A Second Halloween

Given the widely held perception that the industry already lacks competition, the proposed merger of the two largest U.S. cable companies announced Thursday is certain to draw intense scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers and consumer groups.

Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), the largest U.S. cable operator, wants to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC), the industry’s No. 2  player, in a stock deal worth $45.2 billion.

If the deal is completed and approved by regulators, the combined company would provide  service to about one-third of all U.S. cable subscribers and would dominate large metropolitan areas such as New York and Philadelphia, where Comcast is headquartered.

Consumer groups that oppose the deal say the merger will push prices higher and let the much-larger single company allow customer service to further deteriorate.

A massive storm blamed for at least 21 deaths paralyzed much of the East Coast with snow, sleet and ice Thursday, the latest punch from a tough winter that has left 49 of the nation’s 50 states with snow on the ground.

As the South tried to dig out from a crusty layer of frozen snow and hundreds of thousands of people waited for the return of electric power, winter-weary New Yorkers were coping with a foot of fresh snow and much of the Northeast was bracing for more.

The cable and the weather are ominous and they mean something that may not be good for us in the end. Although the weather is warming up here, I am seeing a level of unease with my internet bill possibly rising. There is always something that seems to worry me. There are many things in my life that worry me.

Don’t let all the bad things in life get to you. The grass is always greener on the other side.

Also, in other great news, “Winters Tale” got horrible ratings. It is great for a holiday that is so terrible to start with. Maybe we should have a second Halloween because things are getting horrifying…

In other good news, my book got published hours ago. Buy it and rate it please 🙂 http://www.amazon.com/Virtues-Vices-happiness-there-there/dp/1495447545/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392358801&sr=8-1&keywords=ryan+hite