I think people are often startled when I, a fairly mild-mannered mostly-establishment guy at heart, suddenly start sounding like a wild-eyed radical when speaking about the social consequences of the concentration of mass media in the hands of a few corporations, many run as personal fiefdoms by hard right figures such as Rupert Murdoch.
I believe that there is a multitude of evidence, however, that right-wing ownership of radio and TV skews content far to the right. And now, alas, we have one more: see Orcinus on what happened at KIRO. Note that KIRO is in Seattle, one of the more liberal towns in America. And it can happen there.
Egypt, it seems, has pretty much fallen off the Internet, and service to several other countries including Pakistan and India is impacted.
It's an important reminder that while many routes between A and B may be possible, sometimes there are not so many; and sometimes there's only one big pipe.
Which makes wiretaps — and full network monitoring — a lot easier.
I recall setting up a panel at CFP years ago on how one would destroy the internet. One guy described evil worms. Another had a nefarious DNS-killer. And then one fellow just said, “give me a backhoe…”.
What this means is that the home ownership rate today is back to where it was in, say, 2001 and still falling.
In other words, most of the million or so families who have been foreclosed on this year are not buying new homes — how could they get the credit? — but renting (if they can pass the credit check for that!) or moving in with family. Or living rough? (Or is that what comes next?)
It's soon to be official: after his weak showing in Florida, John Edwards is pulling out of the race.
I guess that means I'm an Obama supporter now. Not that I couldn't support Clinton, but I have enough doubt about the people she surrounds herself with and attracts — DLCers for example — that Obama seems a better bet.
I also think Obama will have an advantage in foreign relations, as he'll be perceived as more of a clean slate than someone named Clinton. He's been an opponent of the Iraq war from the start, and still has a better, clearer position than Clinton on ending the war and removing US troops from Iraq (even though Edwards's position was better still). He's better on telecoms issues too.
That said, on domestic issues there's also much to like on paper about the Clinton candidacy as compared to Obama's especially on health care. How much of that would survive contact with lobbyists and Republicans is the question.
Whoever it was who said that Obama is running as (Bill) Clinton and (Sen.) Clinton is running as Gore got it mostly right. I didn't want either as my first choice; even if I get my third choice it is sure to be much better than the remaining alternatives.
And I hope Edwards becomes Attorney General. That would be something.