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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 289

by dbreeze (#49722643) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband

There's a group making some progress on this... https://movetoamend.org/ Y'all please take a look and support them however you can.

They're not going to be getting much MSM attention... https://movetoamend.org/corpor... , that's the "tell" these days on who's who in this war.....
You don't think it's a "war"...? Try standing up against harmful corporate/big-money interests sometime and let me know how considerate and kind they are to you....
It's straight-up Mafia rules anymore.... you're either "made" and play on their side, an enemy to be squashed, or a victim to be used.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 289

by dbreeze (#49722511) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband

I got a +5 with this story last time http://slashdot.org/comments.p... , this time it is even more fitting. And, this IS a true story......

"(I've told this story on here before but it needs re-telling....)
    I moved to a rural NC area about 10-12 years ago and desired to start a computer shop but soon discovered that dial-up was all that was available. At that time satellite was prohibitively expensive for my meager funds and not that much faster. I heard about the state legislature enacting a new "E-NC" initiative to facilitate rural connectivity and with a cell tower only a few hundred yards across a field from me I decided maybe I could try a wireless internet service venture instead. I found a contact number and had a very interesting conversation with the director of the E-NC initiative at that time....
    I explained my situation and idea to him and asked about the possibility of getting funding to try a start-up to service my local areas internet needs. He told me that they had exhausted the funds set aside on 3 projects already. They had researched each proposed area, contacted the local phone/cable companies and verified that they had no plans of pursuing high-speed internet options in the area, and then released the funds for the start-ups. As soon as the funds were released the phone companies suddenly announced they would begin DSL service in 2 of the areas, effectively killing those start-ups. In both cases it was Sprint(later to become Embarq) who pulled the shenanigans. Of course, they also controlled the area I lived in. We didn't get a DSL option for another 6-7 years when the 3g wireless options came around and finally made them move.....
    Big money/corporations are(generally) evil...... jus' sayin'........"

Comment: Re:Yeah, disappointing (Score 4, Interesting) 776

You haven't really lived yet Amiga.....
I spent about a year paying child support in NC that was redirected by the state to go to the father of another child by my ex-wife. The other father had a fairly wealthy family and connections to get custody and require support from my ex who couldn't/wouldn't pay so the authorities gave them my payments. My child’s needs were evidently irrelevant. Thank God I was able to get custody of my child eventually by waiving support from my ex.

There is some really sick shit going on in family courts and Social Services departments these days. Thank God we survived, my child is now about to turn 22, but I pray for all those who have to deal with the "system" our officials have put in place.

Comment: I have an idea..... (Score 1) 334

Start a website where voters can come register and log their votes to be reconciled with the government #'s. I'm certainly not alone in being highly skeptical of the process where I hand in a vote sheet that a worker feeds into a hopped up paper shredder looking contraption and tells me I'm done. No receipt for even showing up. Nothing.
oops. I forgot about the "I voted" sticker...

"Trust us. It's a better way."

I believe we are well past the point now where one could say "elections can't be rigged". And there's no way for us to know/audit/investigate because we have nothing but so-called "polls" to hint at the truth. I really find it hard to believe that 3rd party votes still come in around 3-5%. I could have sworn that almost everyone I talked to the last cycle agreed that it was time for demoblican/repubocrat thieves to go.....

For me, the greatest weakness likely being exploited in politics(after voter..... well, just voters) is likely unremovable from the process....... the secret ballot. Your right to vote secretly without coersion or consequence makes a great screen for tomfoolery.
Unless.... a statistically significant percentage of us are willing to put aside our right to a secret ballot and are willing to publically display our votes for the purpose of establishing court worthy evidence to investigate official vote outcomes that appear statistically unlikely. Perhaps all participants could indicate willingness to sign affidavit if needed?

I could see a website with anything from just a voter ID #'s and their votes database to a full featured, wizbang, get jiggy wid it US politics portal where you can record your cats vote preferences once they're allowed to vote.
But, we've got to have an alternative tally for the US vote, and, voting intentions. For all to see that there is in fact support for non dem/rep candidates, and to provide legally admissable evidence to pursue vote fraud investigations.
Does anything like this already exist?

Any web designers around here? Database admins? Security experts? ;)

Comment: Re:What does it mean? (Score 5, Informative) 160

by dbreeze (#48853893) Attached to: A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

And 99.9% of that 82% are likely within a larger metroplitan area........
I also pulled this from your link.... "Given that approximately 96% of the population has at most two wireline providers, there are reasons to be concerned about wireline broadband competition in the United States."

(I've told this story on here before but it needs re-telling....)
  I moved to a rural NC area about 10-12 years ago and desired to start a computer shop but soon discovered that dial-up was all that was available. At that time satellite was prohibitively expensive for my meager funds and not that much faster. I heard about the state legislature enacting a new "E-NC" initiative to facilitate rural connectivity and with a cell tower only a few hundred yards across a field from me I decided maybe I could try a wireless internet service venture instead. I found a contact number and had a very interesting conversation with the director of the E-NC initiative at that time....
  I explained my situation and idea to him and asked about the possibility of getting funding to try a start-up to service my local areas internet needs. He told me that they had exhausted the funds set aside on 3 projects already. They had researched each proposed area, contacted the local phone/cable companies and verified that they had no plans of pursuing high-speed internet options in the area, and then released the funds for the start-ups. As soon as the funds were released the phone companies suddenly announced they would begin DSL service in 2 of the areas, effectively killing those start-ups. In both cases it was Sprint(later to become Embarq) who pulled the shenanigans. Of course, they also controlled the area I lived in. We didn't get a DSL option for another 6-7 years when the 3g wireless options came around and finally made them move.....
  Big money/corporations are(generally) evil...... jus' sayin'........

Comment: Re:In the name of Allah ! (Score 1) 1350

by dbreeze (#48761073) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

I'd suggest everyone take note of C.I. Schofield's "Biblical Overview": http://www.biblestudytools.com...

"The Bible, incomparably the most widely circulated of books, at once provokes and baffles study. Even the non-believer in its authority rightly feels that it is unintelligent to remain in almost total ignorance of the most famous and ancient of books. And yet most, even of sincere believers, soon retire from any serious effort to master the content of the sacred writings. The reason is not far to seek. It is found in the fact that no particular portion of Scripture is to be intelligently comprehended apart from some conception of its place in the whole. For the Bible story and message is like a picture wrought out in mosaics: each book, chapter, verse, and even word forms a necessary part, and has its own appointed place. It is, therefore, indispensable to any interesting and fruitful study of the Bible that a general knowledge of it be gained.

First. The Bible is one book. Seven great marks attest this unity.

        From Genesis the Bible bears witness to one God. Wherever he speaks or acts he is consistent with himself, and with the total revelation concerning him.
        The Bible forms one continuous story--the story of humanity in relation to God.
        The Bible hazards the most unlikely predictions concerning the future, and, when the centuries have brought round the appointed time, records their fulfilment.
        The Bible is a progressive unfolding of truth. Nothing is told all at once, and once for all. The law is, "first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn." Without the possibility of collusion, often with centuries between, one writer of Scripture takes up an earlier revelation, adds to it, lays down the pen, and in due time another man moved by the Holy Spirit, and another, and another, add new details till the whole is complete.
        From beginning to end the Bible testifies to one redemption.
        From beginning to end the Bible has one great theme--the person and work of the Christ.
        And, finally, these writers, some forty-four in number, writing through twenty centuries, have produced a perfect harmony of doctrine in progressive unfolding. This is, to every candid mind, the unanswerable proof of the divine inspiration of the Bible.

Second. The Bible is a book of books. Sixty-six books make up the one Book. Considered with reference to the unity of the one book the separate books may be regarded as chapters. But that is but one side of the truth, for each of the sixty-six books is complete in itself, and has its own theme and analysis. In the present edition of the Bible these are fully shown in the introductions and divisions. It is therefore of the utmost moment that the books be studied in the light of their distinctive themes. Genesis, for instance, is the book of beginnings--the seed-plot of the whole Bible. Matthew is the book of the King, & etc. Third. The books of the Bible fall into groups. Speaking broadly there are five great divisions in the Scriptures, and these may be con- veniently fixed in the memory by five key-words, Christ being the one theme ( Luke 24:25-27 ). ........"

I certainly recommend following the link above for the full introduction to any of you who find the Bible truly incomprehensible, and to any of faith who have not seen it before. Simply one of the best overviews of the Bible I've ever encountered.

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