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DISH Network has been refused an immediate waiver to let it build a ground network using its satellite frequencies, as the FCC wants to consult until after Obama is re-elected. DISH was hoping to follow LightSquared's lead in building a terrestrial network operating in the frequencies formerly reserved for satellite …

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Social engineering

Stop with the social engineering... "as the FCC wants to consult UNTIL AFTER OBAMA IS RE-ELECTED" ...lolwtf?

With a fake birth certificate that even a Photoshop n00b can tell is clearly faked, I think somebody is getting a little ahead of themselves.

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Re: Social engineering

I wonder if there is a group of mentalists who just sit around trawling the net for Obama references and just post about his birth certificate no matter the topic.

What's sad is the vociferous nature these people have about his place of birth, just what part of SaudiAl-QaedaOsamaIraqghanistan911 he was born in is of some contention to these nutters, although them acknowledging anywhere outside the US exists at all is a step up from GW.

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Re: Social engineering

To the Social Engineering comment. Are you really that stupid! It was done with GIMP. But, all kidding aside, you are such an ass.

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Re: Re: Social engineering (Jeebus)

The best part is that the Birth Cert doesn't matter. A Natural Born Citizen does *not* have to be born in the US. The criteria are:

1)Born in the US

*OR* (the Or is the big part, it is not "and")

2)Born of a US Citizen.

Obama's mother was a citizen at the time of his birth; therefore he is legit, and the "Birthers" are morons.

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@Jeebus: The problem is The Big 0 keeps feeding them.

My take is a bit nuanced, but I understand where they go off the deep end. I believe the information on the documents which have been made public accurately reflects what was on the original certificate, but that they published materials are at least duplicates if not forgeries. Here's why:

He was born in 1961. The published copies list race as "Black." While that is correct in our current US lexicon, it wasn't in 1961. In 1961 "Black" is what the "N-word" is today. It was the Black Power movement, who popularized "Black" as the correct descriptive word, precisely because it was the most derogatory term and they thought it would build the pride necessary to overcome racism. And while you might find a well-coiffed secretary kvetching about "N*******" on her coffee break with her friends she'd never say "Black." Furthermore you can bet your paycheck for the whole year that when she filled out the birth certificate she used the officially approved anthropological term "Negro" which never carried negative connotations.

It is possible the original was lost in a flood or a fire and therefore this all innocent because today no well-coiffed clerk would put in the word "Negro" when filling out the replacement record. But they keep insisting it IS the original and everybody who says otherwise is bonkers and racist.

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More like we caught hell for Light Squared and we don't want to be caught with our pants around our ankles again.

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The goal of Dish is to buy the spectrum, get the waiver and then sell it for a premium. They have no intention of building a network. This is why AT&T is pushing that build-out and coverage plans are produced before the waiver. Most of the spectrum that AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile bought, they had to have a plan in place and use the spectrum, not just buy it and sit on it waiting for the price to go up.

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Conditional waiver

Give them the waiver on condition that the network can't be sold to an existing telecommunications company for a minimum of 10 years - if AT&T wants to buy Dish, they'll have to spin off the ground network first.

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Plans?

"Now the plan seems to be (according to the congressional newspaper The Hill) a wholesale removal of the restrictions on the satellite spectrum, rather than case-by-case waivers. That would be a better solution, but will take a year or two to happen and won't solve the GPS problems plaguing LightSquared."

A better solution? Bat-shit crazy would be a more apt description. Satellite frequencies need to stay reserved for satellites. Purely earth based comms pedallers should be bidding on frequencies freed up by analogue TV along with everyone else.

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