Did you know that September 27 was "Blog Against Abuse Day"? Yes, one of those fatuous and ineffective Internet memes that coat everybody with a slick of self-righteous elation that they are Doing Good -- but without having to do more than click, or upload a texture. Not surprisingly, Busybody Fugazi (I finally figured out that's what I have to call him! *thunks forehead* is yammering on about the need to bloviate against abuse -- as he defines it. While the original campaigners appeared to have in mind evils like child abuse or elder abuse or even ozone abuse (put away that hairspray can! Now! that's an order!), Busybody of course thought of SL when he thought of abuse. And he didn't think about Lindens announcing nasty things at the last minute like VAT, or griefers who paralyze sims. No, he thought about Ginko's, and the angel choirs and violins swung up to a high pitch.
It seems that Busybody never read the cards on the Ginko's machine. They said it was a high risk investment opportunity. It said they never guaranteed you withdrawals. And so...after nearly 3 years of pumping out free $100 for new accounts, and interest at around .14 (or more for some time) compounded daily, whoops, you had to take them at their word, and they couldn't guarantee withdrawals. No fraud involved here, because they *told* you. Nicholas Port didn't abuse anybody, because people are adults (or should be), they can read, and if they embark on something this nutty and high risk, that appears for all intents and purposes "too good to be true" then, like Zee Linden says, it probably is. So to go whining and snivelling now about "abuse" is just to enterain that grand, noxious entitlement-happy victimology that one finds especially in America, where various imagined minorities and injured-but-not-innocent types try to guilt-trip you into making them special. Please. Somebody on a DSL line, sitting comfortably in their living room, with an expensive computer with a fancy graphic card, who has at least, oh, $10 or $50 US to click and pump into a pixelated place on their computer screen with a label containing the name of an anonymous avatar is not a victim; they are a player.
I marvel also at this rush to criminalize Linden Lab because they cash out people's Linden dollars. They rightly kept their distance; they cannot become involved in resident-to-resident transactions. Full stop. Busybody, like others who want a nanny state, can't grasp that "o means no": they can't get involved. So...don't put your money in prims then, if you can't handle the consequences. Ranting about the Lindens or those who put out such prims is completely irrrelevant and unjustified. And frankly, to be bashing Nicholas makes no sense either -- he did what he said on the can, he tried to make it right, it hasn't worked yet -- maybe it's a total bust now. Um, ok, then...like the man said, "If it sounds too good to be true..." (I never did understand why Busybody sunk so much money into this caper?!)