Repeal the Internet Sales Tax?

 

You know the situation all too well.  You go to a grocery store, a BART station, or any other wide “parking lotted” location, and you are immediately locked into an uncomfortable stare-down with a pseudo-impassioned plain-clothed youth, armed with a clipboard and an intrusiveness that ranks somewhere between an aggressive homeless person and a Macy's employee desperate to meet a quota.  You normally think up some lie, pretend to be on your phone—anything to just get into the store and on with your life. 

 

But, every once in a while, they shout out a line that lures you in. Something that you are indeed passionate about, something that makes you surrender that look of "okay, tell me more".  Now they've got you. And they hand over that clipboard with a list of dozens, maybe even hundreds, of people who have stood right where you’re standing. It's a relatively small commitment.  All you have to do is sign and your show of support is tallied.

 

It's a high pressure sales situation except nobody is asking for your money.

 

These days, there is a new beast in front of your grocery store and its mating call is "More Jobs, Not Taxes"—it is trying to sell you on petitioning the internet sales tax.

 

You may hear this and immediately want to sign, because it sounds appealing to reject any new taxes.  It would be slightly more difficult than asking a room to give a show of hands if they want to pay more or less for something.

 

What you should know, though, is that "More Jobs, Not Taxes" is a campaign funded entirely by Amazon.com, an online retailer whose refusal to collect sales tax costs California, according to estimates, around $200 million a year. 

 

It's incredibly important that you know this, because, unlike other petitions, this one is asking for your money, as well as your community.  Amazon's attempt to block this new law prevents them from collecting and remitting taxes that go towards fire departments, police stations, public schools, health programs, etc.  Their refusal to collect sales tax also gives them an unfair advantage over local retailers who do collect and remit taxes for the community.

 

So, even though your immediate reaction to one of these petitioners may be to sign on, just remember that, by saying "No" to internet sales tax, you're actually saying "No" to fairness, small business, and the wealth of your community.

 

-Jon Stich, Diesel Bookstore-Oakland

 

Visit the Green Apple Books blog for another indie bookseller response to the Amazon problem. 

AMIGO, A Giveaway

Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to our winners!

 

John Sayles' new film Amigo opens August 19th and we're giving away tickets! Comment here or on our facebook page for a chance to win a pair of ticket vouchers to see the film.

The Brentwood winner will win tickets for the Laemmle's Monica 4 in Santa Monica.

The Oakland winner will win tickets for the Cinemark Union Landing 25 in Union City.

 

About the film:

   AMIGO, the 17th feature film from Academy Award-nominated writer-director John Sayles, stars legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre as Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War.


   When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer (Chris Cooper) to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla fighters. But Rafael’s brother (Ronnie Lazaro) is the head of the local 
guerillas, and considers anyone who cooperates with the Americans to be a traitor. Rafael quickly finds himself forced to make the impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by ordinary civilians in an occupied country.

   A powerful drama of friendship, betrayal, romance and heartbreaking violence, Amigo is a page torn from the untold history of the Philippines, and a mirror of today’s unresolvable conflicts.


   For Trailer & More Info, Please Visit: www.AmigoTheMovie.com

 

Playing at these theaters:

Los Angeles, CA (Santa Monica) – Laemmle’s Monica 4 

Cerritos, CA – Edwards Cerritos Stadium 10 

West Covina, CA – AMC Puente HIlls 20 

San Francisco, CA (Daly City) – UA Stonestown Twin 

Union City, CA – Cinemark Union Landing 25 + XD

Milpitas, CA – Century 20 Great Mall + XD 

Stockton, CA – Regal Stockton City Center Stadium 16 

San Diego, CA – UA Horton Plaza 14  

On Display: The Great Wall of China

At Diesel, Oakland we have an architect in our midst. Well, half architect, half inspired trash sculptor, Daniel Nelson. With cardboard, bookmarks, and just a little packing tape, Danny (above) has taken our global-studies alcove around the world in way less than eighty days. Check out just a few of the titles on our Great Wall display:

 

Algonquin Books Features Diesel's John Peck

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Why I do what I do: "Simply because I love books and find them necessary. Getting information from the internet is like fishing with a hundred hooks and no sinker; you end up catching a lot of bait. Books are the sinkers that let you catch the big fish."
 
CLICK HERE to read more of John's interview on the Algonquin Books Blog.
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Christian Jackson's New Spin on Kid Classics

"All it takes is a single image to evoke our favorite Grimm’s fairy tales and other childhood stories: Rapunzel’s golden braid, the Cheshire Cat’s toothy grin in Alice in Wonderland, Snow White’s poison apple. These are the stars of Christian Jackson’s minimalist kids-book posters, which provide a refreshing alternative to the loud, busy Disney-style design of most entertainment-inspired children’s decor." -- Via Flavorwire.

 

 

The Slow Bookselling Movement

"First we had slow food, then slow writing and now, quite naturally it seems, we have slow bookselling..." Read more.

 

 

 

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