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On Tuesday, some Netflix users on Verizon began seeing a curious error message that explicitly blamed the Internet provider for laggy connections.

"The Verizon network is crowded right now," the message read. "Adjusting video for smoother playback…"

Letting the customer know when their service provider is too bogged down for your product to work? Whoever thought of that needs to get a Christmas bonus the size of a Florida beachfront house. But Verizon does not like the "stunt" of suggesting to Verizon customers that their crap network is slow even one little bit.
Verizon has fired back at Netflix, accusing the company of engaging in a "PR stunt." In a blog post, Verizon defended against the error message by saying the sluggishness has nothing to do with Verizon's own network and everything to do with how Netflix carries traffic to Verizon's doorstep.
Other links to go to sleep by: Global warming isn't hitting all states equally, and Keystone XL presents a prominent terrorist target. I spared you a link about Mike Huckabee because nobody wants nightmares like that, so we'll just stick with terrorism, the cooking of the planet, and phone companies.



Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2003War was about oil -- Wolfowitz:

If confirmed, this will be explosive:
Oil was the main reason for military action against Iraq, a leading White House hawk has claimed, confirming the worst fears of those opposed to the US-led war [...]

The latest comments were made by Mr Wolfowitz in an address to delegates at an Asian security summit in Singapore at the weekend, and reported today by German newspapers Der Tagesspiegel and Die Welt.

Asked why a nuclear power such as North Korea was being treated differently from Iraq, where hardly any weapons of mass destruction had been found, the deputy defence minister said: "Let's look at it simply. The most important difference between North Korea and Iraq is that economically, we just had no choice in Iraq. The country swims on a sea of oil."

Shit. Assuming the report is accurate, Wolfy has undercut the "pretend" reason for war (WMDs) and admitted the real reason (oil), all in a single week.

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On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Open Carry Texas' hijacking Target. Greg Dworkin rounds up the POW swap stories, including how Republicans scrambled to delete old expressions of support for Bergdahl. Primary election news. The reparations discussion continues. Joan McCarter gives us an Idahoan's take on the Bergdahl release. We also discussed the primaries, the Gop still at sea on Obamacare, the lineup of Daily Kos endorsements, net neutrality, MoDo on the weed, and more about Scott Brown's super-shady sweetheart deal. GunFAIL 2014 keeps up the pace, and a grim anniversary: four kids accidentally shot to death on this very day, last year.



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