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Archive for April, 2008

Should Journalists be Allowed to Speak Their Mind?

Posted by mikenopolis on April 17, 2008

The greatest thing about the US governement is that we are given the freedom of speech, but sometimes I think that right needs to be take away from idiots. CNN’s anchor Jack Cafferty said something VERY stupid. It’s one thing to be racist in your head or in public if you are not in the media, it’s a whole different thing when you are a journalist, on a TV show and want to continue with your career….read on

 

CNN apologizes for China misunderstanding
Anita Chang, Associated Press via USA Today, April 16, 2008

 On April 15, China’s foreign ministry demanded an apology from CNN. On April 9, CNN anchor Jack Cafferty had said that Chinese were a “bunch of goons and thugs.” On April 16, CNN said that Cafferty was referring to the Chinese government and not the Chinese people. CNN had already been criticized for its China coverage. In its statement, CNN noted that Cafferty was known for being outspoken and that he’d often criticized the American government.

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View on The Damage of Counterfeit Goods – Santee Alley “Incident”

Posted by mikenopolis on April 7, 2008

Since I’ve moved my blog over to wordpress last week, I’ve been curious to know how quickly my entries would be pulled up by google. I was able to find myself after about 2 days! GOOD JOB indexing Mr. Google.

So as I was browsing the keywords “Santee Alley” under http://blogsearch.google.com , I came across a few entries and found one blog with this:

“According to the New York Times, consumers can score a Prada handbag for $40; a Patek Philippe watch and a Rolex for $80, and two pairs of Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses for $18. Sales such as these have cost the city $1 billion in sales tax a year and led to money laundering and bloody turf wars, says Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.”

I know that selling and buying counterfeits are wrong in many ways but this makes me think…Do these corporations really deserve all the money they are making on their products? I say this because they said the counterfeit problem have cost New York City $1 Billion in sales, that’s $1,000,000,000 which calculates to what I would have earned in 16,026 years if I make what I make at this point in my life forever, and that’s considered doing pretty ok in a normal day life. BTW, that’s 16,026 years WITHOUT spending a single penny! I find it hard to believe that all these people buying fake products were going to buy the real thing anyway so how is it a $1 Billion lost? If anything, counterfeit goods are free advertisement… if and when these “consumers” become successful by whatever route, they will purchase the authentic products.

*side note*

My girlfriend’s sister carries a $2,000 Louis Vuitton purse, I wonder if she would notice if I swapped it with a $40 fake for a week or two….that would be funny to watch!

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Santee Alley, Los Angeles, California

Posted by mikenopolis on April 6, 2008

Once in a while I like to head over to “Santee Alley” in the heart of Los Angeles (near Olympic and Los Angeles Street) it’s a busy place where you can buy a trunk load of stuff for $50!, I was looking for a few new caps which you can get for like $3, I’m pretty sure they make them “illegally” like not getting permission from the Anaheim Angels to put the “A” on the cap, but I didn’t care, just need something cheap to cover up my bed hair once in a while.


This is what the crowded “Alley” looks like with all the people looking for bargains. Make sure you look at the floor when you walk, there are always weird dirty puddles!


I guess it was my lucky day! I actually saw a few sellers get arrested!!! All their money and merchandises were confiscated, I guess that’s what you get for selling pirated DVDs, CDs, Counterfeit Purses, Sunglasses and Watches! Seriously, it’s weird that this doesn’t happen all the time considering how much illegal things are sold here! It’s funny how much business they get, majority of the time, I look at the stuff they sell and I just can’t believe people would buy such cheaply made fakes. Example: a fake Gucci purse that looks like a child of a Guess purse and a Coach purse.




While I was in the area, I decided to get a Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog from the street vendor…Keep in mind, eat this stuff at your own risk, make sure you get a fully cooked one! This guy doesn’t make his too good, and I totally forgot to ask him to add everything on it (Onions, Bell Peppers, Relish, etc…)

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Just Do Your Deed and Get The Hell OUT!!!

Posted by mikenopolis on April 4, 2008

We had a “Pizza Party/Lunch” at work today…the President of the company decided to play a little “game” as he does at each of these company gatherings.

The prize was $5.00 and question was: “What is the #1 rule of the company?” the answer is: “Don’t leave newspaper in the bathroom”.

A few of us asked him if there were newspapers in the bathroom…he replied “It’s just a random question for the game, just like this random company paid lunch”

Look what I found when I went to wash my hands after the pizza!

I understand that it may take a little longer going #2, and maybe reading material is “entertaining” but come on! Throw it away!…at least whoever is doing this is leaving it in there instead of taking it back to the break room…Ewwwwww!

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Are Employees Messing Around, or Just Plain Stupid???

Posted by mikenopolis on April 4, 2008

This picture is from Home Depot… ever wonder if these people really did this “accidentally”? If you have a sign/sticker that big, why not just spell out Assorted?

This picture was taken by Josh Bancroft of www.tinyscreenfuls.com

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Why Stupid People Need to Call Their “Significant Other” By Their Name

Posted by mikenopolis on April 3, 2008

Ok, so I was browsing through one of my friend’s buddy list on MySpace and found a picture of his friend…she posted a pretty “inappropriate” picture of herself on her page…being a man/pig, I must admit it was an attractive picture since she was pretty much naked. That’s not what was AMAZING about the picture, take a look:

Her boyfriend's name is Michael...I think we all need to stop calling each other
Don’t you think we need to stop calling each other “Honey” & “Sweety”?
If you still don’t get it, TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE GIRL!!! Michael is spelled M-I-C-H-A-E-L…this is the girlfriend not knowing how to spell her boyfriend’s name!!!

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