Dec. 14

FCC votes to kill Net Neutrality,
capping a year of endless bullshit

Despite overwhelming bipartisan support for safeguarding the open internet, the Federal Communications Committee voted on Thursday to ignore the public and kill net neutrality protections.

 With his familiar shit-eating grin, FCC chairman Ajit Pai went through the motions of holding a committee hearing on his “Restoring Internet Freedom” initiative. The hearing was as much of a fraud as the title of the item: It was a foregone conclusion that under Pai’s leadership the FCC would hand big telecoms an early Christmas present.
In a 3-2 vote along party lines, the Republican-led commission decided to eliminate the current net neutrality rules and remove the shackles that prevent ISPs from blocking online content, slowing a competitor’s website, or charging you extra just to access YouTube. (You can read the dissenting opinions here.) It paves the way for an ISP free-for-all, baby, and you can bet telecom executives have plenty of lucrative plans in mind that we haven’t even considered.

From the moment President Donald Trump appointed Pai, we knew he was dead-set on killing net neutrality protections. He’s advocated for ISP interests for years. Before joining the FCC, Pai was a lawyer for Verizon, and he worked as counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee under mega-conservative former Sens. Sam Brownback and Jeff Sessions. But make no mistake—just because Pai is a Republican doesn’t mean this is a partisan issue for the American public.

Studies show that the vast majority of Americans support regulating ISPs to guarantee that they treat all internet traffic equally. A new survey published on Tuesday found that four out of five Republicans support net neutrality.


Maybe, just maybe …
Some Greenland sharks have been alive since the age of Shakespeare
International Business Times

greenlandsharkResearchers have found an ancient shark in the North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the world. While the animal was discovered months ago, its potential age was revealed in a study in the journal Science.

Trump denies he knew of Russia’s meddling in US election.
But now top Intelligence officials say he was specifically briefed in January.
Washington Post via Raw Story

The six-step plan to fire Robert Mueller
Opinion By Jefferson Morley, Alternet

  1. Trash Mueller’s reputation among Republicans.
  2. Unify Republican media around scandals about Hillary Clinton.
  3. Link the Clinton scandals to Mueller and export the story to more mainstream news outlets.
  4. Establish the expectation that the Russian investigation will be wrapped up soon.
  5. Wait for a moment of strength.
  6. Find a Justice Department official willing to fire Mueller.

Why Disney is buying Fox BBC

… a pivot towards streaming premium content directly into people’s living rooms.

In China, cars will come from vending machines. Tech Crunch


Subway chain facing franchisee revolt NY Post

The struggling sandwich chain has seen customer traffic plummet 25 percent over the past five years amid fierce price competition and a slew of scandals.

Oops, Tavis Smiley, you’re in trouble now Politico
>>> And there goes the Great American Baking Show Yahoo News
>>> Movie director Morgan Spurlock ABC News
>>> NBC is making a list, and checking it twice NBC News
But for some reason it does not include Donald Trump. Hmm

After sex allegations, Kentucky politician kills himself The Hill

Rep. Dan Johnson, a Republican, reportedly shot and killed himself on a bridge in Mt. Washington, Ky. The gun was recovered by police.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an expose on Monday detailing allegations that Johnson forced himself on a 17-year-old friend of his daughter after a New Year’s Eve Party in 2012.

Hotels under pressure to install panic buttons to protect housekeepers Bloomberg

Nearly 1/4 of teens using pot, study finds CNBC

Yes, Democracy is being subverted in move to kill Net Neutrality Motherboard

This is a looting by telecom monopolists and an FCC commissioner who has shown no interest in engaging with the American people.

Mozilla co-counder’s opinion via CNN:
While some on the FCC argue that the decision will boost economic growth, the only thing we know for certain is that eliminating net neutrality will make internet service look a lot more like cable TV. That’s good for a handful of corporations, but bad for just about everyone else.

NY Atty General: Millions of Net Neutrality comments made with stolen IDs
Official site


Facebook under scrutiny re content, taxes Bloomberg

Facebook, like Google, books almost all its non-U.S. revenue in Ireland with its low corporate tax rate — and pays most of it to a tax haven for the use of intellectual property rights. The practice resulted in a 10.1 percent effective tax rate for Facebook in the third quarter of 2017.

Norway becomes first nation to kill FM radio The Independent

Listeners will now have to choose between DAB (digital audio broadcasting) signal or not having the radio on at all. Some rebellious radio stations, including Oslo’s Metro Group, have defied the order and are continuing to broadcast.


Imposter Houston Chronicle website claims Trump
fired Deputy Atttorney General 

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