Friday, May 27, 2011

I'm with Woody Guthrie

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The Dust Bowl troubadour wrote "Some will rob you with a six-gun and some with a fountain pen."

Of course, if Woody were alive today, he'd change "fountain pen" to "digital scanner."

The University of Iowa Press is being robbed again. And my wallet gets pinched as well. Some outfit called FreeBookSpot is giving away free electronic downloads of Seven Wheelchairs: A Life beyond Polio.

The domain name ends with ".cc," and a "Whois" search doesn't include that listing, but the information below is from Wikipedia and suggests that it is a spammer's umbrella.
.cc is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Cocos (Keeling) Islands, an Australian territory. It is administered by VeriSign through a subsidiary company eNIC, which promotes it for international registration as "the next .com"; .cc was originally assigned October 1997 to eNIC Corporation of Seattle WA by the IANA. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus also uses the .cc domain, along with .nc.tr.
Oddly enough, there is what appears to be a Comment block on the page. I entered a comment, one asking if they had permission to give away an electronic download of my book, but when I clicked on the "Add comment" widget nothing happened. It is a fake comment box.

Such is life in a world where the people who drove major fifinancial institutions into bankruptcy are awarded with multi-million dollar bonuses.
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