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Sacramento jail sued for lack of vegan options

first_imgSACRAMENTO – A Sacramento attorney is suing Sacramento’s Main Jail, saying his client’s civil and religious rights have been denied since he has been refused a vegan diet. The inmate has been on a hunger strike since March 8, his attorney said. Sacramento sheriff’s officials say Eric Taylor McDavid, 28, is free to discard what he finds inedible, and still get a diet that meets nutritional standards. McDavid is accused of conspiring to blow up Nimbus Dam and a nearby fish hatchery in Rancho Cordova, and a U.S. Forest Service genetics lab in Placerville. Mark Reichel, McDavid’s criminal attorney who also filed the federal lawsuit Friday, said his client is suffering. Jones said McDavid has also been seen by the medical staff several times about his diet. In general, Jones said, the department makes dietary accommodations for medical reasons, but not religious. He said people who keep kosher, halal and vegetarian diets can supplement their diets with items for sale in the jail’s commissary. “They can not eat what they perceive as offensive and still get the minimum nutrition,” he said. Jerry Read of the Corrections Standards Authority, which regulates the state’s jails, said his office does not regulate religious diets. “Case law changes too often,” he said. “It comes up a lot – I don’t know how many lawsuits there are, but enough that we can’t keep up with it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “He’s not doing well, he’s disoriented, tired and fatigued,” Reichel said. “This really is beneath the dignity of a society that calls itself civilized.” Reichel is suing under a 2000 law that protects the religious rights of institutionalized people. Reichel said McDavid has been a vegan for three years, and equates his avoidance of animal products to a religion. “His vegan diet is based upon his strongly, sincerely and firmly held beliefs, which are the same as a religious belief,” the lawsuit states. Sacramento sheriff’s legal affairs Lt. Scott Jones said he considers veganism to be a lifestyle choice. Nonetheless, he said, a dietitian has met with McDavid to determine that even if he discards animal products from his daily meals, his diet meets his nutritional needs. last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Simply click play on the video above to watch this GoPro footage of a surfer enjoying the waves in Bundoran. The surfer attached a GoPro camera to the front of his surfboard and showed us what he can do. The two minute video clip shows the surfer riding the waves with ease, and he makes it look very, very easy.Bundoran is renowned worldwide for its brilliant surfing conditions and thousands of surfing enthusiasts flock there every year to enjoy the waves.DDTV: WATCH THIS BRILLIANT GOPRO VIDEO OF A SURFER CATCHING WAVES IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundoranDDTVdonegalFeaturesGoPronewssurfinglast_img read more


first_imgTHE rip-off Republic is still, unfortunately, alive and well…and living in Donegal.In a week when official statistics show that prices here are 18% higher than the European average, it’s clear that as consumers we are still being over-charged for many ordinary every day items.There is little doubt that many many businesses have slashed their prices in order to keep custom. But every now and then we all come across some cute dodgy deal…hidden behind a sticker.The latest example is a simple chocolate bar bought in a Donegal shop yesterday.The giant bar of Aero looked like a bargain…especially when the sticker on it read ‘Only €1.50’.But when the sticker was peeled back it showed a sterling price underneath…at just £1. That makes the bar 35 cents more expensive that the North….and 35 cents more clear profit for the retailer selling it.A reader who bought the chocolate locally told us: “I know this sounds like a stupid thing to complain about but when I discovered the sterling price underneath I just felt cheated.“They are obviously going North to buy their supplies and expect us not to; to shop locally and keep jobs locally.“And then there is the mark-up, the extra we are forced to pay. On the exchange rate it should have been €1.15c. It’s just a blatant rip-off.”* We welcome comments and feedback in the comment box below: THE GREAT DONEGAL RIP-OFF, HIDDEN BEHIND CHOCOLATE BAR STICKER was last modified: September 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:aero chocolatedonegalrip-off republiclast_img read more

Softball Signs Five High School Student-Athletes for 2021 Season

first_imgLehman is a four-sport athlete in basketball, softball, track and field and volleyball for West Liberty High School. She helped the Comets’ softball team earn a third-place finish at the 2019 Iowa Class 3A tournament. A utility player, Lehman is a member of the Eastern Iowa Barracudas softball club. Richards attends Waukee High School. A pitcher, she is a member of the Iowa Premier Fastpitch softball club. Richards helped her club team finish as the 2019 PGF Nationals Platinum Champions. Her grandpa, great grandma and great grandpa all graduated from Drake. Hoekstra has played four sports, basketball, softball, track and field and volleyball, for Carlisle High School. On the diamond, she helped the Wildcats’ softball team to the 2019 Iowa Class 4A State title. In the circle the past two seasons, Hoekstra has a 62-6 record helping Carlisle compile an impressive 69-9-1 overall record. Rice is a utility player for Lee’s Summit High School. She is a two-time all-district and all-conference selection for the Tigers. Rice is a member of the DeMarini Aces softball club. “We feel the most important aspect in the recruiting process is finding quality student-athletes that represent Drake softball both on-and-off the field,” Calvert said. “Time will tell on the impact they will have on the softball field, but they all come from programs, whether high school or club, that have achieved tremendous success during their time. We look forward to seeing them develop over their careers.” DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team signed five high school student-athletes, Molly Hoekstra (Des Moines, Iowa), Haylee Lehmann (Nichols, Iowa), MaKayla Rice (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Emma Richards (Clive, Iowa) and Skylar Rigby (Huxley, Iowa) to National Letters of Intent for the 2021 season, head coach Rich Calvert announced Wednesday, Nov. 20. Four of the five student-athletes hail from the state of Iowa with the other from Missouri. Rigby is a catcher/utility player for Ballard High School. As a junior, she garnered elite all-state, all-state, all-district and all-conference honors for the Bombers. Rigby is a member of the Iowa Premier Gold Fastpitch softball club. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgA devastated Donegal family is demanding to know why it took an ambulance almost an hour to attend their mother after she was knocked down.The late Maura PorterMaura Porter, 70, was struck by a car outside her home in Carndonagh on December 30th and later died in hospital.Mrs Porter, from Churchtown, was returning from her local church when she was struck by a car just before 6pm. The well-known and highly-respected mother-of-two was eventually taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.However, despite brave attempts by surgeons to save Mrs Porter, she eventually passed away just before midnight.Now her family is demanding answers as to why there was not adequate ambulance cover on the night Maura was knocked down.Speaking from the family home at Churchtown, her son Brendan said Maura may have survived if she had reached a hospital within the ‘golden hour.’ “Medical personnel will tell you that people have a much better chance of survival if they get to hospital within an hour.“We had to wait for an ambulance to come from Letterkenny for at least fifty minutes. It took another ten minutes to prepare her for transportation to the nearest hospital in Derry in Northern Ireland which was a total transport time of an hour and a half to get mum to hospital.“All that valuable time was wasted when surgeons could have been battling to save mum.“We want to know why there is not adequate ambulance cover for a place the size of Inishowen.“Inishowen is as large as many other counties in Ireland and yet an ambulance had to come all the way from Letterkenny. “If the accident had happened in Malin Head, it would have taken one and a half hours from Letterkenny Hospital,” he said.Brendan revealed how an Eircom cable had fallen down across the footpath and road which he claims may have contributed to the sequence of events.Brendan revealed how he, his sister Davina and dad Neil, stayed with their mum on the road near their home anxiously waiting for the ambulance to arrive as rain poured down.Brendan got down on his hands and knees and lay in the dirt comforting his dying mother on the cold, wet road. Three doctors and two nurses arrived at the scene but could not help Maura as she needed the ambulance to transport her for urgent medical attention from surgeons.“I lay with mum comforting her and praying with her to reassure her. We knew she was in a bad way.“All I could think of was why the ambulance was coming quicker.”Brendan said he wanted to pay tribute to the local community who became ‘guardian angels’ on the evening of his mum’s accident.“All the neighbours came out and stayed on that road while we waited for the ambulance. They were the only consolation we had whilst we waited for the ambulance.“They were like guardian angels on the road making sure the traffic stopped before the Gardai arrived.“Everyone has been so kind but we just cannot allow what happened to mum happen again to any other family,” he said.Maura was buried on Friday after a huge wake which saw hundreds of people call to the family home.Her heartbroken husband Neil is well-known across Inishowen and Co Donegal following his long service to Donegal County Council and a member of the local fire service.Brendan said the family never thought his mother would die in this fashion.He said he and his family are now determined to ensure that no other family have to go through what they are going through.“Mum and dad have given myself and my sister everything opportunity in life and for her to die like this is just heart-breaking. I never thought she would go like this.“She was a very intelligent yet modest and humble woman.“As a family we have no question that mum would have had a chance of survival if an ambulance had have got her to hospital quicker.“Inishowen is a forgotten region as far as the HSE and the ambulance service is concerned.“How can anyone justify a fifty minute journey for an ambulance to reach a dying woman in this day and age.“We loved mum but we know we can never bring her back.“But if we can improve the ambulance service in Inishowen and ensure no other family has to go through what we are going through then mum will not have died in vain,” he said.The HSE has admitted there had been a delay in getting an ambulance to Mrs Porter after revealing the local Carndonagh ambulance had been sent to another call-out.Local TD Charlie McConalogue said he will be seeking answers on the matter.He added that people should not lay the blame at the door of ambulance personnel but the system they are forced to work in.“The public appreciates the tough work that all frontline service workers do but that’s a given.“But people need to have their faith restored in these services,” he said.FAMILY OF ACCIDENT VICTIM DEMAND ANSWERS AFTER AMBULANCE TAKES 50 MINUTES TO ARRIVE was last modified: January 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ambulanceCarndonaghdelaydonegalHSEMaura Porterlast_img read more

Minding the Brain, or Braining the Mind?

first_imgThere’s a battle brewing over who controls your brain: nature or your mind.  Materialist scientists are recognizing that creationists are getting a foothold on this hill and “declaring war over the brain,” according to an article in New Scientist.  Psychiatrist Jeffrey Schwartz fired this salvo: “Materialism needs to start fading away and non-materialist causation needs to be understood as part of natural reality.”    Amanda Gefter, author of the article, also took note of the book The Spiritual Brain: A neuroscientist’s case for the existence of the soul by O’Leary and Beauregard.  Schwartz and Beauregard were among the speakers at an international symposium in Manhattan called Beyond the Mind-Body Problem: New Paradigms in the Science of Consciousness.  Gefter listed several fronts in the war to reclaim the mind: “Schwartz and Beauregard are part of a growing ‘non-material neuroscience’ movement,” she explained.  “They are attempting to resurrect Cartesian dualism – the idea that brain and mind are two fundamentally different kinds of things, material and immaterial – in the hope that it will make room in science both for supernatural forces and for a soul.”    After giving adequate white space for proponents of the non-materialist view (including Angus Menuge, J. P. Moreland and the Discovery Institute), Gefter clearly wanted to throw her vote to the reigning materialist paradigm on this matter of mind.  She commented on an experiment Schwartz used to support the independent existence of mind, saying, “these experiments are entirely consistent with mainstream neurology – the material brain is changing the material brain.”    In the middle of her article, Gefter got really serious:Clearly, while there is a genuine attempt to appropriate neuroscience, it will not influence US laws or education in the way that anti-evolution campaigns can because neuroscience is not taught as part of the core curriculum in state-funded schools.  But as Andy Clark, professor of logic and metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh, UK, emphasises: “This is real and dangerous and coming our way.”    He and others worry because scientists have yet to crack the great mystery of how consciousness could emerge from firing neurons.  “Progress in science is slow on many fronts,” says John Searle, a philosopher at the University of California, Berkeley.  “We don’t yet have a cure for cancer, but that doesn’t mean cancer has spiritual causes.”    And for Patricia Churchland, a philosopher of neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, “it is an argument from ignorance.  The fact something isn’t currently explained doesn’t mean it will never be explained or that we need to completely change not only our neuroscience but our physics.”To Gefter, the debate is just a quibble over words:The attack on materialism proposes to do just that, but it all turns on definitions.  “At one time it looked like all physical causation was push/pull Newtonianism,” says Owen Flanagan, professor of philosophy and neurobiology at Duke University, North Carolina.  “Now we have a new understanding of physics.  What counts as material has changed.  Some respectable philosophers think that we might have to posit sentience as a fundamental force of nature or use quantum gravity to understand consciousness.  These stretch beyond the bounds of what we today call ‘material’, and we haven’t discovered everything about nature yet.  But what we do discover will be natural, not supernatural.”Andy Clark continued his tone of alarm over this battle, calling the intelligent-design position “an especially nasty mind-virus” because it “piggybacks on some otherwise reasonable thoughts and worries.”  He argued that it is a non-sequitur to leap from the empirical evidence that we can change our brains with our minds to the conclusion that the mind is non-material.  “That doesn’t follow at all,” he said, applying his material brain to the process of logic.  “There’s nothing odd about minds changing brains if mental states are brain states: that’s just brains changing brains.”    Gefter became enough alarmed over this new front in the creation-evolution battle to suggest some strategy.  “If people can be swayed by ID, despite the vast amount of solid evidence for evolution,” she worried, “how hard will it be when the science appears fuzzier?”  She reminded scientists of criticisms that they have already been too lax in teaching the public about evolution.  It’s time to get on offense.  “Maybe now they need a big pre-emptive push to engage people with the science of the brain – and help the public appreciate that the brain is no place to invoke the ‘God of the gaps’.”Apparently the irony of this article was completely lost on Amanda Gefter and her materialist experts.  They were all using their minds to argue and debate about immaterial concepts.  If nothing more was happening than molecules bouncing around in their skulls, how could they even know what they were saying?    Remember when Mom, Dad, or some other childhood mentor showed you that when you point an accusatory finger at someone else, three other fingers are pointing back at you?  Clark just lectured us on logic.  Flanagan just lectured us on definitions.  Gefter just lectured us on God-of-the-gaps arguments.  All three have just shot their little finger-guns right back into their own skulls.  Example: Gefter dismissed Schwartz’s empirical evidence that the mind can change the brain by saying, “the material brain is changing the material brain.”  OK, class, what’s the next question?  Think about it (yes, think), [Jeopardy tune plays], and the bell rings – Aha!  Who is making the material brain change the material brain?  And who is observing the change?    Now, if you think that is just a logical trick, you have to realize that without a person doing the changing, no one would ever know a change had occurred.  This is a mind-body problem that cannot be so easily swept away.  If you could shrink yourself to the size of a cell and wander through the brain, you would no more see thought than if you wandered through Big Ben could you see time.  Time and thought live in the conceptual realm, not the material realm.  Suppose you walked through a computer chip like a pedestrian on the streets of London.  Would you see Boolean logic?  Oh, you might see certain switches light up, and perhaps you could perceive electrons in a diode or transistor junction flowing one way instead of the other.  But it is not the chip that would be sensing that logic is occurring: it would be you, the Observer.  The operation of a physical system is not the same as concept behind the system.  A system cannot tell itself the purpose of the system in a way that brings understanding.  That takes a Person.  Consider: if Amanda’s mind is not directing her argument, how could she have any free will to believe that her argument is true, and that ID is so false it should be pre-empted?  And to what is the pre-emptive strike referring, if not some well-intentioned but misguided appeal to immaterial truth and morals?    Gefter and Flanagan dismissed this all as quibbling over definitions.  But look at the fingers pointing right back at them: they suggested that any possible concept might be enveloped within the words material or natural – even things like sentience, a quantum-gravity theory of consciousness, or any future discovery of science.  “These stretch beyond the bounds of what we today call ‘material’, and we haven’t discovered everything about nature yet.  But what we do discover will be natural, not supernatural.”  This is a rescuing device to end all rescuing devices.  No matter what the evidence, they can envelop it, like The Blob, into their materialistic worldview.    OK, let’s push that envelope.  Suppose they find irrefutable evidence for angels.  Will they call them material?  Will they be a part of the “natural” universe?  Even God has a divine “nature.”  The word nature or natural is so slippery it can mean a dozen different things – including immaterial things like natural laws (Note: material things may obey natural laws, but laws are not material).  Materialists constantly invoke non-material things in their reasoning: mathematics, abstract logic, scientific methods to name just a few.  They also frequently make reference to unobservable entities – information, feedback, signal transduction, classification, reason, honesty and much, much more.  They help themselves to immaterial concepts and stuff them into their materialist bag, oblivious to who is doing the classifying.God-of-the-Gaps:  J. P. Moreland, who was mentioned in Gefter’s article, has three comeback arguments to the perennial charge that Christians fill gaps in scientific knowledge with appeals to God.  Paraphrasing, he says, (1) Christians would not expect there to be many gaps.  The Biblical worldview indicates that the world runs according to predictable patterns (natural laws) most of the time.  In fact, it is only the Biblical worldview that makes sense of the concept of natural laws.  (2) Some gaps are getting wider.  Scientific discoveries about the cell and the origin of life and the fine-tuning of the universe are resisting all attempts at materialist explanations.  We should follow the evidence where it leads.  If that evidence is pointing to design, so be it.  (3) Materialists are just as guilty of the charge.  Whenever some incredibly-complex mechanism is discovered in a cell, for instance, they assume that natural selection produced it, or assume that some day in the future, a material cause will be discovered.  This is nothing more than naturalism-of-the-gaps.The material/spiritual and natural/supernatural distinctions are false dichotomies.  They cannot stand up to a half-hour of scrutiny by a skilled philosopher.  What it boils down to is this: naturalism is anything and everything that allows a scientist (or a party animal on drugs) to avoid responsibility to their Maker.  That’s the real argument from ignorance.  They can believe in space aliens or unobservable multiverses – anything, no matter how crazy, as long as they never have to bow the knee and confess, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power, for Thou hast created all things, and by Thy will they exist, and were created” (Revelation 4:11).    You can put a brain into a jar of formaldehyde, and you can throw a used computer onto a junk pile, but the concepts of mind and design, like Halloween ghosts, will always find the materialist’s haunted house and come back to join the party.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Economy breaking records: Mbeki

first_img13 June 2007Investment in South Africa’s economy has risen steadily from 14.7% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2002 to 19.2% of GDP in the last quarter of 2006, President Thabo Mbeki told Parliament on Tuesday.In the last quarter of 2006, he said, investment grew at an annualised rate of 16%, well ahead of the 10% target of the government’s Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA).Delivering the Presidency’s budget vote in Cape Town, Mbeki said South Africa’s economic growth was breaking records, citing “independently published research from … academic experts, ratings agencies that advise investors, and market research organisations.“Check with all these experts and you will discover that they know what most South Africans know, that by September this year, the South African economy will have been growing for eight solid years, longer than ever before in the recorded economic history of our country.”SA’s current rate of growth “has remained at a steady high level for longer than ever before in our history,” the President said, with average real income per person rising at around 4% per year since 2004 and more than 500 000 new jobs being created annually since September 2004.“These facts are not contested among experts in the field, except for those who say that we may be undercounting some of these key numbers because the sample frames we use have not kept up with a changing economic structure,” Mbeki noted.“There are also some who assert that many of the jobs created are in cyclical sectors like retail and construction, where job security is tenuous. Others point out that a considerable number of the new jobs created are in the informal sector.”This was true, Mbeki said, but did not detract from the fact that “we are now creating jobs more rapidly than ever before in our history” and that, “unlike most developing economies, most of our jobs are created in the formal sector.”Mbeki said the country should “celebrate the fact that the overwhelming majority of South Africans believe, from their lived experience, that tomorrow is likely to be better than today, and that their own hard work will help make it happen.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2019 Paulding County Annual Meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 2019 Paulding County Annual MeetingThe 2019 Annual Meeting was held at the Paulding County Fairgrounds Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Dinner was catered by Puckerbrush Pizza, with delicious BBQ.Celebrating 100 years of Ohio Farm Bureau!After dinner, the business meeting was held, board members and delegates were elected, and prizes were won!Jessica Vandenbroek gave the organization director’s report and presented scholarships, Rose Hartschuh gave the state trustee report, and board President Ryan McClure gave the county report and recapped the year.Birthday cake was enjoyed and games were played, celebrating 100 years of Ohio Farm Bureau and the 2019 year in Paulding County.last_img read more

Another New Hampshire Home Lands LEED Platinum Certification

One of the greenest stops on the upcoming 2009 Green Buildings Open House presented by the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association will be in Portsmouth, a little south of the center of town.That is where Cheryl and Marc Batchelder built their 1,450-sq.-ft. home – a Cape Cod-style cottage that features timber-frame construction with SIPs on the shell (R-26 walls and an R-40 roof), Andersen 400 Series windows, a 3.15 kW solar power system, solar hot water, and a LEED for Homes Platinum certification.The home is expected to operate, on an annual basis, at net zero energy. In a story published this week by Foster’s Daily Democrat, Marc, a civil engineer, and Cheryl said they had been living in the house since April and so far have used more power than the PV system generated only once: during the rainy month of June.Marc told the paper that he and his wife intended from the beginning to go green on the house, although a LEED certification wasn’t part of the original plan. But through a friend the couple eventually connected with Little Green Homes, a Portsmouth-based in green construction specialist that helped put the couple on the LEED for Homes trail.The Batchelder home, which ended up costing about $230 a square foot, was certified on July 27, becoming the sixth single-family dwelling in the state to earn a Platinum rating. Four others have earned Gold certifications. New Hampshire also is home to six multifamily projects that have earned LEED ratings (one Silver, four Gold, and one Platinum).The New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association’s Green Buildings Open House includes more than 80 residential and commercial properties, all of will be open for tours on October 3. Click here to check the NHSEA website for details. read more

Drowning Cable Industry Grabs At Tech Lifeline = Big Mistake?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#television Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… In a move that’s sure to be considered as brilliant as slapping the plans for a Death Star into a small R2 droid to deliver them halfway across a galaxy far, far away, the U.S. cable industry is setting a research center in the heart of Silicon Valley to see if it can tap into the same innovation and expertise that gave us Twitter, Facebook and Lolcats.Unfortunately, the plan may turn out to be closer to entrusting the fate of the Old Republic to Jar-Jar Binks.The IdeaOn paper, the idea seems sound. The nonprofit research and development consortium known as CableLabs will seek to connect cable industry providers with the myriad of private and academic resources that resides in Silicon Valley, with the hope of figuring out how to “re-energize” the cable industry, according to Reuters.“The industry needs to ‘get re-energized,’ said Jerald Kent, chief executive of Cequel Communications and co-founder of Charter Communications. ‘Part of the message is this is not your grandmother’s cable business,’ ” Reuters reported.Given that my grandmother’s cable provider charged an arm and a leg just to deliver Chicago broadcast stations to my Northern Indiana home, and now I am charged at least a major organ to watch such cable-only gems as Real Housewives, I am pretty sure we’ve already figured out that cable has changed. But Kent’s remarks reflect the fundamental problem with this new technology center’s approach.The FailThis is one case where it seems pretty clear that the cable industry’s problem is not technological in nature, and a technology fix is not going to be the solution.There’s nothing wrong with the basic cable technology: I press a button and magical pictures and sounds come out of a black rectangle in my living room. Pretty straightforward. And if the cable companies want to deliver content on second-screen devices, I’m pretty sure they could do that now. The fact that they typically own the Internet delivery system in a given location is a big help, too.It’s not better technology that has led people to “cut the cord” to their cable provider and watch Internet-delivered media instead. It’s the cable bill. More specifically, it’s the cable bill that keeps getting bigger to deliver a lot of content people don’t need or want.Some of this is not the cable companies’ fault: Media creators often force the cable companies into channel-bundling deals in order to provide an outlet – and a business model – for their less-popular channels. “You want the Disney Channel at a reasonable cost?” the conversation might go, “Then you have to take all of these other Disney-owned channels, like ESPN3.”But by continuing to participate in this system, cable providers are alienating customers. With digital over-the-air signals from local stations and quality content delivered on Hulu, Netflix and other streaming services (for a lot less cash), cable’s problem is not technological.Can Cord-Cutters Be Lured Back?Speaking as someone who has cut the cord on cable TV, I can promise that if cable were to deliver TV channels to my home in an affordable, a la carte fashion, I would be back in a heartbeat. And I bet millions of other former cable TV subscribers would come back too.It’s possible there’s a surprise lurking inside the cable industry’s sudden embrace of technology and Silicon Valley. Perhaps the combination will dream up some new lateral solution that will give cable TV a better market opportunity.But I don’t think so. Fundamentally cable has a business-model problem – not a technology problem. And it will take a business-model solution to stem the bleeding of customers cutting their cords.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more