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Archive for July 20th, 2009

Monday Book Pick: Space: The Free-Market Frontier

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Space: The Free-Market Frontier by Edward L. Hudgins

The way to make space travel work is let the free market do it. It’s the way God and Robert Heinlein intended it to be.

The Monday Book Pick Archive.

Update on Obama’s War on Inspector Generals

Monday, July 20th, 2009

As I’ve wrote about before, Our Dear Leader has a disturbing pattern of firing Inspector Generals, the people who are charged with uncovering corruption and waste of tax payer money.

Byron York reports that Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who dared to uncover corruption by Obama political appointees and friends of Empress Michelle, is suing the federal government for an “unlawful” firing.

The Obama administration’s case was incredibly feeble and libelous to begin with. This will be an interesting case to watch.

The Biden Effect

Monday, July 20th, 2009

We all know what the “Gore Effect” is. Whenever ManBearPig goes to speak about “Global Warming”, the temperature plummets.

Now we have the Biden Effect. ever our Dear Leader‘s Vice-President shows up to lie to the American People about how well the democrat‘s Porkulus bill is doing, unemployment shoots up in that area.

The Kindle “Creep Factor”

Monday, July 20th, 2009

As I’ve noted before, it is my theory that Amazon does not actual sell e-books on it’s Kindle device, it leases the book to the reader.

Another point of evidence to support that theory has just come out. According to this New York Times story, Amazon can delete e-books off your Kindle, that you have “purchased” from them, without your knowledge or consent.

One of the books removed, George Orwell’s “1984

Update: Keep in mind that Amazon was the first company to grab a noticable portion of Apple’s iTunes digital formated music business by offering MP3 files without copy protection. Amazon is using it’s dominate position in the online bookselling business to force an ugly “DRM” scheme on its customers that assumes that they are thieves.

Amazon, and publishing companies, need to recognize that they make most of their money off avid readers who are willing to spend money to support their favorite authors. Their fear driven reaction to the fear mongering of the RIAA is pushing them toward a business model that is hostile toward their best customers. They would better serve their customers, and their stockholders, by working with the customer instead of treating them like criminals.