The FCC Has Repealed Net Neutrality Rules

Today is a sad day. The FCC, led by yet another incompetent Republican clown, Ajit Pai, repealed net neutrality rules, which restrict the power of Internet service providers to influence loading speeds for specific websites or apps. They did this while ignoring public opinion as well as allowing tens of thousands of fake comments to be admitted from the FCC website. Ajit Pai even posted a video yesterday mocking Americans that are against repealing net neutrality.

The repeal is not good, but the open brazenness our current government has against its citizens is repulsive and anti-democratic. Luckily, there is still something that can be done.

Call and write Congress, and let them know that you want them to pass a resolution of disapproval to overturn the FCC vote. And to make it easy, just go to this website: www.battleforthenet.com. With just a couple of clicks and two minutes of your time, you can get the message to the right people. Do it.

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Link : After the president’s tweet, I must withdraw my support for everything but his agenda

This opinion piece by Alexandra Petri really nails the contrast between what the Republicans say and what they do. Now that we live in a country run by a misogynistic, racist, uneducated liar, it is important for all of Congress to speak out against the president’s crack-pot, late-night sober tweets. But Republicans are not doing that. Instead they are supporting version 3.0 of the Muslim Ban, version 2.5 of the so-called “health care” act, and any other legislation eliminating any semblance of scientific research or environmentalism. You don’t need to be a tree-hugger to support science and environmentalism. You just have to be a common-sense human. Apparently, Republicans do not possess either of those traits.

Take notice of the actual actions politicians take to the president’s rants and offenses. Actions matter. Words do not. If you don’t hold them accountable, this ignorant hatred will be normalized, and it will define our country for a long time.

The GOP Just Sold Your Privacy

It’s been a bad day for Americans. Two big things happened. Donald Trump signed an Executive Order cutting all of the EPA’s environmental protections. I won’t get into that here.

And the GOP finalized their plan to sell all ISP web browsing history to advertisers. That means that everything you do online can be data mined and used to target you with ads. And even worse, it is clear that many of these companies don’t have the highest standard for security, so it will probably get stolen by hackers. This is not a slippery slope argument. This happens with big corporations many times every year: Yahoo, Home Depot, Target, etc. The list is so, so, so much longer.

And then who will have your data? If you don’t care about advertisers having data, how will you feel about trolls that can identify what kind of toilet paper you prefer, where you want to go for vacation, that new job your looking for, your preference for men, women, or guitars. Everything is free game. If you browse to it online, it will be used against you.

And WHY? Why does the GOP support this. What benefit does it bring to the American people? Nothing. It is a losing game for everyone except big business using the data for advertising and big criminals using the data to screw you. There is NO BENEFIT. Thsi is bad.

Read the article.

Take This Survey

Wow, this is the most ridiculous survey I have ever seen. As far as proper and accurate polling goes, it is worthless. The questions are loaded and poorly-worded. Typical Drumpf.

*So go take it!

The GOP Wants Mentally Impaired to Have Guns

Per Politico, “The Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.”

Why in the world would Republicans want to allow mentally impaired to have guns when it is only the mentally impaired that go on mass shooting rampages? What possible rational reason could there possibly be for this decision?

If you want to see how bad this decision really is, simply look at the data on this excellent FiveThirtyEight article. Stopping mentally impaired people from buying guns is a very conservative step that would affect very few people – those who should be affected.

When the next mass shooting occurs in this country, the blood is on the hands of the GOP and Trump.

Senator Elizabeth Warren Silenced

News moves so fast these days, it’s difficult to keep up with the incredible amount of injustice occuring. Yesterday, Senator Elizabeth Warren was reading a letter that Coretta Scott King (Dr. Martin Luther King’s wife) had written to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986 opposing [Jeff] Sessions’ nomination for a federal judgeship as a matter of public record. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell interrupted her stating that she was violating Senate Rule XIX — which prevents any senator from using “any form of words [to] impute to another Senator… any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” The Republicans took two votes which ended in silencing Senator Warren with a 43-50 vote.

This is outrageous. If a Senator cannot read or convey the views of the public if they are negative toward a nominee that is also a Senator, then that nominee will never have anything negative said about them despite the incompetence of that nominee. As Senator Chris Murphy stated in a tweet, “Rules against criticizing other Senators cannot apply when you are DEBATING THE NOMINATION OF A SENATOR!” Of course, they can’t.

Not only that, but while Senator Warren was not allowed to read the letter, Senator Jeff Merkley was allowed to continue reading much of the letter depite some of the content containing words to “impute to another Senator … any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” So, was this the silencing of a woman, specifically?

Nevertheless, the Republicans shot themselves in the foot, because this subject is receiving tons of media attention. So read the letter. Watch the video below. Stop the Republicans if you value a true democracy.

UPDATE: Senator Bernie Sanders also read the letter in front of Congress without being silenced. More and more, this is looking like sexism – something that Trump and his Administration have condoned, something the the weak Republicans cannot stand up to even though they know it is wrong.

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