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Dancing in the Devil’s Playground

I just returned from Washington D.C. where, for the first time in this writer’s life, I experienced and participated in Democracy — Real American Corporate Democracy (amen to that brothers and sisters).

This is not to say that I have not voted, for indeed I have. In fact, I have voted in practically every election I have been eligible to vote in since I turned 18 in 1994. This is not to say that I have not written to my representatives and been a part of organizations that petition our government for reform, for indeed I have. I have taken the steps of a concerned and dedicated citizen given the options afforded to me to participate in the democratic process of the United States of America.

Where has this gotten me exactly? Quite honestly, it has not gotten me far as I do not have the voice and the high-priced lobbyists of the multi-national, multi-billion dollar corporations who have the ability to meet directly with the members of the House of Representatives and the members of the Senate to petition them for enacting or blocking legislation for the benefit of said Corporations. continue reading…

A blow for consumers

For those not following the FCC as of late, the issue of Net Neutrality has been a hot-button issue. For a few years now, mega internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon have been of the mindset that they can dictate the bandwidth allocated to whatever services they deem acceptable. In 2007, Comcast decided they had the god-given corporate right to slow down the bandwidth of BitTorrents, among other things Comcast didn’t find appropriate—-Oh Crap, I’m using Comcast Broadband right now, better watch my tongue, otherwise my faithful readers will be going back in a 1998 dial-up time machine when they visit my site.

My conspiratorial delusions aside, Comcast fought the FCC–who’d a thunk it–and on April 6 of this year, the US Court of Appeals ruled that the FCC did not have the authority to stop all mighty Comcast from doing as they please; essentially ruling that the FCC can’t impose net neutrality at all. Here is the FCC’s response to the decision:

The FCC is firmly committed to promoting an open Internet and to policies that will bring the enormous benefits of broadband to all Americans. It will rest these policies — all of which will be designed to foster innovation and investment while protecting and empowering consumers — on a solid legal foundation. continue reading…

Originally written on May 6, 2010

Since I published this on my other blog the other day, I have since got my new site set up as one can see. Ironically, my new advertisements are a bit on the bright, shiny side; not to mention the ‘word-highlight-hover-over’ type  I approved (and can unapprove). But hey, if Porsche wants to advertise on a godless pinko site, so be it:) -Todd (5.8.10)

I am in the midst of the most serious case of what one refers to as “writers block” since my college days. It was my intent to write on modern Utilitarianism and how this is somewhat counterproductive to the development of a modern and rational philosophical thought process in regard to the reality of political economy within a dialectical context. But…I just don’t want think too hard today.

I then had the idea of writing about the decline of the labor/union movement since the Carter administration. I do have some amount of expertise on the subject, but to fully explain the dynamics at play and the policies affecting the decline could not be neatly summarized in a brief two to three-thousand word article. Perhaps a series of articles on that issue sometime in the near future is a possibility. But today, I can’t go there. I can’t even focus enough energy on writing a letter of recommendation requested by a former colleague. continue reading…

Originally written on April 6, 2010

Let me first start by offering a common definition of libel courtesy of the free dictionary

a. A false publication, as in writing, print, signs, or pictures, that damages a person’s reputation.

b. The act of presenting such material to the public.

Here are a few more definitions of libel pertaining to US law and defamation of character courtesy of a legal site

To defame, or expose to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule, by a writing, picture, sign, to lampoon.

To publish in print writing or pictures, broadcast through radio, television or film something that is false about someone else which would cause harm to that person or his/her reputation by bringing the target into ridicule, hatred, scorn, or contempt of others.

Published material meeting three conditions: The material is defamatory either on its face or indirectly; The defamatory statement is about someone who is identifiable to one or more persons; and, The material must be distributed to someone other than the offended party; i.e. published.

The purpose of this article is to give a personal account of my recent experiences trying to remove and defend myself against libelous statements published about me on the internet. It is my intent to spread awareness of websites that post, and in many ways, encourage libelous actions. I am referring specifically to a website that allows supposed ex-girlfriends/boyfriends to give accounts of their particular experiences with a former lover/spouse/significant other. I will not give the actual name of the offending website for obvious reasons, but suffice to say, anyone with an e-mail address can create an account and anonymously write anything their heart desires about the “offending” ex-boyfriend/girlfriend. Names, places of residence, colleges attended, mental health diagnosis’s and any other sort of personal information can be posted (other than social security/credit card numbers which would get the website removed from Google). There is no limit whatsoever as to what can be written, and no accountability by either the website, the website hosting company or the person writing the libelous statements. continue reading…

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