We begin this morning with a simple request. Invest a couple of minutes to click over to the AVAAZ.org site here and send a message in support of NET NEUTRALITY.
In a nutshell, some big corporations want to be able to set up a “fast lane” for their big streaming plans and to do that, they propose to throttle other internet traffic.
That really means block or make slow enough to be useless. Unless the slow users step up and pay the corporate highwaymen fees to be in the fast lane.
If you ever valued freedom and actually want to do something about it, this is where the rubber meets the road. Either the arms of the PowersThatBe steal the net today, or they don’t.
President Obama has been a lying sack on this. Stack a Court with people who will also let corporations BUY ELECTIONS and what do you expect?
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what’s wrong with America. The country has been hijacked by corporate bandits who have taken over government via their K-Street lobbyist shocktroops and this turnaround on net neutrality is only one example.
So please, before you do anything else today, please take a minute or two to fill out the form and send your own note. Mine was:
This is an outrage! Obama promised net neutrality. What is his (or any other political promise) worth?
Zip. I reckon 90% of people in office are guilty of bait and switch…this is another classic.
The corporate “fix” is in, again.
And with the Courts (stacked with pro-corporate appeasers and fund-raisers) we’ve just about put “America on eBay” – available for the taking by the shock troops of K-street.
Government has become a big pop machine: Put money in, and out pops corporate policy.
Is that what the Founders envisioned? Is that what our Service members fought and died for?
Or are ya’ll getting a few sips of the pop?
United States of America
The Internet is the one bastion on resistance to the Corporate takedown of World which is already well underway. The FCC is holding a sham vote today and freedom is going….going…without a huge groundswell calling bullshit on the corporate takedown, the Net is in serious danger of being stripped of reasonable, questioning, non-corporate views.
The hopeful news is that the Senate may vote this summer on overturning Citizens United v. McCutcheon. In other words, the Senate may be wondering if the public’s anger balance against corporate influence is changing. Duh.
What genius, huh? How much BS do we take before a good housecleaning comes to Washington. Term limits for all, I say. One term.
F’ing With Your Mind: The “Narrative”
Also, please notice that in the process here lately, corpmedia are re-hiding the sausage linguistically by by delivering “narratives” now instead of “stories” because “stories” can be too easily construed as lies, as in “he’s telling a story.”
If you’re not brain-dead, or haven’t had your lobotomy yet, you know that when a politician is speaking, it’s sometimes (occasionally) a story although often a lie. Sometimes it’s a bid request, too. But, sure as shit it is not “narration.” Unless you swallow the blue pill several times a day. In the famous words of Morpheus:
“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
The term blue pill means someone not aware; who doesn’t grok the Matrix. Or you can price politicians by looking at who’s buying them over on www.opensecrets.org. Shows how much they cost, if you want to go shopping.
A narrative is associated with narration — as in the sound track that goes with a documentary,. Ergo it must be more true. Because no one is telling us a story. Wrong, wrong, and bullshit.
Narrative is the media’s blue pill. Constipated corporate communications consultant spew. C4S. Take the red pill. GFR.
Now, onto some hard data: The Consumer Price Report is just out:
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in April on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.0 percent before seasonal adjustment. The indexes for gasoline, shelter, and food all rose in April and contributed to the seasonally adjusted all items increase. The gasoline index rose 2.3 percent; this led to the first increase in the energy index since January, despite declines in the electricity and fuel oil indexes.
The food index rose 0.4 percent for the third month in a row, as the index for meats rose sharply. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in April, with most of its major components posting increases, including shelter, medical care, airline fares, new vehicles, used cars and trucks, and recreation.
The indexes for apparel, household furnishings and operations, and personal care were all unchanged in April. The all items index increased 2.0 percent over the last 12 months; this compares to a 1.5 percent increase for the 12 months ending March, and is the largest 12-month increase since July.
The index for all items less food and energy has increased 1.8 percent over the last 12 months. The energy index has risen 3.3 percent, and the food index has advanced 1.9 percent over the span.
Reality check: Triple A’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report shows gasoline was up only 1.477% over the past year for regular while premium was up 2.0%. The BLS line item shows 2.4%, which gets me wondering if the gasoline inflation rate might now actually be lower and deflation more pernicious than reported? Hmmm…
If you’re sitting on the edge of your chair waiting for the Fed’s Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization numbers, your butt will have to hurt for another few minutes. Check here about 9:20 Eastern and catch the market reaction here. Lean back, relax. Easier on the butt.
More after a subtle hint for my kids….
Fast Food Strike
One way to show support would be to skip lunch out. Be politically correct and healthy all at the same time. I guess missing lunch wouldn’t hurt me, lol. Besides, I might be able to find a few bottles of canola and soybean oil at the store so I can soak today’s home made lunch in that stuff.
How Equal is the NY Times?
Big story is how come the woman editor reportedly didn’t make as much as males in similar roles, if that’s the case? That’s the aftertaste from stories like this one.
Oh, wait, you don’t suppose this would be a big media outlet in the Northeast doing one of those “Do as we say, not as we do” deals, do you?
I love to remind my liberal pals that liberalism goes only as far as the checkbook or a night in jail.
A “Run and Switch”?
Applicable old Yiddish saying: “Your lips to God’s ears.”
We need to end the American Aristocracies including Bush and Clinton….shall I go on? Or shall we solve the problem once and get it right with term limits, like I was saying?
You know, when I look at the map and see how Russia/Syria are kind of boxing in Turkey, I can’t help but wonder when I read about the mine explosion that killed 300, whether it was all an accident, or whether it was a trigger to begin a second front after Ukraine?
We should have the answers to that soon enough.
Scooby’s Voice Found
Casey Kasem has reportedly been located in Washington state. Kasem, the voice of American Top 40 and Scooby Doo for years has been involved in a family custody fight that is spilling out into the public stage.
Measel’s Vaccine as Anti-Cancer Agent
Say what? Yep – seems to attack cancer says this report. Maybe vaccines have some good things to offer, huh?