Something needs to be done, I am normally a “de-regulate” everything but the telecoms have grown back into nearly the huge monopoly they were before the Feds broke them up. The cable companies are no better, soon you will have 2 choices for internet service and both will be over priced and low quality customer service. The problem of right-of-way access needs to be addressed also, this is the permission for a company to put their cable/fiber/wire on a pole or underground by the roads. One reason there isn’t more competition now is right-of-ways have to be negotiated with every city/county/state/small town and there is not a consistent price or code for this. Right-of-ways should be negotiated at the state level, that way when a new company wants to offer service in a state they don’t need to deal separately with dozens of small government agencies. An example of this is my small town, the city owns the electric service and therefore most of the poles. A city councilman was getting a lot of complaints about the CATV company and wasn’t getting answers from the local office. He couldn’t get anyone from the main office in NYC to contact him so he proposed a change to the right of way fees for the CATV company – he wanted to raise the price to $10 per pole… count the poles next time you drive down a road. Needless to say the home office called and corrected the problem. The point of that is the city shouldn’t have its own price, that CATV company (to get TV to my town) has to negotiate with 3 towns and the parish (county) government just to get service to my town. I wonder how much cheaper it would be if they only had to negotiate a contract with 1 state agency?
By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal lawmakers already are beginning to look beyond the 2014 midterm elections, and the fight to turn the Internet into a public utility could be setting the stage for a revamp of telecommunication law in the new Congress.
Talk of modernizing the Telecommunications Act of 1996, or ’96 Act, was on the lips of more than one lawmaker last week during the flurry of the net neutrality discussions, which has both sides of the debate threatening higher consumer costs and stifled innovation if their way is not implemented.
During an interview at his Capitol Hill office last week, U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., told reporters that continuing fights over the Federal Communications Commission’s authority over the Internet could inspire an update of the ’96 Act to clarify its jurisdiction.
via Net neutrality fight sets stage for telecom law update « Watchdog.org.
I tend to shop at Lowe’s, they are closer and usually have what I am looking for. Now I am glad I don’t shop at Home Depot and I probably won’t ever again.
Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list
‘Just use cash’, former security staffer warns friends
By Darren Pauli, 22 Sep 2014
Home Depot is facing claims it ignored security warnings from staff, who say prior to its loss of 56 million credit cards, it failed to update anti virus since 2007, did not consistently monitor its network for signs of attack, and failed to properly audit its eventually-hacked payment terminals.
The fixer-upper retail giant failed to conduct even basic adequate scans in line of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), former employees told the New York Times, with more than a dozen customer information databases unbelievably marked as off-limits to security staff.
Former unnamed security staff told the paper they were so concerned of the poor state of IT systems that they warned their friends to ‘use cash’ instead of credit cards.
via Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list • The Register.
…It will probably come as a surprise to no one that Ceasefire PA is dramatically lying with their claim.
According to the FBI, long guns accounted for 622 murders in 2012 (322 rifles, 303 shotguns), and 1,205 in 1996 (532 rifles, 673 shotguns, according to Table 20). The number of people murdered with long guns hasn’t doubled… it has roughly halved.
The attempt to target long-guns comes after numerous media outlets sympathetic to gun control curious chose last week to abandon their 30-year fixation on so-called “assault weapons.”
Apparently, they’re now going to go after bolt-action rifles used for hunting, calling them “sniper rifles,” comparing their owners to “insurrectionists” and”terrorists” as they attempt to push universal background checks as a de facto gun registry.
via And Then They Came For The Bolt-Actions – Bearing Arms.
How I feel when there’s a new show uploaded!
Y’all go visit Joe Dan and buy a souvenir: Intellectual Froglegs
Who’s bright idea was it to perform an armed raid on barber shops to check licenses?!?!? I’m glad the courts denied the “qualified immunity” for the officers. This needs to happen a lot more and maybe some cops will realize this is not Soviet Russia. Excessive force is used way too often for what used to be routine police operations. Why do a no knock raid in the middle of the night when you can arrest the suspect at the bus stop and then search the house? Don’t tell me it’s for officer safety… they are getting shot when the break in the doors or windows now. The cops in this country need to take a step back, take a deep breath and look HARD at the way they are operating their departments now.
The 2-1 appellate court opinion soundly rejected the police tactics, stating that the “unconstitutional search” violated the Fourth Amendment, and was “clearly established to be illegal from its inception.” Agents Vidler and Leslie were denied the benefit of qualified immunity with regard to the claims of Berry, Trammon, Durant, and Anderson.“There is no indication that the defendants [Vidler and Leslie] had any reason to believe that the inspection would be met with violence,” the court ruled, adding that “the manner in which the supposed inspection of Strictly Skillz was undertaken was unreasonable from its inception.”
via Florida cops storm barber shop to inspect licenses and sanitation | Police State USA.
By Cole Avery, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on September 12, 2014 at 2:22 PM, updated September 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu on Friday released the findings of an internal investigation into her travel that found more than $33,700 in campaign flights were charged to her Senate account.
The report found 136 campaign functions were conducted during 43 trips paid for by the Senate office dating back to 2002.
Landrieu said in a release she reported the errors to the Senate Ethics Committee and fully repaid the Treasury with campaign funds.
“The review I ordered last month found these mistakes stemming from sloppy book keeping. I take full responsibility. They should have never happened, and I apologize for this,” Landrieu said. “A new system has been established that has been successfully used by a number of senate offices to provide a safeguard from this happening in the future.”
via Mary Landrieu internal investigation finds $33,700 in improperly charged flights | NOLA.com.
That’s all the rest of us got to vote
As we inch towards the 2016 general elections – that is assuming they happen – it is incumbent on each of the 50 states to, well, purge their voter rolls of people no longer living in the state, as well as those no longer living. Despite the integrity implications, this is never much of a priority in states where a laundry list of initiatives are spending tax payer cash by handing it over to non-taxpayers, so a number of nonprofit and civic groups are reminding the states to do just that.
Getting the dead off of any voter roll should be no problem, right? Just cross reference one database against another. Minor issue that True the Vote and other voter integrity projects are encountering: the states don’t always have such databases and some of them, like North Carolina, are labeling dead people the same as those who have left the borders. They are called “inactive.” That’s pretty much an understatement.
via Dead People Are Labelled “Inactive Voters” In North Carolina | Rat Nation.
Print By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on September 09, 2014 at 2:07 PM, updated September 09, 2014 at 6:14 PM
Libertarian candidate Samuel Davenport overcame a second effort to disqualify him from the 2nd Congressional District race Tuesday. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled 8-3 that the challenge to his candidacy, filed by Eliza Eugene and Lawrence Galle, had no legal merit, affirming the decision of Civil District Court Judge Lynn Luker.
Davenport greeted the ruling with jubilation and a challenge to incumbent Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans. “My opponent, instead of trying to bully himself an election, should just let the people decide,” he said. He encouraged his supporters to help him win another victory, this one at the ballot box on Nov. 4.
via Samuel Davenport, Libertarian candidate for the 2nd District congressional seat, stays on the ballot | NOLA.com.
NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn’t harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua
What caused a 40-foot crater to appear?
By Iain Thomson, 8 Sep 2014
Pics The Nicaraguan government reckons a meteorite that created a huge hole in the ground just outside its capital’s main airport may have been part of the 2014 RC asteroid that skimmed past Earth at the weekend.
Some NASA experts aren’t so sure, however. In fact, they’ve practically ruled it out.
Nicaraguan meteorite shows its power. Credit: AP
The impact occurred late on Saturday night, and made a crater 12 metres (40 feet) across and five meters (16 feet) deep. The Nicaraguan authorities have set up a commission to investigate the smash, but government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said it appears that it was caused by a “relatively small” meteorite that “appears to have come off an asteroid that was passing close to Earth,” AP reports.
via NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn’t harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua • The Register.
Something just doesn’t look quite right about that crater. ~LJ
By Robert B. Young
There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth among physicians and medical societies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP, over the Florida law that forbids questioning patients about gun ownership. In late July, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that this was “legitimate regulation” of physicians’ conduct, intended to protect “patient privacy and curtail abuses of the physician-patient relationship.” Physicians who can see past the perceived insult to their autonomy would understand that this changes nothing about good care.
A Florida pediatrician, Kristie Rivers, writes in the Huffington Post about her reaction to this restriction on her practice, in the context of her five-year-old son’s new fascination with gun play. In “The Questions I Can’t Ask about Guns,” she seems to equate her parental responsibility to teach her son about guns with her medical responsibility to teach patients about them. She gets individual gun safety right when teaching her son but follows the AAP’s misrepresentation of gun control as societal “gun safety.” Like a number of such associations, the AAP exaggerates the risk children face from guns, and do not respect the role of parents and gun owners in keeping children safe around firearms. “Gun safety” happens when guns are used properly, not avoided.
via Doctors Can Be Wrong About Guns – Liberty Crier.
“Look at the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] Section 1021, that gave President Obama the ability to define someone as a terrorist threat and have the military incarcerate them indefinitely without due process,” Binney said in a recent interview with DW while expanding on his testimony about NSA in Germany earlier this year.
“That’s the same as the special order 48 issued in 1933 by the Nazis [the so-called Reichstag Fire Decree]. Read that — it says exactly the same thing.”
Binney said such totalitarianism begins with governments expanding population surveillance and gathering intelligence on people and their various activities, before eventually transitioning to using that power and knowledge against them.
via NSA Whistle-Blower: Nazis Used Same ‘Terrorist’ Rule As Obama | The Daily Caller.
Point-of-Sale malware hits ‘more than 1,000 big businesses’, warns US government
Secret Service: Time to front up to Backoff
By Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2014
A Point-of-Sale malware attack that hit shipping outfit UPS has compromised the networks of a “significant” number of major businesses in the US, according to officials at the country’s Homeland Security office.
via Point-of-Sale malware hits ‘more than 1,000 big businesses’, warns US government • The Register.
A word of caution to state troopers: don’t anger the powers that be if you don’t want legal problems like case from 2010
August 21, 2014 by tomaswell
To fully understand the lengths to which those in the upper echelons of the Jindal administration will go to punish those—especially subordinates—who dare to cross them, you need look no further than the case the Louisiana State Police hierarchy attempted to build against one of its own.
via A word of caution to state troopers: don’t anger the powers that be if you don’t want legal problems like case from 2010 | Louisiana Voice.
Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech
Sadly Navdy kit doesn’t include Sidewinder missile to blast traffic
By Simon Rockman, 16 Aug 2014
Car-display manufacturer Navdy has refuted claims that its new device is dangerous, saying there are plenty of precedents for the technology.
Navdy connects a mobile phone to a small projector and provides a “pilot’s eye” heads-up display, using a transparent screen. This avoids the issues of multiple images which you get if you try to project onto a laminated windscreen.
via Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech • The Register.
Does your county have an MRAP?
Published by LizGoodwin
A full list of the 600 MRAPs that have been given by the Pentagon to counties in almost every state so far. Counties that are listed more than once received multiple armored vehicles. This list is accurate as of June 13, 2014.
via Does your county have an MRAP?.