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Net Neutrality

From Techdirt: The FCC’s Attack On Net Neutrality Is Based Entirely On Debunked Lobbyist Garbage Data

That net neutrality didn’t harm sector investment isn’t really debatable. Just ask industry executives from Frontier, Comcast, Cablevision, Sprint, AT&T, Sonic and even neutrality public enemy number one, Verizon all of who are on public record telling investors the “net neutrality killed sector investment” claim simply isn’t true. That this concept is a canard is also supported by public SEC filings and earnings reports, as well as the billions being spent on spectrum as these companies rush toward the fifth generation (5G) wireless networks of tomorrow.

You can lie to your customers, but lying to your investors or the Securities & Exchange Commission ends up in court. If the ISPs say it doesn’t hurt them, and the Attorney General of New York says that the mass of “public comments” opposed to Net Neutrality are bogus, what is the point? Does Ajit Pai think he will get a great job if he does this?

November 30, 2017   4 Comments

How To Lose Friends And …

Annoy the Hell out of the world. [With apologies to Dale Carnegie]

Trump was ‘wrong’ to retweet far-right posts

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said Donald Trump was “wrong” to retweet posts from a British far-right group.

But she stressed the “special relationship” between Britain and the US was “in both our nations’ interests” and should continue.

And she rejected calls to cancel a state visit by the US president.

A lot of people in Britain, including the Queen and Prince Philip, have vivid memories of being bombed by Nazis which makes them seriously annoyed by any new outbreaks of Nazism.

I hope Donald realizes that this eliminates any hope Melania had of attending Prince Harry’s wedding.

Russia accuses US of goading Kim Jong-un

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the US of seeking to provoke North Korea into stepping up its nuclear missile programme.

He rejected a call by the American envoy to the UN Security Council to sever ties with the North after its latest ballistic missile test.

Russia argues sanctions do not work and advocates negotiations instead.

Speaking on a visit to the Belarussian capital Minsk, Mr Lavrov asked whether America was actively seeking to destroy North Korea.

“One gets the impression that everything has been done on purpose to make Kim Jong-un snap and carry out further inadvisable actions,” he said.

The Americans, he said, “should explain to us all what they’re after”.

When both Bernie Sanders and Sergei Lavrov say you screwed up there isn’t a lot of room in the political spectrum to look for love. Russia and China both have borders with North Korea. They are not going to tolerate the launch of a nuclear strike in their backyards. There is no such thing as a ‘surgical nuclear strike’ and launching an attack on North Korea could trigger a regional conflict. Like Lavrov there are a lot of Americans who would like to know what Trump is after.

November 30, 2017   4 Comments