Morning Links

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
  • Obama: “Under my administration, the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over.” Not really. Science will merely be beholden to a new ideology.
  • Criminals dressed as cops raid a private poker game.
  • Union officials may have intimidated, called the police on a political operative legally videotaping a public event.
  • Cocaine prices falling; drug is pure as ever.
  • Will the Kindle be the death of literary snobbery? If it takes off, it’ll certainly reveal just how few people who buy the classics actually read them.
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  • 60 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Jon H | 

      “Working on a dissertation and having a table piled high with books with little hand-written flags sticking out from every possible angle,”

      Try doing that on a subway. If the texts you work with are available in electronic format (science papers, for example) you can upload them, and add notes as you read on your commute. When you get home, you can plug in your kindle and your notes are in a plain text file that you can copy to your computer.

      I’m afraid the smelling-the-books thing is overridden, for me, by the ‘oh god I need to pack and move the bastards again’ thing, as well as the knowledge that I rarely open my old books anyway. I only have about 500, but that’s too many. I’ve started selling old books on Amazon.

    2. #2 |  Jon H | 

      Incidentally, despite the recent hubub about Amazon turning off the ‘text-to-speech’ feature on the Kindle2, and Amazon’s compromise of leaving it up to the publisher, I have yet to encounter a book that doesn’t allow itself to be read that way.

      One thing I wish the kindle had is a little page-turning remote, so i could prop it up next to my computer for use as a reference text, and I could turn pages without fiddling with the device or being stuck with the text-to-speech reading pace.

    3. #3 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #45 seeker6079

      We have two conflicting stories. Both, on the limited evidence are equally probable.Choosing one version of the other is a variant on Orwell’s point that one believes atrocity stories solely on whether or not the impugned party is one which one supports politically.

      I don’t support either side. I just think it’s more plausible that the mob harassed the guy than vice versa.

    4. #4 |  Bronwyn | 

      Great idea, Jon H.

      Now if only reason would hurry up and send my Kindle 2 to me…


    5. #5 |  omar | 

      I’m amazed we tolerate the unions’ new demands on card check in polite society.

      Standard libertarian disclaimers aside…what American would stand up and say “the secret ballot is bad and we should do away with it “? Don’t we learn how sacred and American the secret ballot is in first grade? How is this a socially acceptable thing to attempt to push? Is’t the ONLY reason for this move to intimidate folks into voting with the group? I can’t think of a single other reason, reality based or rhetorically based, why someone would oppose this.

      Can you imagine if this was the idea of management? If Walmart said “ok, we will let you vote on unions but you have to submit your vote with your name on it to management before.” No fucking way! We would have protests outside headquarters and boycots. And rightfully so!

      I would have thought most people would look at this agenda like they do overt racism…not something you can say out loud and still be treated with respect in polite society.

    6. #6 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      I’m trying to embrace the times we live in and the way the majority of Americans think, so I am against the Kindle. Primarily because the Kindle will decrease the amount of paper and printing if widely adopted. You have to think of the hard working Americans (and their children) earning their living cutting down those trees. Instead of 1,000 trees, with Kindle the demand may be for only 100! The hardworking truckers (and their children) won’t have jobs transporting those trees, either.

      Let’s not forget the hard working Americans (and their children) in the printing industry. They will have far fewer books to print and that means fewer jobs…it is ECO 101!

      All those hard working American jobs gone because of the Kindle and your desire to carry something light on your trip. With those jobs gone the tax base will decrease and the children will suffer tremendous. Again, ECO 101.

      Most of these Kindles are probably made in China!

    7. #7 |  Bronwyn | 

      Wow, Boyd. I didn’t think it was possible, but you just pegged out my sarcasmometer!

    8. #8 |  Buck | 

      Just have to say that the Kindle is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Light as a feather. Easy to carry around. I rank it right up there with the IPOD. If you like music you need an IPOD. If you like to read you need a Kindle.

      It is true. There will always be regular books. But going forward I will own as few as I possibly can.

    9. #9 |  Andrew | 

      Intimidation is the union way. Just like card check. Just like absentee voting in the workplace. Just like union canvassing of nursing homes. Just like strikes. It’s all about intimidation and threats and thuggery by union goons.

    10. #10 |  nic | 

      “MADD’s top priority during Hurley’s stint as CEO was to get state legislatures to pass laws mandating ignition interlock devices in the cars of all first-time DWI offenders. The device requires you to blow into a tube before starting your car, then blow again at set intervals as you’re driving (which, come to think of it, doesn’t really seem all that safe).”

      Where do they find these nutbags? Can’t the government hire any competent people? Seriously, this guy wants be to blow into a tube while I’m driving? And then what, shut my car off in the middle of the highway? Automatically relay a “tweet” to the Po-lice? Call my mommy if I’m under 18? And now Obama wan’t him in charge of our highways? Mad indeed.