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A Cable Merger Too Far


There are good reasons the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission should block Comcast’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The merger will concentrate too much market power in the hands of one company, creating a telecommunications colossus the likes of which the country has not seen since 1984 when the government forced the breakup of the original AT&T telephone monopoly.

The combined company would provide cable-TV service to nearly 30 percent of American homes and high-speed Internet service to nearly 40 percent. Even without this merger and the proposed AT&T-DirecTV deal, the telecommunications industry has limited competition, especially in the critical market for high-speed Internet service, or broadband, where consumer choice usually means picking between the local cable or phone company.

By buying Time Warner Cable, Comcast would become a gatekeeper over what consumers watch, read and listen to. The company would have more power to compel Internet content companies like Netflix and Google, which owns YouTube, to pay Comcast for better access to its broadband network. Netflix, a dominant player in video streaming, has already signed such an agreement with the company. This could put start-ups and smaller companies without deep pockets at a competitive disadvantage.

There are also worries that a bigger Comcast would have more power to refuse to carry channels that compete with programming owned by NBC Universal, which it owns. Comcast executives say that they would not favor content the company controls at the expense of other media businesses.


Speaking of gatekeepers, Time Warner is cutting 6 more channels from our lineup this week while raising our prices. They are trying to force everyone to "rent" their ugly fucking digital box to sit on top of your entertainment center. CSpan is one of those cut which surprised me, because I thought that was like the religious and shopping channels that they were compelled to carry.

We are getting fucked by TWC, I can't wait to see what kind of screwing a much larger Comcast would give us.

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue May 27, 2014, 06:50 AM (7 replies)

Butt Paste?

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri May 23, 2014, 10:58 AM (18 replies)

Wacky candidates at Idaho GOP debate

These two are hilarious

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri May 23, 2014, 10:29 AM (6 replies)

Monuments Men now available on video

Can't wait to get my hands on it.

I have not seen a movie that moved me like that for a long time!

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed May 21, 2014, 08:26 PM (1 replies)

Watch Weather Man tells story of driving into water

Weather reporters are always telling us not to drive into water, but do they always practice what they preach?



Posted by liberal N proud | Wed May 14, 2014, 07:32 AM (0 replies)

How well do you know Stephen Colbert?

Looks like the media is taking up the task of introducing America to Colbert - or waking them up to what we already knew about him:

Here is a fun little slide show about Stephen Colbert: The life & times of a satirist:


Posted by liberal N proud | Tue May 13, 2014, 09:26 AM (0 replies)

Confronted on Execution, Texas Proudly Says It Kills Efficiently

"When you do something a lot, you get good at it. I think Texas probably does it as well as Iran."
DAVID R. DOW, who has represented more than 100 death row inmates, on the state prison in Huntsville, where 876 people have been executed since 1924.

HUNTSVILLE, Tex. — If Texas executes Robert James Campbell as planned on Tuesday, for raping and murdering a woman, it will be the nation’s first execution since Oklahoma’s bungled attempt at lethal injection two weeks ago left a convicted murderer writhing and moaning before he died.

Lawyers for Mr. Campbell are trying to use the Oklahoma debacle to stop the execution here. But many in this state and in this East Texas town north of Houston, where hundreds have been executed in the nation’s busiest death chamber, like to say they do things right.

For two years now, Texas has used a single drug, the barbiturate pentobarbital, instead of the three-drug regimen used in neighboring Oklahoma. Prison administrators from other states often travel here to learn how Texas performs lethal injections and to observe executions. Texas officials have provided guidance and, on at least a few occasions, carried out executions for other states.

Even the protesters and television cameras that used to accompany executions here have, in most cases, dissipated. “It’s kind of business as usual,” said Tommy Oates, 62, a longtime resident who was eating lunch last week at McKenzie’s Barbeque, about one mile from the prison known as the Walls Unit. “That sounds cold, I know. But they’re not in prison for singing too loud at church.”
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue May 13, 2014, 06:43 AM (0 replies)

Tornado Sirens going off

But it looks like it is 20 mile away with the direction mostly away from us. Why do they do this?

Tornado's are isolated and don't take out 20/30 mile areas at once.

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon May 12, 2014, 06:51 PM (18 replies)

Happy Mothers Day to all you moms out there

My mother has long passed but I still think about her and on days like this miss her.

Posted by liberal N proud | Sun May 11, 2014, 02:53 PM (3 replies)

Larry Wilmore to take over Stephen Colbert’s time slot with ‘The Minority Report’ on Comedy Central

Comedy Central isn’t wasting any time — “Daily Show” correspondent Larry Wilmore will take over Stephen Colbert’s time slot in 2015, the network announced Friday night.

“The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore,” created and produced by “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, will debut next January after “The Colbert Report” wraps up for good this year, airing at 11:30 p.m. Colbert, of course, is heading over to CBS to take over “The Late Show” from David Letterman in 2015.

Wilmore, 52, is a familiar face to “Daily Show” fans — he’s been on the late-night show since 2006 and currently serves as “Senior Black Correspondent.” In addition, Wilmore, a veteran comedy writer, co-created “The PJs” (the animated show with Eddie Murphy) as well as the Emmy-winning “Bernie Mac Show.” Fans of “The Office” might also recognize him as the guy who ran the “Diversity Day” seminar; he also served as a consulting producer on the NBC comedy series.

Posted by liberal N proud | Sat May 10, 2014, 09:28 AM (6 replies)
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