Yep, it looks like the Ruby Shades are long gone. That's how the world of fashion goes, I suppose. 2000 gold to 5 copper to nobody even wants to make them anymore. If you want these retro specs, you'll need to hit the auction house and hope someone is trying to unload their old and outdated clothing.
What is the whole problem between Booty Bay and the Goblins and the Bloodsail Buccaneers? I don't get it.
It's a pirate war! Two groups of pirates can never get along very well, you know. Any treaties or truces will only last as long as it's convenient. It's as simple as Booty Bay cutting into Bloodsail profits and vice versa. That's really all there is to it.
Hey uh, so not to ask awkward questions, but why are the scourge still invading us? I had a handle on it when they were being controlled by the Burning Legion, but why would Arthas/Ner'zhul have an interest in eradicating all humans/orcs?
There's a lot of flavor text in the game that suggests the Scourge truly believes 'life in undeath' is better than regular ol' life. Roll up a Death Knight and read the books and signs scattered throughout Acherus during the newbie quests. There are some texts by Kel'thuzad and other Scourge figures that describe undeath as some sort of utopia. There are no racial barriers, there's no concept of social status, no worrying about how you look or how grand your possessions are. You just (un)live, and that's all.
It's pretty likely that Ner'zhul just wants a tool against the Burning Legion so he can get his revenge, but there are a lot of Scourge figures that actually seem to like the idea of unity in death.
I've been 80 now for a couple weeks on my DK but don't have the time to raid, let alone gear up for heroics just quite yet. So, to get my daily dose of WoW - I've resorted back to leveling alts. With my main as a DK I am able to maintain a good chunk of change, should I fess up and get a flying mount or spread the wealth and get my 60+ alts the 100% riding skill? In the end I guess its just in-game money, but seeing other chars with netherwings etc, seems pretty fun and a great way to see new content.
Personally, I love my flying mount. I don't think I would enjoy parts of the game nearly as much without it. It lets you move around the world so much faster, and opens up content you otherwise couldn't do, like the Netherwing Ledge as you mentioned there. There's a ton of cool mounts too. If you're that sort of player, collecting them can be a fun little thing.
Alts are fun and all, but I personally cannot imagine not having at least one character with flight or epic flight. It's a huge deal for me.