Percentages aren't useful when talking about spam.
Want to stop using the word 'marriage' in law? Fine, but you'll never get all 50 states to agree to it, let alone the rest of the world. Marriage is portable, civil unions are not.
The other reason is that the moment the religious right decided they wanted to make sure they could continue to feel morally superior because they could marry and gays couldn't, it became an issue of legalized discrimination, even if it's only a word.
But aside from that, since the seeds in question were bought from the grain elevator, yes, sue the anyone selling to the grain elevator (which probably includes Bowman).
That said, I've given to Wikipedia before. Not lately though, I got too sick of their ads.
Of course, I use adblock, so I see very little of the normal kind of ads.
As for this article, I don't care if it hurts the people who are paying for ads to be put up. Simply spending money doesn't give you a right to be heard. I wouldn't be surprised if some sites started blocking Free.fr or accusing them of "stealing".
Of course, they'd prefer to sue and profit rather than preventing the "problem" in the first place. Hopefully there's something in Irish law that requires them to take reasonable steps to limit damages before suing (better yet, hopefully they just get laughed out of court).
Now, 6% per month late fee, I guess that would depend on whether the jurisdiction's usury law covered an involuntary loan (you've forced your vendor to extend you credit without an agreement to do so).
Aren't there credit reporting agencies for corporations? Isn't there a way this guy could damage the credit of the deadbeats?
There's one other reason I want to get an iOS device. There's an app called Coaster that's made for iOS and Android. However, the app developer blocked it from Android tablet devices. I don't have a smartphone, just a tablet with data. The app will work on an iPad Mini, but even after I tried to hack my tablet to run smartphone-only software, it refused to install. I tried contacting the developer to no avail. So yes, apps are important.
Even with Samsung, supposedly a good Android manufacturer, my device hasn't received any major update since its release in August 2011. If I didn't root and update the device I would be stuck with an OS from July 2011. Even the custom firmware (derivative of CM, which doesn't officially support my device) has its issues, including Wifi problems.
Then there's the lack of accessories, I got a 7" tablet because I thought the larger screen would make for a better GPS device in my car. My tablet was advertised along side a "navigation dock" for this purpose. The dock was never released. It also won't charge off a computer's USB, unless the tablet is off. This applies even if you pay extra for their special "charge and sync" cable which Samsung claims will allow the device to charge while tethered (sharing the data connection) with your laptop.
As soon as Google Maps for iOS 6 comes out, I'm switching to an iPad Mini. Looks like the AT&T version should work fine on T-mobile. I really liked Android, but it's far too rough around the edges for its maturity.
As for the budget problems, Sacramento is working on it. I certainly wouldn't call CA a "failed state". We have businesses, including thriving startups. We also have public transit and an much more democratic process than the big states back east.
Your information is laughably out of date
Gold clauses were reinstated in 1977, some 35 years ago (at least in the U.S., perhaps there's another country out there that barred gold clauses). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_clause
In any case, a currency's value comes from acceptance and trust in future acceptance, by both merchants and the government. Individuals rely on the government to ensure that the currency does not become worthless. This doesn't always work. When the U.S. dollar was backed by gold, it did vary in value, sometimes in "shocks" that would cause the value to change drastically in a matter of weeks. What's the point of tying currency to a metal when the value actually comes from the ability to trade the currency?
Metals change in value, fiat currency changes in value, everything changes in value. It's preferable to keep currency somewhat stable in value (avoid rapid changes) so that wages and prices don't have to be adjusted every week. Long term, changes in the value will happen no matter what the currency is based on, and that really only affects debt. Lenders have to take inflation into account when calculating interest. If you're worried about your savings getting inflated away, buy a productive asset. If you really think a hunk of metal will have a good value in the future, you can even buy that. Personally, I think it's more likely a business will continue to have value in the future. For instance, a profitable brewery (a business that can command a premium on its work-product) is likely to hold its value well, so buy an interest in the brewery. If you're worried about one particular brewery losing value, spread your risk by buying interests in many breweries. If you're worried the whole industry will lose value, buy interest in many industries.
Money's primary usefulness is short-term, a medium of exchange. That's the aspect of it that needs to be preserved, not its ability to hold long-term value.