June 13th, 2012


Owning What We Buy

Here's a discussion and petition about the right to own what we buy, not just pay to use things that still belong to some megacorporation.

My take? I buy things. If if I don't own it after paying for it, chances are, I'm not going to fork over my money. Fuck it. There are very few things so indispensable that I will put up with that. It's a major disadvantage of ebooks, for instance, that lowers my interest in that product category; there's not the easy resale option as with paper books.

   Do you really own the smartphone you're using to read this email?

If you sold your computer, would you be breaking the law? A federal
court in New York says you would be.

It's unbelievable, but trademark and copyright holders really are
trying to take away your right to sell things that you own.

[2]Please click here to fight back by sending emails to Obama and
Congress and telling them to protect our resale rights.

If we don't speak out now, we won't be able to sell almost anything we
own -- and if we do, we'll face charges for violating intellectual
property law!

First-Sale Doctrine gives us the right to sell most property we own.
But if the Supreme Court supports the lower court's decision, we won't
really "own" anything if it's been made in a different country. We
expect them to issue a ruling later this year.

If we want to sell products that were made abroad, from Macbooks and
iPhones to our clothing and textbooks -- even our homes -- we'll have
to ask copyright holders for permission first. And they'll have the
right to deny it!

This is bad for so many reasons: It'll undermine Craigslist and Ebay,
hurt the environment, increase incentives for manufacturers to make
things and move jobs off-shore, and effectively ban the traditional
American yard sale.

[3]Please help us fight back. Just click here to email your lawmakers
right away and tell them to stop shilling for copyright holders.

Thanks so much -- and please share this campaign with your friends by
forwarding this email or using the links below.

--Demand Progress

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Where the Money Goes

 Net worth of American families is dropping.  Incomes are dropping.  Except for the top 10% ... those are going up.  So, money is moving from the lower and middle classes ever upward.  People who have way more money than they need are taking away so much that other people don't even have a place to live.  The economy is already floundering because of this, and the problem is just getting worse.

Kickstarter News

Here is some data about successful vs. unsuccessful Kickstarter projects.

Successful projects averaged 38 days while unsuccessful ones averaged 43 days. A short campaign is often better, such as 30 days. If you are raising a lot of money, consider 60 or 90 so you have time to build momentum.

Successful projects averaged $5,487 while unsuccessful projects averaged $16,365. Asking too much is a common reason for failure. Set reasonable goals. It's a good idea to start with small projects -- raising a few hundred dollars is quite doable, and a few thousand possible. Raising $10,000 or more is really hard.

Bonus Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I have closed the poll for the bonus fishbowl, a perk from three fishbowls meeting the $250 goal.  The winner is Hart's Farm, a historic fantasy series set on a farm in Sweden, with a focus on community life and a wide diversity of sexual preferences.  (The current period corresponds to something like 1850-1920).  You can read the poems via the Serial Poetry page.

The bonus fishbowl will be on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.  The previously mentioned family situation has concluded, so my availability is back to normal.  However, we made two trips to Detroit, Michigan from central Illinois within two weeks, and that's before  paying this month's regular bills and some periodical ones also due.  If you can spare a little extra for the mid-month fishbowl, now would be an especially useful time for donations.  I'm enabling some perks this time that don't usually appear in the bonus fishbowls, to help encourage donor activity.

I'll be soliciting ideas for any previous Hart's Farm characters you'd like to see again, new people on Hart's Farm, neighbors and villagers, alternative sexuality/gender identity, family history, family dynamics, everyday tools, objects associated with Swedish or Irish culture, challenges based on gender or sexuality, interpersonal problem-solving, milestones of life, side scenes from previous events, life in community, farming, Hart's Farm buildings, local fields and forest and waterfront, linguistic tidbits (Swedish, Norwegian, Irish, English), oral tradition, Swedish or Irish folklore, local cuisine and culture, nonsexual intimacies, and poetic forms in particular.

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  This fishbowl is open to everyone, and you may share the announcement with anyone interested in the motifs that Hart's Farm incorporates.

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