Month: September 2009

What a week for Justice! Net Neutrality and revocation of telecom immunity!

First news that the FCC is actually going to promulgate net neutrality rules this coming Monday.

This essentially means the FCC has put its collective foot down on the issue. Here’s the thing, a lot of people are shocked that the FCC is doing this but I have to make it clear how the FCC operates.

The FCC runs on comments to its proposals. Every now and then the FCC will put out a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) and invite relevant parties to voice their support or rejection of the NPRM. The thing is, the FCC counts every submission as unique even if provided by the same person over and over.

So in this case it worked in our favor but remember, other groups like the Parents Television Council (all six of the people who probably belong to the group!) uses this to support the obscenity provisions that all broadcasters must follow.

In other news, a bill called the “JUSTICE” Act has been submitted. This bill corrects some of the more onerous parts of the “PATRIOT” Act but it goes further. It revokes the immunity granted to telecom carriers over the Bush era warrantless wiretap program. Only one telecom carrier didn’t roll over for the program, that was Qwest. Every other company including at&t, Verizon, et al rolled over for it.

I hope this bill passes. I want to see at&t and Verizon pay through the nose for allowing the NSA to spy on U.S. citizens.

From the article linked above:

One of the most significant aspects of the JUSTICE Act is that it will remove the retroactive immunity grants that were given to the telecom companies that participated in the NSA warrantless surveillance program. The companies that cooperated with the surveillance program likely violated several laws, including section 222 of the Communications Act, which prohibits disclosure of network customer information. The immunity grants have prevented the telecommunications companies that voluntarily participated in this program from being held accountable in court.

They should be held accountable and as I said, at least the legal team at Qwest knew it was wrong. Why didn’t the legal teams at at&t and Verizon not know this?

You know now that I think about it, this really isn’t a good week for the telecom companies.

Why I love the net, Part 7E+08

I love the net for many reasons. One of which is dredging up friends you’d lost touch with.

Today was just such a day. I get a linked-in invite from a girl I used to work with way back when.

Holly was the type who would regularly regale me with stories of sexual conquest at lunchtime.

Anyhow it lead to finding my old boss on facebook of all places. He’s the one who did that little thing that got me booted out of the Attorney Generals office at transition. So I remembered his phone number and gave him a call.

Told him that I forgave him for the little twist he’d given me on that. And of course he tried to lie his way out of it. But I recall, he stutters a bit when he’s lying and sure enough. I told him not to sweat it, but asked if he really thought I wasn’t connected too.

That got a chuckle out of him. He did mention that my assessment of what he should be doing back in the late 1990’s was spot on. I told him he should be a college professor and pursue his education. And that’s what he’d doing now.

Funny how that all works out.

Time to Just Say No to Giant Corporate “Parasites” — and Recognize Them for What They Are

That last part about health care is enlightening. In essence the reason health care costs have risen at such an astronomical rate has nothing to do with the advanced care we now can have, but everything to do with the hangers on and sycophants in the insurance and billing industries.

I imagine we’d save quite the bundle if our politicians just had the intestinal fortitude to tell the insurance companies that the game is up. We all know it’s the corporate interests, we should be in the streets protesting that. Instead we get the racist birther and tea party idiots.

But what I find interesting is that some of the tea party attendees know what the real problem is with government. It’s not the spending per se, but the corporate corruption.

Question is, how do we stop it? Simple, we stop buying everything but absolute necessities. Cut out all luxury purchases (including that cell phone!) and send a clear shot across the bow of the corporations. You can screw us to the point where we’ll stop supporting you.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Respect of Marriage Act RI Sponsor

Note the singular. Sponsor. U.S. Rep Patrick Kennedy of RI is the only co-sponsor on the bill. Not a thing from my U.S. Rep Jim Langevin. Now on one hand I’ve heard what a nice guy Jim Langevin was when he was Secretary of State in RI, but on the other I hear from people who deal with him that he’s an asshole. I just consider him and idiot and with any luck Betsy Dennigan will unseat his ass soon.

I know we have the support of one of our U.S. Senators. Sheldon Whitehouse was actually at the event this past Saturday for Marriage Equality/Mass Equality.

But I want to see this bill pass because it is way past time we dismantled that disgusting DOMA.

Jimmy Carter: Bias towards Obama based on the fact that Obama is Black

You’ve got to watch this. Jimmy Carter hits the nail on the head.

But watch what he says at the end. Yes Obama will be triumphant on this one.

I can tell you that racism isn’t dead. I’ve seen it used against my SO Keyron. But if people knew him like I knew him they’d love him. And know what, everyone I know who has met him loves him too.

But there are still racists out there. And it’s not just the old people, I’ve seen young racists too. It’s sad.

Wanna mess with my right to marry? Beware what you wish for, you just might get it.

Then I have the answer for you. I’m going to support laws that forbid you to divorce. That’s right, you want to crow about protecting marriage then John Marcotte and I are throwing down the gauntlet.

I can tell you though what will happen if by some stretch of imagination this proposition actually passes is that you’d see a serious rise in domestic violence and murder rates. After all the vow does say “‘Til death do we part….” it just doesn’t enumerate the method of death or who kills who.

This is what California gets for passing such a hateful proposition back in November.