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Pay Toilet

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.- Rod Serling

pay toiletI wrote about abolishing the secret voting ballot a couple days back and I discovered people are quite uncomfortable exploring new ideas. What a surprise.

Well, you ain't heard nothing yet:

Comcast is going to start applying a cap on how much data a user can download per month, something like 55GB. I think that's a terrible idea. My opinion is that the cable companies should be charging us by the byte, instead.

Consider this: should you, a person who only uses the internet for the occasional Google search and/or email be charged the same monthly cost as the guy downloading Czechoslovakian monkey porn 24/7? Doesn't seem fair to me.

The internet companies clearly know how much data each of us streams through our respective routers each month so why not just add it up and bill us by the GB? Make it a quarter a GB and call it even.

Along these same lines, cable tv should charge by the minute of use. The best argument I have for this is that Fox News gets $1 for every cable box out there, per month, regardless of whether the home attached to it is ever tuned to that channel or not. That's sickening.

Local channels on cable should always be free of extra fees but every other channel should charge, say, a half-penny a minute. That doesn't sound like much but do the math. 60 cents an hour times five hours per day is $45 a month. The cable providers will do just fine.

There are other benefits to this idea. It would be an incentive for people NOT to watch garbage TV. It would encourage people to get together to watch special events en masse. It would encourage people to simply turn it off, thus saving energy. Best of all, it might even encourage people to talk to one another.

But, while I'm at it I might as well ask for a pony, too.


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