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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    1. #1 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

      The Kindle is unlikely to be the “death of anything”. While the concept of an ereader is a good idea, Amazon’s implimentation has some pretty serious flaws. The Kindle 2’s screen and font problems are just one sign of it, for example.

      In the next few years, there will be other electronic paper technologies (until recently, they all used e-ink corperation’s) hitting the market, some with the potential to be vastly cheaper – when the price drops and the mass market kicks in, then it’ll be worthwhile to look at classics sales.

    2. #2 |  Bill | 

      On the union story, it sounds to me like the guy with the camera called the police to rescue him from the union thugs.

    3. #3 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      Will Bernanke be quoting the coke prices as evidence that inflation is under control?

      Good to see the left has the same “science schmience” attitude of the right. This sure is a whole lot of energy spent having to check in with the state to get their approval.

      Are the ladies as impressed with a file list of classics on Kindle as they are with a rack of leather and paper (books)?

    4. #4 |  jet | 

      I’ll be sad when e-readers really do become ubiquitous. Tilting my head to look at the title, or trying to get a glimpse of the cover, of the book a stranger is reading is how I’ve made some of my very best friends. In fact, in 1990(ish) a friend’s boyfriend noted that I was reading Robert Heinlein. She ended up moving out of state and 2 years later, he and I married.

      I’m not sure that I’ll ever happily give up my paper books, except under duress. It’s the weight, and the smell, and the feel of the edges of the pages when you run your fingertip across them (I prefer a smooth cut), the crackle of the spine when you first open it, and the warm comfort of a book that’s been perfectly broken in to fit your hand.

      They can have my books when they pry them out of my cold, dead hands.

    5. #5 |  Marty | 

      on the poker raid, I can’t believe more raids don’t end like that… ‘”Once the door flew open, one of the SWAT MEMBERS screamed, ‘This is a WARRANT.’ One of the patrons said, ‘No, it’s not,’ and they started exchanging gunfire.”‘

      Hurley’s like any number of corrupt leaders in govt and religion- people just listen to what he says he stands for and ignore what he actually does…

      I think my we would get excited about the kindle if it was waterproof.

    6. #6 |  Kieffer | 

      I bought a Kindle, and I think it’s excellent. I can carry as many books around with me as I want, and get more almost instantly and sometimes for free.

      And after reading that article, I can now enjoy the little side benefit of not being fantasized about by creepy literary types who think they can know someone by seeing one book the person is reading.

    7. #7 |  pris | 

      LOL- I have a kindle2 and love it- I carry it everywhere and for jet- it attracts a great deal of attention. Other kindle readers want to know what I am reading and how is it that I am able to receive and send email on it. I read more and many of the classics are free. I still read from regular books, but I love reading from the kindle- don’t get left behind folks….

    8. #8 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Vaguely (very) related to the item about Kindle, I noticed a story on about a resurgence in sales of Atlas Shrugged. I find that as encouraging as coming across one other person who agrees with me about free markets at a party with hundreds of other guests who, once they find out my views, leave an empty spot around me like the vacant perimeter around a speck of penicillum in a germ culture.

      And that’s exactly how I feel about them as well.

      Atlas Shrugged story

    9. #9 |  Mattocracy | 

      I’ve noticed that science usually stands in opposition to oppressive, conservative social controls…and yet, science is used by liberals to sanctify their oppressive social controls. We’re kind of screwed either way.

      I also think unions are good case study for “Atlas Shrugged” in action. They are like little taxing governments that kill their golden goose, use the same violent tactics of police to get their way, and refuse to accept responsibility for it when it all comes crashing down.

    10. #10 |  tim | 

      Books are dead. I am really amazed at the nostalgia people feel for them. They cost a lot to ship, cost a lot to make, most of them get sent back from stores anyways, and are bulky. Its the content not the medium that allows you to view that content that matters.

      I love my Kindle. Unfortunately the TSA considers it a laptop to take out of the bag now (at least in two airports) or it has to be “turned off” during landing (I just close the cover and wait until the flight attendant passes).

    11. #11 |  J sub D | 

      Cocaine is as cheap as ever, according to a new analysis of government data by a Washington, D.C. think tank.

      We can expect some ONDCP toady to come along any minute to explain how, like the cartel violence in northern Mexico, this shows that we’re winning the war on drugs.

    12. #12 |  J sub D | 

      Books are dead. I am really amazed at the nostalgia people feel for them.

      Oh yeah. Just as the internet killed television, which killed the movies, which previously caused the demise of live theater, the Kindle has killed bound books.

      Kinda like how recorded music has made live musical performances obsolete.

    13. #13 |  William | 

      I’ll never give up my hardy copy books because I can’t imagine a situation in which the Kindle (or something like it) will do the same kinds of jobs. Working on a dissertation and having a table piled high with books with little hand-written flags sticking out from every possible angle, jutting a hand out and popping a book open to just the right spot, standing in front of a shelf and having the experience of history that comes with remembering how you came to acquire them and what was happening in your life, the smell of old paper, the feel of old leather, the experience of finding something you didn’t know even existed tucked away for a few dollars on a dusty shelf in a used book store. Ultimately something like the kindle is a utilitarian device, it stores a massive amount of information and allows you to access it anywhere at any time. Its impressively convenient, sure, but it is an engineer’s solution to an artist’s problem.

    14. #14 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #2 Bill

      On the union story, it sounds to me like the guy with the camera called the police to rescue him from the union thugs.

      That was my take as well. All through the article I was thinking the guy probably had the entire thing on video until they said at the end that hey made him erase it. Guess unions and cops operate according to the same principles when it comes to video recording. Get rid of the evidence and you can cook up any kind of story you want as long as you have enough of your thug buddies backing up your version. Mobs are all the same. Integrity and honesty are always quickly dispensed with in the name of a higher cause.

    15. #15 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #3 Boyd Durkin

      Will Bernanke be quoting the coke prices as evidence that inflation is under control?


    16. #16 |  Danno49 | 

      I have an uncontrollable urge to make a comment about leather-bound books and the smell of rich mahogany.

    17. #17 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #12 J sub D

      Oh yeah. Just as the internet killed television, which killed the movies, which previously caused the demise of live theater, the Kindle has killed bound books.

      Yeah, just like digital killed film.

      Now you’re probably thinking, “Hey, wait! Digital DID kill film!”

      Just kidding. I shoot only film and print the pictures in a darkroom. I’m not switching to digital until they make it smell like fixer.

    18. #18 |  Bob | 

      Right here is where the Kindle article started losing me:

      “and you’re probably not using it to read a mass market paperback.”

      No, that’s EXACTLY what you’re going to be using it for, and it’s greatest value. Bam! Newpaper articles. Bam! Magazine articles. Bam! Mass market paperbacks to while away the time spent in lines, use for research, etc.

      I might get one for Web and Programming manuals… It can search, right? Damn, that would sure be convenient.

      However, I have a prized collection of books. A very small one (Most of my books are ‘Mass Market Paperbacks’ that I would prefer to have in digital form.) My prized collection is composed of first edition hard covers written by Henry Seton Merriman (Pen name, his real name was Hugh Stowell Scott) at the end of the 19th century.

      The appeal of these books, for me… is that there is no possibility they have changed in the 100 plus years since they were published. Any typos, any printing imperfections… it’s all still there. A time capsule containing the thoughts and imagination of a man in a bygone time, unchanging… uneditable… unbiased by knowledge of the current era.

      Printed books are not going away. There may eventually be fewer of them, and they may get more expensive and be printed as if they’re intended to be collector’s items… but they’re not going away.

    19. #19 |  freedomfan | 

      Good science is never really going to be friendly to either party. What the politicians want is something that supports whatever view they have, but science (done correctly) is looking to determine how things really work, whether or not that supports any particular agenda. It’s the ultimate unreliable political ally. And, respectable scientists don’t engage in hyperbole to get funding or make their research seem “relevant”.

      Unfortunately, with the government funding so much research, there is a large (and, to my mind, growing) number of scientists who “know how the game is played”. They understand that saying, “It’s an interesting phenomena and we’ve identified a number of interesting questions that merit further study” is a poor way to get your grant approved or renewed. It’s much better to say, “This poses a risk to human life (especially children!) and we won’t know how to deal with it without more research.” In other words, “The sky is falling!” means funded research. “The sky is interesting.” means have fun attracting grad students to work with you with no grant money, and, by the way, don’t expect tenure.

      Statists who claim to be science-friendly are usually 1) friendly to science that supports their cause and/or 2) equivocating between thinking science is useful and thinking science should get government money. The focus on research with “political applicability” is a very serious and negative side-effect of government science funding. Now, give me a grant so we can figure out how to fix it! ;)

    20. #20 |  freedomfan | 

      BTW, regarding Dave Krueger’s comment on Kindle, the reaction based on seeing a book someone is reading works both ways. Many times riding the train where lots of people would read during commute, I would see someone reading some statist piddle and want to scream at them, “It’s all crap! And, check the end notes – he’s playing tricks because the quotes are out of context.” Of course, that’s not really fair, since I have read plenty of books just trying to understand where the statists are coming from.

      I was watching True Blood and I noticed Tara reading Klein’s The Shock Doctrine and she was instantly on my suspect list. Just the opposite reaction from the scene in Spider-Man when Pete is shown in visiting Aunt May in the hospital and he had been reading Kip Thorne’s Black Holes and Time Warps.

    21. #21 |  Gonzo | 

      The Kindle thing doesn’t sound very appealing to me, either. There’s a visceral quality that I wouldn’t want to give up. I have many, many, many books, all crammed into my very tiny apartment. And that’s the way I likes it. I like having them around; I like their weight, their smell, the colors on their spines. And I don’t have to worry about breaking one by dropping it on a subway platform; they’ll still be around when, god forbid, the grid goes down.

      Also, I write in books. A lot. Is there a notation function on Kindle?

    22. #22 |  MacGregory | 

      Hell, I still own LPs and a player. I don’t care what anyone says. There is nothing like that crackling sound and the occasional skip. As far as that goes, I would suspect that CDs are becoming a bit passe’. Who carries a bunch of discs around anymore?

      Dave, I’d bet that your overhead for film and supplies has skyrocketed in recent years.

    23. #23 |  qwints | 

      It’s good to hear that the cops in the poker robbery didn’t show up and arrest everybody at the game. It really shouldn’t surprise me, but it does.

    24. #24 |  Dave Krueger | 

      I don’t think kindle is for me. Too expensive. I have four bathrooms.

    25. #25 |  James D | 

      I can’t wait for the ‘Kindle generation’ (or whatever it becomes). I’ve been saying for over a decade (since seeing my first book on a PDA), that I can’t wait until the concept of a library is just a DB somewhere where you can just ‘download’ the books you want and then read them when/whereever. The only reason we haven’t gotten there yet is this whole nostalgia that many have (including my own wife), that “I want to sit and hold the book and flip the pages”. I guess I just don’t get it. I have so much wasted shelf space with all kinds of books, etc … imagine if that was all just on a hard drive that I could down to a Kindle-like device. I guess someone next needs to invent a covering for the Kindle that feels like a real book and a ‘page’ interface. :)

    26. #26 |  MacK | 

      I pretty much only read online, but my wife reads about 3 books a week, and they are free, so how much would it cost on the Kindle for a year?
      $360 for Kindle
      $10 per book
      3 books per week =$30 per week
      52 weeks x $30 = $1,560 per year

      Library is 5 miles away, and the wife’s car gets 30 (or so) mpg, gas cost $2 (or so) per gallon, she gets 3 books each trip.
      1 library visit both ways = 10 miles
      1 trip = 1/3 total mpg for car
      1/3 total cost per gallon of fuel = $0.67
      52 weeks x $0.67 = $34.84 per year

      Library yes, Kindle no!

    27. #27 |  ClubMedSux | 

      Gonzo- Yes, you can take notes in it.

      As for the general debate, I’m not a book guy, but I am a music guy so I can kind of draw comparisons with the iPod. I think some of these pro-book people sounds like audiophiles, more concerned about the overall experience than the actual subject matter. If you’re into all the externalities that make up the reading “experience,” then yes, you’ll want to stick to actual books. But if your focus is the content of the book itself, a Kindle seems the way to go (and my voracious reader of a wife seems to agree, given how she’s constantly harassing me to buy her one). It’s like the iPod for me… sure, in a perfect world I’d have a record player here in my office so I could listen to pristine perfect LP’s, but I can’t fit 1000 LP’s in my office. And I CERTAINLY couldn’t lug them onto the train every morning and afternoon.

    28. #28 |  Bee | 

      I download books from Project Gutenburg onto my Palm in Plucker format. For free! And yes, I read “the classics”, as well as tons of other stuff that catches my eye while scrolling through the online catalog.

      And since I have my Palm phone with me all the time, I always have something to read without having to carry a physical book around, which is handy. I have to say that Project Gutenburg has really enriched my life.

      I’ll admit – I look at what people are reading when I’m on the train or bus. Maybe I’m a snob – I’m visualizing huge middle-aged women reading romance novels who berth into the seat next to you, pinning you to the window – but I also see things that look interesting, and mentally thank the person for their unwitting recommendation.

    29. #29 |  Tokin42 | 


      I think you’re absolutely correct but it’s important to remember that this is not a new phenomena. State funding and control of “science” goes back further than Galileo and Socrates.

    30. #30 |  Gonzo | 

      ClubMed – I wouldn’t say my focus is solely on externalities. Content is my bread and butter; though not to say that all this professorin’ has gotten me much bread. It’s more that the totality of the experience is the experience, you know? The medium is the message.

    31. #31 |  Dave Krueger | 

      I have a statement on my website explaining why I stick with old technology:

      “Many people I talk to assume I shoot film simply because I don’t have digital equipment. Some think I stick with film because I believe it to be technically superior (I don’t). A lot of people have a hard time understanding why anyone would continue to use a medium that takes hours, days, and weeks to yield what digital technology effortlessly spits out in minutes at the mere touch of a button.

      The answer is simple. I’m attracted not just to the art, but to the craft of creating traditional darkroom prints. I like the feel of the materials, the smell of the chemicals, and just being around the tools of the trade. To me, the craft is not the means to an end. It is the end.”

      People who are interested in film photography are probably a lot like people who enjoy building their own furniture.

      The same is probably true of people who like books. They like the texture of the cover, the smell of the pages, the instant confirmation of how much they’ve read and how much is left, the newness when they first get it, and all the blemishes that tell of it’s travels. It marks a memory of when they bought it or an occasion and when it was given to them. A book has substance. It evokes emotions independent of the words inside. I’m pretty sure there will always be books.

    32. #32 |  Hamburgler007 | 

      #26, many of the ebooks for the Kindle cost as little as .99. These tend the books that I read anyway. Also, many technical books that I need to buy from time to time can’t be found in a library. These tech books tend to be large, heavy, and more expensive in a store than for the Kindle.

    33. #33 |  Chris in AL | 

      @ Dave K

      I totally get it man. I love watching the History channel and seeing them go and talk to a guy that is still making English longbows, or smithing swords and armor, or weaving cloth or building a longboat or whatever else you can think of using technology and methods centuries old.

      If some people did not take enough of an interest in this to do it just for the sake of doing it, these crafts would be lost. Relegated to textual descriptions of how it used to be done, that you look at on your Kindle because nobody has a book anymore.

      I like books. I like the weight, the feel, the smell. And since I spend my life looking at a digital screen, I like that they are on paper.

    34. #34 |  Billy Beck | 

      “The same is probably true of people who like books. They like the texture of the cover, the smell of the pages, the instant confirmation of how much they’ve read and how much is left, the newness when they first get it, and all the blemishes that tell of it’s travels.”

      In addition to my usual annotations and custom indexing, my hardcover Modern Library (Random House) edition of Vol. I of Gibbon’s “Decline And Fall” carries this endnote:

      “Tokyo — 2-16-09 — NWA #12 (Detroit)
      Boarding: 12:00pm EDT
      Touchdown: 11:35 EDT”

      My library is a personal history.

    35. #35 |  ClubMedSux | 

      Gonzo, the second part of my comment was responding to the article in general and wasn’t meant to be directed at you (sorry if that wasn’t clear). That being said, I don’t mean to imply that enjoying reading for the externalities is a bad thing, and I realize most people probably lie somewhere in between the two extremes (as it appears you do). I guess my main point was that different people have different needs, and the Kindle might not meet the needs of everybody, but it seems it does for enough people to make it a profitable venture. Just as vinyl continues to be pressed for audiophiles (indeed many indie record stores indicate that’s one of the main things keeping them in business) books will still be around in our lifetime…

    36. #36 |  Leah | 

      I’m guessing most of the Kindle haters have never tried to read a large heavy book one handed while nursing a baby and trying not to drop the book on the baby’s head. Convenience wins in my current situation. I like smelling old books as much as the next bibliophile, but I’d rather be able to read them than have to put it off until I have 2 free hands.

    37. #37 |  Chris in AL | 

      @ Leah

      Untrue. I have tried it. And did it successfully. But for some reason my wife was not impressed.

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    39. #39 |  jet | 

      @ Leah
      I’ve done the baby-feeding with a big heavy hard cover book too. Actually I found the big books easier to read during nursing time because you can lay them flat and they stay there. :) Granted, the Kindle would also lay flat, but then there’s still all the things that I prefer about books that would be missing.

      I’ll freely admit I’m a bibliophile. Reading is 90% about content for me, but for that remaining 10% I’ll take form over function. The Kindle may “work” better, but it doesn’t do better, AFAIC.

    40. #40 |  Dave B. | 

      I think those drawing comparisons between MP3 players, et al, and the Kindle are correct. It’s this simple; the Kindle is technology. It requires power, certain operating conditions (not wet, too hot, too cold) and you have to load content. Books don’t need batteries, can be read with limited light (even by candles if your power’s out) and won’t bust to pieces if you’re hiking with it in your pack and fall down a hill. Just like people’s activities are different, their needs and preferences are different as well. There will always be those who prefer the feel of bound paper books, just as there will be converts to digital that will never pick up another book again. But to paint this black and white and say that one invention will kill books is a bit short sighted. The wonderful thing about the Kindle is that some people who might not read books otherwise might actually start reading. Better to have an informed populous choosing their method than drooling government teet sucklers with no appreciation for the written word…

    41. #41 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Kimble haters? We have kimble haters here? Are we soon to hear the phrase, “They hate us for our kimbles”? :)

      No one should have to hold a big heavy book while they’re feeding a baby. That’s why we have TV.

    42. #42 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #22 MacGregory

      Dave, I’d bet that your overhead for film and supplies has skyrocketed in recent years

      Yep. But, there are a lot of new film and paper suppliers (from Eastern Europe, China, etc), so that’s encouraging. On the other hand, I don’t really use a lot of materials because the darkroom work is so time intensive that I don’t take many pictures and I only print a fraction of what I take.

    43. #43 |  Matt | 

      In the last +20 years the cost of drugs has stayed the same while the general quality has increased.. Compare that to many public prices such as gas :P

    44. #44 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

      William – No, you’re quite right that the Kindle isn’t capeble enough for that kind of research environment. I’d use a PC capeable of opening multiple files, have bookmarking capacity, etc. – indeed, I’d say that was more compelling that the Kindle in many ways for academic usage.

      DaveB. – The kindle is e-ink. You can read it under a candle, use it for several weeks without needing a charge, etc – it’s not a LCD screen and dosn’t work in the same way.

      Again, I don’t really like the Kindle/Kindle2 themselves from a technical perspective, and neither do I think they’ll replace hardbacks on people’s shelves, but mass market paperbacks? Yea, those are under threat from electronic paper.

      And there’s allready an sheet of paper-sized touch tablet out there using’s not very good, but it’s the first and others will follow…

    45. #45 |  seeker6079 | 

      The union/film story is fascinating, not least for the inkblot test of the responses.

      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.

      Was he leaned on by “union thugs”. If you are of the political right, yes!

      Was, after months of following around a politician with zip to show for it, trying to create rather than report a scandal? If you are of the political left, yes!

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    47. #47 |  Jon H | 

      Books will become like printed photographs. You’ll accumulate many, but only spend for hard copies of your absolute favorites. They’ll sit with the cherished volumes you received as gifts, the heirlooms, the childhood favorites.

      There’ll be plenty of room in the market for hand-crafted fine editions. There’ll be plenty of room for author-signed copies.

      But admit it: nobody is impressed by the ancient and obsolete 1998 Visual Basic reference book on your shelf. One Terry Pratchett novel on the shelf gets across that you’re a fan, the other 30 in the series are just taking up space.

      I love my Kindle2. I have about 68 books and converted PDF files on it, the PDFs being mainly Apple sysadmin and programming reference texts.

      It’s like having a giant to-read pile that I can carry with me.

      One advantage over a paper book is that I don’t ever need to change my grip as I read. Paper books vary in shape and size, and the grip required even changes depending on how far you are through it. The Kindle is always the same shape, so it’s far more convenient. And some books, of course, are simply too big for easy one-handed reading while standing on a bus.

      Unfortunately I’ve started reading while walking, which means I’m probably going to walk into the path of a bus.

    48. #48 |  Bronwyn | 

      I’d love to have a Kindle2 (still waiting to see who won the drawing at hitnrun). My paper books will always have a special place in my life, but I can’t afford to buy books these days.

      Besides, it is indeed difficult to nurse and read at the same time.

      It’s also difficult to read a book while pumping – even with the hands-free straps (boys, don’t ask), it’s awkward to reach around the bottles (gawd, it gets worse) to turn the pages. A Kindle would make my twice-daily pumping sessions so much more pleasant.

      I just got a palm, and am waiting to have the cash to buy a memory card so I can read on it, but I suspect it will be too small.

      Also, yay for nursing Agitator mommies!

    49. #49 |  Jon H | 

      Dave B wrote: “Books don’t need batteries, can be read with limited light (even by candles if your power’s out) and won’t bust to pieces if you’re hiking with it in your pack and fall down a hill.”

      On the other hand, you can carry vastly more books in a Kindle than you could in paper. And you can search through all the books in the device.

      It shouldn’t be too difficult to fashion a hard case for a Kindle for a hike. It’s so thin that this wouldn’t add much bulk to your load. If you fall down a hill so severely that a hardcase-enclosed Kindle breaks, you probably aren’t going to feel much like reading any books.

      And if your Kindle does break, you can access your purchased books on your iPhone, too. ;^)

    50. #50 |  Jon H | 

      “A Kindle would make my twice-daily pumping sessions so much more pleasant.”

      The Kindle’s text reading feature would certainly help. If you don’t like the voice, you can always turn it down and just let the Kindle turn the pages for you.

    51. #51 |  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.

    52. #52 |  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.

    53. #53 |  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.

    54. #54 |  Bronwyn | 

      Great idea, Jon H.

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


    55. #55 |  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.

    56. #56 |  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!

    57. #57 |  Bronwyn | 

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

    58. #58 |  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.

    59. #59 |  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.

    60. #60 |  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.