We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I think all the reasons listed for Bezos' purchase are dead-on accurate.
It's actually a pretty smart play. Buy a dying industry because the reason it's dying is that nobody who understands the new method of information delivery runs it. Bezos is one guy who has the best shot at making it work properly and make money again.
Lord knows the NYTimes certainly can't figure it out.
Well, you could be right Bulldog. but I see this more of a grand speculation than a true investment. We'll see.
As I understand it the new company will still be publicly traded. If one perceives this to be a smart play one could bet his wad on the new company.
I am wondering if Bezos' ego trumped a sound business decision? He is the proud owner of one of the crown jewels of left-wing media, but suppose conservatives hold him to account for the WaPo's anti-conservative stance? Will that cost Amazon business? Perhaps not but it is certainly a risk.
The author of the piece mistakes that Bezos' buy is an Amazon buy, which it isn't. That doesn't mean the Bezos purchase wasn't to develop product that will be of value to Amazon down the road.
But the news industry needs new blood. Few in their now seem to even remember they are in the news business and are hung up on the fancy infrastructure that used to be of physical use. Not unlike those in the retail business who were hung up on there bricks and mortar that Amazon went around because they were in the retail selling business and didn't see a need for the old infrastructure.
Far to many, and it's gotten worse, in the MSM see their "reporters" job like this from the movie Airplane and not as people seeking out news. They mill about smartly in the White House newsroom but when is the last time any of those reporters actually were in the news business?
Perhaps it would have been better to call them the "nooge squad"? Hope that's the correct spelling but even if it's not, you all know what I mean.....as if I want some crackpot 20 something wagging her finger at me over some perceived shortcoming.
The 1%--Marriage is for those with their heads on straight, or are reasonably certain, and both heads are in general agreement on both agreements and disagreements. I could be wrong, having been so before, but so far it has worked for me.
My daughter, too. No one could truthfully say we are in the "1%".
Pappas in Cook County: How does she keep her job? Being the bearer of bad, really bad, horribly bad news.
NSA data: Too much and too juicy to trust to politicians,
Nudge: They THINK they know what they are doing, and they think they KNOW what's best for us. Bad thinkers abound amongst them. And they can't understand why we do things inexplicable by them, except "we're stupid, or confused, or misinformed".
Detroit: Robert Reich and George Soros and Warren Buffet should (must be compelled to) move to Detroit and support the city government with their taxes. Fix it right up!
Well, those moonbats are so much smarter than Indians, and don't live there, as well. Just ask 'em.
RE: Weiner pic - sad truth is, I would not put it past the lock-step leftists to display such honesty...
As for Mo-town? Youse roll the dice, youse move yer mice... As Heinlein said, its 'bad luck'. My only hope would be a Lib 12-step program to revive it (sic), but not even with mega-defibulators, super paramedics, and some serious praying is gonna bring this patient back to health.
First step would be admitting there is an issue, but no Leftist worth their FOS (Friend of Saul) pin would ever admit a mistake, less one of this magnitude...
Ah, the Nudge squad? But I thought they didn't like Jews because of the Israel connection now they are trying to become Jewish mother....
But it is all doomed, after the waste of a good deal of taxpayer money, however. And a lot of hectoring, yeah, hectoring not that N-word associated with insufferable wives. I just started following a series Francis Fukuyama is doing over at American Interest on [url=the nature of effective government]"the nature of effective government"[/url]. Hint, public administration is very short on effective administration. Not least because the many "public administration" schools have found public policy to be more interesting than that whole learning how to get things done part. "Idea Men" you might say rather than doers.
So… policies and normative choices are as important as ever. But we have to face the fact that many governments don’t implement agreed-on policies well, and figure out why that is the case. Then we can move on to arguing about the substance of policies.
I'm reminded of the opening of the movie "Fail Safe" where Walter Matthau holding court espousing his soon to be failed theories. All academic and sanitary until reality intrudes. Convicts and File Clerks