Author tricks Amazon!; Border patrol repeatedly harasses journalist; “Amazon Choice sellers caught paying for good reviews; and much more! In The News … 10/10/19

Author tricks Amazon!; Border patrol repeatedly harasses journalist; “Amazon Choice sellers caught paying for good reviews; and much more! In The News … 10/10/19

This guy is a GENIUS!
Author tricks Amazon into distributing union materials to its own employees via book cover
“I haven’t read Mike Monteiro’s new book Ruined by Design, so I can’t say whether it’s any good. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it isn’t available at Amazon for all that much longer, now that its cover encourages Amazon workers to form a labor union.”

“Amazon giveth and Amazon taketh away”
Amazon driver takes photo of delivered package, then steals it
“A Nest video camera (made by Google, not Amazon) in a North Carolina neighborhood captured the scene as a driver left a package, snapped a picture to prove it was delivered, and then walked off with the package.”

Some Customs Agents are extremely big-headed!
US Customs Officer Harasses Defense One Journalist at Dulles Airport
“A U.S. passport screening official held a Defense One journalist’s passport until he received an affirmative answer to this repeated question: ‘You write propaganda, right?'”

Writers: Repeat After Me – DO NOT TRAVEL TO IRAN!!!
Iran frees Australian travel bloggers in possible prisoner swap
“Iran has freed two Australian travel bloggers who were detained for three months after being arrested for flying a drone near a military zone without a license.”

Hint: Never give top-secret info. to your bed buddy!
Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested on charges of leaking top-secret information to reporters
“An employee of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested on federal charges that he leaked classified information, including details of a foreign country’s weapons systems, to two reporters in 2018 and this year.”

Another reason to never trust reviews on Amazon!
These “Amazon’s Choice” Sellers Are Bribing Customers For Good Reviews
“Some sellers offer gift cards or freebies to customers in exchange for five-star reviews. Amazon is recommending their products as ‘Amazon’s Choice.'”

We hope this firm doesn’t owe any of this money to WRITERS!
Tiger Oak Media, publisher of Minnesota Bride magazine, files for bankruptcy
The Minneapolis firm, which publishes Minnesota Bride, owes creditors more than $2 million.

If you can’t prove you were actually damaged, you can’t win a lawsuit
A loss for couple who sued Westlaw for publishing digits of Social Security number
“A Michigan court has denied a couple’s appeal of a ruling that dismissed their lawsuit over allegations a company published the first five numbers of their Social Security number on its public records website.”

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33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Blind Characters

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