuss with their ancestors that we all have a better understanding of things now … As should they …

The cover on this month’s National  issue is aptly a picture of twins … With different skin tones …

If older generations would just shut the fuck up and not fill the younger ones with the anger that they got shoved into their heads from their parents  … Then this shit would have been long since dealt with !!! …

 

Source: National Geographic acknowledges past racist coverage | CBC News

7:21 A.M. Diamonds Are Bullshit ! …

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I’ve always felt that the concept of ‘ the diamond ring ‘ was a complete waste of money ! … It has absolutely no functional value … Far too expensive for what it is and depreciates in value the second you purchase it …

I could neither understand why men would waste their hard earned money on them , nor why women coveted them so dearly …

Until I read the following article …

American males enter adulthood through a peculiar rite of passage ; They spend most of their savings on a shiny piece of rock …

They could invest the money in assets that will compound over time and someday provide a nest egg. Instead, they trade that money for a diamond ring, which isn’t much of an asset at all. As soon as you leave the jeweler with a diamond , it loses over 50 percent of its value. Americans exchange diamond rings as part of the engagement process, because in 1938 De Beers decided that they would like us to …

Prior to a stunningly successful marketing campaign 1938, Americans occasionally exchanged engagement rings , but wasn’t a pervasive occurrence. Not only is the demand for diamonds a marketing invention , but diamonds aren’t actually that rare. Only by carefully restricting the supply has De Beers kept the price of a diamond high. Countless American dudes will attest that the societal obligation to furnish a diamond engagement ring is both stressful and expensive …

But here’s the thing … This obligation only exists because the company that stands to profit from it willed it into existence. So here is a modest proposal :

Let’s agree that diamonds are bullshit and reject their role in the marriage process. Let’s admit that as a society we got tricked for about a century into coveting sparkling pieces of carbon , but it’s time to end the nonsense.

Click on the link and peruse the entire article … Quite informative …

Source: Diamonds Are Bullshit | HuffPost

9:13 A.M. A British model was drugged and stuffed in a suitcase to be sold as a sex slave …

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The British model who police say was kidnapped in Italy last summer to be auctioned online as a sex slave suffered physical violence – including being drugged and “brutally transported inside a suitcase,” according to Italian investigators.The grim details on the alleged abduction of Chloe Ayling were revealed Wednesday during the trial of 30-year-old Lukasz Pawel Herba, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.

Herba, a Pole who lives part-time in England, was charged with kidnapping Ayling in July after she was lured from London to a fake photo shoot at an abandoned storefront in Milan, according to Italian police.As reported by The Washington Post, Ayling said last summer that her kidnappers were preparing to “auction” her on the dark Web, a part of the internet where user identities are hidden through encryption, allowing them to buy and sell criminal goods. The kidnappers were trying to sell Ayling, 20, on the internet as a sex slave for $300,000, according to Italian police and media accounts. Ayling told Italian investigators at the time that she was drugged, gagged, bound and stuffed into a duffel bag, then transported in the trunk of a car to a remote farmhouse outside Turin. There, she slept with her hands and feet tied to furniture, the investigators said.During Herba’s trial Wednesday, investigators said the model was put under “psychological pressures” during the abduction, ANSA reported.

Herba was arrested July 17, shortly after freeing Ayling and dropping her off at the British consulate in Milan, police said. British and Italian media reported that the kidnappers freed Ayling after learning she was the mother of a 2-year-old boy.

MORBNOTE ; So nice the guy’s got a conscience !!! … If she didn’t have a child tho … Perfectly alright to kidnap , torture , abuse and hold for ransom !!! …

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Source: A British model was drugged and stuffed in a suitcase to be sold as a sex slave, police say | The Province