December 1st, 2011

The sweet taste of justice

Let me make a little sidestep first. In my country a sort of state-authorized semi tax office operates called BUMA/STEMRA. They “tax” radio stations, websites, pub owners, employers and whatnot for playing music, on behalf of the producers and writers. It is of course a big scam covered under a blanked of fairness. They have been coming under more and more pressure as they are sitting on huge amounts of cashed money, but somehow are “unable” to redistribute that money to the legitimate owners.

Double sidestep: the same goes, but irrelevant for this story for another “foundation” that “taxes” media like CD-R’s, DVD-R’s and in the old days cassette tapes, as we, the public, are obviously using them to illegally copy music and movies. They even tried to get their hands on mp3 players, memory sticks and media boxes. That failed. So far.

Anyway…. Too funny! In some international score cards (too lazy to dig them up) my country is supposed to be at the very top when it comes to absence of corruption. A composer complained to BUMA/STEMRA about them having used his work on an anti-copy clip that is forced on us every time we play a DVD or go the cinema. His complaint was rejected. But when he called one of the board members, that guy he said, he could get the subject back on the agenda. Of course he wanted some compensation. One third to be precise. Of more than a million Euro’s (1.4 mln US dollars). Unfortunately, the conversation was taped. He even claimed the composer now had nothing and when he would have helped him out, at least he would have received 2/3rd. The gentleman has “temporarily stepped down to concentrate entirely on his defense”.

Don’t we LOVE the the media industry!!

June 13th, 2009

Lawyer up!

A couple of days ago, I posted on The Regulator that Ed Hale had finally lawyered up in his battle with Phil Berg and Momma E.  The astute reader may remember that Ed called his Eagle Scout lawyer one of the best.”

So, he’s got “one of the best” defending him, at a cost of thousands of dollars to his listeners, in a suit with potential damages of well over a million dollars. And what does Ed go and do?

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January 9th, 2009

Why ADN is failing – we here in Alaska will suffer!

Two words, it’s not complicated: “Outside ownership.”

Just a couple of years back the Anchorage Daily News was a profitable newspaper. But ADN has been in trouble ever since The McClatchy Comapany which owns the Daily News burdened itself with debts intended to grow its holdings. ADN management now claims that they are in trouble because of “National trends” in the newspaper business. That’s pure B.S. ADN is in trouble because the owners, The McClatchy Company, has been demanding cuts (wage, costs, salaries) from all of the papers that they own. That in turn has diminished the quality of the newspapers that The McClatchy Company publishes and has severely damaged the subscriber base of their newspapers (I bailed on ADN a year ago). McClatchy bought ADN, killed off the competition and sucked off the profits for many years. NOW, when The McClatchy Company is in trouble, we Alaskans are being left without quality news coverage -and- not even a hint of investigative journalism. The McClatchy Company, using ADN management to cover their tracks, has the temerity to blame ADN’s problems on National Trends. That’s BS – but, of course, we will end up paying the price for McClatchy’s bad business practices. ADN is failing because a large National Corporation is failing. Left alone ADN would still be a viable business entity.

Good nite, and good luck to us all.

October 2nd, 2008

SCUM 74, US 25.

Good morning all. Sports scores are in (I’m backing the Cubs this year). It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here.

SCUM 74, US (as in you and me) 25.

Throwing money at the rich as the U.S. Senate is hoping to do with their 74 to 25 vote in favor of giving private investors that dorked up $$$$$ (I think Michael Moore called it ‘stealing the silverware on the way out.’) will NOT fix the financial sectors problems. The problem of confidence is between the banks; especially in overnight lending. Simple fix – PASS LEGISLATION which makes the banks accountable for what’s on their books (audit required). Once that is done lending will resume since Bank A will be confident that bank B will still be there in the morning. It’s a f__k of a lot cheaper for us, and would be far more effective. Granted the FDIC will have to cover the losses of some depositors who are using banks that hold more trash than cash, but it would not cost the $700 billion (and probably more dollars) the “crisis” bailout bill demands. I am truly amazed at the propaganda currently being generated by the corporate press – they are not covering the issue; they are just, it seems to me, trying to confuse us.

Of course there are host of other solutions available – stop limiting the short sellers, since shorts keep stocks from being over valued (ooops, the free market folks in The Bush Administration have already put their finger on the scales by limiting which companies can be traded “short” [about 900 of them] and forced the value of stocks up beyond what they are worth – Free Market my ….). Help the citizens (tax payers) with health care and education costs. After all, the number one reason for mortgage defaults is unpaid medical bills. Wake up “America.”

Have a nice day (and call your Congressional Representative NOW).

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