Today on NPR's FreshAir, Terry Gross…
If you want to get really, really angry at just how royally fucked we've been over the past quarter century, then take some time to listen to this interview.
It will explain just what business has been doing while progressives have been whining about just about everything except the run-away plutocracy that owns us. If we can't restore basic regulations and economic justice FIRST, then social justice will always be dependent on whatever table scraps can be snatched from the lap napkins of a corporate oligarchy that feasts on the taxpayer's soul, not giving a single damn about anything but next quarter's profit.
It may sound like a tired old harangue, but it's still one we're doing nothing about. And we have to find a way to start doing something. Occupy Wall Street had the right imperatives, if not the right ideas to pursue them. Sadly, they've squandered much of their initative (thus far). But something has to give, and soon, or stories like this one will be familiar across every industry. Sadly, in many cases they aleady are. Remember, even the "Left" media is owned by these international corporate behemoths. They have no interest in having this conversation. None. But someone better start having it. And fast.
Americans are paying high prices for poor quality Internet speeds — speeds that are now slower than in other countries, according to author David Cay Johnston.
He says the U.S. ranks 29th in speed worldwide.
We're way behind countries like Lithuania, Ukraine and Moldavia.
Per bit of information moved, we pay 38 times what the Japanese pay," Johnston tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.
If you buy one of these triple-play packages that are heavily advertised — where you get Internet, telephone and cable TV together —
Typically you'll pay what I pay, about $160 a month including fees
The same service in France is $38 a month.