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Entries from November 2003

The One Sacred Thing

November 8th, 2003 · 3 Comments

Mark Perry says that consumers are the kings and queens of the economy. Therefore, corporations are incorrectly labeled as “greedy” when, in fact, it is the consumers who are greedy because they won’t willingly part with larger percentages of their meager take-home pay.

This article explores the logic of that premise. I expose the faultiness of this view by a discussion of the differences between CORPORATE choices and CONSUMER choices and the information available to consumers when they make the choices that they ARE responsible for making.

This article was inspired by Abi, over at Evilrooster Crows, and her question “Is nothing sacred?” Answer: Yes, Abi, there is one sacred thing: Corporate Greed. (You can find Evilrooster Crows at http://www.sunpig.com/abi/.)

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Tags: Corporations

Preface to a Reading

November 7th, 2003 · No Comments

No, no. I haven’t gone in for spiritualism, although I admit to an unexplainable weakness for The Charmed Ones.

The reading I allude to with the title of this post is the one I’m just starting of Lawrence Lessig’s book, The Future of Ideas.

I expect this to be a particularly interesting read, especially in light of Microsoft’s internal discussions earlier this year regarding the potential legal issues involving blogging employees.

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Tags: Intellectual Property

Jessica Lynch: “It’s Wrong.”

November 7th, 2003 · No Comments

Jessica Lynch is apparently not too happy about being used by the Bush Administration: [T]the 20-year-old private told ABC’s Diane Sawyer there was no reason for her rescue to be filmed. “They used me as a way to symbolize all this stuff,” Lynch told Sawyer in a “Primetime” interview to air Tuesday. “It’s wrong.” – […]

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Tags: Wag the Dog

They Thought We Only Wanted Oil

November 7th, 2003 · No Comments

This is another one of those borderline posts that you might not want to read if you’re easily offended. All I really have time to say about it is: “You lost what?” Any more special thanks to Bob Marcotte for bringing stories to my attention and I’ll have to make him a co-author on this […]

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Tags: Offbeat & Odd Things

Ketu-BAH!

November 6th, 2003 · No Comments

The story is about an Israeli lawyer who tried to place his wife “under no pressure whatsoever” to have sex with him twice daily…by suing her.

I think the court did him a favor by ruling the petition was not receivable. Here in Clovis, a contract for sex would be a) unenforceable as against public policy and b) probably get you charged with pandering or pimping.

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Tags: Offbeat & Odd Things

Ramping Up for More War?

November 5th, 2003 · No Comments

Is the Bush administration quietly preparing to ramp up for more war? Books On This Topic

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Tags: Oil & The Presidency

The Invisible Economic Recovery

November 5th, 2003 · No Comments

Rowan writes about the very thing that’s really been bugging me about the Bush administration — even more than the bottomless pit of money that is the oil war — his claims about the economic recovery supposedly being experienced by the United States. He quotes a New York Times story which notes, Nearly 3.8 million […]

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Tags: Economy

The United Serfs of America

November 5th, 2003 · 2 Comments

Corporate scandals still reign. And people still believe that the party which conspires to turn them into serfs is good for them. Thank goodness my wife and I have no kids. Yours will be paying for a loooooong time. And all that just so you can have a better life.

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Tags: The Decline of America

Blog Slime

November 4th, 2003 · No Comments

Well, a decision soon needs to be made: I either install software and start the ever-escalating fight against blogscum (blog spammers) or else I just turn off commenting abilities altogether. Perhaps it won’t be so bad to shut down, since there don’t seem to be many comments anyway — some days, the spam I have […]

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Tags: Blogs & Blogging

Copyrights & Wrongs

November 3rd, 2003 · No Comments

Martin Sutherland writes about his reaction to news of a lawsuit by one of his favorite authors against a gaming company: Activision. There are a number of interesting issues embedded in his comments.

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Tags: Intellectual Property