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Federal regulators looking to place restrictions on Internet providers will introduce and vote on new proposed net neutrality rules in February, Federal Communications Commission officials said Friday.
- Net Neutrality: What it Really Means, and How it Could Impact You Net neutrality. That sounds like a friendly term, like something we all would WANT, right?
When I first heard people talking about Obama’s attempt to push the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “keep the internet free and open” I thought, well, that sounds good to me. Last Monday, in his plea for the implementation of rules for net neutrality, Obama used terms like “fairness” and “freedom”. He expressed the need for more government control to ensure equal Internet access for everyone.
And he said that abandoning the principles of net neutrality “would threaten to end the Internet as we know it.”
But, as with everything else that interests me, I had to research it for myself. Whenever a politician (especially one who aggressively forces things like Obamacare) pushes for something, I think it is natural to have some level of skepticism.
So, for the last week, I have been heavily researching this so-called “net neutrality” to find out what it is all about, and why so many support it.
In reality, “net neutrality” is as confusing as its name.
There are two pieces to this that need to be identified and explained before we go further. One is the term “net neutrality”and other is Title II regulation.
What IS net neutrality?
- Are ‘We the People’ Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?
“Who needs direct repression,” asked philosopher Slavoj Zizek, “when one can convince the chicken to walk freely into the slaughterhouse?”
In an Orwellian age where war equals peace, surveillance equals safety, and tolerance equals intolerance of uncomfortable truths and politically incorrect ideas, “we the people” have gotten very good at walking freely into the slaughterhouse, all the while convincing ourselves that the prison walls enclosing us within the American police state are there for our protection.
Call it doublespeak, call it hypocrisy, call it delusion, call it whatever you like, but the fact remains that while we claim to value freedom, privacy, individuality, equality, diversity, accountability, and government transparency, our actions and those of our government overseers contradict these much-vaunted principles at every turn.
- ‘Peace is always possible’: Pope Francis begs the world for an end to all wars in his New Year wish
This year’s theme is: ‘No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters.’
Last month Francis appealed to consumers
The second global slavery index released in November by the Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, estimated that almost 36 million people were living as slaves, trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labour, victims of debt bondage or born into servitude.
- Here It Comes: The Davos World Economic Forum 2015 Global banksters and other crony capitalists will meet for their annual plotting sessions in Davos, Switzerland from January 21 to 24.
This years program chairs include Jim Yong Kim, President, The World Bank, Washington DC and
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google, USA.
Secession topics include (For an economic forum an awful lot of focus on the brain):
Reality Based, Not Forced, Results Beyond What “Experts Expected” -Scienceologist Perps
Carbon dioxide emissions help tropical rainforests grow faster: Study shows trees absorb more greenhouse gas than expected The researchers claim their findings show that rainforests like the Amazon are essential for soaking up excess greenhouse gases, and play a far greater role than had been previously realised.
- Man-made global warming: even the IPCC admits the jig is up
Breaking news from the US – h/t Watts Up With That? – where a leaked draft of the IPCC’s latest report AR5 admits what some of us have suspected for a very long time: that the case for man-made global warming is looking weaker by the day and that the sun plays a much more significant role in “climate change” than the scientific “consensus” has previously been prepared to concede.
Here’s the killer admission:
Many empirical relationships have been reported between GCR or cosmogenic isotope archives and some aspects of the climate system (e.g., Bond et al., 2001; Dengel et al., 2009; Ram and Stolz, 1999). The forcing from changes in total solar irradiance alone does not seem to account for these observations, implying the existence of an amplifying mechanism such as the hypothesized GCR-cloud link. We focus here on observed relationships between GCR and aerosol and cloud properties.
As the leaker explains, this is a game-changer:
The admission of strong evidence for enhanced solar forcing changes everything. The climate alarmists can’t continue to claim that warming was almost entirely due to human activity over a period when solar warming effects, now acknowledged to be important, were at a maximum. The final draft of AR5 WG1 is not scheduled to be released for another year but the public needs to know now how the main premises and conclusions of the IPCC story line have been undercut by the IPCC itself.
- Busted: BBC Taliban Report Contains Sandy Hook’s “Noah”
While much furor and speculation has surrounded the Sandy Hook event, those questioning mainstream media have turned up a great deal of subterfuge and trickery on the part of establishment outlets. As usual, no explanations of these oddities are ever offered beyond the usual ad hominem attack of “conspiracy theorist.” However, once again, as if an inside joke, the BBC has run a report on the Taliban and recent deaths that absurdly shows a picture of “Noah,” the child from the Sandy Hook massacre. The image is visible here at 2:03. They might as well have thrown in Elian Goanzalez to boot!
British boxer Amir Khan has visited a school in Pakistan where Taliban militants massacred 152 people earlier this month.
Khan, whose parents are from Pakistan, said he wanted to pay his respects to those who had lost their lives, and help encourage scared children to return to school.
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- The Prison State of America
Prisons employ and exploit the ideal worker. Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are not paid for sick days or granted vacations. They cannot formally complain about working conditions or safety hazards. If they are disobedient, or attempt to protest their pitiful wages, they lose their jobs and can be sent to isolation cells. The roughly 1 million prisoners who work for corporations and government industries in the American prison system are models for what the corporate state expects us all to become. And corporations have no intention of permitting prison reforms that would reduce the size of their bonded workforce. In fact, they are seeking to replicate these conditions throughout the society.
States, in the name of austerity, have stopped providing prisoners with essential items including shoes, extra blankets and even toilet paper, while starting to charge them for electricity and room and board.
- If you still trust Tor to keep you safe, you’re out of your damn mind
Earlier today, a group of hackers who had previously shut down Playstation Network and Xbox Live turned their sights on a bigger target: the Tor network.
That news isn’t, of itself, surprising. Hackers gon’ hack, right? But what is truly shocking — and what has to shoot a spike of fear through of any tinker, gamer, solider or spy who relies on Tor to hide his online activity — is that the hackers actually stand a fighting chance of compromising the network.
- Tor, TrueCrypt, Tails topped the NSA’s ‘most wanted’ in 2012, per newly revealed Snowden leaks
Three out of three? That could be the score for the U.S. National Security Agency’s cryptographic “most wanted” list of 2012.
In January 2012, it saw Internet traffic anonymizing tool Tor (The Onion Router), Linux distribution Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) and disk encryption system TrueCrypt as the biggest threats to its ability to intercept Internet traffic and interpret other information it acquires.
- Crystals May Have Formed in Drying Martian Lake Lozenge-shaped crystals are evident in this magnified view of a Martian rock target called “Mojave,” taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) instrument on the arm of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. M.A.R.S. = Mojave Autonomous Research System?
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Rosetta Comet Water Different Than Earth Water The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft has found the water vapor from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to be significantly different from that found on Earth. The discovery fuels the debate on the origin of our planet’s oceans.
The measurements, by the Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) instrument, were made in the month following the arrival of the spacecraft on Aug. 6. It is one of the most anticipated early results of the mission, because the origin of Earth’s water is still an open question.
- Rosetta fuels the debate on the origin of our planet’s oceans In this scenario, it should have been delivered after our planet had cooled down, most likely from collisions with comets and asteroids. The relative contribution of each class of object to our planet’s water supply is, however, still debated.
The key to determining where the water originated is in its ‘flavour’, in this case the proportion of deuterium – a form of hydrogen with an additional neutron – to normal hydrogen.
The Earth Makes Water
- Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters deep underground around the world: Waters could support isolated lifeSummary:A team of scientists has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometers beneath Earth’s surface in rock fractures in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia. Common in Precambrian Shield rocks — the oldest rocks on Earth — the ancient waters have a chemistry similar to that found near deep sea vents, suggesting these waters can support microbes living in isolation from the surface.
The scientists also explain how two chemical reactions combine to produce substantial quantities of hydrogen, doubling estimates of global production from these processes which had previously been based only on hydrogen coming out of the ocean floor.
“This represents a quantum change in our understanding of the total volume of Earth’s crust that may be habitable,” said Sherwood Lollar.
“Until now, none of the estimates of global hydrogen production sustaining deep microbial populations had included a contribution from the ancient continents. Since Precambrian rocks make up more than 70 per cent of the surface of Earth’s crust, Sherwood Lollar likens these terrains to a “sleeping giant,” a huge area that has now been discovered to be a source of possible energy for life,” she said.
One process, known as radiolytic decomposition of water, involves water undergoing a breakdown into hydrogen when exposed to radiation. The other is a chemical reaction called serpentization, a mineral alteration reaction that is common in such ancient rocks.
Further, because Mars — like the Precambrian crust — consists of billions-of-year-old rocks with hydrogen-producing potential, this finding has ramifications for astrobiology. “If the ancient rocks of Earth are producing this much hydrogen, it may be that similar processes are taking place on Mars,” said Sherwood Lollar.
- A Methane Spike Indicates Active Processes On Mars
The more we learn about Mars, the more we learn it’s a deceptively active planet. Most recently, the Curiosity rover sniffed out a sharp spike in methane levels that dropped back down just as quickly, suggesting some yet-to-be-determined process is currently happening to trigger the aberration.The rover sniffs the atmosphere using the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory.
We’ve been excited about methane on Mars before, but this time it’s a bit different. This time, Curiosity measured a spike that suggests current, active processes on Mars changing things right now. Fluctuations in the methane levels suggest both sources and sinks on Mars. Methane has one atom of carbon and four atoms of hydrogen: it can be combined, stored, and pulled apart in different ways.
This sharp spike is strange: Sushil Atreya, a member of the Curiosity rover science team, explains in a press release:
“This temporary increase in methane — sharply up and then back down — tells us there must be some relatively localized source. There are many possible sources, biological or non-biological, such as interaction of water and rock.”
Sinks, sources, and transportation of methane around the Martian atmosphere. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SAM-GSFC/Univ. of Michigan
The atoms can be combined through microbial processes, but molecule formation may also be triggered by geochemical reactions between water and olivine or pyroxene rock. Ultraviolet light can also trigger reactions generating methane from organic chemicals. The methane can be destroyed through photochemistry, when sunlight triggers reactions that break it down. This can produce formaldehyde and methanol, which in turn disintegrates into carbon dioxide, which makes up most of the Martian atmosphere. Alone, these molecules are a lot of almost-maybe potentially cool things: they may have formed on Mars, or have been delivered to the surface by meteorites; they could be formed by biological activity, or by geological processes that have nothing to do with life. What these molecules do indicate is that modern Mars is chemically active, and that in the ancient past it had favourable conditions for life. When SAM heated up the sample, it released hydrogen isotopes locked in the rock for billions of years. Because lighter regular hydrogen isotopes escape from the upper atmosphere more easily than heavier deuterium, looking at the ratio of the hydrogen isotopes provides a signature of what water looked like at different times in Martian history.
- Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
- The people know that they have created this farce and financed it with their own taxes (consent), but they would rather knuckle under than be the hypocrite.
Factor VI – Cattle
Those who will not use their brains are no better off than those who have no brains, and so this mindless school of jelly-fish, father, mother, son, and daughter, become useful beasts of burden or trainers of the same.
- Mr. Rothschild’s Energy Discovery
What Mr. Rothschild  had discovered was the basic principle of power, influence, and control over people as applied to economics. That principle is “when you assume the appearance of power, people soon give it to you.”
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