Unlike the politicians who value popularity more than factuality
The American fight for equality began with distinctly Christian precepts
“Roughly 80 years before the fictional lords and ladies of Downton Abbey begin to realize it, Tocqueville understood that the world of aristocratic privileges was slipping away and would soon be reduced to ruins. That is what inspired his religious terror.
The same terror grips opponents of gay marriage today, as the Christian principle of equality overturns and transforms the Christian tradition’s historic understanding of what a marital partnership is and can be. In this sense, at least, opposition to gay marriage parallels an earlier generation’s opposition to interracial marriage. In both cases, the opponents of change are attempting to stand against the march of equality.”
(original, via franflow)
In real life, however, to best love anyone you truly care about, offer love only to the limit your love is accepted. (If you do not know that limit, or do not honour it, the love may be fictional after all.)
The Prime Minister, Mr. Chamberlain is confident the peace is secure.
Netflix Inc. (NFLX) has agreed to pay Comcast Corp. (CMCSA, CMCSK) to ensure Netflix movies and television shows stream smoothly to Comcast customers, a landmark agreement that could set a precedent for Netflix’s dealings with other broadband providers, people familiar with the situation said.
In exchange for payment, Netflix will get direct access to Comcast’s broadband network, the people said. The multiyear deal comes just 10 days after Comcast agreed to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), which, if approved, would establish Comcast as by far the dominant provider of broadband in the U.S., serving 30 million households.
For months Netflix and Comcast have been in a standoff over Netflix’s request that Comcast connect to the online-video service’s video-distribution network free of charge. But Comcast wanted to be paid for connecting to Netflix’s specialized servers due to the heavy load of traffic Netflix would send into the cable operator’s network. Under the deal, Netflix won’t be able to place its servers inside Comcast’s data centers, which Netflix had wanted. Instead, Comcast will connect to Netflix’s servers at data centers operated by other companies.
Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings decided to strike the deal after Netflix saw a deterioration in streaming speeds for Comcast subscribers. According to Netflix data published in January, the average speeds of Netflix’s prime-time streams to Comcast subscribers had dropped 27% since October. Mr. Hastings didn’t want streaming speeds to deteriorate further and become a bigger issue for customers, the people said.
During this period, Netflix was using Internet middlemen Cogent Communications (CCOI) as a “primary” route into Comcast, a person familiar with the matter has said. That connection was starting to become overwhelmed with Netflix traffic, congesting traffic and leading to slower Netflix streams for Comcast Internet users, people familiar with the matter said.
At the same time, Comcast presented Netflix with more attractive deal terms than the operator had been offering, the people said. The deal spans several years. Netflix was aiming for a long-term deal to make sure its projected traffic growth wouldn’t put it at a disadvantage, one of the people said. The connection is a so-called “paid peering” deal, which connects Netflix’s network to Comcast’s directly. Netflix was previously using several middlemen to access Comcast’s network.
Mr. Hastings and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts have met on and off in recent months to discuss a possible deal and the two came to a framework for an agreement at a meeting at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Final details were worked out over the past two days, one of the people said.
The deal could force Netflix’s hand in its standoff with other major U.S. broadband providers, including AT&T Inc. (T), Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Time Warner Cable—all of which have also refused to connect with Netflix’s servers without compensation. Netflix’s streams with Verizon in particular have become worse in recent months.
Netflix has little room to pay more to transmit its TV shows and movies. In a February regulatory filing, Netflix said that if providers don’t interconnect with its servers, its ability to deliver streaming video, its business and operating results could be “adversely affected” due to increased costs.
The deal is the latest sign that broadband providers are gaining leverage in their dealings with content companies. Over the past several years, technology companies like Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Facebook Inc. (FB) and Google Inc. (GOOG) have also started paying major broadband providers for direct connections to their networks that would provide faster and smoother access.
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(shining courtesy Luke Storms, who posted this image January 19, 2013 on his return from Matha Bharath. I saved it until now, for you.)
For some years I prayed to Ganesh as Son of Siva, then in the last few years changed that to Son of Siva and Parvati. However, one morning while Luke was in In’ja, I went back to read the full story, and from then to now I address that radiant remover of obstacles as “Son of Parvathi” —full stop— because Sakthi, even more than Siva, ever establishes fierce warriors, best friends, and wise advisers.
a touch I need
nor a kiss
I can keep
talk I treasure
nor the oneness
in bed I devour
in our minds
in our hearts
towards a connection
than just an emotion
and if we were
to keep this as chaste
we’ll be more
pair of lovers
where everything else
For most of my life when this gift came I raped it, and left. Nowadays, I strive to love fearlessly, and right.
Pema Chodron “Troublemakers” (by TheOmegaInstitute)
Oh if only sweethearts knew such secrets before that wild embrace
Here’s lookin’ at You, kid.
As above, so below
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A film of interest to those active in awakening, serving, sitting, seeing, occupying:
Part One is showing now (140215) on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
[Directed by Raoul Martinez, Joshua van Praag.]