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(demonews)   Comcast gave $854K to Congressional Committee overseeing their merger with Time Warner. The money will be delivered two weeks from Tuesday between 1 and 4 pm   (demonews.org) divider line 121
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2014-02-17 04:07:26 PM  
It's Congress - nobody will be there to let the cable guy in. But they'll leave the cashbox - I mean, the door - unlocked.

/Sprint bought my ISP, Clear
// just got my rate increase notice, 10%
///Go figure, said the third slashie
 
2014-02-17 04:13:38 PM  

techgeek07: iheartscotch: Is anyone really surprised? Frankly, I feel that politicians should be forced to wear patches of their corporate sponsors on their suits; kind of like nascar.

That's really odd.  I was thinking the same exact thing earlier today.  At least they could stop BS-ing about it.


Someone with passable photoshoppy skills and time to peruse the political donation sites could do this. I could find the time, but my shop skills got me laughed off of reddit. Couldn't go any lower.
 
2014-02-17 04:22:22 PM  

felching pen: techgeek07: iheartscotch: Is anyone really surprised? Frankly, I feel that politicians should be forced to wear patches of their corporate sponsors on their suits; kind of like nascar.

That's really odd.  I was thinking the same exact thing earlier today.  At least they could stop BS-ing about it.

Someone with passable photoshoppy skills and time to peruse the political donation sites could do this. I could find the time, but my shop skills got me laughed off of reddit. Couldn't go any lower.


Been done a few times

images.dangerousminds.net

img.fark.net
 
2014-02-17 04:24:15 PM  
images.sodahead.com
 
2014-02-17 04:41:06 PM  

happydude45: CheapEngineer: happydude45: Phil Moskowitz: rosebud_the_sled: And the conservative position is a to do nothing. Ever.

The conservative position is to make government as corrupt as possible, then biatch about government corruption.

You are confused. That is the Democrat way.

And Rosebud, many times doing nothing is preferable, and doing nothing is always preferable to doing damage. Ever worked for an absolutely incompetent boss? A rock sitting on the desk would do a better job of managing, just because it would do less damage.

Yea, like not regulating the banking industry has done such good for the public, and the economy.

Many times does not equal all the time. And thank Clinton for the banking fiasco.,


So, in the intervening 8 years between Clinton leaving office and the collapse of the banking industry, the Bush administration was locked in a wardrobe, bound and gagged, with no way to warn anyone of the pending crisis?

I'm sure, inbetween war meetings, there must have been several administration banking regulators desperately trying to get Mr Bush to focus some attention to the disaster about to happen, but there were Democrats in the hallway tripping them and giving them wedgies.

s3.amazonaws.com

Yea, that's the ticket.
 
2014-02-17 05:24:11 PM  

CheapEngineer: happydude45: CheapEngineer: happydude45: Phil Moskowitz: rosebud_the_sled: And the conservative position is a to do nothing. Ever.

The conservative position is to make government as corrupt as possible, then biatch about government corruption.

You are confused. That is the Democrat way.

And Rosebud, many times doing nothing is preferable, and doing nothing is always preferable to doing damage. Ever worked for an absolutely incompetent boss? A rock sitting on the desk would do a better job of managing, just because it would do less damage.

Yea, like not regulating the banking industry has done such good for the public, and the economy.

Many times does not equal all the time. And thank Clinton for the banking fiasco.,

So, in the intervening 8 years between Clinton leaving office and the collapse of the banking industry, the Bush administration was locked in a wardrobe, bound and gagged, with no way to warn anyone of the pending crisis?

I'm sure, inbetween war meetings, there must have been several administration banking regulators desperately trying to get Mr Bush to focus some attention to the disaster about to happen, but there were Democrats in the hallway tripping them and giving them wedgies.

[s3.amazonaws.com image 384x288]

Yea, that's the ticket.


Clinton signed off on the legislation, allowing Sandy Weill to put his plans into place. As soon as Clinton left office, Robert Rubin joined Citi and convinced Chuck Prince to invest in the fraudulent real estate loans. Learn some historical facts before showing your ass.
 
2014-02-17 05:56:12 PM  

HenryFnord: The Southern Dandy: Does anybody know....Where does Comcast compete with Time Warner Cable?  I'm pretty sure there is no place that they compete

Which in an of itself is a pretty strong argument for collusion and anti-trust.


Well, we shouldn't let private companies run the highways.  Not even the information superhighways.  It's not good for business.
 
2014-02-17 06:01:25 PM  

happydude45: CheapEngineer: happydude45: CheapEngineer: happydude45: Phil Moskowitz: rosebud_the_sled: And the conservative position is a to do nothing. Ever.

The conservative position is to make government as corrupt as possible, then biatch about government corruption.

You are confused. That is the Democrat way.

And Rosebud, many times doing nothing is preferable, and doing nothing is always preferable to doing damage. Ever worked for an absolutely incompetent boss? A rock sitting on the desk would do a better job of managing, just because it would do less damage.

Yea, like not regulating the banking industry has done such good for the public, and the economy.

Many times does not equal all the time. And thank Clinton for the banking fiasco.,

So, in the intervening 8 years between Clinton leaving office and the collapse of the banking industry, the Bush administration was locked in a wardrobe, bound and gagged, with no way to warn anyone of the pending crisis?

I'm sure, inbetween war meetings, there must have been several administration banking regulators desperately trying to get Mr Bush to focus some attention to the disaster about to happen, but there were Democrats in the hallway tripping them and giving them wedgies.

[s3.amazonaws.com image 384x288]

Yea, that's the ticket.

Clinton signed off on the legislation, allowing Sandy Weill to put his plans into place. As soon as Clinton left office, Robert Rubin joined Citi and convinced Chuck Prince to invest in the fraudulent real estate loans. Learn some historical facts before showing your ass.


I wouldn't be too overconfident. You didn't actually address his point, merely deflected.
 
2014-02-17 06:12:39 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: happydude45: CheapEngineer: happydude45: CheapEngineer: happydude45: Phil Moskowitz: rosebud_the_sled: And the conservative position is a to do nothing. Ever.

The conservative position is to make government as corrupt as possible, then biatch about government corruption.

You are confused. That is the Democrat way.

And Rosebud, many times doing nothing is preferable, and doing nothing is always preferable to doing damage. Ever worked for an absolutely incompetent boss? A rock sitting on the desk would do a better job of managing, just because it would do less damage.

Yea, like not regulating the banking industry has done such good for the public, and the economy.

Many times does not equal all the time. And thank Clinton for the banking fiasco.,

So, in the intervening 8 years between Clinton leaving office and the collapse of the banking industry, the Bush administration was locked in a wardrobe, bound and gagged, with no way to warn anyone of the pending crisis?

I'm sure, inbetween war meetings, there must have been several administration banking regulators desperately trying to get Mr Bush to focus some attention to the disaster about to happen, but there were Democrats in the hallway tripping them and giving them wedgies.

[s3.amazonaws.com image 384x288]

Yea, that's the ticket.

Clinton signed off on the legislation, allowing Sandy Weill to put his plans into place. As soon as Clinton left office, Robert Rubin joined Citi and convinced Chuck Prince to invest in the fraudulent real estate loans. Learn some historical facts before showing your ass.

I wouldn't be too overconfident. You didn't actually address his point, merely deflected.


Since when is stating facts a deflection?
 
2014-02-17 06:35:46 PM  

happydude45: CheapEngineer: happydude45: CheapEngineer: happydude45: Phil Moskowitz: rosebud_the_sled: And the conservative position is a to do nothing. Ever.

The conservative position is to make government as corrupt as possible, then biatch about government corruption.

You are confused. That is the Democrat way.

And Rosebud, many times doing nothing is preferable, and doing nothing is always preferable to doing damage. Ever worked for an absolutely incompetent boss? A rock sitting on the desk would do a better job of managing, just because it would do less damage.

Yea, like not regulating the banking industry has done such good for the public, and the economy.

Many times does not equal all the time. And thank Clinton for the banking fiasco.,

So, in the intervening 8 years between Clinton leaving office and the collapse of the banking industry, the Bush administration was locked in a wardrobe, bound and gagged, with no way to warn anyone of the pending crisis?

I'm sure, inbetween war meetings, there must have been several administration banking regulators desperately trying to get Mr Bush to focus some attention to the disaster about to happen, but there were Democrats in the hallway tripping them and giving them wedgies.

[s3.amazonaws.com image 384x288]

Yea, that's the ticket.

Clinton signed off on the legislation, allowing Sandy Weill to put his plans into place. As soon as Clinton left office, Robert Rubin joined Citi and convinced Chuck Prince to invest in the fraudulent real estate loans. Learn some historical facts before showing your ass.


And no one in the Bush administration was able to fix this.

It was a horrible decision by Bill Clinton, but was written in stone and completely uncorrectable for 6+ years. All we could do was sit by, watch it happen, and shake our head at the tragedy that Bill Clinton wrought on the poor helpless Bush administration.

I'm not defending the Clinton administration, Asshole. I'm asking why, if it was such a stupid idea, did *no one* even try to put it back?

Unless the next administration was too busy generating a couple of wars to care, or thought that deregulating the banks, while done by that damn Democrat, was exactly what *they* would have done given the chance.

Because no deregulation is bad until it can be blamed on a Democrat, then it's *awful*.
 
2014-02-17 08:20:03 PM  

CheapEngineer: happydude45: CheapEngineer: happydude45: CheapEngineer: happydude45: Phil Moskowitz: rosebud_the_sled: And the conservative position is a to do nothing. Ever.

The conservative position is to make government as corrupt as possible, then biatch about government corruption.

You are confused. That is the Democrat way.

And Rosebud, many times doing nothing is preferable, and doing nothing is always preferable to doing damage. Ever worked for an absolutely incompetent boss? A rock sitting on the desk would do a better job of managing, just because it would do less damage.

Yea, like not regulating the banking industry has done such good for the public, and the economy.

Many times does not equal all the time. And thank Clinton for the banking fiasco.,

So, in the intervening 8 years between Clinton leaving office and the collapse of the banking industry, the Bush administration was locked in a wardrobe, bound and gagged, with no way to warn anyone of the pending crisis?

I'm sure, inbetween war meetings, there must have been several administration banking regulators desperately trying to get Mr Bush to focus some attention to the disaster about to happen, but there were Democrats in the hallway tripping them and giving them wedgies.

[s3.amazonaws.com image 384x288]

Yea, that's the ticket.

Clinton signed off on the legislation, allowing Sandy Weill to put his plans into place. As soon as Clinton left office, Robert Rubin joined Citi and convinced Chuck Prince to invest in the fraudulent real estate loans. Learn some historical facts before showing your ass.

And no one in the Bush administration was able to fix this.

It was a horrible decision by Bill Clinton, but was written in stone and completely uncorrectable for 6+ years. All we could do was sit by, watch it happen, and shake our head at the tragedy that Bill Clinton wrought on the poor helpless Bush administration.

I'm not defending the Clinton administration, Asshole. I'm asking why, if it was such a stupid ...


And I'm not defending the Bush administration on this either - they should have tried to fix it - no argument there whatsoever. The original sticking point in this back-and-forth though was the assertion that the conservatives were responsible for not regulating the banking industry.
 
2014-02-17 08:33:51 PM  
And no one in the Bush administration was able to fix this.

It was being framed around here as discriminatory for loan practices not to have heavier involvement of "less fortunate" and "disadvantaged" people during the first Bush term.  No one was willing to challenge that mindset for fear of being labeled.  Some of those same folks were very quick to point to Dubya even when some of the actions were done at a state level.

Unfortunately the American people are tolerant of the increasing and increasingly bold corruption that goes on in DC.  For many trying to fight it sees ruined careers and a real "ploma o plata" type attitude.  The increasing trend towards a return of state-approved monopolies a la AT&T should be a red flag, but so long as we have our panem et circensens it is easier to rage on the internet than actually go out and do anything about it.

/the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street share more than meets the eye, people on both sides are tiring of the malfeasance and contempt some of our leaders have for us and our institutions
//Left and Right are increasingly different sides of the same table, the establishment Republicans would rather work with Dems than attempt real reform and the Dems actually interested in cleaning up will be hard-pressed to return if they try
///and it was potent enough even in the 1950s that Eisenhower warned about it in his farewell speech
 
2014-02-17 09:16:27 PM  

The Southern Dandy: Does anybody know....Where does Comcast compete with Time Warner Cable?  I'm pretty sure there is no place that they compete, so exactly how would their merger impact competition?


It probably impacts content competition more than ISP areas.  They'd already prevented competing much there.  However, it leaves one company owning an even more tremendous slice of everything broadcast similar to the Comcast/NBC combo...
Time Warner Owns:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assets_owned_by_Time_Warner
Comcast Owns:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assets_owned_by_Comcast
NBC subsidiaries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBCUniversal#Subsidiaries

Right now you pretty much have Comcast, Fox, Disney, CBS, Viacom, Time Warner and Sony for most media.  Comcast acquired a controlling interest in NBC not that long ago, and made a failed bid for Disney in 2004.  This won't be it's last merger, and that pool is getting more and more concentrated.
 
2014-02-17 09:55:07 PM  

happydude45: Since when is stating facts a deflection?


Look over there!  A squirrel!  Really!  It's a fact there is a squirrel!  Just stating that.
 
2014-02-17 10:26:32 PM  

tlars699: MyRandomName: And yet the liberal  Democratic/Republican solution is a further consolidation of power to the federal government.

FTFY

No liberal person thinks that consolidation of power is a solution. In fact, most of us liberals want to diffuse that power to democratic vote as much as possible.


Unless you're using a definition of liberal that in modern times that is simply very uncommon, I don't see it. Sure if you're talking 18th century liberal, but not 21st. Liberal and conservative are in the mainstream today just different words for democrat and republican respectively. They both flip flop on issues depending on which party is pushing them at the moment.
 
2014-02-17 10:27:07 PM  
and yet we can't all stop shooting at unarmed teenagers for FIVE MINUTES to put the bullets somewhere they'd do good and rid us of the likes of Comcast and AT&T...
 
2014-02-17 11:23:31 PM  

HighlanderRPI: Ugh, on a related note - Charter just told me their "vendor" deleted a ton of people's voicemail greetings this week, but it's not considered an outage (even though I cannot re-record a greeting). No ETA to fix, and they can't notify me when it is fixed because their system has no way to notify customers about issues/restoration of service unless it's a service outage (voicemail is considered a feature outage).

Awful. Gotta love the old "blame the vendor" line too


You can contact the Executive office for Charter (most companies have an executive complaint line that escalates issues) or you can contact your state's Public Utilities Commission and file a complaint that way (those usually get escalated too).
 
2014-02-17 11:34:38 PM  

Kit Fister: and yet we can't all stop shooting at unarmed teenagers for FIVE MINUTES to put the bullets somewhere they'd do good and rid us of the likes of Comcast and AT&T...


Who would you shoot?
 
2014-02-18 01:14:14 AM  

Abox: Kit Fister: and yet we can't all stop shooting at unarmed teenagers for FIVE MINUTES to put the bullets somewhere they'd do good and rid us of the likes of Comcast and AT&T...

Who would you shoot?


I hear CEOs don't run very fast...
 
2014-02-18 09:37:04 AM  

SashiRomanenko: stonicus:
It's like those dump trucks that haul rocks that have the sticker on the back "Not Liable For Falling Debris"... how legal is that anyway?  Can I just put a sticker on my car that says "Not Liable If I Run You Over"?

Actually, it's perfectly legal, as defined by insurance companies and backed up by state laws on insurance. Falling items / road debris etc is not a liability issue with the insurance policy - it falls under the damaged vehicle owner's comprehensive policy (if they have one). Similar to hitting a deer. I settled many claims as an adjuster where my company's insured party called us to get help going after the other party due to road debris, and even my own company wouldn't pursue it - they'd just pay out under the comprehensive coverage. Oh, you have liability only? Sucks to be you, you're paying it out of pocket.

Not saying I agree with it, just that's how it is unfortunately.

//one of the many reasons why I got out of the insurance business


There is a law in nearly every state with fines/liability for "Failing to Secure a Load".  If it results in an injury, the one who failed to secure the load would be liable in most states.

In some states this even applies to snow stuck on the car!
 
2014-02-18 07:07:43 PM  

Kit Fister: Abox: Kit Fister: and yet we can't all stop shooting at unarmed teenagers for FIVE MINUTES to put the bullets somewhere they'd do good and rid us of the likes of Comcast and AT&T...

Who would you shoot?

I hear CEOs don't run very fast...


I don't think that would do it.
 
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