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FCC Chairman Proposes New Net Neutrality Rules

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FCC Chairman Proposes New Net Neutrality Rules
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Though the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down the FCC's net neutrality rules, it did so because it did not believe that the commission had the authority to craft such rules.
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Why does the new plan sound a lot like the one that just lost in court to Verizon? Why should people care about this?


People should care because until we had this open internet it was very hard to access information or actively participate in shaping policy and our own outcomes. People have been using the internet to shape their own stories and history and that is why we should all care. That addresses the last question now back to the first of why the new plan sounds old.

Chairman Wheeler, once the CEO for telecom and cable lobbyist, sounds nice on the surface, but his reluctance to reclassify our internet for what it is, the common carrier of our communication system, shows his loyalties to his old bosses, the cable and telecoms. His "new plan" also still leaves the wireless services on the earlier, ill planned honor system for neutrality protection. The growing internet service is among the wireless and all internet users need to be protected. The honor system is not the way to regulate. Wireless is the only communication access a growing number use.


 


Self-regulation is ridiculous in industry that by the very nature of its competiveness seeks self-serving interest first. Two chairman ago we had Michael Powell who created this mess. Past FCC chairman, Powell, now has Wheeler's old job as CEO of telecom and cable lobbyist and Wheeler who now has Powell's old job as Chairman of the FCC. It appears he  has most likely left the high paying CEO payroll to become a public servant to serve his old, higher paying, lords and masters  and himself, not the public..


 


Why do we allow these people to have conflict of interest without seeking prosecution and charges? Why did both sides of the isle willingly confirm Wheeler? Could it have anything to do with the huge sums these industries donate or to the fact the communication and media industry can squash politicians like  bugs if they don't do as they are told? Could it be also because American Citizens are not active participants in the policy making processes and often kept as far I the dark as the media can keep them. Are citizens too well entertained by these same industries to bother to stand up to corruptions of all types? Three out of five of the current FCC regulators have past, close connections and incomes from the industries they seek to regulate and that includes Wheeler, the Chairman of the FCC. Others like Powell and even more, leave public servant roles to be rewarded with jobs within the industry they regulated or  they more likely helped to de-regulate or confirmed and approved mergers that brought their future employer wealth. That is not legal conduct so why do we allow it to happen unpunished?


 


We do not need to weaken the power of our regulators. We need regulators that actually have a track record of strong, uncorrupted, public service to oversee the conduct of our industries they are employed to regulate.  We should not only avoid, but also punish regulators or elected officials when conflict of interest occurs as a result of  putting people in  regulatory roles that have proven loyalties to the industries through incomes and perhaps in the case of congress, received  donations that cause a conflict of interest. Conflict of interest dealings ARE illegal. These are not clumsy, wayward children, but grown people employed to oversee conduct of industry on behalf of the people of our nation. They are not there to serve the industries they regulate. They know what they are doing and should be penalized personally when they succumb to conflict of interest conduct.


 


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There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.
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Democrats Dare Republicans to Shut Down the Government Again

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Associated Press Get ready for another government shutdown fight.
Funding to keep the lights on in Washington expires at the end of September, and Congress, being Congress, plans to wait until the last minute to buy some new lightbulbs.
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Florida cops accused of beating driver for not rolling down his window all the way (VIDEO)

Florida cops accused of beating driver for not rolling down his window all the way (VIDEO) | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Cell phone video footage of a Florida traffic stop is beginning to go viral after the man who recorded his encounter with police pleaded online for assistance because he says law enforcement’s actions forced him to move.
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The New York Times Won't Endorse Anyone for Governor

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Associated Press The New York Times Editorial Board declined to endorse anyone for the state's September 9 Democratic primary.
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Ferguson Reveals Racists In Libertarian Clothing

Ferguson Reveals Racists In Libertarian Clothing | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
There are two kinds of libertarians: true believers in the constitution and racists hiding behind the constitution. Determining what kind of libertarian someone is, though, is as easy as asking his or her opinion on Ferguson.
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Student Activists Keep Pressure On Campus Sexual Assault

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More than 70 colleges are under investigation for how they've handled sexual assaults. The current attention to campus sexual assault has been driven largely by student activists using social media.
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NSA built 'Google-like' search engine to share data - USA TODAY

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The National Security Agency built its own search engine and shares hundreds of billions of digital records with federal law enforcement and several other U.S.
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Burger Announces Merger With Tim Hortons, Move To Canada

Burger Announces Merger With Tim Hortons, Move To Canada | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
As part of the $11 billion deal, Burger King will transfer its headquarters to Ontario and cut its tax bill considerably.
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U.S. $2 a Day Poverty in a Global Context: Five Questions Answered

U.S. $2 a Day Poverty in a Global Context: Five Questions Answered | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Recent studies by Thomas Piketty and others have told us a lot more about income among the richest 1 percent in America. But doing the same for America’s poorest is a much murkier proposition. Laurence Chandy and Cory Smith weigh in on five key questions raised by his latest research.
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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
I think it's safe to say that if U.S. neighborhoods were living under siege, folks like Rand Paul wouldn't take it

 

ROGER WATERS

 

The carnage in Gaza continues after the latest collapse of cease-fire talks and over four weeks of asymmetrical bombardment by Israel. With the death of more than 2,000 Palestinians, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more, the complicity of the American government has been exposed to the world as never before. Yet the mantra repeated ad nauseam by the U.S. government and media alike remains the same: Israel has a right to defend itself.

 

The moral perversity of the U.S. position is stunning. How can the U.S. government ask Israel to be more careful about civilian lives while simultaneously arming and then rearming the IDF so it can more effectively inflict such devastation on an imprisoned and occupied people?

 

The U.S. could act to stop the senseless slaughter but it won’t. Instead, it’s cheerleading.  Members of Congress are mindlessly parroting Israeli talking points without a thought given to the Palestinian perspective or to preserving human life. Brimming with righteousness, they argue for turning Israel loose – Sen. Rand Paul in particular – and invoke Israel’s right to self-defense, despite the fact that, as the occupying power, Israel has an obligation to protect the Palestinians it rules, not massacre them.

 

Read more at http://www.salon.com/2014/08/25/pink_floyds_roger_waters_why_moral_perversity_of_u_s_position_in_gaza_is_stunning/

 

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Eli Levine's curator insight, August 25, 10:31 PM

aThe world slowly turns against the Jewish State, and the world becomes a more hostile place because of the actions of the Israeli conservatives.  They value neither life, nor the sanctity of God's message.  They only want land.

 

We're cursed under the reign of the conservative powers of our world, just as the Hebrews were cursed under the reign of Pharaoh.  The world leaders, especially the conservatives among us, have chosen the calf instead of the sanctity of God and His creation(s).  We're doomed, thanks to their actions and our failure to adequately stop them from seizing power and gaining influence in our societies.  They are the people of Gog and Magog.  Clueless, senseless, careless, sick in the head consumers of bile. 

 

And we've earned it, each and every one of us.

 

Why?

 

How?

 

Because of whom we voted for and failed to vote against.  These were our faults as much as it is their (our world leaders') faults.

 

May the universe have mercy on our being.

 

Here we go.

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Ferguson's Rep. Lacy Clay Voted Against Amendment to Limit Military Surplus Transfers to Local Cops, Just Two Months Ago - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Ferguson's Rep. Lacy Clay Voted Against Amendment to Limit Military Surplus Transfers to Local Cops, Just Two Months Ago - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
In June, the House of Representatives voted on a series of amendments to H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act. Among the amendments

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CDC whistleblower exposes massive autism cover-up perpetrated by government agency

CDC whistleblower exposes massive autism cover-up perpetrated by government agency | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
(NaturalNews) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been engaged in a massive campaign of deception concerning the alleged safety of the combination measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, also known as MMR.

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Art Killing Apathy Take on Money In Politics| Eleanor Goldfield ...

Art Killing Apathy Take on Money In Politics| Eleanor Goldfield ... | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
... writer based in Los Angeles.She works with organizations to create digital content as well as live events to combine pop culture and politics - art killing apathy; her political hard rock band Rooftop Revolutionaries being a…...
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Same-sex marriage advocates to urge Supreme Court to strike down state bans

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In a bold legal move that few litigants try, gay marriage advocates plan to urge the U.S. Supreme Court in three pending cases across the country to decide once and for all whether states can ban same-sex unions.
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Report: Russian computer hackers steal sensitive data from JPMorgan Chase

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(Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co and at least one other bank were attacked by Russian hackers in mid-August and the FBI is investigating whether the assault was in retaliation for U.S.-government sponsored sanctions against the country, according...
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Former HHS Cybersecurity Head Guilty of Child Porn Charges

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Image via Shutterstock/bikeriderlondon. Timothy DeFoggi, the former acting director of cyber security for the Department of Health and Human Services, was convicted of three charges of viewing and promoting child pornography, according to the...
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Video shows police shot Ohio man ‘on sight’ as he leaned on toy gun in Walmart, attorney says

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Surveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store, according to an attorney for the man’s family.
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An Audio Recording of the Michael Brown Shooting Has Reportedly Surfaced

An Audio Recording of the Michael Brown Shooting Has Reportedly Surfaced | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Michael Brown Sr., yells out as the casket is lowered during the funeral service for his son Michael Brown in Normandy, Mo., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.
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The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets

The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Orange juice sales are at their lowest point in 10 years. Florida's citrus industry is reeling from a disease called "greening," while consumers face dozens of other choices in the supermarket aisle.
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New Study Finds Legalizing Medical Marijuana Leads to Fewer Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths

New Study Finds Legalizing Medical Marijuana Leads to Fewer Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, on Monday, found that states that had legalized medical marijuana had seen a
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Warren Buffett Is Helping Burger King Move to Canada and Dodge Higher Taxes

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Associated Press After years of championing fairer (i.e., higher) taxes for America's richest people, billionaire Warren Buffett is suddenly involved in a major push to avoid paying them.
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Boehner Reportedly Profited from a Corporate Inversion Deal

Boehner Reportedly Profited from a Corporate Inversion Deal | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee (ASSOCIATED PRESS) Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and another senior House Republican profited off the kind of corporate inversion deal that the Obama...
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Colorado hemp field coming into bloom in Boulder County - The Cannabist

Colorado hemp field coming into bloom in Boulder County - The Cannabist | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Cannabist Colorado hemp field coming into bloom in Boulder County The Cannabist Veronica Carpio stood at the center of her Boulder County hemp field, surrounded by mature plants that proved their resilience this summer by growing taller and...
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The NDAA Explained in 3 Minutes | TruthTheory

The NDAA Explained in 3 Minutes | TruthTheory | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Regardless of where on this planet you live, and no matter what your nationality, the fact that the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA are still on the books, should disturb you on a fundamental level.
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How You Can Stop the NDAA's Indefinite Detention In Your City | Think Tank

LIKE Breaking the Set @ http://fb.me/JournalistAbbyMartin FOLLOW Abby Martin @ http://twitter.com/AbbyMartin Abby Martin interviews Dan Johnson, founder of P...
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