Does This Make For An Effective Speech At The United Nations?

I must say, for all my concern about Iran and the nuclear issue all I could think of was Ross Perot when the chart came out.

I just do not think Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel displaying a  silly diagram while speaking about Iran’s nuclear program at the U.N was at all effective.

It was a rather sophomoric way to deal with a serious problem.

Pandora Correct In Wanting Level Playing Field For Internet Radio Music

I often listen to Pandora internet radio when working at the computer.  I can hear the music I want, when I want.  It was because of this website I set up a small sound system that runs off the computer to make Pandora’s music surround me as I type and surf the web.

I know there are countless others who also listen every day to the musical styling of their choice thanks to Pandora.

And we have some concerns.

I want to see—and I know other Pandora listeners would agree–the passage of the Internet Radio Fairness Act.   The bill number is 3609, for those who wish to contact federal officials over this matter.  There needs to be a leveling of the playing field when it comes to internet radio.

The bipartisan bill will correct the incredible inequity in how different digital radio formats are treated under the law when it comes to setting royalties. The difference is rather stark.

In 2011, Pandora paid over 50% of their revenues in performance royalties, while SiriusXM paid less than 10%.  I have Sirius in the car, and know the value of having such a service, but there should not be such a wide difference between them and Pandora.

The bottom line is why should free, ad-supported radio music be curtailed because technology has advanced to enable an innovative new platform and distribution channel?  That would be Pandora.

I want congress to act so consumers such as myself who enjoy new ways to listen to music using the latest technology can do so.  The laws need to be updated to ensure Pandora does not face discrimination for doing the same thing as Sirius  It is just wrong to assess different rates to different digital radio providers.

A Republican Party Civil War Is About To Start

There is less than 1,000 hours before the most dramatic civil war of our lifetime will start.

It will happen within the Republican Party once President Obama secures the 270 electoral votes needed for a second term.

There will be a gnashing  of teeth and bitter recriminations that will make for headlines and video for many, many months.

It could not happen to a more deserving political party.

Some would say the Fort Sumter moment has already arrived.

There is no way the conservative movement can continue to make the Republican Party more freakishly fringy–think evolution, electrified fences, and contraception–and believe they have a role as a national party.  There is no way the anti-immigrant wing of the conservative movement can think a smaller white party–consider the vast majority of Hispanics vote Democratic–can continue to be a national party.

Clearly there needs to be modernity within the GOP if they wish to continue with any chance of national victories.  Some will trot out all sorts of ways a more conservative candidate would have been the answer this cycle, or will be in 2016.

Problem is those conservative candidates have to deal with an electorate that has many millions like me to contend with.

And we value science and diversity!

The blame game has already begun in some quarters. “There are a lot of elitist Republicans who have spent several years telling us Mitt Romney was the only electable Republican,” conservative blogger Erick Erickson wrote on Tuesday. “They conspired to shut out others, tear down others, and prop up Romney with the electability argument. He is now not winning against the second coming of Jimmy Carter. They know there will be many conservatives, should Mitt Romney lose, who will not be satisfied until every bridge is burned with these jerks, hopefully with the elitist jerks tied to the bridge as it burns.”

The schism within the Republican Party began during George W. Bush’s administration (“They think the conservative movement will give them a pass just as the movement did with No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, Harriet Miers, TARP, etc.,” Erickson added, ticking off Bush’s greatest hits). The tea party movement, with its antispending message, stood in contrast with Bush’s big-government conservatism, a virtual rebuke of party leadership, which the activist class believed had lost its way. If Romney loses, that rage at the establishment — Erickson’s “elites” — will only grow.

Weather Might Impact Democrats More Then Republicans This Presidential Election

There is excitement all over the nation, from every corner, when it comes to the presidential election.  Even the Weather Channel plans to enter the arena.

Today I read this nugget.

The Weather Channel, which commissioned a study on how many people might be dissuaded from going to the polls by bad weather, said Wednesday it plans to send some of its meteorologists out into the field on Election Day to monitor the weather’s impact on voting.

The Weather Channel will base reporters in swing states on Election Day. It will decide closer to the election whether to pre-empt its regular programming, as is often done during major weather stories, said Jennifer Rigby, the network’s multimedia content director.

The study, done in August, found that 25 percent of eligible voters said bad weather would have an impact on their ability or desire to get to the polls on Nov. 6. Among people who said they were undecided between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, 35 percent said weather might make a difference in whether they vote.

Obama’s supporters should be hoping for clear skies: Twenty-eight percent of people who said they plan to vote for Obama said weather would have a significant or moderate impact on their decisions to vote, while 19 percent of Romney supporters said it would.

Rural Residents Still Rely On Newspapers

I love the city, live in one, (Madison, Wisconsin) and know the newspaper is very important to our lives.   There is a nice feeling when I sometimes hear the thud of the papers in the morning landing up against the door and falling to the stoop.

I also know from growing up in a rural setting (Hancock, Wisconsin) the importance of the daily newspaper arriving in the mailbox at the end of the drive.  As a young kid I would wonder while walking to pick it up how the latest adventures of Buzz Sawyer would unfold…..

As the world of technology moves along with amazing speed it is interesting to find from a latest study how important newspapers remain to folks back in the country.

Americans in small towns and rural areas rely more on newspapers and television for local news than their big-city counterparts, a survey showed Wednesday.

Newspapers are especially important for civic information to rural and small-town residents, who are the most concerned about what would happen if the local paper disappeared, the Pew Internet & American Life Project survey found.

Urban residents use a wider combination of platforms for news including Internet searches, Twitter, blogs and the websites of local TV stations and newspapers.

Suburban residents use a mix of media sources similar to that of urbanites, but rely more on radio, the study showed, possibly for information on commuting times

Urban and suburban residents were also the most likely to get news via mobile devices.

The survey found 61 percent of small town residents would be concerned if their local newspaper disappeared, compared with 54 percent of urban residents.