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(Washington Post)   Comcast spends $130,000 to honor the regulator that will review their merger. Gala expected to start between 4PM and 7PM   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 58
    More: Asinine, Comcast-Time Warner, Time Warner, David Cohen, Citizens for Responsibility, Federal Communications Commission, Time Warner Cable, Mignon Clyburn, mergers  
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2014-08-13 09:25:40 AM  
Remember when the elites at least tried to hide their corruption from the little people? Sure, they still had their way, but they at least feared the peasantry enough to know that constantly pissing them off is a fast track straight to the guillotines.

Now, all Comcast needs is an ad campaign that reads "We're going to fark you hard up the ass and there is nothing you can do about it, because WE HAVE THE MONEY!"
 
m00
2014-08-13 12:03:30 PM  
"But no, there is no monopoly in cable!" says the crowd that is against net neutrality.
 
2014-08-13 12:06:20 PM  
JFC,

This reads like an onion article.
 
2014-08-13 12:06:48 PM  
I am Comcast's worst nightmare - I am laughing my ass off at them and Slime-Warner as I utilize my municipally-owned fiberoptic network.
 
2014-08-13 12:07:00 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Remember when the elites at least tried to hide their corruption from the little people? Sure, they still had their way, but they at least feared the peasantry enough to know that constantly pissing them off is a fast track straight to the guillotines.

Now, all Comcast needs is an ad campaign that reads "We're going to fark you hard up the ass and there is nothing you can do about it, because WE HAVE THE MONEY!"


"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."
 
2014-08-13 12:07:39 PM  
Pipe down, you anti-capitalist hippies. Every single one of you was free to drop $110k and be a "presenting sponsor" yourselves. This is no different from when you write a letter to your congressman.
 
2014-08-13 12:09:30 PM  
I'm old enough to remember when all this cocksuckery went on in private
 
2014-08-13 12:09:31 PM  

jayhawk88: Pipe down, you anti-capitalist hippies. Every single one of you was free to drop $110k and be a "presenting sponsor" yourselves. This is no different from when you write a letter to your congressman.


Oh, you were being serious?
 
2014-08-13 12:10:26 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Remember when the elites at least tried to hide their corruption from the little people?

No, I don't.  SNL ran a sketch infamously known as, "We don't care, we don't have to, we're the phone company."  That was in 1976.  The Internet didn't even exist at the time.

Don't act like this is any sort of unique challenge.  Nothing has changed.  Fighting the rotten influence of money has been around as long as money itself.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-08-13 12:11:27 PM  

jayhawk88: Pipe down, you anti-capitalist hippies. Every single one of you was free to drop $110k and be a "presenting sponsor" yourselves. This is no different from when you write a letter to your congressman.


Huh?  It goes into the trash or it receives a form letter?
 
2014-08-13 12:12:52 PM  
Wouldn't it be cheaper and a lot less hassle to just get him some hookers for the weekend?
 
2014-08-13 12:13:08 PM  
How is this not blatant bribery and conflict of interest requiring immediate dismissal and sanctions?
 
2014-08-13 12:14:01 PM  

UNC_Samurai: I am Comcast's worst nightmare - I am laughing my ass off at them and Slime-Warner as I utilize my municipally-owned fiberoptic network.


Which is illegal for any other municipality in NC to deploy, Wilson isn't even allowed to expand the existing network outside city limits. Time-Warner got the last laugh.

You're not Comcast's worst nightmare, you're a statistical blip state governments can be paid to deal with.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-08-13 12:14:09 PM  

dragonchild: TV's Vinnie: Remember when the elites at least tried to hide their corruption from the little people?
No, I don't.  SNL ran a sketch infamously known as, "We don't care, we don't have to, we're the phone company."  That was in 1976.  The Internet didn't even exist at the time.

Don't act like this is any sort of unique challenge.  Nothing has changed.  Fighting the rotten influence of money has been around as long as money itself.


That's a bit of a non-sequitur.  The Bell system during that time were open douchenozzles (and were proud of it) but the congresscritters and regulators weren't standing up on a platform and taking their bribes out in the open.  If this isn't open then I don't how more open it can get, except if they admit it when they make the ruling in favor of the merger (which you know they're going to do).
 
2014-08-13 12:14:16 PM  

UNC_Samurai: I am Comcast's worst nightmare - I am laughing my ass off at them and Slime-Warner as I utilize my municipally-owned fiberoptic network.


Eh, i think I may have you beat, or maybe not quite but sorta: I'm the guy who records all his calls with Comcast, and politely informs the people on the phone that they're being recorded right back (based on requirements in Michigan law).
 
2014-08-13 12:14:23 PM  

d23: jayhawk88: Pipe down, you anti-capitalist hippies. Every single one of you was free to drop $110k and be a "presenting sponsor" yourselves. This is no different from when you write a letter to your congressman.

Huh?  It goes into the trash or it receives a form letter?


I see you're not in the habit of stapling a several thousand dollar check marked "campaign contribution" to your letters.
 
2014-08-13 12:14:42 PM  

pxlboy: jayhawk88: Pipe down, you anti-capitalist hippies. Every single one of you was free to drop $110k and be a "presenting sponsor" yourselves. This is no different from when you write a letter to your congressman.

Oh, you were being serious?


Of course! I mean, what do you expect Comcast to do? Not give Mignon Clyburn the Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence?
 
2014-08-13 12:15:02 PM  
If we really gave a shiat, we would have elected people to fix the problem long ago. We don't, so we didn't.

Reap, sow, etc.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-08-13 12:19:38 PM  

Target Builder: d23: jayhawk88: Pipe down, you anti-capitalist hippies. Every single one of you was free to drop $110k and be a "presenting sponsor" yourselves. This is no different from when you write a letter to your congressman.

Huh?  It goes into the trash or it receives a form letter?

I see you're not in the habit of stapling a several thousand dollar check marked "campaign contribution" to your letters.


Nope,  I'm po.  I do write on occasion and usually I get back a letter stating how I am wrong.  I wrote to Dick Lugar about net neutrality and got a letter about about the BUUURDENS of regulation and how it would burden innovation.  First, cry me a farking river, second I actually worked in the ISP industry and know firsthand that things worked because ISPs respected that idea and that the Comcasts of the world were actually want to destroy what we have.

So, no, these assholes aren't listening.  I resent the fact that with the "money = speech" idea basically I have no say in government at all.  If money does equal speech then the poor have NO political speech, and no say so in government, and thus the equal protection clause is violated.
 
2014-08-13 12:21:59 PM  

jtown: Wouldn't it be cheaper and a lot less hassle to just get him some hookers for the weekend?

Why not both?

Kit Fister: How is this not blatant bribery and conflict of interest requiring immediate dismissal and sanctions?

Because it's Comcast you idiot.

More serious answer:  It's not a direct or even tangible contribution; it's an event with no admission price AFAIK.  I can very much see how this technically isn't bribery -- or at least, it's a terribly inefficient and outrageous form of bribery out of effort to stay in compliance with the law.  Frankly if some telecom dragged me to a gala I'd be pissed off.  Have you been to conservative corporate parties?  They suck.  Now imagine being "entertained" by an ISP monopoly.  It's horrible, it's disgusting, it's corrupt, but it's also probably not gonna change the outcome one way or another.  If he's conservative he's probably already in bed with them; if not he's going to be extremely bored.
 
2014-08-13 12:23:17 PM  
It's the Free Market in action.

If you don't like it, feel free to set up your own ISP and start bribing officials.
 
2014-08-13 12:23:34 PM  
37.media.tumblr.com
"This sounds like a terrible ethical conundrum. We'll investigate it as soon as possible."
 
2014-08-13 12:26:55 PM  
I'm in a part of Georgia that is in the running for Google Fiber.  Every time I check the status of the project, it seems like the next week I'm getting all these offers from Comcast about upgrading my already high speed to super-duper high speed.  But, I have to bundle and commit to 2 year contracts, blah, blah, blah.  Go away Comcast.

C'mon Google Fiber.
 
2014-08-13 12:30:06 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Remember when the elites at least tried to hide their corruption from the little people? Sure, they still had their way, but they at least feared the peasantry enough to know that constantly pissing them off is a fast track straight to the guillotines.

Now, all Comcast needs is an ad campaign that reads "We're going to fark you hard up the ass and there is nothing you can do about it, because WE HAVE THE MONEY!"


Came here to say THIS. They should just take out a full page ad in the WSJ stating as much. The facing page could be a full-page image of someone giving the reader the finger.
 
2014-08-13 12:33:13 PM  

cherryl taggart: I'm in a part of Georgia that is in the running for Google Fiber.  Every time I check the status of the project, it seems like the next week I'm getting all these offers from Comcast about upgrading my already high speed to super-duper high speed.  But, I have to bundle and commit to 2 year contracts, blah, blah, blah.  Go away Comcast.

C'mon Google Fiber.


When they are finished hooking you up do you mind sending them down 75?
Thanks
 
2014-08-13 12:36:14 PM  

Kit Fister: How is this not blatant bribery and conflict of interest requiring immediate dismissal and sanctions?


I'm sure if you just give it some time, the government will investigate itself and find nothing wrong.
 
2014-08-13 12:41:45 PM  

Kit Fister: How is this not blatant bribery and conflict of interest requiring immediate dismissal and sanctions?


^^^^^^
THIS.
 
2014-08-13 12:42:15 PM  
Kable Town. Why KableTown with a K? Because K stands for the Kindness we show our customers, the Keen interest we take in their needs...
 
2014-08-13 12:55:28 PM  
As long as Comcast doesn't fark with my $35 50mb internet, I am willing to turn a blind eye.
 
2014-08-13 01:02:00 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-13 01:04:05 PM  
It's like they're not even *trying* to hide the corruption any longer.  In fact, it's more like they are rubbing it in while saying, "So?! What are *you* going to do about it?"
 
2014-08-13 01:09:07 PM  

dragonchild: TV's Vinnie: Remember when the elites at least tried to hide their corruption from the little people?
No, I don't.  SNL ran a sketch infamously known as, "We don't care, we don't have to, we're the phone company."  That was in 1976.  The Internet didn't even exist at the time.

Don't act like this is any sort of unique challenge.  Nothing has changed.  Fighting the rotten influence of money has been around as long as money itself.


Ahem.

Lilly Tomlin. Laugh-In. 1967

GTFO my lawn.
 
2014-08-13 01:10:53 PM  

Cold_Sassy: Kit Fister: How is this not blatant bribery and conflict of interest requiring immediate dismissal and sanctions?

^^^^^^
THIS.


Lack of laws covering the specific ways regulators can be influenced and also lack of general laws preventing influence combined with lack of prosecution with the laws that are in place.

Of course, the real problem is half the population thinks business like this is acceptable.
 
2014-08-13 01:13:56 PM  

d23: dragonchild: TV's Vinnie: Remember when the elites at least tried to hide their corruption from the little people?
No, I don't.  SNL ran a sketch infamously known as, "We don't care, we don't have to, we're the phone company."  That was in 1976.  The Internet didn't even exist at the time.

Don't act like this is any sort of unique challenge.  Nothing has changed.  Fighting the rotten influence of money has been around as long as money itself.

That's a bit of a non-sequitur.  The Bell system during that time were open douchenozzles (and were proud of it) but the congresscritters and regulators weren't standing up on a platform and taking their bribes out in the open.  If this isn't open then I don't how more open it can get, except if they admit it when they make the ruling in favor of the merger (which you know they're going to do).


Right after signing whatever documents they'll be signing the regulators could hand TWC and Comcast an itemized receipt.
 
2014-08-13 01:15:53 PM  

Another Government Employee: dragonchild: TV's Vinnie: Remember when the elites at least tried to hide their corruption from the little people?
No, I don't.  SNL ran a sketch infamously known as, "We don't care, we don't have to, we're the phone company."  That was in 1976.  The Internet didn't even exist at the time.

Don't act like this is any sort of unique challenge.  Nothing has changed.  Fighting the rotten influence of money has been around as long as money itself.

Ahem.

Lilly Tomlin. Laugh-In. 1967

GTFO my lawn.


You're 1 for 3: Lilly Tomlin, SNL, 1976
http://snltranscripts.jt.org/76/76aphonecompany.phtml
 
2014-08-13 01:20:01 PM  

RoxtarRyan: If we really gave a shiat, we would have elected people to fix the problem long ago. We don't, so we didn't.

Reap, sow, etc.


I would believe that if ever I saw candidates who actually card. And sorry libertarians, anarchy is not the solution.
 
2014-08-13 01:21:12 PM  

picturescrazy: RoxtarRyan: If we really gave a shiat, we would have elected people to fix the problem long ago. We don't, so we didn't.

Reap, sow, etc.

I would believe that if ever I saw candidates who actually card. And sorry libertarians, anarchy is not the solution.


Cared. Stupid phone.
 
2014-08-13 01:22:53 PM  

kapaso: Cold_Sassy: Kit Fister: How is this not blatant bribery and conflict of interest requiring immediate dismissal and sanctions?

^^^^^^
THIS.

Lack of laws covering the specific ways regulators can be influenced and also lack of general laws preventing influence combined with lack of prosecution with the laws that are in place.

Of course, the real problem is half the population thinks business like this is acceptable.


In the Roman Empire, if a man was caught trying to bribe a public official, he was sewn in a bag with a wild badger and thrown into the river.

Pretty sure we can find some suitable rivers and badgers.
 
m00
2014-08-13 01:33:52 PM  

paygun: Kit Fister: How is this not blatant bribery and conflict of interest requiring immediate dismissal and sanctions?

I'm sure if you just give it some time, the government will investigate itself and find nothing wrong.


It's on the list after Benghazi and ACORN, and finding original copies of the documents compiled during the Lewinsky affair.
 
2014-08-13 02:06:16 PM  
Nothing to see here. Please move along.
 
2014-08-13 02:06:47 PM  
fark it.  they've won.  back to robber barrons we are.

/at least have the decency to pretend you're not openly bribing officials.
 
2014-08-13 02:21:07 PM  

d23: Target Builder: d23: jayhawk88: Pipe down, you anti-capitalist hippies. Every single one of you was free to drop $110k and be a "presenting sponsor" yourselves. This is no different from when you write a letter to your congressman.

Huh?  It goes into the trash or it receives a form letter?

I see you're not in the habit of stapling a several thousand dollar check marked "campaign contribution" to your letters.

Nope,  I'm po.  I do write on occasion and usually I get back a letter stating how I am wrong.  I wrote to Dick Lugar about net neutrality and got a letter about about the BUUURDENS of regulation and how it would burden innovation.  First, cry me a farking river, second I actually worked in the ISP industry and know firsthand that things worked because ISPs respected that idea and that the Comcasts of the world were actually want to destroy what we have.

So, no, these assholes aren't listening.  I resent the fact that with the "money = speech" idea basically I have no say in government at all.  If money does equal speech then the poor have NO political speech, and no say so in government, and thus the equal protection clause is violated.


Com cast wouldn't bother spending so much money if the Federal Government hadn't continued to expand its powers.

Regulations are used to stifle competition, not for your benefit.

We should give the government more powers to fix this... right?
 
2014-08-13 02:22:30 PM  

Kit Fister: ...I'm the guy who records all his calls with Comcast, and politely informs the people on the phone that they're being recorded right back (based on requirements in Michigan law).


Do you tell them it's for training and quality assurance purposes?
 
2014-08-13 02:23:36 PM  

picturescrazy: RoxtarRyan: If we really gave a shiat, we would have elected people to fix the problem long ago. We don't, so we didn't.

Reap, sow, etc.

I would believe that if ever I saw candidates who actually card. And sorry libertarians, anarchy is not the solution.


Good thing the vast majority of libertarians are not anarchists.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-08-13 02:25:45 PM  

dualplains: Another Government Employee: dragonchild: TV's Vinnie: Remember when the elites at least tried to hide their corruption from the little people?
No, I don't.  SNL ran a sketch infamously known as, "We don't care, we don't have to, we're the phone company."  That was in 1976.  The Internet didn't even exist at the time.

Don't act like this is any sort of unique challenge.  Nothing has changed.  Fighting the rotten influence of money has been around as long as money itself.

Ahem.

Lilly Tomlin. Laugh-In. 1967

GTFO my lawn.

You're 1 for 3: Lilly Tomlin, SNL, 1976
http://snltranscripts.jt.org/76/76aphonecompany.phtml


"I just turned off half of Pitsburg" *Snort*
 
MFK
2014-08-13 02:42:19 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Remember when the elites at least tried to hide their corruption from the little people? Sure, they still had their way, but they at least feared the peasantry enough to know that constantly pissing them off is a fast track straight to the guillotines.

Now, all Comcast needs is an ad campaign that reads "We're going to fark you hard up the ass and there is nothing you can do about it, because WE HAVE THE MONEY!"


These motherfarkers have zero fear of any sort of peasant uprising or the guillotines. They know that you're not going to get off the couch to do more than biatch to your Facebook friends. The only reason they wouldn't put that ad campaign out is because they don't even care enough about you the consumer to tell you that they're going to fark you. Why should they care? Where are you going to go? To one of the OTHER ISP's/cable companies in your town? Besides, they already bought your congressman so they don't even HAVE to deal with the public outrage.

I honestly don't think any of these guys are going to change a thing about the current model until people start literally hurting them for farking us over so hard.
 
2014-08-13 02:42:53 PM  

Kit Fister: kapaso: Cold_Sassy: Kit Fister: How is this not blatant bribery and conflict of interest requiring immediate dismissal and sanctions?

^^^^^^
THIS.

Lack of laws covering the specific ways regulators can be influenced and also lack of general laws preventing influence combined with lack of prosecution with the laws that are in place.

Of course, the real problem is half the population thinks business like this is acceptable.

In the Roman Empire, if a man was caught trying to bribe a public official, he was sewn in a bag with a wild badger and thrown into the river.

Pretty sure we can find some suitable rivers and badgers.


I don't know any badgers I dislike enough to stuff in a bag with an I SP executive.

Stupid phone apparently hates those 3 letters spaced correctly.
 
2014-08-13 02:43:06 PM  

UtileDysfunktion: Kit Fister: ...I'm the guy who records all his calls with Comcast, and politely informs the people on the phone that they're being recorded right back (based on requirements in Michigan law).

Do you tell them it's for training and quality assurance purposes?


yes
 
2014-08-13 02:51:13 PM  

Cold_Sassy: Kit Fister: How is this not blatant bribery and conflict of interest requiring immediate dismissal and sanctions?

^^^^^^
THIS.

"We absolutely dispute the notion that our contributions have anything to do with currying favor with Commissioner Clayburn or any honoree," Fitzmaurice said. "Such claims are insulting and not supported by any evidence."


Well, they said so, so . . . there.
 
2014-08-13 03:41:57 PM  

Kit Fister: kapaso: Cold_Sassy: Kit Fister: How is this not blatant bribery and conflict of interest requiring immediate dismissal and sanctions?

^^^^^^
THIS.

Lack of laws covering the specific ways regulators can be influenced and also lack of general laws preventing influence combined with lack of prosecution with the laws that are in place.

Of course, the real problem is half the population thinks business like this is acceptable.

In the Roman Empire, if a man was caught trying to bribe a public official, he was sewn in a bag with a wild badger and thrown into the river.

Pretty sure we can find some suitable rivers and badgers.


I have a simpler idea - we need to have proper outlaws.

If you voluntarily withrdraw yourself from the social contract then that's fine but you've voluntarily withdrawn from all of it and will no longer enjoy any of its protections. This of course covers the whole badger/river/bag thing but it opens up a whole bunch of other possibilities too.
 
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