The Federal Communications Commisions is set to impose Net Neutrality in November, and there’s no thanksgiving here.
In a plea to its members last week, Grassfire Nation reported that on Nov. 20, the FCC will unconstitutionally seize control of the Internet through its Net Neutrality regulations, in flagrant defiance of Congress and the federal courts.
In addition, all 95 candidates who campaigned on the issue lost in last fall’s elections.
The FCC’s action rewards special interests close to the administration, left-wing ideological groups that include Internet companies Google and IAC/InterActiveCorp.
Grassfire wrote: “Not only will the move destroy one of the last, great free-market frontiers our nation and the world has ever seen, but the move will also kill an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 real jobs – not to be confused with the fake jobs created by President Obama and his socialist cronies. It gets worse…
“Having granted itself the authority to regulate the Internet, the FCC has already begun strong-arming Internet providers into supporting Net Neutrality guidelines on themselves or risk FCC imposed penalties,” Grassfire continues. “As a result, we are beginning to see early signs of what awaits religious and politically conservative websites. Web-hosting companies are starting to suspend these websites – classifying them as ‘hate sites.’”
According to a Sept. 15, 2011, article in the Washington Times, Internet media giants Google, Apple and Facebook aren’t giving Christian and other faith-based groups a fair shake.
Grassfire continued: “Unless you rise up and challenge this federal power grab, and demand Congress protect First Amendment free speech rights on the Internet, conservatives will be effectively silenced, removing the last hurdle for a radical socialist agenda to be implemented in our nation!’”
A poll recently released by the Tarrance Group revealed that nearly three out of four Americans believe the regulatory burden is too high in this country, and that “65 percent of voters – and 67 percent of Democrats – oppose agencies regulating without the approval of Congress.”
According to a Fox News report, the Net Neutrality order will put us on a path to crippling the Internet with regulations. A study from NYU found the rule will destroy between 100,000 and 200,000 jobs.
Fox reported, “And the end goal is even more extreme. Robert McChesney, founder of Free Press, a group with deep ties to the Obama administration, the FCC, and the FTC has let slip where the plan leads: ‘At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.’”
Time for action, folks. Call your U.S. Senator and demand he or she move rapidly to pass S.J. Res. 6, a joint resolution of disapproval to overturn the Net Neutrality order. Please do it now!
Lawmakers to FTC: We don’t LIKE what Facebook’s doing
Is Facebook still tracking you after you’ve logged off? That’s what Reps. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Texas, want to know.
The bipartisan duo have repeatedly questioned the social network giant’s privacy practices and are now asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook after receiving reports the network collected data from users even after they had logged out of their profiles.
“When users log out of Facebook, they are under the expectation that Facebook is no longer monitoring their activities. We believe this impression should be the reality. Facebook users should not be tracked without their permission,” they said.
An Australian tech expert discovered that Facebook’s recent modifications to its sharing system also changed the way it handles cookies, the files that remember individual accounts, preferences and other data. These cookies are supposed to become inactive when a user logs off. But some of those continued to transmit data when the user clicked a LIKE button on other websites.
Chill it with the Facebook!
Three Florida men were arrested after getting into a fight that sheriffs said was sparked by comments on Facebook. One of them told police he went to the house to fight the victim because of the words on Facebook, but the other two went there to rob the victims. Word to the wise: Chill.
“Now I’ve heard everything” department
“Does your son like musical comedies, Madonna or football?”
That’s just one of the questions posed in a controversial app for Moms who are wondering if their son is gay.
No, really. It’s a new program that “helps parents determine their son’s sexuality in a modified version of ’20 questions.’” Available now through the Google’s Android market.
This useful app helps you find the best parking space when you’re dropping your kids off at school.
Speaking of kids …
Glenn Beck’s Internet GBTV premieres Liberty Treehouse this week, the antidote to the leftist children’s programming that’s been filling kids’ heads with peacenik/socialist mush for at least a couple of generations. The children’s program will debuted Monday on GBTV and will feature … well, watch the video and let Glenn tell you.
Politico reports: “His two-hour version of the ‘Glenn Beck’ show launched in September with 230,000 subscribers, a better showing than the 156,000 viewers that Oprah’s cable network, OWN, attracted on average in June. It’s a tiny fraction of the roughly 2 million people who watched him during his time on Fox, but with each of his current viewers paying either $4.95 or $9.95 a month, it won’t take too many more viewers for him to replace the revenue from his $2 million Fox contract, even after production costs.”
“You too” oughta be in pictures
Welcome to the first social television network. It’s called Youtoo TV and from now on, you won’t just watch TV, you’ll be on national TV in three clicks.
Using your smart phone, a tablet or the web, you can have your “15-seconds of fame.” You do it by creating your own 15-second “Fame Spot,” a video you create free of charge. Youtoo TV viewers will be given a “Fame Spot” topic during one of the televised programs. You can use the Youtoo app or record your own and upload it. Youtoo TV is the first social television network in America, and its originators say by the end of year it will have 30 million viewers.
Just think, your mug can make it onto TV in minutes, after it’s been screened for copyright infringement or objectionable material. Youtoo TV says as many as 500 user-generated shorts can run on air per day. See how it works. Here’s lookin’ at ya!
Check your speed!
How fast is your download? Your upload? Check it out on Speed Test.
Who spends the most time on Facebook?
Hitwise has published a study that reveals by country how much time people spend on Facebook. You might be surprised to learn that users in the U.S. actually spend less time than Singapore Facebookers who are on the social network more than any other country, averaging 38 minutes and 46 seconds per session. Here in the U.S., we’re spending an average of 20 minutes and 46 seconds per session.
New Zealanders spend 30 minutes, 31 seconds; followed by Australians who spend an average of 26 minutes, 27 seconds per session; and the U.K. (25 minutes, 33 seconds). Brazilians spend the least amount of time on Facebook: 18 minutes, 19 seconds.
The Time Capsule
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Congratulations to WND readers Shirley Lincoln, Corpus Christie, Texas, and Florence Tingley of St. Petersburg, Fla., who were among the first to correctly guess actor Kevin Costner in the 1991 movie “JFK.”
Costner portrayed New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison who began an investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy in late 1966. The investigation resulted in the arrest and trial of New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw in 1969, with Shaw being unanimously acquitted less than one hour after the case went to the jury.
Winner of two Oscars, the film was directed by Oliver Stone and based in large part on the book “JFK: The CIA, Vietnam and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy” by L. Fletcher Prouty, who served as chief of special operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President John F. Kennedy. Prouty is depicted in the film as “Mr. X.”
From Wikipedia: “Garrison was able to subpoena the Zapruder film from Life magazine and show it to the public for the first time. Until the trial, the film had rarely been seen, and bootleg copies made by assassination investigators working with Garrison led to the film’s wider distribution.”
The quote was: “But because the government considers you children who might be too disturbed or distressed to face this reality, or because you might possibly lynch those involved, you cannot see these documents for another 75 years.”
Watch this Jan. 31, 1968, video of Jim Garrison’s appearance on the Johnny Carson Show during which he discussed the trial and the JFK assassination.
This week’s quote: “Look, these people, they have no jobs, no food, no education, no future. I just figure that we have two things we can do. Help, or we can sit back and watch a country destroy itself on CNN. Right?”
Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the email address below. Please be sure to add your town and state. Good luck!