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  1. Nick

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    SUPREME'S TV RULING ZAPS HOME VIEWERS
    TV Ads Win in High Court

    The Washington Post & Federal Register
    Washington - 01 Oct 2009

    In a 5-4 split, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that viewers
    of advertiser-supported "free" television must view the ads
    which fund most commercial TV programming.

    This latest ruling opens the way for the Federal Commun-
    ications Commission (FCC) to promulgate rules to regulate
    home viewers and their television viewing habits. According
    to some industry experts the ruling will ultimately affect all
    U.S. citizens who own one or more TV sets.

    The anticipated regulations, tentatively referred to as the
    Television Home Receiver Enforcement Act, Title V, or
    THREAT V, is expected to take effect following a period of
    public comment.

    Pursuant to enactment, a time-frame of mandatory licensing
    of all television receivers, and the registration of primary and
    secondary viewers in a household will occur. It is expected
    that the FCC will, during periods of commercial advertising,
    regulate such previously discretionary home viewer conduct
    such as bathroom visits, snack breaks, changing channels and
    other unauthorized activities which would tend to distract or
    prevent home viewers from giving full attention to the com-
    mercial advertising that paid for the programming being
    broadcast.

    Ima Bastid, Executive Director of the National Association
    of Broadcasters (NAB) said "This (ruling) is surely a victory
    for all Americans. With assured viewership of commercial ad-
    vertising, sponsors will be eager to spend increased amounts,
    thus providing higher quality ads for the home viewers' enjoy-
    ment. Soon, all Americans will look forward to commercial ad
    breaks, but for a different reason - to enjoy the ads themselves."

    "For a viewer to enjoy expensive television programming",
    Ms Bastid went on to say, "without watchiing the ads that
    financially support the production of that program is no-
    thing less than theft of services. This was the basis of the
    court's majority ruling, and is no different than using comm-
    computer software without payment to the author of that
    software."

    When asked by a reporter, Ms. Bastid admitted
    that the percentage of commercial time allotted to
    each programming hour will likely increase as a
    result of the assured viewership of paid advertising.

    Expected to be exempt from the high court's ruling are casual
    viewers in public areas such as bars, restaurants, retail stores
    and laundromats.

    Home viewers will not be required to view public service announce-
    ments (PSA), except where the PSA is sponsored by an agency of the
    federal government. This would include recruitment ads for military
    service, the Peace Corps and President Gore's "Volunteer America
    or Else" program. ###

    (Maury Povich, and Newton Minow, former commissioner of the FCC,
    contributed to this article which is brought to you by Bow-Firm
    Exercise Equipment, U-Suck Storage Bags, and Vita-Aide Dietary
    Supplements. BlueWhale Male Enhancement Products also paid cash
    money for us to mention their name.)

    (See related story about ubiquitous and pervasive on-screen graphic ads,
    Pg. C6, Col. 3)

    Nick :smoking:
     
  2. MarkA

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    Uh, was that mean to be funny? If so shouldn't it be in the jokes forum? Still - I must admit it is funny:) Thank God that could never happen (unless you live in Lincoln, MT - then you might think it could. Rage - are you SURE you don't live in Lincoln, MT? :):p :):p :) )
     
  3. TNGTony

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    Thanks Nick. I needed the laugh.

    See ya
    Tony
     
  4. Nick

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    Mark remarked...

    "Thank God that could never happen..."

    Are you absolutely certain, Mark???

    Nick :smoking:
     
  5. MarkA

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    sure. The Government will never control what it's citizens do inside their own homes unless it is illegal.
     
  6. Kevin

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    LOL, good one. Sounds like something that would happen in Iraq.
     
  7. Richard King

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    Nick...
    Glad to see you back in form.

    I went out with her a few times in college.

    you forgot Billie Corn and his Strip Wrench. :D
     
  8. Scott Greczkowski

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    God for a second there I thought that this was worse then the Canadian Supreme ruling handed down the other day.

    Glad it was only a joke. :D
     
  9. Nick

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    Read the story again, Mark. Under my admittedly far-fetched scenario, it would be illegal to watch a sponsored program without being in attendance to view the sponsoring commercials.

    Now, tell me again just how the gov't determines whether your private activities are legal or illegal, and how it goes about controling the illegal things people may do in their homes? :shrug:

    Remember, at one time, and in many states it was a violation of sodomy statutes to engage in the popular sports of oral/genital sex, oral/anal sex or genital/anal sex. :eek:

    Nick :smoking:
     
  10. Nick

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    "Nick... Glad to see you back in form..."

    Thanks, Richard - good to 'see' you too. :hi:

    I feel better now. As long as I promise to stay on my medication they let me out for a few hours at a time. The judge barred my access to computers, but the order didn't say anything about using a Blackberry-powered PDA. ;)

    I am somewhat concerned about the apparent age of a few of the posters over here. Think I should ask to see some ID? :lol:

    Nick :smoking:
     
  11. MarkA

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    " Remember, at one time, and in many states it was a violation of sodomy statutes to engage in the popular sports of oral/genital sex, oral/anal sex or genital/anal sex."

    What was so crazy about that? I think those laws were good. But don't pull this thread more off topic, reply to me in another forum or by PM if you wish...
     
  12. Brian Rector

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    Too bad.....I was about to make a Diana Ross joke: "Stop In The Name of NAB" :)
     
  13. Rob

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    That's almost as bad as the supreme court decision to deny the recount/will of the people and making Dubya pResident. ;)
     
  14. jrjcd

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    er...the recount would STILL have gone in the prez's favor, based on recounts done by the press in floridee....
     
  15. Scott Greczkowski

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    This one has gone way beyond a DBS topic, its being moved to our potpourri area. :D
     
  16. Nick

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    Good move, Scott. Talk about hi-jacking a thread!

    Who are these people??? :shrug:

    Nick :smoking:
     
  17. jrjcd

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    shouldn't the board have, like, a WORD LIMIT per post????:confused: :lol: :shrug: :hi: ....

    i don't think i have a long enough attention span...oh well....:shrug:
     
  18. Nick

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    ...doesn't take a rocket surgeon to copy and paste. Hmmmm, do I smell, uh...

    pla·gia·rism --
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    1 : an act or instance of plagiarizing
    2 : something plagiarized
    - pla·gia·rist: the dude what done it.
    Hear the correct pronunciation of 'pla·gia·rism' at www.m-w.com
     
  19. Chris Blount

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    Actually the limit per post is 20,000 characters.
     
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