SBC Chief Declares War On Google, Vonage

This is the power of monopoly. At this point we are practically down to two major telecoms with Verizon and MCI merging as well as AT&T with SBC. The very notion of charging companies for use of an internet backbone is insane, scary and ultimately doomed- but it may not be before we see outages, lawsuits and more from internet companies against the reborn Ma Bell. Read on…

SBC CEO Edward Whitacre has declared war on Google and Vonage, among others. He told Business Week, “Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain’t going to let them.” In other words, if the sites don’t pay him an extortion fee, he’ll block access to them.

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Delaware court rules in favor of anonymous blogger

From Slashdot:

The Delaware Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a lower court decision requiring an Internet service provider to disclose the identity of an anonymous blogger who targeted a local elected official. Judge Steele described the Internet as a ‘unique democratizing medium unlike anything that has come before,’ and said anonymous speech in blogs and chat rooms in some instances can become the modern equivalent of political pamphleteering. ‘We are concerned that setting the standard too low will chill potential posters from exercising their First Amendment right to speak anonymously,’ Steele wrote.

Discourse

So Rick Santorum was on NPR this morning, talking about the “nuclear option.” In his discussion, he said that the Republicans weren’t chaning the rules, the Democrats already had, and that Democrats decrying the changing of the rules to “Adolf Hitler, standing in Paris, claiming the Allies were invading his country.”
I couldn’t help but think of the big rule of arguing on the internet: Once you bring up Hitler, the conversation is over, and you lose. Sadly, this will not likely be the case for Mr. Santorum.
Watching Santorum and his bold steps is like being that guy in The Dead Zone trying to stop the politician he knows will start World War III. I won’t be at all surprised if he runs for president in a few years.

Update:
The exact quote:
TO STAND UP AND SAY, HOW DARE YOU BREAK THIS RULE. IT’S THE EQUIVALENT OF ADOLF HITLER IN 1942 “I’M IN PARIS. HOW DARE YOU INVADE ME. HOW DARE YOU BOMB MY CITY? IT’S MINE.” THIS IS NO MORE THE RULE OF THE SENATE THAN IT WAS THE RULE OF THE SENATE BEFORE NOT TO FILIBUSTER. IT WAS AN UNDERSTANDING AND AGREEMENT, AND IT HAS BEEN ABUSED. IN A SENSE, WHAT WE SEE HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES

from Raw Story, but I heard him say it on the radio

Question

Why isn’t anyone talking about the $140 billion tax cut GW just signed into law? I don’t really watch network news, so I can’t be sure, but even Kerry doesn’t seem to be talking about it. I guess he’s too fired up about the 350 tons of explosives that went missing in Iraq. Explosives the IAEC warned them to keep secure before the war.

Oh yeah, watch the new Eminem video.

Also, Bill Clinton looks like shit.

[Listening to: Alone Again Or – Love – Christmas Comp Disc 1 (3:17)]