Category Archives: Who’s Nose, Who’s Fist?

Chronicling things that people thinking with a lot of heart and not much knowledge try to legislate and who they hurt.

Warning: Wood, apple cores, banana peels not “biodegradable”

There are certain advantages to having a lot of old emails hanging around in your inbox. If something happens and gets corrected soon after, it’s an ignorable “blip” in the grand scheme of things. If there’s no correction, then you … Continue reading

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Concert photographer gets banned for reporting unauthorized use of image

Recently concert photographer J. Salmeron was banned from any and all performances of Arch Enemy after requesting compensation (actually, he asked them to make a charitable donation) from a company for an image he took of Alissa White-Gluz, the lead … Continue reading

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Authors Guild’s 2018 Author Income Survey Shows 42% Decline in Authors’ Incomes Since Kindle Debut: A Response

https://www.authorsguild.org/industry-advocacy/authors-guild-survey-shows-drastic-42-percent-decline-in-authors-earnings-in-last-decade/ Several factors have been mentioned in causing this, most of them coming back to Amazon, Google, and Facebook (especially Amazon) working to reduce their distribution costs and secure profits for themselves at the expense of devaluing the publications themselves. … Continue reading

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Looking for the Keys Where the Light’s Good.

There’s this old joke about a guy looking for his keys under a streetlamp: A passerby comes along and offers to help. After several minutes of fruitless looking, the passerby asks where the guy lost his keys. “In that alley” … Continue reading

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“Strong” Passwords?

When I logged into my email today, as usual I checked my spam folder first, to make sure there wasn’t anything good in it. The only thing in the folder was a notice from WordPress that my “login credentials were … Continue reading

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Deaths of Despair and Natural Selection

Economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case have discovered a rising trend of “deaths of despair” (suicides, alcohol abuse, and drug overdose) among middle-class American whites. They look at Europe and don’t see the same rise in middle class deaths, nor … Continue reading

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The difference between “Health Insurance” and “Health Care” and why it matters

Is health care an entitlement, or a right? Well, first we have to determine what we mean by “health care.” Most proponents of the ACA (or some equivalent legislation) assume it to mean “affordable health insurance,” and further assume “health … Continue reading

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