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  • Pope Francis sends letter praising gay children's book

    08/28/2015 5:00:49 PM PDT · 142 of 159
    Ultra Sonic 007 to SkyDancer; demshateGod; Salvation; NYer

    With regards to papal infallibility, it is a negative power that has a strictly defined use:

    -The Pope must teach in his public and official capacity as pastor and doctor of all Christians, not merely in his private capacity as a theologian, preacher or allocutionist, nor in his capacity as a temporal prince or as a mere ordinary of the Diocese of Rome. It must be clear that he speaks as spiritual head of the Church universal.

    -Then it is only when, in this capacity, he teaches some doctrine of faith or morals that he is infallible.

    -Further it must be sufficiently evident that he intends to teach with all the fullness and finality of his supreme Apostolic authority, in other words that he wishes to determine some point of doctrine in an absolutely final and irrevocable way, or to define it in the technical sense. These are well-recognized formulas by means of which the defining intention may be manifested.

    -Finally for an ex cathedra decision it must be clear that the Pope intends to bind the whole Church. To demand internal assent from all the faithful to his teaching under pain of incurring spiritual shipwreck (naufragium fidei) according to the expression used by Pius IX in defining the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin. Theoretically, this intention might be made sufficiently clear in a papal decision which is addressed only to a particular Church; but in present day conditions, when it is so easy to communicate with the most distant parts of the earth and to secure a literally universal promulgation of papal acts, the presumption is that unless the pope formally addresses the whole Church in the recognized official way, he does not intend his doctrinal teaching to be held by all the faithful as ex cathedra and infallible.

    The number of ex cathedra decisions defined dogmatically throughout the history of the Church is a matter of some debate, but is relatively small given the near 2,000 year history of the Church. A Catholic theologian named Klaus Schatz, in a study released in 1985, listed seven.

    More details here:

    With regards to the Vicar of Christ title, it is symbolic of the Pope’s primacy in jurisdiction over the universal Church. A “vicar” in general is someone who is acting as the agent of a superior; it has been used for ecclesiastical positions other than that of the Pope, but the particular titles associated with the pontiff over the centuries include “Vicar of St. Peter”, “Vicar of Christ”, and “Vicar of the Apostolic See”.

    And in the long history of the Church, there have been some truly rotten Popes: Alexander VI. John XII. Stephen VI. Leo X. Benedict IX. Urban VI. Clement VII. I’m sure there have been a few others.

    Yet in the course of human history, rife with weak and sinful people, entire nations, peoples, ideas, and languages have risen and fallen, while the Church remains standing. Given how rotten humans can be, that’s a miracle in and of itself.

    The Church will survive Pope Francis.

  • Upton Sinclair noted how the Social Gospellers moved on from hebrew texts

    08/10/2015 8:06:34 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    Ultra Sonic 007 to YHAOS; metmom

    Also was the author of “The Jungle”.

  • Trump Hits Back: “Only a Deviant Would Think Anything Else” (Trump Statement)

    08/08/2015 6:39:48 PM PDT · 333 of 407
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Catsrus

    Be glad you weren’t around during the 1800 Presidential election then.

  • Video:"Trump focus group is so STUNNING to Morning Joe panel they play it TWICE in a half hour"

    07/31/2015 8:31:41 PM PDT · 92 of 92
    Ultra Sonic 007 to ASA Vet

    I’d prefer Karl Denninger as Secretary of the Treasury.

  • New Poll: Impact of Trump's remarks about McCain, on his poll standing

    07/19/2015 7:03:14 PM PDT · 101 of 105
    Ultra Sonic 007 to TomasUSMC
    Going by Wikipedia:

    Trump began his career at his father's real estate company,[28] Elizabeth Trump and Son,[29] which focused on middle-class rental housing in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. One of Trump's first projects, while he was still in college, was the revitalization of the foreclosed Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati, Ohio, which his father had purchased for $5.7 million in 1962. The Trumps became involved in the project and with a $500,000 investment, turned the 1,200-unit complex with a 66 percent vacancy rate to 100 percent occupancy within two years. In 1972, the Trump Organization sold Swifton Village for $6.75 million. Donald's involvement with the project was to perform some landscaping and menial labour.[30]

    So if you were wondering where Donald Trump was, there you go.

  • ‘Jurassic World’s Saturday Slips 20%, Putting Dino Pic On Course For $200M Weekend

    06/14/2015 7:57:59 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    Ultra Sonic 007 to discostu

    The film seemed rather self-aware about some of its silliness, which made it enjoyable instead of corny. But that’s just me.

    At least a Starbucks finally got wrecked.

  • 22 Incredible Facts About The Life and Career Of Sir Christopher Lee

    06/14/2015 7:28:59 PM PDT · 41 of 42
    Ultra Sonic 007 to boop

    Well, Wikipedia has a fairly extensive summary:


    When World War II broke out, Lee volunteered to fight for the Finnish forces during the Winter War in 1939.[34] He and other British volunteers were kept away from actual fighting, but they were issued winter gear and were posted on guard duty a safe distance from the front lines. After a fortnight, they returned home.[35] Lee returned to work at United States Lines and found his work more satisfying, feeling that he was contributing. In early 1940, he joined Beecham’s, at first as an office clerk, then as a switchboard operator.[36] When Beecham’s moved out of London, he joined the Home Guard.[37] In the winter, his father fell ill with double pneumonia and died on 12 March 1941. Realising that he had no inclination to follow his father into the Army, Lee decided to join up while he still had some choice of service, and volunteered for the Royal Air Force.[38]

    Lee reported to RAF Uxbridge for training and was then posted to the Initial Training Wing at Paignton.[39] After passing his exams in Liverpool, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan meant that he travelled on the Reina del Pacifico to South Africa, then to his posting at Hillside, at Bulawayo in Southern Rhodesia.[40] Training with de Havilland Tiger Moths, Lee was having his penultimate training session before his first solo flight when he suffered from headaches and blurred vision. The medical officer hesitantly diagnosed a failure of his optic nerve and he was told he would never be allowed to fly again.[41] Lee was devastated and the death of a fellow trainee from Summer Fields only made him more despondent. His appeals were fruitless and he was left with nothing to do.[42] He was moved around to different flying stations, before going to Salisbury in December 1941.[43] He then visited the Mazowe Dam, Marandellas, the Wankie Game Reserve and the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. Thinking he should “do something constructive for my keep”, he applied to join RAF Intelligence. His superiors praised his initiative and he was seconded into the Rhodesian Police Force and was posted as a warder at Salisbury Prison.[44] He was then promoted to leading aircraftman and moved to Durban in South Africa, before travelling to Suez on the Nieuw Amsterdam.[45]

    After “killing time” at RAF Kasfareet near the Great Bitter Lake in the Suez Canal Zone, he resumed intelligence work in the city of Ismaïlia.[46] He was then attached to No. 205 Group RAF before being commissioned as a pilot officer at the end of January 1943[47] and attached to No. 260 Squadron RAF as an intelligence officer.[48] As the North African Campaign progressed, the squadron “leapfrogged” between Egyptian airstrips, from RAF El Daba to Maaten Bagush and on to Mersa Matruh. They lent air support to the ground forces and bombed strategic targets. Lee, “broadly speaking, was expected to know everything.”[49] The Allied advance continued into Libya, through Tobruk and Benghazi to the Marble Arch and then through El Agheila, Khoms and Tripoli, with the squadron averaging five missions a day.[50] As the advance continued into Tunisia, with the Axis forces digging themselves in at the Mareth Line, Lee was almost killed when the squadron’s airfield was bombed.[51] After breaking through the Mareth Line, the squadron made their final base in Kairouan.[52] After the Axis surrender in North Africa in May 1943, the squadron moved to Zuwarah in Libya in preparation for the Allied invasion of Sicily.[53] They then moved to Malta, and, after its capture by the British Eighth Army, the Sicilian town of Pachino, before making a permanent base in Agnone Bagni.[54] At the end of July 1943 Lee received his second promotion of the year, this time to flying officer.[55] After the Sicilian campaign was over, Lee came down with malaria for the sixth time in under a year. He was flown to a hospital in Carthage for treatment and when he returned, the squadron was restless. Frustrated with a lack of news about the Eastern Front and the Soviet Union in general, and with no mail from home or alcohol, unrest spread and threatened to turn into mutiny. Lee, by now an expert on Russia, talked them into resuming their duties, which much impressed his commanding officer.[56]

    After the Allied invasion of Italy, the squadron was based in Foggia and Termoli during the winter of 1943. Lee was then seconded to the Army during an officer’s swap scheme.[57] He spent most of this time with the Gurkhas of the 8th Indian Infantry Division during the Battle of Monte Cassino.[58] While spending some time on leave in Naples, Lee climbed Mount Vesuvius, which erupted three days later.[59] During the final assault on Monte Cassino, the squadron was based in San Angelo and Lee was nearly killed when one of the planes crashed on takeoff and he tripped over one of its live bombs.[60] After the battle, the squadron moved to airfields just outside Rome and Lee visited the city, where he met his mother’s cousin, Nicolò Carandini, who had fought in the Italian resistance movement.[61] In November 1944, Lee was promoted to flight lieutenant and left the squadron in Iesi to take up a posting at Air Force HQ.[62] Lee took part in forward planning and liaison, in preparation for a potential assault into the rumoured German Alpine Fortress.[63] After the war ended, Lee was invited to go hunting near Vienna and was then billeted in Pörtschach am Wörthersee.[64] For the final few months of his service, Lee, who spoke fluent French and German, among other languages, was seconded to the Central Registry of War Criminals and Security Suspects.[65] Here, he was tasked with helping to track down Nazi war criminals.[66] Of his time with the organisation, Lee said: “We were given dossiers of what they’d done and told to find them, interrogate them as much as we could and hand them over to the appropriate authority ... We saw these concentration camps. Some had been cleaned up. Some had not.”[66] Lee then retired from the RAF in 1946 with the rank of flight lieutenant.[65]

    Lee’s stepfather served as a captain in the Intelligence Corps, but it is unlikely he had any influence over Lee’s military career. Lee saw him for the last time on a bus in London in 1940, by then divorced from Lee’s mother, though Lee did not speak to him.[67] Lee mentioned that during the war he was attached to the Special Operations Executive and the Long Range Desert Patrol, the precursor of the SAS,[68][69] but always declined to go into details.

    “ I was attached to the SAS from time to time but we are forbidden – former, present, or future – to discuss any specific operations. Let’s just say I was in Special Forces and leave it at that. People can read in to that what they like.[70] ”


    I think that final quote puts it quite well.

  • 22 Incredible Facts About The Life and Career Of Sir Christopher Lee

    06/14/2015 8:18:55 AM PDT · 35 of 42
    Ultra Sonic 007 to boop

    Lee described it in another Youtube video.

    Essentially, the way that it occurred in the deleted scene (because Saruman’s death was not in the theatrical cut) was done as Christopher Lee said it would: a sudden gasp of sorts, disturbingly quiet for such a violent act.

  • ...Being transgender is a ‘mental disorder - biologically impossible’

    06/05/2015 6:19:33 AM PDT · 51 of 52
    Ultra Sonic 007 to CaptainK
    At least Michael Jackson when he first started bleaching his skin had the excuse that he had a skin disease: Vitiligo.

    That being said, I have NO justification for that nose of his...

  • How to set up the Apple Watch in 16 steps - Including one absolutely necessary cat video

    04/27/2015 3:42:24 AM PDT · 71 of 71
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Star Traveler; Swordmaker; JRandomFreeper
    Enjoy your security-deficient products.

    (For the record: a watch that you can't use without an iPhone is fundamentally ridiculous. So if you don't have an iPhone, instead of paying $350 for the Watch, you're now batting in the neighborhood of $1000 in order to use the Watch. No thanks.)

  • Freeing My Inner Lesbian

    04/20/2015 12:11:34 PM PDT · 25 of 42
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Perseverando

    Probably Intersex and Asexual.

  • The 'Gospel of Judas' [Rebuttal To Now Playing on CNN]

    03/20/2015 7:16:53 PM PDT · 36 of 36
    Ultra Sonic 007 to VerySadAmerican
    Understandable that you state your beliefs.

    However, it's somewhat telling that the very next verse after "he who dips his bread in the water" says this:

    Matthew 26:24 - The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.

    Emphasis mine.

    Just some perspective from Christ Himself.

  • Vaccine Critics Turn Defensive Over Measles

    02/06/2015 5:07:11 PM PST · 246 of 246
    Ultra Sonic 007 to patriot5186; exDemMom

    Don’t be so obtuse.

    You have to weigh the pros and the cons.

    With measles, a bad outcome can include pneumonia, nerve damage, or death.

    Now, can a bad outcome occur with the vaccine? Sure; however, the probability is likely an order of magnitude or two LOWER than a bad outcome from measles.

    Not only that, but measles is ridiculously infectious AND airborne: the vaccine is the only consistently reliable method of not getting the disease. You weigh the pros and cons, and getting the measles vaccine makes sense.

    Now let’s compare measles to, say, HPV: you can only contract this virus through sexual intercourse, and the ‘vaccine’ doesn’t cover all strains. In this case, not getting the vaccine is sensible.

    Pros and cons.

    There are risks to everything in life. To imply that I ignore the deaths is shameful obfuscation, and you know it.

  • Vaccine Critics Turn Defensive Over Measles

    02/02/2015 7:33:04 AM PST · 181 of 246
    Ultra Sonic 007 to patriot5186; exDemMom
    Given that the number of reported measles cases have plummeted since the introduction of the measles vaccine in the 60s, your point doesn't hold much water.

    Those are 'reported' cases, mind you. Given the stories in this thread of families having 'measles parties', the number of cases was likely much higher.

    It's tragic that those 108 people died. But in the aggregate, more people are alive thanks to the measles vaccine.

  • Who's the greatest quarterback of all time? Joe Montana or Tom Brady?

    02/02/2015 7:15:15 AM PST · 182 of 219
    Ultra Sonic 007 to doorgunner69
    Brady's ACL and MCL got torn in the early part of the 2008-09 NFL season after Chiefs player Bernard Pollack got him in the left leg. Brady was out for the year, and got replaced by Matt Cassel.
  • Apple just made $18 billion in 90 days, more than 435 firms in the S&P 500 in total

    01/28/2015 10:31:26 AM PST · 27 of 29
    Ultra Sonic 007 to lavaroise
    (Ignoring the fact that paying that much money for a phone is certifiably insane...)

    In the long run (depending on your needs; I'm aware that you can get group discounts for contract plans), purchasing an unlocked phone upfront and going by a prepaid plan (especially from a MVNO) saves you more money over those two years.

    Onto the thread topic itself...

    These sales are all driven by the iPhone. When you miss expectations on your other products, can you really be said to be sitting pretty?

  • Apple just made $18 billion in 90 days, more than 435 firms in the S&P 500 in total

    01/27/2015 6:49:18 PM PST · 21 of 29
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Swordmaker
    When you can SELL your old iPhone for more than the cost of the subsidized new contract iPhone model, it doesn't really matter, now does it?

    Depends on the contract that comes with it.

    Ergo, my iPhone 5, cost me $20 for two years use, plus my contract payments.

    And how much were your contract payments?

  • Apple just made $18 billion in 90 days, more than 435 firms in the S&P 500 in total

    01/27/2015 6:43:23 PM PST · 20 of 29
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Crusher138
    Newest iPhone 6, 16GB, is $99 with a 2 year contract at Sprint.

    So in other words, not really ninety-nine dollars.

    How much money do you wager you'd have saved over 2 years if you bought the phone outright and shopped around for your data plan?

  • Apple just made $18 billion in 90 days, more than 435 firms in the S&P 500 in total

    01/27/2015 3:17:31 PM PST · 9 of 29
    Ultra Sonic 007 to alexmark1917

    How many people are actually in a position to afford the newest iPhone (which somehow renders the older one instantly crap)?

  • Syriza and Independent Greeks agree Greece coalition

    01/26/2015 9:55:18 AM PST · 31 of 41
    Ultra Sonic 007 to RKBA Democrat; allendale

    The problem is that the EU nations and the ECB loaned to Greece (practically from the first time Greece adopted the euro) knowing full well that it would be unable to pay them back under the given conditions.

    At this point, Greece really has no other feasible option but to repudiate their debt. This will cut off their access to further credit, but is that really a bad thing?

  • The Military’s Rough Justice on Sexual Assault

    12/18/2014 12:55:19 PM PST · 30 of 40
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Mercat
    It certainly didn't stay alleged, given that he was found guilty:

    The judicial proceedings at Ellsworth proved routine in ways both satisfying and dispiriting for Christensen. He exploited holes in Brooks’s story. Kris was persuasive. It took the jury less than two hours to find that Brooks sexually assaulted her. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail, along with forfeiture of two months’ pay and dismissal from the Air Force.

    The implication being that Brooks' claim - that he didn't remember anything - was less than truthful.

  • The Military’s Rough Justice on Sexual Assault

    12/18/2014 5:17:28 AM PST · 1 of 40
    Ultra Sonic 007
  • Russian ruble suffers steepest drop in 16 years

    12/16/2014 9:24:13 AM PST · 33 of 82
    Ultra Sonic 007 to ExSoldier
  • Unmanned spacecraft successfully lands on comet (video)

    11/13/2014 2:14:15 AM PST · 57 of 60
    Ultra Sonic 007 to VanDeKoik

    To be fair, Tyson has a PhD in astrophysics, was appointed by George W. Bush to two different commissions on space exploration and the aerospace industry, and is currently the director of the Hayden Planetarium.

    So he’s not a complete media creation, is what I’m saying.

  • The Department of the Internet

    11/11/2014 7:58:48 AM PST · 47 of 62
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Krosan; Alberta's Child
    So every person with an Internet service plan should be forced to pay for Netflix's intensive data usage, even if they don't use the service themselves? Cause that's what will end up happening if net neutrality proceeds.

    Karl Denningner put it quite well here.


    An open letter to the FCC, transmitted to, the FCC's comment address for their "Open Internet" rulemaking process.

    Dear Mr. Wheeler;

    The recent debate on Open Internet has been entered by stakeholders on all sides.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, many of those presenting positions are failing to disclose their true intentions and bias, and in fact are attempting to use the government to force cost-shifting from their firms to others.

    I am a former CEO of an Internet concern, MCSNet, which operated in the greater Chicago area during the early days of the public Internet (1993 - 1998.)  The company was sold to Winstar Communications in 1998.

    The issues being discussed today are not new.  As the Internet transitioned from a government-funded (primarily National Science Foundation) interconnection for research and education into a privately-funded network accessible to the public, technological change brought many points of friction that served to place competing interests into conflict.

    Internet providers, then and now, sell service to consumers and business interests.  These providers either purchase the service they resell or they build private networks and interconnect them at public "meet points" operated by various entities.  Many have a hybrid structure where both private network construction and the purchase of transport takes place.

    All providers of Internet service, for cost reasons, oversell.  That is, a service provider who has 100 Mbps of aggregate capacity in and out of his or her network will sell far more than 100 1Mbps connections to the public.  This is very similar to how roads, water, telephone and electrical systems work.  There were approximately 7 million people in the Chicago metropolitan area in the 1990s when I was operating my ISP, but all 7 million of them could not possibly travel on the freeways in the area at one time.  My home has 200 amp electrical service but there is not sufficient electrical power available from my power company for myself and all of the other people in my neighborhood to each consume all 200 amps of electrical power at once.  I have a connection to the water main at the street and nominally there is 40psi of pressure at my tap, but if myself and all of my neighbors open all of our taps at once the pressure will drop to nearly zero, because the main cannot serve every house in my neighborhood using its full capacity to deliver water at one time. And while we all have cell phones in our pocket these days, and used to have a phone on the wall or a desk in our homes, if everyone tried to make a call at the same time the majority of them would not go through as there is insufficient capacity for everyone to make a phone call at once.

    The same is true for the gas station on the corner.  The owner has purchased enough storage to hold a reasonable amount of gasoline, but if I and everyone in my neighborhood tries to buy gas all at once not only will we wait for hours in line to get to a pump he will run out and be unable to serve all of us.

    Please take note a few points in the above examples, however.  My electrical use, water use and purchase of gasoline are usage sensitive.  That is, there is a natural process by which I am disabused from consuming an unlimited amount of water -- the size of my water bill.  Likewise, I do not waste electrical power, because I am charged by the kilowatt-hour for it.

    Most Internet access at the consumer level, with the exception today of cellular phone delivery, is unmetered.  That is, I pay a flat price no matter how much I use.  This model, with minor changes (e.g. a cap on use) is what has evolved in the marketplace as the pricing model preferred by consumers.  MCSNet sold service we called "PackRAT" during the era of dial-up modems which was nominally unmetered but had a 200 hour per month cap on it, with a fee per-hour beyond that.  This amounted to about 6.6 hours/day of actual use.  Since you must eat, sleep and do things other than stare at a computer the cap was not intended to prevent you from using the Internet as you choose but rather to prevent you from abusing the service by locking up a limited (and expensive) resource on our end (in this case, the line and modem you were connected to) when you were not actively using the connection.

    As the Internet has developed there have been people who have sought to try to shift their cost of innovation and content delivery to others.  These people often couch their "innovation" in lofty terms, as if they are somehow providing a public service.  What they are actually doing is attempting to run a business at a profit.  Today's pet example is Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) but they are hardly the first.  Youtube, back in its early days, created somewhat-similar if less-severe issues of the same character we face today.

    Let's take the Internet "neutrality" position out of cyber-space and into the physical world.  We'll assume that I develop a really innovative movie theater that immerses the viewer in some new way in the film they are seeing.  We'll also assume that this theater only works financially if I can manage to get 10,000 people into it for each showing; the cost of building and operating it is large enough that unless I can amortize those costs over that many people I will lose money and eventually go bankrupt.

    Whose responsibility should it be to construct the roads, infrastructure and parking lots so as to be able to fill that theater every two hours during the business day, efficiently directing traffic into and out of the complex so that I can attempt to make a profit?  Should that cost fall on the persons who watch the movies (whether directly via fees on their use of the infrastructure or indirectly via my ticket prices, with the city assessing me for the necessary improvements) or should I be able to force everyone in the Chicago area to pay those expenses, whether they want to watch movies in my theater or not, by convincing the City Government to increase property and gasoline taxes?

    This is the essence of the problem we face today with the Internet.  Netflix has developed what many view as a "disruptive technology" through on-demand delivery of movies to the consumer.  In order to perform that function they must deliver a multi-megabit/second uninterrupted stream of data to your computer that meets certain specifications.  Any failure to deliver this stream, even momentarily, results in your display "stuttering" or stopping entirely.

    But this requirement is dramatically more-stringent than it is for you to watch short video clips on Youtube or to view a web page.  There a short interruption in transmission or slowing of the transport results in you waiting a few tenths of a second before your page refreshes or is displayed in full.  The same delay while watching Netflix makes their service unusable.

    There are other firms that would like to develop and deliver other services over the Internet with similarly-stringent requirements.  Most of these attempts will fail commercially, but some will not -- and eventually another "great new thing" will burst onto the scene.

    The problem Netflix and similar services produce is that the technical requirement to deliver their service on an acceptable performance basis to the end customer is dramatically more-stringent than existing requirements for other Internet services.  Netflix purports to sell their service to the end customer for $8 per month.

    But this premise, and thus the entire business model Netflix is promoting, is a chimera and unfortunately the common law of business balance (which states that you cannot get something for nothing) has caught up with them.

    When Netflix was first starting the available margin between the engineering for a typical customer connection and what the customer actually used had some slop in it.  This is good engineering practice, and what most ISPs do.  That is, the ISP models all of their user behavior and says "We sell 20 Mbps service" while knowing full well that the customer bursts to 20Mbps of performance but on average uses a tiny fraction of that -- typically less than 10%.  The reason is simple: You browse to a web page -- even a very graphically-intensive web page -- and then read it; during the time you're reading the usage is zero.

    Enter two new paradigms that break this model: Embedded audio/video advertising and streaming video content.

    Let's assume that I am a site such as Facebook, and I want to sell video ads to companies.  Now when you browse to a Facebook page Facebook "pushes", without user request, video advertising content to the user's screen.  This dramatically increases the amount of data that the consumer is using and requires that the data be delivered on a highly-stringent technical basis, lest the video "stutter" or fail to play at all.  Note carefully that the consumer did not request or benefit from this "video advertising" yet they paid an ISP for the connection to deliver it.  Facebook sold the advertising and benefited from it but did not compensate the consumer or their ISP for the higher load on his connection despite imposing that load on him or her.

    The question becomes this: If Facebook delivers a sufficiently-large number of video ads such that it begins to impact network performance and thus forces upgrades of the ISP's infrastructure who should get the bill for that upgrade?

    If the bill falls only on those who use Facebook and thus view their ads consumers may (rightfully) reject Facebook since the additional cost imposed on them is not present so they can look at a picture of their friend's cat, but so companies can advertise to them!  It is thus strongly in the interest of Facebook to hide this cost from those users by trying to impose it on everyone across the Internet so it cannot be traced specifically to their commercial, for-profit activity.

    The same applies to Netflix.  If a sufficient number of people subscribe to Netflix the stringent demands for delivery of Netflix bits to the consumer will force the ISP to upgrade their infrastructure.  Who should get the bill for that upgrade?  

    If the bill falls only on Netflix customers then their bill will likely more than double; suddenly that "$8/month all you can eat" video streaming service might cost $25 or even $50.

    What is before the FCC today is the fact that the cost increment to deliver what Netflix and Facebook are pushing to the consumer is real; the only point of debate is who pays for it and how.

    Those arguing for "strict" Net Neutrality argue that the ISP should be barred as a matter of law from telling Netflix or Facebook that if they wish to have this level of performance available to them, since it is outside of the engineered and normal realm for all customers, that they should pay for that enhanced delivery -- and if they refuse, there is no guarantee their content will display as desired.

    If the "Net Neutrality" argument wins the day it will force ISPs to bill all customers at a higher rate to provision that level of service to them whether they want it or not.

    Why should a customer who has no interest in having high-bandwidth advertising shoved down his throat pay a higher bill because Facebook has decided to force him to watch those ads in order to use their service?

    Why should a customer who doesn't want to watch Netflix pay a higher connection charge to an ISP because 20 of his neighbors do want to watch Netflix?

    This is the question before the FCC, in short.

    When you boil this down the question before the FCC is whether it is about to implement Communism when it comes to the Internet.  Does the FCC, in short, use the government's ability to forcibly compel the purchase of a service by a customer who doesn't want it and won't use it, leaving the consumer with only one option to evade a forced and undesired purchase: Buying no Internet service at all!

    There is a legitimate issue with the Internet today when it comes to "last mile" services.  Unlike ISPs who typically can purchase long-haul services from many different providers and enjoy a competitive marketplace for those services consumers do not typically have free and open choice between multiple providers. When I ran MCSNet there were roughly one hundred dial-up and several dozen ISDN provides selling service in the greater Chicago area.  We all competed on price and service, and some of us were more successful than others.   For business leased-line services in the Chicago Loop we had three competitors available to us; MFS Datanet, TCG and Ameritech.  This competition kept prices low and service levels high; during a five year period I enjoyed a roughly 60% decrease in the cost of leased line services to customers where multiple options were available.  This resulted in "all-in" monthly recurring cost for T-1 service to business customers falling from approximately $2,000 a month to about $850 over the space of a few years.

    Sadly, that same competition was not available to the average consumer; they had exactly one choice, Ameritech, for their "last-mile" phone service.  Thier phone bill over the same time period did not decrease.

    But even in the "business service" area we had occasional problems; the only "neutral" meet point available in the area was the Chicago NAP, run by Ameritech.  To get to the NAP since it was on Ameritech's property you had to buy a circuit from them.  I was able to buy circuits of the same speed and character that spanned much larger distances from competitors going to other places at a dramatically lower price, yet I could not use those competitors to reach the NAP.  It was Ameritech's government-granted monopoly position along with its effective monopoly on the so-called "public meet point" that enabled this distortion to exist in the market.  Attempts to appeal to the State Regulatory apparatus in this regard (the ICC) were unsuccessful.

    Today the promise of competition for high-speed Internet access is essentially non-existent for most consumers.  Most households can only obtain like kind and character high-speed Internet access from one, or perhaps two, companies.  In my local area we have a cable company and a phone company but they are not equivalent -- DSL service is not of "like kind and quality" to Cable Internet with the disparity being as much as 10:1 in terms of available speed.  Virtually all Americans today have an insufficient set of options available to promote effective competition, and as a result we have relatively high costs and relatively poor service compared against other developed nations.

    We should not, however, and indeed must not conflate these two distinct issues.  The problem with last-mile access and discriminatory conduct is real, as are the issues with previously-granted monopoly access to rights-of-way that exist across our nation.  Not only do those effective monopolies exist but many states and localities have passed ordinances and laws prohibiting municipally-funded or other third-party alternatives from being established, with carrier lobbying groups typically spending large amounts of money to influence that process.  That activity facially appears to be a rank violation of The Sherman and Clayton Acts and should be met with investigation and, where appropriate, prosecution.

    Resolving the last-mile monopoly issue is separate and distinct from creating a government mandate that effectively allows established businesses to shift their cost onto others who do not wish to consume their service.

    At the end of the day what those arguing for "Net Neutrality" in the context of today's submissions are demanding is the ability to use government force to compel the subsidization of a private, for-profit business service.

    The FCC not only has the right, it has the obligation under the Constitution's demand for Equal Protection as found in the 14th Amendment to reject such entreaties and expose them as a sham argument and blatantly improper attempt to force consumer subsidization of their businesses interests.

    PS: On 5/21 I got back a letter from Chairman Wheeler (presumably a form letter) thanking me for my submission -- and including what appears to be a unique response number.  I presume this means it was "accepted" into the public record.  Good.


    So yeah.

  • Democrats Sink to Pre–Great Depression Levels in State Legislatures

    11/05/2014 9:27:31 AM PST · 44 of 93
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Dilbert San Diego

    John Oliver just did a segment on state legislatures on Last Week Tonight. IIRC, from 2011-2013, the bills passed by Congress was over two orders of magnitude LESS than the amount passed by states, It was staggering.

  • All Souls, Purgatory and the Bible

    11/03/2014 3:54:47 AM PST · 180 of 349
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Iscool; NYer; verga; cloudmountain

    His Flesh is true food and His Blood is true drink. Unless we eat His Flesh and drink His Blood, we will not have life within us.

    This is something that Jesus repeated, that he EMPHASIZED.

    Metaphorical? Why then would so many of his followers fall away, decrying the saying as too hard for them?

    Then when He turned to the Apostles and asked “Will you also leave?”, Peter answered “Lord, to whom shall we go? Your words are eternal life.”

    A communion that is merely symbolic is just that: a symbol. Without the Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Christ, without being baptized in water and spirit, how can we come to our Father in Heaven?

  • Benedict Cumberbatch To Play Doctor Strange

    10/29/2014 1:52:57 PM PDT · 26 of 40
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Inyo-Mono

    Who said I was referring to smut either?

    It’s sad that the cultural sewage is such that ‘adult fare’ immediately makes one think ‘porn’.

  • Benedict Cumberbatch To Play Doctor Strange

    10/28/2014 8:14:58 PM PDT · 12 of 40
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Inyo-Mono

    Comics are just another medium for story-telling, much like television or books.

    If you want some adult fare, there’s probably a comic (or a hundred) for you somewhere.

  • Is Global Warming a Theme of 'Interstellar' Movie?

    10/27/2014 11:27:10 AM PDT · 52 of 56
    Ultra Sonic 007 to GeronL

    I know that at least one character in the show - Renee Montoya, the detective - has been a lesbian for years in the comics.

    At least they’re being accurate to the source material. /s

  • FBI Director Warns Google and Apple "If You Don't Decrypt Phones, We'll Do It For You"

    10/20/2014 5:00:51 PM PDT · 102 of 112
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Kaslin

    The arrogance of this man to assume that the United States has the monopoly on brainpower - that other nations and groups would be unable to discover and utilize these ‘back doors’ - is astounding.

  • 10 Good Movies Ruined By Bad Endings

    10/15/2014 5:03:32 AM PDT · 162 of 166
    Ultra Sonic 007 to jonno; EternalVigilance; oldplayer; Olog-hai; ImaGraftedBranch

    The Return of the King was already over three hours long. The Scouring of the Shire would’ve just resulted in ‘ending fatigue’.

    For what it’s worth, I think PJ’s trilogy is a pretty darn good adaptation. Given the overall arc and plot of how the trilogy was presented, I’m okay with the Scouring being cut.

  • 10 Good Movies Ruined By Bad Endings

    10/15/2014 4:52:54 AM PDT · 161 of 166
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Celtic Conservative

    I remember reading some time ago a different perspective on that scene: Superman was going so fast that he was time-traveling.

    Unfortunately, the angle they chose made it look like Superman was physically making the Earth go backwards, and THAT was causing time to reverse (which is ridiculous, and would cause a rather horrific cataclysm).

  • Asset seizures fuel police spending

    10/12/2014 5:39:23 PM PDT · 111 of 120
    Ultra Sonic 007 to LevinFan; manc; Second Amendment First; CyberAnt; Vendome; savedbygrace; southern rock
    I think I'll just leave these here:

    Civil Forfeiture

    Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization

    Language warning, but still worth it.

  • Sayreville football parent reveals sexual nature of alleged locker room hazing ritual (Exclusive)

    10/09/2014 10:24:36 AM PDT · 79 of 105
    Ultra Sonic 007 to southern rock; Mrs. Don-o

    Actually, going by the definition, a homosexual is a man who sexually desires another man (or woman to woman).

    Would you object to the notion that a man could have sexual interaction with another man without feeling any hint of sexual desire?

  • Let contractors fight the Islamic State, Blackwater founder Erik Prince says

    10/09/2014 10:22:36 AM PDT · 26 of 41
    Ultra Sonic 007 to gaijin

    And slowly, the plot of Metal Gear Solid 4 becomes a reality...

  • Flutie retires after 21 years of pro football

    10/05/2014 12:17:31 PM PDT · 24 of 28
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Friendofgeorge

    I was about to say!

    ‘Wait, did Flutie pull a Brett Favre when I wasn’t looking?’

  • Apple pulls iOS update after widespread reports of disabled phones

    09/24/2014 1:11:24 PM PDT · 30 of 121
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Enlightened1

    You can get much better monthly plans on most of the MVNO prepaid carriers.

  • Will Aurora Strike Tonight? Here’s What to Expect

    09/13/2014 8:08:04 AM PDT · 20 of 20
    Ultra Sonic 007 to ImaGraftedBranch

    Maybe I’ll actually have a moment to step outside during work. ;)

  • My Apple Predictions

    09/09/2014 3:45:37 PM PDT · 30 of 40
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Resolute Conservative; BunnySlippers

    Given the recent incident with the iCloud getting hacked - not to mention the intentional security loopholes that are present in the iOS software - I wouldn’t trust ANY of my personal data with ANY of Apple’s products.

    We already know entities like Facebook sell the data they collect to various interested parties. How would you like it if your health data was sold to various insurance companies who then used it - without your knowledge - to alter your healthcare premiums?

  • EXCLUSIVE: What We Found On #MichaelBrown’s Instagram Account

    09/05/2014 6:27:25 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    Ultra Sonic 007 to gov_bean_ counter
    There are an average of three arrest warrants per household in Ferguson. Fines and court fees are the second largest source of revenue for the city of Ferguson. Just from the sheer physics of the encounter, it is highly unlikely that Mike Brown's shooting was justified, regardless of whether or not he acted like a thug in his personal life.

    Hell, the 'cops' have no problem committing felonious assault with a deadly weapon, as seen in this picture:

    This incident was just the spark for the pile of kindling that was Ferguson.

  • Ebola Infected Doctor Mocked for Thanking God for Healing

    09/01/2014 6:17:18 PM PDT · 60 of 65
    Ultra Sonic 007 to xzins

    But ‘three’ is totally a word.

  • Low-Information Population Revolts When ABC Leaves Kate Upton for Breaking News

    08/10/2014 6:44:42 PM PDT · 38 of 40
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Bigg Red; Perdogg

    That’s because that individual - Michael Strahan, NFL Hall of Fame defensive end - actually has a pronounced gap between his upper front teeth. It was one of his distinguishing physical characteristics.

  • The Mockery of 'Black Jesus'

    08/10/2014 6:41:44 PM PDT · 16 of 16
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Kaslin
    At night, the children's channel called Cartoon Network transforms into the badly named Adult Swim channel, a parade of juvenile "satirical" sludge such as repeats of Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy" and "American Dad" cartoons. How many parents know this?

    Given that Adult Swim came into being in 2001, I imagine that a lot of people are aware of it by now.

    I wish we would hurry up and disregard the whole concept that "animation" = "for children".

  • China Grove, NC school buses take illegals w/EBT cards to Walmart

    07/16/2014 3:13:32 PM PDT · 92 of 100
    Ultra Sonic 007 to Liz

    I can tell you that the managers at that store were probably pleased as punch.

    The very next day, they were most likely jumping for joy over the big jump over LY sales for the previous day.

  • Is the Gay Gene a myth? Scientists say homosexuality impossible to determine by DNA

    07/04/2014 3:21:38 AM PDT · 123 of 140
    Ultra Sonic 007 to NetAddicted; wagglebee; detective
    It's interesting how the source of the information can be the same (this Northwestern study) and yet the headline can say something seemingly opposite depending on those doing the reporting:

    The Guardian: Male sexual orientation influenced by genes, study shows

    The Independent: Male homosexuality influenced by genes, US study finds

    The Telegraph: Being homosexual is only partly due to gay gene, research finds

    Christian Today: Research points to genetic element in homosexuality

    All from earlier this year, when said study was released.

    The last one is my absolute favorite, because the very first paragraph literally states 'It is nurture and environment more than nature and genes that determine sexual orientation in men, according to the most comprehensive study into the question of the 'gay gene' to date.'

  • Math Under Common Core Has Even Parents Stumbling

    07/04/2014 2:08:46 AM PDT · 67 of 72
    Ultra Sonic 007 to BobL

    How in the world can you classify range, domain, and basic algebraic properties as ‘new-age’?

  • Why Christians Should Never Trust Muslims

    07/02/2014 8:05:32 PM PDT · 9 of 14
    Ultra Sonic 007 to allendale

    Don’t forget the Battle of Tours.

  • CNBC Co-Anchor Simon Hobbs Accidentally ‘Outed’ Apple CEO Tim Cook as Gay

    06/30/2014 10:59:11 PM PDT · 49 of 61
    Ultra Sonic 007 to tanknetter; GeronL

    The VA for Gobber - Craig Ferguson - admitted that he ad-libbed the line, and the director - Dean DeBlois, who is openly homosexual - decided to throw it in.

  • Box Office: 'Transformers 4' Hits $100 Million for $301.3 Million Worldwide Debut

    06/30/2014 9:59:58 PM PDT · 48 of 48
    Ultra Sonic 007 to wally_bert

    Those all fall under the same Youtube channel (named CinemaSins). He just recently did all of the Transformers films leading up to the release of Age of Extinction.