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Adventures in self-publishing: Why I took a year’s work and tried my hardest to give it away

Adventures in self-publishing: Why I took a year’s work and tried my hardest to give it away

When John F. Kennedy was asked how he became a war hero, he’s supposed to have replied: “It was involuntary. They sank my boat.” That’s how I became a self-published novelist: A large number of New York publishers rejected Thanks for Killing Me, my spiky little crime novel about the aftermath of a con gone wrong. They did so for an [...]

Netflix Splits DVD and Streaming Businesses… Creates Qwikster For DVDs

Netflix Splits DVD and Streaming Businesses… Creates Qwikster For DVDs

He's recognizing that DVD is antiquated and streaming is where we are heading. Once Qwikster fails and it will, studios will have no viable other option than to offer their new release movies via streaming and Netflix then will be able to create a new streaming tier that will cost more $$ and include new release movies. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings [...]

Anonymous pre-paid credit-cards and money laundering

Anonymous pre-paid credit-cards and money laundering

The $107 billion prepaid credit-card business has attracted money-launderers, according to US customs officers; what's more, the anonymous cards are exempt from border regulations that require you to disclose when you bring $10,000 in or out of the country: Visually, the cards are barely distinguishable from credit or debit cards and the most [...]

Ron Paul Makes Special Request Of Wikileaks

Republican Congressman Ron Paul may be Julian Assange's most loyal supporter in Congress. Visiting Fox Business' Freedom Watch (a program on which Assange has been welcome several times) Rep. Paul went to bat for the Wikileaker in the middle of condemning the secrecy of the Federal Reserve, and made a little request of his own: "every conversation [...]

Lawsuit of Brunei prince involves life-sized statues of himself having sex

Lawsuit of Brunei prince involves life-sized statues of himself having sex

I am passing along this interesting story about Prince Jefri of Brunei and his explicit sex statues. This is definitely New York’s oddest trial yet starring the scandalous Prince, his former advisers... and graphic life-size bronze statues featuring him and his fiancée practicing the Kama Sutra. The most bizarre thing about Prince Jefri of [...]

Privatized prisons in Arizona helped draft laws to send people to prison

Privatized prisons in Arizona helped draft laws to send people to prison

The story of industries paying lobbyists to influence legislation that benefits their business is nothing new—but what about when that industry is a privately-owned and operated prison system? NPR reports that Arizona Senate Bill 1070 (.PDF), the immigration bill that requires anyone who can't produce papers proving they are in the [...]

What happens when you refuse to answer a passport control officer’s questions

What happens when you refuse to answer a passport control officer’s questions

In April, Paul Karl Lukacs landed at San Francisco International Airport after visiting China, and he refused to tell the passport control officer why he was there. He reports what happened on his blog. “Why were you in China?” asked the passport control officer, a woman with the appearance and disposition of a prison matron.“None of [...]