ederal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has made it clear he thinks there isn’t enough broadband competition in America, but Comcast is trying to convince the FCC that it faces enough competition right now. Already the largest pay-TV and broadband company in the US, Comcast is seeking permission to buy Time Warner Cable.
Comcast and Time Warner Cable don’t compete for customers in any city or town, despite being the nation’s two largest cable companies, which helps explain why US residents have so few viable options for cable and high-speed Internet service. But in response to merger-related questions from the FCC, a Comcast filing points to a broad range of competitors and says it’s easy to switch to a different provider (though a horde of angry customers might disagree).
Comcast said it faces competition from municipal broadband networks, though the telecom industry has pushed state governments to pass laws that restrict municipal broadband growth. Wheeler has said he will try to preempt those state laws, saying they prevent competition.
Google plans to sever its relationship with the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council following a wave of public scrutiny about the conservative group’s climate-change views.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt indicated in an interview Monday with NPR’s Diane Rehm that Google would drop its ALEC membership “in the future,” but did not specify a date.
“We funded them as part of a political [campaign] of something unrelated,” Schmidt said in response to a caller asking if Google “is still supporting” the influential conservative organization. “I think the consensus within the company was that that was some sort of mistake, and so we’re trying to not do that in the future.”
Rehm then asked Schmidt why Google first involved itself with ALEC.
Nothing in the letters reveals an especially deep ideological imprint. The Free Beacon’s write-up hypes the connection, but fails to mention the closing line of Clinton’s letter — “Hopefully we can have a good argument sometime in the future.” This line captures the mutual respect mixed with acknowledged disagreement that seems to characterize the relationship.
These letters were written more than 40 years ago but that won’t matter one bit to right wing media. Mainstream media will go along for the ride because “balance” or some such nonsense.
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is joining a coalition of philanthropists pledging to rid themselves of more than $50 bn (£31 bn) in fossil fuel assets.
The announcement will be made on Monday, a day before the UN climate change summit opens on Tuesday.
Some 650 individuals and 180 institutions have joined the coalition.
It is part of a growing global initiative called Global Divest-Invest, which began on university campuses several years ago, the New York Times reports.
Pledges from pension funds, religious groups and big universities have reportedly doubled since the start of 2014.
A bad year for nuclear power producers has Belgians and Britons shivering more vigorously as summer heat fades into fall. Multiple reactor shutdowns in both countries have heightened concern about the security of power supplies when demand spikes this winter.
In Belgium, rolling blackouts are already part of this winter’s forecast because three of the country’s largest reactors—reactors that normally provide one-quarter of Belgian electricity—are shut down.
Belgium’s troubles started brewing two years ago during inspections at the country’s seven nuclear reactors, all operated by Belgian utility Electrabel. Ultrasound inspection of the reactor pressure vessels at the utility’s Doel power station near Antwerp revealed previously unrecognized defects at its 1,000-megawatt reactor #3.
Fox News Finally Loses It: Uses ‘Success’ of Japanese Internment Camps to Advocate Profiling Muslims (Video)
So Fox’s business analysis program Cashin’ In with Eric Bolling decided to discuss if Muslims should be profiled. What the fuck this has to do with “business analysis”, I’m not sure. Anyway guess how they came down on the issue?
Co-panelist Jonathan Hoenig agreed that we should profile Muslims in America, elaborating even further by saying:
We should have been profiling on September 12, 2001. Let’s take a trip down memory lane here: The last war this country won, we put Japanese-Americans in internment camps, we dropped nuclear bombs on residential city centers. So, yes, profiling would be at least a good start
Hoenig is the guy who, you might remember, in the wake of Mike Brown’s shooting and the protests in Ferguson, said only racists talk about race. And now this supposed “libertarian” wants the government to start throwing people in interment camps. Because when he says “libertarian” he really means “greedy asshole”.
Siddhartha? Yes, these savages have actually banned Hesse’s 1922 classic.
Highland Park High School students were told to put down their books last week.
The Art of Racing in the Rain — the book they were reading in a 10th-grade English class — was suspended from the school district’s approved book list. The novel about a race car driver grieving the loss of his wife includes a sex scene that made some parents uncomfortable.
It was among seven books suspended last week after parents challenged their content because of sex scenes and references to rape, abuse and abortion. In emails and at meetings, parents said high school students should not be exposed to some of the hardships and controversies of adulthood.
This later paragraph is especially telling:
Thad Smith, a parent and Highland Park graduate, said at a school board meeting that he was “frightened by the changes to recommended reading that have happened since I graduated.” Smith said his company’s email filter prevented him from sending an excerpt from one of the books.
Smith is quite wrong. When I was in high school (ca. mid 60s) we read such works as Tea and Sympathy (which involves much explicit language and the seduction of a student by a teacher’s wife) and, of course, Catcher in the Rye, the adolescent classic that likewise includes many sexual references and a lot of realistic (ie very raw) language. It was all part of the process of introducing young people to the adult world, in sometimes raw but carefully measured doses. Everyone but the most ignorant understood this and the ignorant knew to hide their ignorance in shame. Standards have become much less, not more, permissive since every ignoramus with an axe to grind can access suitable talking points on the net and a talking head or radio mouth to assure them that their ignorance is not ignorance at all.
More: Highland Park ISD Suspends Seven Books After Parents Protest Their Content
Polygamist women dressed ‘like ninjas’ attack home of witness in Utah sex assault case
Two armed “polygamist women” dressed like “ninjas” were subdued by a sword-wielding man during a home invasion, according to police in suburban Utah.
Police said the two women, aged 18 and 22, were attacking the home of a witness and victim in a criminal child sex assault case against a man the women called their “husband”.
The women “violently attacked one of the adult males in the house who came to see who was coming,” Ian Adams of the West Jordan police department told the Guardian.
“Another adult male joined the fray in defense of the first male victim. He was armed with a sword, and using a sword … and with the other male [was] able to subdue the two women until police arrived and took them into custody.”
I don’t know where to go from here. Man with an 18 year old and a 22 year old wife goes after some younger tail and ends up in jail. It’s that little hussie’s fault, let’s go get her! Oh my little stars and comets…
What an amazing machine…
Rumor No More: ARRI Reveals Their 6K 65mm Cinema Camera, the ALEXA 65
The ALEXA 65’s sensor is around 3x bigger than that of a Super35. ARRI Rental shares plenty of information about the camera. Here’s what they have to say about the sensor itself.
At the heart of the ALEXA 65 is the A3X sensor; the largest high-performance motion picture sensor available on the market today. The sensor has a 54.12 mm x 25.59 mm active imaging area, which is even larger than the film gate of ARRI’s 765 65 mm film camera.
Will 3000 troops be enough to send to West Africa? France is also building a military hospital in Guinea.
Ebola outbreak: Guinea health team killed
Eight members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea, officials say.
Some of the bodies - of health workers, local officials and journalists - were found in a septic tank in a village school near the city of Nzerekore.
Correspondents say many villagers are suspicious of official attempts to combat the disease.
More than 2,600 people have now died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
It is the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola, with officials warning that more than 20,000 people could ultimately be infected.
Neighbouring Sierra Leone has begun a controversial three-day curfew to try to stop the spread of the disease.
The team disappeared after being pelted with stones by residents when they arrived in the village of Wome - in southern Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak was first recorded.
A journalist who managed to escape told reporters that she could hear villagers looking for them while she was hiding.
A government delegation, led by the health minister, had been dispatched to the region but they were unable to reach the village by road because a main bridge had been blocked.
‘Killed in cold blood’
On Thursday night, government spokesman Albert Damantang Camara said the victims had been “killed in cold blood by the villagers”.
The bodies showed signs of being attacked with machetes and clubs, officials say.
Six people have been arrested and the village is now reportedly deserted.
The motive for the killings has not been confirmed, but the BBC’s Makeme Bamba in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, says many villagers accuse the health workers of spreading the disease.
Others still do not believe that the disease exists.