October 23, 2015

Meet the New Boss, Worse Than the Old Boss

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:50 am

This is sad vindication for those of us who thought that YouTube’s Sarbanes Oxley-driven sale to Google might be a long-term mistake for the free market for entertainment.

Headline: “YouTube stars must sign this or their videos will vanish.”

Pete Townshend is more right now than he was 40 years ago, when artists could at least switch record labels (eventually):

“You only became what we made you.”

“You only earned what we paid you.”

“They don’t know that we own you.”

“You only see what we show you.”

YouTube “stars” have no viable alternative — and near-monopolist Google will make sure that no new option ever arises.

Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102315)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: College Students Create Nail Polish That Changes Colors When Exposed To Date Rape Drugs

Filed under: Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From North Carolina State University — wish it wasn’t necessary, but because it is, this is neat. Also, it’s been a years, and I don’t think the word has spread very widely:

Aug 25, 2014 • 10:18am

Four male students at North Carolina State University are attempting to put an end to date rape with their own hands. More accurately, they’re ending it with the hands of their friends, girlfriends and female supporters.

The guys — Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tyler Confrey-Maloney and Tasso Von Windheim — have invented a nail polish called Undercover Colors that changes shades when touched by date rape drugs.

They aim to protect their loved ones and women who may not have anyone present to watch out for them, according to Undercover Colors’ Facebook page. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Trudeaumania Part Deux Grips the Associated Press

The folks at the Associated Press aren’t even trying to disguise how pleased they are after Canada’s most recent elections swept the Liberal Party into power after almost a decade in the wilderness.

They’re claiming that victorious Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems destined to ignite the second installment of “Trudeaumania,” the late-1960s press anointing which accompanied his father Pierre into that same position. It’s quite clear that the AP is uninterested in informing readers about how awful Pierre Trudeau’s actual record was. They instead want readers to believe that happy, reality-avoiding leftist days are here again.