Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Court: Hallucinogenic tea OK

~ A major win here for religious civil liberties. And an 8-0 shutout too. I find this to be a "Liberal" ruling, as it is allowing something the Federal Government wanted to ban. Not bad for a "Conservative" court. ~~~ TP

Court: Hallucinogenic tea OK: "WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday rejected government arguments against use of a hallucinogenic tea in religious services.

The 8-0 ruling written by Chief Justice John Roberts stemmed from a New Mexico case involving O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao Do Vegetal, a Spiritst Christian sect originating in the Amazon Rainforest. The court`s newest justice, Sam Alito, did not take part in the case."


Thursday, February 16, 2006

Cheney Says He Can Declassify Info { but not hunting accidents!}

~~~ However it seems Dick Cheney is not empowered to
publicly report when he shoots someone.
So at least there is some check on his power.~~ TP

Cheney Says He Can Declassify Info WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2006 "(AP) == "Vice President Dick Cheney says he has the power to declassify government secrets, raising the possibility that he authorized his former chief of staff to pass along sensitive prewar data on Iraq to reporters"

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Battle Lines Drawn in Net Neutrality Debate - Internet Life - NewsFactor Network

Battle Lines Drawn in Net Neutrality Debate - Internet Life - NewsFactor Network: "By Jay Wrolstad
February 8, 2006 2:00PM

Opinion is divided on Capitol Hill, with some lawmakers supporting a return on infrastructure investments and reluctant to pass legislation inhibiting the carriers' business, while others favor a law that would prohibit what they see as discriminatory practices by network operators. "

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Techdirt:No Network Neutrality, No Internet... And That's Just What Telcos Want

~~ This concept of the "Internet highway with tolls" gives me the creeps, Also see here

and next few posts below . ~~ TP

Techdirt:No Network Neutrality, No Internet... And That's Just What Telcos Want:

Contributed by Mike on Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 @ 10:39AM
from the killing-the-internet dept.
The network neutrality debate has been heating up as of late, and with hearings today, it's no surprise to be hearing more about it. The always interesting Daniel Berninger has written up a good analysis on Om Malik's site explaining why the internet doesn't exist without network neutrality, while suggesting that's exactly what the telcos want. It's not so much about squeezing more money out of the likes of Google and others, but in killing off what makes the internet useful... which allows them (they think) to go back their older business model which is clearly under attack from the internet. Of course, most people recognize that this will never happen -- but that won't stop the telcos from making a mess of things in the meantime.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Is Verizon a Network Hog? Not yet ,, but they must be stopped !! Support "network neutrality." !!

"Is Verizon a Network Hog?"
News Analysis
By Catherine Yang

"The telecommunications giant wants to devote most of its capacity to its own traffic, to Internet companies' dismay

"At issue is what the Internet of the future will offer. Critics of the phone industry say the Net has flourished because innovators anywhere could reach consumers just as easily as deep-pocketed corporations. But if Verizon and AT&T set up tolls and express lanes, upstarts may not be able to afford the fees. "If you deliver video the way Verizon does now, that makes it very hard for others to compete," says Carnegie Mellon's Sirbu.

LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY. The Net companies are trying to persuade Congress to pass a law ensuring that broadband providers, such as the Bells, don't discriminate against rivals when they charge tolls or prioritize traffic, an idea called "network neutrality."

"Tech.gov: A Gated Internet"

~~ Some major telcoms are pushing for a "tiered" internet , were website owners would pay extra to their web hosters to get their sites "favored" and easier to download .

As well some internet service providers {ISPs} also want to narrow the browsing freedom of Netizens, by charging more to surf beyond their Portal { and their paying partners ] at high speed.

In other words Verizon could give you broadband speeds for Verizon sites ,, but only dial-up speeds for the rest of the web.

This tiering will kill the internet. An issue worth hand-writing [-- not emailing, 'cause emails are useless as a lobbying tool --] your Congressperson about !! ~

~ ` `TP

"A Gated Internet?"
Anush Yegyazarian, PC World
Thursday, February 02, 2006"

"The companies who build and control the Internet's pipes want to control the content over those pipes, too."

"A number of telephone companies such as SBC/AT&T, Verizon and others have begun talking about offering a new prioritization service to Internet businesses.

The general concept is simple: Pay the ISP some extra money, and the data packets to and from your Web site get priority. Your users will get the information they want faster, or perhaps they will enjoy a smoother online gaming experience, or they'll be able to make their purchases more quickly. Whichever the case, what business wouldn't want to deliver a better online experience to its customers?

Consumer advocacy groups Consumer Federation of America, the Consumers Union, and Free Press recently released results from a survey that indicates Americans want their Internet to remain neutral. These groups are lobbying Congress to incorporate network neutrality into law, while telecom firms are lobbying hard to prevent it."