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The Click-conomy


This article is brought to you by the advertising that brings you Slate.

I started sometimes reading Slate when Slate started publishing stuff to read. Slate, an exclusively online news magazine, was one of the first of its kind. I thought it was going to change the world. Back then I naively thought that just about everything that was happening on the fledgling web was going to change the world.


Oh, M&M’s have their own website now? This is going to change the world!

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them internet monies

Bloomberg reports that top YouTube stars can expect poverty level wages. That doesn’t surprise you because you’re sophisticated (and good looking, and smart, and conscientious) and you read a site taglined: “… you can’t make money online.” But other–lesser–people are surprised.

Straight to the guts:

Breaking into the top 3 percent of most-viewed channels could bring in advertising revenue of about $16,800 a year, Bärtl found in an analysis for Bloomberg News. That’s a bit more than the U.S. federal poverty line of $12,140 for a single person. (The guideline for a two-person household is $16,460.) The top 3 percent of video creators of all time in Bärtl’s sample attracted more than 1.4 million views per month.

That’s almost enough money to buy gas, drive to the library, and take a nap.

One in 3 British children age 6 to 17 told pollsters last year that they wanted to become a full-time YouTuber. That’s three times as many as those who wanted to become a doctor or a nurse.

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Believing in Math


Last week I built a case docket for the Herbalife lawsuit and linked in most of the relevant case documents. I’ll be keeping that page up to date and pinning it to the top of the site whenever there’s something new to talk about.

In 2011 I tried to post continuous content to a single page while I covered the triple homicide trial of media establishment conman (and person with deep ties to Herbalife and MLM) James Arthur Ray. That page ended up with a thousand comments and started collapsing under its own weight.

In 2018 this site is like a laser. This docket post will not collapse, and the large (searchable) documents associated with it load all but instantly. It’s so amazing.

The internet is ruining the world–but it’s also the world’s best thing. We could still harness the power of the internet to disintermediate the devil; to level the playing field; to facilitate global free speech like never before. Sure, right now it’s mostly being used to concentrate power in the hands of the worst of us… like everything always has been. But we haven’t lost just because we are currently losing.

Truth will win. Math will win.

Just so you know–in spite of whatever–I still believe.

Rodgers vs. Herbalife (docket)


Case No. 1:17-cv-23429

Interactive case docket regularly updated with: words, pictures, documents, videos, and maybe a light sprinkling of jokes.

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Payday Protection

Have you seen that six-part Netflix documentary series Dirty Money?

It’s good.

If you watch just one; let it be Episode 4, Cartel Bank, about the Mexican money laundering operations of Herbalife’s bank, HSBC. Think about the rise of Herbalife’s Mexican nutrition clubs while you watch it.

{ No, I’m sorry. That was just a little note to myself. Ignore that. Oh you already are ignoring that? Cool cool cool. }

What I meant was…

Watch Episode 2, Payday, about payday lender and–omg he actually made himself a race car driver–narcissist Scott Tucker.

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