It is my firm belief that the Anti-GMO crowd will not truly believe that their work is done until they have hampered the agricultural industry so much that famine once again becomes a MAJOR problem for the world.
Advances in crop yields through science helped avoid cataclysmic problems in the 60s-70s. The anti-GMO crowd wants to stop those kind of advances cold and relegate the globe to famine again.
If enough countries are strong-armed into creating hyper crappy laws at Hollywoods request, it will be real soon now that we'll hear Hollywood bitching and complaining that the US needs new stronger laws -- like all these other countries.
If Ignorance of the law is not an acceptable excuse for breaking it, then all laws must be fully and completely made available to the public!!
Also, it is my belief that all our representatives should be made to actually read any laws they vote on in their entirety. If thats too damn hard for them, then maybe the laws they're creating should be made simpler.
It would be great if the FCC would get a wiff of this.
If the networks don't want the spectrum GIVEN to the stations, then take it away and let the people do something with it.
The FCC should have a few hearings on this so the network reps can rush there and tell us how much their statements were misunderstood.
Stories like this just fuel my dream to build a time machine to go back and make sure the VCR and Cable TV are outlawed. Then I could return to the present day were TV Companies and Movie Companies either don't exist anymore or exist in a very weakened state....
But just imagine if it were true. Imagine if the government built a nationwide, fast wi-fi network. Imagine the technological innovation and change that could happen.
The ONLY element of the economy that would suffer would be cell carriers and ISPs. But the benefits to 'We the People' would be enormous. Heck the benefits to most 'Businesses are People' would be enormous too, except to the aforementioned cell and ISP companies.
If this were done it could spur an economic renaissance.
But of course established companies that have captured our government and the established entities that would demand full surveillance on this network (I'm looking at you RIAA and MPAA) would block us from this possible bright future.
There will come a time when the total backwardsness of the US ISPs is going to cost us any and all technological edge we think we may have.
When other countries have 10x the bandwidth we have for 1/10th the price, they will technologically innovate while we will stand still.
It is time for the FCC to drop the hammer on ISPs and make caps, throttling, filtering, and monitoring illegal. Its way past time that the internet be declared a common carrier network. But of course the FCC has be regulatory captured and refuses to serve the public like its supposed to.