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April 1st, 2004

absolutely apolitical rantings @ 03:10 pm

Have been battling with the internet again today. I haven't been able to find my bluetooth device and don't want to deal with infrared, so I just waited a bit until the internet ceased to be stupid to write. My dad's getting kind of narky (Australian word meaning annoyed) about it so hopefully we'll get dsl soon. Of course I'll have to do the research, but until tasked to do it, I won't because I hate talking to our local phone company.

I ahven't started a new book yet, haven't felt like starting a new book. I'm waiting the couple of days until I get Richard Clark's book. Though sometimes political books can get boring but with the current events and constant stir on the issue, and because I've got time, I'll probably at least scan the whole thing, and skim parts of it.

Now its time for ner to GET POLITICAL, a weekly insight (well maybe not weekly) into what ner thinks about the screwed world we live in. I never listen to talk radio, mostly because I never agree with what most of the talk radio giants talk about, mostly because I'm a staunch Democrat. So I was pretty amazed to find that xm now has a left facing talk radio station, and also that Air America Radio has gotten amazing mand news edia coverage. So I've spent the past day listening to xm America Left and Air Amerca (hahaha) Radio. Its very weird that I actually agree to most of what these people are saying. I think that the network has a bit of room to improve, but it is important I think that people are given an alternative to people like Rush Limaugh and his conservative talk. I'm not sure why conservatives have ruled the airwaves before, maybe because Liberals like myself don't necessarily listen to talk radio. I don't know how long it will last, the left talk radio, but with people like Al Franken having a show, there's sure to be advertisers who will cover the network. I know people will disagree with me. "Media is Liberal in nature". "Its unamerican to be liberal, support the president"> But I am just glad that there are people who do agree with me, and more importantly, that I have an alternative to Limaugh to listen to during my boring days here. I wish the new hosts luck in the crazy world of talk radio. SHould definitely be interesting for the progressives because PROGRESS is what I think we need. Regardless of what party or political orientation you share, the atrocities that occurred yesterday in Iraq are sure proof that something's gone wrong over there. I think we need to get done, secure everything, and get out as fast as we can.ON the other hand, we can't leave now or the deaths of not only the contractors that were killed yesterday but also the 600 troops who have died during combat would be completely in vain.

That felt better :). Its good to discuss, to debate, and to most of all get things off of your chest. hahahaha.

And that's about it from here. I've got some homework to do tonight/this afternoon so I can get it turned in before classes tomorrow. More soon.
 
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From:lucid42day
Date:April 1st, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC)

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DSL - You probably know this, but you have to be within 3 wire miles of the CO for it to work. Who is your local telco with the DSLAM? Cable is almost always 'faster' unless you have a very active segment. DSL will probably be more consistent. Most telcos are about the slimiest companies on earth with customer service representatives dedicated to keeping you from using the phone to call them. For whatever reason, I'm hesitant to use the same company for phones and DSL. Isn't there an ISP offering DSL resale service? It might actually be better.


Dichotomies - No offense, but the radio thing just kind of sounds like you're happier listening to your guys, instead of theirs. That's fine, and it's good to listen to the other guys too. But what about the other other guys? How does one become a staunch Democrat, and what does it mean? Why aren't you a staunch Republican? Libertarian? Whig? Beatle?


Media - How do you know conservatives have ruled the airwaves? The conservatives don't think they do. Professional invective-tosser Ann Coulter doesn't seem to think they do. Rush probably doesn't. Pat Robertson says he's circled the wagons because of all of the liberals out there broadcasting at him. Is it that your guys tell the truth, and the other guys just don't know or can't handle the truth?


Progress - What does that mean? Why is, say, indentured servitude not considered progressive? What are we progressing from?


Since I'm in the question-peppering mood tonight, I may as well continue. Why is it that those four deaths are sure proof of something wrong in Iraq? And what is it that is wrong? What do we need to get done, and secure? What do you mean by secure? Why do we need to get our troops out of Iraq?


From:awallens
Date:April 2nd, 2004 09:23 am (UTC)

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We never should have gone ot Iraq in the first place. The deaths were just proof tha guess what. They don't want us! They never did!
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From:lucid42day
Date:April 3rd, 2004 08:26 am (UTC)

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I disagree. I think the fact is that they don't know that they want us. Now that we've pretty much destroyed the secular state in Iraq, the only remaining leadership for Iraqis to listen to is that of church. Every one of those mullahs and imams knows that this is their big chance for power.

That isn't to slander them; I'm sure some or most of them feel that by grabbing at loose reins of power will ultimately benefit their people in Iraq. Also, you do still have loyalist remnants of the former state in Iraq. Both of these groups attack us for different reasons.

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From:djner
Date:April 2nd, 2004 09:49 am (UTC)

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Here's your answers.
DSL - You probably know this, but you have to be within 3 wire miles of the CO for it to work. Who is your local telco with the DSLAM? Cable is almost always
'faster' unless you have a very active segment.
Our telephone company is crappy (can't actually remember the damn thing) but it used to be GTE. They basically suck. We're close to the switch so it shouldn't be a problem. The issue we've had is that cable though its faster in speed, is very bad as far as reliability. It drops out a lot of the time, and would definitely be an option. Don't know about isps.

Dichotomies - No offense, but the radio thing just kind of sounds like you're happier listening to your guys, instead of theirs. That's fine, and it's good
to listen to the other guys too. But what about the other other guys? How does one become a staunch Democrat, and what does it mean? Why aren't you a staunch
Republican? Libertarian? Whig? Beatle?

That question really doesn't make sense. Why wouldn't I listen to people who agree with me after listening to people liek Rush who I do not agree with at all. That's one reason why I listen to networks such as NPR, as they tend t go at things in a different angle. What makes me a staunch democrat? I don't know if that's the right phrasology to use but I think that I can say that I am a Democrat mostly because the ideology of the party (increased taxes for government services, acceptance of others no matter what their religion or sexual orientation is, and being generally more layed back about issues).
Media - How do you know conservatives have ruled the airwaves? The conservatives don't think they do. Professional
invective-tosser
Ann Coulter doesn't seem to think they do. Rush probably doesn't. Pat Robertson says he's circled the wagons because of all of the liberals out there broadcasting
at him. Is it that your guys tell the truth, and the other guys just don't know or can't handle the truth?

It depends on what you believe. If you are more left wing, you think that you are telling it how it is and Rush lies and vice versa. I don't agree with much of what Rush says (he admits he's conservative what are you saying> Talking about how liberals this, and liberals that ... What else is there tosay?) Its all about providing different points of view, and as its been said throughout the media, and as you can tell as you spin through the radio dial, most talk besides NPR fof course, is pretty conservative, and if asked, I am sure the hosts would agree. The market for talk radio is the Conservative portion of the network. Now there's just another angle out there. Whether or not they succeed I don't know, but its all about what the market will support, and that, will depend on whether or not this network survives.

Progress - What does that mean? Why is, say, indentured servitude not considered progressive? What are we progressing from?
Progress is going against the norm. Indentured servitude is progress, but you have to determine which direction you want to progress in. Progressive people go against the grain, make waves, and generally cause trouble for what they consider as the good of the world.

Since I'm in the question-peppering mood tonight, I may as well continue. Why is it that those four deaths are sure proof of something wrong in Iraq? And
what is it that is wrong? What do we need to get done, and secure? What do you mean by secure? Why do we need to get our troops out of Iraq?
I've already said it. I don't think that we need to get them out of the country now, just soon. We're already in it too far to get out now. Those four deaths aren't proof that we need to get out, the 600 troops and scores of civilians are the proof that we should get out and get out soon. Why? Because we went over there to get Saddam, and that we did. We also went over there to recover nonexistent WMD's.

Hope I answered your questions. I don't have the facts to back everything up, but speak mostly from my heart and what I believe. YOu should check out
debate
THey bs about this kind of rhetoric. I tend to stay out of the fray most of the time, as I don't have the research and I'm not a great debater. It would definitely be something to check out though.
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From:lucid42day
Date:April 3rd, 2004 09:13 am (UTC)

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The media bias sitiuation is one that still confuses me. I've listened to both sides and been convinced by both. Normally, I tend to see something of a conservative bias in most media, but I have a hard time detecting it. I don't think bias is as evident as it once was. NPR does seem to be a little more critical of conservatives than other outlets, but not as much as conservatives whine about.

And it is whining. I think the case is more like this: Most media outlets are weaker in spirit than they used to be. As Michael Stipe tells us in "Ignoreland:"

T.V. tells a million lies. the paper’s terrified to report
Anything that isn’t handed on a presidential spoon

Media coverage tends to tow the line of political leaders. It might just be that simple.

So is 'progress' the opposite of 'regress' or the opposite of 'stasis?'

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From:djner
Date:April 3rd, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)

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I'd say te oposite of stasis, to go against the grain. Liked your reply as well.

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