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"For all your whining about how the government can't do anything right, you little twits haven't grown up on top of a waste chemical disposal trench."
I remember when Lake Erie was on fire, and I still KNOW the government cant do anything right.
Lake Erie never caught fire, it almost "died" because of algae blooms though. The Cuyahoga River caught on fire.
Heirloom seeds have become a profitable business so only the ones willing and able to pay the Google search tax even show up on the search results.
Lets not be so hasty to jump to the conclusion that Basically the scam sites were paying a bundle to show up on the first few pages in the search results.. You stated that those businesses are selling to yuppies and heirloom seeds have become a profitable business. This would indicate to me that yuppies have jumped into your niche, which you are very knowledgeable about. But, isn't it just as reasonable to jump to the conclusion that a large number of what you call "yuppies" have decided those "scam sites" are legit and have been posting images and links to their product all over on Pinterest, Google Plus, Facebook, tumblr, etc, etc? And that's driven those up the rankings? That those you deride as "yuppies" are really driving this new interest in seeds and therefore because of their far reaching followings on Pinterest, drive the search results? In essence, all those "sheep" are actually driving the results now rather you. Google may not have sold out, rather your voice has been drowned out.
Every other offer that's been solicited by friends I've turned down. The most recent one, which did get funding, was a friend who started a handmade clothing company. This person is the CEO and chief designer. The company has had 3 employees on and off over the last 3 years. A shipping deadline was missed last Christmas to deliver handbags, scarves and laptop bags. This person has taken donations from friends and family and given them receipts so they can claim them on their taxes, but the company is not a 503c. The Facebook message from the launch was "If this doesn't get funded, my company is going out of business."
I feel like Kickstarter is a great idea, but the latter has become the norm for me. "I've completely screwed up as an owner, but I'm not really begging if its on Kickstarter." Or "I have this idea, but I have no idea how to execute it but I need money, off to Kickstarter!"
Yeah, the Americans weren't the only ones to intern ethnically Japanese portions of the population. The Canadians did as well.