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The Cyclic Oligopoly Complex

      I t happens over and over again, the cyclic oligopoly complex .      Everyone jumps on board with a company, it could be any company. Take a store like Walmart or a cable company like Comcast, or an internet company like Google or Facebook. The cycle begins when the majority of people invest their time and money into it, making it a giant that subsequently can't be beaten. The company then starts buying other companies, eventually working its tentacles into as many areas of your life as possible. In the U.S. we actually have a law for this, the "antitrust law". Why do we keep enabling this? It's about time that we re-define what "government" is in our minds, as consumers, living in a consumer driven economy.    What does it matter what you call it, government, or the private sector. If it's in control of what you require to lead a meaningful life, it's a government.  Despite that — what I call — fact, we still view corporations as separate

What It's Like Not Owning A TV for Ten Years

    I 'm so unaccustomed to watching TV. I went without owning a television for about 10 years and now when I see busy news and show promos, loud fast-paced commercials with shaky camera shots edited by an editor that apparently has Attention Deficit Disorder, I'm kind-of insulted. I'm insulted by this way, this attempt of selling me things, as-if the producers assume that I can't focus on anything unless I'm yelled at. And, these type of sights and sounds are somewhat shocking, since I've maintained the pace of books and live music practice over the past ten years.     Television is obviously being made for people who've been desensitized to the point where you need the sound of explosions going-off often, and swooshing sounds to go along with colorful menu animations, shot switches every few seconds, constant panning to go along with anticipatory adrenaline-pumping cliffhanger content.    It's kind of sad. But, at the same time it's kind of h