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Jonathan Swift's Modest Proposal comes to mind.
I like Silicon Valley and really the entire Bay Area as resettlement ground for these people. The good liberals of San Francisco have helpfully provided tons of "open space" where housing projects for them can be located. If they object, call them racists and double the flow.
Borders, Waldenbooks...anybody remember Tower Records? It should be no surprise that analog is suffering in the digital age. Remember those huge record shelves, then the big market in CD racks? Now when was the last time you put a cd in a player and listened to it? Spotify has totally changed how we listen to and buy music. For ten bucks a month you can listen to anything. I rarely spent more than that on CDs. I long since discarded all my CD and DVD cases in favor of notebook-style storage. My music collection has since been uploaded to iCloud and is on a 2TB network drive in my equipment closet, so I rarely get out the physical discs anymore except for critical listening sessions when I want some serious two-channel music enjoyment. We have moved several times in the past 10 years. Our Kindle use has gotten to the point where we no longer like to use up space for bookshelves. We read more than ever. Our good bookshelves hold a few outstanding volumes, plus lots and lots of sheet music. Any publisher still hanging on to the old ways with the expensive production of hardcover books will find themselves under increasing cost pressure as more and more of their customers ditch their expensive hardcover books for the e-versions. Authors doing promotional tours still need something to sign, and what will happen to the lucrative first-edition aftermarket? Plus, reading from a screen isn't everybody's cup of tea. Who knows where this thing will end up?
E-books should be the exact cost of the physical book, minus the cost of producing the physical book, plus the (negligible) costs of hosting and transmission of the electronic copy. Amazon then adds its cut, which includes Kindle and Kindle infrastructure development costs and subsidizes the low prices of the Kindle readers. Attempts by publishers to raise prices of ebooks higher than dead tree books should be met with resistance. Everybody knows the e-book cost the publisher next to nothing after the sunk cost of physical publication, so after the royalty pretty much every penny of e-book revenue is pure publisher profit. It is Amazon that has sunk the millions into developing the Kindle and its ecosystem, not the publisher. Setting a max dollar amount for any Kindle version is unfair to the publisher. But if Amazon set the rule that the e-book always be priced less than the physical copy, I'd say that's a no brainer.
I hate Communism and I hate crony capitalism, which is what was going on before Castro and his communists took over. But better now than in the '50s? Nope. Was the island in dire need of liberalization of economic policy? Yep. Did that happen? No--precisely the opposite in fact. If Castro had brought the rule of law instead of the strongman approach, Cuba's favorable climate and soil, delightful mix of people, art, music and culture could have produced one of the Western Hemisphere's most dynamic economies, with opportunity for anyone willing to show up consistently to work. Cuba could have had a stronger working class than Canada, with the kind of income that allows movement into the entrepreneurial class. It's a damn shame the communists got rid of the corruptocrats rather than the island's liberals, who were either shot, escaped to Miami or kept their lips zipped.
Send him Michael Moore and Sean Penn.
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