This. Here’s the kicker:
…but perhaps the most fundamental is a simple misconception, one that persists in the work of the FCC but also of proponents and opponents of network neutrality. It is the false distinction between what they call “edge providers” (YouTube) and “end users” (people who watch videos on YouTube).
I really wish Obama would remove chairmanship from Wheeler. And stop appointing lobbyists.
UPDATE: We made it! As of right now, there are 105,628 signatures on the petition. Thank you! Can’t wait to hear what the white house says on this.
Please sign this petition! I’m having trouble believing that it’s taken this long for people to take a minute to sign it. Is the level of apathy about this so great that no one thinks anything they do will make a difference? Or perhaps it’s more “I haven’t done anything wrong, so I have nothing to hide.” Wrong. Do you want privacy? Do you want strangers to know what’s in your medical records? Your bathroom medicine cabinet? Your bedroom?
Yeah. Sign it. http://www.digital4th.org/petition.html
I’ve written about how language can be used to control the debate in politics before. I’ve also posted before about a complete and total prosecutorial overreaction to Aaron Swartz publishing of the JSTOR documents. It seems they’re not totally disconnected ideas. Continue reading “Lexical Warfare and Crime”
I am aware that at least some term limits on political offices are mandated by the Constitution, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel like spouting off about some injustices that I feel are detrimental to our political processes.
First, I think that any elected official should only be given a single term. Crazy, right? The pandering and playing at centrism isn’t doing the electorate any favors, yet that’s exactly what so many in office do solely because they know there’s an election down the road and they don’t want to lose the money, perks, status, power, whatever. Take those distractions away, I say. Force folks to act more on their conscience by replacing their ambitions with the certitude that they won’t be in office once the term is over (and I’m not saying they can’t re-run, but it will have to wait until the term after next). The existing two-year terms for congressional representatives is probably too short in this scheme, so I would recommend extending it. Continue reading “Term Limits”
Finally, the politicking is over. Yes, I know this post is absurdly late, but in a few tight races, they’ve only just recently finished recounts and whatnot, without any surprises.
In my post on the Capillary Man, I echoed the assertion that Obama winning a second term was actually a far more significant measure of the integrity of the country than winning the presidency initially. In terms of the electoral college, his win was solid, but the popular vote was close. Luckily, the numbers showing the large percentage of whites that voted for Romney won’t be as much of an issue in the next election, since the country as a whole is becoming increasing less caucasian. Continue reading “We Won!”
In Krugman’s post, “The Return of Capillary Man“, he wonders why in the first presidential debate last night, Obama didn’t show the kind of fierceness that people want to see, in exactly the same way he didn’t during the debates of 2008. Continue reading “This “Capillary Man” isn’t allowed to go for the jugular”
I just read the latest update on the Aaron Swartz case, and it turns my stomach. Here’s the summary from boingboing: Continue reading “Crime and Punishment”
I was watching Real Time with Bill Maher yesterday, and I empathized with Maher’s frustration at not being able to communicate with people because we can’t agree on facts (Maher refers to this as being “inside the conservative bubble”). In the context of the show, one of the panelists denied climate change, and said that because there are opposing views on climate change from some scientists, it shouldn’t be regarded as a fact. Continue reading “Controlling the Debate”