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A modest proposal in lieu of reinstating the Fairness Doctrine

One of the arguments in favor of reinstating the Fairness Doctrine (FD) is that, if left to their own devises, consumers (hereafter, referred to as "consumers") of news and opinion will self-select narrow ranges of opinion that comport with their pre-suppositions and beliefs. The FD, it is proposed, will expose them to a broader range of opinion and in this vein those who produce news and opinion (hereafter, referred to as "producers") should set aside time and space within their publications and broadcasts to those of differing arguments.

I find this proposal lacking.

First of all, not all producers produce in equal measure. For example, Rush Limbaugh broadcasts for 3 hours a day whereas Rachel Maddow runs for only a single hour. It does not matter what percentage of broadcast time is set aside, Limbaugh will enjoy the decisive 3:1 advantage. Moreover, the proposal will invariably dilute the Maddow show more than Limbaugh's.

Second, what those making the proposal are actually saying is: They want those who consume Opinion X to have an equal amount of time consuming Opinion Y. They are cloaking this statement in the guise of regulating producers but at the end of the day it is really the consumers they are targeting.

In order to more closely conform with their intentions my counter-proposal is this --

Do not regulate producers but rather consumers.

If a person consumes news and opinion they must then seek out countering viewpoints or be in violation. Television and internet providers can track consumption habits. They do already for marketing purposes. Whatever time they spend consuming news and opinion from Source X they must spend a regulatory mandated counter-balancing amount of time consuming news and opinion from Source Y.

That way the producers do not have to dilute their time and space while the demand that consumers gain broader exposure to more diverse opinion will be met.

Those found to be in violation can assessed a penalty during the annual tax filing season.

Those who will protest on 1st Amendment grounds can be reminded that the 1A protects the freedom of the press but makes no prohibition towards mandates concerning secular media.

Democracy demands this mandate!

Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed Sep 30, 2015, 02:19 PM (9 replies)

High school teen who defended a blind classmate who was being beaten by a bully is SUSPENDED

High school teen who defended a blind classmate who was being beaten by a bully is SUSPENDED and kicked off football team

A California teenager who rushed to help a blind classmate being beaten up by a bully has been kicked off the football team.

The high school junior was hailed as a hero for intervening after he saw the 'visually impaired' student being repeatedly hit round the head during lunch break at Huntington Beach High School, California on Wednesday.

Footage, filmed by a bystander, shows the teen knocking the bully to the ground with a single punch to stop the attack.

He leaves the boy lying bleeding on the ground while he checks on the visually impaired victim, before turning back to the attacker and asking him: 'You trying to jump a f***ing blind kid, bro? What the f*** is your problem?'


If we want justice we cannot punish people for doing the right thing -- and, yes, physically defending a victim of violence is the right thing (at least, it isn't wrong).


don't know how well these things work but this was posted at the end of the article:


Petition to reinstate Cody.

Thank-you DU'er OriginalGreek
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Fri Sep 25, 2015, 11:16 AM (116 replies)

Will the next Speaker be more RW or less RW?

Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Fri Sep 25, 2015, 10:36 AM (11 replies)

Black Violin -- Stereotypes

Found this while listening to chick rock on YouTube. I thought I'd share with the peeps.

Brava, gentlemen. O' Brava
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed Sep 23, 2015, 10:22 AM (7 replies)

Scrawling 'F**k Your S**tty Town Bitches' On Speeding Ticket Is Free Speech, Judge Finds

Scrawling 'F**k Your S**tty Town Bitches' On Speeding Ticket Is Free Speech, Judge Finds

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On May 4, 2012, Barboza, then 22, was driving through the small, scenic town of Liberty when he was given a speeding ticket.

Clearly sore about the incident, Barboza crossed out "Liberty" on the payment form and replaced it with "Tyranny." He then scrawled the offending phrase across the top, pleaded guilty to speeding and put the form in the mail.

Justice Brian P. Rourke informed Barboza in September of that year that his payment had been rejected and he'd have to make the two-hour trek from Connecticut to appear in court.

There, Rourke lectured Barboza over his use of foul language, before prosecutors from the Sullivan County district attorney's office instructed police officers to arrest Barboza on a charge of aggravated harassment. Barboza was taken to the Liberty police station, where he was booked, fingerprinted and handcuffed to a bench. After being shuffled between courts, he was eventually released when he paid a $200 bail.


Too many with power don't like having their power questioned, mocked or denigrated. Yet, it's their own conduct that undermines them the most.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue Sep 15, 2015, 05:20 PM (16 replies)

China punishes 197 over stock market and Tianjin 'rumours'

China punishes 197 over stock market and Tianjin 'rumours'

Chinese authorities have punished 197 people for spreading rumours online about the recent stock market crash and fatal explosions in Tianjin, according to state news agency Xinhua.

A journalist and stock market officials are among those arrested, Xinhua said. It gave no other details.


Separately, the UK's Financial Times says Chinese leaders feel they mishandled their stock market rescue efforts.

The paper, quoting an account of a meeting of senior regulatory officials on Thursday, said the government had decided to abandon attempts to boost the stock market and instead step up efforts to punish people suspected of "destabilising the market".


"It's not the paper dragon we built; that is to blame. It's the people who are talking about the fact we built a paper dragon that need to be dealt with!"

Does anybody know the Mandarin word for "face-palm"?
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue Sep 1, 2015, 07:17 AM (0 replies)

The Vice Lords

Recently I was watching a documentary on street gangs in America (I'm fascinated by the mafia, biker gangs, etc. Don't ask me why 'cuz I don't know.). It covered the history of gangs from the immigrant gangs of the 19th century up to the cartels today.

Along the way it discussed a Chicago gang called the Vice Lords, particularly their leader, Bobby Gore. At first they were a typical gang but along the way they became community organizers and made an astounding, wonderful contribution to their community. Sadly, Gore was later convicted of murder on rather dubious grounds destroying all of the group's good work.

This man and his work should be studied more, I think. I was excited by what I saw. What happened to him was a tragedy on so many levels but there is still so much to learn.

If anyone has anything to recommend, reading-wise, I would appreciate their contribution.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Fri Aug 28, 2015, 07:28 AM (2 replies)

Donald Trump Says He Wants to Raise Taxes on Himself

Donald Trump Says He Wants to Raise Taxes on Himself

Republican front-runner Donald Trump began to flesh out his economic vision for America, and it includes raising taxes on the wealthy.

Trump said during a Wednesday interview on Bloomberg's With All Due Respect that he would like to change the tax code.

"I would change it. I would simplify it," Trump told hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann from the lobby of Trump Tower on New York's 5th Ave. Specifically, Trump targeted hedge fund profits, which are currently taxed at a lower rate than regular income.


This blowhard will say anything to get elected. He is beyond narcissistic, he's a megalomaniac.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed Aug 26, 2015, 07:49 PM (7 replies)

US Service Members foil suspected terrorist attack (UPDATED)

Additional details to earlier reports --

Unarmed US Marines foil suspected terrorist attack onboard high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris after they take down Kalashnikov-wielding Moroccan gunman known to intelligence services

A group of unarmed US Marines on board a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris foiled a terrorist attack after a gunman opened fire with an assault rifle, wounding three people.

The 26-year-old Moroccan national, who was known to security services, came out of the toilet brandishing the gun and opened fire. Fortunately, two US Marines were nearby and overpowered him before he could massacre passengers.

The suspected terrorist had at least nine full magazines of ammunition holding almost 300 rounds. He was also carrying a knife.

Unfortunately, one of the Marines was shot and is believed to be in a critical condition.

Keep fighting, Airman.

This next part leaped out at me --

Belgian journalist Marin Buxant Tweeted that the US Marines were on leave in Brussels when they spotted the man and followed him on the train. When the suspect went into the toilet, the Marines recognised the sound of a weapon being armed and decided to act immediately.


UPDATE -- Not Marines as earlier reported.

An Oregon Army National Guard member from Roseburg was one of three Americans who stopped a gunman who opened fire Friday aboard a high-speed train passing through Belgium.

The guard member, 22-year-old Alek Skarlatos, had wrapped up a tour in Afghanistan in July and was spending a month in Europe with friends, his stepmother Karen Skarlatos told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Friday night.

He was on the Amsterdam-to-Paris train with a group, including childhood friends Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University, and Spencer Stone, a member of the U.S. Air Force, Sadler told the Associated Press.


Thanks to Warren Demontague for the link.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Fri Aug 21, 2015, 06:14 PM (125 replies)

Taliban Attempt to Ruin US Cookout in Afghanistan

WARNING -- Soldier language

Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed Aug 19, 2015, 04:28 PM (0 replies)
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