Nope!

Campbell didn’t vanish from the Internet…yet. Just the new Xfinity flavor of Comcrap. Not about to say anything especially bad about them, today. At the user end of things, it’s too hard to know who’s really to blame when you lose contact with the rest of the interwebitube culture.

Thought about this on my walks, today. Recalling my short-term adventures in Louisiana beaucoup decades ago. Talked my way into a pretty snazzy fit with a giant firm. Only a tad in over my head. Didn’t plan on working long for them…and didn’t. But, I left behind a smallish error that was caught by the younger dude who’d been my #2 on the job. On parole from some slammer in California. But, he was good at thinking on his feet. Helped me out with a clean farewell.

So, why badmouth Comcrap for today’s situation which obviously multiplied on them at least twice…judging by their revisions in projected time back online. Could’ve been something that’s happened to me, too. Some time or other in the gray and red past.

Apologies for the absence, folks

Blame the usual villain in Northern New Mexico communications. Xfinity…still, best known as Comcrap.

Yesterday, they attempted a brief update to their system. Should only take an hour or two. Finally, I got up at 1:30AM to find the system was finally back up and running. Running being the operative word because it ran like crap. I went back to bed.

Up as usual, this morning at 6AM…it’s only taken an hour+ to get the “updated” interface to work. Now, we can access TV and the Interwebitubes. Breakfast is over. 2nd cuppa consumed.

Posting, commenting, etc. resumes.

Eideard

* Here’s the cause of the outage. Followed by the carnival clown show described above. Fiber comm lines in the open strung between telephone poles! Welcome to New Mexico.

Ex-presidents normally keep security clearances. Trump shouldn’t be trusted!


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When David Priess was a CIA officer, he traveled to Houston, he recalls, to brief former President George H.W. Bush on classified developments in the Middle East.

It was part of a long tradition of former presidents being consulted about, and granted access to, some of the nation’s secrets.

Priess and other former intelligence officials say Joe Biden would be wise not to let that tradition continue in the case of Donald Trump…

They argue soon-to-be-former President Trump already poses a danger because of the secrets he currently possesses, and they say it would be foolish to trust him with more sensitive information. With Trump’s real estate empire under financial pressure and his brand suffering, they worry he will see American secrets as a profit center.

Not that I have beaucoup confidence in any of the standards guiding our “national security” boffins. But, I wouldn’t trust Trump any farther than I could throw him uphill into a heavy wind.

NM Republicans match the rest of Trumpland in hypocrisy


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President Trump continues to rail against voting by mail but the NM GOP is putting a selective spin on the bashing to justify its own mailer to Bernalillo County voters that includes an absentee ballot application. The party quotes Trump as saying on July 30 that “I will be an absentee voter. We have a lot of absentee voters. It works. So we are in favor of absentee.”…

President Trump continues to draw false distinctions between mail-in and absentee ballots, claiming the former are rife with voter fraud while the latter — which he has used as president — require a voter to go through “a very strict process. The equivalent of going to a voting machine, or maybe even sometimes better.” Voting experts told us the verification process is the same for absentee and mail-in ballots, and many states consider them to be the same thing.

Conservatives are stuck with this self-image of being the only true hard-working Americans – therefore the only folks who deserve to vote. So, making it easier only applies to their votes.

Yup. Hogwash!

500 International Monitors to check integrity of US election


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The democracy and human rights arm of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has issued an assessment of election conditions in the run-up to presidential and congressional elections on 3 November…

A week-long needs assessment mission by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) beginning on 29 May found there was widespread concern that “election officials will face serious challenges prior to and on election day, due to new measures in response to Covid-19 pandemic, and expressed concerns over their ability to overcome them.”…

Most of the officials and experts the mission talked to said they would welcome the presence of foreign election observers

In many US states there is no guarantee that international observers will be allowed in polling stations.

The tone of the 2020 ODIHR report reflects far more alarm than in 2016, and notes that only some of its recommendations for improvements in the US electoral system have been acted on.

Americans love to believe “we’re #1” at anything we do. Please don’t forget that includes serious fraud, organized crime – including the flavor with names of political parties on the stationery.

FCC underestimates number of folks with no access to broadband by 50%

The FCC’s Broadband Deployment Report states that 21.3 million Americans, or 6.5 percent of the population, lack access to broadband internet, including wired and fixed wireless connections. This figure relies upon semi-annual self-reporting by internet service providers using the FCC-mandated “Form 477.”

However, there is a widely acknowledged flaw with Form 477 reporting: if an ISP offers service to at least one household in a census block, then the FCC counts the entire census block as covered by that provider. BroadbandNow Research examined the magnitude of this flaw by manually checking internet availability using FCC data as the source of truth for randomly selected addresses.

Based on our research, we estimate that 42 million Americans do not have access to wired or fixed wireless broadband.

RTFA to understand the details. Based on my reading, the FCC is incompetent or simply doesn’t care about truthful reporting.

Or both.

ATT & Verizon rip-off DSL customers


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❝ Tens of millions of people in the AT&T and Verizon service territories can only buy slow DSL Internet from the companies, yet they often have to pay the same price as fiber customers who get some of the fastest broadband speeds in the US.

That’s the conclusion of a new white paper written by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), a broadband advocacy group.

❝ “[I]n recent years, the nation’s two largest telco ISPs, AT&T and Verizon, have eliminated their cheaper rate tiers for low and mid-speed Internet access, except at the very slowest levels,” the NDIA wrote. “Each company now charges essentially identical monthly prices—$63-$65 a month after first-year discounts have ended—for home wireline broadband connections at almost any speed up to 100/100 Mbps fiber service.”

RTFA. Consider hollering at your elected representatives in Congress to support you and your peers fight for better treatment, affordable access to the Web. It’s overdue and criminally corrupt.