Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"High Tech #Piracy" Helped Damage Aquisition Price of Direct TV, Aided Purchase By News Corp Aiing Murdoch's Empire's Growing Wealth and Power

Apparently News Corp has been going around the world damaging media companies, and then snatching them up at reduced prices according to emails acquired by the Australian Financial Review.
A secret unit within Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation promoted a wave of high-tech piracy in Australia that damaged Austar, Optus and Foxtel at a time when News was moving to take control of the Australian pay TV industry.
The piracy cost the Australian pay TV companies up to $50 million a year and helped cripple the finances of Austar, which Foxtel is now in the process of acquiring.
A four-year investigation by The Australian Financial Review has revealed a global trail of corporate dirty tricks directed against competitors by a secretive group of former policemen and intelligence officers within News Corp known as Operational Security.
Their actions devastated News’s competitors, and the resulting waves of high-tech piracy assisted News to bid for pay TV businesses at reduced prices – including DirecTV in the US, Telepiu in Italy and Austar.
 Though such acquisitions as these may not seem like the smoking gun that shows how Rupert Murdoch controls the news media and politics (and he actually doesn't, still needing the help of other billionaires and their sycophant media owners and politicians) it was instrumental in making money that helps Murdoch's family and employees to control minds, media, and politicians.

The AFR does note that companies purchased by the Murdoch family's branches also had other financial weaknesses, but how about being able to knock 25% that new car you want or a college education?  You end up in better financial situation than if you paid full price and could go on to acquire other stuff you want.  For Rupert Murdoch and company that's "brains".

Remember in the run up to the Iraq war, when the country was against going in how News Corp, along with featuring Bush administration principles telling us lies, and implying that Iraq was just about to get nuclear weapon capability, they interrupted a popular (aren't they all) music award show for an interview by Bill O'Reilly with some war hawk on which they talked about how we absolutely had to go into Iraq (or the implication was that disaster would strike the US).

Well we did go into Iraq and disaster did strike the US leading to both high unemployment, and highest ever rents in our history.  Millions of young, middle aged, and older people are suffering and the news media doesn't have to tell you about each other because Murdoch and other billionaires own them.

Most of those people wouldn't have gotten to be billionaires if they believed in fair play.  Part of fair play is telling people what reality is if you are in the business of reporting it in news media or portraying it in entertainment media.  Well, "fuck that", say the billionaires, we'd rather bend reality to pander to other billionaires who sell stuff, or are seeking to control minds so people don't turn out "libral" and mess with our ability to rip everyone off through market schemes, war, and tax cuts for the rich, tax hikes for everyone else.

And the big money that Murdoch made harming other companies before buying them and letting the prices recover appears to be part of the seed money that makes that man so immensely powerful.  Hitler is sitting in Hell as jealous as anything though he knows that he'll be seeing Rupert soon, because he was never that powerful, he could only destroy people and things.  He couldn't build a sustainable future.

If liberals don't pull together and support the best we have in the US that can hold off the worst of the building fascism, we are all going down into war, and third world conditions.  And I'll be plain with you, Obama isn't the greatest thing I can ever imagine, but he's the only thing decent that can maintain power in the White House right now.  The Democrats aren't perfect or even completely on our side in Congress, but they are slower at putting us into deep holes of misery, death, and debt than the Republicans.

America needs to clean house, especially of the Rupert family.  Their illegal actions are now available to actually strip their power.  But a weakened Democratic party can't fight these people.  We need more power for the most liberal Democrats and then later we can push them to the left.  If we continue to believe in conspiracy theories like how Obama wants to put you in jail for the rest of your life, and therefore refuse to support what strength they have the Democrats will abandon all of us and turn to the billionaires, leaving the rest of us in a kind of unacknowledged slavery.

It happened before.  It's known as The Dark Ages which lasted over a thousand years.  And that period was only broken by a massive die off of people due to the great plague, aka The Black Death.

(To be honest, the democracy of Greece and Rome were short lived and not free for everyone, but they were a damn sight better than what followed for a millennium.)

Now we have proof that Rupert's empire was illegally gotten.  We should work to tell everyon about the criminal acts that put News International in charge of most of the minds in the world, and of the horror the family Murdoch pushes and is likely to put in charge of the world's minds.

Global Post also reports 
Meanwhile, the British broadcasting watchdog Ofcom is set to investigate claims that a subsidiary of News Corp. helped to destroy one of the company's British pay-TV rivals via piracy, the Independent reported.
The TV regulator's interest comes after a BBC's Panorama program alleged NDS, a London-based News Corp. company specializing in satellite television technology, leaked codes that could have been used to create counterfeit smart cards for the now defunct ITV Digital.
See: News Corp unit promoted piracy against rivals: report.  That GP report also has the material I quoted from its original source at AFR, but I linked directly to AFR so I didn't need to link to the GP for that part or include the AFR lines in the 5 sentence into s 5 sentence limit lower limit for fair use copy as determined by a recent federal court decision on which I reported here last week.