Does Monster Energy Drink Hate America?

Would you believe me if I told you Monster Energy drink hates America?

I know it would be hard to imagine that an American company that has made its way to the top of the capitalist system by working hard and trying to provide a product people want to buy would decide that they no longer want the same entrepreneurial system that gave them their chance to be available to everyone else but it seems that may be the case with the corporate giant that owns and produces the monster energy drink products.

I know this seems hard to even imagine. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it even as I'm typing this but, like it or not, it sure does look like the Monster Energy drink people are doing their dead level best to push a small mom and pop company out of business. The really crazy thing is, and this is the part that makes me truly wonder if Monster Energy Drink hates America, the little mom and pop company they are trying to squash is not a competitor. They are a tiny little brewery that make BEER.

I know, that's what I thought. Beer is the opposite of an energy drink. First of all, it actually tastes good. I mean, do you ever sit down in front of the TV on Sunday afternoon to watch the game and ask your significant other to bring you a Monster Energy drink? Of course not, unless you are really weird, you ask for a beer. As a matter of fact, I don't know anyone who drinks any kind of energy drink for the taste because the honest truth is, they all suck.

Monster Energy Drink Sucks!

Of course, that's just my opinion but that's what I think. And I don't mean just their taste, which really is bad, but their business practices make me want to puke too. As a matter of fact, I think Monster Energy Drink sucks so bad that I wanted to bring this to your attention and take the time to publicly thank Allyn Hane from Blogger Illustrated for bringing it to my attention so I could bring it to yours. If you haven't been introduced to Allyn's work you should check him out he is really into video blogging and is quickly perfecting the art. As a matter of fact, I've decided to add his site to my sidebar blogroll. Check him out. By the way, some of his stuff may not be safe for work so turn the sound down a bit ;)

Video Gamer Confessions

OK, It's time to admit something to you guys;




I'm a gamer.

No, I mean a GAMER. I love it. I can spend literally hours and hours with a wireless controller in my hand. I sometimes even forget to eat for two days when I'm really into a new game.

I know, it really is pathetic. Now, I'm not asking for any kind of sympathy from you guys. I'm just trying to explain why I don't have time to hang out around here as much as I used to. I'm also writing to explain why I may not be around much for a few months because there is something all gamers know; this is game season. All of this years games have been coming out over the last month or two and over the next month the rest will be coming out.

The funny thing is, my preference is for the sports games instead of the first person shooters. (Although those are pretty cool when I'm in the right mood) I like Tiger Woods golf OK, but I really have come to be absolutely addicted to FIFA Soccer and NHL Hockey. The crazy thing is that I absolutely hate to watch both soccer and hockey. What's up with that? I love to watch football and love to play baseball but don't particularly care to play any of those sports games. Crazy, right? I know.

And those of you have been around here reading this drivell for a long time, you are well aware that I can't possibly be expected to play my video games without using some of those sneaky and fun little cheat codes. The problem with using game cheats is that once you get used to using them you don't want to ever play a game without them.

So, anyway, I knew some of you guys were probably gamers too and may have been looking around for some cool game cheat sites. If you are like me, you have found that most of the game cheat sites out there are just a bunch of garbage that looks like nothing but ads for you to click on instead of any real content. That's why I wanted to bring a couple of sites to your attention so you don't have to wade through the junk to find the good stuff.

So, here you go. If you like soccer (or maybe if you don't) go check out FIFA 10 Cheats. They have information for several gaming platforms including a few downloadable PC cheats. If hockey is more up your alley then you might want want to click over to NHL 2K10 Cheats and check out what they have to offer. Of course, if you prefer the EA Sports variety of hockey then you would want to check out NHL 10 Cheats. Both of these hockey cheat sites have pretty much the standard cheat code fare of achievements, trophies, cheats, etc. but they seem to just be presented in a friendlier format that doesn't seem to be trying to cram an advertisement down your throat.

I just wanted to poke my head in and let you guys know about those sites so you wouldn't have to go through all of the hassles I have wading through the junk sites out there to find them. Hope it helps. Now, if you will excuse me, I need to grab a sandwich, use the bathroom and crawl up in my bean bag chair for a few hours of intense video game immersion.

Keyword Elite 2.0 Reviews?

Have you been getting bombarded with all of the spam email garbage telling you how wonderful Keyword Elite 2.0 is? I know I have and I'm getting sick of it.

Here we go again with some "guru" releasing some new "make money on the internet" product that is supposed to show all of us budding moguls all of the secret tricks and back doors that the "big boys" use to make their fortune online.

I mean, doesn't it always seem to be all of the same usual suspects that are trying to palm this crap off on us? You know the group Filsame (sp?), Katzenwhozit (The idiot that bought, and, of course, the horses mouth himself, Brad Callen. (Nope, no links here for these guys.)

So, anyway, I do make a bit of money online by using SEO and backlinks to gain natural search results to my sites. For this reason I was initially interested in finding out some real information about this new product, so I whipped out my trusty Google search bar and typed in Keyword Elite 2.0 Review only to find the entire first page covered up with the same old garbage of fake reviews that are full of affiliate links and sales pitch from someone who hasn't even tried version one of Keyword Elite, much less the new and improved version 2.0 of the awesome, money making, software suite.

I would love to hear from someone who actually has tried the product. Preferably someone who is not an affiliate for it. I have to be honest though, everything I have heard or read about it so far in the sales pitches sounds like total BS designed to trick noobs into thinking they are going to take over the internet and secretly make a fortune.

There is one question I always ask myself when I am evaluating a product that is supposed to help me make money online; Why is this person selling this?

The answer is simple; because they can make more money selling it than actually using it.

If they actually held the keys to Make Money Online success, why wouldn't they be sitting back, quietly becoming the next Warren Buffett or Bill Gates and just let you spend all of your money and get out of the game?

That's right, because the shiny keys to success that they are trying to get you to lay out your hard earned for are a complete bullshit scam that will not make you any money but will actually cost you a lot more in the long run than you spent for their crap product.

Aside from all that, I really am interested in hearing from anyone who has first-hand experience using the new Keyword Elite 2.0 software. Just leave a comment on this post.

Site Build It Scam Reviews

Have you heard of Site Build It, or SBI for short?

I vaguely remember hearing someone talking about it about a year ago in a private forum I was on. Basically the conversation was about how this person didn't recommend it because it was so expensive and was really geared toward absolute beginners that didn't know anything at all about web sites or having any kind of internet presence, much less how to make money online. Basically this person was just advising the other person to not get involved.

That was really the last I heard about the subject for the longest time, until recently. It seems that maybe there are more and more less than enthusiastic former members of the $300 per site, per year club. (Yeah, that's what I thought too when I heard it.)

Anyway, I've been hearing a few more comments around advising people to not buy in. There was also talk of an unruly mob coming swooping down with torches and pitchforks when anyone would make a negative comment about SPI in a blog post or forum thread. To be honest, I didn't care. I mean, we've dealt with the onslaught of trolls around here before. I've even written about how to use Stumble Trolls to your advantage.

Mobs of angry, slobbering trolls is just something that, while exiting the first time it happens, really just gets boring. Not to mention all of the comment moderating you have to deal with and all. Frankly, I'm just too lazy for that much effort, usually. Heh, heh.

So anyway, I have been reading this blog lately by a really smart Australian lady. Yes, she's a MMO blogger but that doesn't make her a bad person, does it? Well, she wrote a post about looking for a Site Build It Review. Essentially, she had been doing a little research online about SBI and couldn't come up with anything except a bunch of scam "reviews" that were really just affiliate sales pages. No real reviews at all. Never anything remotely negative. Now, if you have spent any time online, you know there is no such thing as a product or service that someone isn't happy about.

Stick with me here, it's just getting good :)

To put it bluntly, her post was not favorable about SPI and it did not take long for the mob to gather. I've got to tell you folks, it was surreal. These people are way more committed to this product than those tame little Stumble Trolls are. Stumble Trolls just give you a thumbs down, write how they hope you die of genital warts and then go away. They might take the time to write a rude or vulgar comment but that's about it.

These SiteBuildIt! people are different from that. They are consumed by some kind of feverish passion that, when stoked up by their leader, Dr. Somethingorother, they descend on a blog and leave 500+ word comments about how wrong the person is that wrote the original post.

Some are reasoned and maintain their composure but others are down right mean and bullying, and...pathetically naive. You could tell these weren't high schoolers in the basement like the Stumble Trolls, this was stay at home moms and retirees that had an education and time on their hands. When Doctor Watshisname put out the word on their private forum, they came running with their keyboards cocked and aimed, ready to take down this non-believer and convince them to change their ways by argument or by threat of lawsuit or worse.

Silly really, but they are too naive to understand, I guess. They don't seem to accept the concept that this is the internet and free speech is king. They don't understand that it is perfectly OK for someone to write on their blog that they think a company or product seems rather shady because you can't find anything negative about them or a real review that doesn't have affiliate links in it.

It is so glaringly obvious that they are almost all just a bunch of manipulated noobs that really don't know anything. Do you remember how it was when your mom fist got a computer and internet access? Remember how she would forward every cute picture and sad story email that she got for the first couple of months? Yeah, they're like that.

It was really hilarious though when Vic, you know Vic, he's the guy that writes that blog that tells you how to make money blogging. Anyway, Vic, who really knows his stuff, deconstructed one of these torch bearer's sites and just chewed him up showing for the world that he was all talk and didn't actually make any money. You've got to see his, SBI Noobs Are Funny, video. (Beware: Graphic language) ***Vic has posted a follow-up Site Build It Review article you shuld check out.***

So, anyway, even though I have absolutely no first hand knowledge of the Site Build It product or company, I am going to wholeheartedly recommend against anyone within the sound of my voice getting involved with this outfit in any way. These people are myopic and cultish. I've seen their, pathetically, private forum where they build themselves into a frenzy. There are no negative comments about the product allowed. For God's sake, they quote Chairman Mao about uniting together for the common good. Are you kidding me? Mao? What about Marx, or Stalin, or Lenin, or Hitler?

My opinion is, anyone with just a small amount of motivation and intelligence can easily do everything they offer for substantially less and not have to toe the party line to receive help. For that matter, if you are looking for some eye opening understanding about the internet and earning a living from it, you should check out one of the best sites I've found. A guy that goes by the handle, Grizzly, writes a fantastic MMO blog. The difference between him and the MMO bloggers you know of is, he's actually making money online.

Well, that's my assessment of the whole, Site Build It Scam Reviews subject. Of course, I could be completely wrong, go read the post and comments for yourself.

***** Follow-Up*****

Wow! Has this gotten bigger! I thought I would tale the time to come back in and give you some links to a few of the MANY related posts on the topic as well as an excellent video SiteBuild It Review. Enjoy, and if you are really considering buying into the whole SiteBuildIt! thing, take a little time and really investigate it.

When 'Site Build It' Zombies Attack - by RT Cunningham

Site Build It Review: Is SBI a Scam - by Ditto

Site Build It Review
- A Follow-Up Post by Lissie

Site Buildit Review from Allyn Paul on Vimeo.

Remember this if nothing else. Never trust any review of a product if it contains affiliate links, Period.

American Idol Is Rigged?!?

I can't believe what I've been reading. It seems to be spreading all over the internet like wildfire. Let's get real, we all probably thought at some point that the producers of American Idol might be pulling some kind of behind the scenes shenanigans to manipulate the scores and influence which contestants got to stay on the show but this is a little bit different.

The New York Daily News started all of this with this story. The story has now been picked up by American Idol fan sites like this one for Adam Lambert and this one for Danny Gokey. According to the source quoted in the news article, the producers of the show have already chosen the final four contestants and are trying to manipulate the results to control the final two.

If this is true it may deal a serious blow to the credibility of the whole American Idol system by knocking down the public perception of their votes actually influencing the outcomes of the process. Time will tell but this looks to be pretty serious to me. There have always been the rumors but this is the first time an inside staffer has actually said that the American Idol contest was rigged from the beginning.

Have You Seen the Movie Bitten?

Holy crap! Have you seen Bitten the movie? You know, the movie with Erica Cox and Jason Mewes. This thing is HOT and I mean, HOT with like four syllables. Of course I happen to think Erica Cox is one of the most sultry actors there is even though most people haven't even ever heard of her. Jason Mewes is his own Hollywood bad boy story all by himself and it shows in his eyes...

...sorry, got distracted there for a sec, or three...whatever.

Anyway, this movie, Bitten, is about a paramedic and a vampire. Yeah, he's the paramedic. Anyway, blah, blah, blah, hot movie, blah, blah, blah, Holy Crap!

That's what I'm talking about here. So, anyway, if you haven't had a chance to catch it yet you should...if you're into that kind of thing...I guess I am...yeah, anyway, go see it. If you want to see some pictures of the people I'm talking about, Erica Cox and Jason Mewes, you should check out this cool Bitten Movie fan site I found.