“All this time the press has been acting as if Twitter were a public utility, when it is nothing like that. It’s a service operated for free by a private company. They don’t see it in any way as a public utility. They have good PR and have chosen a friendly logo, and they make jokes and they’re nice guys. But they’re running a business. And your writing is subject to their whims. And your recourse is nothing. Read the terms of service” – Dave Winer
July 26, 2012 Comments Off on delicious July 26, 2012
“[Last] September — despite strong indications of innocence, an international outcry and a petition of 1 million signatures — Georgia sent a man named Troy Davis to his death. The execution of Troy Davis, despite the absence of a murder weapon, physical evidence or DNA linking him to the crime, placed the spotlight on Georgia and the injustices of the death penalty. This, in a state where five death row inmates have been exonerated.
“And Georgia is in the spotlight once again, as it plans to execute Warren Hill, a mentally ill man. “
“Make content available first, and navigation second. Don’t waste precious screen space on superfluous items. This is especially important on mobile devices, but not bad advice for the screen, either.”
“In 2008, the U.S. had over 12 thousand firearm-related homicides. All of Japan experienced only 11, fewer than were killed at the Aurora shooting alone. And that was a big year: 2006 saw an astounding two, and when that number jumped to 22 in 2007, it became a national scandal. By comparison, also in 2008, 587 Americans were killed just by guns that had discharged accidentally.”
King himself currently pays taxes of around 28% on his income, and at a recent rally in Florida wondered publicly why he was not paying a higher rate of 50%. You’re unhappy about it? “Cut a check and shut up,” was the response from his listeners, the author writes in a piece for The Daily Beast entitled Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake! “If you want to pay more, pay more, they said. Tired of hearing about it, they said. Tough shit for you guys, because I’m not tired of talking about it. I’ve known rich people, and why not, since I’m one of them? The majority would rather douse their dicks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing ‘Disco Inferno’ than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar.”