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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 45
    More: Followup, Time Warner, Comcast, mergers, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, congressional committees, campaign finance reform, media conglomerate  
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2014-02-17 11:54:54 AM  
12 votes:
I'm always amazed at how little it costs to buy a politician. How can anyone respect congressmen, when they're just a bunch of farking pikers?
2014-02-17 01:18:41 PM  
10 votes:
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.
2014-02-17 01:24:42 PM  
7 votes:
This is what you farks wanted with your unlimited political donations and "corporations are people" bullshiat. Enjoy.
2014-02-17 01:39:51 PM  
4 votes:
So, why don't Comcast and this committee get punished for giving/accepting bribes?

Oh, right. Laws are for little people.
2014-02-17 01:21:06 PM  
4 votes:

Phil Moskowitz: I don't even know why you even bother with a government anymore.


The battle was lost a long time ago.  We're just still in denial.
2014-02-17 01:15:41 PM  
4 votes:

rumpelstiltskin: I'm always amazed at how little it costs to buy a politician. How can anyone respect congressmen, when they're just a bunch of farking pikers?


When did we start respecting congressmen?
2014-02-17 11:39:45 AM  
4 votes:
Representative Greg Walden, R-Ore., Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has received $53,000 from Comcast from January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2012.
Representative John DingellD-Mich., has received $100,775 from Comcastfrom January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2012 more than any other member of the House of Representatives. He is a member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
2014-02-17 01:32:34 PM  
3 votes:

InterruptingQuirk: Representative Greg Walden, R-Ore., Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has received $53,000 from Comcast from January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2012.
Representative John Dingell,  D-Mich., has received $100,775 from Comcastfrom January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2012 more than any other member of the House of Representatives. He is a member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.


This is unsurprising since both parties have been equally devoted to destroying the internet.
2014-02-17 01:26:10 PM  
3 votes:
I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you. Because this is so different from how our government is usually run. It's not like the people who we elect ostensibly as lawmakers actually spend more than half their time fundraising, so are more accurately described as fundraisers. Noooooooo...

/puke
2014-02-17 01:21:40 PM  
3 votes:
www.allaccess.com
Proceed, Kabletown, just don't come looking for handouts when you go tits up.
2014-02-17 01:20:19 PM  
3 votes:
I don't even know why you even bother with a government anymore.
2014-02-17 03:16:32 PM  
2 votes:

jayphat: 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

If there was an area of the US law I want to see tightened, its the liability of corporations in regards to vendors and contract agents.  Stayed at a hotel(pretty sure it was Marriot) and friends car got a ding from the valet. When he talked to the hotel, they told him "it's not our responsibility, they are a contract service." Here is the problem I have. All the paperwork for valet check-in says Marriot all over it, on top of that they are wearing FARKING MARRIOT UNIFORMS.


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"?
2014-02-17 01:58:48 PM  
2 votes:
img.fark.net
2014-02-17 01:55:21 PM  
2 votes:
net neutrality NOW.
2014-02-17 01:54:47 PM  
2 votes:
They didn't stop the #1 and #2 airlines from merging (American/USAir), they didn't stop the top cable provider from merging with the top content distributor (NBCU/Comcast), they didn't stop the biggest online provider from merging with the biggest producer (AOLTimeWarner).

What makes anyone think there is any such thing as antitrust or anti-monopoly law anymore? All the companies have to do is show, on paper, that consumers might possibly win some small victory in some small area; while sweeping under the rug things like "choice", "competition", "fair markets" and any notion that monopolies are bad for business - and forcing regulators to ignore the common sense that combining, say, Comcast and Time Warner will lead to even less consumer choice (as if there is choice in ISPs now - sure, maybe if you have your own house, and if the municipality hasn't yet sold you out to one of the Big Guys).
2014-02-17 01:49:45 PM  
2 votes:
Real 'Mericans don't like you messing with their TV. We might have to resort to learnin' and readin'.

In all seriousness, Cable, Phone (wired), Cellular, and Internet are without real competition in this country. No one's offering me $9.99 all I can use like back in the heyday of dial up. Either we start cracking down on these collusions and near-monopolies or we can give up on the 21st Century.
2014-02-17 01:46:48 PM  
2 votes:
Obligatory

insidepulse.com
2014-02-17 01:21:37 PM  
2 votes:
Subby, your headline is clearly a case of hyperbole. 1 to 4 PM is way too specific of a timeframe. 8 AM to 4PM is much more realistic.
2014-02-17 01:21:11 PM  
2 votes:
And yet the liberal solution is a further consolidation of power to the federal government.
2014-02-17 01:20:40 PM  
2 votes:
Oh FFS

Founded in February of 2014, DemoNews.org is America's source for factual, hard-hitting, progressive news of the Democratic Party.

Is this a Sponsored Link? This website JUST started.
2014-02-17 03:56:36 PM  
1 votes:
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
2014-02-17 03:43:54 PM  
1 votes:
After this merger, will Comcast be too big to fail?
2014-02-17 03:30:16 PM  
1 votes:

Nemo's Brother: Clearly if we had more government, this would not happen.

Need to raise those taxes now.


You couldn't possibly BE more wrong. What we need is less government. If we didn't have things like pesky job-killing regulations, then the hard-working Job Creators wouldn't need to spend their hard-earned money to bribe the government into allowing them to screw their customers.
2014-02-17 02:59:41 PM  
1 votes:
They told me if I voted for Romney, the country would be consumed by runaway crony capitalism. I voted for Romney and sure enough, the country is being consumed by runaway crony capitalism.

:(
2014-02-17 02:57:28 PM  
1 votes:

notto: Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to members of Congress from PACs and employees of Comcast Corp., from January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2012.

Comcast has 130,000 employees.

This methodology is BS.


Oh, Sure.

I agree with you that this is obviously the result of a Rogue Employee with an agenda to embarrass the company, and all Comcast and Time Warner stockholders.

www.welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com
2014-02-17 02:45:46 PM  
1 votes:
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
2014-02-17 02:33:26 PM  
1 votes:

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 wouldn't, they currently don't compete. But what it does do is give the resulting company a crap ton of market share, power that can be used to bully some of the corporations. See what happened with CBS and Time Warner just last year.
2014-02-17 02:33:12 PM  
1 votes:

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.

A doi.


And yet, all your leaders are doing the opposite. King Obama!
2014-02-17 02:29:16 PM  
1 votes:

Nemo's Brother: Clearly if we had more government, this would not happen.

Need to raise those taxes now.


Um, yeah. If we had "more" government (read: "a government that could faithfully execute its duty to regulate commerce among the states, pursuant to laws like antitrust law rather than pursuant to whoever signs the checks"), mergers like this wouldn't be allowed to happen.

As it stands, it hasn't even happened yet, so all we have is a sense of foreboding.

// and the taxes "we"'d want raised are on Comcast and its highest earners anyway, and have nothing to do with a merger or not
// did we have "more" government in the early 20th Century when "trusts" were actually busted (once or twice)?
2014-02-17 02:08:07 PM  
1 votes:

Diogenes: And I just got my mom to get a bundle from Time Warner.

*sigh*


My parents are on TWC, The Worst Cable company on the planet. They can't manage to configure a DNS properly given several years and a copy Internet for Dummies. I've had to point their internet connection to external DNS on so many occasions I've lost count. I wrote a batch job to do it remotely because they are in Arizona and I live in CA.
2014-02-17 02:05:19 PM  
1 votes:

notto: Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to members of Congress from PACs and employees of Comcast Corp., from January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2012.

Comcast has 130,000 employees.

This methodology is BS.


Unless the contributions were bundled, a well-known campaign finance tactic. I forget...do cable and broadband companies ever offer bundles?
2014-02-17 02:03:06 PM  
1 votes:
I am ditching Time Warner as we speak, so I am getting a kick...

/ever since Time Warner bought out Insight, I'd rather have been kicked in the nads than call their "customer service."
2014-02-17 02:02:30 PM  
1 votes:

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.

A doi.
2014-02-17 02:01:10 PM  
1 votes:

Onkel Buck: InterruptingQuirk: Representative Greg Walden, R-Ore., Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has received $53,000 from Comcast from January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2012.
Representative John Dingell,  D-Mich., has received $100,775 from Comcastfrom January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2012 more than any other member of the House of Representatives. He is a member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

So which one are we supposed to be mad at? The republican right?



JerkStore: This is what you farks wanted with your unlimited political donations and "corporations are people" bullshiat. Enjoy.

2014-02-17 01:49:42 PM  
1 votes:

JerkStore: This is what you farks wanted with your unlimited political donations and "corporations are people" bullshiat. Enjoy.


I'm assuming by "you farks" you mean the SC since they are the ones that actually made the decision.

If not, please feel free to point the finger at the nebulous "you farkers" instead of those those who actually abuse the system, Your elected representatives who run rough shod over any sense of morality.
2014-02-17 01:46:15 PM  
1 votes:
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2014-02-17 01:45:12 PM  
1 votes:

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.
2014-02-17 01:44:19 PM  
1 votes:

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.
2014-02-17 01:42:39 PM  
1 votes:
Nothing like being able to literally buy your way into whatever you want to do.
2014-02-17 01:39:05 PM  
1 votes:

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


And the conservative position is a to do nothing.  Ever.
2014-02-17 01:35:21 PM  
1 votes:
unions give twice as much money to politicians as corporations, remember that next time you whine.
2014-02-17 01:30:27 PM  
1 votes:

Diogenes: Phil Moskowitz: I don't even know why you even bother with a government anymore.

The battle was lost a long time ago.  We're just still in denial.


It's especially frustrating because the folks in charge have only recently started to enjoy vast riches...

upload.wikimedia.org

/that's a nice mask you got there...
//be a shame if anything happened to it
2014-02-17 01:25:52 PM  
1 votes:

Dimensio: AT&T UVerse suddenly seems like a viable option.


I just switched to U-Verse from Comcast.  I was paying for Comcast's highest tier of Internet service and the performance was very inconsistent.  Then my year was up and they raised the price another $40 per month.  I called then and told them I was switching to U-Verse because of the cost.  Comcast said they don't compete by price but by service.  I told them their service was oversubscribed.  AMF!
2014-02-17 01:15:07 PM  
1 votes:
AT&T UVerse suddenly seems like a viable option.
2014-02-17 01:13:47 PM  
1 votes:
,,, in a move that is totally not involving any sort of conflict of interest whatsoever.

None at all.

/bidness as usual
 
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