THE FUTURE ONE
I found this in the latest San Diego City Beat
[Edit: If you’re one of the many who asked where the numbers come from.]
Watch that blue line for the US get even bigger if Comcast is allowed to merge with Time Warner Cable.
White House Petition
Comcast’s bid to acquire Time Warner Cable, if allowed to occur, would be the 10th largest corporate merger in American history. The company is seeking approval from the FCC and the Department of Justice, who are charged with making sure the giant corporations aren’t breaking any anti-trust laws. But they are already falling into the realm of anti-trust…as in “We the American people DO NOT TRUST this large corporation, whose main goal is to increase its own profit margin, to have our best interests in mind.”
The media is focused on answering the question of what may happen to a user’s service when they should be focused on what will happen to our rights and our democracy. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the government from making any law abridging the freedom of speech or infringing on the freedom of the press. If only our forefathers had included a dictum against market or business endeavors that have the secondary outcome of infringing on these areas. Instead, we are letting the loopholes of the ‘free-market’ decide just how much of our constitutional rights we get to maintain.
Comcast + Time Warner Cable = Disaster
If approved, this outrageous deal would create a television and Internet colossus like no other.
Comcast is the country’s #1 cable and Internet company and Time Warner Cable is #2. Put them together and you get a single giant controlling a massive share of our nation’s TV and Internet-access markets.
No one woke up this morning wishing their cable company was bigger or had more control over what they watch and how they get online. But that’s the reality we’ll face unless the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission do their jobs and block this merger.
Stopping this kind of deal is exactly why we have antitrust laws.
This merger would put more than a third of all cable-TV subscribers in Comcast’s hands and give it control over more than half of the “triple-play” services that combine TV, phone and Internet service. Don’t forget, Comcast already owns NBC, MSNBC, Universal Studios and tons of cable networks. That means that for most of America, Comcast could control even more of what you see and how you see it.
Putting this much power in the hands of one company is dangerous.
This deal would lead to less consumer choice, less diversity and much higher cable bills. Tell the FCC and the DOJ to stop this merger.
Petition at http://www.freepress.net/
Texas Sportscaster Gives Best Response to Michael Sam’s Coming Out Ever
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I’VE SEEN SOMETHING GO RIGHT WITH “TEXAS” AND “MISSOURI” IN THE SAME PIECE OF MEDIA GOD BLESS
Holy shit, this is the best verbal smackdown I have ever seen of people bashing homosexuality and racism.
this is actually the best, like he quotes audre lorde holy shit
I couldn’t have said it better!
Natural foods or deceptive labels?
…The fact that people are outraged over this ad is outrageous itself. People indignant that others would have the audacity to sing ‘America the Beautiful’ in a language other than English, when America was built on opening its arms to the world? The quote on the Statue of Liberty doesn’t say ‘give me your English-speaking only, Christian-believing, heterosexual masses.’ It says ‘give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, tempest-tost.’
Have we forgotten that every one of us ‘Americans’ except for Native Americans, are descendants of foreigners?
That the English language is from England?
…”America the Beautiful,” in any language, is still America the beautiful.
Counterfeit Cash, a Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash tribute band based in Portland, Oregon, has just released a new music video, “Coal Train Blues,” a cover of the Man in Black’s famous hit “Folsom Prison Blues.”
The revised lyrics tell about the health and environmental risks that coal exports pose to communities across the Pacific Northwest, including the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
The video was produced by the Sierra Club’s partners on the coal export fight — Friends of the Columbia Gorge and the Power Past Coal coalition. Counterfeit Cash volunteered their talent for the cause.
"For us, taking part in this project was an easy decision," says Counterfeit Cash singer Daniel Coble, below. "What little is left of wild nature is being destroyed just to keep our toxic, growth-based economy going. We all need to be pushing back against this madness."
Coble rejects the notion that Cash’s romanticism of trains might have extended to coal trains. “Johnny didn’t romanticize coal. He sang songs like ‘Loading Coal’ (‘And I’ll sit around starvin’ ‘til I’m finally told/There’s a nickel more a ton for loadin’ coal’). Johnny loved trains, but he also loved wild, unspoiled nature.”
Sierra Club organizer Laura Stevens says coal exports anywhere would harm communities everywhere. “From mining the coal in Montana to transporting it through the Pacific Northwest to burning the coal abroad and exacerbating climate disruption, coal exports threaten our environment and people’s health. It is imperative to the health and safety of our communities that we stop dirty coal export projects in their tracks.”