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givemebackmycountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:40 AM
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Imagine if Monday morning you woke up, and there was no DU.
Imagine if Monday morning you woke up, and there was no DU.
Monday morning you wake up all sleepy eyed in your P.J.'s.
You get your coffee, sit down in front of your computer and you discover...
NO MORE D.U.

It's gone.
Vapor.
Blank screen, site can not be found message, nothing.

Last night, we lost Keith and I'm thinking about the next shoe to drop.
Big Ed gone.
Rachel gone.
And then one Monday morning D.U.
GONE.

Maybe I'm just freaking out, because I didn't expect what happened last night to happen so soon.
But, as soon as I heard the words "Comcast" and "NBC Universal" I knew this was coming.
And apparently, they wasted no time.

Make no mistake, we are in the queue somewhere and sooner or later they will find a way to silence us too.
Because we can not have the type of democracy in this country that D.U. supports and longs for.
It doesn't support the current "environment" which is all about the corporation, and fuck anything that gets in the way of that.
We are in the way, and it's only a matter of time before they get around to US.




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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:41 AM
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1. Yep.
:hi:
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elias49 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:41 AM
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2. Good grief, calm down. This IS NOT the END TIMES. nt
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:54 AM
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8. +1
"We" scare me just as much as "they" scare me sometimes.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:59 AM
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14. that's not what she said
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elias49 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 10:19 AM
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20. I actually remember Skeeter. And that HAIR!! Woohoo! nt
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 11:11 AM
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28. I actually met Skeeter and played her husbands TV show with other artists.
She was married to Ralph Emery. I heard a story from Happy Wilson, who once played bass for Hank Williams Senior, that when the record was released Ralph bought up a large number of the 45's to give the record a boost. Happy said he actually saw all of the records stored in Ralph's garage.
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rbnyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 10:18 AM
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19. No doubt.
The FCC ruling sucks. Media consolidation sucks. These are serious issues with indisputable facts surrounding them that we should attack with fervor.

I can't confirm whether Keith was fired or whether he quit because his work environment sucked and was doomed to suck harder.

I know what it's like to be a talented person in a dysfunctional work environment. I want a better venue. I bet he does too.

We do need more liberal voices on the air, and it sucks to lose one temporarily, but he wasn't freaking assassinated.

Let's see what happens and in the meantime work on:

Media reform
Campaign finance reform
Ending corporate-fucking-person-hood
Et-fucking-cetera

I love Keith, but indeed, THIS is not the end of times.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:41 AM
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3. i almost felt like that 5:30, the other morning, seeing the NEW du3.
my son helped me thru, as i sipped my coffee, assuring me life will go on.
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:41 AM
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4. It's not a crazy thought, once a President has a killswitch it will happen.
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Loge23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:45 AM
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5. Absolutely - internet is next.
Comcast controls a significant amount of internet access in addition to information.
We're seeing a watershed moment in America right now. The SCOTUS decision for campaign funding and the convergence of Comcast and News Corp. in controlling the media is indisputably evidence of the shift towards the New Fascism that is shadowing our country.
Hope all the faux "patriots" with their red, white, and blue shades on are happy.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:53 AM
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7. +1
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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:48 AM
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6. no time for complacency
hate to see Countdown go, but good to shake things up once in awhile... I trust Keith will be back (with a vengeance, I hope)

Now is not the time to take anything for granted
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:55 AM
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9. quoth the Raven
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Still Waters Donating Member (85 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:56 AM
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10. Honestly, I am afraid of this too. There is no where in the corporate media for me to go to
for news. I learn 1,000 times more from DU.
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October Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 10:00 AM
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15. Welcome!
I come here first, too, for news/facts. I always find a mix of opinions, too, which keeps me better informed -- well-rounded.
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:57 AM
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11. the RW has been playing smashmouth football with the media for decades
and getting Keith off the field is a major touchdown for them, if not a game-changer in their eyes.
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:57 AM
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12. Maybe we need to create a cyber-defense team
to protect DU.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:58 AM
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13. Or, imagine, if you will...
waking up one morning and finding your three month old baby dead in her crib.


That happened to me in 1975.


So, really...forgive me if I can't get all freaked out about the loss of Keith, Big Ed, Rachel, or even DU.


It's all a matter of perspective, and some things really are NOT the end of the world.


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renate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 10:55 AM
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24. ... and some things are, or might as well be....
I'm so sorry.

:hug:
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Harry Monroe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 10:07 AM
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16. Hopefully this will give you a little hope
A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt. But if the game runs sometimes against us at home, we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake
Thomas Jefferson, June 4, 1798, in a letter to John Taylor after the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 10:11 AM
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18. I wouldn't mind a reign of witches
since many I know are nice people.

We have a reign of sociopaths.
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 10:10 AM
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17. Years ago we created a lifeboat
It's on Yahoo, I think! Isn't that funny? Like an old fall-out shelter. I had forgotten about its very existence. I bet it's abandoned and looks like rats got in and ate the labels off the canned goods. We used to go there when DU went down.
Does anyone else remember frantically huddling in the shelter waiting for the ALL-CLEAR signal?


DUCK AND COVER
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 10:24 AM
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21. The DUPanicRoom
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 10:41 PM
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30. it's still up!
wow! Smells kinda musty. I found some stale cheetos.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 10:27 AM
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22. You may want to add another layer. You're hat's not working.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 10:42 AM
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23. I am not a faith based panic type.
I have experience with talent contracts. My council would be to take a breath and see what happens next. None of Keith's language and none of MSNBC's indicate a one sided decision at all. Details will emerge without too much delay, and anytime that is the case, I advise not making predictions. Keith will have more to say within the week, I'm sure. This makes predictions very risky. So why do it?
I have to wonder why a company poised to purge all liberals would have just put Cenk on the air. Why would they do that? They went out and found him, developed a show, put it in a slot, all of that was done by choice. Paying him more than he's ever been paid. Why'd they do that? He went on air very recently. Why'd they put him on? Why didn't they hire a conservative?
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 11:14 AM
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29. Keith had already signed a contract through 2012.
He was fired. Maybe there was a clause regarding acquisitions. Comcast is owned by right wing pricks that have given a lot of money to republicans and right wing nut causes.
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 11:02 AM
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25. You are correct. Corporations are all over the Internet.
Edited on Sat Jan-22-11 11:03 AM by Lint Head
It is like a creeping fungus. I hope the admins are watching their backs and our backs. We need this forum. DU has become a constitutional place were people can gather and express their grievances. There needs to be some preemptive measures taken to prevent and protect us from attacks to take down DU.

DU has actually become important to freedom in this country.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 11:03 AM
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26. If that were to happen we would be one more step into isolation. One
more step into loneliness. We would also have less truth in the world and that is what they did to us last night.
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 11:09 AM
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27. You know, before I typed in the DU URL this morning,
I thought "I'd wager all the money in my pockets that there will be at least one thread predicting Armageddon because Keith Olbermann quit at MSNBC."

Thanks for not disappointing.
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