Archive for the 'Hall of Shame' Category
Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Zerobama promised his
suckers constituents net neutrality. They are getting the exact usual. Per The Wall Street Journal:
The Federal Communications Commission advanced new Internet rules that would ban broadband providers from blocking or slowing down websites, but allow them to strike deals with content companies for preferential treatment.
So, those who own the roads can’t slow somebody down, but can sell access to faster routes? Only in America, folks, does such blatant DoubleThink get reported straight out, without the slightest snicker or blush.
Of course, how do Comcast and its soon-to-be-acquired “rivals” own the road? Graft, pure and plain.
And check out the ultimate Obamian trick the FCC is now using to finish sealing the deal:
The broadband providers have signaled that they can live with Mr. Wheeler’s approach as drafted.
Democratic commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn joined Mr. Wheeler in voting to advance the notice of proposed rule-making, which will now be open to public comment for 60 days, followed by another 60 days for replies.
Observers expect unprecedented engagement during the comment period, but it remains to be seen how much the final proposal shifts from what Mr. Wheeler has already proposed. Mr. Wheeler’s proposal assumes a strong FCC would aggressively police deals between providers and content companies.
Yes, it certainly does remain to be seen. Any wagers?
Meanwhile, here’s what the WSJ says about the Democratic Party:
Democrats are largely in favor of net neutrality but still divided on the best approach, with a few favoring reclassification and others still on the fence. Mr. Wheeler’s approach also has found favor with some Democrats who worry reclassification would kill investment in broadband deployment.
Translation? Five words: “The Democrats oppose net neutrality.”
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Hey, kids, let’s have a bit of fun, shall we? Which of these three realities, as reported upon in Advertising Age today, gets your vote as marketing creep of the day? All three strike your humble editor as strong, strong candidates.
(2) A corporate lawyer arguing that the FTC should continue “encouraging industry self-regulation.” Because, you know, that’s what the people really want.
(3) A “mobile marketing” exec using his visit to his 10- and 14-year-old nieces to spy and report on their use of “social media.”
Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Marketing, by its very nature, is always a cultural straggler, discreetly recycling all the prejudices and hoary excuses that serve power and privilege.
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Praise Allah that I was in remote Montana, out of media range, on August 28. Apparently, the Marketer-in-Chief, somehow invited to the show despite his radical flouting of everything MLK, took a break from planning his war crimes and actually said this about the Civil Rights Movement “losing its way”:
What had once been a call for equality of opportunity, the chance for all Americans to work hard and get ahead was too often framed as a mere desire for government support — as if we had no agency in our own liberation, as if poverty was an excuse for not raising your child, and the bigotry of others was reason to give up on yourself.
That, folks, is the official death knell of the great black freedom movement. Thank you, Black Reagan.
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
This overclass is so dominant, so safe from criticism, they increasingly just directly tell you what to do, despite your own obvious conflicting interests:
Without delving into cell phones’ ruinous effects on the cognitive and behavioral dimensions of the social fabric, contrast that spot with the work of Chris Jordan.
Vance Packard* is spinning in his grave.
*Note also the typically insipid book description from Amazon:
The Waste Makers was the first book to probe the increasing commercialization of American life—the development of consumption for consumption’s sake.
“Consumption for consumption’s sake”? Um, no. Consumption for profit’s sake. It continues to amaze TCT how thoroughly the great sacred “consumption” doctrines remain safe from the slightest mental effort.
And how sad is it that the “progressive” publisher assigned the modern introduction to Packard’s classic to somebody unable or unwilling to mention the powers-that-be, let alone explain the basics of capitalism, i.e. the new Don Quixote [or is it catspaw?] known as Bill McKibben?
Monday, July 1st, 2013
The glories of leaving things to “the market” prove themselves from the very outset. Here’s a graph from today’s New York Times:
And, of course, it gets even better! According to the Times:
The chasm in price is true even though new mothers in France and elsewhere often remain in the hospital for nearly a week to heal and learn to breast-feed, while American women tend to be discharged a day or two after birth, since insurers do not pay costs for anything that is not considered medically necessary.