Daily Archives: September 24, 2014

Monetizing Internet Content – A Working Example

A news story on WBZ-TV made it clear to me that there were already services in operation that had some similarity to the idea I have been pushing. See the previous post Monetizing Internet Content – One More Time.

I could not find the WBZ story on line to look up the services they mentioned, but it gave me the idea to search the web.

Infoq has the article How to Pay the Author: Flattr Micropayment Service.

Here is the video that the company, Flattr, has put up on YouTube.

Flattr is a revolutionary social micropayment system. This how it works. Visit us at www.flattr.com

I also found references to Tiny Pass and a zillion others.

Paul Weyrich – “I don’t want everybody to vote” (Goo Goo)

Here is Paul Weyrich laying it all out for us from a 1980 video clip.

Paul Weyrich, “father” of the right-wing movement and co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, Moral Majority and various other groups tells his flock that he doesn’t want people to vote. He complains that fellow Christians have “Goo-Goo Syndrome”: Good Government. Classic clip from 1980. This guy still gives weekly strategy sessions to Republicans nowadays.

I was going to ask the rhetorical question of whether or not this is what the average follower of the Heritage Foundation or the Moral Majority accepts as an underlying philosophy. I then realized that I have read a number of letters to the editor and comments on the internet to realize that at least some of these people are thoroughly aware of this, and that they approve of it.

Constitution Lectures 1: The Non-Consent of the Governed

Here is a very interesting way to look at how we give consent to be governed by our Constitution.  After the lecturer knocks down the usual explanations, he comes up with a perspective on the Constitution that I had not considered quite this explicitly before.

It changes a lot of my ideas when I think that the Constitution is meant to restrict what the government may do, not what the people may do. So not everything that the Constitution says the government must avoid doing is something the Constitution wants the people to avoid doing.

I wonder what my readers will have to say about this. I am sure that at least some of them have a much more refined understanding of all this than I do.

What is a True Democracy

There was a fabulous comment on the article I mentioned in my previous post A Bottom-Up Solution to the Global Democracy Crisis.

I’ll quote a little bit of the comment:

A true democracy, however, would always be able to step on the rights of a minority: as the old saying goes, a “democracy” is two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for supper.

If you are the two wolves, you have to convince the sheep that he lives in a “democracy” and he should submit to the will of the majority, or perhaps you will just disenfranchise the sheep, telling him he can’t vote so it really doesn’t matter what he thinks, anyway. This can be done in various ways: you can make more and more petty crimes into felonies thereby precluding the sheep’s right to vote (ah, I say old boy, I think you entered the wrong pasture–that ain’t your grass); you can gerrymander pastures such that other sheep cannot be included, and thus cannot vote; you can demand that the sheep show an ID issued by the wolves and you can always dress a wolf up in sheep’s clothing so that he can make speeches to the other sheep about why it is in their best interest to follow the edicts that the wolves lay down. He will explain on his radio show (or TV program) that not to follow his advice would expose the whole herd to unknown dangers. At least this way, a few at the time can be picked off and the herd as a whole will consider itself “safe.”

Some of the links in the comment are also great.  I think I’ll make separate blog posts of those.

Christie Team Digging Deeper Hole in Pension Fund Scandals

Naked Capitalism has the article Christie Team Digging Deeper Hole in Pension Fund Scandals.  What caught my eye was the connection to Charlie Baker.

To give a very short summary of Sirota’s biggest current story, the IBT journalist has uncovered questionable connections with two prominent figures, Charlie Baker, who is a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Massachusetts, and former New Jersey pension fund chief Robert Grady.

First, a short background on the Baker story: Sirota showed how that Baker made a $10,000 donation to the New Jersey Republican Party shortly before Christie officials gave Baker’s firm a pension management contract. That donation ran afoul of the Garden State’s pay-to-play rules that bar contributions from executives and partners of entities that manage state pension funds.

New Jersey launched an investigation into Sirota’s charges and announced that as a result, it was exiting the contract with Baker’s firm.

The article does provide a link to The Boston Globe article Baker denies connection between donation, investment.  I leave it up to you to decide if The Boston Globe article gives this story all the coverage you need to know as you decide whether or not to vote for Charlie Baker as our next governor.