Anyhow, I grew up watching lots of John Wayne war movies, and drew plenty of graphic battle scenes during class-time. One of my teachers did get to see my notebook, chock-full of violence and gore. (Leaky, smeary red ballpoint pens made for some awesome blood!) She just commented that I had talent.
Comcast’s team includes six former government officials. From left, former Senator Don Nickles, former Representative Robert Walker, former Senator Blanche Lincoln, former Representative Ron Klink, David Cohen of Comcast and former F.C.C. member Meredith Attwell Baker.
Unfortunately, expecting anyone to make sense these days is just plain unrealistic. All it takes now is having well-dressed "serious" people move their mouths and spew the right buzzwords; making logical sense is optional. Like the Gary Larson cartoon of an old woman talking to her dog, all they need to say is "bla-bla-blah, business, bla-bla, . . good for consumers, . . "bla-bla-blah, . . democratic process, bla-bla blah, . . "
And of course, handing out cash to all the right people makes the deal happen while the public sits waiting patiently for the doggie treat they think is coming. Job done. We live in an idiotocracy.
"An easy way to stop this sort of crap would be to get all the students to do the same thing."
I like it; though a foolish doubling down by the so-called adults would of course be a distinct possibility.
The nice thing about this idea is that while morons can easily disregard the opinions of other adults (a big reason they're morons more than likely), there's no escaping the humiliation when even children recognize what dopes they are. I can't imagine many things inflicting more hurt to the ego than a school full of kids snickering, "that's the stoopid teacher!!!" And then with fingers drawn, blast away- "Pew, . . Pew-Pew!!!"
"If US pretends to be our master, too, now, can we at least get the right to vote for the US leaders?"
Be careful what you wish for. Getting the right to vote in the U.S. would probably come with our never-ending political campaigning and propaganda and an even more subservient media serving up political infomercials rather than actual news. Not to mention that, in the end, the people you do successfully elect would all too often find the fetid swamp of D.C. to be a comfy Jacuzzi they can relax in.
Nope, you're describing relatively small-dollar secondary expenses that do not come anywhere near the real profit potential. I'm talking direct usage fees. Imagine, if you will, if COMCAST was able to buy up most of the highways in the U.S. There are only COMCAST cars for sale in your locality; you're forced into a long-term contract; you are restricted by mileage caps with big overage penalties; maybe there's an end to "roadway" neutrality, where if COMCAST doesn't like you, the stoplights are double the wait unless you pay up. What if they only built roads to the commercial establishments they owned?
I'm talking a cats-and-dogs-living-together, wrath-of-God monopoly that could generate profits several orders of magnitude above what is being skimmed from our current public highway system. Public utilities? A huge mistake that some have probably never stopped crying over.
I have no doubt there's a certain social strata that thinks the interstate highway system was the greatest error and calamity in world history. Think of all those people using something of value without anyone being allowed to collect (extort) fair market value!!!!
I can't imagine our corporate overlords ever letting THAT happen again.
Another day, another bit of news relating to Intellectual Venture's #1 lobbyist, Sen. Don Nickles and his lobbying firm, the Nickles Group LLC. Yesterday it was MPAA; today it's IV. Tomorrow? Maybe it'll be fracking, payday lending, net neutrality, or pushing TPP on behalf of his big pharma, legacy entertainment, or telecom clients. Just an all around stand-up dude.
Thanks for the reminder that the politicians themselves are often driving, rather than merely being passively driven by the moneyed interests in D.C. I suppose with all the hyper-partisan propaganda these days, it's easy to oversimplify how things really work and forget just how complex our Beruit on the Potomac can be.
Regarding the MPAA, this news is not some grand revelation in light of their on-going relationship with the Nickles Group LLC, lobbying firm of far right-wing goofball and former U.S. Senator Don Nickles (R-OK). The Copyright Alliance, after all, was a creation of Nickles associates and the MPAA.
Naw, he's where he belongs. It's not like the capitol is a pristine place he's fouling for the first time or anything. He doesn't need to be elsewhere; quite the contrary. See, if Congress doesn't refresh the manure daily, the place will collapse in on itself like an old termite mound. Goodlatte's just doing his share of spackling the walls, is all.
Is gov't capable anymore of getting off its asterisk and forcing the breakup of a premier corporation? On behalf of consumers or citizens??? (No need to answer that). If shareholders stood to lose some serious money, we'd see a bailout, maybe.
To continue with the movie plot, the first matrix failed because nobody accepted the contentment and harmony of the original design. Now, however, we have our pro-wrestling spectacle of MSNBC vs. FOX, which unfortunately too many people accept as the whole of reality.
A case can be made that President Obama is actually a program from the machine world, and just another level of control. His push for TPP and use of drones (Sentinels?) has me scratching my head.
Given our vastly more complex and diverse communications ecosystem, totalitarian regimes cannot realistically hope to commandeer, shut down, or otherwise neutralize all media as was done in your great-grandpappy's Germany. The thing now is to get people to settle in to their own comfortable bubble of reality, and "choose to accept the program, even if it is on an unconscious level"
Seems to me like it's working pretty well, given the number of Americans all comfy in pink goo filled pods, being fed the artificial reality piped in to them via MSM. The Wachowski Brothers got it right; so did Zynep Tufekci.