When California’s telephone market was deregulated in 2006, consumers were told that increased competition would improve service and reduce prices.
It hasn’t worked out like that.
Carlsbad resident Steve Linke has received so-called measured service from AT&T for five years. That means he pays a flat rate each month for a limited number of local calls on his landline phone.
“It’s for peace of mind,” Linke, 45, explained to me. “If there’s an earthquake or some other major emergency, it’s nice to know that we’d still have a landline to call out on when the cell towers go out.”
When Linke first signed up for measured service, the rate was $5.83 a month — a relative bargain for knowing that you won’t be cut off from the world when the whip comes down.
By the beginning of 2012, AT&T’s monthly rate had nearly tripled to $15.37. At the beginning of this year, it rose 19% more to $18.25.
And as of Jan. 1, the rate will climb an additional 16% to $21.25.
That means the monthly cost of measured service has soared more than 260% since Linke first signed up with AT&T in 2008. Not exactly what state regulators had promised.
So far, the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s historic address on economic inequality has not veered from the predictable cliches of tea party rhetoric. It was appropriately summarized in a tweet from House Speaker John Boehner, complaining that the Democrat in the White House wants “more government rather than more freedom,” ignoring his challenge to Republicans to present solutions of their own.
But for Republicans to promote real remedies — the kind that would require more than 140 characters of text — they first would have to believe inequality is a real problem. And there is no evidence they do, despite fitful attempts by GOP leaders on Capitol Hill to display their “empathy” for the struggling, shrinking middle class.
Largely aimed at Iran, which easily exposed them, causing transfers back to HQ. Methinks we have to do much better, and stop blowing off billions in unwise efforts. One more solid indication we are doing this GWOT wrong. The recent reflection of US cold war poicies and how they play against us and our moral authority (such as it is) makes me think we are making the same mistakes again, just with a different more nebulous enemy. We are making enemies that should be friends. It’s time to pull back a bit, review and relent. Re aim our efforts away from massive hard to manage programs that leave us vulnerable via wasted resources and global condemnation.
Most CIA officers abroad pose as U.S. diplomats. But those given what’s called non-official cover are known as NOCs, pronounced “knocks,” and they typically pose as business executives. At the forum, the NOCs spoke of their cover jobs, their false identities and measures taken to protect them. Few said much about gathering intelligence.
“It was a colossal flop,” a former senior CIA official said in sentiments echoed by a dozen former colleagues, most of whom spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a classified program.The CIA spent at least $3 billion on the program, and the number of specially trained spies grew from dozens to hundreds. The entire clandestine service is believed to total about 5,000 people.
Honestly this guy doesn’t sound too “bright”
Yesterday, we took a look at South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham’s top-polling Tea Party primary challenger, state Sen. Lee Bright, who thinks the income tax is something out of Nazi Germany and is concerned about women with nice nails and pocketbooks getting food assistance.
It turns out that Bright doesn’t just want to eliminate a host of core federal programs…he’s also itching to refight the Civil War.
In a series of speeches to Republican and Tea Party gatherings this year, Bright has riled up crowds with the states-rights rallying cry, “If the Tenth Amendment won’t protect the Second, we might have to use the Second to protect the Tenth.”
Bright is a proponent of nullification, the unconstitutional idea that states can “nullify” federal laws that they don’t like. This year, he sponsored a bill in the state senate to nullify the Affordable Care Act.
Also make sure you watch all three videos they have posted there of this lunatic at the rally.
What’s the hottest headwear in Montreal on these cold winter days? Surprisingly, it’s not woolen toques or fur hats. Lately, Quebecers wanting to make a fashionable, yet political, statement are wearing kippot covered in the Fleur-de-lis.
The kippot are the brainchild of a young Montreal rabbi who felt it was time for Jewish Quebecers to wear their opposition to Bill 60 not only on their sleeves, but also on their heads.
The province’s ruling nationalist Parti Quebecois, led by Premier Pauline Marois, tabled Bill 60 in the National Assembly in early November. The proposed legislation, also known as the Charter of Quebec Values, would ban the display of religious symbols and the wearing of religious garb by public employees.
“The best way to protest the charter is to wear religious symbols,” says Rabbi Yisroel Bernath. Known as “Montreal’s Hip Rabbi,” he is the spiritual director of Chabad Notre-Dame-de-Grace & Loyola Campus, and the Jewish chaplain at Concordia University.
Bernath, a 31-year-old transplant from Chicago, is astonished at how his Québec Kippa has taken off. Right after Bill 60 was tabled, he made a mock-up image of the skullcap and posted it on his Facebook and Twitter feeds. The link went viral, and people started asking him when he was going to actually make the kippot featuring the provincial symbol.
Initially, the rabbi and his friend Herschel Weil bought some white kippot and ironed on a Fleur-de-lis patch. Soon after, they found a fabric with the appropriate pattern and approached kippa-maker Rhonda Levy, asking her to make a batch of 400 kippot for them.
“I really wanted it to be made locally in Quebec,” Bernath emphasizes.
Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre helped coach Oak Grove High School to the Mississippi Class 6A state fotoabll championship Friday night.
The former Super Bowl winner and three-time NFL Most Valuable Player is the offensive coordinator at Oak Grove, which won its first state title with a 14-7 win over Tupelo.
In a hilarious coincidence, Offensive Coordinator Favre’s former Green Bay coach Mike Holmgren started his career coaching at another Oak Grove High School in San Jose, CA.
There are many reasons why this guy sucks, here’s but three:
The Time Mark Driscoll Said that Men Should Prune and Fertilize Their Wives Like a Prize Turnip or Something
Via The Stranger:
A husband should be the firm and responsible head of his household, the leader of a “little flock called home and family.” He should think of his wife as “a garden” and himself as “the gardener.” If you look at your garden and don’t like how it looks, Driscoll preaches, just remember: “You are the gardener.”
The Time Mark Driscoll Told Women that If They’re Unhappy with Constrictive Gender Roles Then the Baby Jesus Will Send Them a Punishment-Headache
Women will be saved by going back to that role that God has chosen for them. Ladies, if the hair on the back of your neck stands up it is because you are fighting your role in the scripture.
The Time Mark Driscoll Said that Jesus Sends Him Special Hallucinations of Children Being Molested
That’s probably the greatest impression of “grandfather admitting to molesting a baby” ever committed to film.
This webinar, chaired by Josh Rosenau, shows activists, educators, and other concerned citizens how to counter science denial attacks in the classroom and in the community. This is the first in a new series of online workshops aimed at broadening and deepening the networks that make NCSE’s work possible. Where: online When: November 25, 2013.
Bharatiya Janata Party is projected to emerge as the single largest party in the Delhi Assembly elections winning between 32 and 42 seats in the 70 member House, said a post poll survey today.
The poll conducted by CNN-IBN-CSDS-The Week said the Sheila Dikshit-led Congress party would receive a major drubbing getting only between 9-17 seats and debutant AAP notching 13-21 seats.
Indicating their disillusionment with the Congress government, 70 per cent of the respondents were against the Sheila Dikshit government getting another chance while only 23 per cent respondents wanted to give her another chance, the poll said.
Pro-Europe protesters flocked to Kiev’s Independence Square on Sunday for a rally that organizers were hoping would swell to 1 million people, piling pressure on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to turn back from seeking closer ties to Russia.
The rally, due to start at 12 p.m. (1000 GMT), will increase the tensions in a standoff between the government and protesters furious over its decision to dump a landmark pact with the European Union in favor of a trade deal with Moscow.
In a gesture likely to infuriate Yanukovich, protesters hoisted a huge portrait of his jailed arch foe Yulia Tymoshenko onto a towering New Year Tree, festooned with anti-government placards, that overlooks the tent ‘village’ on the square.