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Comment: Not something new (Score 1) 188

As alarming and shocking as this story may be to some people, it's only the latest in a very long story of big-buisness press collaboration with the men that own and run the country. The idea of an "independent" press is something they teach you in social studies classes in high school, like the "checks and balances" BS, and is one of the reasons the "education" system doesn't educate. Newspapers are big businesses and the economic and political interests of the owners are no different than the interests of owners of oil companies or phone companies. You can start whenever you want but one of the best-known examples of this is the NY Times agreement with John Kennedy not to print the Cuba invasion story in 1961 (before the invasion); then slide through the (early) years of the Vietnam war (especially the Tonkin Gulf resolution, the Iraq war of its day). The Cuba coverup continues--when was the last time you saw a story that wasn't entirely negative?. Liberals like to talk about some supposed golden age of investigative journalism, when the press was somehow something different, but it never existed.

Comment: Arrest/charge him (Score 2) 463

The deputy should be arrested and charged with homicide (not murder--"homicide"=killing someone, charge could be manslaughter or whatever). Case should be investigated and brought to trial and allow a jury to decide. Should not be left to the DA--which is simply the cops in a different building--to decide the case in advance.

Comment: Re:Monopoly Claims Are Only A Cover Story (Score 4, Insightful) 110

by jodido (#47573945) Attached to: Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law
All the claims that this is "political" come from Americans, or are uncited. "The latest sign of growing...tensions" according to whom? "...a new friction point..." according to whom? "... said Alvin Kwock, AN ANALYST WITH J.P. MORGAN" [caps added by me]. How about what China thinks? I have no doubt Microsoft broke Chinese laws. Why should Chinese laws be different? And thereby set themselves up to be prosecuted.

Comment: On the other hand... (Score 0) 250

There was nothing preventing the pro-municipal fiber people from answering the Comcast distortions. It's called "debate," something which seems to have gotten lost in all the laws restricting speech, advertising, etc. If you don't like what your opponent is saying, say something else. If you can't answer it, then you deserve to lose.

Comment: It's all a fake (Score 1) 148

by jodido (#47356043) Attached to: Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)
In the 1970s there were a bunch of laws passed that supposedly were going to greatly limit the influence of big money in elections. They all totally failed. So now you are going to try it again. "This time it's different."
It's not true that "big money is stealing our democracy." We never had democracy. If we did there wouldn't be any big money. Also--if the problem is big money, then countries where elections are publicly financed should have "better" governments. Name one.

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