Re: If 1984 had a Ministry of Free Speech
More like Brazil
It has long been a sad truth that Washington DC lives within its own distorted universe, but even by DC standards a recent speech by federal regulator Michael O'Rielly is a wonder to behold. O'Rielly is one of four current commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and on occasion is known for his sharp …
We here in the good 'ol USA have a First Amendment. Other countries aren't so lucky. Hopefully someone will read it correctly.
Pirate radio is another thing. Those who do it probably don't know what they might interfere with. The RF spectrum is much like a multi dimensional real-estate bonanza. I doubt that mobile phone users would like their usage interfered with (governments seem to be excluded in this regard though).
Life goes on.
While pirate stations are against the law, there are far bigger issues in front of the FCC - for example they are paving the way, lifting many limitations, for a single owner to gain control of a lot of broadcasting stations, an owner known for sending pre-written texts to be broadcasted by all stations. Here in Italy we had something alike eighty years ago, it was called MinCulPop (shorthand for Ministry of Popular Culture, very Orwellian...), and sent "veline" - they were written on tissue paper - to radio and newspaper to tell them what they had to say.
Strange idea of "Free Speech" - seeing the mote in one's brother's eye without noticing the beam in one's own...
Oh yeah, totally true. Death by listening to pirate radio is an unknown threat lurking beneath the social health radar. It is something we really, urgently need to pay attention to because the risk is rising every day. It's like the flying mad cows that travel in swarms. Thank goodness I have my Pink Elephant talisman to ward against them.
He also forgot those illegal lemonade sellers - those nasty little guys trying to make you dependent on lemonade by selling it outside their house with the complicity of their evil mothers. All without paying federal and state taxes, and worst of all, they didn't bribe a local administrator for a license.
If that's the case, why not let the locals have a vote on the matter? I hear you pride yourself on democracy over there. Or are you scared that the political donations fro the corporate monopolies you're in the pocket of will dry up when the people inevitably vote for the cheaper municipal option?
Lobbyists as an idea are good. It can be helpful to be able to hire someone who knows exactly who to talk to to get things done or know how to advocate a position.
The problem in the US is that they are able to provide campaign contributions or arrange payments for giving speeches. Any civilized country would consider that illegal since it's outright bribery.
The internet was invented by a Brit, and like so many other Brit inventions, was bought by America for a couple of doughnuts and a free golfing holiday.
This wasn't a bad thing though, as Britain didn't have the ability to roll out the world-wide infrastructure necessary for www to be a legitimate prefix.
America used its mighty debt machine to span the world with zeros and ones, and to this day, it is all powered from America. You may remember the Three Mile Island meltdown was due to the power spike created as billions of Chinese got on-line for the first time. The reactor itself saw the sense in getting closer to the power drain source and was only stopped from relocating to China by an eagle-eyed security guard who wouldn't let the reactor leave the site without a security pass.
Running the World-Wide-Web doesn't come cheap, and it is for this reason Americans pay huge sums for an internet connection.
Several American companies have been arguing that it is unfair that the total cost of the internet is shouldered by the American public alone, and have taken action against the rest of the world by withholding taxes.
The rest of the world are now deliberating on a new tax which charges American companies for every zero and one that gets sent from their computers, which looks likely to be countered by the invention of Quantum bits, that will dodge the new tax as they are not a one or a zero, but are on average about a half of 1.
I sincerely hope that isn't the only bit you take issue with..
While Poe's Law always applies, I figured the whole thing was trolling (in the traditional Usenet sense). The Three Mile Island part alone pushes it over the top.
As such, while it's no "shadow in a vacuum", it's not bad. Nice mansplaining tone (I can almost see the author taking the pipe out of his mouth and gesticulating with it while nodding wisely) and an array of pleasantly vague misrepresentations. I'm a bit surprised it didn't hook more fish.
Having been on the receiving end of ‘ahem’ your disgrace to a derivative of our common law system, which is really sayin’ something. I understand why all the extradition treaties are unilateral. You wouldn’t have any ‘defenders’ of freedom left. #icanbuyyouacoupleofdays #itsbackedbyguvmint
The US is governed by corporate morons. Pirate radio is an essential free speech bastion. When all the media is in the hands of corporations , pirate radio is a defense against censorship applied by the corporations. Restricting free speech and ideas for decades had the effect we now see on America. There is very little free speech left at all ! We play music .. but only what we want you to hear : corporate wh**es that fit in the mold we established as being acceptable , we give you news .. but with a point of view that fits our corporate masters and benefit them by controlling what you think , we give you open airwaves by letting you call in .. with a 7 second delay to make sure our censors have the time to throw you offline if your comment dosen't suit us and/or goes contrary to what we want our listeners to think. We don't want them exposed to the naked truth. Free speech in the USA ? You got to be kidding me .. The only bastion of hope for true free speech in America is pirate radio. There should be a hell of alot more of it.
...a fucking tit. That's all I can say.
"Consider if the publication promoted the locations of nearby buildings or schools where dealers could sell drugs, favored looting of a local grocery store that lost its power, or published detailed instructions on how to steal from the local bank when it upgraded its software in the middle of the night," he reasoned.
I'm surprised nobody has pointed out that the american public would have legal redress against a municipal ISP under the first amendment since as part of government they are obliged to respect it whereas the private for profit ISPs aren't obliged to respect it. Seems to me that the threat to the first amendment is the exact opposite of what Mr Oh Really is promoting.
I think your range is off; missing a zero, perhaps (2550)?
I fired up my tone generator app for some empirical data. 85 Hz is just beyond my singing range. I can easily do an octave up (170) and even two (340). My daughters could take the next two (680, 1360) no sweat, and maybe even squeak out 2720 non-sustained. (And that's not counting natural harmonics/overtones!)
I think one problem you have is that when O'Reilly says "Pirate Radio" you envision something like Radio Caroline or Radio North Sea, and he is speaking about people broadcasting from their apartment buildings.
That sort of unlicensed radio station is actually quite common here in certain parts of the USA.
"In response, I wrote a letter to the editor raising concerns regarding their publication's approach and arguing it should notify the local FCC office of illegal activities rather than romanticize these 'broadcasts' or provide the 'station' with some type of legitimacy,"
I can't help but feel that the 'sentences' he writes 'read' sort of like a drudgereport 'headline'. You know, since we're clearly free to 'quote' things to delegitimize them, or imply that the word is being used in a way that is not 'coherent' with its dictionary 'definition'.
"I would be remiss if my address omitted a discussion of a lesser-known, but particularly ominous, threat to the First Amendment in the age of the Internet: state-owned and operated broadband networks."
That's right, you just heard an FCC Commissioner say that municipal networks represent a threat to the First Amendment – and an "ominous" one at that. What deranged twist of logic has led him to that conclusion?
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Well, that may be true in Merry Old(e), but many of us on this benighted side of the pond have heard of iHeartMedia...but maybe not by that name. iHeartMedia is the corporate shell for iHeartRadio...formerly known as ClearChannel. ClearChannel bought literally thousands of radio stations, both big and small, to try to monopolize and homogenize radio nation wide. They are the reason one can hear such intellectual luminaries as Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and of course, Mr. Oxy himself, Rush
Limburger Limbaugh, on anywhere from 2 to 6 radio stations per day in any of the top 100 radio markets nationwide.
iHeartMedia is the result of restructuring ClearChannel after their bankruptcy in 2016. Ironic, ain't it?
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