In 1974 the FCC adopted guidelines stating that although subliminal advertising might not be effective, they still felt it was a deceptive practice. If any broadcaster of TV or Radio signals uses a subliminal message they are subject to fines from the FCC.
On Sunday, 1 April 2012, during the Fox News program John “Stossel” – Stupid in America an advertisment was played for a medicine manufactured by Pfizer called CHANTIX ( varenicline ) tablets. At the beginning of the ad a female provides a positive testimonial about the anti-smoking product followed by the narrator’s voice his first two words are “….Obama support….”. He then proceeds to describe the medicine’s positive and negative potentials.
I did a double take, and played the ad again ( Direct TV ), and sure enough the guy says “….Obama support….”, whereupon I recorded the program at 12:37p PST.
For the better part of a decade, companies like Google and IAC/InterActiveCorp have been pushing for the federal government to regulate the Internet in the name of net neutrality, and I’ve been fighting them every step of the way.
We beat them in Congress.
We beat them in the courts.
We beat them in public opinion.
But we lost to them on a 3-2 party line vote at the Federal Communications Commission, led by long-time IAC/InterActiveCorp general counsel turned FCC chairman Julius Genachowski. The FCC’s unlawful order gives that commission the self-appointed power to regulate how the broadband networks that comprise the Internet operate. (At least until courts again weigh in and stop them.)
Obama’s FCC Honcho Genchowski Wants To Further Centralize News Outlets
America‘s Party News ^ | Nov. 20, 2011 | John L. Work
Posted on Sunday, November 20, 2011 1:15:21 PM by EternalVigilance
A few years back, in the early 2000s to be exact, my son was writing for a tiny monthly independent newspaper in Fort Collins, Colorado. The tilt of the outlet was decidedly left, but nevertheless the paper was its own self-contained entity and answered to no one but its own publisher. David told me several times during his early journalistic days that the greatest danger the country was facing was the growing corporate centralization of news control. From twenty-four or so corporations that once owned news media outlets, the number had shrunken to seven, he told me. At the moment, I can count four of them. One is General Electric, which made some 14 billion dollars in profits last year and didn’t pay a dime in income taxes.
Don’t panic! FEMA urges Americans not to worry as national alert system is tested
Daily Mail ^ | Nov.7, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
Posted on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 6:14:15 PM by Free ThinkerNY
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are spearheading an aggressive public education campaign reminding Americans not to panic when they lose television and radio service for a few minutes on Wednesday during a test of the Emergency Alert System.
Although the public alert mechanism is decades old and often tested and used at the local level, it has never before been tested on a nationwide scale.
This first-ever test will occur at 2:00pm EST on Wednesday, November 9 and will occur simultaneously across the U.S. and its territories, lasting up to three-and-a-half-minutes.
Written by Stephen Lendman
Date: November 7, 2011
Internet Freedom Threatened – by Stephen Lendman
Candidate Obama promised to “(s)upport the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet.”
As president, his FCC and congressional extremists threaten it. On May 12, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D. MN) introduced “S. 978: A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes.”
Referred to the Judiciary Committee, June 22 hearings were held. So far, no further action was taken. If enacted, loosely defined unlicensed online streaming becomes illegal, punishable by up to five years in prison.
…..Over the 15-year lifespan of EAS, Americans have become familiarized with the beep-beep-beep of the emergency broadcast warning. The FCC doesn’t need to know if John Q. Public can hear the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. Their test is merely a housekeeping initiative of their own broadcasters.
So why not test at 4 a.m. rather than during daytime business hours?
Undoubtedly the FCC test of the EAS is happening at a time when people just don’t trust the government anymore…..
FEMA,FCC Announce Nationwide (November 9, the public will hear a message(“This is a test.” )
FEMA ^ | June 9th, 2011
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 3:40:29 PM by TaraP
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security‘s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The nationwide test will occur on Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. eastern standard time and may last up to three and a half minutes.
The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies. NOAA’s National Weather Service, governors and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts.
Similar to local EAS tests that are already conducted frequently, the nationwide test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline video service providers across all states and the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
On November 9, the public will hear a message indicating that “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for both radio and television. Under the FCC’s rules, radio and television broadcasters, cable operators, satellite digital audio radio service providers, direct broadcast satellite service providers and wireline video service providers are required to receive and transmit presidential EAS messages to the public. A national test will help the federal partners and EAS participants determine the reliability of the system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers nationally and regionally.
“A national test of our Emergency Alert System, with the vital communications support and involvement of participants, is a step towards ensuring that the alert and warning community is prepared to deliver critical information that can help save lives and protect property,” said Damon Penn, FEMA’s Assistant Administrator of National Continuity Programs. “Because there has never been an activation of the Emergency Alert System on a national level, FEMA views this test as an excellent opportunity to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the current system. It is important to remember that this is not a pass or fail test, but a chance to establish a baseline for making incremental improvements to the Emergency Alert System with ongoing and future testing. It is also important to remember that the Emergency Alert System is one of many tools in our communications toolbox, and we will continue to work on additional channels that can be a lifeline of information for people during an emergency.”
“The upcoming national test is critical to ensuring that the EAS works as designed,” said Jamie Barnett, Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. “As recent disasters here at home and in Japan have reminded us, a reliable and effective emergency alert and warning system is key to ensuring the public’s safety during times of emergency. We look forward to working with FEMA in preparation for this important test.”
Over the past two years and as part of ongoing national preparedness planning efforts, FEMA, the FCC and other federal partners, state, local, tribal and territorial governments, Emergency Alert System participants and other stakeholders have been working toward making this test a reality.
JUST SAYIN: The close Earth approach of 2005 YU55 on Nov. 8, is unusual since it is close and big. On average, one wouldn’t expect an object this big to pass this close but every 30 years,” said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
You may recall, that back on December 21, the FCC bypassed government regulations and seized control of the Internet — delivering what many believe is a knockout blow to one of the last, great free-market frontiers our nation and the world has ever seen.
According to the organization Less Government, regardless of a multiple lawsuits, a move by the House of Representatives and a D.C. Circuit Court unanimously ruling that the FCC had no authority to take control, the fed is still arrogantly pushing forward toward full implementation of their Net Neutrality regulations on November 20!
The FCC’s Net Neutrality regulations would be job-killers — likely stifling the $30 billion annually that investors pour into Internet development and advancement and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
And that’s not the worst of it… As we warned several months ago, these regulations will lead to the FCC’s control Web content!
Should we expect anything less?
Considering government growth and control is surging while private sector job opportunities continue shrinking! Now Americans are in danger of losing their free speech rights through this latest FCC Net Neutrality power-grab!
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As already announced, they will go into effect on November 20.
Consumer advocates were on the whole more positive.
The non-partisan group Free Press, which champions universal access to communications, supported the rules while also voicing reservations about loopholes.
” don’t do enough to stop the phone and cable companies from dividing the internet into fast and slow lanes, and they fail to protect wireless users from discrimination that is already occurring in the marketplace and that will only get worse,” Free Press Policy Director Matt Wood said in a statement.
“Although we wished they could have been stronger, we believe that the rules approved by the commission are a good start to making certain consumers and innovators are protected from the power of large telephone and cable companies to remake the Internet to suit favored partners,” said Sohn in a statement.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com …
Today, the Obama administration officially published the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) so-called net neutrality rules in the Federal Register. These rules would undo a decade of free-market, hands-off Internet policy that has made the Internet the greatest engine of economic growth, creativity, and innovation the world has ever seen. They would set us down a path to reducing the Internet into a government-regulated, government-controlled public utility. The effective date is November 20, 2011. The House has already voted to overturn the rules. The Senate now has two months to do the same – and they must.
A recent Tarrance Group poll found that 74 percent of Americans believe the regulatory burden is too high in this country. Moreover, 65 percent of voters – and 67 percent of Democrats – oppose agencies regulating without the approval of Congress. And that is precisely what’s going on.
Free from regulation, the Internet has been a bright spot in our weak economy, with tech sector unemployment at just 3.3 percent. The net neutrality order will start us down the path to crippling it with regulations. A study from NYU found the rule will destroy between 100,000 and 200,000 jobs.
“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com …
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filed a final version of its net neutrality rules Thursday, one year after they voted to pass the framework defining the principles of an ‘open Internet.’ The vote on the framework was passed on partisan lines, 3-2.
Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who had voted for a House resolution to overturn the rule, supported Hutchison’s call for a Senate resolution. “The FCC is in essence building an Internet Iron Curtain that will restrict more of our freedom,” she said in a statement.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com …
The Federal Register’s publication of The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s illegal Net Neutrality regulations happened this week. That is the final step towards their illegal implementation on November 20th.
The Federal Communications Commission on December 21st illegally voted themselves – in 3-2 Democrat Party-line fashion – Internet Overlords with their unauthorized imposition of the job-killing regulatory nightmare that is Network Neutrality.
The opposition to this unauthorized power grab was nearly universal. The D.C. Circuit Court had already unanimously ruled that the FCC had no authority to do it. The House of Representatives almost immediately passed to overturn the order a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval. Lawsuits to undo the order were readied by (at least) Verizon, Metro PCS and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
This multi-front push to undo this power grab – which everyone and their mother saw coming – froze the FCC in its tracks. So the Commission slow-walked its illegal order’s illegal imposition. And to aid in so doing violated another law – engaging in the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) process after voting, rather than before. Now, more than nine months later, the FCC is finally about to give birth to its illegal Net Neutrality power grab.
It is now officially time for the Senate to do as the House did – pass the Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval. Thankfully, the serially obstructionist Senate Democrat Majority can’t filibuster the CRA; it requires only 51 votes to pass. But the Senate must pass the CRA – and President Barack Obama must sign it – by November 20th. Else the illegal, job-killing Net Neutrality power grab goes into terrible effect.
The Senate needs to immediately pass the CRA – and give President Obama the opportunity to put his pen where his deregulatory mouth has been. He’s talked a good game, let’s now see if he’ll put those words into action – and sign the CRA so as to kill this illegal, job-killing Net Neutrality order…..
The FCC cited ‘Free Press’ marxists 53 times when it usurped the internet (net neutrality)
FCC.gov ^ | December 21st, 2010 | FCC document
Posted on Monday, May 02, 2011 2:12:53 PM by Halfmanhalfamazing
The direct link to the FCC’s website is above.
A searchable version can be found at scribd:
Now, December 21 is the day that the FCC assaulted the internet by imposing net neutrality – after congress rejected it – after the courts rejected it.
And they did it anyways.
Now, people think I’m making it up, or exaggerating, or any number of other things when I talk about marxism in context of net neutrality. Ok.
Here it is, the day net neutrality became “law”(regulation) – and the “free press” marxists were referenced over and over and over again.
Posted by Gunny G at Monday, May 02, 2011
These discussions were not adequately documented there was no public record of who made what points – a violation of the law and of the FCC‘s own rules
This by itself is enough to invalidate the rules.Excerpt Read more at thehill.com …
Last week, every single signer of a Net Neutrality Pledge to regulate the Internet lost their election. Then, two days later on November 4, the FCC released their November meeting agenda and Net Neutrality was notably absent.
So, where does the FCC’s and the neo-Marxist left’s pet project go from here?Most agree that the FCC’s Title II Internet regulation scheme is dead.
For almost a year, the Commission has threatened to reclassify broadband Internet under 1930s laws to enact Net Neutrality regulations, and then some. Yet, over 300 Members of Congress – a vast, bipartisan majority from both the House and Senate – have stated clear opposition to the approach. Further, the Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives in January are virtually unanimously opposed to Net Neutrality rules. If the FCC made a move to enact regulations by fiat, Title II would likely wind up in court for the next few years.
Excerpt Read more at atr.org …
Pretty much everyone who pledged to support it lost last Tuesday. Having the government exert more control over the Internet doesn’t seem to be popular with voters.TPMDC reported: The FCC‘s push for Net Neutrality legislation suffered another setback on Tuesday, after 95 of the candidates who pledged their support for it lost their elections.
Excerpt Read more at bluegrasspundit.com …