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Friday, December 15, 2017

Porn stars hate this loss of freedom. Watch one of their explainers above about why the disappearance of net neutrality sucks harder than they ever could... The FCC decision is intensely controversial on other levels. Perhaps the most unsettling is this: apparently a vast number of comments made in support of doing away with net neutrality were fake, leading opponents to understandably conclude there's something super sketchy about the whole thing. The FCC decision is intensely controversial on other levels. Perhaps the most unsettling is this: apparently a vast number of comments made in support of doing away with net neutrality were fake, leading opponents to understandably conclude there's something super sketchy about the whole thing.

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The second video above was supposed to be this video ... Net Neutrality Explained -- youtu.be

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-12-15 08:22 AM | Reply

And as George Carlin so awesomely explained years ago, this is just one more thing that the "owners of the country" are doing to take away any freedoms we may have had over access to information ... controlling access and making more money by controlling access is what's this is all about...

They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations; they've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the State houses, the City Halls; they've got the judges in their back pockets, and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all the news and information you get to hear.

They gotcha by the BALLS.

They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying -- lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want -- they want MORE for themselves and less for everybody else.

But I'll tell you what they don't want. They DON'T want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking.

They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that, that doesn't help them. That's against their interests. That's right.

It's a big CLUB. And YOU AIN'T IN IT. You and I are NOT IN the big club.

By the way, it's the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe.

All day long, beating you over the in their media telling you what to believe -- what to think -- and what to buy.

The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care.


While it's funny to make jokes about porn, what's not funny is having to pay more for yet one more thing in America that the rest of the world takes for granted -- only in the United States of America are freedoms bought and sold to the highest bidder.

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-12-15 08:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Why does the United States want to make ourselves the laughing stock of the world? Republicans.....what are you thinking? Do you think? Are you capable of thought? This is ridiculous and hate to say it but I am now depending on our courts to overturn this stupid, hideous and laughable decision.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-15 09:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It will be funny when subscribers have to pay extra to remove the porn filter and then their names get leaked in a hack.
There will be a lot of embarrassed religious folks trying to explain how someone hacked their account.
Or maybe the ISP will charge extra for your browsing history to remain private.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2017-12-15 01:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I guess life on line was hell for them for all those years prior to net neutrality being imposed in 2015.

#5 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-12-15 02:05 PM | Reply

in many cases, regulation has come to mean monetization.

just look at the Florida medical marijuana vote. it took two ballot measures to finally pass. where is it? caught up in the big monetizing club.
the people approve something by ballot and legislature blocks it while their big club friends print tickets you'll have to purchase to get what you voted to have 2 years ago.

#6 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-15 02:42 PM | Reply

There will be a lot of embarrassed religious folks trying to explain how someone hacked their account.

Or maybe the ISP will charge extra for your browsing history to remain private.

#4 | POSTED BY BORED

The more pious religiosity being vomited by someone, the hairier their palms.

#7 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-12-15 04:02 PM | Reply

"for all those years prior to net neutrality being imposed in 2015.

#5 | POSTED BY MSGT"

All those years before net neutrality was "imposed" net neutrality was already in place. Net neutrality was "assumed". But we all know that in a world where greed is good you can't assume anything anymore... especially if there is a buck involved. And there are quite a few bucks involved in this decision.

Net neutrality was codified into law in an attempt to keep the internet free and open. And many small internet companies who started with little more than an idea have made fortunes because it was. If you don't know this you don't deserve the internet anyway and you deserve what you get. The rest of us however do not deserve it.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-15 09:03 PM | Reply

Net neutrality was codified into law ...

Ah, no. That's the problem. It was done through the regulatory process not legislation. Regulations are relatively easy to change as was demonstrated in this instance. The question is whether the process was done with sufficient diligence to prevent a court over turning the change.

#9 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-16 12:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Here's another 'take' on net neutrality by Kim Kimando: www.komando.com

#10 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-12-16 01:16 PM | Reply

Something stinks about this.

#11 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-12-16 08:45 PM | Reply

MSGT

From your article:

A few years ago, someone cooked up a coined phrase "Net Neutrality."

Tim Wu coined the phrase in a 2003 paper so a bit over "a few years ago". It was not about regulation but in a scholarly paper describing how data was treated on the internet.

Did we have evidence that the internet is not open? No.

2005, North Carolina ISP Madison River Communications blocked the voice-over-internet protocol (VOIP) service Vonage.
2005 Comcast blocks users from BitTorrent and Gnutella
2007–2009, AT&T forced Apple to block Skype and other competing VOIP phone services on the iPhone.
2010, Windstream Communications Users who believed they had set the browser to the search engine of their choice were redirected to Windstream's own search portal and results.
2011, MetroPCS nnounced plans to block streaming video over its 4G network from all sources except YouTube.
2011–2013, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon blocked Google Wallet, a mobile-payment system that competed with a similar service called Isis, which all three companies had a stake in developing.
2012, AT&T announced that it would disable the FaceTime video-calling app on its customers' iPhones unless they subscribed to a more expensive text-and-voice plan.

During oral arguments in Verizon v. FCC in 2013, judges asked whether the phone giant would favor some preferred services, content or sites over others if the court overruled the agency's existing open internet rules. Verizon counsel Helgi Walker had this to say: "I'm authorized to state from my client today that but for these rules we would be exploring those types of arrangements."

People seem to forget that all of these rules that they are complaining about aren't solutions in search of problems but responses to problems. In fact on several occasions the FCC tackled NN in less draconian ways only to have providers sue and win. The 2015 rules were an effort to craft rules that would stand up to court challenges since the providers had shown repeatedly that they would challenge the rules.

#12 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-12-16 09:39 PM | Reply

finaly from your article MSGT

It would have prevented the data you want from getting to you when you want it and how you want it./i>

All I, and most any consumer, want is to get ALL our data at the speed we pay for. If I am paying for a 300 Mb connection I expect to get a 300 Mb connection. I don't want Netflix and TWC news to come in at 300 Mb and CNN to only get 1 Mb.

#13 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-12-16 09:44 PM | Reply

Taowarrior, (タオの戦士):

I used to be like you. Wasting my time reasoning with the meat-headed. Chalk it up to the fact that you're a select member of H. sapiens sapiens, and not simply ---- sapiens idioticus Americanus.

It'll make life a whole lot easier in the end.

#14 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-12-16 09:45 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Perhaps the most unsettling is this: apparently a vast number of comments made in support of doing away with net neutrality were fake"

I like how the Trump ------- crowd is completely silent on this.

Though I guess it would be short-sighted for them to acknowledge the impact of online propaganda and online comment bots.

They also can't find any objections to corporations attempting to create the appearance of grass-roots support for an extremely unpopular policy.

But they will tell you scientists are in a conspiracy to fake global warming.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-16 10:06 PM | Reply

"Did we have evidence that the internet is not open? No."

You're either lying, or profoundly ignorant.

I'm going with the former, since you seem to know a thing or to about business, and ought to know the kinds of shenanigans the Telecoms have historically been up to when they decide to ignore net neutrality for business purposes.

In short, you're a lying corporate shill. I'm actually not sure why though. Do you work for a telecoms, is that why? At least then you'd have some degree of self-interest in parading your lies and disinformation.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-16 10:09 PM | Reply

Who cares about net neutrality?

Wait, What? It will affect my free internet porn?

Quick, call out the national guard, throw out the bums, let's take a stand, PEOPLE!!!!

#17 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-12-17 11:10 AM | Reply

We had no Net Neutrality 6 years ago. Get over the government not controlling everything.

#18 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-17 04:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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