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  •  So How DID Heartland Speak For Microsoft? (8+ / 0-)

    If it wasn't climate change, what was it?  Maybe telecom, where Heartland is paid to crap all over municipal networks?

    I'd love to know who's funding that 'research.'

    All of Us are Smarter Than Any of Us

    by organize on Mon May 07, 2012 at 02:30:30 PM PDT

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    •  Most likely it was on a tax issue of concern to (9+ / 0-)

      shareholders and/or in their own corporate interest.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Mon May 07, 2012 at 02:48:49 PM PDT

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    •  probably nothing (8+ / 0-)

      Microsoft makes it easy for registered non-profits to purchase it's products at extremely reduced prices. Techsoup is one organization that facilitates this - we've gotten probably 2-5k per year in 'donations' from microsoft without them endorsing us either.

    •  Possibly on no issue at all (3+ / 0-)
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      if the software was really automatically free for all 503c's.

      "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

      by nosleep4u on Mon May 07, 2012 at 04:25:59 PM PDT

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    •  Telecoms Funding Heartland / the Hacks that Buys (1+ / 0-)
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      For 2010-2011, The Heartland Institute received the following donations from the telecom industry: AT+T (100K), Comcast ($35K), CTIA (Communications and Telecommunications Industry Association) $20K, Time Warner ($20K), and the National Cable Industry Association) ($20K)

      That money paid for a bunch of unqualified hacks to write articles disparaging municipal networks.   That so much money was invested to do this tells me at least that the industry sees the creation of local community oriented networks a real threat to their bottom line.  Go to it people!  Keep the telcos out and the money IN the community.  If they are paying for lies, the lies must have value to them.

      The Heartland Institute employs a bevy of freelance hacks with zero actual knowledge experience in telecom writing what their corporate paymasters want.  People like Phil Britt and Alyssa Carducci.  Then there's a guy like Kenneth Artz -- not only a telecom shill, but a global warming denier -- a twofer!

      I cover medical news, reform issues, consumer-driven health care, Health Savings Accounts, ObamaCare, Medicaid, Medicare, etc., etc., etc. Additionally, I report on environmental issues, including so-called global warming and the EPA's effects on the free market.
      A sad way to earn a living, folks.  Here's the one bio that Heartland has on its site in the Telecom section.  

      Bruce Walker -- Labeled a Heartland Expert.  In what exactly it is hard to say.  Corporate shilling, certainly, D-level lit crit, but telecom?   Zero credentials.

      Bruce has written speeches and produced videos for General Motors executives and has edited publications for Buick Motor Division, for which he won a Silver Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators; Ford Motor Company; the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; the Detroit Athletic Club; and Gale Research. He continues to write articles, essays, and cultural reviews for the Mackinac Center, Acton Institute, Russell Kirk Center’s University Bookman, Michigan View, and The American Culture.

      He has written more than 100 essays for the reference book series Contemporary Musicians; as many essays on novelists, poets, philosophers, and filmmakers for the Gale Research Literary Criticism series; and he has interviewed filmmakers, authors, playwrights, performance artists, and musicians as entertainment editor-at-large for The Royal Oak Daily Tribune. He authored four titles in the CliffsNotes literary series, including books covering Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop; Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. He also co-authored What to Do With a Major in Education for CliffsNotes.

      Hey, its a living, a pathetic one, but a living.  Someone needs to spread teh stoopid after all.

      All of Us are Smarter Than Any of Us

      by organize on Tue May 08, 2012 at 10:32:44 AM PDT

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      •  great info...thanks organize. Not surprising (1+ / 0-)
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        their incompetence was apparent in the now notorious bill board ad

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        by VL Baker on Tue May 08, 2012 at 10:38:42 AM PDT

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      •  Oh, and Here's Their Senior Telecom Fellow (0+ / 0-)

        Steven Titch, who has had a decidedly mediocre career as a tech journalist.  He's posted exactly one article for Heartland in the last 4 years.

        Maybe this link to the firm he founded -- Expert Editorial LLC -- a one stop shop for those seeking hacks for hire -- would explain his thin production as an expert.   Hey Steven, Mr. Telecom Senior Fellow -- 1995 called, it wants its HTML back.

        Hurts ones brain just to look at it, let alone read it.

        All of Us are Smarter Than Any of Us

        by organize on Tue May 08, 2012 at 10:49:07 AM PDT

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