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In the latest of their assertions from the high, high horse they inhabit, the RIAA have decided that CDs should be 3x more expensive. Even if successful in applying this poor logic, which I highly doubt, I can't see any online retailer making their wares more expensive to match. The only thing this is likely to achieve is more alienation from the industry (and more importantly the customers) it represents - eventually killing the CD market altogether. Perhaps however, there is another motive for this. The RIAA have been largely unsucessful is sueing people for pirating downloaded music, so this could be another attempt to restrict people's rights. If the CD market is killed and all (legal) music is DRM copy protected downloads, it means they can successfully sue people for playing music on more than one device (including your car stereo) because to do that people must (by their logic) be reverse engineering the DRM which is in conflict with the DMCA laws in the US. The only way to legally play it on all your kit would be to pay extra for it. This could spell the end of fair use laws on copying. This is a growing trend that big corporates are exploiting, not just in music, but in software, movies, etc. You no longer buy content, you simply pay for a restrictive license to use it.

Debt

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A few months ago, i started receiving letters from a debt collection agency claiming I owed a lot of money on a credit card. I've never had an account with the credit card company in question, so I wrote both companies a letter stating this. The debt collection agency ignored my reasoning and continued to send several letters a week demanding (in increasingly stronger terms) immediate payment. I then recieved a letter from the credit card company stating that they did indeed have an account in my name, but this was probably a case of mistaken identity. I forwarded this letter to the debt collection agency and all of a sudden the letters stopped. They didn't even send an acknowledgement. Whether this is the end of the matter or not, I do not yet know, but what worries me is how this kind of situation can happen in the first place. I would not be surprised if there are people who are scared by the legal threats into paying the bill. The fact is, there is either another Keith Judge in the UK who owes this money, or (maybe more likely) someone has taken my details and opened an account in my name. How do you catch an identity fraudster who has pushed a credit card to its limit and then discarded it, probably many months or years ago? We live in a country where it is incredibly easy to borrow huge sums of money, and incredibly difficult for a lot of people to pay it back. When a company approves a loan, where does the money come from? I somehow doubt more than a fraction is backed up by any real assets, yet you must pay back every penny with interest through years of hard work. Even more worrying is that the billions of borrowed money is one of the key factors in propping up our current buoyant economy so I doubt the government would do anything drastic to stem this.

Chav Scum

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I thought that in the last couple of years living in Guildford that I had finally escaped this pandemic taking over the country, but I've just nipped into town for something quick to eat to find North Street invaded by a whole gang of the fuckers. In the pasty shop they were pissing around shouting to each other as though no-one else was there and bullying the staff in the shop too - "Not that steak slice, this one... No, the other one." as if it makes a difference. To be fair, the staff took it well and eventually the manager (I presume) firmly asked them to quiet down or they'd be kicked out. They didn't argue then, so at least they're not quite as bad as the affliction in the country's larger cities, but still fucking annoying. I then headed outside after making my purchase and they're all hanging around at the bottom of the street shouting away, throwing their food at each other (and passers by) and making complete cunts of themselves. Of course, they're probably just trying to get their trophy ASBOs.

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