Mark Gisleson’s Techdirt Profile


About Mark Gisleson

Former John Birch Society Republican turned AFL-CIO labor activist who evolved into a progressive netizen which I'm now beginning to regret due to all the fucking emails I keep finding on my lawn!

Mark Gisleson’s Comments comment rss

  • Jun 4th, 2016 @ 7:25am

    Artificial sweeteners are bad

    Studies show they create a craving for real sweets. I saw this with an elderly gentleman I knew. He used artificial sweeteners and invariably after using them, he'd go hunting for real sugar. If he skipped the artificial sweeteners, the craving for real sugar just wasn't there.

    I could care less about cancer. There are better reasons not to use fake sugar. Like fake pot, it's not even close to being good for you.

  • Jun 2nd, 2016 @ 8:32am

    ATT provides the phone service

    for a campaign office we just opened in WI. We have not made the number public yet, but each day for weeks now we have gotten 2-3 junk calls a day for ads in junk publications.

    We need a Constitutional right to privacy. No one's land line is safe from these predators, not even when you're running for Congress!

  • Feb 18th, 2016 @ 9:54am

    Wireless broadband

    In case any readers are unclear as to the concept, due to unique geography I get my internet from Verizon wireless. That costs $10/1 GB. Do your own math (hint: it's cheaper to buy DVDs of new movies than to stream them).

  • Jan 25th, 2016 @ 12:17pm

    In rural Wisconsin

    Verizon will gladly sell you access via cell tower. Works really well if you don't mind paying $400-$1000 a month for basic internet!

  • Oct 1st, 2015 @ 9:15am

    Exercise caution on this one

    Chaffetz is from Utah and a ridiculously high percentage of SS and FBI agents are Mormons. Something happened ten years ago and I suspect we still don't know what that was about other than it was about a lot more than what we're reading.

    What THIS is about is Chaffetz leaking this story all over the Beltway to bolster his credentials for a leadership role in the new, even more radicalized Republican Congress.

    Chaffetz is playing the media like a violin. Techdirt should cover him very cautiously.

  • Aug 28th, 2015 @ 4:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Nothing new


    Not everyone can afford to order them from the factory with custom options.

  • Aug 28th, 2015 @ 4:27pm

    Re: Re: Nothing new

    Very serious. MS Sync refuses to read the data on any flash drive or iPod I plug into it. They've DRMed my music system, but I can still play whatever I like in CD slot with .mp3s.

    It's a used car, I didn't buy it for the stereo, but I really didn't expect a gatekeeper in my car.

  • Aug 26th, 2015 @ 2:33pm

    Nothing new

    Just bought a car with MS Sync and when I plugged my iPod in, Sync refused to play any of the music, insisting none of it was authorized.

    Worst fucking form capitalism imaginable. Own nothing but pay rent forever.

  • Aug 22nd, 2015 @ 9:04am

    Why reduce calories?

    Does the author have any clue why scientists are trying to modify rice? Why the tip on how to reduce the calories in rice? Yes, as a fat American I know that trick, but the scientists are trying to trick MORE calories out of rice, not less.

    What a stunning disconnect to go from feeding people to tips on how to get less food value from your food.

  • Aug 11th, 2015 @ 9:52am

    Bernie Sanders would fix much of this

    Why now? Lessig seems to be throwing his name out there as a spoiler to drain votes from Sanders.

  • Jun 12th, 2015 @ 1:44pm

    Yes it was confusing

    but in no way was Nancy Pelosi trying to stop fast track. Naked Capitalism has written about this at length. Pelosi pushed so hard for this her own allies in the Democratic Caucus called her out last night.

    Anything you read crediting Pelosi with stopping this is based on her flacks' false account. Pelosi and Obama lost today, and the Democratic party regained a smidgeon of their lost honor.

  • May 30th, 2015 @ 1:05pm


    There is a weirdly effective guerrilla marketing scam the right uses. They see where the counterculture is making inroads, note how that information is being distributed, and then they start coming up with "stings" like this one that make you doubt the good information.

    This chocolate study may have been about how easily duped we are, but it's getting wide distribution because it makes people doubt the alternative health information out there. I saw this article in real time and dismissed it because it was so obviously indebted to wishful thinking.

    Voluminous amounts of new information about diet are coming out. Much better documented and not fad dieting oriented. Simply put, we've been propagandized into ruining our diets. Why? Because you can make more money from processed foods. But hey, there was a phony story about chocolate, so you'd be stupid to read any of that stuff, which is why you're going to continue to read about this study for a long, long time.

  • May 26th, 2015 @ 9:50am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: "hate" speech

    I hate 1st Amendment debates because everything is so black and white, but I live in a very gray world.

    I don't have much faith in our Constitution anymore. Words can be used as weapons, and there is a gray area where our Constitution permits those with loud voices to brutalize those without power. Our courts refuse to see the connection between the words and the violence, but clearly some of those words lead to some of that violence.

    You can use words to promote revolution without anyone being harmed, but a skilled hatemonger can use words to promote philosophies that result in attacks on whichever "other" is being scapegoated.

    But maybe this is really just a debate about how selectively we interpret our laws. A SCOTUS worthy of the name would see that Geller's speech shouldn't be protected. Such a ruling would be of great comfort to me because I live in a violent country where haters constantly urge us on to new wars and more punitive law enforcement.

    I do appreciate this site's optimism and belief in our Constitution, but increasingly I think that's a Norman Rockwell picture of an America that doesn't exist anymore, if it ever did.

  • May 26th, 2015 @ 9:39am

    Homage, not infringement

    The passages you selected show that Cullin honored Doyle by taking a passage and improving on it in ways Doyle could not have. Doyle's Holmes sounds like a manipulative cult leader, whereas Cullin's take pays tribute to the detective as psychologist.

  • May 21st, 2015 @ 3:55pm

    Re: Re: "hate" speech

    I do not care for a 1st Amendment that only kicks in when death is mentioned.

    So you support a broad reading of the first amendment that protects you in a wide variety of circumstances? I am failing to see how that helps your arguement.

    Not worded well. I meant that the 1st Amendment only kicks into "hey, that's not what the Founders meant" mode when death is mentioned.

    The exceptions for commercial speech are clear. And when you're on the receiving end of it (and as a white male Boomer I rarely am), hate speech is a lot more obvious than this site seems to think. I'm not talking nuances, I'm talking Ms. Wu's death threats sitting on an FBI desk gathering dust. Hate speech/gamergate/Pam Geller — there are a lot of people working to necessitate a clarification of the 1st Amendment.

  • May 20th, 2015 @ 3:15pm

    "hate" speech

    I'll just say this once and will leave it at that since I mostly agree with you, but truly as one who has followed this issue closely, it is troubling that those who discount "hate" speech are, to the very best of my knowledge, all of European descent and not a member of a discriminated against group.

    Especially with the internet, you have a very distinct and ugly school of online bullying that is quite obviously used against women, people of color and other minorities. I do not care for a 1st Amendment that only kicks in when death is mentioned.

  • Apr 9th, 2015 @ 8:36am


    Read this as an RSS feed and didn't see the post was corrected from Fairpoint to Frontier.

    Should have realized Frontier wouldn't refuse to tell you rates, instead they'd just lie about the service you'd allegedly get.

  • Apr 9th, 2015 @ 8:31am

    The only reason

    Frontier is not more hated than Comcast is that Comcast has far more customers.

    In Wisconsin where I live Frontier is worse than a joke. Basic phone service runs about $60 a month. You can go without features, but they will — one way or another — trick your landline bill into being $60 a month. DSL is imaginary and any google search for Frontier and DSL will find tons of angry missives from customers of this alleged service.

    They do not upgrade phone lines and the entire company is an invisibly owned Ponzi scheme. Apparently control of the company keeps getting sold to new investors who loot and then move on.

    Worst phone company ever.

  • Mar 9th, 2015 @ 12:35pm

    Google image Chip Bok

    If you follow the news at all, you will be amazed how frequently his cartoons are based on his misunderstandings of actual news. Glenn McCoy is still the worst, but both rely on ridicule and mockery much more than anything vaguely construable as humor. Both love to "punch down."

  • Feb 5th, 2015 @ 12:34pm

    Having written thousands of resumes

    I understand and respect that many in the tech community love being independent contracts, and financially flourish under those rules. They are the exception. In virtually every other field I worked with, independent contractors were little more than abused and underpaid employees.

    Nearly ALL workers benefit from the legal protections afforded employees, but not independent contractors. From newspaper carriers to pizza delivery folks, indie contractors get the short end of the stick while being held to the same standards as employees without the benefits.

More comments from Mark Gisleson >>