This is one of the greatest stories I’ve ever read.
Franken makes his case that the FCC’s controversial plan could hinder future innovation and consumer choice by giving big incumbent companies a permanent competitive advantage over up-and-coming startups.
As an example, Franken points to the short-lived battle between YouTube and Google’s Google Video platform last decade. Under traditional network neutrality principles, neither YouTube nor Google Video were given preferential treatment and consumers were free to choose YouTube, which eventually won out as the superior platform and was bought by Google. However, under the FCC’s new proposal, there’s a danger that Google Video would have delivered its videos at a significantly faster speed than YouTube, which wouldn’t have been able to afford to pay for its own “fast lane.”
Because of this, Franken says he wants to rally the public to tell the FCC to scrap its plan.
“We cannot allow the FCC to implement a pay-to-play system that silences our voices and amplifies that of big corporate interests,” Franken says. “We have come to a crossroads. Now is the time to rise up and make our voices heard to preserve net neutrality. We paid for a free and open Internet. We can’t let it be taken away.”
"Assume the worst. About everybody. But don’t let this poisoned outlook affect your job performance. Let it all roll off your back. Ignore it. Be amused by what you see and suspect. Just because someone you work with is a miserable, treacherous, self-serving, capricious and corrupt asshole shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying their company, working with them or finding them entertaining."
Tilda Swinton risked arrest waving a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin in violation of Russia’s new homosexual propaganda bill. And she wants everyone who can to reblog it in solidarity.
Guys please reblog this, it won’t ruin your blog, this is importantThank you Tilda
- three the number of states that, due to so-called “blue laws,” can’t start their Christmas shopping a day early, a phenomenon known as “Black Thursday” or “Gray Thursday.” Those states? All in New England—Rhode Island, Maine, and Massachusetts. For what it’s worth, retailers want to change the laws, some of which have been in place since colonial time. source
An enormous new species of predatory dinosaur has been discovered in the fossil beds of southeastern Utah, a giant carnivore that was the apex predator of its day — even giving tyrannosaurs a run for their money.
What’s more, the newfound dino — named after a monster of Ute legend — appears to be a “missing link” in the evolution of the top predators of the Ancient West. READ MORE»
“Going up that river was like travelling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth and the big trees were kings.”
“Even extreme grief may ultimately vent itself in violence—but more generally takes the form of apathy.”
-Joseph Conrad, “Heart of Darkness”
One of the saddest and most poignant episodes of @bourdain’s #PartsUnknown. Simply incredible.