Your AMD CPU & ATI Videocard Purchase Supported Terrorism
Hector Ruiz, the former CEO and chairman of AMD has been accused of insider trading in conjunction with the now-closed Raj Rajaratnam Galleon hedge fund which supported terrorism.
It's considered impolite to gloat, but please allow me a little latitude just this once. When I first started attacking Hector Ruiz in:
I was attacked by commenters as being a rabid Intel fanboi, and was even accused of being on Paul Otellini's payroll (to which I reply, I wish)! However, as time goes on, Uncle Hal is vindicated once again. I was absolutely right in calling Hector Ruiz a rat (and a few other choice nomenclatures) and now he is embroiled in a multi billion dollar insider trading scheme which funneled huge sums of money directly to terrorists... which was used to purchase arms which killed thousands of innocent civilians.
Nice guy, huh? Makes you proud to have an AMD processor or ATI video card now, doesn't it? You now know that a little bit of the money you spent on those products ended up purchasing a bullet which was shot through an infant's head. How does that make you feel?
In our hypocritical society, it is considered distasteful to buy products from companies which do not have sterling ecological reputations or who manufacture in countries with low wages and meagre worker benefits... but is it okay to buy AMD and ATI products where a chunk of the proceeds went to placing landmines on the roads to elementary schools?
I've never met Ruiz, nor do I ever care to. As an observer of the computer business, Ruiz's actions always spoke to me directly as being those of a lurid bottom dweller who was lower than whale dreck. Ruiz lied as a matter of course, and when he was caught in his lies, he would just make up more lies. Ruiz has always been rotten to the core and now finally there is empirical evidence that he engaged in the most unspeakable of greed-driven felonies on two levels: Insider trading is the most despicable of all executive crimes; and providing money to terrorists to kill innocents is likely the most despicable of all human crimes.
Lock him up, throw away the key: Make an example of Ruiz to all other executives that there are limits in the boardroom as well as in human decency, and he transgressed all of them.
It's interesting to note that there seems to be a pattern here. Uncle Hal writes one of his The Emperor Has No Clothes Hubs; Hal gets mercilessly vilified by commenters as to how he could be such a vicious imbecile; Hal stands his ground and never gives in; time passes and Hal is proven right: Then all the commenters who rushed to their keyboards to lambaste Hal run away and hide with their tails between their legs.
When I first started attacking Barack Hussein Obama shortly after his election as a socialist, communist and Marxist, I was almost universally derided. Just a few months later, over one hundred million Americans have been convinced that my claims were accurate all along and more are joining the bandwagon each and every day. When I first started attacking Seth MacFarlane over his merciless scathology and enthusiastic promotion of depravity, cruelty, and violence, Family Guy fans from all over the world did everything but issue a fatwa against me. Just yesterday Microsoft pulled its sponsorship from the Fox show for all the reasons I listed.
Yes, a pattern seems to have arisen here. Therefore, gentle reader, the next time you read one of Uncle Hal's hubs where he takes a position you consider untenable or outrageous, kindly consider his track record. Chances are that he is right, you are wrong, and slamming him is just going to make you look like a fool a few months down the road. If you don't believe that, I have a long list of commenters I can present to you who believed fervently in their righteousness and my stupidity, and have all been proven dead wrong.
Therefore, keep in mind the primary rules:
Rule #1: Uncle Hal is always right.
Rule #2: If Uncle Hal should be wrong, refer to Rule #1
Now... who shall I smack down next... let's see...