Actual Good Deals on Amazon Prime Day


Some people celebrate Amazon’s Prime Day by trying to be funny in tweets with the hashtag #PrimeDay or #PrimeDayFail. Once in a while they are funny. But mostly, they are ham-fisted, profane and goofy.

Once in awhile, the Amazon deal is actually a good deal.

Here are the best places to look for good stuff. Well, best if you have my narrow tastes. (Note, the links are affiliate links. I think I’ve made $5 in commissions since 2004):

Amazon devices
Power tools, yes!
Bicycle stuff
Hammock stuff

And then there is this worst-ever Prime Day Deal and an affront to the Rex brand.


This post has some suggestions about where to look for deals from local sellers on Amazon.

U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index

A database and search tool that provides the most recent cases and decisions related to different facets of fair use.


I ran across the U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index recently. Since my legal training is from the Jackass School of Law, I’ve never attempted to dive into the deep end of legal research. But the approach of this search tool uses is tightly focused on the most recent cases relevant to the many different facets of fair use. It’s one of those hidden-gem resources you can find on government websites when you are looking for information that’s more than the Wikipedia version.

How the U.S. Copyright Office describes the Fair Use Index:

The Fair Use Index tracks a variety of judicial decisions to help both lawyers and non-lawyers* better understand the types of uses courts have previously determined to be fair—or not fair. The decisions span multiple federal jurisdictions, including the U.S. Supreme Court, circuit courts of appeal, and district courts. Please note that while the Index incorporates a broad selection of cases, it does not include all judicial opinions on fair use. The Copyright Office will update and expand the Index periodically…

For each decision, we have provided a brief summary of the facts, the relevant question(s) presented, and the court’s determination as to whether the contested use was fair. You may browse all of the cases, search for cases involving specific subject matter or categories of work, or review cases from specific courts. The Index ordinarily will reflect only the highest court decision issued in a case. It does not include the court opinions themselves. We have provided the full legal citation, however, allowing those who wish to read the actual decisions to access them through free online resources (such as Google Scholar and Justia), commercial databases (such as Westlaw and LEXIS), or the federal courts’ PACER electronic filing system, available at

*By coincidence, “non-lawyering” was my major at the Jackass School of Law.

Radio Lab’s Seven-Episode Podcast Series About the Supreme Court is Beyond Perfect

More Perfect bypasses the wonkiness and tells stories behind some of the court’s biggest rulings


I’ve just listened to a couple of episodes about the workings of the Supreme Court in the seven-part podcast series, More Perfect. The series is the first spin-off from the Radio Lab folks at WNYC Studios. The host is Jad Abumrad, the founder and co-host of Radio Lab.  (Did I mention Abumrad, a MacArthur Fellow, is a Nashville native?)

More_Perfect___NPRIf you are familiar with the production approach of Radio Lab, you’ll recognize how the podcast episodes are edited with layering approaches that are like those you’d hear in recorded music, not spoken word reporting. This is a signature of Abumrad, who majored in music at Oberlin College and, well, have I mentioned he’s a native of a place that has the nickname, Music City?

The episodes are also filled with parenthetical conversations that allow Abumrad to interject questions to the reporter right at a point where the listener may be getting a bit confused. “I can’t believe I’m hearing you say that,” Abumrad says at one point when the show’s lawyer explains a way in which the legal system works.

According to the show’s website, “More Perfect, dives into the rarefied world of the Supreme Court to explain how cases deliberated inside hallowed halls affect lives far away from the bench….More Perfect bypasses the wonkiness and tells stories behind some of the court’s biggest rulings.”

I agree.

Another thing to check out are the episode pages for the way in which they provide and organize links related to all aspects of the podcast. Well done. Here’s the page for one of the episodes I heard.

Employment Trends in Newspaper Publishing and Other Media, 1990–2016

From the U.S. Labor Department, Bureau of Labor Statistics

458,000 | 1990 | People employed in newspaper publishing industry
183,000 | 2016 | People employed in newspaper publishing industry

30,000 | 1990 | People employed in internet publishing and broadcasting
198,000 | 2016 | People employed in internet publishing and broadcasting

Quote from Bureau of Labor Statistics

“Two other industries similarly affected by the Internet are radio broadcasting, where employment declined from January 1990 to March 2016 by about 27 percent, and motion picture and video production, where employment rose from about 92,000 to 239,000 over the same period, an increase of nearly 162 percent.”

Via | BLS Economics Daily
HT | CB Insights @CBinsights

“No country can possibly move ahead…”



“No country can possibly move ahead, no free society can possibly be sustained, unless it has an educated citizenry whose qualities of mind and heart permit it to take part in the complicated and increasingly sophisticated decisions that pour not only upon the President and upon the Congress, but upon all the citizens who exercise the ultimate power.”

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John F. Kennedy
Commencement Address
San Diego State College
June 6, 1963