Cliff Kincaid: Abolish Public TV and Radio:
Cliff Kincaid says: In a front-page story on May 2, the New York Times accused the new Republican chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting of ‘aggressively pressing public television to correct what he and other conservatives consider liberal bias…’ That was in the first paragraph. If you got to the 22nd paragraph, continued back on page 19, you found that the CPB chairman, Kenneth Tomlinson, was insisting that the programs it supports and funds adhere to the federal law requiring objectivity and balance. That law was passed back in 1967 and has been flaunted by public TV and radio ever since…
He also says:
What’s needed is a congressional effort to de-fund public broadcasting. In a 500-channel universe, public broadcasting should survive on its own — if it can. I agree.
Read it all here.
(Via Amy Ridenour’s National Center Blog.)
What we really need to end is all public funding for all broadcasting of any kind. Abolish the FCC and let the free market decide what goes on the air. Let individuals work out who uses what bandwidth. It’s call homesteading and property rights. It is something that common law and courts can settle through lawsuits. While we’re at it, lets end all public funding for any government function that isn’t mentioned in the Constitution.
House votes to outlaw computer spyware
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday voted to
establish new penalties for purveyors of Internet ‘spyware’ that
disables users’ computers and secretly monitors their activities.
By overwhelming majorities, the House passed two bills that stiffen
jail sentences and establish multimillion-dollar fines for those who
use secret surveillance programs to steal credit card numbers, sell
software or commit other crimes.
(Via Privacy Digest.)
I wonder if this applies to government agencies? I’m sure they are allowed to use secret surveillance programs to spy on the productive people without whom they would starve.
Yet another awesome blog.
The Dollar Derby by Anita Sharpe in Business:
‘A friend of mine, a businessman who buys companies, told me one of the first things he looks at is the gender of the boss,’ writes John Tierney, in a column in today’s New York Times. ‘The companies run by women are much more likely to survive,’ the investor told Tierney.
I’ve always preferred working for women. Of all the supervisor, managers, directors and other bosses I’ve worked for, the women have always been the most competent (IMHO). They always had their shit together more than the male managers.
A quote from one of my favorite blogs, BuzzMachine:
: So the filibuster meltdown option is avoided. And a good thing it is. I don’t think the peopel [sic] would have tolerated political war and a congressional shutdown.
Personally, I don’t think anyone would have noticed a congressional shutdown. I think it’s always a good thing when Congress shuts down, because my life, liberty and property are safe for that small amount of time.
Remember when the government shut down that last time? I vaguely remember it but it didn’t really affect me and I suspect it didn’t really affect anyone else either.