Dalai Lama retires as Tibet’s political leader in response to a Tibet TV commercial by Groupon.

Tibet Groupon Dalai Lama

Tibet Groupon Dalai Lama

 

In 2011 the Dalai Lama stepped down as Tibet’s political leader.  The leader said that he is stepping down because political rule by leaders or kings is out of date and that Tibetans should have a democratically elected political representative to help Tibet gain independence.  The Dalai Lama said that he will not step down from being a spiritual leader. 

The Dalai Lama also said that the Tibet Super Bowl TV Commercial by Groupon aided in his decision to retire.  The Dalai Lama said that the Groupon ad which compared  Tibetans’ 60 year 800,000 casualty struggle for independence to Americans eating fish curry at restaurants, was tasteless and offensive.  The leader said, “I usually have a live and let live Philosophy, however in this one instance I am going to spend the beginning of my retirement getting even with Groupon with an eye for an eye philosophy.”  The Dalai Lama said that he will still fight for a free Tibet, but that he will have to split his time between updating freetibet.org and grouponsucks.com.

This is the first time in 300 years and over 14 reincarnations that the Dalai Lama has decided to get sweet revenge against a website.

Zombies vs. Vampires, which is better?

Peoples personal preferences Zombies vs. vampires

Peoples personal preferences Zombies vs. vampires

Vampires and zombies are essentially the same: they are both dead, they both feed on people, and both can turn people into themselves.  I fell bad for zombies though because lots of people want to be vampires but nobody wants to be a zombie. 

When is the last time you saw a movie or read a book that put zombies in a good light or showed the sensitive side of zombies?  Or when is the last time you heard someone say, “You know I wish I was a zombie.”

Zombie life is much less romantic than vampire life.  Vampires own mansions, zombies just surprise you in a room of a mansion.  Vampires wear fine Italian clothing.  Zombies were torn street clothes.  Vampires don’t age; zombies look like they are dead.  Vampires speak eloquently; zombies can barely speak a full sentence. 

I guess people like vampires more than zombies because if a vampire turns you into one of them, that really isn’t that bad, maybe it’s a step up or a step down.  But if a Zombie turns you into one of them, that is a huge step down.  Being a zombie has the same status quo as a hot dog concession stand worker for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Did Dan Brown plagiarize in the Da Vinci Code?

Dan Brown Steven King Plagiarizing

Dan Brown Steven King Plagiarizing

In 2006, Dan Brown was accused of plagiarizing the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail in his novel The Da Vinci Code.  The courts found him innocent.  However, earlier this week I found proof that Dan Brown did plagiarize.  Dan Brown did steal the ideas he included in his book The Da Vinci Code.  However, he didn’t steal them from the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail.  He stole them from his previously published book Angels and Demons.  Anyone who has read Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code knows that they are the exact same book.

The first 30 pages of The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons are exactly the same.  The author just put the pages in reverse order in The Da Vinci Code to fool readers into thinking they are getting new material. 

The moral of The Da Vinci Code is “peace, truth, and education conquer all.”  The moral of Angels and Demons is very similar, “peace, truth, and perseverance conquers most”.

If regurgitating your previously published work does infringe on copyright laws, then Dan Brown would be in trouble, but not in as much trouble as Steve King and Tony Hillerman, both of these authors would be serving consecutive life sentences.

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