I am lucky enough to have a good job that pays well, as does my wife. This means I am not directly affected by the unemployment issues we are seeing now. That doesn't mean I don't see it on a regular basis... Statistically speaking 3-6 people in my apartment building are unemployed. Two of them live next door: one lost his nursing job of 15+ years when his hospital closed, the other lost his high-end retail job of 8 years... They are great people whom I hope have a LOT of savings, because I would hate to lose them from our little community...
After the 2008 election I was so hopeful. I got one of the huge Shepard Fairey 'Yes We Did' posters, and hung it proudly on a wall in our home.
I'll be taking it down later this week...
The media loves controversy - they make more money when things get ugly. As such it is in their best interests to stir up fear, uncertainty, and doubt. It seems as though no one has actually read the actual policy proposal they filed with the FCC.
This is a policy proposal. This is Google and Verizon (two large actors in the Internet space) making a suggestion to the FCC about net neutrality. The suggestion boils down to this: keep things the way they are. This is explicitly the case for wired internet, and discussion about wireless has been put on hold both as a way to just get the ball moving sooner rather than later and because wireless is SO much more complicated that wired. For good or ill there are FAR fewer players in wired internet than there are in wireless.
Yesterday at lunch my coworkers were discussing green cards and citizenship since one of them had recently gotten married (she is Irish). This then lead to a general discussion of differences in governing mentalities. One coworker who is from the Netherlands gave us an example of wonderfully forward thinking governing that you would never see here in the United States:
A number of years back in the Netherlands large cities were having issues with youth unrest. On major holidays late at night many youths were getting drunk and then getting violent. They would go out lighting cars on fire, breaking windows, etc. On any given major holiday they would do something like 10 million dollars worth of damage. The government looked at this trend and decided to do something about it.