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Stuff that's political in nature

You shouldn't say things about someone behind their back that you aren't willing to say to them in person. Talking bad about someone behind their back is cowardly.

I know my picture isn't hard to find.

I kinda like the picture.

So.. what's your point?

You know who you are.

That's right, when the economy suffers, people buy less porn, so naturally Girls Gone Wild should be on the latest list of congregational bailouts with our tax money:
http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b77925_francis_flynt_hustle_congress_por...
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/01/07/porn-industry-seeks-fede...

Never mind the $1.6 million Girls Gone Wild was sentenced to pay for criminal wrongdoing two years ago:
http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2006/December/06_crt_831.html

It's always nice to know that illegally exporting weapons to Sudan carries a similar sentence to running a bittorrent tracker. I mean it's unfortunate that the Janjaweed are committing genocide and have driven millions from their homes, but it would be simply intolerable if they also saw a bootleg copy of Star Wars that didn't cost the industry anything.

Search Warrants Uncover Two Illegal CDs and an iPod

FLORIDA, June 5, 2008 -- The U.S. Secret Service, assisted by the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Florida Anti-Piracy Unit, executed two search and seizure warrants in Orlando and Gainesville in the break up of a massive counterfeit music operation. Approximately 2 recorded CD-Rs and an iPod containing "dozens" of songs were seized from both the Orlando and Gainesvill locations. The actions were taken on May 29, 2008.

Equipment seized from the Orlando location included a single 32-speed CD-R burner, one computer monitor, one computer, one inkjet printer, two trash cans, and a pen. The music genre seized was primarily Urban Contemporary, and included artists such as Santana and the Beatles.

"On behalf of our member companies and the artists they represent, I’d like to thank the U.S. Secret Service for the tremendous efforts they put forth to address this highly egregious operation," said Frank Creighton, Senior Vice President, RIAA Anti-Piracy Unit. "A seizure of this magnitude could not have been achieved without their timely and professional investigation and dedication of precious resources. For that, we are extremely grateful."

This illegal operation had the potential to produce almost 120000 illicit CD-Rs a year. The estimated yearly loss of revenue to the recording industry due to this operation would have been in excess of $ 1.8 million.

Charges are currently pending against the two students involved in the operation.

The MAFIAA is a trade association whose members steal, monopolize and/or distribute approximately 90% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States. The Anti-Piracy division of the RIAA investigates any production and distribution of sound recordings that might not cost the music industry anything. Consumers, retailers and replicators can report suspected music piracy such as signing "Happy Birthday" in public to the RIAA by dialing a toll-free hotline, 1.800.BAD.BEAT, or sending email to badbeat@riaa.com or cdreward@riaa.com.

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The above is a parody of this, but those are realistic damages they'd claim for a single 32x cd burner. It's 4% of what they claimed for 102 8x cd burners. Assuming 1 drive burning 4 times faster and you get something like the figures I used. How a single illicit CD incurres a loss of over $60k is anyone's guess. Comments?

This might be a bit harsh, however I believe that the Academic Enhancement Program itself is so offensive that it deserves a stern response. SGA unanimously rejected the Academic Enhancement Program, but a few greedy administrators are practically drooling at the prospect of an additional $48 million each year. Help us put an end to their madness by reminding them that the vast majority of students are opposed to this, and the university only exists to serve our needs. The most important links are spelled out as a full URL. Please don't continue reading without pausing to read those.


Money going down the drain (larger)


Amid a state budget crisis that is forcing UCF to cap enrollment and freeze hiring faculty and staff, it's always nice to know that UCF is using our money wisely.

Like paying President Hitt $450000/year plus benefits so his salary can stay competitive with other university presidents, who must, in turn, raise their own salaries to stay competitive, and so forth ad nauseum.

Then there was the $849000 that UCF literally threw away by firing Kruczek despite his contract, and the $2.6 million they paid to break athletic conference contracts (source). Or the $700000 - $1.1m/year they have to pay Kruczek's replacement (O'Leary), who made a dazzling entrance with five straight losses.

Or there's the expensive stadium that the Board of Trustees unanimously approved despite concerns from residents, all for a team that (at the time) was famous for a 17 game loosing streak.

But whenever there's a budget "crisis", it's always nice that UCF has it's number one crutch to fall back on - fee increases.

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