Re: Phone Barons / Non-profit LAN anyone?

Bill Mikulic (
Sat, 11 May 1996 00:35:19 -0700


We must remember the goal of capitalism is make money, not sell worthwhile,
meaningful products at fair price.
We could be in a tight spot in a few years. Increasingly the young people of
today are more interested in Steve Young, Michael Jordan,TV, and video games
than education. Young people are not cognizant of history, they have no
perspective. Life is one big challenge to buy, spend, charge, to obtain as
much material possession in hopes of enhancing one's life. We are all
consumers, but discretion is out the window.
Lastly, society is getting older, as people live longer. Consequently, our
society is getting increasingly conservative. I know its a huge
generalization, as people get older they tend to get more conservative. And
they want to hold onto more of what they own\have. Therefore, money to keep
the infrastructure of society going is reduced. Funds for things like
education, affordable housing, environment, roads, public transit is
whittled away.
The promise by capitalism and modernization of reduced workday and increased
leisure time is a utopian idea that has never been fulfilled. More people
are working harder and longer today than they have in the last 40 years.
I'm no socialist, but things are not getting better.

At 11:18 AM 5/10/96 -0500, LiDaNe wrote:
>ORIGINALLY this was to be a private message, but on second thought I
>decided to share it with all!
>We are going to get it. Big Time.
>Who is we? We is us! Let me explain: I am 45 years old.
>When I was a young man of 5 years old, all dads worked, all moms
>stayed home.
>We had a new car every 2 years.
>Every month mom paid $40 for the mortgage and $5 for the TV set.
>Just prior to Christmas 1995 I was happy to see the prices of TV's
>and VCR's WAY WAY DOWN---- $139 for a color TV and $99.99 for a VCR!
>In the very same newspaper, buried way in back, a tiny story about
>the upcoming HDTV and how it will be mandated, how sets will cost
>$10,000 for the basic bottom-line model (Americans will go back to
>paying on their TV sets), and TV as we know it will disappear! This
>is set to take place by 2002.
>Last week I read about the newly proposed and FCC-apporved on May 9
>Digital Radio... there will be digital satellite radio stations that can be
>received nationwide in your home or car... you not only pay thousands
>for the radio sets, but you have to pay for the COMMERCIAL channels!
>Radio as we know it will eventually disappear...
>The KILLER slap: in yesterday's WALL ST JOURNAL "Coming Soon: A
>Plan To Confiscate Your Car"... to quote: "The auto emissions
>law...provides for a centralized emissions inspection regime
>explicitly designed to fail most cars more than 4 years old." The
>Journal says that cars failing the tests "...could be subject to
>confiscation or scrappage. ... The automobile manufacturers are
>salivating at that prospect... imagine if everybody had to buy a new
>car every 3 or 4 years."
>So my friend, enjoy life and technology NOW while you still can...
>what is next? regulating sex and marriage? Who knows?
>But it looks like we will be made to PAY, PAY, PAY for everything!
>And it is coming down the pike, and nobody seems to be trying to stop
>Write Back!
>PS-my older cousin Paul has told me (and I verified this) that when he
>was a lad, his mom and dad had what was called the CBS Color TV
>System. The process was smashed much the same way Sony's BetaMax
>videotape system was crushed by VHS, the same way CD's trounced vinyl
>phonograph records -- which the Japanese have proven are better than
>CD's but that's another story---
>With the CBS Color system, all you needed were a few items CBS sold
>as a kit and your BLACK AND WHITE TV could receive COLOR pictures!
>If you can get a hold of some "fall Premiere" TV guide magazines at
>your local library, check out the SEptember and October editions of
>years 1953 and 1954--- look
>for some stories and previews of the CBS Color Shows---
>one week's issue even compares the CBS against the present-day RCA
>Color system! --- or check the
>channel listings and see that programs like "Red Skelton" were
>colorcast! I am sure that this amazingly simple technology could
>have been refined.
>ANOTHER product that mysteriously vanished before it could be
>technologically magically transformed: Circa 1985 the Mattell
>KiddieCorder--- a working sight/sound Video tape recorder that at the
>time was Black and White, sold for about $198 and used AUDIO CASSETTE
>TAPES --- it was also a PLAYER when you connected it to your TV
> think of the bazillions Sony and Panasonic and the gang
>would have lost if this thing was allowed to grow and develop!
Your Friends,
Araxi & Bill