Friday, October 24, 2014

"ebola.com"

Body bags and money bags both.

Far be it from me, to suggest making money via the internet either through advertisement spots here, or by offering up some service or product ( Local Malcontent T-shirts now 25% off, @ $12.59, and LMC coffee mugs are an unbeatable value @ $5.99 ).

But being a conservative capitalist, I absolutely do not condemn the practice either.
It's just, well hell, it's the deadly ebola virus and the fear of, for cryin' out loud!

Lovingly lifted from CNBC.com, OCTOBER 9, 2014:
  • Searching for Ebola news? You may land on Ebola.com.
  • Turns out it's for sale and the guy who owns it is hoping a pharmaceutical co, to buy it off him.
  • It's not unusual for big pharmaceutical companies to hold domains for major diseases on the Internet. For example, the Cancer.com and Obesity.com domains are held by Johnson & Johnson, Diabetes.com is held by an affiliate of GlaxoSmithKline, and Arthritis.com by Pfizer.
  • But who would want to own the domain name Ebola.com?
  • We've had many inquiries on the domain over the years," according to Jon Schultz, president of Nevada-based Blue String Ventures and the owner of the Ebola.com domain. 
  • Schultz bought Ebola.com in 2008 for an undisclosed sum.
  • The current asking price for Ebola.com: $150,000. However, Schultz said the domain's price "is subject to change as the situation evolves."
  • He added: "$150,000 is not a tremendous amount for a premium domain.
  • It's conceivable, of course, that the life science companies are worried that buying the Ebola.com domain might give a perception of trying to profit from the deadly outbreak. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 3,800 people have died from the virus.
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... so very long ago, October 9th, 2014. 
Now, there's this sudden news about "ebola.com" 
from International Business Times dot com:

  • >$200,000 American.
  • Investors with close ties to a company run by a former New Mexico governor that promotes legalized marijuana have acquired the URL Ebola.com for more than $200,000, the International Business Times has learned. The group plans to launch a site dedicated to news and information about the dreaded virus in about two weeks.
  • “It’s going to be like a Drudge Report for Ebola,” Eric Miller, CEO of Weed Growth Fund Inc., said in an interview. “It will bring all the information about Ebola together in one place.”
  • The site will also carry advertising “at standard CPMs" (cost per mille, or 1000 impressions), said Miller, an investment broker and former vice president of Millionaire Magazine.
  • An SEC filing shows that Weed Growth Fund, of Scottsdale, Arizona, acquired the rights to Ebola.com from Blue String Ventures Inc. on Monday. The sale price was $50,000, plus 19,192 shares of Cannabis Sativa Inc., in which Weed Growth Fund is a majority investor.
  • That works out to roughly $214,000 in total, based on current share price of Cannabis Sativa (OTCBb:CBDS) of $8.55.
  • Miller said that’s a fair price to pay for the Ebola.com URL given the worldwide interest in the virus.
  • According to its website, Cannabis Sativa “has global ambitions. We believe cannabis is destined to become the next gold rush and we’re prepared to shape its future in a legal environment.”
  • Cannabis Sativa’s CEO is Gary Johnson, Republican governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003. He also was the Libertarian Party candidate for president in 2012.
  • Asked if the investment would still be worth it if the outbreak is eventually contained, Miller said, “That’s the best thing that could happen.” 

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