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Selling is Not an Option for FreedomPop

The data based mobile network, FreedomPop has finally announced it will continue to invest in new technology and network areas in a bid to create a company worth three to four times its current valuation. Recode reports FreedomPop’s founder and CEO had originally looked to sell the company, but was inspired by TV show Silicon Valley to remain independent and seek out new areas of funding. CEO Stephen Stokols has always admitted there was a strong chance the startup could be sold, but eventually decided the current offers were lower than anticipated and could be improved upon with some investment.

FreedomPop has grown to become a major force in the technology sector with one million customers taking advantage of free data packages, which limit use and create charges when data limits are exceeded. Around $30 million has been sourced in funding from a European venture capital company, which coincides with FreedomPop’s move into the European mobile networks field. Numerous bids for the startup have been received and rebuffed by Stokols, who stated a major retailer will soon be stocking FreedomPop hardware in store to help grow the brand. Alongside the growth of the company on an international level, Stokols believes a major partnership with a hardware provider will see FreedomPop increase its value from a reported $250 million to closer to $1 billion.

Read the full article on FreedomPop at Recode.com

A Sit-Down And Discussion With The ALF’s Keith Mann

Keith Mann is a high-profile ALF (Animal Liberation Front) representative with an interesting background. He is a well-spoken, mild-mannered Aussie that is passionate about his involvement in one of the most controversial international animal rights organizations. Much of the controversy surrounds the ALF’s tactics used in furthering their cause. To be concise, their tactics are usually threatening and destructive to business property. This YouTube personal profile of Keith Mann does not discuss the ALF’s actions. It is only a testimony by Mann that explains his involvement with the ALF.

The Pursuit Of Moral Behavior

Keith Mann is very vocal and logical when explaining why he is active in the ALF. He is mainly concerned with stopping cruel and violent treatment toward both domestic animals, and those entering the food markets. It is obvious that he believes animals possess a spirit that is far above mainstream considerations for non-human creatures.

In this YouTube video journal as well as his Twitter, he does not try to persuade the viewer into adopting attitudes that reflect his. He only states examples of status-quo market behaviors that lead to the unnecessary suffering of animals. Many of these actions go unseen. In his book From Dusk Til Dawn he states that morally sufficient treatment of animals, he believes, requires the efforts of dedicated individuals like himself, to change certain aspects of industry, economy, and food law. He also believes that is it morally acceptable to use extreme measures, without causing harm to any living thing, in order to bring about change in peoples’ attitudes toward animals.

Childhood Memories To Inspire

Keith Mann is very open about anecdotes during his impressionable years, which caused him to take-up the ALF flag. They are all centered on common animal treatment practices found in his native Australia.

The first example Keith cites, is his discovery of a makeshift meat processing “barn” in his neighborhood. One of his neighbors bred cattle voraciously for veal meat and the extraction of milk from heifers. Large numbers of the herds were mutilated and processed in a filthy barn, and sold to local markets. He noticed no attention was paid to the health of the cattle, only that they were slaughtered in sub-standard conditions for profit.

Another attitude-building event in Keith’s life was the rescue of an orphaned rabbit. He raised the rabbit and grew fond of its unique personality. He concluded that all creatures have an individual spirit which begs for humane treatment. This rabbit became the inspiration and face of one of the ALF’s most recognizable mascots.

This YouTube video eschews the politics and controversies behind the ALF’s worldwide actions. It is simply an explanation by Keith Mann regarding his calling in life.