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22 мая, 01:22

'The Wizard Of Lies': Is HBO's Bernie Madoff Biopic Worth The Time Investment?

The decades-long story of Bernie Madoff begins in the dark corners of a Wall Street office and ends on Time Warner Inc (NYSE: TWX )’s HBO. Barry Levinson’s “ The Wizard Of Lies ,” based on a book by Diana ...

19 мая, 19:05

James Jaeger: New Documentary “Mainstream” on The Globalist Agenda in Movies

Via The Daily Bell James Jaeger is an award-winning filmmaker who co-founded Matrix Entertainment which has partnered with Bill Van Alen, of Cornerstone Entertainment, Constitutional attorney, Edwin Vieira, Jr., and independent producer, Richard B. Iott, to produce a series of feature-length political documentaries centering on the U.S. Constitution.  The first documentary — “FIAT EMPIRE” about the Federal Reserve System, featuring Congressman Ron Paul — garnered a Telly Award and went viral as the #1 film on the Internet for six months.  That inspired James and his associates to develop, produce and release additional cutting-edge motion pictures including SPOILER, MOLON LABE and MIDNIGHT RIDE featuring such experts as Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan, Alex Jones, G. Edward Griffin, Stewart Rhodes, Larry Pratt, John McManus, Sheriff Mack and other Freedom Movement celebrities.  The Daily Bell: What are you doing as far as your current film project? James Jaeger: I am working on a new film entitled MAINSTREAM – How Hollywood Movies and the New York Media Are Promoting the Globalist Agenda.  Because this is a large subject, we have broken it down into a 4-part mini series.  MAINSTREAM Part 1 – “Moving Images” [premiered] Wednesday, 17 May. We are hoping that people will see merit to Part 1 and help us complete Part 2, which is currently in rough-cut stage.  We do not need very much money to complete Part 2, but frankly, if donations don’t come in, we will shelve the entire project; the Globalists that control the Mainstream Media will have won.  I don’t mean to be overly dramatic here, but I want to let your readers know up-front that this movie project has been the most difficult to get made of all 7 of my previous documentaries. Although OATH KEEPERS has been very supportive of MAINSTREAM — and about 400 of their Members have donated — one of our key producer/donors died (loss of $27,000), another one bailed out because he’s leery about being blacklisted by Hollywood (loss of $25,000) and the last recently signed a deal with a major studio (loss of $20,000).  Given these losses, and in the absence of an eagle who steps in, we are more dependent on Mom & Pop donors than ever.  Such donors gave us great support for the previous two “gun” movies, MOLON LABE and MIDNIGHT RIDE, and they got done with good effect. I send one of our 7 movies to Donald Trump’s office every week and I have been sending MOLON LABE and MIDNIGHT RIDE to Wayne LaPierre’s  office every three or four months.  And have you noticed his change in tone as he and his organization start to “git”  the Second, as Sheriff Mack might say. So these movies are making an impact.  Trump’s entire platform on free trade is a practically word-for-word duplicate of ORIGINAL INTENT, one of the movies you here at the Daily Bell promoted and supported early on.  So YOU are making a difference through this publication and our movies. My solution to sluggish funding is to double down, work harder and try to make an even better film than all 7 of the previous films.  MAINSTREAM will certainly be the most controversial and complex film and the reasons for this will slowly unfold as audiences get into Parts 2 and 3.  There are a lot of nasty little business practices going on in Hollywood and the media that have kept a “control group” in power for well over 100 years.  We will explain exactly how they have done this so if you want to help us educate Americans, and even the Trump Administration, about the MEDIA MONSTER that is strangling the Republic, go to www.MainstreamMedia.us and allocate what you can. The Daily Bell: You are doing a history of movies and how it was taken over by the left? James Jaeger: True but it was also taken over by corporations.  The MAINSTREAM MEDIA is both liberal AND corporate. A synopsis of the series is as follows:  MAINSTREAM traces Hollywood’s origins from the early art-driven movie moguls to the profit-driven corporations of today. With the government-decreed divestiture of movie theaters in 1948, the Golden Age of Hollywood was destroyed.  Along with this destruction of the “studio system,” movies became increasingly formulaic, exploitative, violent and produced by a small “control group” of insiders.  Then, with the advent of TV and various influences from Europe, Hollywood movies descended into a morass of political correctness and fake news that gave birth to what we know as the MAINSTREAM MEDIA. Now governed by just 6 huge conglomerates, Hollywood movies and the New York-based media have become involved with hundreds of predatory, unethical and often times illegal business practices that result in discrimination against talents, crews, executives and whole populations.  Worse, the movies and network news have become a tool of the Globalist Agenda, an agenda to outsource the U.S. manufacturing base in the name of “free trade” and destroy the American Middle Class in the name of “stockholder value.”  Hollywood has become one of the “big bad” corporations it endlessly dramatizes in its movies. And all this started as a consequence of government intervention into the right of the movie moguls to market their own movies in their own theaters. The Daily Bell: Are central banks going to win out?  If so, doesn’t this basically do away with private money? James Jaeger: Since the Federal Reserve infestation, the entire world now operates with so-called central banks.  Each bank thus emits its own “fiat currency” and as it does it dilutes all its existing fiat currency.  As its purchasing power in the world market decreases, each central bank is forced to devalue its currency by changing exchange rates and printing more money.  Thus all of the world’s central banks are in a race to the bottom.  The bottom will come when paper currency has a value of zero. Enter gold and crypto-currency, what I guess you are calling private money.  The beauty of gold and crypto-currency is central banks can’t print them, thus the only thing that affects their value is market demand.  In MAINSTREAM we will go into the Federal Reserve System and how Hollywood and the New York networks do everything in their power to suppress the issue of fiat currency and invalidate things like gold and silver.  This is, of course, one of the reasons the Mainstream Media ignored our documentary, “FIAT EMPIRE — Why the Federal Reserve Violates the U.S. Constitution” even though Ron Paul starred in the film and it went viral with millions of viewers. The Daily Bell: Why don’t central banks want private money? James Jaeger: Because they can’t manipulate it.  There is nothing that drives a banker wilder than a citizen making his or her own choices.  The idea that a citizen could originate or use a currency that was totally PRIVATE and not issued or controlled by the central banking oligopoly is like tossing acid in one’s face.  This is why gold, silver and now crypto-currencies like BitCoin, are not only the Devil incarnate to the central banker, but models they are feverishly seeking to imitate.  BUT, once imitated, you can be sure they will be loaded with plenty of “back doors” — for what good is ANY currency if the Central Banking Mob can’t get its clutches into it and pervert it for its Globalist Agenda.  And no one in this scenario serves the Central Banker’s nefarious mission more than the Mainstream Media — first failing their FCC-licensed duty to inform the public about any criminal banking Establishment, and second by profiteering off same.   How many bank commercials do you see on network TV every day?  Plenty!  How many BitCoin commercials do you see?  Zip! The Daily Bell: Why is the film in four parts? James Jaeger: When I got into the research for MAINSTREAM I had to go through about 50 books — all of which I ended up purchasing so they would be permanently available for me to study and cross index.  Out of these 50 books, I was then able to narrow them down to the 6 books that best explicated the vital points to be covered in the documentary.  The books are: HOLLYWOOD WARS by John W. Cones THE MEDIA MONOPOLY by Ben H. Bagdikian AN EMPIRE OF THEIR OWN by Neal Gabler HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS by Ethan Mordden IT’S THE MEDIA, STUPID Intro by Ralph Nader HOLLYWOOD VS AMERICA by Michael Medved To make a very long story shorter, the research for MAINSTREAM took an entire year and when I tried to stuff all this information into even a 180-minute film, it simply would not fit.  So I broke it up into 4 Parts, each part between 47 and 55 minutes.  And smaller parts may be best because MAINSTREAM is a mind-numbing course on Hollywood and the New York media few will be able to absorb in more than a 55-minute sitting. Also, since I have been a film producer/director since 1964, I have picked up a few ideas about The BIZ myself, and thus appear in MAINSTREAM as one of the “experts” along with the following “cast”: Chuck Baldwin; Edwin Vieira, Jr; Edward Griffin; Jack Rooney; John Cones; John McManus; Ken Gullekson; Larry Pratt; Nikola Lonchar; Paul Gibbons; Richard Gage; Ron Paul; Rosie Haas; Sam Chew; Sheila Matthews; Stewart Rhodes; and Ted Baehr. The Daily Bell: What part is being premiered and when will the next part be available? James Jaeger: For a limited amount of time you will be able to screen the first part of MAINSTREAM for free at www.MainstreamMedia.us/premiere. Again, MAINSTREAM Part 1 is about 55 minutes long.  If you go to the Premiere site you can watch several trailers and various clips of some of the experts, among which is EDWIN VIEIRA, CHUCK BALDWIN and STEWART RHODES.  More clips are at the official website. The Daily Bell: I understand Part 1 goes right up to the takeover of the movies and how and why this occurred? James Jaeger: Part 1 takes us through the formation of Hollywood and its control by the original immigrant movie moguls who were ostensibly forced out of the Eastern Establishment by the likes of Edison and Ford.  We discuss the incredible art-driven industry the Moguls built and then what happened to this “studio system” when the Paramount Case came down and chopped off the movie theaters.  We then go into how and why Hollywood, and later the TV industry/networks, became predatory and dominated by a small group of agents, lawyers, and top executives that are 70%  “politically liberal, not-very-religious Jewish males of European heritage” — as entertainment/securities attorney, John W. Cones,  says.   Thus Part 1 takes us up to the point where cultural Marxism and corporate fascism infect the Hollywood movies and Part 2 goes into what influence they had, not only on you and I as adults, but our kids. The Daily Bell: Was it somehow Russian-backed? James Jaeger: Well Marxism is the basis for Communism and its milder flavor known as socialism.  Given the rise of Bernie Sanders — a self-pronounced socialist — Americans should easily be able to see that flavors of Marxism are becoming normalized in the U.S. Republic — at least to the youth and college kids.  And this is, of course, because of the Frankfurt School’s “long march through the cultural institutions” — mainly the movies and academia. One of the things we do NOT mention in MAINSTREAM (to the praise of some and the horror of others) is that Marx was Jewish and so were most of the “leading lights” at the Frankfurt School.  So if movies reflect their maker’s interests, values, cultural perspectives, and prejudices, does it really need to be stated that Marxism and Hollywood as a culture go hand in hand?  Unfortunately, few in “politically correct”  America want to mention, let alone discuss, this for fear of being branded anti-Semitic. So the movie industry and Mainstream Media are not Russia-backed per se, but the same political philosophy that infected the people of Europe infected the control group that dominates the Hollywood studios and eventually the New York networks.  In MAINSTREAM we address all this discuss its ramifications.  Unfortunately, there will be some that may try to label this movie anti-Semitic so the unthinking masses will ignore it, but I can assure you MAINSTREAM is not anti-Semitic in any way for we support Abe Foxman, former head of the Anti-Defamation League’s, assertion that ‘Jews, in general, do not run Hollywood.’ The twist in the plot, however, is that Hollywood IS dominated by a very narrowly defined control group, Jewishness being only one of the factors — albeit the factor Hollywood apologists obsess over.  We delve into this obsession and explain how and why it shrouds the real issues of control, domination, and private propaganda. The Daily Bell: Why would Wall Street want the movies to become more leftist? James Jaeger: As we will discuss in MAINSTREAM, the Hollywood Control Group — and by extension the Network and Conglomerate Control Groups —are both liberal AND corporate.  The Conglomerates — COMCAST, DISNEY, SONY, TIME WARNER, 21ST CENTURY FOX and VIACOM.  To understand how this mix of corporate and liberal work, one must understand the mechanisms behind “creative control” and “ownership control” and how the entertainment industry has come to divvy up these hats.  We go into this in Part 1 of MAINSTREAM, so I won’t go into it here. The Daily Bell: We notice that Hollywood makes movies about evil corporations but very rarely about the American or British government. Does Hollywood stay away from the government on purpose? James Jaeger: Yes the corporation and its executives are usually the “bad guys” in Hollywood movies and the government and its FBI are usually the “good guys.”  As we emphasize over and over, MOVIES REFLECT THEIR MAKERS: Interests, Values, Cultural perspectives, Prejudices. Thus the Control Group is NOT interested in green-lighting movies that make corporations the “good guys” or the government the “bad guys.”  This is their interest, value, perspective and prejudice.  The state is all —  the individual is subordinate.  The last movie about good corporations that never got made in Hollywood was called ATLAS SHRUGGED.  Hollywood never funded the development or production of this best-selling book by Ayn Rand even though it was kicking around the industry for almost 50 years — and even though Ayn Rand was Jewish. So in every Hollywood movie, the corporation is the greedy “bad guy” and the Uncle Sam government is the “good guy.”  And this is simply because the government takes care of the nice poor Democrats and the corporations take care of the mean rich Republicans.  And since Hollywood is dominated by politically liberal, secular Jewish males of European heritage it’s only natural for Hollywood’s movies to have a socialist, liberal, anti-free market, anti-capitalist bias to them because most Jews are Democrats and most Europeans are socialists.  But again, to understand how Hollywood exists as both CORPORATE and LIBERAL, you will simply have to watch MAINSTREAM very carefully.  Or you could read some of John Cones’ 17 books, for instance, one on “Patterns of Bias” in the motion picture industry, available at Amazon. The Daily Bell: Usually America and Britain are seen as saving the day. We find this highly problematic. James Jaeger: Yes. Again this is because of the interests, values, cultural perspectives and prejudices of the 56 males that dominate the U.S. Mass Media Oligopoly. The Daily Bell: The central banks are working overtime to develop their own crypto-currency.  Are they working without publicity by the mainstream media so they can spring their “solutions” on the world? James Jaeger: Of course.  We go into the Fed’s relationship with the Mainstream Media Control group in MAINSTREAM in Part 4 — and other subjects they ignore or invalidate.  In brief, the MSM never promotes anything that does not align with its interests and prejudices and, as anyone can see, banks pay for a lot of spots on the network TV.  Also Big Pharma, oil and oil-burning internal combustion automobiles. All over the place. When do you see ads for electric cars, solar, fusion, vitamins or BitCoin?  Rarely, if ever.  So, once the central banks sufficiently steal the blockchain technology and alter it for their control purposes, you can bet you will see it plastered all over network TV and into the MPAA Hollywood movies.  Our “solution” to your money problems, they will say.  Then the stupid public will lap it all up — hey it’s on TV — and start purchasing their new “financial services”. God knows what these financial “services” will be but they will probably make collateralized debt obligations look like Monopoly Money.  In such a way, the Mainstream Media gets almost all Americans brainwashed out of their minds and ready for any new Ponzi. In fact, it has everyone so brainwashed, WE THE PEOPLE now seem to “love” movies and guns more than we love our kids.  After all, by 18, we have allowed our kids to watch over 16,000 stabbings and shootings or 200,000 other violent acts in movies and on network TV.  Many of these acts are even peppered with (toilet) humor and the consequences of human suffering are rarely depicted.  Also, much of the violence is even glamorized with big “name” stars, all of which denounce the guns in liberal media interviews, yet secretly and hypocritically keep and bear guns for their own personal security. The Daily Bell: Is the idea to offer their solutions after they are fully done in order to take over blockchain and crypto-currencies? James Jaeger: I would think so. The Globalist Agenda requires a global currency.   I would thus think it’s only a matter of time before the world governments try to outlaw BitCoin and all crypto-currencies.  And of course, they will attempt to make their new “world crypto-currency” all as normal as apple pie with a little help from their global brainwashing friends in the Hollywood movies and New York Networks.  This is another WHY the MSM is promoting the Globalist Agenda. The Daily Bell: This same thing was done with the movies, wasn’t it?  Are they trying to shut down independent films now or is it too late? James Jaeger: John Cones, one of our experts in MAINSTREAM, more fully answers this question, how the major studios have bought up most of the independent production companies so they can absorb even THEIR share of the market. The Daily Bell: We see things changing.  Maybe the movie domination of Wall Street and the City is over? James Jaeger: I don’t know if things are changing.  Last night I was reading the 2017 TIME WARNER Annual Report the big news is that AT&T will be acquiring TIME WARNER and the Board approved the “Merger Agreement” on 22 October 2016 as a cash + stock deal.  So here we go again, yet more consolidation of the U.S. MASS MEDIA OLIGOPOLY. We will discuss this Oligopoly in MAINSTREAM — a movie NOT coming to a theater near you.  And why is this?  BECAUSE the very companies we will be DISCUSSING will not make themselves the ISSUE. The ramifications of only 6 conglomerates dominating 95% of the mass media should cause all Americans that love their kids to be FREAKING out.  As discussed earlier, TIME WARNER is one of the six hyper-brainwashers and TIME WARNER owns everything. They used to even own the song “Happy Birthday To You” but recently got rid of this.  Good PR move as this made them look greedy and predatory.  But they still own everything else.  And if “they” don’t own it, one of their teenage subsidiaries — Turner, Warner Bros. or HBO — owns it.  So the TIME WARNER Report goes on and on about how profitable and diversified these taxable entities are, yet no one there pays many taxes. The Daily Bell: Any other points you want to make? James Jaeger: If you like what we have done so far, please donate whatever you can to help us get Part 2 done.  If donations don’t come in, this series stops at Part 1, dead forever.  If generous donations come in — in other words, everyone reading this and screening the movie donates at least 100, 50 or 25 dollars — we get Part 2, and maybe even Parts 3 and 4, all done by the end of the Summer. If this documentary series doesn’t get completed, I will assure you it will be a cold day in hell before anyone else attempts this insane and unrequited task.  And by then the Internet may not even exist as we know it for somehow the Conglomerates will have swallowed even that.  So here’s the URL: www.MainstreamMedia.us/donate   Eat out one less time this month and I promise you we at Matrix Entertainment we will put your money to better use than the restaurant owner. The Daily Bell: We’ll look forward to Part 2 and thank you for your time. James Jaeger: Thank you for granting me a “platform” — something the Mainstream Media denies anyone with a worthwhile message about Constitutional principles, free markets or responsible capitalism.  

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19 мая, 11:55

MAD Magazine: Time Stole Its Cover From Us!

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); MAD magazine is seeing red over Time’s new cover, which shows the onion domes of Moscow looming over the White House of President Donald Trump.  Time also released an animated version of the cover online:  TIME’s new cover: How Trump’s loyalty test is straining Washington https://t.co/4ZQG16wS8f pic.twitter.com/tnng9Wy6km— TIME (@TIME) May 18, 2017 But MAD featured a similar image in December, although not as a cover:  Once More, With Stealing Dept.TIME MAGAZINE RIPS OFF MAD MAGAZINE?https://t.co/dWYykrr4tJ pic.twitter.com/bfYrj2DpUb— MAD Magazine (@MADmagazine) May 18, 2017 The magazine’s editors wrote: “Once More, With Stealing Dept.In 1952, Time Magazine called MAD ‘a short lived, satirical pulp.’ Now they’re stealing our material! Honestly, we’re flattered, but we would have appreciated a credit ― something like, ‘Idea stolen from MAD, which in 1952 we called a short lived satirical pulp!’” Brobel Design created The Time cover, and its primary artist, Ed Gabel, told Inverse that he hadn’t seen the MAD image.  “I love MAD. I think MAD is a fun read,” Gabel told the website.  MAD is part of DC Comics, which is owned by Time Warner... which also owns Time Inc., publisher of Time magazine. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

15 мая, 23:52

«Человек года» все обложки журнала Time за последние 90 лет

Оригинал взят у tiina в «Человек года» все обложки журнала Time за последние 90 летС 1927 года журнал Time в каждом декабрьском номере называет «Человека года», повлиявшего на мир лучшим или худшим образом. Первым был Чарльз Линдберг, лётчик, в одиночку перелетевший Атлантику, а в нынешнем году – американский президент Дональд Трамп. Предлагаем взглянуть на все 90 обложек Time, интересных не только помещёнными на них знаменитыми личностями, но и тем, каким образом их изобразили.1927: Чарльз Линдберг1928: Уолтер Крайслер1929: Оуэн Юнг1930: Махатма Ганди1931: Пьер Лаваль1932: Франклин Рузвельт1933: Хью Джонсон1934: Президент Франклин Рузвельт1935: Хайле Селассие1936: Уоллис Симпсон1937: Чан Кайши и Сун Мэйлин1938: Адольф Гитлер1939: Иосиф Виссарионович Сталин1940: Уинстон Черчилль1941: Президент Франклин Рузвельт1942: Иосиф Виссарионович Сталин1943: Джордж Маршалл1944: Дуайт Дэвид Эйзенхауэр1945: Президент Гарри Трумэн1946: Джеймс Фрэнсис Бирнс1947: Джордж Маршалл1948: Президент Гарри Трумэн1949: Уинстон Черчилль1950: Американский солдат1951: Мохаммед Моссадех1952: Королева Елизавета II1953: Конрад Аденауэр1954: Джон Фостер Даллес1955: Харлоу Куртис1956: Борец за свободу Венгрии1957: Никита Сергеевич Хрущёв1958: Шарль де Голль1959: Президент Дуайт Дэвид Эйзенхауэр1960: Американские ученые1961: Президент Джон Кеннеди1962: Римский папа Иоанн XXIII1963: Мартин Лютер Кинг1964: Линдон Бэйнс Джонсон1965: Уильям Уэстморленд1966: Мужчины и женщины в возрасте до 25 лет1967: Президент Линдон Бэйнс Джонсон1968: Аполлон 8 Уильям Андерс, Фрэнк Борман, Джеймс Ловелл1969: Средний класс американцев1970: Вилли Брандт1971: Президент Ричард Никсон1972: Президент Ричард Никсон и Генри Киссинджер1973: Джон Сирица1974: Король Фейсал1975: Американские женщины1976: Президент Джимми Картер1977: Анвар Садат1978: Дэн Сяопин1979: Аятолла Хомейни1980: Президент Рональд Рейган1981: Лех Валенса1982: Компьютер1983: Президент Рональд Рейган и Юрий Андропов1984: Питер Уэберрот1985: Дэн Сяопин1986: Корасон Акино1987: Михаил Горбачев1988: Вымирающая земля1989: Михаил Горбачев1990: Президент Джордж Герберт Уокер Буш1991: Тед Тёрнер1992: Президент Билл Клинтон1993: Миротворцы: Ицхак Рабин, Нельсон Мандела, Фредерик Виллем де Клерк, Ясир Арафат1994: Римский папа Иоанн Павел II1995: Ньют Гингрич1996: Доктор Дэвид Хо1997: Эндрю Гроув1998: Кеннет Стар и Билл Клинтон1999: Джефф Безос2000: Президент Джордж Уокер Буш2001: Руди Джулиани2002: Разоблачители: Синтия Купер, Колин Роули и Шэрон Уоткинс2003: Американский солдат2004: Президент Джордж Уокер Буш2005: Добрые самаритяне: Билл Гейтс, Боно, Мелинда Гейтс2006: Ты. «Да, ты. Ты контролируешь Век Информации. Добро пожаловать в твой мир».2007: Владимир Владимирович Путин2008: Президент Барак Обама2009: Бен Бернанке2010: Марк Цукерберг2011: Протестующий2012: Президент Барак Обама2013: Римский папа Франциск 2014: Борец с Эболой2015: Ангела Меркель2016: Дональд Трамп«Человек года» все обложки журнала Time за последние 90 лет

11 мая, 15:44

Comcast, Charter Communications to Join Wireless Wings

On May 8, 2017, Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and Charter Communications (CHTR) agreed to jointly work on their wireless services businesses so as to better explore their opportunities.

10 мая, 11:39

Сотовые операторы будущего: что телеком-компании придумают в эпоху интернета?

Сотовые операторы который год сталкиваются с падением доходов от услуг голосовой связи. Они начинают зарабатывать на IoT-сервисах, продаже поздравлений с фото и видеороликами в соцсетях, предоставлении своей инфраструктуры в аренду.

09 мая, 17:49

A Feast of ETFs with Apple on Plate

Apple has scaled multiple highs this year that has pushed its market capitalization to over $800 billion for the first time.

09 мая, 16:09

Pandora (P) Q1 Loss Narrower than Expected, Revenues Miss

Pandora Media, Inc. (P) posted narrower-than-expected adjusted loss per share of 37 cents per share for the first quarter of 2017.

07 мая, 23:25

FCC Commissioner Tells ALEC To Help Squash Net Neutrality

The Corporate and ALEC Takeover of the FCC It is one thing when we find that the Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, was a former Verizon attorney; Or that the transition team was led by a consultant who has been working for Verizon over the last two decades; Or that the new head of the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau is a former lobbyist and lawyer for Charter Communications, the cable company (that owns Spectrum, formerly Time Warner Cable). But when the second Republican FCC Commissioner, Michael O’Rielly, speaks at ALEC’s (American Legislative Exchange Council) Communications & Technology Task Force and calls on the group to take actions to help the FCC take down net neutrality and the speech is listed as business as usual at the FCC—we know that the FCC is captured. (I note that in 2013 then-commissioner Pai spoke to the same ALEC group.) I just posted an article from 2013 that outlines how a Petition filed by AT&T, which was based on ‘model legislation’ created by ALEC, is now the game plan for the current FCC in 2017. The plan is to remove all regulations, all obligations, and consumer protections so that the corporations can optimize profits. The FCC’s plans are couched in twisted word speech, calling for “Internet freedom” yet we find that it is just freedom for the large corporations, the large phone and cable companies – AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink and the cable companies, who are all members of ALEC, as far as we can tell. And it is clear that this FCC is just out of control. Talk about being biased, the FCC’s own press release and fact sheet called: “What Capitol Hill Is Saying About Restore Internet Freedom Proposal” clearly shows that Congress and the FCC ‘care’ about “Internet freedom”, but it doesn’t include any of the Democrats. I thought that the FCC was an independent agency and supposed to be bi-partisan. “Representative Bob Latta, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, issued this statement on the mistake of Title II. Senator Roy Blunt, Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, commended the FCC for beginning to roll back misguided Internet regulations. Bicameral statement from Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune; Senate Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Roger Wicker; House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden; and House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn: “We have long said that imposing a Depression-era, utility-style regulatory structure onto the internet was the wrong approach… There are more quotes in the release. Who Is ALEC? ALEC is based on the notion that corporations need to be able to manipulate the political environment to get laws changed in their favor. Thus, ALEC has groups like the ‘Communications & Technology Task Force’, where the phone and cable companies help to create helpful ‘model’ legislation. This faux legislation is then used throughout the US and is pushed through by politicians, most of whom are being campaign-financed by the companies. They are also given donations via the companies’ ‘foundations’ in their districts to make them look good. I know this because in 2007 I noticed a pattern to the legislation being put forward in multiple states, and though the language and titles may be changed to cover over their tracks, the end result was the same. I wrote two articles for the Harvard Nieman Foundation for Journalism Watchdog Project about how this was done, a decade ago. How much of your state’s legislation is being drafted by industry? November 30, 2007. The American Legislative Council, or ALEC, lets corporations cultivate legislators and win support for industry-written bills while not technically breaking lobbying rules – and paying no taxes. Wisconsin: A case study in how corporations get the legislation they want January 31, 2008. This article describes how model corporate bills get introduced and enacted in Wisconsin, to the detriment of the common good. In 2017, AT&T is now on ALEC’s Private Enterprise Advisory Council, (along with Pharma, Exxon Mobil, Koch industries and Altria, (who owns Phillip Morris, among other tobacco companies)). Meanwhile, the NCTA, the association-lobbying group for the cable industry, is the ‘private chair’ of the Communications and Technology Task Force. This is a partial list of the cabal that was part of ALEC’s telecom group in 2013, the last available data, though it could have changed since then. The ALEC communications cabal includes the three largest incumbent wireline phone companies, AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, (and the group also controls the majority of the wires to the cell sites) as well as the two largest wireless companies, AT&T and Verizon, and three of the largest cable companies, Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum) which merged with Charter, and Comcast. We note that Sprint left ALEC in 2012 and T-Mobile left in 2015. One would think that this is a conspiracy; almost all of the major companies in an industry, in one room, writing legislation for their own purposes. The FCC’s plans are couched in twisted word speech, calling for “Internet freedom” yet we find that it is just freedom for the large corporations... Commissioner O’Rielly Calls for ALEC to Help Squash Net Neutrality But this is truly ugly. Commissioner O’Rielly is pitching ALEC, claiming that the FCC needs to help get rid of net neutrality because a) it’s a redistribution of ‘hard-earned assets’; b) this is really a plot to move towards socialism; and c) it will vanquish capitalism and economic liberty. Comm. O’Rielly Remarks at ALEC Task Force Summit: “The members of ALEC can serve an important role as the new Commission seeks to restore free market principles to broadband offerings. Many of you know all too well of the pressure on us to buckle and acquiesce to the whims of the misinformed screaming for net neutrality. You likely face it at your respective statehouses as you debate the various matters before you. The “progressive agenda” being pushed in so many settings is really an effort to use government as a means to redistribute hard earned assets from one group of people to favored interests. Do not let your voices go unheard as net neutrality advocates slowly, but surely, seek to drag the U.S. economy toward socialism. This debate is just one component in a larger and much more pernicious effort to vanquish capitalism and economic liberty.” In The Book of Broken Promises, I detail how these “hard-earned assets” were paid for through overcharging customers multiple times, not by the corporations’ shareholders. How? There were contracts in place to do upgrades of the state utilities, which were not enforced by the government. Moreover, there is a massive shell game that’s been going on for over a decade where the companies’ other lines of business are being illegally funded through overcharging local phone customers and the government has failed to audit the financial books of these utilities, these corporations. And worse, the FCC’s own accounting rules are at the heart of this financial shell game. Unfortunately, O’Rielly’s speech doesn’t bother with actual facts and it is now clear that his bias is to just throw money at those who failed to fulfill basic obligations, but charged customers, including low-income families. O’Rielly: “The (Universal Service Fund) program’s high-cost portion provides subsidies, generated from consumer fees, to private sector companies to invest and buildout broadband networks in areas of America that are unserved today. This, I believe is a defensible program...” No. It’s not defensible because it is generated by consumers paying ‘additional’ taxes, but more importantly, the FCC failed to investigate why these areas were never upgraded in the first place. AT&T had obligations under the AT&T-BellSouth merger, for example, to have 100% of 22 states’ territories completed by 2007. Yet, somehow, AT&T received $428 million dollars in 2015 to do the areas that should have been already completed. And this is only one of other different government buckets of money that AT&T gets from the federal and state governments. “AT&T Accepts $428 million from Connect America Fund for Rural Broadband”, FCC, August 2015 We filed a complaint with the FCC. Of course, AT&T completed 100% of its 22 state territories. (It sold off one state since then.) The FCC defended AT&T without an audit or investigation. And this was done by the previous Democrat-based FCC administration. O’Rielly is also against municipality build outs of broadband. “What I am unwilling to do and will never support is allowing government-sponsored networks to use their unfair advantages to offer broadband services. Doing so would be the quickest way to destroy the private broadband market and reassure creation of a market monopoly position by these networks.” Wrong. O’Rielly didn’t bother to examine the record which shows that municipalities are building out their networks because the incumbent phone companies, Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink, failed to do the build outs, even when they charged local phone customers to do the build outs. And it is these companies that have the monopoly on the market and block competitors. And they are protected by the government. And when I mean that these companies failed to do build outs, here’s just one example. Example: This is an excerpt of filings by virtually all of the phone companies with the FCC to have ‘permanent’ deployments of fiber buildouts in these cities and regions, mostly to be completed by the year 2000. The sick part is that in every state we checked, the laws were changed to have customers pay for these network upgrades. These were never built. (Ameritech built cable services but sold them off to WOW after the merger with SBC (now AT&T).) Click for the full list   Was there ever any investigation by the FCC? No. Were there ever any refunds for not building out the networks? No. Are monies still being collected in 2017 based on the overcharging added through rate increases? Yes. Did O’Rielly ever ask about the history and why cities are doing work arounds because the incumbents failed to deploy? No. Finally, let’s get real about why the ALEC-friendly FCC wants to get rid of the Title II and this old utility regulation. The Communications Act of 1934 & Title II This is the opening of the Communications Act of 1934. It brought phone service to all Americans (via a copper wire) and it also established the FCC. Notice the most important thing—the Act does not focus on businesses, such as AT&T, (which was one of the reasons the FCC was created; to reign in the growing monopoly’s abuses (back in 1930’s)). No. It focuses on the people of the US, with the goal of universal service at ‘reasonable’ rates. “SEC. 1. [47 U.S.C. 151] PURPOSES OF ACT, CREATION OF FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION. For the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, a rapid, efficient, Nationwide, and world-wide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges, for the purpose of the national defense, for the purpose of promoting safety of life and property through the use of wire and radio communication…there is hereby created a commission to be known as the ‘Federal Communications Commission,’ which shall be constituted as hereinafter provided, and which shall Execute and enforce the provisions of this Act.” At the core of Title II is Section 202, and the principles it encapsulates are centuries old. “SEC. 202. [47 U.S.C. 202] DISCRIMINATION AND PREFERENCES. (a) It shall be unlawful for any common carrier to make any unjust or unreasonable discrimination in charges, practices, classifications, regulations, facilities, or services for or in connection with like communication service, directly or indirectly, by any means or device, or to make or give any undue or unreasonable preference or advantage to any particular person, class of persons, or locality, or to subject any particular person, class of persons, or locality to any undue or unreasonable prejudice or disadvantage.” It says that you can’t discriminate. And this concept that telecommunications is for ‘open networks’ and freedom? The Act is about freedom from the corporations screwing with your connection. And this concept of common carrier goes back centuries; it isn’t something that started in 1934. Think of roads. People can’t simply put up a toll booth and hold you hostage unless you pay them when using a public road. They can’t discriminate or only let Ford brand cars travel on the road, or restrict any foreign car or make them pay a toll or use some detour. But this is not what the corporations want. They claim that the customer-funded networks are really private property for private use. As we pointed out, the FCC has failed to recognize that these wires are part of a state utility, that customers paid thousands of dollars extra for upgrades of these state utilities (and never got it) and that there were commitments, in writing, a contract, yet the corporations were able to simply scheme their way out of doing the work, but collected billions per state. To Pai and O’Rielly, corporations come first. And ALEC is based on the idea that politicians should do the bidding of these corporations—and privatize publicly funded assets, claiming that it will block ‘socialism’ in America. How these people became FCC Commissioners without passing a basic test about the factual history of America’s broadband ― that there were commitments to do upgrades of the state utilities and that these upgrades were charged to local phone customers for this work, even if they didn’t show up ― is beyond me. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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