It is funny how a small communist country, like North Korea, can bring an American entertainment conglomerate to its knees. Seems like the mighty Sony Pictures is not so mighty after all when hackers allegedly affiliated with North Korea hacked the company’s database.

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So much for free speech. As much as Hollywood tries to put on this big front of free speech for all, it is a small act of computer hackers that brings it all tumbling down. Try picturing nerdy Pointdexter (North Korea) from Revenge of the Nerds bitch slapping Brad Pitt (Sony Pictures) and Pitt’s reaction is to run away and cry for his mommy. Yes, it is kind of like that. No offense to Brad Pitt but I am trying to make a comparison that people can imagine. Come on, Brad Pitt was voted Sexiest Man Alive a few times. Don’t know if the same can be said about Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Anyway, it is a shame that American audiences will not be allowed to see a movie which is a spoof of the North Korean leadership. If anything this will only embolden other hackers of trying to mess with the United States online.

What we are witnessing is the next line of warfare: Cyber Wars. These battles will not be raged on the ground but in the cyber sphere. Where there will be no physical deaths but leaks of personal information which can at times be just as damaging. Perhaps, there were many internal emails and memos floating around the Sony database which were not meant for public viewing. Or Sony employees naively saving passwords or other personal info on the computers.

Sadly, the damage is done and Sony blinked. Round 1 goes to the hackers. Let’s see what happens in Round 2.

Lee Durocher:

Not a bad contract considering that he has pitched only average over the last two seasons for three different teams. Though, he did end up with two World Series rings! Not bad for average.

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The Hot Stove sleeps for no one. Not even you California people who won’t read this until it has been up for three hours. And you are the ones who will care about the most as it concerns your Giants who, Ken Rosenthal reports, have signed Jake Peavy to a two-year, $24 million deal.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Peavy will make $7 million in 2015 and $13 million in 2016. He also gets a $4 million signing bonus and — this is key for a guy who has moved around like Peavy in the past could of years — a full no trade clause.

Peavy was 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts with Boston, then got traded to San Francisco and pulled off a 6-4 record with a 2.17 ERA in 12 starts for the Giants. He had a bad postseason, however, going 1-2 with a 6.19…

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Well, it seems that Microsoft is being challenged by Facebook on a certain level. Facebook just dumped Microsoft’s Bing as its go-to search engine. Facebook will focus on its own search engine.

This does not seem like such a surprise seeing how so many are obsessed with Facebook. So, why not come up with its own search engine?

Don’t feel bad for Microsoft though, they still own a 1% stake in Facebook. It may not seem like a lot but consider Facebook’s net worth of $211 billion!

Yes, Microsoft should not be crying too much.

Mark Zuckerberg seems to be overtaking Bill Gates as the face of modern tech. Not bad for a couple of Harvard drop outs.

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Lee Durocher:

I recently read a book of inspirational quotes from John Wooden. The title of which is “Life Wisdom from Coach Wooden”. Really cool stuff, inspirational for anyone whether they be a sports fan or not. It is not difficult to see why Coach Wooden was so successful.

“This is my life’s most defining maxim: Success is peace of mind as a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming – in all areas of life.”
-John Wooden

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«Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.»

– John Wooden Charisma quotes are sponsored by – you dream it we built it … because – “anything is possible with Charisma”

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Florida State keeps on a going despite all of its off-field issues involving its players. The school has a weekly call-in show where not a peep is mentioned of the misbehavior of FSU players. It is amazing how some are willing to ignore bad behavior.

In all fairness, what Florida State has done on the field has been impressive. They are the defending National Champions and currently enjoy a 10-0 record. Yet, this should not excuse the bad behavior because like it or not these guys are still role models for children (especially in a football-mad state like Florida). Would any parent want their sons to be involved in sexual misconduct or domestic violence or any other type of criminal mischief?

It all comes down to priorities and sadly it seems that having a college football powerhouse is more important than anything else. Sad.

Lee Durocher:

About time MLB All-Stars start to show some life. Samurai Japan has been dominating so far.

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Watch as Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau goes deep to give the MLB All-Stars a 4-1 lead over Samurai Japan on Sunday night at the Tokyo Dome …

That helped the MLB team to roll to a 6-1 victory, avenging Saturday night’s no-hit defeat.

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Good article on living a full life. The ten steps are really enlightening and definitely worth giving a try. Here’s to a fuller, happier life.