Brazil Has To Pause Adoption Of Broadband Usage Caps After Consumers Revolt

It appears to have only taken the better part of the last decade, but we finally appear to be reaching the point where people have finally realized that broadband caps aren’t about managing congestion, they’re about turf protection. Here in the States, companies like Suddenlink, Comcast AT&T and CenturyLink have all rushed toward adopting caps and overage fees as not only a pointed weapon against streaming video competitors like Netflix, but as a nifty way to charge more money than ever for a product that’s actually getting cheaper and cheaper to provide.

 

Source: Brazil Has To Pause Adoption Of Broadband Usage Caps After Consumers Revolt | Techdirt

Greenpeace Publishes Leaked TTIP Documents… Show How Backroom Deals Are Driven By Lobbyists

It’s not too surprising, but it also shows why they’ve worked so hard to keep these documents from being seen by the public. The TTIP agreement was already way behind the TPP agreement, and it’s quite doubtful that a final agreement will be reached before the new US administration is in place, which could result in some pretty massive changes in terms of what the White House is demanding. But, as of right now, the agreement looks like yet another mess where lobbyists try to divvy up the spoils in taking things away from the public.

 

Source: Greenpeace Publishes Leaked TTIP Documents… Show How Backroom Deals Are Driven By Lobbyists | Techdirt

Ted Cruz Pushing Bill Protecting Large ISPs From Competition

We’ve long noted how ISPs have convinced (read: paid) more than twenty states to pass protectionist broadband laws that prohibit towns and cities from improving their own broadband infrastructure. The bills not only saddle community broadband with onerous restrictions to make them less viable, they often even block towns and cities from striking public/private partnerships with companies to improve broadband. Last year, the FCC voted to take aim at two such laws in Tennessee and North Carolina, arguing the laws do little but protect the status quo, hindering the development of alternative broadband delivery options.

The problem for Cruz is that while ISPs have historically tried to frame municipal broadband as a partisan debate to sow discord, that has been less effective over time as public/private efforts from the likes of Google Fiber or Tucows have highlighted the need for some bigger picture thinking. The majority of such networks are now being built in more Conservative leaning areas, and the idea of municipal broadband tends to have broad, bipartisan support. Apparently, disdain for duopoly apathy and high prices is one of the few things most Americans can agree on.

As such, rushing to defend giant telecom providers from competition doesn’t seem like the brightest bet for somebody trying to win hearts and minds ahead of a national election.

Source: Ted Cruz Pushing Bill Protecting Large ISPs From Competition | Techdirt

We Don’t Need An ISIS Strategy, Stop The Money Flow

America’s Top General, Look at his face. Frigging Tired Of The Bullshit.

What ya want to bet Trump fixes this with stopping the money flow?

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Top US defense officials faced Senators in an attempt to justify their strategy against Islamic State that relies on arming local forces, help from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and some US troops on the ground. Many lawmakers didn’t find it very convincing.

Source: ‘Hope is not a strategy’: Pentagon chief struggles to sell ISIS plan in Senate — RT America

Ethics Commission lacking in DC

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that it joined a coalition of ethics groups from across the political spectrum in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) asking him to appoint a new co-chair of the Office of Congressional Ethics to replace former co-chair Porter Goss (R-FL), who stepped down in April, 2015.

The letter states:

By naming a replacement, you will send a needed signal that you support the Office and that you are committed, as the institutional leader of the House of Representatives, to continuing the Office in the next Congress…No more time should pass without a new Co-Chair.

The letter is signed by Judicial Watch, the Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Demand Progress, Democracy 21, Issue One, National Legal and Policy Center, National Taxpayers Union, Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) and Public Citizen.

 

Source: Judicial Watch Joins Coalition Asking Paul Ryan to Appoint Ethics Office Chairman Leadership Position Unfilled for Over One Year – Judicial Watch

SWAT Raids Family, Terrorizes Disabled Woman-Whoops, Wrong House

Philadelphia, PA – Police apologized on Wednesday after raiding an innocent family’s home and traumatizing a disabled woman who nearly fell down the stairs. Touted as “innovative” and “state-of-the-art,” the Real Time Crime Center mistakenly directed officers to the wrong house and another botched raid.

Around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, cops suddenly broke down the Jardine family’s door and raided their home while holding them at gunpoint. Despite the fact that the family had committed no crime, officers ordered them out of their rooms and placed them in handcuffs during the middle of the night.

“I’m coming out of the shower, and there’s a Pump Action Rifle to my chest,” Angel Jardine told WPVI. “He’s just like, ‘Put your hands up.’ Rifle in my chest, and I’m like, ‘Whoa.’”

Physically impaired after an ex-boyfriend shot her in the head, forty-eight-year-old Ronik Jardine had been asleep in her bed when the cops woke her up and immediately ordered her out of the room.

“He said, ‘Go down the steps. Go down the steps now.’ I said, ‘Officer, I’m handicap.’” recalled Ronik Jardine. “He still didn’t care that I was handicap. They almost made me fall down the steps.”

After taking some family members into custody and interrogating them, the police concluded they had raided the wrong residence and apologized. According to Michael Jardine, an officer told him that it was a case of mistaken identity and offered to give them a ride back home.

“I just still feel like it shouldn’t have never gotten that far, you coming in our house drawing guns,” said Michael Jardine.

Ironically, the police claim they were searching for armed suspects committing violent home invasions when the cops mistakenly broke down the Jardine’s door. Described as “an innovative unit that provides real time analytical and investigative support to the Philadelphia Police Department,” the Real Time Crime Center reportedly reviewed surveillance video that led the heavily armed officers into raiding the wrong home.

On the Philadelphia Police Department’s website, they boast, “Video feeds from city of Philadelphia, SEPTA, and independent businesses cameras are available for monitoring around the clock, by staff in the Real Time Crime Center.”

Equipped with disturbingly Orwellian technology, the police still managed to raid the wrong home and terrify an innocent family in the middle of the night at gunpoint.

“I’m scared of guns,” Ronik Jardine told WPVI. “It traumatized me so bad, I had to go to the doctor this morning.”

Earlier this year, a police flashbang grenade disfigured the face and melted the hand of a former Miss Australia during an early morning drug raid. In May 2014, a police flashbang grenade landed in 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh’s crib and blew a hole in the baby’s face and chest, covering him in third-degree burns.

Just past midnight on May 16, 2010, a Detroit SWAT team tossed a flashbang grenade into the living room where 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones had been sleeping on the couch. As the flashbang incinerated her blanket, Aiyana was immediately shot in the head by Officer Joseph Weekley. Weekley claimed that Aiyana’s grandmother had reached for his weapon, but ballistics and another officer’s testimony refute his accusations. Police later realized they had forcibly entered the wrong apartment. The suspect, Chauncey Owens, lived upstairs.

Source: SWAT Raids Family, Terrorizes Disabled Woman & Arrests Family Members — Whoops, Wrong House

Trump’s Vice President? Expect the Unexpected

As the Trump carnival campaign rolls past petrified Republican Party officials, egg-on-their-face pundits, media executives gleeful over this primary season’s ratings bonanza and all manner of angry, left-behind voters, it’s time to take a serious look at who might be standing at The Donald’s side next July in Cleveland as the GOP National Convention cheers (or jeers) for its 2016 presidential ticket. Although Trump seems to be making a concerted effort to appear more “presidential” by delivering a speech on foreign policy in Washington on April 27 and more traditional by bringing in grown-ups like veteran GOP political operative Paul Manafort, his choice of a running mate could still be as unconventional as his can’t-look-away campaign has been.

Source: Trump’s Vice President? Expect the Unexpected – Yahoo Finance

Study Finds Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” Campaign A Failure

It’s been more than six years since Michelle Obama kicked off her “Let’s Move!” initiative to fight against childhood obesity, and children are as overweight as ever before.

 

That’s according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal Obesity. A team led by Duke University scientist Asheley Skinner studied data from the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and found that the percentage of overweight and obese children between 2 and 19 years old has increased across the board since 1999.

 

That comes as bad news for the Obama administration, which has sought to force children to eat healthier foods and exercise more through the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and the Task Force on Childhood Obesity.

Source: Study Finds Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” Campaign A Failure – BB4SP