Who Hijacked Our Country

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Bye Bye Internet

This is no joke. It’s been fun — logging onto the Internet and just surfing anywhere you want to go. And it’s been free of charge other than your monthly bill. But it may be over soon.

Remember how radio used to be? A huge variety of stations, each one with live DJs, and enough choices to suit everyone’s musical taste. And now of course radio has turned into an abortion. Two or three CEOs own most of the stations, they’re mostly automated and they all play the same twelve songs over and over and over, no matter what format name they use.

Your online surfing habits are heading in the same direction. The biggest media/telecom companies are trying to privatize the Internet. And with our current administration, the Robber Barons get what they want. Period.

From the time the Internet was first designed, it was based on cooperation and inclusiveness. It was an infrastructure with one purpose: to move data between users.

Now that the Internet has been fully developed, with billions of users, the sharks are circling. Telecom CEOs want to charge a toll or a premium for their services. Anyone who can’t pay will be relegated to the “slow lane” or shut out of the Internet all together. Bloggers, web services, independent media — buh bye! Get over there in the breakdown lane; get out of the way.

If these assholes could find a way, they’d privatize the air supply and make you pay for your oxygen.

If there was ever a bipartisan, non-political issue, this is it. If you’re a conservative blogger who thinks Big Business is our great savior, you won’t be able to go online and express this viewpoint. Or you’ll pay through the nose for the privilege. There are hundreds of online independent media sources, serving every imaginable viewpoint. They provide an alternative to the bland useless Mainstream "Media." Let's keep them.

If you want to continue surfing the Net the way you have been, ACT NOW. Click Here to send an e-mail to five of the largest telecom executives. Tell them what you think of their plan to charge you for every mouse click.

And thanks to the Rambling Taoist and the Martian Anthropologist, who have already posted about this.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, guess what? There's a powerful American company who has privatized the rainwater in South America. It's not the air supply, but it's close. How the f**k does any human being sanction such behavior? They don't; these people are animals, not humans.

February 7, 2006 at 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, guess what? There's a powerful American company who has privatized the rainwater in South America. It's not the air supply, but it's close. How the f**k does any human being sanction such behavior? They don't; these people are animals, not humans.

February 7, 2006 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: Was that Bechtel? I know they tried to privatize the water supply in Bolivia a few years ago. The Bolivian government finally kicked Bechtel out, in order to avoid mass protests and riots. Then Bechtel tried to sue the Bolivian government for breach of contract. Nice people.

February 7, 2006 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

"If there was ever a bipartisan, non-political issue, this is it. If you’re a conservative blogger who thinks Big Business is our great savior, you won’t be able to go online and express this viewpoint."

I think that says it all, Tom. You're right; it's not a bipartisan issue. It's an issue that should be pitting every common man and woman against both the Democrats and Republicans who are both all cozied up with big biz. Sooner or later, we're all gonna get it. I just hope it's sooner than later!

February 7, 2006 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Gun-Toting Liberal: Yeah, I sure hope more people start getting it sooner rather than later. This issue pits the Oligarchs in charge against the rest of us.

February 7, 2006 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger The Rambling Taoist said...

I was just thinking of something. Since we all know that Al Gore invented the internet, do you think that maybe he's behind this new profit gambit? Could it be that he'll receive royalties from the big telecommunication giants?

He must really be hurting for money these days. ;-)

February 8, 2006 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Trey: Yeah, I wouldn't doubt that Gore is one of the behind-the-scenes players here. I voted for him in 2000 but I didn't feel that strongly about it. He seemed like the lesser of two evils, but just barely. Bush was pretending to be a moderate, and Gore was doing more flipflopping than any candidate I ever saw.

Since he invented the Internet, maybe he can invent a way to keep it open for everybody.

February 8, 2006 at 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Dave from LaPush said...

And just to make your heartburn a little more corrosive -- Bush has just sent up his FCC nomination. Robert McDowell, late of telecom lobbying and (probably the most important qualification) a member of the Bush/Cheney Florida Recount Team. I just know you're going to do a hellava job, Mac.

February 8, 2006 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Dave: Yeah, that figures. Another fox to guard the henhouse. No doubt he'll do a heckuva job, just like all the rest of Bush's crony appointments.

February 8, 2006 at 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Jake said...

I love censorship of the news I read. The internet provides to much thought. I look forward to a day when I can watch the Presidents press secretary on every station telling us the truth.

And the books, I mean I just read a book about the New World Order. People may actually believe this. We must burn the books also.

February 8, 2006 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jake: Hell yeah, we don't need no steenking media. All these conflicting viewpoints, what purpose do they serve? Great Leader should just be able to announce what He wants us to hear, and the Word will be disseminated out to the masses as He sees fit.

February 8, 2006 at 5:55 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

I think the day is probably coming when I'll have to decide how, and where, I want to live out the rest of my life.

Till then, I suppose I should really invest in a good shortwave radio. It sounds like I'll need it.

February 8, 2006 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jolly Roger: A shortwave radio might be a good idea. At least until the Carlysle Group buys out all the shortwave broadcasters in the world. After that, who knows -- messages in bottles, smoke signals...

February 9, 2006 at 10:03 AM  

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