Equal Time For Tesla?

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Will I, as an online car colonoscopist, be forced by the FCC to give “equal time” to people outraged by my doubleplusungood articles about Tesla and electric cars generally? Will men in black visit me if I “deny” what they call “climate change” (such a convenient term given that climate changes constantly in whatever direction, so anyone who touts warming or cooling or both is always right) and refuse to publish a rebuttal?sunstein pic

This is what’s coming – in the guise of “Net Neutrality.”

Which is now, alas, “the law.”

Ostensibly – what the media talks about – is as innocuous-seeming as Taylor Swift. They – our Dear Leaders – are merely making sure that everyone online has the same access (bandwidth-speed-wise) to the Internets. That big meanie providers such as Comcast won’t stomp the little guys. Same load speeds, data transmission and so on. Like (back in the pre-Net days) making sure people in out-of-the-way areas had access to land line phone service.

But I’ve yet to hear the mainstream media big-smiling bimbos and cheery chuckleheads say much about the fact that a federal agency – the FCC – will now have regulatory authority over the Internet (read more here). That is, the FCC will – it now has – the same authority over the Internet that it has over terrestrial radio. Which of course, the FCC destroyed. (Does anyone listen to FM radio anymore?)

Will the FCC destroy the Internet?

Or merely transform it into the online equivalent of NPR?

That is, something boring and expensive that no one listens to?

This business has been a long time brewing. An ear-whisperer to El Jefe Obama named Cass Sunstein has for years advocated an online version of the so-called “Fairness Doctrine.” (Read his book, On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done). Sunstein once wrote that “… limitless individual choices, with respect to communications, is not necessarily in the interest of citizenship and self-government.”ungood pic

Hence individual choices must be limited by government.

The Fairness Doctrine as applied to the Net would require that any web site publishing material that could be construed as expressing an opinion would also have to publish contrary or opposing opinions.

Thus, if I write an article criticizing Tesla’s fleecing of the masses for the benefit of millionaires and near-millionaires (as well as billionaires such as Elon Musk, Tesla’s honcho) I would, under this doctrine, be required – that is, forced – to give space to rebuttals and “alternative views.” Failure to do so would trigger gathering-in-strength repercussions beginning with letters insisting on compliance with “the law” to fines (increasingly onerous) meant to either shut me up or – over time – achieve the same by attrition.

Result? Either it will become financially untenable to maintain the site or it will become so onerous, so annoying, to be constantly harassed by the FCC that I (and others in the same position) will simply give up.blocked

Which is precisely what’s wanted.

To stifle.

Jefferson once wrote that to compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves or abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Indeed.

But Cass Sunstein – and Barack Obama – beg to differ. They believe you have a positive obligation to furnish funds – and more! – for the propagation of ideas you disbelieve and abhor. It’s not just having tax money taken out of your hide to fund NPR this time. It is also (if you’re a web publisher, like me) being forced to provide the venue, too. As publisher of EPautos.com I pay a couple hundred bills each month for servers and I had to pay someone to build the site and there is the small matter of the time and effort (years) I put into building its audience… all of which must now be handed over to people who take issue with my views so that they have an “opportunity” (at my expense) to voice their contrary opinions. Every web publisher, large and small, is facing the same hideous prospect… notwithstanding that old-timey 18th Century nonsense about freedom of speech.Jefferson pic

The last thing it’ll be is free henceforth.

What’s particularly egregious about this whole business is that the one semi-sane argument used by the FCC and “fairness doctrine” advocates to justify their red, white and blue Stalinism over the airwaves – the limited number of slots (so to speak) on the radio dial – manifestly does not apply to the Internet. Like the universe, the web is effectively without limit in terms of the number of URLs that can be created. No one is denied the opportunity to broadcast. No one’s contrary views are muzzled. There are web sites out there catering to literally every imaginable interest, opinion and agenda. In a way that terrestrial radio never could be, the Internet playing field is flat-earth level. Anyone can give it a go. If Tesla – and fans of the perpetually “just around the corner” breakthrough in battery design that will make electric cars functionally and economically viable – resent my rantings, nothing is standing in the way of their countering my rants on their turf.

But that’s not the problem. The problem is contrary ideas (those contrary to the ideas of the Sunsteinians out there) are spreading. This is why the frantic push – by fiat, it’s important to point out – to give FCC “decider” authority over the Net.  then you win

But, all in all, I find this business encouraging rather than discouraging. Here’s why: They – the Cass Sunsteins and Barack Obamas – are losing the debate. Which is why they are trying to to stop the debate. It’s too late for that. Just as it was too late when the Catholic Church tried to stomp the spread of post-Gutenberg ideas about the Bible.

There is a saying: First, they ignore you. Then the mock you. Then they fight you.

Then, you win.

We are now entering the final stage. Take heart. Our enemies are cowards and thugs. Such people may prevail for awhile, but never for very long.

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  1. Elon Musk the Pig Fucker comes out of the totalitarian closet and openly announces his advocacy of forced gay orgies of bureaucracy and full spectrum mass consumer buttfuckery.
    – – –

    Elon Musk: In the future, human-driven cars may be illegal

    NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and Tesla CEO Elon Musk at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, Tuesday, March 17, 2015.IMAGE: NVIDIA

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — The days of humans driving their own cars are numbered, according to Elon Musk.

    The reason, he said, is advances in sensor and software technology will eventually make cars’ onboard computers safer and better drivers than humans wielding “two-ton death machines.” The Tesla CEO shared his thoughts on the future of self-driving vehicles during the keynote presentation at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, where he appeared onstage with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.

    “In the distant future,” he said, “They may outlaw driven cars because they’re too dangerous.” [he cackled with evil glee while viciously gnawing on a half-eaten recently aborted human fetus]

    This future is not actually as far off as you might think, Musk said, adding that he considers autonomous vehicles to be a “solved problem” and that the larger issue is making the software and hardware reliable enough to conform to safety standards that regulators will expect. He predicted regulators won’t come on board until at least two to three years after self-driving cars become safer than human-driven ones.

    “Autonomy is about what level of reliability and safety do you want,” Musk said. Part of that safety is ensuring the security of self-driving cars. While something like an onboard infotainment system may be hackable, Musk said it’s important that elements like the steering wheel and braking system are secured separately and have controls that allows drivers to take control if necessary.

    Tesla, known now for its electric vehicles, will be the leader in the future self-driving car industry, the CEO said.

    Musk told Huang he believes NVIDIA’s work will be a “big enabler” for Tesla’s efforts. Huang revealed more details about Drive PX, the company’s developer platform for self-driving cars first revealed in January. Drive PX will be available to “automakers, Tier 1 automotive suppliers and research institutions” in May for $10,000.

    The event comes just days after Musk teased an upcoming announcement that would ends Tesla owners’ “range anxiety.” The update, slated for Thursday, will come in the form of a new software update to Tesla owners, but Musk declined to provide further details Tuesday.

    Musk later clarified his comments on Twitter, after Tuesday’s event. [adding that you will all be assimilated. and that resistance is futile.]

    http://mashable.com/2015/03/17/elon-musk-nvidia/

      • Husband, father, radio host, writer, seeker of truth. Southern Utah. Bryan Hide.

        Anyone who pursues a liberal arts education wonders what the ultimate pay off for their sacrifice will look like. Mine was losing my job.

        Allow me to explain.

        I’m Not A Risk-Taker

        Five years ago I took the one of the biggest gambles of my life.

        Within the space of 6 months, I resigned from two full-time radio jobs, moved my family to Cedar City, Utah and enrolled as a full time student at an unaccredited school.

        Getting Downsized Was My Reward. The White Rose Society. “Someone, after all, had to make a start”

        The Bryan Hyde Blog. Philosophical ammunition for defenders of freedom.
        https://bryanphyde.wordpress.com/

          • The White Clover Society – A lesson in dissent.

            Today, every American, German, Swiss United Spaces, and UK Commonwealth of Nations Member knows the story of The White Clover.

            A square at Hunter Thompson University in Roanoke is named after Larken Rose, Kent McManigal, Josie Outlaw, Marc Stevens, Eric Peters and the rest of the Decent Dozen. And there are streets, squares, and schools all over New Switzerland named for the members of The White Clover.

            The freie Menschen movie The White Clover is now found in video stores throughout the world and in Galtarian Enclaves in Germany and the United States.

            In the vogue words of the time, these pioneers and their friends represented the “other” America, the land of poets, mechanics, and thinkers, in contrast to the America that was reverting to barbarism and trying to take the world with it.

            What they were and what they did would have been “other” in any society at any time. What they did transcended the easy division of good-American/bad-American and lifted them above the nationalism of time-bound events. Their actions made them enduring symbols of the struggle, universal and timeless, for the freedom of the human spirit wherever and whenever it is threatened.

  2. WCBU 89.9 FM Peoria Bradley Univ Classical/News & Information
    WVIK 90.3 FM Rock Island Augustana College Classical/NPR
    WNIU 90.5 FM Rockford Northern Illinois Univ Classical
    WILL-FM 90.9 FM Urbana Board of Trustees of Univ of Illinois Classical
    WKCC 91.1 FM Kankakee Kankakee Community College Classical
    WFMT 98.7 FM Chicago Window to the World Communications Classical

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_radio_stations_in_Illinois

    Without Govt imposed scarcity, there would be vastly more broadcast offerings for the 13 million residents of Illinois

    Partial list of pirate radio stations in the US
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_radio_in_North_America#Partial_list_of_pirate_radio_stations_in_the_United_States

    • Tor, college stations are typically very low wattage and around here cannot be picked up much further than the campus from which they are broadcast from.

  3. I used to hate “Just Imagine”till I turned the conservative filter down a little in my addled brain.Its sad but true how many people have died for intangibles,my favorite thing to say to my Church friends is,”Be nice if Micheal or Gabriel,had a office were you could go meet with them” I have firm belief in God and know that one I will get to see Him,but I am sorely disappointed in the people who work for Him.If we believe in “Divine Right” and” Emminent Domain” what would stop us from trampling others?Wouldnt the World be a better place if we took responsibility for our own actions,rather then believing in a Divine Mandate or a Boogeyman?Like I have said earlier about the evidence of past advanced civilizations,If we cant learn and evolve,we are doomed.

  4. The equal-time rule specifies that U.S. radio and television broadcast stations must provide an equivalent opportunity to any opposing political candidates who request it. This means, for example, that if a station gives one free minute to a candidate in prime time, it must do the same for another candidate who requests it.

    The equal-time rule was created because the FCC thought the stations could easily manipulate the outcome of elections by presenting just one point of view, and excluding other candidates. It should not be confused with the now-defunct Fairness Doctrine, which dealt with presenting balanced points of view on matters of public importance.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal-time_rule

    Talk shows and other regular news programming from syndicators, are also declared exempt from the rule by the FCC on a case-by-case basis.

    • the equal time rule is the reason Fred Grandy – aka Gopher from the Love Boat – dropped his Congressional bid in Iowa. Any time a TV station ran a rerun, his opponents demanded equal time.

      • Grandy’s political interests preceded his acting career. In high school, he was the roommate of David Eisenhower (grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower) at Phillips Exeter Academy and later was best man at Eisenhower’s wedding to Julie Nixon. He served as a speechwriter for Iowa Congressman Wiley Mayne.

        Grandy, a Republican, won the election to an Iowa United States House of Representatives seat in 1986 by 3,000 votes. He tried to distance himself from his acting career while in office, yet in an interview admitted: “If there were no Gopher, there would be no Fred Grandy for Congress.”

        During his four terms in Congress, he served on a variety of committees, including Ways and Means, Agriculture, Standards of Official Conduct, and Education and the Workforce.

        In 1994, he entered the Republican primary race for Governor of Iowa against incumbent Terry Branstad; he lost the election by 4 percentage points.

        Post-Congressional career
        Grandy later served as President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International from 1995–2000. He became a political commentator for National Public Radio and served as a visiting professor teaching a course on non-profit organizations at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park.

        From 2003 to 2010, Grandy and radio veteran Andy Parks were the hosts of The Grandy & Andy Morning Show, a conservative radio talk show on 630 WMAL in Washington, D.C.. In May 2010, the program was reconfigured and was afterward called The Grandy Group. He left the radio station in 2011

        Grandy was the host of a show on Retirement Living TV called Daily Cafe (with MSNBC anchor Alex Witt).

        He has been a Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs at the Washington-based Center for Security Policy, developing and managing projects on domestic terrorism and counter intelligence.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Grandy#Political_career

        Gopher resigns from WMAL radio show after being told to keep quiet about radical islam
        http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/05/ex-rep-gopher-leaves-radio-pressure-islam-comments/

    • That “artificial” scarcity* you speak of is what justifies the equal-time rules. Of course There is a minor technical argument in favor of regulation of the airwaves. By keeping tight control over the availability of bandwidth, the government has to make sure it is being used “fairly.” The solution, of course is to treat it like real estate, although as anyone who lives under an HOA, that’s no guarantee you can do whatever you want…

      https://mises.org/library/spectrum-should-be-private-property-economics-history-and-future-wireless-technology

      However, once established, a “natural monopoly” is likely to develop, as it is much easier for a company who has installed all the equipment to deliver signals on one frequency should have no problem incrementally adding frequencies, as opposed to a new entrant who will need to recreate all the existing infrastructure. It’s a tough problem, and I can’t say I have an effective argument. But in the case of a wired, closed, private network, there’s no reason for governmental intervention in any way.

      *There is a finite amount of useful bandwidth, and technology drives the minimum amount necessary for effective communications. What we are seeing today is a massive change in technology creating more bandwidth and also making better use of it at the same time, but it is still very much a finite resource. Hence the quotes around the word artificial.

      • RE: ‘artificial’ scarcity – remember a few years ago when, lo and behold, the portion of the spectrum used for broadcast TV was suddenly found to be able to host 3 or more channels in the bandwidth previously used for each one. So what did the FCC do, auction off the newly available ‘space’? No, they let the existing licensees expand into the space that had previously been reserved for them as needed.
        Gunvermin always favors the status quo. And vise versa.

  5. The reason for net neutrality is because Hollywood is scared to death that what happened to music and newspapers will happen to video, and they’ll do whatever is necessary to prevent it. The big media conglomerates did a fantastic job of convincing the public it was in their best interest to support regulation that wasn’t needed (or even understood). It wasn’t that long ago that any discussion of regulation was met with a hostile response from the digital media. These days they’re all in, mostly because they know how easy it is for new content to take over.

    Think of newspapers and what they were like even just 20 years ago. When your local paper upgraded their presses to allow for color pictures every day it was a big deal. Sunday morning was spent reading the paper, cover to cover, looking for whatever nugget of interest could hold your attention. Thanksgiving day meant eating, watching fooooottbahl and planning the attack for “bargains” on black Friday.

    Remember radio? Remember when a new album from your favorite band was released? The DJs would announce when they’d be playing the new single -exclusively on WDVE! (if you grew up near Pittsburgh), usually on a Friday during afternoon drive time, so you could head to the mall and pick up the new album on the way home.

    All that’s gone now. But television is hanging on. They learned the lesson the other media didn’t, and so far are managing to keep control over their content. Now they want laws that will let them to establish massive server systems that will facilitate one-way communications, using bare-minimium thin clients. See, Wall St is also very aware of what happened to the industry and they need some assurance that the same thing won’t happen to TV, since the investment is much greater. Cable TV 3.0 is here. Oh sure, that Chrome TV dongle is super-cheap at $35, but note that you can’t do anything other than consume with it. Consume content that Google allows to pass over it. Oh, they’ll let anyone put content on it, but you’ll have to pay up if you want anyone to actually know about it. Hollywood is happy to pay up, because it’s much cheaper to pay Google and dump content from the datacenter than it ever was to launch satellites and run million-watt transmitters.

    TV on the Internet means running a “stream” of data from the servers to your house. This was necessary a few years ago because of limited bandwidth and memory on end devices. You can see this happening with the little progress bars. Usually there’s a little grey section in front of the cursor. That’s what’s been downloaded (buffered) to your client. If you’re watching on a PC or even a mid-end tablet your client is able to load far more data, and even a full length of a movie can be downloaded in a reasonable time. But if that were to happen, Hollywood would lose control over the file. Much of the debate over Net Neutrality has been centered around “fast lanes” and other gibberish. The reality is that the network was built to move packets, as efficiently as possible, from point A to point Z, then release the line for the next user’s packet, and so on. There’s plenty of bandwidth available today with little/no need for restrictive data rate shaping. ISPs constantly upgrade their networks to handle the constant growth in traffic. Yes, there is some packet prioritization for low-latency applications like phone calls (and 911 calls are prioritized over most other traffic), but that’s a technological, not a business reason. They might not upgrade networks at a pace the 20% of hard core digital users want, but for the other 80% of subscribers it seems to work well enough.

    Streaming video is more like circuit switching, where a connection is held between two points, with a set amount of bandwidth allocated, for the duration. It is NOT an efficient way to transfer data, but it does make it easy to build dumb terminal clients for consumption, and creates a system that is slightly more secure than sending complete files to clients. Instead of slowing down during peak times, the streams just buffer until enough packets get through. ISPs have had to design their networks for peak traffic, instead of average traffic and minor slowdowns during peak times. This raises CAPEX spending, lowers profits and makes Wall St nervous.

    But get the FCC to regulate and you’re sure to make everyone happy. Hollywood gets to define “lawful content.” Wall Street gets markets that have built in barriers to entry. ISPs get a standard business model and the ability to blame the regulators for blocking advancements. The poor innovator loses, but big business doesn’t want him around anyway, threatening their business and all that. Of course the public also loses in never knowing what might have been, but at least they’ll get to watch TV on their iPads.

    Enjoy your VT-100.

  6. Good post from the New Yorker re: Legaize Pot and Criminalize Congress –
    http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/americans-favor-legalizing-pot-and-criminalizing-congress
    They talk about how 10, 20, 30 years of ‘service’ affects the brain, and how Congress is a ‘gateway’ office often leading to running for President. Then they call it satire. But I’ve seen it – when I was living in Texas, I voted for Dick Armey when he first went to DC. Before that he was an economist and teacher. Same for Phil Gramm in the Senate (thought I voted for Ron Paul in the primary that year – 1984).

    • That’s what Eric could do. Just use the satire disclaimer on his posts.

      Elon Musk is a “pigfucker” that’s why I “hate” him. “just kidding”. The breakthrough in battery technology is “just around the corner” that will make Tesla legitimate. Who would believe that, other than dumbshit’s like clover? Just kidding clover, we love your dumbass. “Seriously, kidding”. Your not a stupid lying sack of shit clover. We love you. scouts honor.

      Clover will take full advantage of equal time. Maybe there could be “clover corner” right here on the site. Clover could post counter arguments to Eric’s. I’m sure clover would agree. That would satisfy the equal time issue. An d clover would do a damn fine job as always, I’m sure. The FCC would probably take it easy on Eric. They’d say “look, EPautos is letting a retard post. Good for him. What a nice guy”. Just kidding though clover. Your not retarded. I “could care less” what they say about you. You’re top notch in my book.

      • Can we not handle real freedom?But what the gov’t doesnt understand is that good neighbors and Darwin will take care of a lot of the percieved problems,I think the FCC blows,because of thier SA resrictions et al; If somebody keeps walking all over some others in the airwaves ,sooner or later they are in jeopardy,problem solved,I do not like a lot about the FAA either,If I crack up a small plane,I do not want a State Storm Trooper giving me the third degree(have you noticed that the government has almost made it impossible for someone of fairly modest means to own a high performance aircraft and boy the govt is hogging supersonic for itself(the more freedom we have,the harder we are to control(how about the attempted ban on the 50 cal? and the effort to keep the best body armour out of the hands of the public?.Just watch now when Clover gets control of the internet,bye,bye internetno more tax breaks and we will directly be paying for most content,not to mention the value added taxes on formely free transactions(excuse Me I’m on the verge of Hurling.I’m not mad at Tesla these technologies have a future place,but,(the big but) there are some things that are just not suitable for battery tech(I dont care that the tesla will hand a hellcat its lunch on takeoff)I just dont see anyway for battery power to haul 30 tons cross country without frequent stops and I dont think you will power a D11 on Li ion batteries,some things are just done better with petrol.
        Ostracize me if you will though,I do believe hybrids have a place in the future scheme of things,currently I’m lusting after a Raven hybrid combo ATV-riding mower,its very capable and though its expensive,its cheaper then a similarly capable pure electric rider.So each to His own,but Gov’t”Lead.Follow or get out of the way” And I say emphaticly”Get out of the way”Give us a chance we will ,prosper-dont level the playing field because we are doing alright,level the playing field to allow us to climb to your level,we have worked for it.

        • If the government got out of the way, Tesla would be done tomorrow.

          The only way Tesla will be “feasible”(not really)is if they change batteries at stations all the way down the freeway on trips–an idea that has actually been thrown around.

          I agree that electrics aren’t good for trucks and construction equipment. I have an excavation business along with my taxi business. If batteries aren’t good for cars, even with the government pumping hundreds of millions into the technology, they sure as hell aren’t going to work for trucks and equipment. Hell, pickups are out of the picture.

          You aren’t going to be banished, Kevin. If clover isn’t banished, why would you be?

          The belief that government can or will level the playing field never was and never will be.

          • ancap, how many loads of batteries does it take to operate that new excavator you have?

            I’m constantly at one building site or another. It’s amazing the huge electrical feeds required when building something and then take out all that temp stuff and run the really big stuff in when finished or near finished. Everything is running #2 fuel oil up to that point and most will continue as long as it’s on site. If you had sites close enough together and enough of them, then electric rail service would ostensibly work(you see I’m just trying to imagine this as I go along)for some things such as regular supplies as well as personnel if the personnel lived close to the rail facility. So now we’re back to the way things were 100 years ago when electric trains did service close communities and were replaced by private vehicles once people were further apart. The govt. tried during the 30’s to get rural people into towns with the govt. dole, and were successful to a large degree but so many where I grew up and lived on a farm said they only heard about the recession and didn’t much realize the effects since the entire reason for small farms was self-sustainability for an entire family, maybe the extended family. I’ve seen lots of Sears gasoline washing machines in my day and Westinghouse ice boxes when somebody finally had a local ice house and delivery service.

            I know a great many libertarians lament the REA but I’d still be without reliable power without it. In Tx. and I suppose other states, you have a choice of power provider which I see as more govt. oversight since some specific power company built certain parts of the grid. I get the questionnaire every year and I can check any power provider I like but to this day there’s still only one that serves me. It’s a consumer owned coop that works well. I know of any other company that provides power at a rate as cheaply as we get it. Now that most(and it’s certainly not a given you have power out here where I live)have power, it’s easy to second guess HOW power should have been provided 80 years ago but so far, no one has come up with a solution that would have provided power to this area. There were large corporations that provided the actual electricity and built the infrastructure to get it to communities but that was only a fraction of the people in all these rural counties in Tx. Without help to bring electricity to the rural farms, I’m still rural enough that I’d fairly much be in the dark most of the time.

            Some people, wealthier than nearly everyone else, could provide some power with wind generation and later with available natural gas generators if you have it on your land. There is no big push by the large electric providers to take over the rural parts now since it’s not really worthwhile and would merely drive prices up for everyone. I sometimes wonder if the rural providers wouldn’t now be able to get competitive loans to keep rural people in power but i’d bet it would be extremely expensive and once again, rival personal electrical production in price. The greenies probably like this idea. I’m sure they’d like to see us move to a town and ride a bike or walk……but they’ll have to pry my Duramax out of my cold, dead hands first….ha ha. No doubt this will come about if people don’t wise up to TPTB who want the same thing to some extent. Then again, the banking industry is almost solely dependent on car loans right now and has returned to the bad loan making that we had in ’06 and we all remember how that worked out. Now where did I put my Hil in ’16 bumper sticker? She’ll fix me up real good without a doubt.

            • Eight,

              It takes 4 batteries to power my biggest excavator. It’s an 05 330 Cat. That “around the corner technology” sure as hell will never power an excavator. The best batteries do is supplement power steering and things like that on massive mining trucks. The secret being that it works like a hybrid car……except the batteries on equipment actually are economically viable, unlike hybrids so far.

              How much diesel is burning for the cigafactory? A hell of a lot, I’m sure.

    • PtB, I found it difficult to believe anyone with a brain, or a thinking brain, could take Phil seriously once he’d open his convincingly stupid mouth. I would have voted for Tammy Faye given the choice. Like the Shrub, she knew what she did by what her “gut” told her. Phil tried to give reasons, shoulda just spilled his guts…..but it was others guts he was intending to spill. And now the real War Party is beating the MSM drums. The Dems continue to read the playbook the Shrub left lying out when they left……accidentally…..of course….wink wink, nod nod

  7. If you ignore authorities and consider only technology there is no scarcity or limits for broadcasting and communication operations. There’s whole new worlds to discover and create within.

    What we call the internet could just as easily be broadcast in the AM FM VHF and other frequencies. We could all transmit and receive to each other in an infinite variety of protocols and modes of our choosing. We can multiply ourselves in this new low density transparent world that is all around us.

    We could even broadcast at the same frequencies and protocols of our brainwaves. We can create a biological internet and communicate with each other and other forms of life.

    Everything that is proprietary could potentially be made free and open source. It doesn’t have to be the binary narrative of capitalism and communism. Us and them. Mine and yours. Whoever insists on not being a part can be left in peace.

    But there are many who are willing to try and to share and break new ground. Explore new territories. Wikipedia and IRC chat can expand to be real places of Wikilandia and IRC think, feel, and experience. Mind control can be an individual, non-collective market with spontaneous disorder and total creative freedom.

    A world of unlimited riches is already here. A walkie talkie could have a touchscreen and multiband transmitter and receiver. Meld it with your sail fawn and your keyless ignition fob and garage door opener.
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/ElectromagneticSpectrum-Radio-VHF-FM.png

    Your remote control could be modified to start your car and access all the diagnostics and electronic parameters. Think of the John Lennon song Imagine. You could lose your fear of the government. Lose your fear of the
    loss of YOUR things, because all that could be taken is a replica.

    There’s a whole universe available. Where beings and objects exist at whatever the density of radio waves is. And all the other spectral waves and matter. There’s a whole new life to be lived there. In much the same way there’s a whole universe of life in the oceans.

    These proto-universes can be liberated and brought to fruition. There’s also a high density mechanical universe of machinery and industrialization. A universe of nuclear energy and super dense uranium and other slow fissioning high density metals.

    The human body exists at a density of 1.06 kg/m^3 on average. Another way to say this is we exist as matter being continually broadcast at 1.06 kg/m^3. We’re not the same transmission from years ago. Every cell of us has been reformed and rebroadcast several times over since our birth. There are all manner of alternate universes at different densities all around us existing simultaneously

    For now, we die when our telomeres become too short, and we can’t make a new copy of our cells. That is why we degrade and die. We become unable to broadcast ourselves any longer. But that is something we can change.

    Instead of the strict separation of current broadcasts. We can find a way to create living broadcasts that continue to be a part of us. For now we broadcast in alpha waves mainly, which are neural oscillations in the frequency range of 7.5–12.5 Hz arising from synchronous and coherent electrical activity of thalamic pacemaker cells in our brain and gut neurons.

    Certainly we can hack ourselves. Train ourselves. Create bio-communicative interfaces with ourselves. We will develop a biological internet soon that will open all kinds of new realms.

    We can continue in our mission to hate the state and never submit. Yet all the while open ourselves to emerging possibilities and brave new worlds where the tyrants do not reign.

    Everything we now no can be overwritten in a single generation. We have the power to change the world, if we only survive, become fruitful, and multiply. All the clovers and jackboots have a limited number of cell divisions still available to them. They’ll come to the end of their telomeres, and then perish. And everything they forced on us can be forgotten. We can replace it all with whatever we can imagine and provide.

    We can finally begin what Wozniak and Jobs implied in that 1984 superbowl ad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zfqw8nhUwA

    There is no need to fear ideas or change, if only we master ourselves and those we surround ourselves. From that mastery outward, can flow a mastery of the universe and principles of creation without limit.

    We need not kill each other over our own proprietary gathered sticks like so many savages. Rather we can learn how is a tree broadcast into the spectrum perceivable by our senses. How do we imagine and then grow a living broadcast of the infinity of trees of our own imaginations. Trees that can then be harvested for as many sticks as we should desire.

  8. It’s worse that being forced to publish contrary opinions, the fairness doctrine assumes there are only two sides. The sides of the 3×5 card of acceptable thought. In reality there are infinite opinions but the government wants that narrowed to two options that are very acceptable to it.

      • of course, everything I see, everyone I talk to, well you’re either D or R… and that’s who represents you. What a steaming pile.

        I guess that’s life on earth. A very narrow spectrum of awareness in everything.

      • Demlicans and Repubocrats – what’s the difference? One will say “you can have your corporate welfare as long as you let us have personal welfare” and the other flips it back.
        BTW, I just realized the AGW doesn’t only stand for anthropogenic global warming – it also stands for “Al Gore Wants _____” just fill in the blank.

  9. Here’s another good one from Mencken –
    “All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both. One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its prerogatives. The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.”

  10. “There is a saying: First, they ignore you. Then the mock you. Then they fight you”

    But “they” didn’t have ABSOLUTE power back then. They have near-perfect surveillance and tracking….They can destroy and murder on whim and with near-perfect precision. We have provided the money counterfeiter/political psychopath class with super technology…We sold them the rope they will use to hang us with.

    They win. Prepare for their 1000 year Reich. It will be like having a boot on your face – forever.

  11. NPR is for retarded and entitled liberal public school monkey-children brats. I bet the Internet will move in that direction. Doesn’t “A Law” require a Congressional vote? Huh. I thought only Congress could vote to steal the Internet.

    • I do listen to NPR, because I enjoy Classical music. We have 2 in the area, 1 in DC and 1 in B’more. There used to be a commercial station too, but they couldn’t compete w/the tax subsidized stations.

      • Phillip, speaking of listening to radio, did you ever catch Ron Smith on WBAL? He had, imo, the best political talk show anywhere…far better than any of the nationally syndicated ones. Sadly, Ron passed away from pancreatic cancer at far too young an age a couple of years ago.

        • MiS – no, I never happened to catch him, though I have heard good things about him. I listen to AM radio only for traffic reports.

      • We used to have a commercial classical station here in Chicago too. Way better then the NPR station, all music, no politics. They REFUSED recorded ads, all ads were read from copy by the stations hosts. Very classy, low key. But run on a tiny amount of money. They held out a long time (it was owned by a family rather then a corporation). But when the older generation passed on, the new generation couldn’t afford to keep on. Like many family businesses, the death tax also means the death of the business.

        • There used to be two classical stations for the chicago area. Both were pretty similar. Now I think there is one. Anyway it’s the station on my alarm. Works just like you describe. I don’t know their ownership condition they do pledge drives from time to time. At least someone told the morning guy to stop playing marches in the morning. I was about to go back to a beeping alarm.

          • Yeah, your waking to WFMT most likely, the public station, and they did take some cues from the station I am referring too, the late WNIB (1955-2001).

            Even though WFMT was (is) better known nationwide, WNIB was the ratings leader in classical music the majority of the time, during its last two decades. It was far more approachable, and less snobby then WFMT. It was run by a family with a tiny staff, the station owner was also the station engineer. Due to that tight fiscal management, the station managed to last until the 21st century. It was a quirky station that you won’t ever see again, at least in a major market. Sometimes you would hear one of the resident studio dogs barking in the background (they had cats and dogs living at the studio), yes, really.

    • That’s the plan, Jason.

      I won’t play ball, if it comes to that. I’d rather burn the whole thing down. For hate’s sake.

      • That’s what lavabit.com did. They use to be my primary mail provider. Edaard Snowdens too! They closed down and encryptly wiled the data from their servers rather than turn it over tk the goons at the NSA. I was pretty impressed and proud of the owners even though it inconvenienced me mightily. Let’s hope you won’t be faced with that dilemma any time soon.

        David Ward
        Guitarman6052
        Memphis, Tennessee

      • Eric, et al,

        I’m on the fence between some degree of hope that this whole thing will come crashing down soon and cynicism that based on the brainwashing of the populace, the hoi polloi will simply and meekly submit to whatever the GiP (goons in power) rain down upon them. There is absolutely no hope that the larger populace will ever develop any intellectual understanding of what’s going on in the USSA. Public schooling has rendered the overwhelming majority neutered when it comes to critical thinking….hell, even basic math.

        This latest chapter, in which the FCC just decided behind closed doors that it has the power to regulate the internet as a “public utility” just demonstrates how far from “consent of the governed” the ferals have deviated. Interestingly, a lot of the leftists in the tech world also oppose this madness. This is yet another example of bureaucrats just creating law from thin air on a whim. That people are more interested in sports in the USSA than opposing such egregious tyranny gives me no hope. This system was rotten from the start and thus no “reform” was ever possible. Well, pass the non-gluten snacks, it’s going to be one hell of a show..

        P.S. – Eric, you can consider hosting your website overseas. I sure as hell would. You probably don’t need a dedicated server and in any case, it should not cost hundreds of dollars a month.

    • I know some here don’t care for Gary North, but he says that so little of the WWW is located inside the USSA that the FCC has very little authority. There will be some inconvenience as those who don’t want to comply move to ‘offshore’ servers. The real losers will be the domestic servers who lose customers.

      • You forget, the goons of the united States Government claim their jurisdiction is the entire world. After all the shutdown New Zealand based Megaupload.com or was that Megadownload.com? Any you get the point.

        David Ward
        Guitarman6052
        Memphis, Tennessee

        • Not to mention invasion of Swiss banking.
          And the “nation-building” that’s going on around the world… (Actually, chaos creation, as we all know. “…Remind them why they NEED US!” – Chancellor Sutler, V for Vendetta.)

          Speaking of V? Did anyone else see that there was a law passed, that THEY said would not apply to legitimate protests, will now result in a 10-year prison sentence? Canadian law – but Canada is just the 51st state anyway… 😛

          http://rt.com/news/canadians-ten-years-protesting-masks-965/

          Note the twist of phrase, “unlawful assembly.” And the discretion of the Pigs to determine WHEN the assembly becomes unlawful.
          Sounds like the intent is to remove any opposition.

          Add in the “black sites” known to exist (chicago is the big one right now) – the writing is f*cking BRIGHT FLASHING NEON LIGHTS, but no one wants to see.
          http://www.thedailysheeple.com/shock-report-domestic-black-sites-now-operational-when-you-go-in-no-one-knows-whats-happened-to-you_032015

          Obviously, it’s not the only one, given what we know of the NDAA.

          I can’t udnerstand why no one will actually start DEALING with the problems. They are human, they can be smushed with a car, easily… (For example; I prefer fire to cars.)

          • More totalitarian bullshit.

            These laws don’t really matter anyway. Look at the G20 Toronto fiasco. People were detained and arrested for violation of laws THAT DID NOT EXIST. Repercussions, none.

            Oh, BTW, this is The Great White North. Four months out of the year, you keep your face covered to prevent frostbite.

            • Me2, people were assaulted and detained who were merely going about their business during the ’04 Republican convention. Nothing happened, no outrage since the MSM is bought and paid for. I knew it was a done deal then and spent the next several years telling people that was a major turning point, even worse than Chicago in ’68. I was shouted down by Republican statists who now claim to be Libertarians but their email belies their claims. I’m amazed they can’t see it but they couldn’t see it back in ’68 so why would I think that? I’ve been waiting for people to catch on for 50 years…..no sign yet of it happening.

              • yes, I remember hearing about the ‘Free Speech Zones’ at W’s appearances duing the 04 campaign. And thinking “according to the 1st Amendment, anywhere within the US is a free speech zone.”

          • I like fire that’s controlled, preferably the type that is very brief but powerful and can move other objects. As my wife so succinctly said “What so great about 2,000 rpm, that’s not fast”. Hon, that’s rounds per minute….not revolutions, although we can hope they lead to that.

              • PtB, “Puff” was the nickname of C-47’s with side firing mini-guns, 7.62mm electric Gatling guns that operated off a two-speed motor delivering either 3,000 rpm or twice that. Those old planes were slow and perfect for the job. The Vietnamese are very superstitious and word spread of “Puff the Magic Dragon”. Being camo’d and sporting no lights, it(the fire from 3 mini-guns) appeared as a dragon’s breath of red fire. They instantly stopped many firefights. 18000 rpm is devastating regardless of who was being targeted. They could only fire 3 second bursts before causing the plane to get off-target. In one engagement, the pilot wiped out an entire battalion of VC, 400 bodies counted the next day.

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