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Speaking of sh*t

So, the FCC is considering making shit a bad word. I usually use sh*t myself when typing, but it’s more of a stylistic matter rather than an objection to the word as profanity.

The FCC is in the business of deciding for you (and broadcasters) what is a reasonable limit on profane and sexually explicit speech on the air (satellite TV and radio aren’t restricted), and there has been a backlog of “indecency cases” that are going to be acted upon shortly.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal to rule that the word “s***” is profane and violates decency limits in certain contexts, the source said, declining further identification. The agency has already declared the word “f***” off-limits in most cases.

…The expected action against television broadcasters would be the first in well over a year by the FCC despite a push by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, a Republican, for stricter enforcement of federal broadcast decency limits.

Federal regulations bar television and radio broadcast stations from airing obscene material and limit them from airing indecent material, such as profanity and sexually explicit content, except in late-night hours when children are less likely to be in the audience.

…The Parents Television Council, which has argued for stricter enforcement of federal decency limits, warned in late 2005 that continued inaction by the FCC would lead to racier programming.

The FCC also did not take action against broadcast television stations that aired the World War Two movie “Saving Private Ryan” even though many profane words were used in the dialogue.

So is it bad for a rock star to utter a profane word live during an awards broadcast, but it’s ok in a movie with a military theme that calls for salty language? What kind of criteria are we talking about up in the hallowed halls of the FCC? If you’re a broadcaster possibly facing a fine, you’re going to err on the side of caution, and thus there is a chilling effect overall on content they are willing to put on the air — which is what the PTC wants.

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While on the matter of sh*t, here’s an appropriate story…

San Francisco Examines Power of Dog Droppings.

City officials are hoping to harness the power of dog doo. San Franciscans already recycle more than 60 percent of their garbage, but in this dog-friendly town, animal feces make up nearly 4 percent of residential waste, or 6,500 tons a year — nearly as much as disposable diapers, according to the city.

Within the next few months, Norcal Waste, a garbage hauling company that collects San Francisco’s trash, will begin a pilot program under which it will use biodegradable bags and dog-waste carts to pick up droppings at a popular dog park.

The droppings will be tossed into a contraption called a methane digester, which is basically a tank in which bacteria feed on feces for weeks to create methane gas.

The methane could then be piped directly to a gas stove, heater, turbine or anything else powered by natural gas. It can also be used to generate electricity.

Imagine how much fuel economy the U.S. could achieve if we bagged and burned all the sacks of bullsh*t coming out of the politicians’ mouths in Washington.

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