1) Saving Internet Radio.
I had meant this to be part of a longer post about attacks on small/indie media, but that’ll have to wait. Short version: Washington bureaucrats recently decided that internet radio stations should have to pay such high royalty rates for the songs that they play on their stations that virtually all of those stations will be bankrupted. However just yesterday, two Congressmen proposed a bill that would lower the royalty rate to make it equivalent to the rates paid by satellite radio companies: 7.5% of station revenue. Obviously, 7.5% of 100% is much more affordable than 110% of 100%.
2) I keep hearing all this bitching by conservatives and war-mongers about Senator Harry Reid’s comment that “the war is lost.” First of all, it pretty much is. I don’t think that the civil war can be stopped by the military unless we want to utterly exterminate one or more of the factions. The only real solution would seem to be some sort of diplomatic agreement where the factions negotiate and compromise to come up with some arrangement that they could all live with. And even that might not be enough.
But more importantly, Reid’s statement is being taken out of context so that the authoritarian conservatives can get all lathered up about such “treasonous” acts of “surrender”. But to be fair, here’s Reid’s real, somewhat awkwardly-phrased quote:
“I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and — you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows — that this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq.”
When you read it through and piece it together properly, Reid is pretty much saying “I believe that the secretary of state and the secretary of state think that we’ve lost the war in Iraq.” In other words, it’s more of a condemnation of these White House officials than it is about the status of war victory. Not that I’m a big Reid supporter, it just gets tiresome to see blowhard politicians intentionally mislead and to see lazy journalists repeat that shit without bothering to verify or confront it.
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