Ordinary Times regular contributors Mark Krieger (@musepolisci) and Andrew Donaldson (@four4thefire) break down the news that Walmart is looking to launch their own streaming service, and fall on opposite sides when it comes to projecting the retail giants success.
So if you are a small town in Washington state, how do you increase your population by 36% and your tax revenue two to five times that of other comparable sized municipalities? Economic magic? Nope; just be located close to the border and be thankful for Canadian Amazon shoppers flooding in for parcel pickup.
Back in May the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the “head tax” under the auspices of raising funds for the homeless. But in the face of opposition from Seattle’s largest businesses, and a certain legal challenge to the law itself, the council has reversed themselves.
Dubbed the “Seattle head tax”, the measure was touted to raise funds, combat homelessness, and build affordable housing by instituting a per-employee tax on companies such as Starbucks and Amazon, among others.
It’s only worth it to you if it’s worth it to you.
#IndependentBookstoreDay is upon. After a week in which Amazon, a main force is the decline of bookstores announced their quarterly profits, the independent-minded bibliophiles now have their day. Or at least, one day.
We are going to need some new terminology for dominance in a business sector. Amazon, already the undisputed king of E-commerce, now commands 43 cents of every dollar spent online.
Proponents hail it as an innovative way to increase ease of delivery and security. Others are decrying yet another tech-based reach into our lives and personal property.
We accept the unacceptable sometimes because it never occurs to us not to.
How much should cities even want Amazon’s HQ2? What should be they be willing to pay and do?
Stuff you shouldn’t forget to do. Even if you’re just a lurker.
Go watch Catastrophe because it is very funny and very good and, also, very real.
Picking a book at random from the “Hey check this out” list works out very well, at least this time.
Should you watch Amazon’s Bosch? Yes, so long as you’re willing to accept goodness rather than greatness.
Burt Likko fills in for Will Truman for this week’s aggregation of dozens of links to themed web randomness!
How the rise of “Amazon Art” and CSAs for local artists extends earlier business models—and how each needs the other to succeed.
A friend pointed me to this op-ed by Richard Russo in the New York Times about Amazon’s latest tactic to establish itself as the sole source for buying… well, everything, to be honest. Basically, the gist is this: …Amazon was encouraging customers to go into brick-and-mortar bookstores on Saturday, and use its price-check app (which…
So I’m trying to figure out how to make Amazon Associates work with the League. A number of people have suggested it as another good way to – I don’t want to say monetize, because we’re not trying to monetize – but to help fund the site’s basic operations. Anyways, here’s a book whose predecessors…