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Bloomberg on FTC-Google Action; anything we can do?
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 02 2012 @ 04:04 AM EDT
I'm not sure (to put it mildly...) that it's a massive conspiracy - in
isolation, motorola's actions really are questionable. In context, it's pretty
clear its the only play they had against a very abusive patent holder. Is the
FTC just looking at one side here?

[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

Communicating with representatives -- order of priority
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, November 11 2012 @ 04:33 AM EST
I would not necessarily agree with your order of priorities. Different forms of
communications accomplish different things (to the extent that anything we who
are not wealthy contributers accomplish anything by letting our thoughts be
known ***). A telephone call is simple and (hopefully) quick. Yet all you can
expect as I result is a mark to placed in a "for" or
"against" tally.

With written communication there is at least the *possibility* that arguments
that you make will be listened to. And in the best of all possible worlds, the
representative can refer back to it in the future. Granted, that is hoping for
a great deal when you don't hire a lobbyist. ***

I once read the advice suggesting that fax or USPS ("snail mail") was
preferable to email, as many representatives were uncomfortable with email and
tended not to pay attention to it. That advice was about 10 years ago and may
no longer hold true.

You can also use more than one form of communication. Once when I wanted to
both drive a point home yet also get the communication there quickly I sent a
fax where I presented my arguments but also mentioned I would be following it up
with a letter. I then sent a handwritten letter (shows sincerity and that it
was not trivially duplicated) after I had drafted (and edited) said letter on my
computer. (I realized the handwritten letter would not arrive for aprox. 3
weeks due to the measures put in place for Capitol Hill mail in reaction to the
anthrax scares shortly after the 9/11 attacks.)



*** I am not saying don't communicate with your elected representatives. When
there is enough of an outcry we citizens *are* sometimes payed attention to as
the SOPA/PIPA episode demonstrated. But the effect of Big Money can be
demoralizing. Yet I continue to write ...

[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

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