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Staff of eBaumsworld laid off

eBaum.TV Blog: So this is how it all went down...

But the real fun comes in the comment section. The eBaums guys, for those who aren't familiar with their crappy site, take videos from other sites and slap their watermark on them. When people who have had their intellectual property stolen and rebranded complain, eBaums either ignores or mocks them. The exquisite irony in seeing them complain about their property being taken and repurposed is redolent with a delicious and piquant schadenfreude flavor.

It's 9am on Friday morning. The CEO from ZVUE was coming in at 9:30 for a "meeting." We walked into OUR office where we were greeted by a camera man, two security officers, about 7 movers and the CEO himself from ZVUE. He brought us into our conference room to say he was sorry it had to come down to this. He then proceeded to tell us to stay put while he searched through everyone's belongings and files, where he took all computers, office equipment and files. This would have been fine if we had been given the chance to remove all personal files on our own computers. They could have supervised us each while we did so in case they were worried we would tamper with our computer.

All other employees were asked to come in for a meeting at 1pm. The ZVUE CEO came in and told us he would need to close the Rochester, NY office due to Operational and Financial reasons. We asked him what his plans for the site were and he couldn't give us a straight answer. We do know however that he has a team of 4 developers; one of them being a secretary that was trained to be a developer.

New Study: Smoking Pot May Lead to legendary Olympic Prowess

The Associated Press: Phelps acknowledges photo using pot pipe

Olympic great Michael Phelps acknowledged "regrettable" behavior and "bad judgment" after a photo in a British newspaper Sunday showed him inhaling from a marijuana pipe.

In a statement to The Associated Press, the swimmer who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games did not dispute the authenticity of the exclusive picture published Sunday by the tabloid News of the World.

"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment," Phelps said in the statement released by one of his agents. "I'm 23 years old and despite the successes I've had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again."

Pfizer sued for experimenting on Nigerian children

Suits Saying Pfizer Experimented on Nigerian Children Are Revived - washingtonpost.com

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York ruled that the suits, dismissed earlier by a lower-court judge who said they should have been brought in Nigeria, can now go forward in the U.S. courts. Lawyers said the ruling could set a precedent affecting other American companies accused of wrongdoing overseas.

The lawsuits seek unspecified damages on behalf of the families, who say Pfizer violated international law by testing the drug, known as Trovan, on perilously ill children without their knowledge. Eleven children died during the 1996 clinical trial, carried out during a record meningitis epidemic. Other children developed brain damage and crippling arthritis.

The New York Times delves into the secret rural lesbian communes all around us

Lesbian Communities Struggle to Stay Vital to a New Generation - NYTimes.com

The lesbian communists are concerned that their communes as a way of life will die out, since being gay is much, much more accepted now than it was in the 50s and 60s. And this strikes me as being very backwards reasoning. Shouldn't they be happy that girls coming out now don't have to retreat to a convent-like environment for their entire lives?

Behind a locked gate whose security code is changed frequently, the women pursue quiet lives in a community they call Alapine, largely unnoticed by their Bible Belt neighbors — a lost tribe from the early ’70s era of communes and radical feminism. “I came here because I wanted to be in nature, and I wanted to have lesbian neighbors,” said Ms. Greene, a retired nurse. She hopes the women, ages 50 to 75, will be able to raise enough money to build assisted-living facilities on the land and set up hospice care.

She walks each day in the woods with her two dogs, Lily, a border collie mix, and Rita Mae, a Jack Russell terrier and beagle mix named for Rita Mae Brown, the feminist activist and author of the lesbian classic “Rubyfruit Jungle.” Ms. Greene trims branches of oak, hickory and sassafras trees and stops by the grave of a deer she buried in the woods after it was hit by a car. She named it Miracle. “I talk to Miracle every day,” Ms. Greene said. “That is one of my joys of living here.”

These days, she and other members worry about the future of Alapine, which is one of about 100 below-the-radar lesbian communities in North America, known as womyn’s lands (their preferred spelling), whose guiding philosophies date from a mostly bygone era