To the FCC on the issue of Network Neutrality

crossposted from: Humanitarian Left

By OPOL
from Humanitarian Left, 8 August, 2014

There is no more important issue than that of Network Neutrality. The brilliant R. Buckminster Fuller posited decades ago that we would always think our way out of our dilemmas, that we would stay one step ahead by inventing new solutions to the thorniest problems facing the human race. And in many ways we have done just that with, among other things, computer technology and the Internet.

Virtually every human endeavor benefits from those technologies. Computer and networking technologies have transformed our world like nothing before.

For the first time in history, every co-existing civilization has easy access to (virtually) all others and that access is available to ordinary people in the remotest locations. This is a game-changer. Every curious mind with an increasingly common appliance has the world of answers to virtually any question at their fingertips. The communications alone that the Internet makes possible is a brilliant step forward for humanity. It has empowered the entire species and is one of the few unambiguously hopeful developments of the past several decades.

The Internet is still young, but it's a promising youth. We have to nurture it of course. That's the point. All its potential is in our tender care. Hopefully we won't blow it.

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TERF Wars

I suspect that some of my readers must be wondering by now why I haven't responded with my thoughts on the recent outbreak in the transgender/TERF hostilities.

In case yoIu have been completely unaware of the issue, TERF stands for "trans exclusive radical feminists," although I've always thought they were more reactionary than radical. I should note that they don't like the term, viewing it as an insult, even though it was invented by other feminists...feminists who wanted to distance themselves from the TERFs.

Although the hostility has been simmering for quite awhile, the most recent outbreak can be traced to the publishing of an article in The New Yorker by Michelle Goldberg, entitled What is a Woman?, which presented a very one-sided treatment of the dispute.

To quote a TERF, from the beginning of the rift in 1973:

I will not call a male “she”; thirty-two years of suffering in this androcentric society, and of surviving, have earned me the title “woman”; one walk down the street by a male transvestite, five minutes of his being hassled (which he may enjoy), and then he dares, he dares to think he understands our pain? No, in our mothers’ names and in our own, we must not call him sister.

--Robin Morgan

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Follow Friday for 15 August, 2014: Ferguson Edition

A weekly mostly random sampling of resources shared on twitter on various topics. This week: #Ferguson:


Four more tweets or tweetblocks below the fold

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The Breakfast Club: 8-15-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone's welcome here, no special handshake required. Just check your meta at the door.

Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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This Day in History


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VotSquare paper.li for Thursday, 14 August 2014

A Lead Story: A mother’s grief: From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown, By Jonathon Capehart at WaPo

Or click on the headline to go to the embedded paper here at the Voices on the Square site. Note that the embed is not compatible with all devices.

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The Breakfast Club (Home By the Sea)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

 

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Will Malaysia Cause the Truth to Come Out about Flight MH17?

Remember the downing of the Malaysia Boeing 777 jet MH17 over Ukraine? I can understand those that don't, alot of shit has happened since July 17th.

It was obvious from the start that it wasn't the separatists that shot it down. All you had to do was listen to Obama and Kerry and reverse their lies, not to mention the entire ruling class/state media. .

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