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Thursday, August 21, 2008

US Coast Guard gets ready for a climate change

From the US Coast Guard itself:

Ever think the USCG would have permanent bases in the Arctic?

You can read more about the Coast Guard base in Barrow here.

To quote Adm. Gene Brooks, Cmdr. of the Coast Guard in Alaska:

""Because the multi-year polar sea ice has receded, this is water longer than it's ever been, which means that all maritime activities that can occur anywhere else -- Savannah, New Orleans -- can now occur here for longer periods of time, and they are coming, (...) We have to prepare for the world coming to the Arctic."

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Reading, Writing & Right-Wing Shouting

Bill O'Reilly, the mad dog of the Fox "News" Channel and talk radio, has written The O'Reilly Factor for Kids; A Survival Guide for America's Families.

Uh...yeah. This is the guy who has dropped racist hints in his commentaries and is prone to shouting "SHUT UP!" to his detractors while on the air!

In case you forgot about that second part:

I took a little peek at the reviews on Amazon and found this by "Todd and In Charge":

"Boy oh boy, as a father with kids who regularly watch the Factor I was looking forward to this book. But I have to tell you: it's a disappointment! Poorly written, little actual advice of a substantive nature, more platitudes and homilies that you could have written for Bill yourself. This one really looks like Bill is milking a cash-cow to death, and with the economy the way it is, we could all spend our money more wisely than purchasing this book. I hope that doesn't make me a 'pinhead.'"

Todd gave the book one out of five stars.

Brave New Films, the folks you brought you Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, has made a short video about O'Reilly and his book. It's worth a look:

Like I said...

We won a battle, but not the war.

After the FCC ruled against Comcast in a 3-2 decision, Comcast is readying their lawyers to try to get the ruling overturned.

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Internet Neutrality Upheld...For Now

Some good news for a change!


Today the FCC delivered a technical knock-out to Comcast. In a landmark decision, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein approved an “enforcement order” that would require Comcast to stop interfering with the use of popular peer-to-peer applications by people on its network.

Today’s FCC move is precedent-setting. It sends a powerful message to phone and cable companies that blocking access to the Internet will not be tolerated.

It also gives the FCC (one still controlled by industry-friendly Republicans) the teeth to stop powerful companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from getting between you and what you want to do online.

And it wouldn’t have happened without the strong public backlash against phone and cable companies and their gatekeeper ambitions. Activists, bloggers, consumer advocates and everyday people who love an open Internet took on entrenched corporate power and won — defying every ounce of conventional wisdom in Washington.

In short, we won a battle, but the war continues.