links for 2010-07-04

  • We will provide you free, easy-to-use information to keep you safe from crime and violence. Our goal is to give you useful information you can use right now to ensure your personal safety and protect your property. This site isn't about marketing or making money off you, it's about giving you the information you need to keep safe.
  • Ever notice how tourists look up when wandering the streets of our fine city? After years of annoyance with their slow shuffle and skyward gaze, something funny happened: I decided to join them. Well … I looked up with them and I'll save you the suspense … it was fun! No really, checking out the skyline from street level might be the single funnest, cheapest, most accessible thing you can do in all of New York. But when was the last time you stepped outside of whatever hustle and bustle had you hustling and bustling, and took in what was going on above? If you're anything like me, it's probably been a while.
    (tags: NewYork)
  • A fully functional submarine built for the primary purpose of transporting massive amounts of cocaine has been seized by Ecuadorean authorities with the help of U.S. drug enforcement agents.

    A drug-trafficking organization built the sea-worthy vessel that is now being held near the border of Ecuador and Colombia, and one individual has been taken into custody, authorities said. The investigation into the group and the submarine, which was seized Friday, is ongoing.

  • Unless you've been living under a pile of archaic dead tree books, you know Amazon has raised the royalty rate for self-published Kindle authors to 70%.

    This rate only applies to ebooks priced between $2.99 and $9.99. If your ebooks are with another etailer (mine are also with Sony, Kobo, iPad, and B&N) and that etailer discounts them, Amazon will also discount them to match prices. Which is why some of my $2.99 ebooks are selling for $1.59 on Kindle (and I'm only earning 70% from the lower price.)


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