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Bill Moyers: Obama’s Latest Assault on Democracy – Undermining Net Neutrality

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[Mainstream media and politicians *are* the 1%. These are the same policy directions being actively and repeatedly pursued by the Harper government. Thus far public opposition has been vocal enough to defeat his efforts. *RON*]
Posted by Yves Smith on Naked Capitalism, May 4, 2014

“Net neutrality” is one of those brilliant coinages, like chained CPI, with a technocratic sheen designed to deter ordinary citizens from taking interest in policy proposals of fundamental importance to them.

Bill Moyers interviews David Carr of the New York Times and Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, about the how the biggest service providers like Comcast and Verizon have been pushing hard to balkanize the Internet by creating more stratified service tiers based on speed of access. This change is anticipated to hurt both lower income consumers and specialized websites, like not-for-profits, cultural and scientific sites, and…independent blog…

Why Don’t We Have Good Data On The Health Effects Of Fracking?

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[Colorao Republicans defeat a bill to conduct research on the health effects of fracking because: a) it would be biased (although they cannot say how), and b) all the necessary research has already been done (although they cannot provide citations for this). *RON*]

By Andrew Breiner, Think Progress, May 4, 2014
This week the Colorado Senate Appropriations Committee defeated a bill that would have commissioned a study on the health effects of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state’s Front Range. It was the second time Representative Joann Ginal (D-Front Range) had unsuccessfully proposed a study looking at fracking’s health effects, but she indicated she’ll be bringing it up again next year. Opponents of the study claimed that it was politically motivated and would be biased, and that it would be an unnecessary duplication of existing studies. But they mentioned no specific provisions of the bill that would cause bias, and were not able t…