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  •  I know rather a lot about old Cornelius. (0+ / 0-)

    and James J. Hill. I had a gr-grandfather who was a farmer who had definite opinions on robber barons and socialism to fight them.

    The internet seems to me to be a different issue entirely. Net neutrality to me gets at whether or not there is service available in all areas, including remote rural areas. We don't have that yet, and I really don't give a rat's patoot whether it is wired or wireless that gets those areas access, as long as they get access.

    It seems to me that a lot of the issues that are being described here as "issues" in net neutrality are of the do you want instant coffee or a double-shot caramel mocchiato. Rather than do you have running water in your house yet. That's why I said your analogy about robber barons.

    Although another way to describe it would be the way one philosophy professor described as the wrong question people -- those who ask "whether it is colder in winter or in China." To me the whole debate is the "wrong question."

    I'll leave it at that.

    Have a great day!

    You go to war with the TROLLS you have, not the TROLLS you might want or wish to have at a later time.

    by klompendanser on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 07:45:11 AM PDT

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    •  So "Be thankful you've got ANYTHING" trumps (0+ / 0-)

      resource ownership, eh?

      As someone who lives downwind of the TVA, I take issue with that approach.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      -Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 08:05:33 AM PDT

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      •  no, get the running (0+ / 0-)

        water first (ie the Internet), worry about embellishments later, is not the same thing as "be thankful you got anything." I'm in my 50s, fourth of five children, and am the first of my siblings to take indoor plumbing for granted, so I know that angle of argument pretty well...it was made to me frequently whenever I expressed a wish for a "better" whatever.

        My point was that the embellishments of technology of the internet is irrelevant when you don't have it at all. You argue from a different side of the question. Who is right, who is to say.

        Hope your day was great; it's boiling hot and humid here, the rains we've had this week caused flash flooding in the streets, and tempers around me are short.

        You go to war with the TROLLS you have, not the TROLLS you might want or wish to have at a later time.

        by klompendanser on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 02:43:53 PM PDT

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