Google says bill could spark anti-trust complaints

From Reuters:

Google says bill could spark anti-trust complaints

Google warned on Tuesday it will not hesitate to file anti-trust complaints in the United States if high-speed Internet providers abuse the market power they could receive from U.S. legislators.

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee last week approved sweeping communications reform legislation that would make it easier for telephone companies like AT&T to offer subscription television to consumers.

But it narrowly rejected attempts by some lawmakers to strengthen safeguards on Internet service, which had pitted high-speed Internet, or broadband, providers such as AT&T against Internet content companies like Google.

The battle centred on whether broadband providers can charge more to carry unaffiliated content or to guarantee service quality, an issue called Net neutrality.

"If the legislators ... insist on neutrality, we will be happy. If they do not put it in, we will be less happy but then we will have to wait and see whether or not there actually is any abuse," Vint Cerf, a Google vice-president and one of the pioneers of the Internet, told a news conference in Bulgaria.

"If we are not successful in our arguments ... then we will simply have to wait until something bad happens and then we will make known our case to the Department of Justice's anti-trust division," he said on Tuesday...

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

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[DON'T] Get Out Your Tinfoil Hats

In no way is this, below, tin foil hat territory.  Every time you read a comment on a blog or news website that seems oh so reasonable but casts doubt on anything bad the writer or the commentors are saying about a company or a candidate, you should be suspicious that the writer is a ringer for the entity being called to task.   I really noticed the tactic when the DCCC put up a primary candidate against Christine Cegelis in the Illinois 6th last fall.  DCCCers were all over the political blogs, artfully casting doubt, and successfully fooling the netroots into failing to fully support the grassroots candidate.

BUT THIS TACTIC IS NOT NEW.

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Defeat for net neutrality backers


If we were to build a progressive subscription service, we'd have more clout to fight the un-democratization of the Internet.  From BBC News:

Defeat for net neutrality backers

US politicians have rejected attempts to enshrine the principle of net neutrality in legislation.

Some fear the decision will mean net providers start deciding on behalf of customers which websites and services they can visit and use.

The vote is a defeat for Google, eBay and Amazon which wanted the net neutrality principle protected by law.

All three mounted vigorous lobbying campaigns prior to the vote in the House of Representatives...

During the debate House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, said that without the amendment "telecommunications and cable companies will be able to create toll lanes on the information superhighway".

"This strikes at the heart of the free and equal nature of the internet," she added.

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

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Al-Zarqawi dead? Bring our troops home.


We never know whether these announcements are true or not, but true or not this is a great opportunity for Democrats.  We can now insist that we declare victory in Iraq and bring our troops home.  From the Associated Press:

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi killed in air raid

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's leader in Iraq who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and kidnappings, has been killed in an air strike, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday, adding that his identity was confirmed by fingerprints and a look at his face. It was a major victory in the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the broader war on terror.

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

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We Can Make the Media More Accountable


A proposal for change follows the excerpts below.

Media Matters for America, Jamison Foser

Media Matters

At this point, you'd have to be blind to miss the pattern. Every prominent progressive leader who comes along is openly derided in the media as fake, dishonest, conniving, out-of-the-mainstream, and weak. We simply can't continue to chalk this up to shortcomings on the part of Democratic candidates or their staff and consultants. It's all too clear that this will happen regardless of who the candidate or leader is; regardless of who works for him or her...

Meanwhile, any conservative who comes along is going to be praised for being strong and authentic and likable.

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UPDATED: Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

Greg Palast will be a guest on "Ring of Fire"NEXT SATURDAY, JUNE 10, not today as originally planned.

BBC investigative reporter and election hijacking expert Greg Palast discusses the fraudulent 2004 election with Robert Kennedy and Mike Papantonio on their Air America Radio program Saturday, June 10, from 5 PM to 7 PM Eastern time.

From Rolling Stone

Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted -- enough to have put John Kerry in the White House. BY ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.

[T]he extent of the GOP's effort to rig the vote shocked even the most experienced observers of American elections. ''Ohio was as dirty an election as America has ever seen,'' Lou Harris, the father of modern political polling, told me. ''You look at the turnout and votes in individual precincts, compared to the historic patterns in those counties, and you can tell where the discrepancies are. They stand out like a sore thumb.''

Links to sources and commentary are here.

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

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Net neutrality and taxpayer funded wireless

From the business-oriented Advertising Age:

Content Providers Square Off Against Phone, Cable Companies

The potential winners if tiered Internet becomes a reality: the nation's big phone and cable companies, as well as the marketing partners who can afford the tolls for the access required to provide high-speed video and audio. The losers: consumers, who may have fewer choices and could see prices rise for Internet downloads; content providers that don't hook up with the phone or cable companies; content providers that compete with phone or cable companies; and the raft of small businesses and consumers who won't be able to compete, period.

And I didn't even know this was happening here in Chicago until today.

Chicago wireless plan advances

City Hall will seek proposals from private companies to extend high-speed wireless Internet service to all Chicago neighborhoods at little or no cost to consumers, Mayor Richard Daley announced Tuesday...

The City Council has been studying the possibility of Wi-Fi installation for more than a year.

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

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Negative campaigning in the years 100 - 600


If you think repression of women and/or negative campaigning are recent phenomena, read this from this week's Newsweek:

The dispute--resurrection of flesh or of spirit?--would dominate the first three centuries of Christianity. Orthodox clerics worried that the Gnostic belief in resurrection as spiritual release would compromise their teaching that Christ physically suffered on the cross to atone for the sins of man. They called the Gnostics pagans and hedonists and spun wild tales to make them look profane. (The church writer Epiphanius, writing in the fourth century, claimed that Gnostics believed Jesus had forced Mary to watch him eat his own semen.) When the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity in the year 312, the orthodox won the power of the state, and the sword. Fearing that bishops enforcing the new orthodoxy would destroy the texts, monks tried to erase all evidence of the Gnostic tradition. They buried the Gospels, with their powerful portrait of Mary Magdalene, in the sand.

The role played by women in the early church was also being erased. Jesus clearly had a rare empathy for women.

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Progressives seek to secure the common good


I promised my readers a summary of the four TAP articles on progressive strategy, so here it is.  Let me take yet another opportunity to say that the thesis of my book provides the physical and psychological underpinning for what these authors recommend.  But I haven't been able to find a publisher.

The American Prospect

04.20.06 - 04.27.06

By John Halpin and Ruy Teixeira

The Politics of Definition (the link is to a longer excerpt I posted on MakeThemAccountable.com, which has links to each of the four parts of the paper.--Caro)

The thesis of this report is straightforward. Progressives need to fight for what they believe in -- and put the common good at the center of a new progressive vision -- as an essential strategy for political growth and majority building. This is no longer a wishful sentiment by out-of-power activists, but a political and electoral imperative for all concerned progressives.

[T]he underlying problem driving progressives' on-going woes nationally [is that] a majority of Americans do not believe progressives or Democrats stand for anything...

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30 Republican House Seats in Jeopardy


From the conservative InvestorsInsight Publishing

The Mid-Term Elections: More Bad News For The GOP (scroll down)

[T]here is now the possibility that the Democrats could retake the House of Representatives, and maybe even pick up a couple of Senate seats as well.

There has been a gigantic shift in the electoral map, perhaps one of the greatest shifts in recent political history. I must tell you going in, that most of the blame for this massive shift lies with President Bush and his administration...


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