People took a lot of money in helping out in funding a new ISP already.
I think it started went to $2 million. Can't recall it right now, but I'm sure it was on Ars Technica if someone else remembers...
Anyway, let's get to a few things...
While I firmly believe that most unions today are counterproductive (frequently holding back innovation and flexibility),
This isn't really true because unions represent democracy in the workplace. There are certainly some undemocratic unions but that's the result of rules such as the Taft-Hartley Act which deprive unions of dues while also having them represent people that don't pay these dues. It's a starvation tactic and it works to make unions less effective. Also, look in other countries such as Germany. They made unions stronger while America, since 1946, has made unions weaker.
That it later resulted in vast amounts of corruption and cronyism, let alone hindering the way in which companies could innovate and adapt, are certainly big issues to be concerned about -- but there were reasons why that happened as well (driven by leadership on both sides).
I'm not positive about this but the emphasis should be where we question this... Why are we only looking at leadership? The premise I set is that you pay dues for your protection in the workplace. After seeing what has happened to the largest unions (Teamsters for example), their decimation should make us question how we can better protect workers. It's not happening right now and the result is that the Steve Jobs of the world can walk all over their employees as a result of collusion. That should be something avoided IMO.
In regards to the Consumer's Union, I support the idea, and want to see how it goes. It's about time that people recognize that democracy begins with them. To have so many people create an organization from scratch is certainly needed along with someone advocating municipal broadband while protecting people on the national level could be done. It just takes organizing. I'll definitely see how this comes up as time goes along.
Three years... I made this comment as an inspiration and a warning based off General Adama's insight from Battlestar Galactica...
Adama didn't want to be the president as well as the highest military commander. Such an interest would destroy any form of democratic expression, which was the point.
America IS a police state. There is no denying it now. The no knock warrants, the Sound Cannons, the teargas and tyranny are caused by a long line of undemocratic measures making economic and political progress impossible for the mass of people.
Why did we allow this? Where did we go wrong? It's not just one event and pointing fingers won't help. But it's time to correct the mistakes so that they don't keep piling up and killing innocent people frustrated at their loss of constitutional rights.
Americans are pretty pissed at your imperialism as well. Or civil liberties were taken by you just as much as the Middle East with no knock warrants, murder of unarmed citizens, and the trampling of the Constitution.
If you can't follow the rules *IN* the country, what makes we, the people, believe you care about the rights of those outside of it?
Alright... So we're playing redactions? How about we bring up the past and some really questionable stuff that explains who would help the US?
We know that the UK has its hands dirty in this because it's a part of Five Eyes. They've been using torture since the time of the London Cages while the Nuremberg Trials were considered a sham by some.
To tell you this is to give you context that the UK has its hands dirty and doesn't want to come clean about their "expedition" just as much as America doesn't.
While pointing the finger at the NYPD is laudable, it's not helpful to know that the same programs are just hiding under a different name.
All this does is hide accountability for the actions of the government who wants to target communities. Before, the world was scared of communists for making FDR pass the New Deal. Then it was Socialists because teachers got paid a lot. Then the unions didn't do anything. Then you had women wanting to work. Then it was black people were lazy.
Ya know... How about we look at how our government is running and do some Spring Cleaning? It pays to spy on us, it pays to boss us around... Why are we allowing it to do that instead of demand our damn representation?
We don't need the stinking redactions. You already erased our history and destroyed lives. It's time for you to be held accountable for your actions. James Clapper, you uphold a status quo that is far outside of what the public wants. You complain too much and you've done nothing but lie to us.
Someone FIRE this guy! And the next three down the line that even TRY to lie to us!
That always struck me as one side of the equation. What people forget is how hard these corporate conglomerates work to *eliminate* competition to their money source. The fight against piracy is the same way. Instead of coming to the rational conclusion that legal access lowers demand for digital goods, we have people chicken hawking about how consumers cause lost sales.
We would have to train people on better broadband access. We'd have to cut down on expenditures by taking public funds away from the monopoly.
Even then, there are other pitfalls and possibilities that won't surface until we see what's going on with municipal broadband. We can't just rely on competition to save us when a monopoly worlds to maintain its position.
Comcast isn't too big to fail. Neither is it too big to succeed.
It's too big to function.
You literally have all of these workers that have nothing to do but be glorified sales reps. No expansion of service, no focus on what communities need, no true way to answer any questions about this scandal, nothing.
This its just the same as GM making 28 million cars but having to recall 27 million. Yet those cars KILLED people... And we expect that a few more sales and profits for the CEOs is going to make this all better?
It's time to bust Comcast down to size. Smaller internet companies and not massive unwieldy behemoths which take value from the communities they leech off of.
Do you know why these people are shoring up their defenses?
A mass of people informed on the issues they care about is far more deadly than any drone, surveillance, or anything close to what a military can do.
The internet is damn near a public right and it's been around long enough to be a part of the public sphere to increase discussions and that sense of community that people have.
You learn about foreign cultures and social concerns in a much quicker process than anything before it.
And to have ANYONE take that public communication away should be a fight.
If you look back in history, you'll find that public outcry and public knowledge is what is to be feared. It's why our government is trying to clamp down on such things and misinform the public. But even on Net Neutrality, that fight can be won. The fight to prevent Comcast's takeover of the internet is a fight to keep it a public good, not a marketing tool.
I'm positive that this fight will continue. But it's a fight that is FAR from over.