Sunday, January 27, 2013

Capitalism Marches On

Capitalism Marches On

Even though Christmas is over and the mighty god of consumerism has reached its climatic peak, doesn't mean that capitalism is at all ready to rest. Just look at a Danish law that was passed to make capitalizing on ad revenue so much easier for parents.
Making it so that naming laws now allow for company and product names for Children.

Over the course of a 80-year-long life a name will be uttered roughly 600,000 times. An estimate by the media agency IUM, experts in the field of advertising and product placement, shows that that gives it an advertising value of roughly $17,500 for the product or company. A name-change costs $85, so you could potentially make a good deal if a company is willing to sponsor you or your child as a living billboard.
Well, fucking hell. I just... wow. Well, Somebody actually typed those words and it's utterly amazing. I guess it's just a matter that in America we already have people who name their kids shit like ESPN so ha, fucking hell. I guess they're just looking to catch up to the rest of us. USA! USA! We don't just do it, we lead the way to it!

But hey, that's what we get for living in a world run by capitalism. One where even the NASA program is looking for a roomie to crash on their couch. 

ORLANDO, Fla. — Does anyone need a 15,000-foot landing strip? How about a place to assemble rocket ships? Or a parachute-packing plant? A launchpad?
Make us an offer, says NASA, which is quietly holding a going-out-of-business sale for the facilities used by its space shuttle program.
The last shuttle flight was in July 2011, when Atlantis made its final touchdown. That orbiter, like its sisters Discovery and Endeavour, is now a museum piece. As soon as some remaining cleanup is finished at Kennedy Space Center, the shuttle program will be history.
That has prompted NASA to advertise a long list of space center facilities and equipment available for use, lease or, in some cases, purchase by the right business.
The process is mostly secret because NASA has agreed to let bidders make their proposals out of the view of competitors and the public. NASA has at times published official notices seeking proposals and spelled out that they should be space-related, although the agency will consider alternative uses.
But information about who wants to do what may not be revealed until agency officials select finalists.
 So let's get this straight. NASA is selling all of its expensive and unique space shuttle facilities because its funding runs out for them at the end of the year. And since it's Florida, they won't last very long without someone taking them over. But hey, of course the negotiations are super secret.

So we have a motivated seller and absolutely no oversight. No way this will be used to take advantage of taxpayers, riiiiiiight?

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