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No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.

— Samuel Adams

Unforgotten Reading

1920: The Year of the Six Presidents

This is an interesting examination of the influential players leading up to the 1920 election.        

The 5,000 Year Leap

I am actually re-reading this one. It is interesting that I find folks are willing to attack the author of this book, but they never attack the content. Give it a read for yourself.

2ndamendmentWell the first show is “in the can” as they say. It was definitely a learning experience. I think I have all the kinks worked out, so the next show should go even smoother!

If you would like to listen to the archive of Fridays live show, you can find a player below.  Our topic for this first show was the 2nd Amendment. I have no doubt that this will come up again in future shows, but I think we made a good start!

That’s right, today will be the first ever “Robert April Program”! The topic for this first show will be the second amendment. I am excited to get the show started with such a topic and look forward to getting some live listeners! In addition to being able to participate live, you will also be able to listen to the show from the archives.

You can find the show here: The Robert April Program

If you are on the go, you can listen using your iPhone. Download the app here.

You will be able to use the chat features to participate and I am also planning to have Skype up and running to take calls live!

I like e-readers. I think they are a great idea. I picked up a second gen kindle when it first came out and despite the fact that the little toggle control is cracked and the whispernet no longer works, I will not be upgrading any time soon.

If you are already a reader, you will find that an e-reader makes is easier for you to read even more. If you hardly read at all, you will find you read more. For someone without the room to keep lots of books, it allows you to carry a library of thousands around in your backpack.

So why am I not upgrading to the undeniably improved new Kindle? Economics. I am choosing to vote with my dollars. You see, it makes absolutely no sense to me to buy a kindle book when the physical book is cheaper. I really only have one e-book buying commandment.

Only buy the kindle version if it is cheaper than ALL other new editions of the book you are buying.

So buying used does not count, but when you are giving up a physical product for a virtual one, that you cannot hand off to someone else and that you cannot sell off if you like, paying more for the virtual book is just plain dumb.

So I have found over the last year or so that I simply cannot buy a virtual book without breaking my single rule. The options have gotten fewer and fewer and I find that I can buy only about 1 in 10 of my books as a kindle book if I follow my rule.

Once I have bought that physical book, I have another rule I follow.

For any book that I must buy a physical copy of because the kindle version costs more, I will buy that book, read it and then gift it or sell it to someone else.

I am all for moving into a digital world for many of the books that I would buy. When it comes to books I would normally get in paperback – I would much rather get the digital flavor of it. However, as consumers, we need to communicate to publishers that we will not only refuse to buy an overpriced virtual book, but we will also follow that up by purchasing the physical version AND making sure that others are able to avoid buying the book altogether by my giving the book to them.

They are going to try and sell us on the convenience of the digital copy making it worth more than a physical copy – which does not come close to compensating for the rights we give up when we buy a virtual rather than a physical edition.

So for now, my Kindle will sit, mostly unused. My money will remain unspent on an updated Kindle. But my habits with the books I do buy will cost publishers more than they can imagine – I promise.

How could we possibly have re-elected a president who has  achieved NONE of the things he said he would? Even if you judge him by his own standards, he should never have been put back in office.