You keep calling them FTA negotiations. Actually, they seem to be more of LIFFFTA, as in they LIFFFTA profits. It stands for Legacy Industries Freedom From Free Trade Agreements. I mean after all, a Free Trade Agreement would open trade up more, not provide so many restrictions that try to keep out innovators and start-ups from causing disruption and lowering the profits from the cash cows of legacy (US) industries.
Well, it appears that LG just thought that nobody would ever notice that their TV was spying on them. How about some charges against LG for transmitting the contents of a hard drive that they should be accessing and transmitting. Isn't it great that now we pay for a TV for the company to use to spy on us. At least it used to be that you got a free service in exchange for being watched (one example is Yahoo and another is Google). Now, LG wants you to pay them for the TV, then they get to sell all of your personal info. I think they should have to give me a free TV for that access.
It's the NSA's job to spy on the rest of the world...
It's what we pay them to do and the rest of the world know this. Governments have always spied on each other. What's new in these revelations is that they are now spying on every communication on the rest of the world and on every US citizen that uses a phone or the Internet. The NSA and the CIA were supposed to be watching the rest of the world. Not everything every US citizen does. If anything, that is the job of the FBI and there is a warrant process for that, not just a suck it all up and get the warrant later.
Journalism to Influence the Government is Terrorism
You better build some more prisons for all of those journalists then because of election season because that's exactly what those darn journalists are going to do, influence the government by writing articles about the politicians and wannabe politicians.
Well, governments seem to be forgetting the old adage "An Ounce of Prevention is Better than a Pound of Cure". The new logic is that is it better to hide in dark rooms and secretly watch everybody (who are these perves) than to let everybody know they are being watched.
Because you know, the bad guys are extremely stupid and don't know that all the major Internet lines have been tapped and everybody is being watched.
This is not the language I would have used, but it is my sentiment exactly. Innocent until proven guilty. This poor guy was proven innocent 8 time before he was charged or even arrested. Those cops and doctors should be held personally responsible because they seriously overstepped police policy, proper police procedure, and trampled the guys constitutional rights out of jurisdiction and on an expired warrant.
It's gone "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth" it been classified out of existence
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
It appears tht Lincoln got it wrong at Gettysburg. Alexander has changed it to:
and that government by me, for me and against all those people in the country that just won't let me do anything I want, shall not perish from the earth.
There is no government "by the people" if they are not allowed to know what the government is doing because it classified. The true hypocrasy that keeps recurring is that he is no longer protecting the foundations of this once great country. He is waging a personal war against an enemy he can't actually name, so we keep getting the "BUT TERRORIST" argument. There always have been terrortists, there always will be terrorists. There will always be people who don't like the way things are. They believe they have a better way and are willing to kill to make the change to their way. Oh wait isn't that what a "targeted drone strike" means (why bother with those pesky trials and rules of evidence)?
Instead of protecting the foundations of this country, he is waging a personal unwinnable war against a vague enemy at taxpayer expense. The worst part is that (again at taxpayer expense and against their will) he's got the tools that the Nazis and Hoover would drool over.
The sad part is that the pesky entitlement programs are getting in the way of spending more taxpayer money on this unwinnable war. Its called target blindness and Air Force pilots crash their planes when they get it, Alexander is going to crash the country if he is not stopped soon.
Is there any hope that the next election will see a wave of congressional change that will result in the resolve to downsize the Alexander empire and return to protecting Americans by upholding the Constitution by the highest law enforcement agencies in the country?
That used to be the "motto" on the police cars around me. Now police departments seem to be trying to recreate themselves in the image or the Pre-Crime Bureau and Big Brother. The cops have been watch too many movies. They seem to want to move toward predicting and pre-stopping crimes rather than catching the criminals once a crime has been commited. In their efforts to pre-stop the crimes, they seem to have forgotten the laws of the land like the 1st and 4th amendments which they are also supposed to be upholding, not trampling them with ever more invasive technologies. Many law enforcement officers don't even seem to get it that they have cameras to record everything, but the citizens they are supposed to be protecting aren't allowed to have cameras. The irony seems lost on them.
"The American Way" as outlined in the Constitution should be an all pervasive idea guiding everything that is done in the name of the American people. The fact that the NSA, FBI, CIA, DHS, and all the rest of those agencies need to hide what they are doing from the light of day should be a strong suggestion that IT IS WRONG. If the people is the US should not know what is going on in their name, then it probably should not be going on. Yes, bad things happen in life. They (all of them), have not been able to prevent anything. So far, all they seem to have accomplished is to trample over the rights granted in the Constitution and make the rest of the world hate the US. If they are so ashamed of what they are doing, then it should stop.
Many builders do that to get the cash for a contract to not put in a rival. However; in most of the US easements are written into every real property deed to allow access for public utilities. FIOS qualifies as a public utility. Since the builder no longer owns any of the property, that agreement can't stop them from wiring up the community. With one exception, when they write that type of agreement in another community, they don't want the cable company to violate it, so they have a secret handshake agreement to honor those types of contracts. Get a couple of neighbors together and file a lawsuit and especially important, make noise, get the TV news and newspapers to comment on it. Then quickly and quietly, FIOS will show up in your neighborhood to stop the noise about these secret handshake agreements. Maybe if it actually gets to court, the judge will file a ruling that these types of contracts are illegal and it will help the many other neighborhoods where these types of deals have been made by builders that restricts consumer choice.
So let's see, you know how to cuss and make up a strawman ( you know, make up something I never said ) but not address any of the points I stated. So, some more details for you to not talk about and use some more cusswords. I have Comcast service. FIOS is available in my neighborhood. For the same price as I pay for Comcast service, I COULD get FIOS at a slower speed. Both Comcast and FIOS have much faster service levels at much higher prices, but in every case, the FIOS price is higher than the Comcast price at each service level (read that to mean that at every given price point, the FIOS service is slower than then Comcast service). Now, where did you get the 500mbps number from? You were the first to mention that. I never stated anything about the capability or lack there of for the speed capability. What has that got to do with the discussion at all? The discussion was that Verizon is a multi-billion dollar publicly traded company. Why do they need to get billions of dollars of taxpayer money up front, to never actually do what they were supposed to do, as in get FIOS to the taxpayers? If indeed they need to be given taxpayer money to build the infrastructure they are going to own in the end, at least lets make it conditional on actually doing what they were supposed to do, and then give them the money after its done, not before. That is my point and look, I didn't have to use any foul language, sling insults or make things up that weren't part of the conversation or even relevant (except in an NSA kind of way where everything is relevant). Isnt' that amazing?
I disagree. Especially in this case, Verizon is a multi-BILLION dollar company. They should get ZERO dollars until there is results. AND, especially since this is tax payer money, the results should be seen by taxpayers. What good is fiber close to the home? Of course, Verizon believes that we are all stupid anyway, FIOS does not deliver "fiber" speeds to the home, it delivers slightly less speed than Comcast for the same price. Go Figure! They put lots of money into capping technologies so that their fiber delivers less than cable.