0Posted by Scott Michalak on October 23, 2012 at 8:39 am
Lockout? Who cares?
It’s Hockey Day in Buffalo! If you’re heading to the game, it might be a good idea to give yourself a refresher on the Amerks’ jersey numbers. Don’t leave your Hockey IQ at home.
Meanwhile, there’s this:
And don’t tell me you’ve never heard of the “In Mother Russia” jokes before. These things are old. Stick tap to Yakov Smirnoff (yes, it was that guy) for launching this fun antimetabole (what?) meme waaaay back in the 80′s.
In America, you break law.
In Soviet Russia, law breaks you!
Funny stuff for the ages. (Meanwhile, in 80′s America, we were launching the high tech Max Headroom revolution. Yikes.)
Max Headroom… some memes were meant to stay in the 80′s.
Actually, this is not the tweet of the day. This is here for comparison purposes, and also for educational purposes. Since you now have loads of time on your hands (lots and lots of sad, lonely time) not watching hockey, go ahead and look up “Godwin’s Law.” It’s an awesomely fulfilling way to kill a stupid online argument (of which there are about a billion a day). Also, you will know what it means when I cite it when you are having a stupid online argument with me.
I called him out on this whole “not nice” thing, and this is what I got in return:
I am not a self-appointed expert. I am a self-appointed Internet argument MEDIATOR Mike, get it right.
In the end, Mike and I had a nice chat about trolling (likely after he saw my follower count was higher than 200), about responding to profane tweets without playing the role of the Twitter bully (i.e. acting with professional leadership), and about how social medias can get everyone all antsy in the pantsy.
Godwin’s Law was never cited.
Where the hell was I going with this post?
Oh yea – how about that SIM account pic? That’s my first avi that I used on Twitter. Warm fuzzy memories. I was new to the Twit-game then, and shy, having to hide my emotion behind gigantic glasses. So, which Avi wins? Original Avi, or the current Windswept-Pre-NHL-Lockouts-Me?
Whatever. All of the above are tweets of the day. Everyone wins the lockout tweet of the day thingy.
I need to get the hell out of this ridiculous lockout post now.
Overpriced and painful. Make it stop, Bettman. Ha! Who am I kidding?
Price gouging is a pejorative term referring to a situation in which a seller prices goods or commodities much higher than is considered reasonable or fair. This rapid increase in prices occurs after a demand or supply shock: examples include price increases after hurricanes or other natural disasters. In precise, legal usage, it is the name of a crime that applies in some of the United States during civil emergencies. In less precise usage, it can refer either to prices obtained by practices inconsistent with a competitive free market, or to windfall profits. In the Soviet Union, it was simply included under the single definition of speculation.
The term is similar to profiteering but can be distinguished by being short-term and localized, and by a restriction to essentials such as food, clothing, shelter, medicine and equipment needed to preserve life, limb and property. In jurisdictions where there is no such crime, the term may still be used to pressure firms to refrain from such behavior.
Life or limb? No. Property? Depends on who the NHL considers its property – the players, the markets, the stadiums, the fans, or all of the above?
Right now, fans are locked out from NHL games. (Technically players are, but hey, fans paid the bills for this league and are fostering the emotional cost for it right now.)
The term is not in widespread use in mainstream economic theory, but is sometimes used to refer to practices of a coercive monopoly which raises prices above the market rate that would otherwise prevail in a competitive environment. Alternatively, it may refer to suppliers’ benefiting to excess from a short-term change in the demand curve.
Well, that’s cutting closer to the quick.
As we’ve said before, if you want this to stop (these unceasing lockouts), then stop showing up at the box office. Stop buying ten jerseys. Don’t be a tool of the system that abuses you.
As for price gouging, well, we’ll wait for the economists to weigh in (but their expertise won’t likely be called upon unless a second season is lost).
They’ll probably call it “supply and demand.” Sadly, they may be right.
How desperate are we for this one pro hockey league?