“Game of Thrones” is the perfect show for the Internet. It’s based on a mega-popular book beloved by fantasy and non-fantasy nerds alike. It’s bloody (decapitations!), thrilling (sword fights!), sexy (boobs!), and endlessly GIF-able (Joffrey slaps! Dragons!). And millions of people are…
It’s not the money.. sorta.
It’s about not wanting to subsidize 300 shitty channels just to be able to watch one or two HBO shows.
“I understand if people want to let the teachings of Jesus guide their life, especially since most of the Jesusy parts of the bible are just good advice. It’s impossible to misconstrue the actual tenets of Christianity (doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, turning the other cheek, etc.) as a license to persecute homosexuals; The only way you can religiously-motivate your prejudice is by reading the tea leaves in the bible’s flavor text. And if you’re justifying your actions with the mythological parts of the bible, you are a crazy person.”—
“U.S. Senate Republicans blocked Democrats’ proposal to cover the cost of a one-year freeze in government student loan interest rates by requiring some professional services firms to pay withholding taxes on their income.
The Senate, in a 52-45 vote with 60 required, didn’t advance the plan to avert a July 1 increase in college-loan interest rates to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent. No Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure.”—
“There is an underground youth movement that is developing, which we haven’t begun to understand. It’s called the February 14th Youth Movement and, for a long time, the government wouldn’t acknowledge its existence, but it’s there. It’s the youth self-identifying with themselves. Every new social media account on Twitter or Facebook set up by a protester has the movement’s icons, either the Pearl monument, the date February 14th on it, pictures of martyrs, etc. But the new thing is that they are completely anonymous, decentralised, and work in provincial networks across villages.”—
A ruling last month in a lawsuit that an out-of-state beer importer brought against the New York State Liquor Authority has ended a major tax and fee exemption for small brewers in the state, which will cost them millions of dollars in previously-waived costs.
The transparent purpose of this law, which was pushed heavily by industry lobbyists, was to break a public sector union and privatize the mail industry. Before the 2006 act, the postal service did one thing, did it well, and, minus the need to generate profits and bonuses for executives, did it cheaply. It paid for itself and was not a burden to taxpayers.
Post offices also have a huge non-financial impact: In a lot of small towns, the post office is the town, and shutting them down will basically remove the only casual meeting place for people in mountain areas and remote farming villages and so on. Of course, there’s always one Wal-Mart for every dozen or so post offices, so people I guess can drive the extra twenty miles and meet there …
This is a classic example of private-sector lobbyists using the government to protect its profits and keep prices inflated. Sen. Sanders is pushing a bill that would delay the end of Saturday delivery for two years, and prevent a number of post-office closings, but the writing is on the wall, unless there’s a public outcry. So definitely write your congressman and ask him to roll back Bush’s idiotic law, and at least give the Post Office a chance to sink or swim on its own.
Know how to fix the post office?
Charge direct advertisers more for delivering cardpacks.
“Americans have lost control of the government, and governments that are not controlled by the people are not democracies. In America today, Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, and the entire social safety net are threatened by the vociferous desire for war profits by armament plutocrats and by financial institutions determined that ordinary citizens bear the cost of the banksters incompetence and fraud.”—Paul Craig Roberts (via azspot)