On November 21, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to revisit its Obama-era internet regulations. It seems likely that the resulting vote will repeal the policies often referred to as net neutrality. The name is, perhaps, misleading; to support net neutrality is to support placing the internet more fully under government supervision. The related political debate often divides traditional allies with arguments for free expression pitted against defenses of small government. To understand net neutrality, one must see its position in technical history. Traditionally, internet service providers (ISPs), such as Comcast and Verizon, have guaranteed their customers a certain quantity of bandwidth – that is, a certain amount of data per unit of time. It was assumed that even a voracious user would rarely use his maximum bandwidth, and services were priced under this assumption. ISPs also de facto allowed customers to access whatever websites they wished; while there was no legal protection for this behavior, technical complexities made discrimination by website infeasible. The result was a largely open web: anyone with a blog could potentially reach millions. In the early 2000s, the situation changed. Technological innovations enabled providers to determine which site a user visited and so potentially to restrict access. In principle, an ISP could now sell ‘packages’ of websites, in a fashion resembling cable television: ‘basic internet’ for news and Facebook, say, or ‘premium internet’ for those who wanted more. These years also saw the rising popularity of streaming video services like Netflix and YouTube. Users now binge-watched videos, consuming their maximum available bandwidth for hours at a stretch. Such trends increased costs for the ISPs, leading them to investigate new responses: restricted access to high-usage sites, artificially slow downloads, and so on.
Literally dozens of pro-Trump candidates are running for seats in Congress in 2018, and the establishment is really starting to freak out about this. If having Trump in the White House was a nightmare for them, how are they going to respond once his allies start taking control of Capitol Hill? For a very long time I have been saying that the 2018 mid-term elections are going to be the most important in modern American history. They will inevitably be a referendum on Trump and his policies, and I believe that the American people will support Trump wholeheartedly. Personally, I am running as a pro-Trump candidate in Idaho’s first congressional district. Trump supporters have been flocking to my campaign, and it is absolutely amazing how much momentum we have built up over the past few months. At first my opponents were very polite to me because they didn’t see me as a threat. But then they started seeing numbers that showed how well I was doing, and now the claws are coming out. It is funny how the attacks against me and other pro-Trump candidates around the nation sound almost exactly like the attacks that are constantly being hurled at Trump himself. But like Trump, we are refusing to be intimidated and we are keeping our eye on the ball. Our campaign website is getting the most visits of any of the candidates, our Facebook page has the most likes, and we won the most recent online poll by a very wide margin. We need your help to keep the momentum going, because the establishment is likely to continue to hammer me with attacks up until election day. Other pro-Trump candidates are getting a lot of heat as well. One of the candidates that I really like is Tom Campbell of North Dakota…
Citizen journalist Rhoda Young came upon the scene of a house fire and went live via Facebook to provide a news report about the tense situation as fire trucks roared into action. Though tragic for the individual who owned the home and happened to be watching the fire while drinking a six pack from across the street, Young explained to viewers what was happening, going so far as to even suggest to firefighters she knew how the blaze started. The owner of the house was upstairs when the fire started. Doing my investigation, I have now discovered his motherf*****g hair was on fire, and his pants is burned off his d**n leg. So he was right there when the fire started, and he got a six pack of godd**n PBR. So now I gotta figure out how he start that fire. Once again, that’s the owner drunk as a motherf****r. The owner was subsequently arrested, reportedly because law enforcement officials believe he purposely set the fire.
This post was published at shtfplan on December 9th, 2017.
In 2015, when writing his dissenting opinion against FCC 15-24 – formally known as the Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order in the Matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, but commonly referred to as ‘Net Neutrality,’ – Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai had this to say: ‘This is not only a radical departure from the bipartisan, market-oriented policies that have served us so well for the last two decades. It is also an about-face from the proposals the FCC made just last May. So why is the FCC changing course? Why is the FCC turning its back on Internet freedom? Is it because we now have evidence that the Internet is not open? No. Is it because we have discovered some problem with our prior interpretation of the law? No. We are flip-flopping for one reason and one reason alone. President Obama told us to do so.’ The singular reason why this-so called ‘Net Neutrality’ came to the forefront is because then President Barack Obama ordered it. And who was prodding Obama to do so? Google. Microsoft. Facebook. Twitter. Amazon. The Tech Left, funded largely by George Soros, had decided to champion under the banner of a benign-sounding ‘Net Neutrality’ campaign and seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grab the moral high ground in their determination to allow the giant edge providers to censor the Internet to suit their ideological preferences – ridding the Internet of conservative and libertarian content.
Silicone Valley is the home to tech giants like Facebook, Apple, and Google. It’s also home to a surging working homeless population who live in dilapidated RV’s, tents, and their own cars, all thanks to the policies Democrats love to implement. The surging number of those working in Silicone Valley and still unable to afford adequate housing should be a warning about big government, but it sure doesn’t seem like anyone is taking notice as their taxes continue to rise. As governments creep toward socialism though, poverty becomes the norm, not the exception. Silicon Valley has the highest median income in the nation. But a soaring tax burden and expensive regulations have caused housing prices to increase which has also caused homelessness to surge. More than 10,000 people were living without shelter across San Jose and Santa Clara Counties on any given night in 2016, though that figure is probably low. Thanks to big government, the cost of living is not low. An influx of tech workers along with decades of under-building (thanks again to the regulations of big government) has created a historic homelessness in the Bay Area.
This post was published at shtfplan on December 7th, 2017.
Technocratic mystics believe (or pretend to believe) that hooking up brains to a super-computer Cloud will bring on a miracle: Humans will have instantaneous access to truth, facts, and bottom lines on any subject under the sun. The connection will be automatic. Putting aside the vast neurological problems in achieving this fantastical state, the whole assumption is cockeyed, because censorship is actually the guiding principle. ‘We will tell you everything you need to know and exclude everything we decide you shouldn’t think about.’ In other words, the brain-Cloud hookup is major media to the nth degree. Piles of nonsense, deception, omission, lies, and official stories. Mind control. No need for tech giants like Google and Facebook to de-list, hide, and warn about ‘dangerous information.’ It will be erased. If that’s a miracle, it’s diabolical. The brain-Cloud connection would constitute a Reality Machine in action, turning out reams of fabricated falsities, thereby building a landscape of perception which is a self-referential bubble.
In recent weeks, Congress has grilled Twitter, Facebook and Google about their role in allowing foreign interests to place ads and articles intended to divide the electorate and spread false information during the 2016 election. Now a number of people in and out of government are calling for federal regulation of social media. Lay down some rules, the thinking goes, and we would be able to prevent the infestation of bots and fake news from our news feeds and ads. Democracy would be saved – or, at least, foreign interference in our elections kept in check. However, as someone who has studied and taught the First Amendmentfor decades, I would argue that if such regulations were enacted, the main victims would be not the purveyors of fake news, but our freedom of expression. In my view, the result would do far more damage to our democracy than any foreign misinformation campaign ever could. Free speech being attacked from all sides The First Amendment is under a lot of duress.
The mainstream media is a fickle beast beholden to the direction of the prevailing political winds. Unfortunately for Facebook, Google and Twitter, those winds have turned about face in recent weeks as the political establishment thrashes about in its misguided efforts to prove that – aided by social media – Russia changed the course of the 2016 presidential election. While Facebook’s share price has suffered very little so far, the mainstream media is going to work on the reputations of Facebook and its billionaire founder. For example, according to Vanity Fair last month. “…the tech giant is broadly focused on repairing its reputation following revelations that its platform was weaponized by Russia in the 2016 election.” ‘Weaponized’ seemed a very strong word to use. With the social media platform deemed ‘fair game’ in the mainstream media, the Financial Times has lined up Mark Zuckerberg in its crosshairs. The FT journalist who penned the piece on Zuckerberg, Edward Luce, is cut from establishment cloth…and then some. Luce is the son of Richard Luce, now Baron Luce, the former MP, former Lord Chamberlain to the Queen and Knight of the Garter. Edward Luce read PPE at Oxford, took a sabbatical as a speech writer for Larry Summers and is the FT’s chief US commentator. We are no fans of Zuckerberg and sympathise with some of it, but we recognise a hatchet job when we see it. In the article, Luce accuses Zuckerberg of… Self-evident observation, or ‘stating the bleeding obvious’, to use the English vernacular:
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 17, 2017.
A Texas sheriff is under fire for making a Facebook post about his intention to take punitive measures against a truck driver displaying a bumper sticker declaring ‘FUCK TRUMP AND FUCK YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.’ On Wednesday morning, Sheriff Troy E. Nehls of Fort Bend County, Texas, posted a picture of the back of a truck asking members of the community to help him find the ‘offender.’ ‘I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359. If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you,’ he said. Nehls apparently already sought to impose punishment, adding, ‘Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it.’
The anti-Russia hysteria that has raged in the US for just over a year now appeared poised to spread to the UK last week after British media learned that three past or present Foreign Office ministers – including Boris Johnson – had been targeted by FBI agents in their investigations into George Papadopoulos and Carter Page. The reports aroused suspicions that the ‘Leave’ campaign may have taken money indirectly from the Russian government. Of course, the idea that Russian efforts – part of a three-dimensional Russian plot to diminish the UK’s international influence – managed to sway the vote in favor of Brexit is just as ludicrous as the notion that $100,000 in Facebook promoted posts managed to throw the election to Trump. And as if to underscore this point, Nigel Farage delivered a speech at the European Parliament – where he represents South East England – pointing out that George Soros’ Open Society Foundation has far more influence on elections across the Europe and the US. And if investigators are looking for evidence of foreign influence, they should start there. After all, George Soros recently signed over most of his assets – some $18 billion worth – to his OSF, which oversees a network of dozens of organizations across Europe. George Soros has spent billions in the EU to undermine the nation state. This is where the real international political collusion is. pic.twitter.com/ANXOII7SFY — Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) November 14, 2017
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 15, 2017.
Houthi rebels in civil-war torn Yemen have threatened to start attacking oil tankers and warships sailing under Saudi coalition flag, unless Riyadh lifts its naval blockade of Yemen which threatens the lives of millions in the war-torn country. The threat of a military response to the ongoing blockade was made after Houthi leader Maj. Gen. Yousef al-Madani met leaders of the naval, coastal defense and coast guard forces Saturday. On that day, Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi posted a message on Facebook assuring that ‘international navigation will remain safe as it was before,’ making clear that ‘only those who attack our country’ will be targeted. ‘Battleships and oil tankers of the aggressor and its movements will not be immune from the fire of Yemeni naval forces if directed by the senior leadership,’ Al Masirah news cited the country’s navy and coast guard as saying Sunday. A military spokesman for the Houthi rebels, Gen. Sharaf Ghalib Luqman, said that ‘systematic crimes of aggression’ and the ‘closure of ports’ compels the Houthi forces ‘to target all sources of funding’ of the aggressor. He added the country is ready to ‘respond to the escalation of the Saudi-US aggression promptly.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 13, 2017.
Marshall McLuhan was fond of pointing out that whatever is happening in the present moment is already obsolete. So, in the current exposure of celebrities’ sexual crimes, what is on the horizon? It is the further FORMALIZATION of sexual relationships. For example, this would result in more detailed assurances between two people that they are entering into a consensual arrangement. If that sounds bizarre, it is. Because sex isn’t a contract. Nevertheless, fear of accusations can make it so. Sex, therefore, will enter into a wider trend of MACHINE connections. In the same way that Facebook, with its ‘likes,’ has become a reductionist norm mechanizing social relationships, sex can become a reduced process. This is not an accident. Technocracy – which is the leading edge of Globalism, which plans societies according to function and every person’s place in a blueprint – will find a greater home in sex. This suits controllers, who want to eliminate spontaneity – unpredictable happenings – in favor of organization.
Elon Musk unveiled his apocalytpic vision of the world a few weeks ago… ‘Until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react because it seems so ethereal,’ he said. ‘AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive. Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late.’ ‘Normally the way regulations are set up is a while bunch of bad things happen, there’s a public outcry, and after many years a regulatory agency is set up to regulate that industry,’ he continued. ‘It takes forever. That, in the past, has been bad but not something which represented a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization. AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.’ And since then numerous futurists have prognosticated on whether is mankind’s salvation or eventual downfall. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg embraces it while Stephen Hawking considers this the most dangerous moment in history as AI and automation are set to decimate jobs and change the social contract.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 10, 2017.
Earlier this year, President Trump took a beating in the mainstream media for blasting Europe’s, and more specifically Sweden’s, disastrous immigration policies… Give the public a break – The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2017
Of course, since that feud erupted, the MSM has been repeatedly embarrassed by a series of violent attacks perpetrated by Muslim migrants on Swedish citizens. Here are just a few examples: Sweden Truck Terrorist Arrested; Bomb Found Inside Truck Swedish Cop Posts Epic Facebook Rant On Immigrant Crime; Ignites Nationwide Firestorm Swedish Police “Cannot Cope” With Huge Numbers Of Rapes Since Migrants Arrived U. S. Journalist Investigating “Migrant Crime” In Sweden Has To Leave Under “Police Escort” For His Own Safety Leaked Police Report Exposes 23 Muslim-Controlled “No Go Zones” In Sweden: Plagued With Violence, Sexual Assaults, & Gun Crimes Postal Service Suspended In Swedish “No-Go” Zone Because It’s “Not Safe” Now, the latest evidence suggesting that the migrant population in Sweden might have motivations beyond their simple, peaceful relocation from the Middle East comes via a radio station in Malmo. As The Local pointed out earlier today, Malmo residents who flipped their radio dials to Mix Megapol earlier this morning were greeted with a rather alarming “ISIS recruiting” mix tape rather than the station’s normal “hits from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s.” The terrorist recruiting mix tape was apparently played for a full 30 minutes after an “unknown offender” managed to hijack the radio station.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 10, 2017.
Tune in to the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) for another LIVE broadcast of ‘The Boiler Room’ tonight 6:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM CST | 9:00 PM EST for this special broadcast. Join us for uncensored, uninterruptible talk radio, custom-made for bar fly philosophers, misguided moralists, masochists, street corner evangelists, media-maniacs, savants, political animals and otherwise lovable rascals. Join ACR hosts Hesher and Spore along side Jay Dyer of Jays Analysis for the hundred and thirty fifth episode of BOILER ROOM. Turn it up, tune in and hang with the ACR Brain-Trust for this weeks boil downs and analysis and the usual gnashing of the teeth of the political animals in the social reject club. On this episode of Boiler Room the ACR Brain-Trust is running a round table discussion on school systems putting cameras in bathrooms in the US and the EU, Facebook as an extension of the federal intelligence apparatus, silicone valley insiders admit social media was designed to exploit inherent vulnerabilities in human beings to get them addicted to their applications, the selective silencing of dissenting voices in social media, the NY bike path ‘terror attack’ from a non-conspiratorial VLOGer, the Texas church shooting near San Antonio and the first Transexual elected to political office.