I Pity Nigeria

Written by DD Phil

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We are not free anymore. Our lives are threatened forrepparttar sake of truth. Our heads are not seen as leaders, but as rulers. They dictate and give orders. They hate counsels. They detestrepparttar 125860 truth and hide it in their undies so it decays and stinks like dead rat. Corruption has become their hobbies.

They help to revive peace and unity in other countries, while our country is falling apart. Crisis, conflicts, pains and poverty is what our nation has been experiencing since 1985 till date. And probably, it might extend till 2007 and beyond.

Yes, I'm sure, becauserepparttar 125861 leadership still rotates amongrepparttar 125862 same old "cargoes," who refuse to die or who never get tired of staying atrepparttar 125863 Aso-Rock—the seat of power. They sit tight there in conducive rooms dictating what happens torepparttar 125864 masses. They've never experienced hardship.

At times, I ask myself this question: "Will this nation ever return to her former state?" "And if it will, who will berepparttar 125865 Moses or Savior that will achieve that for us?" The answers to these questions are far fetched. Because corruption, as started and practiced byrepparttar 125866 leaders has indirectly been legalized for every citizen.

Or maybe we need a moral man. Not a Christian. Not a Muslim. Because none of these religious groups have made any positive influence on us. Butrepparttar 125867 question now is: Where isrepparttar 125868 moral man?

Now think ofrepparttar 125869 population of Nigeria. Where arerepparttar 125870 resources to take care of them? Budgets? No. They read budgets. And we hear ofrepparttar 125871 large amounts mentioned. The budgets are shared among state and local governments. And we don't see what they do with it.

An average Nigerian can no longer afford three meals a day. There is hardly a family where you won't find a child with malnutrition. Except forrepparttar 125872 rich ones.

Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause Guide our leaders right. Help our youthsrepparttar 125873 truth to know. In love and honesty to grow, And living just and true. Great lofty heights attain, To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign.

That wasrepparttar 125874 second stanza ofrepparttar 125875 National Anthem composed by a true Nigerian, Mr. Ben Odiase, ofrepparttar 125876 Nigeria Police Band in October 1st, 1978. He never expected that one day his nation would turn forrepparttar 125877 worse.

I pity Nigeria. I pray for change!

DD Phil is a romance writer. His book titled "How to Marry your Spouse" is coming soon. Mailto: affectionatewriter@yahoo.com

DD Phil is a romance writer. His book titled "How to Marry your Spouse" is coming soon.

The Potential Conundrum of Regulating Pay-TV

Written by Terry Mitchell

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Perhapsrepparttar presence or absence of commercials could be used to separaterepparttar 125859 basics fromrepparttar 125860 premiums. Under that system, all channels that are advertiser-supported would be considered basics and those that are not would be considered premiums. However, there are potential problems with this methodology as well. Congress would have to come up with a definition for advertiser-supported. Would it be based onrepparttar 125861 amount of advertising a channel carries? If so, how much advertising would it have to carry to be legally considered advertiser-supported? Or perhaps it would be based onrepparttar 125862 amount of revenue a channel derives from advertising. If so, what would that threshold be? Evenrepparttar 125863 term, "advertising", would have to be legally defined. Would product placement found in movies and TV shows be included inrepparttar 125864 advertising equation? What about promos run for shows on related channels? Would those count as ads? Even when all of that is sorted out, this methodology still leaves us withrepparttar 125865 problem presented by channels like Turner Classic Movies, Fox Movie Channel, andrepparttar 125866 Independent Film Channel, which don't carry commercials but are included in many basic packages. Now, assuming that all ofrepparttar 125867 issues surroundingrepparttar 125868 scope ofrepparttar 125869 new regulations could be worked out,repparttar 125870 penalty issues would then have to be resolved. Who would payrepparttar 125871 fines? Channel owners? Cable and satellite operators? Performers? All of them? If internet audio and video are included inrepparttar 125872 scope ofrepparttar 125873 regulations, would internet service providers and/or IPTV operators also have to pay? If cable and satellite operators have to pay, couldn't large fines potentially limit some smaller cable companies' ability to expand and implement new technology like high-definition channels? Then there'srepparttar 125874 issue of license revocation. Cable and satellite channels don't have licenses like broadcast channels. How could a habitual offender's license be revoked if it doesn't have license to begin with? Or would it just be put out of business? But wouldn't that limitrepparttar 125875 channel choices available to cable and satellite customers? Could cable and satellite operators be put out of business? Wouldn't that leave people in some areas with no cable franchise? Wouldn't it squash competition for cable service in areas that currently have it? Wouldrepparttar 125876 FCC actually shut down Directv and/or Dish Network and render thousands of backyard dishes worthless? As you can see, there is a mountain of complicated questions that would have to be answered beforerepparttar 125877 decency regulation of pay-TV could become a reality. Obviously, there would be lots of i's to dot and t's to cross. As this legislation is being considered, lawyers throughoutrepparttar 125878 Capital area are already licking their chops!

Terry Mitchell is a software engineer, freelance writer, and trivia buff from Hopewell, VA. He also serves as a political columnist for American Daily and operates his own website - http://www.commenterry.com - on which he posts commentaries on various subjects such as politics, technology, religion, health and well-being, personal finance, and sports. His commentaries offer a unique point of view that is not often found in mainstream media.

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