Gentilly Girl- a part of the 99%

January 16, 2009

Don’t Let the Big Telecoms Suck Away Our Money

The following comes from the FreePress Action Fund-

President-elect Barack Obama has committed billions of dollars to rebuilding America’s crumbling information infrastructure. It’s a bold part of his economic stimulus plan that will revitalize our economy and our democracy.1

But as Obama’s plan moves through Congress, it’s come under siege by phone and cable lobbyists seeking to turn our economic stimulus into their blank check — written out to corporations like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon with no strings attached.2

Only a public outcry will ensure that public tax dollars go to serving the public interest.

Free Press has a five-point plan3 to ensure that any public investment actually serves the public interest. Our plan makes crystal clear that any taxpayer money should support broadband that is:

  1. Universal: focused on connecting the nearly half of the country stuck on the wrong side of the digital divide.
  2. Open: committed to free speech and without corporate gatekeepers, filters or discrimination.
  3. Affordable: providing faster speeds at lower prices.
  4. Innovative: dedicated to new projects only and available to new competitors, including municipalities and nonprofits.
  5. Accountable: open to public scrutiny so we can ensure that our money isn’t being spent to prop up stock prices and support market monopolies.

Building better broadband cannot be another corporate bailout. It must be a buildout for better democracy.

Connecting everyone will give more Americans a voice in government, better educate our children,4 revitalize rural economies, and bring hundreds of thousands of new job opportunities to those who need them most.

Greedy phone and cable companies have squandered America’s global Internet leadership — overcharging consumers, throttling content, stifling innovation and dropping us from fifth to 22nd place in world broadband adoption.5

With the economic stimulus package on the fast track in Congress, our plan needs your support right now.

It’s time we changed business as usual in Washington. Help jump-start the economy and restore accountability and openness to America’s communications policy by acting today.

Thank you.

Timothy Karr
Campaign Director
Free Press Action Fund

1. “Obama’s Democracy Stimulus,” Timothy Karr,

2. “Broadband Vendors Line Up to Share Stimulus Pie,” Cecilia Kang, Washington Post.

3. “Down Payment on Our Digital Future,” S. Derek Turner, Free Press.

4. “High-Speed Internet Changes Family’s World,” Megan Tady,

5. International Telecommunications Union.

Dear Friend,

Building better broadband cannot be another corporate bailout. It must be a buildout for better democracy.  Only a public outcry will ensure that public tax dollars go to serving the public interest.

Please go to the URL below to check out what’s at stake and send a message directly to your member of Congress urging them to protect the public interest.  Take action now at:

August 21, 2008

Just Say “NO” to Entergy

Gentle Readers, many of you know my complete disregard and mistrust I have for electric/gas Utility companies. They hold a monopoly over our lives and our pocket books.  Under Entergy New Orleans we are as rats on a cage and the utility does what it wishes to us for the sake of their shareholders. This shit must stop or the rebuilding effort here is going to die on the vine.

For the latest threat to our ability to live here, I must direct you to the American Zombie’s take on the topic.  (Yes… go read it! I can wait)

There are two main reasons I champion Alternative forms of energy- one is the lessening of harm to the planet and it’s denizens, and the other is the use of what Nature provides as energy that is Goddess-given to each and every one of us (no one can own the tides, or the wind, or the Sun or the temperature variations  of the Earth’s crust. ) These are the gifts given freely and are not subject to the whims of a corporate Board or the demands of shareholders in said corporation.

Betts and I have already taken the first steps to independance on this issue by rebuilding Green and getting the Geo-thermal system in. The next step is the final one needed to cut the umbilical cord, and that is adding the Solar system to complete the changeover. I’ll be meeting with a company in the next week in order to facilitate our possibly being a model home (using a 70 year old house) to prove the workability of the concept of home energy freedom.  It won’t eliminate our need for Natural Gas for the stove and our back-up generator, but our excess power production will provide more than enough roll-over credits to cover that expense.

Soon our carbon-footprint, just like our utility bill, will only be the size of a baby’s shoe.

More details on the Entergy poop, the further Greening of the house and a water purication system to recycle grey water to come as the info arrives.

May 9, 2007

Fuck Entergy NO

So the CEO of our worthless, shareholder-driven utility says that even after receiving many millions of $ from the Feds, customers will still have to face rapist quality bills, and he thinks this shit is fine?

Fuck Entergy and the fat-assed white shareholders. They need to get a real job instead of screwing working folks so that they have ways to pay for their Cheez-Wiz and Tostadas whilst they stare at American Idol.

It’s not that I hate white people, it’s just that I hate lazy, self-serving vegamatic assholes that do nothing but act as leeches upon those who actually work for a living. They are disgusting parasites, and all they deserve is a visit to the gator farm, or a bullet to their brains.

Later this week I’m going to release my buying guide and info for alternative energy. This is really important for the folks here in the City, but it will also help those beyond the borders of our forgotten territory called the Ilse d’ Orleans.

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