27 Dec 2015

Netflix is not as bad as I thought

Various Democracy Now! headlines from 2105:

  • NBC, Netflix Shelve Bill Cosby Projects as Rape Claims Resurface: Several major media corporations have canceled projects with the entertainer and comedian Bill Cosby over new claims of rape dating back more than 40 years. November 20, 2014 
  • Netflix CEO Backs Net Neutrality After Comcast Deal: The CEO of Netflix is defending net neutrality — the principle of open and equal Internet access. March 24, 2014
  • Netflix to Pay Comcast for Faster Access in Potential Threat to Net Neutrality: The video-streaming site Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast for faster and more direct access to its subscribers. The deal comes just 10 days after Comcast agreed to buy Time Warner. February 24, 2014

Other news
One Reason For Netflix's Success - It Treats Employees Like Grownups
huffingtonpost 27feb2015

The newest and perhaps biggest threat to broadcast TV comes from streaming services like Stan, Presto, Quickflix and the US giant Netflix which has signed up 57 million customers around the world and plans to spend $3 billion this year on content.

14 Dec 2015

Paris Agreement

Based on report by Alliance for Green Socialism’s Mike Davies on #ParisAgreement our leaders seem to have committed to a limit of 1.5 to 2 degrees C, but not to action to achieve it. See decision II, para 17
“Notes with concern that the estimated aggregate greenhouse gas emission levels in 2025 and 2030 resulting from the intended nationally determined contributions do not fall within least-cost 2 ˚C scenarios but rather lead to a projected level of 55 gigatonnes in 2030, and also notes that much greater emission reduction efforts will be required than those associated with the intended nationally determined contributions in order to hold the increase in the global average temperature to below 2 ˚C above pre-industrial levels by reducing emissions to 40 gigatonnes or to 1.5 ˚C above pre-industrial levels by reducing to a level to be identified in the special report referred to in paragraph 21 below;”