“‘The early picture has been turbulent and bracing, with physical sell-in for all manga publishers down by half or more,’ says Ben Applegate, Penguin Random House’s director of publishing services. ‘That’s significantly worse than graphic novels overall. Before Covid-19, online sales had been gaining ground, but brick-and-mortar stores—Barnes & Noble in particular—still represented a relatively high share of physical manga sales. In-store browsing is important for manga, and consumers tend to be young people or teenagers. As the pandemic shuttered stores, juvenile and middle grade graphic novels were insulated from the impact thanks to parents buying online to entertain their kids, but my sense is that more manga are purchased by teens for themselves. With B&N seemingly not in a hurry to reopen, it may take a while to reconnect with that audience in print.'”
Manga Publishers Are Holding Steady—For Now, by Deb Aoki, PW, 29 May 2020
Ben Applegate in the news!
“Hachette Book Group is launching a new program to assist in the reopening of independent bookstores. The program is intended to help stores recover from the impact of Covid-19 on their businesses, as well as to aid bookstores in reopening.”
HBG Launches Indie Bookstore Assistance Program, by John Maher, PW, 18 May 2020
“Donald Trump’s victory was devastating for people like Frum; they were suddenly politically homeless. The more enlightened of them went back to first things and wondered what had gone wrong. By tacitly supporting Richard Nixon’s Southern strategy, had they been accomplices to the racial tribalization of American politics? By coddling anti-science evangelicals, had they taken the wrong side on issues ranging from “creationism” to climate change? By pushing for a bellicose crusade — yes, “crusade” is the proper word — in the Middle East, had they destroyed America’s credibility in the world, and unleashed a know-nothing populist whirlwind at home? By denigrating almost every aspect of the federal government, had they helped destroy the public trust? These are the questions that impelled the writing of “Trumpocalypse.” Indeed, Frum’s intellectual journey is what makes this book so fascinating. He can look at our current condition with fresh eyes, earned through humiliating experience. It is a humility to which the rest of us should aspire.”
David Frum Rethinks Conservatism, by Joe Klein, NYT, 26 May 2020
David Frum and Joe Klein: 2 guys who get to have their cake and eat it, too. I have nostalgia poisoining again; it’s wonderful.
“How many vulnerabilities lurk inside the bazillions of open source libraries that today’s developers happily borrow to build their applications? Predictably, the answer is a lot, at least according to application security company Veracode which decided to scan 85,000 applications to see how many flaws it could turn up in the 351,000 libraries used by them. All told, around seven in ten applications had a security vulnerability traceable to one or more of those libraries, which might come as a shock to the developers who thought they were getting something for free.”
Open source libraries a big source of application security flaws, by John E. Dunn, Sophos, 27 May 2020
“In his ruling, Judge Hacon ordered Rosen and his companies to pay an initial $100,000 in damages for copyright infringement, agreeing unauthorised license deals and denying royalty payments. Rosen and his companies were also directed to provide a record of all license agreements involving Watership Down, and pay court costs and the estate’s legal fees totalling £28,000. Rosen is set to pay additional damages, to be determined at a later hearing.”
Watership Down author’s estate wins back all rights to classic novel, by Sian Cain, The Guardian, 1 June 2020
1. How could this happen? and 2. Why did the court case take so long? 3? Gah!
“One important difference between the protests that have spread across the country for the past nine days and nights and other protest movements is their subject. The demonstrators who have taken to the streets in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers are protesting against police violence and the inequities of the criminal justice system, which as others have pointed out, call into question the role and neutrality of the law enforcement personnel who patrol those streets. The police officers firing tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets — and generally roughing up protesters — have seemed in many ways like counterprotesters more than peacekeepers. In fact, a majority of America’s police officers strongly disagree with the core arguments of the protests. And that’s probably related to the fact that the police and the protesters are much different from each other in terms of politics and demographics. And these underlying differences over identity, politics and policy are creating a toxic and potentially dangerous dynamic as the protests continue.”
How The Police See Issues Of Race And Policing, by Perry Bacon, Jr., 538, 4 June 2020
“Mr. Trump struck back, drafting an executive order designed to chip away at Section 230. He and his allies also singled out a Twitter employee who had publicly criticized him and other Republicans, falsely suggesting that employee was responsible for the labels.”
Twitter Had Been Drawing a Line for Months When Trump Crossed It, by Kate Conger, NYT, 30 May 2020
“Earlier this month, the US Senate narrowly voted to renew warrantless collection of Americans’ web-browsing histories. This week, the US House of Representatives is expected to consider the act that reauthorizes that warrantless data collection: the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act. The House already passed the reauthorization act, sent it to the Senate, and will this week consider the Senate’s tweaks before sending it to President Trump for his signature. On Friday, leading up to the House’s vote later this week, a group of seven internet companies and organizations suggested that legislators just might want to rethink the legislation’s disregard for Americans’ privacy. The group includes Mozilla, Engine, Reddit, Reform Government Surveillance, Twitter, i2Coalition, and Patreon. They’re asking legislators to amend the bill in order to limit government access to internet browsing and search history without a warrant.”
Internet giants unite to stop warrantless snooping on web histories, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos, 26 May 2020
“The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and other free speech organisations subsequently got involved, sending a group letter to Redbubble that accused Trump’s campaign of having ‘misused Redbubble’s reporting mechanism to suppress protected political expression in the form of parody, critique, and satire’, and arguing that the work and those who publish it are protected by the first amendment.”
Trump campaign attempts to remove satirical cartoon from online retailer, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 28 May 2020
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in the news.
“Our review of Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office data compiled in the L.A. Times Homicide Report, found law enforcement officers have killed 329 people since 2013, the first full year when Garcetti and Lacey were both in their current positions. The Homicide Report lists 876 people killed by police in L.A. County since Jan. 1, 2000.”
Black Lives Matter-LA Leader Explains ‘Very Deliberate’ Choice To Demonstrate In Upscale Neighborhoods, by Sharon McNary, LAist, 31 May 2020
LATimes Homicide Report: 1 OIS in Lincoln Heights since 1 Jan 2020; knife vs. gun; does the LAPD really not train their officers how to disarm non-gun wielding citizens? If not; they should.
“The US is protected by what’s known as a nuclear triad: a three-pronged attack force that consists of land-launched nuclear missiles, nuclear missiles on submarines, and aircraft equipped with nuclear bombs and missiles. One of the triad’s legs – the land-based LGM-30 Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) – has been kicked by hackers who’ve inflicted Maze ransomware on the computer network of a Northrup Grumman contractor. Sky News reported on Wednesday that the contractor, Westech International, has confirmed that it’s been hacked and that its computers have been encrypted. It’s not yet clear if the extortionists managed to steal classified military information. Investigations to identify exactly what they got away with are still ongoing. However, the attackers have already leaked files that suggest they had access to sensitive data – including payroll and emails – that they copied before they encrypted it, Sky News reports. They’re threatening to publish all of the files. Unauthorized access to data about intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles would be bad enough, but depending on what the attackers accessed, the attack could have yet more serious repercussions, given Westech’s client list.”
Nuclear missile contractor hacked in Maze ransomware attack, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos, 4 June 2020
“These were the words shouted at Walter Soto, one of the city’s most important taqueros at the moment, by a face covering-less caucasian man in Highland Park on Saturday afternoon. Soto was about an hour into his second day of service of his new location on Avenue 63 and York Boulevard specializing in Sinaloan-style tacos with handmade corn tortillas when the confrontation happened.”
Who is this white man who harassed El Ruso out of his new Highland Park location?, by Javier Cabral, LA Taco, 1 June 2020
Ave 63 and York is NOT a residential corner, and El Ruso had it’s permits; what’s the problem? Neighbors? Just relax.
Every man I meet is in some way my superior.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out what from.
Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer. He is by constitution expensive, and needs to be rich.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every man needs slaves like he needs clean air. To rule is to breathe, is it not? And even the most disenfranchised get to breathe. The lowest on the social scale have their spouses or their children.
Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every man, and for stronger reasons, every artist, wants to be recognized. So do I.
Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The third weakness of A Black Theology of Liberation was the absence of a clearly focused economic, class analysis of oppression. This limitation is unquestionably the result of my strong identification with the common tendency in the black community of defining racism as a domestic problem, largely associated with the exclusion of blacks from the benefits of American capitalism. Racism was primarily identified as social exclusion with disastrous political and economic consequences. I assumed that if blacks were creatively integrated into all aspects of American society, the issue of racism would be essentially solved. This was faulty analysis, because I failed to see that the problem of the human condition involved much more than simply the issue of racism. Anyone who claims to be fighting against the problem of oppression and does not analyze the exploitive role of capitalism is either naive or an agent of the enemies of freedom. I was naive and did not have at my disposal sufficient tools for analyzing the complexity of human oppression. My strong negative reaction to the racism of many white socialists in the United States distorted my vision and prevented me from analyzing racism in relation to capitalism.”
Reverend James H. Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation, preface to the 1986 edition, 1st ed. 1970