Thursday, November 29, 2007

Media Consolidation and Net Neutrality A Threat To Free Speech- Yeah OK

The TV station in a box

NetTVworld is working on a device that will essentially let people or small organizations more easily broadcast their own TV programs via the Internet, according to the company's CEO, Steve Baker. The black box in the picture digitizes and packetizes video streams and then sends them over the Internet.

The box itself can only broadcast 10 streams at once, but NetTVworld hopes to leverage peer-to-peer networks. With peer-to-peer, a single box can effectively send out 20,000 streams. The company has hit this number of streams in lab tests and it can probably do more, Baker said. Although the box can potentially deliver 20,000 simultaneous streams, it actually only broadcasts one single show at a time.

This thing will be opensourced in no time and at some point we are going to have TOO MANY splintered messages that we will one day wish for the days of ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Poverty In South Africa Has Doubled In Last 10 Years

Poor S Africans double in decade

The number of South Africans living on less than $1 a day has more than doubled in a decade since shortly after the end of apartheid.

The South African Institute of Race Relations survey said 4.2m people were living on $1 a day in 2005.

This is up from 1.9m in 1996, two years after the first all-race elections.

"Poverty has increased both in absolute numbers and proportionally," SAIRR said in a statement, blaming the rise on unemployment and HIV/Aids.

Spanish King To Hugo Chavez: "Shut Up!"

Mr. Chavez has some nerve to call someone a "fascist". As his own country plummets into chaos he is able to make charges against others while not stand accountable for his own deeds.

Spain's current socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, responded during his own allotted time by urging Chavez to be more diplomatic in his words and respect other leaders despite political differences.

"Former President Aznar was democratically elected by the Spanish people and was a legitimate representative of the Spanish people," he said, eliciting applause from the gathered heads of state.

Chavez repeatedly tried to interrupt, but his microphone was off.

Spanish King Juan Carlos, seated next to Zapatero, angrily turned to Chavez and said, "Why don't you shut up?"

The Venezuelan leader did not immediately respond but later used time ceded to him by his close ally Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to answer Zapatero's speech.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Left Wing Justice And The Death Penalty

On Saturday afternoon I tuned into the radio show "Human Kind". The Saturday line up on one of the two NPR channels on Sirius typically includes the show "Justice Talking" and then "Tech Nation" and then "Human Kind". "Human Kind" ALWAYS slants left in their presentation of human interest stories. "Justice Talking" slants left but typically has an opposing point of view. Amazingly enough even the technology show "Tech Nation" occasionally inserts a show topic which gets highly political/ideological in nature. It is beyond me how they were able to stitch together a show on "torture" in the context of TECHNOLOGY for the purposes of hammering upon "THIS ADMINISTRATION".

Yesterday was no different. "Human Kind" had a show on the INNOCENCE of certain death row inmates across America. I long for the day in which any of these shows will do an episode on the NON-JUSTICE received by the FAMILIES of the now dead VICTIMS of a crime and how there are far more of them than there are innocents sitting in jail.

That same evening I tuned into Link TV, a left leaning cable channel that I thoroughly enjoy. There was a show featuring a woman who's daughter was killed by a man who is now on death row. This woman has BEFRIENDED the killer of her daughter and now is an "Anti-Death Penalty" advocate. The key concept that she kept repeating on the show is that "the DA told her that the EXECUTION of the killer of her daughter would bring her closure". She made the point that since the victim's family's wishes are of keen consideration when the death penalty is sought then likewise when the two families of the two murder victims are opposed to the death penalty then the state should grant their wishes. This is a FLAWED set of reasoning that she kept promoting.

If the family has forgiven the killer and wanted his RELEASE from jail, would the state abide by their wishes? NO - because the killer violated THE LAW and thus it is THE LAW that is being expressed in his punishment. I call for the Prosecutors to stop using the justification of "the wishes of the family" as an argument.

The bottom line in this case is that the ORIGINAL "DEATH PENALTY" was when the KILLER acted as the police, judge, jury and executioner against the now dead victim of his actions. In the system that these anti-death penalty advocates seem to damn there is a PROCESS by which justice is rendered. In the "Human Kind" show they kept pointing to the 5% error rate for death row convictions. They need to point to the 100% rate that the "one man bad" KILLER has - as he seems to get it right every time with no errors.

I long to see a Left leaning community affairs show that spends a segment focusing on the family of a murder victim as they agonize over the fact that the KILLER OF THEIR LOVED ONE is still free, walking the streets. I would love to see them report from the perspective of how "STOP SNITCHING" has rendered an environment that is SAFE FOR THE CRIMINAL. Have them show the COSTS of such a system upon the INNOCENT PEOPLE.

As left leaning sources they are inclined to report against THE SYSTEM of GOVERNMENT more than the SYSTEMATIC behavior of individuals and how THIS leads to more hurt and INJUSTICE than what the government renders.

There are some things about the left perspective that I will never understand.
Let us start off with the agreement that: HERE IS A DEAD BODY ON THE STREET. SOME HUMAN HAS KILLED THIS PERSON.

A man who pursues a course of ALLOWING THE INNOCENT TO GO FREE and then stops there IS NOT A MAN OF JUSTICE!!! While he is to be honored for allowing the VICTIM of the criminal justice system that put him in jail to go free....HE HAS NOT DONE A DAMNED THING to find the REAL KILLERS for the benefit of the VICTIM'S FAMILY.

They, in their ideological supremacy, operate off of the principle that "it is better to allow ten guilty men to go free than it is to put one innocent man in jail". As long as THEY never live in an environment where THEIR THEORIES are predominant absent a counterbalancing force - the chaos and disorder that such a theory would bring will never allow them to test this claim in its purest sense.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Why NOW - Bush Becomes A Fiscal Miser

Sometimes I just don't get it.
For 6 years of office President George Bush has allowed for vast spending increases in the federal budget. Despite the attacks on "spending cuts" the fact is that Bush has allowed spending increases in nearly every sector of the government.

Why is it that he finally using his veto pen to cancel a project that has an additional $9 billion in DOMESTIC spending for water management related projects?

President Rejects Bipartisan Bill Authorizing Hurricane Repair, Everglades Restoration

I am with him on the attempts to not expand the SCHIP program beyond its original mandates for children that fall between Medicaid and private insurance. People should not look to the government for relief in paying their bills - especially if they no doubt have cable television and cellphone bills that they pay.

I disagree with the miserly attempts on these domestic water management projects. As floods cripple some parts of the nation and droughts scorch others it is justifiable to overspend to protect this natural resource that is so necessary and so deadly if not management correctly.