By GINA KOLATA
Published: July 30, 2006
July 30 — Valentin Keller enlisted in an all-German unit of the Union Army in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1862. He was 26, a small, slender man, 5 feet 4 inches tall, who had just become a naturalized citizen. He listed his occupation as tailor.
A year later, Keller was honorably discharged, sick and broken. He had a lung ailment and was so crippled from arthritis in his hips that he could barely walk.
Despite most of society’s incessant whining about how things don’t get better, nobody on this planet can argue the facts such as these: we get two or three lifetimes for the price of one relative to every single society in the history of this planet. Think about that. And the entire article also drives home the point that the quality and health of this life in this country is better than anywhere in history of this planet. Flip It™ indeed.
An advertising model that does not click
By Richard Waters
Published: July 31, 2006
Is the type of advertising that turned Google from just one more cool internet start-up without a business model into a corporate superstar too good to be true?
“Cost-per-click” advertising is one of those alluring ideas that make the internet so disruptive. By letting advertisers pay only when someone clicks on their message, and by targeting advertisements – either by linking them to the results of internet searches, or by fitting them to the subject of whatever someone happens to be reading online – it represents a huge leap forward in efficiency.
The pay per click "problem"? Here we have the fastest growing and most profitable company in the history of capitalism, but the mainstream media can explain how it’s a problem. Do I really have to write “Fl…" on this one?
By Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in London
Published: July 30, 2006
Christoph Mohn, the heir to the Bertelsmann media empire, has called for Europe to create an Airbus of the internet, to compete with US giants such as Google and Ebay.
Mr Mohn, chief executive of Lycos Europe, said his online community and search company would introduce some products to the US market in the next 12 months but European internet companies were operating at a disadvantage to their US rivals.
How about the nerve of this chump? He’s a friggin’ billionaire heir and he’s asking everyone, rich and poor in his country and other poorer countries to put more money in his pocket through redistribution of wealth. Gotta love how these socialists think.
As I wrote in Real Money when these idiots came up with this socialist pig idea:
Are the French and the mainstream media just jealous of our tech boom?
I mean, first it's some nonsense about the France demanding Apple open up it's iTunes store technology. And now it appears that the mainstream media has decided to latch onto this new nonsensical French tech development(is that an oxymoron?):
Dow Jones Headline: Le Google Francais
The French government plans to invest EUR2 billion (about $2.5 billion) to fund technology projects, including a Franco-German Google Inc. (GOOG) rival, InformationWeek reports. The multimedia search engine is called Quaero, which means "I search for" in Latin. The project, which will get $90 million from the French funds, aims to create an engine for computers and mobile phones.
Yeah, I'm sure a bureaucratic socialist entity with a small fraction of the bankroll of Google, the fastest growing company in the history of capitalism, is really going to create a viable competitor. I'm not a buyer of Google right now, and I can think of about a million reasons to sell Google. A state-funded competitor from France sure as heck isn't one of them. Isn't it great how freedom works?