Posts tagged ‘amazon’

Orwellian irony

I couldn’t make this stuff up!

Amazon Removes Orwell Books from Kindle Digital Book Reader

In technology news, Amazon.com has remotely deleted some digital editions of two books purchased by users on the Kindle digital book reader. Ironically, the books were George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm. The Kindle is a digital book reader made by Amazon that allows users to download entire books to be read on a portable device. Even after users purchase books, Amazon retains the ability to remotely access the book and delete it. In the case of the Orwell books, Amazon said versions of the book were added to the store by a company that did not have rights to them.

via Democracy Now! | Headlines for July 20, 2009.

Advertisements

July 20, 2009 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

The Amazonian Secret

Please allow me to share with you how “The Secret” changed my life and in a very real and substantive way allowed me to overcome a severe crisis in my personal life. It is well known that the premise of “The Secret” is the science of attracting the things in life that you desire and need and in removing from your life those things that you don’t want. Before finding this book, I knew nothing of these principles, the process of positive visualization, and had actually engaged in reckless behaviors to the point of endangering my own life and wellbeing.

At age 36, I found myself in a medium security prison serving 3-5 years for destruction of government property and public intoxication. This was stiff punishment for drunkenly defecating in a mailbox but as the judge pointed out, this was my third conviction for the exact same crime. I obviously had an alcohol problem and a deep and intense disrespect for the postal system, but even more importantly I was ignoring the very fabric of our metaphysical reality and inviting destructive influences into my life.

My fourth day in prison was the first day that I was allowed in general population and while in the recreation yard I was approached by a prisoner named Marcus who calmly informed me that as a new prisoner I had been purchased by him for three packs of Winston cigarettes and 8 ounces of Pruno (prison wine). Marcus elaborated further that I could expect to be raped by him on a daily basis and that I had pretty eyes.

Needless to say, I was deeply shocked that my life had sunk to this level. Although I’ve never been homophobic I was discovering that I was very rape phobic and dismayed by my overall personal street value of roughly $15. I returned to my cell and sat very quietly, searching myself for answers on how I could improve my life and distance myself from harmful outside influences. At that point, in what I consider to be a miraculous moment, my cell mate Jim Norton informed me that he knew about the Marcus situation and that he had something that could solve my problems. He handed me a copy of “The Secret”. Normally I wouldn’t have turned to a self help book to resolve such a severe and immediate threat but I literally didn’t have any other available alternatives. I immediately opened the book and began to read.

The first few chapters deal with the essence of something called the “Law of Attraction” in which a primal universal force is available to us and can be harnessed for the betterment of our lives. The theoretical nature of the first few chapters wasn’t exactly putting me at peace. In fact, I had never meditated and had great difficulty with closing out the chaotic noises of the prison and visualizing the positive changes that I so dearly needed. It was when I reached Chapter 6 “The Secret to Relationships” that I realized how this book could help me distance myself from Marcus and his negative intentions. Starting with chapter six there was a cavity carved into the book and in that cavity was a prison shiv. This particular shiv was a toothbrush with a handle that had been repeatedly melted and ground into a razor sharp point.

The next day in the exercise yard I carried “The Secret” with me and when Marcus approached me I opened the book and stabbed him in the neck. The next eight weeks in solitary confinement provided ample time to practice positive visualization and the 16 hours per day of absolute darkness made visualization about the only thing that I actually could do. I’m not sure that everybody’s life will be changed in such a dramatic way by this book but I’m very thankful to have found it and will continue to recommend it heartily.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
7,221 of 7,426 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret saved my life!, December 4, 2007
By Ari Brouillette (Kensington, CA United States) –

June 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment


Pages

Twitter Updates

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

RSS Democracy Now!

  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on "How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective"
    We speak with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor about the new collection of essays she edited that is titled "How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective." Taylor is an assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University and the author of "From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation."
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Democratic Party Faces Reckoning for Purging Sanders Supporters
    As President Trump completes his first year in office, activists in cities across the country will hold mass protests Saturday on the first anniversary of the historic Women's March. This comes as a slew of lawmakers have joined members of the Black Congressional Caucus in backing a resolution to censure President Trump over his racist comments in which […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • As Shutdown Looms over Immigration, Trump's Rejection of Refugees Could Have Global Domino Effect
    As Senate Democrats say they'll vote against a government spending bill that fails to protect DACA recipients, setting up a potential government shutdown, we look at the worldwide refugee crisis. The United Nations Refugee Agency reports the number of displaced people worldwide has hit a record high, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced f […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • Headlines for January 19, 2018
    Senate to Vote on Stopgap Spending Bill, with Gov't Shutdown Looming, Immigrant Activists Flood Capitol Hill, Demanding a "Clean DREAM Act", California Immigrants Left Terrified as ICE Plans Raids, Colorado: Marchers to Lend Support to Immigrant Activist Sandra Lopez, Trump Administration to Deny Temporary Work Visas to Haitians, Haitians Prot […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • Trump Biographer on the President's Cognitive Decline & Whether He Will Be Impeached
    White House doctor Ronny Jackson said Tuesday President Trump is in good health and displayed a normal score on a cognitive exam, amid mounting questions about President Trump's mental health. But on Wednesday, medical experts said that the results from Trump's recent physical exam show the president has high levels of cholesterol and is at serious […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • How Trump's Deregulatory Push Is Harming Workers, Muzzling EPA Scientists and Unleashing Pollution
    As President Trump's own chief of staff, John Kelly, calls his boss "uninformed," we will look at how Trump is transforming the nation by slashing taxes on the rich, gutting the nation's regulatory system and muzzling climate scientists. We speak to David Cay Johnston, author of "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Ad […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • Trump Biographer: Trump is the "Most Racist" President in At Least 100 Years
    On Capitol Hill, Democrats are preparing a bill that would formally censure Donald Trump over racist comments in which the president reportedly called African nations, El Salvador and Haiti "shithole countries." The effort is being led by New York Congressmember Jerrold Nadler and Representative Cedric Richmond, chair of the Congressional Black Cau […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • "It's Even Worse Than You Think": David Cay Johnston on Trump's First Year in Office
    Uninformed. That was the word White House Chief of Staff John Kelly used to describe his boss, President Trump, on Thursday. According to The Washington Post, Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that some of Trump's hardline immigration policies—including his call to build a wall along the entire southern border— were "uninforme […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • David Cay Johnston: Trump is Determined to Provoke War to Draw Focus from Racist & Erratic Behavior
    The New York Times reports that the Pentagon is proposing widening the permissible use of nuclear weapons to include responding to cyberattacks and other non-nuclear attacks to U.S. infrastructure. The Pentagon has already outlined this expanded nuclear strategy in a draft document sent to President Trump for approval. It comes amid a series of moves by the […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • Headlines for January 18, 2018
    Government Shutdown Looms Amid Congressional Fight over DREAMers, John Kelly Says Candidate Trump Was "Uninformed" on Immigration, Immigrant Rights Group Says Border Guards Destroy Humanitarian Aid, Detroit, Michigan: Immigrant Activist Jorge Garcia Deported by ICE, Immigrant Activist Ravi Ragbir Returned to New York in ICE Custody, Ohio Immigrant […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)

RSS Science Blogs

  • Comments of the Week #164: From black holes to moons with moons of their own [Starts With A Bang]
    “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” -Ray Goforth We’ve really investigated some amazing scientific stories this week here at Starts With A Bang! There’s always so much to consider, think…
    Ethan
  • The Oldest Human Bones, Jebel Irhoud, Morocco [Greg Laden's Blog]
    You’ve heard to story. I’m here to give you a little context. But in case you haven’t heard the story, this is from the press release which is, so far, the only information generally available: New finds of fossils and stone tools from the archaeological site of Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, push back the origins of…
    Greg Laden
  • Comments of the Week #163: from the edge of the Universe to the Milky Way’s demise [Starts With A Bang]
    “Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.” -Marquis de Lafayette There’s so much science to talk about in any given week here at Starts With A Bang! It’s sometimes hard to choose, but one particular topic stole the show this past week: black holes. Sure, we took on other things, too, but we didn’t even…
    Ethan
  • Various comments and current news [Greg Laden's Blog]
    For some reason, Facebook is not posting reliably and I will not abide writing paragraphs that the Internet sucks into oblivion! So, I have a few thoughts I’ll put here and try to link to. Rebecca Otto for Governor Let’s start with Rebecca Otto, who just gave a great talk at the DFL (that’s what…
    Greg Laden
  • Swedish Academia Is No Meritocracy [Aardvarchaeology]
    After almost 14 mostly dismal years on the academic job market, I find it a consolation to read an opinion piece in Times Higher Education under the headline “Swedish Academia Is No Meritocracy“. In my experience this is also true for Denmark, Norway and Finland. In Norway, for instance, the referee board that evaluates job…
    Martin R
  • We’ll always have Paris [Greg Laden's Blog]
    If you are upset about Trump and upset about Trump pulling the US out of the Paris agreement, please let me help you get through the day. Trump announcing that the US is pulling out of Paris does not mean the end of Paris, the end of action on climate change, or much else about…
    Greg Laden
  • Improving endurance exercise [Life Lines]
    We all know that aerobic exercise is good for us because it helps improve muscle function and our ability to move well. For fish, aerobic exercise helps animals escape predators, catch prey as well as improve reproduction success. When we exercise, our muscles adapt by altering the metabolism of energy, the way calcium is handled as…
    Dr. Dolittle
  • Comments of the Week #162: from singularity evaporation to the loss of Earth’s helium [Starts With A Bang]
    “The ability to listen and learn is key to mastering the art of communication. If you don’t use your verbal skills and networking, it will disappear rapidly.” -Rick Pitino It’s been a week full of amazing and controversial stories about the Universe here at Starts With A Bang! Did you catch the fantastic live event on Wednesday at…
    Ethan
  • Using fish skin to treat burn victims [Life Lines]
    Researchers in Brazil are testing a new way to treat burn victims. They have found that tilapia skin is rich in collagen which helps the damaged skin heal better than standard wound dressings and eliminates the need to wait for donor tissue. Check out these videos from YouTube describing this radical new idea in burn…
    Dr. Dolittle
  • Seven Stories Of Science Gone Wrong [Greg Laden's Blog]
    What, with all the attacks on science and scientist these days, we may not want to be focusing on those times when science goes off the rails and makes a huge mess of things. But, science at its best and scientists at their best, will never shy away from such things. Dr. Paul Offit just…
    Greg Laden

RSS AZ Daily Star

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.