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It Takes a Village

January 18, 2015

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One favorite grouse of conservatives is how liberal activist judges have overstepped their bounds and have legislated on their own. Now that the numbers of conservative judges outweigh liberals (especially on the Supreme Court), it is interesting how much of a liking these conservative judges have taken to becoming activist judges and legislating in their […]

The New Face of Demagogy

February 11, 2012

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I guess it's OK for corporations to spend tons of money lobbying, but not OK for hundreds of thousands (and more) citizens to express their opinions.

Agent 86 to the Rescue?

January 22, 2012

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One thing that sticks in the craw of major publishers is retailers selling their books below list price. (They also hate used book sales, too, and the textbook industry has found a neat way around that, too.) Amazon has been a major transgressor. Nothing is so galling to the big publishers as Amazon slashing prices and creating loss leaders to increase traffic and sales.

Walking the Plank

January 15, 2012

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SOPA and Protect IP are supposed to protect the world from a glut of illegally copied work. But who is this legislation really going to protect? Who needs due process anyhow? Why the scurvy mindset where everyone's an eye-patch-wearing pirate? Avast, ye mateys.

Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right

April 5, 2010

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Usually, New York Times's ethicist Randy Cohen is on the ball. Like Jorge Posada last night, he's dropped a couple and let them glide through to the backstop.

It’s Not Rocket Science

March 7, 2010

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But many large publishers act like it is – namely, how to price ebooks.

My New eBook Reader

February 18, 2010

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Every May I treat myself to some toy in celebration of wrapping up another academic year. Like most red-blooded American males, the more high-tech the toy, the better (it seems to run in the family: I have a note from my 10-year-old son explaining the reasons why he must have his new must-have “gaget” [sic]). A few years ago I purchased that expensive lightweight carbon-fiber kayak I had been eyeing for two years (definitely a high-ticket item that swallowed a couple years of celebrating). Another year I ponied up for a 30 GB MP3 player.