Afraid of the competition?

A local blog aggregator once touted as the “PPS Killer” (I am not going to name it, since I don’t believe in bad-mouthing the “competitor”) has banned PPS’ feeds from their system. I wonder if they are afraid of the “competition”?

Frankly the only reason I added PPS’ feed to their aggregator is because I can. I don’t really think highly of their service, since it just republishes feeds automatically with no community participation attached to it. Not to mention that it loads really slow. But I consider it a compliment for PPS to be banned from their service. I think they must be afraid of the new PPS revamp. Truth be told, however, I never considered it to be a serious “competitor” to PPS, even when PPS was down for three months.


    1. Chris Parry of The Vancouver Sun highlighted some of the comments on the mainstream, hard right-wing blog/news aggregator Free Republic. Among them, a picture of Michelle talking to Malia Obama with the caption: “To entertain her daughter, Michelle Obama loves to make monkey sounds.” Classy. These mouthbreathing, borderline morons then kept piled on:

      “A typical street whore.” “A bunch of ghetto thugs.” “Ghetto street trash.” “Wonder when she will get her first abortion. “Could you imagine what world leaders must be thinking seeing this kind of street trash and that we paid for this kind of street ghetto trash to go over there?” wrote one commenter. “They make me sick …. The whole family… mammy, pappy, the free loadin’ mammy-in-law, the misguided chillin’, and especially ‘lil cuz… This is not the America I want representin’ my peeps,” wrote another.
      Such was the onslaught of derision on the site that the person who originally complained about the slurs, a Kristin N., claims only one comment in the first hundred posted actually criticized the remarks as inappropriate.


    2. Would we still care what happens in the Middle East? Would we have cleaner air? More traffic or less? Better or worse heath? What’s your view?

      Some leading experts in Britain shared their own views on a collective blog here:

      There is an aggregator site as well on that will repost your blog entries if you tag them the_hybrid_debate as long as they are related to the question.

    3. Ugh! Oklahoma law prevents direct wine shipments to a consumer.
      Third-party wine merchants in our state hold a tight grip on sales and are afraid of competition.
      This restriction is not helpful to our state wineries, which are not allowed to ship out of state as well.
      We had a few bills before the state legislature, but they died this session.
      Does your state allow direct shipment or if not, are you fighting to overturn the law?

    4. Sometimes friends send you beautiful powerpoint slideshow files and one really wants to extract some beautiful pictiures and use them elsewhwere. Can some one help me know how to do it. I have tried saving it as ppt format but it doesnt work.


      In a misguided attempt to aid newspapers, one of America’s most influential judges is suggesting a new copyright law

      Those who wish to keep the internet free and open had best dust off their legal arguments. One of America’s most influential conservative judges, Richard Posner, has proposed a ban on linking to online content without permission. The idea, he said in a blog post last week, is to prevent aggregators and bloggers from linking to newspaper websites without paying:

      Expanding copyright law to bar online access to copyrighted materials without the copyright holder’s consent, or to bar linking to or paraphrasing copyrighted materials without the copyright holder’s consent, might be necessary to keep free riding on content financed by online newspapers from so impairing the incentive to create costly news-gathering operations that news services like Reuters and the Associated Press would become the only professional, nongovernmental sources of news and opinion.

      Posner’s notion set off an eruption from the likes of Jeff Jarvis, Matt Welch and Erick Schonfeld, among others. And they are right to be furious. Not only would Posner stop online media dead in their tracks, but he would also overturn long-established rules of fair use, which, among others things, allow for the reproduction of short excerpts of copyrighted material for the purposes of commentary, parody and the like – precisely what bloggers and aggregators do all the time.

      continue reading at the link

    6. I see a trend – the things they seem to hate most are porn, pre-marital sex and women dressing provocatively… which seems to me to say that they just don’t want any competition.

    7. I’m going on holidays with the family next week, but the thing is myself and my dad have seemed to misplace our E1 11 cards. Just in case anything happens, we sort of need them. But I don’t know my number, so is there anyway to find out?

      Thanks a million!
      Yeah you do need it for the E1 11. I don’t have one of those cards? I thin it’s just because I’m 15. Yeah I’ve been told now taht it’s not important now, we have the VHI.

    8. Their is Powerpoint slideshow with pictures on the slide i want to copy the pictures from the slideshow and dont know how

    9. he says he needs it for the lease forms? I was never asked for it before when renting other places.

    10. There’s this girl, Who i love alot. Whether its mutual or not im not sure.
      My friend brought me a fortune cookie from earlier when they ate.
      Now, I have this guy friend also whom i can get jealous of sometimes due to the fact that im afraid of losing her. But if she really wants him back i wont fight for her, If its what she wants, Then by all means.Now the fortune cookie said, (Do not be afraid of competition.) Pretty interesting isnt it?

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    13. So we’re both 17, and I really really like this girl. This is the problem, like 3 weeks ago i decided to tell her I liked her and I do so through a facebook message but there was a problem and it was never sent. This friend came up to me and said i heard you sent a message to this person that you liked her and I told him everything. Ever since then this guy has been flirting with the girl I like so much and they have become super close. I’m usually not the jealous type and have never really gotten that jealous but lately this feeling is killing me, i’ve talked to my friend but he hasn’t really stopped. I’m going to tell her I like her in like a week when my whole grade goes on a trip but every time I’m alone with her this friend comes an interrupts.I think it has now evolved into a competition, me and my “friend” are now both going for her and I want to win but don’t know how. what should i do?

    14. So I’ve had basketball ingrained in me since I was little. And through everything I have enough skills and understanding that I made JV.But I’ve NEVER played on an official team. The thing is though, is that I really don’t even like basketball. In fact, I really hate the game! I love aspects of it (movement, ball handling, shooting, being intimidating ), but playing the actual game? I detest it. I hate playing defense and all the chaos of bodies in my face. Whether it be my own frustration or how I fit in on the court….ugh. Its funny though is that I enjoy that chaos in soccer!! And I’m not afraid of competition—I play varsity volleyball—-I enjoy getting pumped up.

      But I made a COMMITMENT by signing up for the team. I mainly did it because the sports director kept telling me to and I also had a little hope that I’d enjoy it again. If I stuck it out, I could improve a LOT, be an asset to the team ability-wise and get in better shape…..but it would be unfair for the team for me to stay if my heart isn’t in it. No one wants their team mate playing half-ass. I know the dynamics of a competitive team, and I don’t think I can offer my commitment.

      Is there anyway i could step-down but still have my dignity and not have everyone thinking I’m a pussy? Its the start of the season

    15. I have a pps that is 460mb. It is too big to play off a cd. It just takes too long.

      I have heard that you can put the show on the internet and send that link to poeple instead.

      If so how do I do this and which site can I use?

      There is also music files included with the pps.

    16. She’s always going to outshine Susan Boyle in the looks stakes but did she have to be so mean about her future?
      summer rain – perhaps you are too young to remember that when Kiri first came to any sort of prominence she was regarded as a ‘mary’ (maori) first and last in her country of birth and wasn’t therefore regarded as anything at all – a lot like SuBo. Get off your pc backside and lookat the reality, SuBo will now sell many more records than Kiri because her voice certainly is as good, she’s younger and she has stamina, she also hasn’t forgotten where she came from. Kiri has, but the people in her hometown will never forget her ‘dumping’ them!

    17. Related to a question that a whinng person had removed because freedom of speech means that you can’t say anything that offends the babies.

    18. Based on a previous Q of mine…

      Some general consensus I extracted from the women responding was that they want to feel like the only one a guy is starting to date. Isn’t it more a fear of competition?

      Let me clarify this multiple dating scenario. A guy dates different women in a similar time frame but they are all just date 1-3. He is playing the field but he is NOT a player. For instance, Jack plans a date with Mary and Sarah for Fri/Sat but is not intimate with either one. Should he necessarily tell either one that he is going out with another? Is it really any of their business to know?

      Once Jack agrees to be exclusive (and intimate) with Mary, then he should stop dating Sarah or any other woman.

      For the debaters who might bring up “Ah, but Thundercat, how would you like it if a woman was dating other men when she went out with you?” I’m fine with it and it has already happened to me. I learned of guy 2 when I went to ask a woman for date 2 after we already had a first date. The way I figure, if a woman chooses me, then she was really interested in me and not picking me by default as she had no other choices.

    19. Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine tried to do a documentary of their own about Michael Moore and ran into the same sort of resistance Moore himself famously faces in his own films.

      The result is “Manufacturing Dissent,” which turns the camera on the confrontational documentarian and examines some of his methods. Among their revelations in the movie, which had its world premiere Saturday night at the South by Southwest film festival: That Moore actually did speak with then-General Motors chairman Roger Smith, the evasive subject of his 1989 debut “Roger & Me,” but chose to withhold that footage from the final cut.

    20. Can a ppsh 41 round drum work properly with a pps 43?
      I belive the 35 round stick mags are the same, but before I shell out $50 for a drum mag I would like be sure.

    21. Why do a lot of whites feel threatened by black people who get rich and then start reaching back in their community and pulling out other black people who are determined, hardworking, and focused? They begin to character assassiinate, name calling, making derrogatory statements about him or her for example in the days of slavery caucasians would say black people can’t read and therefore are stupid yet they had a law that if a black person was caught reading he was to immediately be killed!!! What sense did that make? They said the slaves were lazy yet they had slaves do the work they were too lazy to do themselves.. What sense did that make? i’m not racist but why does it seem when black people start talking self empowerment we become racist? are Caucasians afraid of competition on fair playing grounds?

    22. to keep screwing the average joe while the insurance industry fat cats makes hundreds of millions?

    23. i have lived in england just about 14years now n im 36years old so i was issued with a pps number from birth in ireland as everyone born after 71 is (i think) so i was just wondering how i would obtain this number? please help id be very grateful.

    24. Amazingly there product gets worse and worse each year and its a shame they were afraid of competition and bought the liscence to exclusive rights. There are so many errors in game play and repetitive commentary and cinemas in madden its a joke. No one should buy there crap product!!

    25. Out look is telling me that I don’t have an assoicated file to open a powerpoint slide show in my email. But incredimail opens them just fine. I went to the folders options and all seems to be well there. Any suggestions?

    26. Are they really afraid that evolution will somehow devalue thier place on Earth?
      Are they really afriad that they won’t go to heaven?
      Just what is the threat that causes them to overlook a huge body of evidence supporting evolution. Evoution just has to be one of the most beautiful laws (not theory as the general public uses the word) in science.

    27. Any time we as a society tries to use the power of cooperation, conservatives get all fearful and protective. They think Social Security, Medicare and anything cooperative that the government does is COMMUNISM.

      Every business transaction has a combination of cooperation and competition. If there were no cooperation, then we’d just steal from one another.

    28. why didn’t apple put video camera on ipod touch in the first place, were they afraid of their own competition (iphone) because then they are really not that smart as i gave them credit for.

    29. is this normal? Having competition? what sould i do? Theatre was always my thing and now he is getting involved in the same footsteps!!! what sould i do?

    30. There’s this girl that I have recently become friends with. She lives in my student dorm (mixed dorm) and there are some other guys in the dorm. She’s hot and very friendly with everyone, talks to everyone and all. I went on a short trip and when I got back I found out 3 guys tried their luck with her. Since it’s the beginning stage of our friendship/relationship, how can I fight off the competition with other guys ?

    31. (I’m on my sis’s account) Anyways I am 13 and REALLY want to figure skate competitively. Currently I am in an ice skating class, and after a bit, I shall get a figure skating coach. If i DO get a coach, and want to enter competitions and all that jazz, how many hours will I have to practice? Like would I have to everyday..once a week…etc? Also how long should I be skating before entering competitions? thank youu

    32. Hi, i am a normal online gamer. i’ve always had this problem since the getgo. THe prob is everytime im facing some1 in any online gaming field my heart starts beating fast, i get kinda sweaty sometimes, i get nervous/intimidated/ etc… Causing me to loose the game. And i am also afraid of facing my friends, that totally puts me in a state of shock. I’m not saying im a geek or nerd in real life, just stating my problem. Does ne1 know what i can do to over-come my fears?

    33. I am looking for any tips ideas, webssites anything that can help me with keeping my daughter interested in potty training. Everybody says that I should wait a till she is 2 1/2 years old,she is 2 and 4 months, but Im afraid that she is getting allergic to the diapers, because she keeps breaking out. Does the two months really make a difference? She seems like she wants to start at times, but then she is only interested before her bath time. Please relevent advice welcom

    34. I am looking at going to a small Christian college (not sure which one yet), but I am afraid that since most Christian schools are so small and unknown, that the reputation won’t be very good when I am looking for a job in the real world. How much does undergrad reputation matter?

      I mean, I know that for a graduate degree, prestige REALLY matters. But what about for a 4-year degree?

    35. It’s one thing to know how to achieve your goals, but it’s another when other people want to know. Do you sometimes feel that you would rather not tell others in fear of competition in the future? What are your thoughts about this?

    36. Just wondering but why are public schools teachers so afraid of school competition like merit pay or school rankings? why are they anti-competitive?

    37. And why might a man be afraid of homosexual women?

      Is this a specific type of homophobia, and what is the thinking behind it? Any interesting links would be great.


    38. It starts today, march 6th. After April open shoes are required for all our outings, which are weekly. The judging will be done by our wives on September 30th. Two separate votes, best mustaches and longest toenails, best of each combined. In case of a tie it will be solved by leg wrestling.
      Would it be best to go with an open toe shoe most days or an over-sized shoe.What about socks? I am afraid of injuring the nails and shortening them.

    39. The US did it in the Confederations Cup and now Honduras in the olympics. Spain is afraid of the word CONCACAF.

    40. I read so much on Y/A about white males being shortchanged in every aspect of life these days. Do you think they resent and fear a black man encouraging children of all races to strive for the best. In the eyes of white males it is just more competition for their entitlements.

    41. Been a Cronulla supporter , I would say that Millington and Douglas have been fantastic in the forwards, with both getting through a stack of work up the middle. The backs have been a little disappointing I’m afraid. Ferguson has been the best, but he has been either rocks or diamonds.

    42. I am male and 16 and I have been hearing alot about death lately and I am getting afraid of it and wondering if it is possible to ascend to another plane of existence like in stargate? IF so would you want to live forever?

    43. Hi
      A few years ago I was in a local paper for winning a competition. The news article remains on their website in the archive section, however I want them to remove it. I emailed them asking them nicely if they could remove it but they said their policy was to not remove articles unless there was a legal issue.
      I was wondering is there was any law regarding newspapers’ rights to publish information which I could use to get them to remove the article?
      I am under-18 if this helps.


    44. we eleminated the weak and came with the strong,so why didnt gibbs get in the syfc was it fear of competition or fear of the truth coming out about where the best youth football was really being played(south st.pete).if you know the truth clock in and speak on it!

    45. i have economics homework and i realy do not understand this question can some one please help

      What are the basic characteristics of monopolistic competition? How does monopolistic competition compare with perfect competition?

    46. I’m having a problem with mice I have put down boxes of poison and they eat them like candy. I’m interested in getting a cat that can actually catch and eliminate mice. My last cat sucked at this the mice weren’t afraid of her at all and she’d run away from/avoid them. Are there any breeds that are particularly good at getting rid of mice both in the sense of keeping them away and catching the ones stupid enough to not stay away?

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