Amazon Blames Social Media?; KEEP Bezos in Space!; School Board Plays Copyright Card to Hide Curriculum from Parents; and MORE – In The News – 06/24/2021

Amazon Blames Social Media?; KEEP Bezos in Space!; School Board Plays Copyright Card to Hide Curriculum from Parents; and MORE –  In The News – 06/24/2021

* Amazonannigans
We’re only a $315 Billion Monopoly. We Can’t Control Fake Reviews!!
Amazon Passes the Buck: Blames Social Media for Rampant Fake Reviews
“Amazon says that the blame for the rise in popularity of these organizations lies with social media companies who fail to act when warned that fake reviews are being solicited on their platforms.”

* Amazonannigans
Beam me up, Jeffy!
Tens Of Thousands Sign Petition To Stop Jeff Bezos From Returning To Earth
“Billionaires should not exist,” the description read. “On Earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter they should stay there.”

* Publishing News
How to Get Blacklisted by a Book Retailer!
How I Got an Airport Bookstore to Order ‘Breaking the News’
Daniel said he placed his second copy of Breaking the News in the “number one slot” of bestsellers at another airport bookstore, and found it gone days later when he returned to the store.

* Free Speech
It’s the Speech that People DON’T like that Needs to be Protected.
Justices Rule for Student in ‘Cursing Cheerleader’ Case
“Students can engage in all kinds of critical or dissenting commentary, whether about the Vietnam War or the student cheerleading team, without losing their free speech rights. And it doesn’t matter where they say it,”

* Publishing News
Sounds Like E-Readers are Having to Do More to Keep People’s Interest
Is it the End of the Road for Dedicated E-readers?
“This in fact makes for a significant development as this is the first time that one of the Big Three e-reader manufacturers has come up with an E Ink-based e-reader/ tablet device combo.”

* Journalism
65 Year-Old “National Review” Changing Leadership
Rich Lowry to Hand off National Review’s Print Magazine, Take on Editor-in-Chief Role
“The company, which is a subsidiary of the nonprofit National Review Institute (NRI), has raised more than $1 million over the last year in small-dollar donations from its readers — most of it over the last three months.”

* Freedom of Information
What Do They Have to Hide??
Pennsylvania School District Cites Copyright Concerns to Hide Teachers’ Racial Equity Training Curriculum
“In a statement to Fox News on Wednesday, PDE spokeswoman Erika Sanzi said that it’s ‘always a red flag when a school district refuses to allow the public to see instructional materials.'”

* Censorship / Cancel Culture
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like 1939 Germany.
The Books Are Already Burning
“Let that sink in: a book review by a respected physician was bullied out of existence in America.”

* Amazonannigans
The Amazon Driver Saga Continues
Report: Amazon Drivers Speak Out Against Working Conditions
“People are running through stop signs, running through yellow lights. Everybody I knew was buckling their seatbelt behind their backs because the time it took just to buckle your seatbelt, unbuckle your seatbelt every time was enough time to get you behind schedule…”

* Journalism
Iran? Disinformation?? Naaaawwww!!!!
US Takes Down Iran-Linked News Sites, Alleges Disinformation
“The Justice Department said 33 of the seized websites were used by the Iranian Islamic Radio and ‘Television Union, which was singled out by the U.S. government last October for what officials described as efforts to spread disinformation and sow discord among American voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election.'”




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One Response to "Amazon Blames Social Media?; KEEP Bezos in Space!; School Board Plays Copyright Card to Hide Curriculum from Parents; and MORE – In The News – 06/24/2021"

  1. Léa  June 25, 2021 at 1:39 am

    There are remedies for Bezos. First of all, I highly recommend your local bookseller. If there were one here in the south of France selling books in English, they would be on my frequent call list. There are English bookshops in France but not nearby. Yet I refuse to buy from Amazon.
    I rely on a frequent replenishment of my TBR stacks. Fortunately, I’ve found two that keep me well supplied, their prices are most reasonable and they don’t charge for shipping anywhere. Best of all, they don’t keep me waiting for my next book-fix, and they aren’t Amazon.