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Above: Lake Geneva, Switzerland. At Montreux.

Fodderize v.t. 1. To break down individual components; to make fungible; to disregard difference; to render one easily substituted for another 2. To impose sub-quality goods or services upon, with little recourse 3. To cap role choices, hinder access to resources regardless of merit, and so avoid competition 4. To manage perception by propaganda-spin techniques, while concealing dispositive facts 5. To manipulate, lure, exploit, deceive


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Voter Online Access Debated, Universal Broadband, Net Neutrality.

Universal Broadband, Net Neutrality.
Truth in Labeling

News, Opinion, or Persuasion

  Computer Access for the Many: 

A Necessity in a Democracy

We have a national mandate.  Update 5/11/09; and later update -- this ongoing issue -- January 2013.

First update, 2009:  In the job description for reporters, the news industry at White House Press Correspondents' Dinner heard the admonition from the White House to   "inform the people, pursue the truth." See

Second update, 2013:  In 2013, the idea of wire the nation takes on new focus, see op-ed of Thomas Friedman,

How to implement the mandates for journalists to inform the people, pursue the truth. Centralization of media ownership is not the answer.  That merely blocks alternative viewpoints.  At least wire the nation.

Can we try these:

1. Sources and labeling.  Inform the people. Truth in labeling.  Who owns your legislator.  Who pays for his re-election campaigns, perks.  Transparency. Who is that person, really. Follow the money.

Government sponsors, and disseminates, a basic objective complete news reporting service for all the facts.  A clearly labeled outlet.  Optional.  Individual papers and reporters then may investigate further, spin and opine about as they wish, but in delineated sections of the news paper or media reporting. Propaganda can then be spotted, if we are lucky. And focused.

2.  Net neutrality and national or universal broadband. Push back at monopolization.

Get more birds on the wire.  That means all of us, on the wire. Wired.

How else to counter the push of some to monopolize the media with one viewpoint.

Wire the country. People isolated are weaker. We strong voters, with independently validated information available all the time.

3.  Access.  Everyone. Computer dissemination, like those bikes. A computer for every household, for basic word processing and internet. Repairs and exchanges for free in neighborhood storefront easy-drop in geek spots employing anybody who can learn the skills. All yellow, in substance that cannot be altered (attempts to spray paint will blister, for example. Use anywhere in the United States.

4.  The idea here is that neutral and complete information is absolutely necessary to a functioning democracy, and that computers have become the only way to approximate it and offer a comparison to what the local paper (owned by the national glom and tilting accordingly) offers so sneakily. FN 1 for rant.


FN 1 Rant.
  • Newspapers. Sam Zell and his minions could not save the Tribune Co., and that includes the Hartford Courant here and others. So, in bankruptcy, he joins forces with Fox, sharing building space, executives do both sides. We opted out. Now we are at the NYT but grieve for our old newspaper's now-tainted brand.
  • Fox News - on the air but with what. It fires its remaining liberal balance person, who used to a little bit offset the bombast extremism of Rush Limbaugh on WTIC, see
  • Privately owned Radio Stations. Often Owned by the Same Media Private Shareholders. A sore thumb. They also are firing columnists not in sync with the shareholder interest, as though there is no public interest in full information as implicit in the privilege - right- of voting.
  • Libraries. Spooks in disguise? Have to put your name and card number manually in the computer hard drive before you can access a public computer at a library? Avoid Farmington. See Sassafras Tree, Library Exposure Week, Privacy.
  • Only computers fill in truncated quotations. Find the full statement behind the truncated one offered on the news. Example: Joe Biden, saying Obama will be tested, as was John Kennedy. Omitted, however, in the media hype, is the conclusion - that Obama will prevail as did Kennedy because he has a spine of steel.

Common media ownership. Are the woods safe any more?

Even Biden noted that a President Obama would be tested, as President Kennedy was tested. All presidents are.

But how was it reported: that Obama would be tested because he was inexperienced.

That is misleading and propaganda. How would Citizen Fodder know that?

The full statement was that Obama would be tested and that he would prevail in his testing as did Kennedy because Obama has a spine of steel. See A simple search on News will produce the same thing. Broadband access. For everyone. Bridging differences. Showing where other bridges are.  Wire the nation.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Fight of the Fiscal Pipers. American Social Contract, and ABC's for Ways and Means. Fiscal Pipers Piping.

Welcome to the Fight of the Fiscal Pipers, luring public opinion with merry melodies. Time to bring back education before the bout (rout) proceeds:  The American Social Contract is embedded in our Constitution. See  Keep that in mind as you, the voter, consider social goals in fiscal responsibility.

I.  Here is one warring Camp, one piper piping.

Ask, ye curious, does he have a leg to stand on?

The esteemed Representative states that

“Many of our Democrat colleagues just don’t seem to get it,” he said. “Throughout the fiscal cliff discussions, the president and the Democrats who control Washington repeatedly refused to take any meaningful steps to make Washington live within its means. That position is irresponsible and fails to acknowledge what every family in America already knows: when you have no more money in your account and your credit cards are maxed out, then the spending must stop.”  Obama and GOP Gear Up for Next Fiscal Fight, New York Times. 

Nay!  Neigh!  No leg to stand on!

Spending without revenues is the problem.  And, of course, waste-correction.

Fiscal Piper will need revenues to get anywhere. Hellbrunn Palace, Austria
II.  Analysis:  Camp.  Sir.  So --  Who controls Washington?  Democrats do not control Washington.  The House and the Filibuster do, did, and intent to continue. Who refuses to take meaningful steps to live within means?  Everybody knows some mistletoe, no, everybody knows that a family has to add to revenue, somebody gets a job, a second job, as well as spending on waste has to stop. Simple. And if somebody got undue advantage, a free ride while others paid the bills before, equitable clawback.

III.  Remedy.  Revenues, Equity.

With the obvious need for revenue considerations in any budget discussion, home-family or nations, consider this correction to the Camp Piper:

 When you have no more money in your account and your credit cards are maxed out, then

A.  Spending on waste or narrow special interests must stop,

B.   Revenues to further the social contract must go up  (in a family, somebody has to get a job or a second job; in the public setting, taxes are increased; and 

C. Taxes must be reformed to prevent unjust enrichment in the future.  Hoards enabled to be hoarded by malfeasance (laws counter to the social contract, for example) or waste of government funds (pocketing) shall be subject to equitable remedies, Fiscal Regurgitations, including from Blackwater or whoever they call themselves now, proceeds to add to revenues.


Remedies.   See