"Your passports please," said the young man in civilian clothing toting an AK-47 at the Libyan border.
"For what?" responded our driver, Saleh, a burly, bearded man who had picked us up just moments before. "There is no government. What is the point?" He pulled away with a dismissive laugh.
On the Libyan side, there were no officials, no passport control, no customs.
I’ve seen this before. In Afghanistan after the route of the Taliban, in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Government authority suddenly evaporates. It’s exhilarating on one level; its whiff of chaos disconcerting on another.
“These practical accommodations aside, all the fixings were there for a debauched Friday night. But what did we do? We had a tasty, reasonably priced meal at Flour and Water in San Francisco’s hip Mission District. We didn’t even blow money on a cab. Instead we took the practical, easily navigable subway known as BART and then walked the last part by foot.”—
“The problem is pretty basic. Many types of content businesses dont have 30% of margin to play with. In books, Amazon doesn’t have 30% margins to give to Apple and remain in business. In music, services like Pandora probably don’t even have 5% of margin to play with. […] But Apple is not stupid, so they have certainly run the numbers. And so it seems that they have decided that they now have a platform that is so popular, that the services that can’t afford to pay them 30% are not needed anymore. In fact, perhaps it might be more accurate to say, these services aren’t *wanted* any more. Clearly Apple has iBooks, which they want to be the bookseller on the iPhone. And obviously, with the Lala purchase last year, and their primary position in the music ecosystem, Apple feels comfortable being the only music service on the platform.”—Why does everything suck?: RIP Pandora, Kindle on the iPhone (and many other content services)
Via missionmission, SF local (and manymachines Tumblr follower — that’s right, this space is for sale!) Sean Keane (who also writes sportscentr) is in the running for Country Music Television’s “Next Big Comic” web contest. He’s pretty funny!