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  •  I'm not going... (14+ / 0-)

    to retype this Hunter...I wrote it last week for a column by Merlin...

     I'm a retired NWS guy. I worked both as a tech and a manager. I know a lot about the private sectors desire to take over the NWS. Joel Meyers is the founder and owner of Accu Weather and has been working for years to get the repugs to give him the NWS.  His best buddy is Rick "I want to be Prez" Santorum.
     Myers faced criticism in 2005 when he supported the National Weather Service Duties Act of 2005, a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) that would have prohibited the National Weather Service from publishing weather data to the public when private-sector entities, such as AccuWeather, perform the same function commercially. . Myers has been a long-time large donor to the Republican Party, its candidates, and to Santorum, his home-state Senator.Santorum was accused of political impropriety and influence peddling in his interactions with Myers and he subsequently lost his bid for re-election.

    One more thing...a few years ago it was estimated that the NWS cost the average taxpayer about 2 dollars a year in taxes.  If weather went private you would pay through the nose to get a forecast...trust me I'v from the government!

    I see Meyers has got Fox news carrying his water now...the guy is a DICK!

    Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. Benjamin Franklin

    by golfervet on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 10:48:04 AM PDT

    •  The problem with Accuweather (9+ / 0-)

      As a TV executive I did business with acuweather just once and it was among the worst vendor experiences ever. Joel Meyers and his brother Barry, the lawyer part of the combo, do not run an ethical business. Caveat Emptor is the operative phrase in dealing with them. In my case it cost nearly $100,000 to get out of a contract for services NOT delivered, and that cost was the result of a flim-flam deal they apparently used a lot in the 1980's. That this Pennsylvania firm headquartered in  State College (where Penn State's main campus is) has a close friendship with someone like Rick Santorum tells you all you need to know on why avoiding them is a good concept.

      •  Until the advent of civil, consumer and (4+ / 0-)

        human rights in the '60's, along with open government requirements, our public corporations (governmental jurisdictions) were mainly concerned with doling out various rights to their friends and cronies.

        water rights
        grazing rights
        logging rights
        mining rights
        drilling rights
        property rights
        patent rights
        trading rights
        territorial rights
        commercial rights
        etc.

        Basically, it was a property over person system in the "good old days" and that's what they want to get back to.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuzZQ8LTE2c

        by hannah on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 11:34:40 AM PDT

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        •  Privacy vs public (0+ / 0-)

          I've been watching some of the old time TV shows, Daniel Boone, etc. They all seemed to have the theme of the little guy vs the big bad land owner or corporation. What did the Tea Baggers get out of these shows? Guns are great and might makes right? That was not the message I get out.

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