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Comment: Mayor Quan Denies This (Score 4, Interesting) 803

by ryants (#38077394) Attached to: Feds Helped Coordinate Occupy X Crackdowns
Denial reported here.:

Update: A spokesperson for Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has emailed to deny that Quan "coordinated" Oakland's response to Occupy protesters with other mayors. "Mayor Quan never said that cities with occupy encampments were coordinating their removal efforts," Susan Piper wrote in an email. "The mayor has talked with other mayors to share experiences." In a subsequent email, I asked Piper if Quan received advice from either the DHS or the FBI on how to respond to protesters, as reported was by Rick Ellis of Examiner.com. Piper's response: "Not true."

Comment: Re:Money buys power -- regulatees capture regulato (Score 1) 309

by ryants (#36102066) Attached to: FCC Commissioner Leaves To Become Lobbyist

One TRILLION dollars is the value, according to this nutcase. Sorry, he's wrong.

As far as I can tell, that figure was pulled out of the author's ass. Equally your rebuttal. A little bit of googling reveals it is at least on the order of hundreds of billions.

One TV station in LA buys all the TV channels, he owns them FOR LIFE. No give-backs. Leave all but one sitting idle/empty. No take-backs.

In order to get into that position, that one station must have out competed the others to attain more money. The people voted with their wallets (well, eyeballs). If you, as a concerned citizen, see someone buying up the spectrum in a way you don't like, then you should pony up your own dough and make a bid. Or you could start broadcasting on the web, or some other hitherto unknown technology, and render all that TV spectrum they purchased worthless, and they'd be bankrupt. Capitalism is a harsh mistress.

Somebody buys channel A in one area, someone else channel A in another area, and they interfere with each other.

That was addressed in the link:

Huber proposes that the government sell off standard units of spectrum-- ... -- using existing geographical contours for each type of frequency.

Hell, there isn't even anyone who can define the STANDARDS that apply

Standards only come about via government dictat? USB, HDMI, 33 1/3 rpm records... ? If a bureaucrat doesn't think of it, it can't exist?

The local cops buy a channel for their use. I start using it, too.

I'd say that is akin to trespassing. The link may say lawsuits only, but I can see a criminal case similar to trespass.

A buys the channels for public safety in an area. B buys the channels for cellular.

Sounds like someone fucked up the auction, then.

The FCC still has a purpose.

Even if that were true, I'd like to see where among the enumerated powers Congress gets the authority for even creating or continuing the FCC.

By the way, who "sells" the bandwidth for frequencies and uses that are worldwide in nature?

Good question! Who regulates it now?

Comment: Re:and (Score 2) 248

by ryants (#34524374) Attached to: Venezuelan Gov't Seeks Internet Content Bill

you need to have money to BUY those print supplies. if you dont, you wont have them.

The costs are very modest and well within the means of the vast majority of the population in the US.

What, you think the means of publication should be free for all? Perhaps controlled, say, by a central bureaucracy? Who gets to decide who receives this limited resource? And where does that lead, I wonder?

Socialist nitwits are walking contradictions.

Comment: Re:Difference from what u.s. doing ? (Score 1) 248

by ryants (#34524338) Attached to: Venezuelan Gov't Seeks Internet Content Bill
What utter rubbish. How many people do you think your moronic message will reach? How much did it cost you? How many people have WikiLeaks reached on a very shoestring budget? Sure, a lot of talk about silencing them, but it hasn't been very successful now, has it? How much do you suppose it cost Thomas Paine to publish Common Sense, whose message helped create America, and has been read by millions? In short, your theory that your rights are commensurate with your wealth in the US is absolutely crap.

Comment: Re:How is the TSA invasive? (Score 1) 741

by ryants (#34286824) Attached to: Bruce Schneier vs. the TSA
Racial profiling, on the other hand, is a completely different matter, IMHO.

But informing people we're going to do racial profile before they buy the ticket makes it A-OK, right? I mean, it's A-OK to get a full-body scan (or whatever... like a cavity search?) if you look wrong, so long as we let you know ahead of time, right?

Please DIAF.

Comment: Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (Score 1) 1193

by ryants (#33978926) Attached to: How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

The simple fact of the matter is that spending and tax reduction during economic downturn has been shown to be ineffective at best (the Hoover presidency shows how bad it can be).

Post-war USA, Canada, and New Zealand all disagree with you. For example:

In 1994 government debt was 68 percent of Canada's GDP. By 2008 that number was down to 29 percent. Finance Minister Paul Martin Jr. and Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, both of the Liberal Party, are the two unlikely stars in this heroic tale of fiscal discipline.

By Keynsian logic, during that time Canada should have descended into chaos and civil war with 90% unemployment. Well, that didn't happen.

+ - Father of Green Revolution, Norman Borlaug, dies a->

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countincognito writes "Norman Borlaug, a genuinely remarkable man and the father of the Green Revolution in agriculture, has died of cancer at his Dallas home aged 95. His life's work on developing high-yield, disease-resistant crops has been credited with having saved an estimated one billion people from famine, and one billion hectares of forest and rainforest from being cleared for agricultural production."
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