Last night, just before midnight, C&S commenter "Ten Mile Island" described the FCC's bizarre demands to enact the country's first-ever nationwide test of the emergency broadcasting system.
Tonight, broadcasters across the country found out about a new, federal requirement.
On November 9th, the broadcasters and cable operators of this nation, will be airing the first national test of the Emergency Activation System. The message will be aired as an "EAN," the code for an Emergency Activation Notification.
Tonight, within hours of this post, broadcasters and cable operators learned, for the first time, that the requirements for those federally licensed operators, are required to have a new "EAS Handbook" at their individual control points. So, for more than 15,000 operations, we will be required to have, on-hand, a new document, that none of us has ever heard of before tonight.
Additionally, unknown before this evening, all broadcasters and cable operators are required to list information about their operations;
None of this was known to any of us before this evening. There was no process.
I've gone through the registration process. But there are literally thousands upon thousands of broadcasters and cable operators who will learn of this tomorrow. There will be thousands of broadcasters and cable operators who will never see this requirement pass their desks before the test, November 9th.
Because the process was entirely avoided. Is it legal? As a broadcaster, duh, yes. We live on the string pulled by Uncle Sam. Broadcasters have no rights. Only responsibilities. Is it fair? Who said anything in life is fair. Is it gentlemanly?
Are you kidding? Democrats and their stooges gentlemanly? Are you taking drugs?
Not to worry: it's just coincidental that this date is almost precisely one year to the day before the 2012 presidential election.
As an aside, can you imagine the hue and cry had Bush 43 tried this sort of thing?
If you're not just a wee bit concerned with the timing of this test, you're not paying attention.
I was wondering when someone was going to finally notice this little tidbit.
Start connecting the dots. Here is a dot to help you on your way.
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Dougie and Nahanni, your Kool Aid is getting warm, so hurry up and drink it.
Yeah carlito, that pesky Kool-Aid. Not the blue flavor which makes people believe government control of everything is going to work this time where it has failed every single other time it has been tried. No...the red flavor Kool-Aid that makes people question the motivation of a government more and more resembling that of the Soviets.
By the way, the red Kool-Aid tastes just fine warm or chilled. Go get a job, hippie.
You forget your history, hun.
Every totalitarian regime destroys its supporters and other 'useful fools' once it finally achieves its goal. Why? because they know that you are dangerous to them and, having achieved their goal, you are no longer of any use to them.
I don't care if you believe me or not. Just remember it.
It doesn't stop.
Today we see:
"The FCC is expected to issue a proposal tomorrow (today) which will, if adopted, require broadcasters to provide much more detailed information and reports on the programming they air.
"Instead of quarterly 'Issues/Program Lists' (which already viewed as an unduly burdensome requirement and seldom if ever used by the public) the FCC is looking to have stations fill out a new and more complicated form which would be posted on the stations’ websites.
"The program reporting requirement would require a station to glean programming information based on two composite weeks per quarter (presumably selected by the FCC) and insert the results of their analysis into a form which would then be posted on the station website. In addition to the new programming information, all of the required data maintained in the station’s political file would also have to be posted on the website.
"Not only will the web site posting requirement be labor intensive (particularly for small market stations) but they will reveal any required programming postings and other filings which fail to meet the various filing deadlines for required information. The newly proposed rules would also provide easy access to opponents and protest groups to gather information for petitions to deny and complaints to challenge license renewals and any other applications filed by the stations."
Our government masters will require us to be suitably engaged in social justice.
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