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Monday, July 28, 2021

I guess it follows that, if the powers that be are so steadfastly against gay marriage, they’d be just as opposed to gay divorce:

A judge in Family Court, where divorces are handled, asked the Rhode Island Supreme Court for a ruling on whether his court had jurisdiction, given that Rhode Island doesn’t recognize gay marriage. The state Supreme Court decided that the women weren’t legally married in the eyes of the state and therefore couldn’t get divorced.

[Margaret] Chambers then tried filing for divorce in the state’s Superior Court, but last month a judge there ruled that the court had no jurisdiction over marriage dissolutions. A Massachusetts divorce isn’t an option because only residents who have lived in the state for a year can file there.

“They’ve given us no choice but to be married forever,” said [Cassandra] Ormiston. “Their worst nightmare.”

It’s actually not “their worst nightmare” — it perfectly follows the lack of acknowledgment for homosexual unions. If you’re not recognized as married in the first place, then you certainly can’t follow on to divorce.

Still, there is some irony in not letting gay people at self-repudiate the sacred institution. An absurd situation all around.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/28/2008 10:46:34 PM
Category: Politics, Society
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owns nothing, periodNapster, that original bad-boy of the music file-sharing realm, finds that it’s tough sledding trying to reposition itself as a legitimate online music store.

And it all has to do with its turn-of-the-century reputation preceding it:

“When you tell people they should get Napster, they say, ‘What are you trying to do? Get me arrested?’” fumes Thomas Sailors, 49, manager of personal investment holding company Cloverdale Investments, who is running for a [takeover-attempt] board seat with [fellow Napster shareholder Kavan] Singh. “That tells me management is doing a poor job of communicating what this company does.”

That anecdote is very telling, because it indicates that, even some six years after Napster was relaunched, it still hasn’t shaken off it’s original claim to fame.

For most folks, the word “Napster” is still a keyword for “free downloads”, and the public seems to be stubbornly holding onto that mindshare — even though it’s effectively ancient history in Internet terms (a whole new crop of kids have come of age since Napster’s birth). It’s puzzling; I thought at one point that Napster could successfully transition its brand to a pay-for model; but for whatever reason, it hasn’t worked.

Sailors blames a lack of effective marketing for the persistent mindshare. Certainly, aggressive and persuasive campaigns could get the message out, and I certainly haven’t seen much of that coming out of Napster. But frankly, when you’re talking about online music sales, if you’re not iTunes, it’s a tough road.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/28/2008 01:19:03 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Business, Internet
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