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FTC Wants to Tax Drudge, Subsidize NY Times

June 8th, 2010 1 comment

Mark Lloyd, Minister of PropagandaWASHINGTON: This administration, fearful of the power that an open and free media has to disseminate truth, feels that it needs to bail out traditional newspapers and dinosaur networks to keep control of the flow of information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just released a major discussion draft that proposes bailouts for traditional media. The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) “Diversity Czar” Mark Lloyd has called for the same takeover of media in the US that Chavez has instituted in Venezuela.

Stocks of Internet providers fell dramatically in early May as the FCC said it would move forward with net neutrality rules as the FCC is moving closer to seizing control of the Internet. Investors fear that increased federal regulations will present significant challenges to the viability of fledgeling new media. Verizon and other providers are alarmed that the FCC is trying to reclassify broadband to put it under their control:

CTIA and Verizon expressed alarm over FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s proposal to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Communications Act.

CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent said in a statement that he was “disappointed” with the announcement. “This complex, interdependent ecosystem is currently thriving to the benefit to all Americans,” he said. “Putting that success at risk is unnecessary and dangerous, particularly in today’s economic environment.” Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week

It is the same principle as the EPA reclassifying carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Carbon dioxide is required by all plant life on the planet but the EPA has seized control over it in order to leverage power over every aspect of American life. Now the FTC wants to use the same ploy to control the Internet:

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to “reinvent” journalism, and that’s a cause for concern. According to a May 24 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul. The bureaucracy sees it as a problem that the Internet has introduced a wealth of information options to consumers, forcing media companies to adapt and experiment to meet changing market needs. FTC’s policy staff fears this new reality…

With no faith that the market will work things out for the better, government thinks it must come to the rescue. Read more…

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Why Trust Government With Financial Reform?

April 23rd, 2010 No comments

SEC workers spent hours at work watching online pornATHENS: Faced with massive debt, Greece today initiated an emergency plan to borrow money from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to help it make interest payments and keep it from default. Their bailout request comes at a time when interest rates are at historic lows. In the US the Federal Reserve is monitoring interest rates and is signaling its intention to preserve these low rates for the near term.

If Greece is able to borrow some $40 billion (at interest rates of about 5 percent) it is likely to be able to remain solvent through the end of this year. European governments are reluctantly considering their request, afraid of the consequences of a Greek default and its rippling effects throughout the EU. Conditions are sure to be attached to the loans, requiring the Greek government to make substantial cuts in services and benefits to its citizens. Reaction to such stipulations are likely to invoke further civil unrest against the backdrop of riots that have plagued the country this year: Read more…

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The Case Against “Net Neutrality”

March 16th, 2010 1 comment

Mark Lloyd, Minister of PropagandaWASHINGTON: Comments by the FCC’s “Diversity Czar” Mark Lloyd reveal this administration’s attempt at seizing control of media in an attempt to shut down freedom of speech.

Lloyd called Chavez’s totalitarian regime “an incredible revolution, a democratic revolution,” when it really was anything but democratic. In the first video below he points out the Obama administration needs to learn from Chavez that the takeover of private media outlets is essential to shut down dissent to further the ends of an autocratic government. In the second he hints at his plan to shut down talk radio. Like much of this administration, Mark Lloyd is in fact a Saul Alinsky disciple:

In his [Lloyd’s] 2006 book entitled Prologue to a Farce: Communication and Democracy in America, he calls for an all-out “confrontational movement” against private media.  He wants leftist activists – through incessant political pressure – and the government – through the creation of a totally untenable operating environment of fees, fines and regulations – to work together to force the commercial broadcasters out, to be replaced by  public broadcasters.

And in his tome, Lloyd had this to say about the First Amendment: Read more…