Archive for August 3, 2008

Writer Larry Beinhart’s Salvation Boulevard

August 3, 2008

Larry Beinhart is the happy passionate madman writer behind the novel American Hero, which became the basis for the movie Wag the Dog (it was a veeeeery loose interpretation of the book!). He has a new novel coming out that’s already been optioned for the movie screen.

It’s called Salvation Boulevard and I’m just going to quote what Larry sent me in email:

The corpse is an atheist professor, the accused is an Islamic foreign student, the defense attorney is a Jewish lawyer, the investigator is a born again Christian. The mystery is God.

Yeah, that made me catch my breath and made my spine tingle!

Larry also sent along a bunch of reader quotes and even the Publishers Weekly starred review (scroll down). It’s been getting a lot of attention and buzz.

Larry Beinhart will be at the New York City Partners and Crime bookstore for a signing on September 9th. I met him there at a previous signing and he’s been nice enough to put up with my irregular emails ever since.

The p book will be published in September — and I hope the ebook version will be available then too. (But, Larry, so far none of your work is in ebook form! You must fix that!)

Blog Notes: Another Short Day

August 3, 2008

Did I mention I’m on Twitter now? Yes, I did.

And I don’t use it mainly to promo this blog.

There’s mostly behind-the-scenes stuff.

Like why today will be a short day.

Doctor Horrible Is Still Free, By The Way

August 3, 2008

Television’s Future Could Be ‘Horrible’

On very short notice, Whedon first put it up for free for a week in mid-July and now wants people to pay a nominal sum to see it. Over the weekend, I became one of many propelling it to top-of-the-charts status on iTunes, the only place it is available.

Wrong! Research FAIL!

It’s still on hulu for free free free.

Start here with Part One.

And no, I haven’t changed my mind at all. Part Three is still Cliched Suck.

Previously here:

Final Doctor Horrible Is Up!
Doctor Horrible Part Two Is Up!
Go See Doctor Horrible

Copyright Fascism Helps Kills Copyright Blog

August 3, 2008

End of the Blog

I have decided to end the blog, after doing around 800 postings over about 4 years. I regret closing the blog and I owe readers an explanation. There are two reasons.

It’s the second reason that stands out for me:

2. The Current State of Copyright Law is too depressing

This leads me to my final reason for closing the blog which is independent of the first reason: my fear that the blog was becoming too negative in tone. I regard myself as a centrist. I believe very much that in proper doses copyright is essential for certain classes of works, especially commercial movies, commercial sound recordings, and commercial books, the core copyright industries. I accept that the level of proper doses will vary from person to person and that my recommended dose may be lower (or higher) than others. But in my view, and that of my cherished brother Sir Hugh Laddie, we are well past the healthy dose stage and into the serious illness stage. Much like the U.S. economy, things are getting worse, not better. Copyright law has abandoned its reason for being: to encourage learning and the creation of new works. Instead, its principal functions now are to preserve existing failed business models, to suppress new business models and technologies, and to obtain, if possible, enormous windfall profits from activity that not only causes no harm, but which is beneficial to copyright owners. Like Humpty-Dumpty, the copyright law we used to know can never be put back together again: multilateral and trade agreements have ensured that, and quite deliberately.

Emphasis added by me.

I want to be the one to personally put the noose around the neck of Mickey Mouse and send that law-warping rat bastard into Pubic Domain Heaven.

Bank Collapse Watch: Another One Goes Bust

August 3, 2008

Small Florida bank is 8th U.S. failure this year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bank regulators closed a small Florida-based bank on Friday, the eighth U.S. bank to fail this year under pressure from a weak economy and a credit crisis precipitated by falling home prices.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp said First Priority Bank had $259 million in assets and $227 million in deposits and its failure will cost the federal fund that insures deposits an estimated $72 million.

SunTrust Banks Inc (NYSE:STI – News) has agreed to assume the insured deposits of First Priority, whose six branches will reopen Monday as branches of SunTrust Bank.

Emphasis added by me.

And boy, this one was high up in one of the two lists I referenced earlier:

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Notice this bit:

The agency also has running tally of problem banks that its examiners closely monitor. At the end of first quarter, 90 institutions were on that list.

The FDIC does not name the institutions on the list, which is expected to be updated this month for the second quarter.

Emphasis added by me.

Why wait for them to release their secrets? Protect yourself!

Click here for a summary of posts in this blog’s Bank Collapse Watch category.

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Educate yourself!

Bank Collapse Watch: More FAIL Contestants

August 3, 2008

FDIC warns four US banks over liquidity

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation revealed on Friday that it had issued warnings to four small US banks that lacked sufficient reserves to cover potential loan losses.

The cease-and-desist orders issued in June said the four banks needed to raise more capital, expand their loss allowances and better oversee and diversify their loan portfolios. A fifth bank was cited for violating consumer protection laws.

Losses on mortages and other loans have helped bring down eight US banks this year, including one small Florida institution on Friday. Last month, Indymac, a California lender with $32bn in assets, became one of the largest banks to go under in US history. It filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection on Friday.

The banks receiving cease-and-desist orders in June were MetroPacific Bank in Irvine, California; Bank Haven in Haven, Kansas; Clarkston State Bank in Clarkston, Michigan; and Hastings State Bank in Hastings, Nebraska.

Emphasis added by me.

And hey, we can confirm two of these contestants! They’re on one of the two Bank Collapse Watch lists I referenced earlier.

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And how do you like that? They’re right next to each other on that list!

Click here for a summary of posts in this blog’s Bank Collapse Watch category.

Where is your money today?

Educate yourself!