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Thanks Big Government Regulation!

Yesterday, 12:46 PM

Friday, cable giant Comcast announced that it is walking away from a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable.

The deal would have been a disaster for consumers. It would have created a cable behemoth that would drive up prices, drive down choice, and, if you can believe it, make service even worse.

Comcast walked away from this deal because they knew the tide was turning against them. They saw the writing on the wall -- and NanuqoftheNorth we helped put it there.

I’ve been against this deal from the very beginning. And along the way, thousands of you joined me. You signed petitions. You talked to your friends about it. You posted on Facebook and tweeted about it to boost our efforts.

It’s a huge victory for American consumers. It’s proof positive that a strong, persistent grassroots movement can make a difference. And while our fight to protect consumers will no doubt continue in the days and weeks to come, let’s enjoy this win.

Thank you for all you’ve done.

Al Franken


Another win for government regulation against corporate monopolies!

Seattle firm raising pay of all staffers to minimum $70,000

14 April 2015 - 08:30 AM

Seattle firm raising pay of all staffers to minimum $70,000
Originally published April 13, 2015 at 9:11 pm
Updated April 13, 2015 at 9:46 pm


Gravity Payments founder Dan Price told his 120-person staff Monday he would raise the salary of even the lowest-paid clerk over the next three years to a minimum $70,000. He will slash his own salary and use company profits to do so.


Price, who started the Seattle credit-card-payment processing firm in 2004 at age 19, said he would pay for the wage increases by cutting his own salary from nearly $1 million to $70,000 and using 75 to 80 percent of the company’s anticipated $2.2 million in profit this year.


The paychecks of about 70 Gravity workers will grow, with 30 ultimately doubling their salaries, according to Ryan Pirkle, a company spokesman. The average salary is $48,000 a year.


Price’s small, privately owned company is by no means a bellwether, but his unusual proposal does speak to an economic issue that has captured national attention: the disparity between the soaring pay of chief executives and that of their employees.


The United States has one of the world’s largest pay gaps, with chief executives earning nearly 300 times what the average worker makes, according to some economists’ estimates. That is much higher than the 20-to-1 ratio recommended by Gilded Age magnates like J. Pierpont Morgan and the 20th-century management visionary Peter Drucker.


“The market rate for me as a CEO compared to a regular person is ridiculous. It’s absurd,” said Price, who said his main extravagances were snowboarding and picking up the bar bill. He drives a 12-year-old Audi, which he received in a barter for service from the local dealer.


“As much as I’m a capitalist, there is nothing in the market that is making me do it,” he said, referring to paying wages that make it possible for his employees to go after the American dream, buy a house and pay for their children’s education.


Price said he wanted to do something to address the issue of inequality, although his proposal “made me really nervous” because he wanted to do it without raising prices for his customers or cutting service.


Of all the social issues that he believed he was in a position to do something about as a business leader, “that one seemed like a more worthy issue to go after.”


He said he planned to keep his own salary low until the company earned back the profit it had before the new wage scale went into effect.


Read more here:  http://www.seattleti...Business Digest

Birth of a Nation is 100 Years Old

09 February 2015 - 11:53 PM

“The Birth of a Nation” remains the elephant in the room for film history classes, which can’t very well ignore its significance. Meanwhile, the groundswell in 1915 to censor, ban and protest the movie was, and still is, a deeply uncomfortable litmus test for many progressives who decry bigotry, but are also pro-free expression under any and all circumstances.

In this case, the side claiming First Amendment rights was a wealthy film company on behalf of a hate-mongering film — while the side demanding censorship was a powerless, historically victimized minority that had good reason to worry the film would inspire violence against it.

Indeed, the worst fears of William Monroe Trotter, the editor whose crusading Boston-based African-American paper, The Guardian, led the charge against the film, were realized. On Nov. 25, 1915, the Ku Klux Klan — until then nearly extinct — came roaring back to life at Stone Mountain, Ga., citing “The Birth of a Nation” as inspiration. By 1926, the new Klan claimed 5 million members. http://www.northjers...s-100-1.1266900



The Birth of a Nation is three hours of racist propaganda — starting with the Civil War and ending with the Ku Klux Klan riding in to save the South from black rule during the Reconstruction era.

"[Griffith] portrayed the emancipated slaves as heathens, as unworthy of being free, as uncivilized, as primarily concerned with passing laws so they could marry white women and prey on them," Dick Lehr, author of The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War. http://www.npr.org/b...rth-of-a-nation


Surprise!  Surprise!  What do you know, the movie shattered box office records for its day!  Making millions in profit during a time when most movies made thousands.

What is Faster Than a Speeding Bullet, More Powerful Than a Locomotive...

07 February 2015 - 12:08 AM

The electromagnetic “rail gun” of course!

In development for years, the weapon would be able to fire a projectile at Mach 7, or seven times the speed of sound, hitting targets 110 miles away. (By comparison, a Hellfire missile travels a little over Mach 1.)

Instead of gunpowder as a propellant, it uses electromagnetic pulses, and the projectiles hit with such overwhelming force that they don’t need to be armed with explosives. The impact from traveling at such amazing speeds is enough, thank you very much. Lasers sizzle rather than go boom, as some have said. The rail gun definitely has one heck of a boom.

The gun made its debut at the Navy’s Future Force Science and Technology Expo at the Washington Convention Center this week.

One top Navy official recently likened the impact to “a freight train going through the wall at a hundred miles an hour.” The lack of gunpowder and explosive warheads eliminates some significant safety hazards for Navy crews, officials say.

Follow the link to see the video of this thing in action...

Critics pounce after Obama talks Crusades, slavery at prayer breakfast

06 February 2015 - 02:54 PM

Pretty much the same battle going on in the TB for the last few months over Muslims; between those who choose to live in a fantasy world of grammar school history lessons about cherry trees and Betsy Ross vs. realists that want the USA to take a hard look in the mirror so our nation can strive to do better in the future than it has in the past.

“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” he told the group, speaking of the tension between the compassionate and murderous acts religion can inspire. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Some Republicans were outraged. “The president’s comments this morning at the prayer breakfast are the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime,” said former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore ®. “He has offended every believing Christian in the United States. This goes further to the point that Mr. Obama does not believe in America or the values we all share.”

Obama’s remarks spoke to his unsparing, sometimes controversial, view of the United States — where triumphalism is often overshadowed by a harsh assessment of where Americans must try harder to live up to their own self-image. Only by admitting these shortcomings, he has argued, can we fix problems and move beyond them.

“We welcome the scrutiny of the world — because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems and make our union more perfect,” Obama said. “America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, 50 years ago or even a decade ago. Because we fight for our ideals and are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short.” http://www.msn.com/e...fast/ar-AA92xT8