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Thursday, November 8, 2012

The $20 ad campaign: small businesses find alternatives to Google AdWords — paidContent

Instead of buying a search keyword like they do with Google Adwords, advertisers like can pay Outbrain and Virurl to act as distributors for their messages. They supply the message in the form of a link to a piece of content — a picture, a story or a video. Outbrain and Virurl then spray the link across the web via third party publishers and on social media sites like Tumblr and Twitter.

Just came across the idea for WPC except that writers form a guild or co-op instead of paying others.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Lull Before the Social Storm by Jack D. Douglas

Vast social revolutions and wars are often preceded by periods of giving up on reforms, despairing withdrawal from public life by the best and brightest, and even peacefulness which seems to have become the normal condition in spite of deep conflicts and growing crises beneath the surfaces of public life. Often, earlier periods of intense conflicts and crises have been overcome and resolved, so it comes to look like that is the normal in life. This lulls most people into assuming their worse fears cannot happen, but this leads them to lowering their guards against growing conflicts and crises, so small ones can more easily cascade down into massive ones. If people expected they could become vast wars or revolutions or implosions, they would take more precautions to prevent that. But when lulled in expecting the worst cannot happen, the worst than they could ever imagine often explodes suddenly.

Prepare on an individual level.

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E-Book Smackdown: Who Should Control Pricing — Publishers Or Amazon? — paidContent

There’s no question that being a major player in a market that is in the process of being disrupted is not pleasant. Amazon is doing everything it can to not just drive down e-book prices but to disintermediate publishers in a number of other ways, including signing up authors to its own imprint. If you are a giant corporation that is used to controlling the marketplace to a large extent — both in terms of supply and in terms of pricing — then watching a new competitor wrest some of that control away from you is hard to do.

This is just the beginning of the war. Publisher Amazon vs. Traditional publishers. It has to go further. Writers as publishers calling the shots.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The PurifiCup Is an All-Purpose Water Filter, Removing Even Fluoride! by Lisa Bedford

The PurifiCup is a great solution for always having pure water. When I tested the PurifiCup for myself, I was impressed with the simple, effective design and the completely pure taste of the water.

In the wake of Sandy, or as an ideal solution for perpetual travelers, the PurifiCup looks like a winner.

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A Public 'Thank You' by Butler Shaffer

I think it is correct to say that Western Civilization has collapsed; its creative, liberating, and humanizing foundations destroyed by the collective forces of institutionalized violence. American and European countries – long the seats of Western culture – are at the end of an entropic decline. At the same time, however, I have long suspected that we are in the early stages of a transformation in thinking that is producing major changes in how we live and work with one another in society. The vertically-structured systems of centralized authority are being replaced by horizontal networks that interconnect in decentralized, voluntary ways. The Internet – which has expanded the liberating and creative capacities inhering in Gutenberg’s invention – is the most visible expression of what I think of as the "unfolding civilization."

I hope the Internet is a force for peace.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

A Surrender of Sorts by Fred Reed

Something alike happens in America, and one wonders – I wonder, anyway – how can this be? In little more than a decade, the Constitution has died, the economy welters in irreversible decline, we have perpetual war, all power lies in the hands of the executive, the police are supreme, and a surveillance beyond Orwell’s imaginings falls into place.

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