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Viral Video: Czech President Pen Caper (and Inevitable Facebook Campaign)

A video of Czech President Vaclav Klaus sneakily pocketing a fancy pen at a signing ceremony has, of course, continued to rack the views on YouTube.

And–also, of course–there is now a Facebook campaign to send him more pens.

Klaus, who does not seem to get the profound silliness of the Internet, has declared that pens are for the keeping when it comes to official duties.

All true, but his stylus caper looks pretty hysterical when set to music, as it was by this Czech television news program:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work