Apoplectic Skeptic

Jul 28

Sarah Palin launches the Sarah Palin Channel

msnbc:

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Her alternative to the “lamestream media,” the site will cost $9.95 a month or $99 for the year – in other words, steeper than a Netflix membership.

Fuck you again, John McCain.

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Jul 27

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philalexandros:

tranceofreading:

lianabrooks:

britegreenstar:

libraryadvocates:

lalie:

The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.

Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money. 
While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.
That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating. 

I couldn’t hit the reblog button fast enough.

So much reblog.

philalexandros:

tranceofreading:

lianabrooks:

britegreenstar:

libraryadvocates:

lalie:

The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.

Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money. 

While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.

That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating. 

I couldn’t hit the reblog button fast enough.

So much reblog.

(via davidkendall)

Jul 26

OK Computer on vinyl and a few fingers of Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition. #scotch #vinyl #radiohead #nigelgodrichrules

OK Computer on vinyl and a few fingers of Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition. #scotch #vinyl #radiohead #nigelgodrichrules

Put an ad on Tumblr if you want your product hated

tanya77:

Don’t film companies know that any film advertised on Tumblr, in the form of shoving the shit onto our dashboards, is immediately loathed by us? That it has exactly the opposite effect desired? That now we will intentionally NOT go see that movie?

Have the balls and the intelligence to let the film be promoted by us, if it’s any good to begin with.

Speaking of which, like nonlocalrelation, I too thought CHEF was an excellent film. Check it out if you can. (The soundtrack’s pretty swinging, too.)

Yes yes yes.

And, yes, Chef was really great, especially for anyone in the creative arts… don’t lose your heart. Honor your passion, respect your craft and gifts, remember why you got into your thing in the first place.

Jul 25

“If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The international community will have to either act to immediately halt Israeli attacks and lift the blockade of Gaza or acknowledge the right of the Palestinians to use weapons to defend themselves. No nation, including any in the Muslim world, appears willing to intervene to protect the Palestinians. No world body, including the United Nations, appears willing or able to pressure Israel through sanctions to conform to the norms of international law. And the longer we in the world community fail to act, the worse the spiral of violence will become.” — Chris Hedges (via azspot)

(via azspot)

Jul 23

“Jesus certainly was not a “Bible believer,” as we use that term in the post Billy Graham era of American fundamentalist religiosity that’s used as a trade-marked product to sell religion. Jesus didn’t take the Jewish scriptures at face value. In fundamentalist terms, Jesus was a rule-breaking relativist who wasn’t even “saved,” according to evangelical standards. Evangelicals insist that you have to believe very specific interpretations of the Bible to be saved. Jesus didn’t. He undercut the scriptures.” — Jesus Was Not a “Bible Believer” let Alone an Evangelical (via azspot)

(via azspot)

Jul 22

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(Source: life1nmotion, via purpleishboots)