Voice is the application, not connectivity. We’ll never have real competition if the incumbents get paid even when customers want to switch to a competitor.
Alas, A Blog explores the possibility that the Terri Schiavo case has garnered such media attention because she entered a persistent vegetative state as a young woman. It's an interesting point and to that I would add, a white middle class young woman. Rox Populi takes a different route and reprints a portion of a posting on Craigslist where someone offers to remain in a PVS if the people fighting for their life would commit to doing one or more of several good deeds such as opening an emergency room in an inner city.
Boing Boing suggests a tangential call to action as regards to the Congressional action taken in the Schiavo case. Take photos of your ailments and send them to Senate Majority Leader, Doctor Bill Frist. After all, if he can tell Schiavo is not in a PVS just by looking at a video tape of her for a few minutes, then surely he can accurately diagnose your illness and offer a suggestion to remedy it. The faith healer as national health plan - love it!
One of the Bush Administration's favorite think tanks, the American Enterprise Institute, has just published a short book entitled, An Analytic Assessment of U.S. Drug Policy. The conclusions that are drawn are surprising, coming from AEI because they are so sane. Among them:
- Domestic enforcement should be directed toward reducing drug-related problems, such as violence around drug markets, rather than locking up large numbers of low-level dealers.
- Eradication of drug crops in source countries should not necessarily be a routine aspect of international programs, especially where it may conflict with other foreign policy objectives. In fact, evidence shows that such control is very unlikely to reduce America’s drug problem.
- Criminal punishment of marijuana use does not appear to be justified.
- Treatment services for heavy users, particularly methadone and other opiate maintenance therapies, need more money and fewer regulations.
- Programs that coerce convicted drug addicts to enter treatment and maintain abstinence as a condition of continued freedom should be augmented.