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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Net Neutrality Today. SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, ACTA, and PCIP Tomorrow!




Let's start off with an easy question:

Whose Internet would all of the cool, hip, California-smug, Obama-liberal/libertarian-lite, techno-pundits say is more "neutral?"

America's or China's?

A: China's right?


The Great Firewall of China

You see, there's nothing neutral about an Internet on the leash of state regulations.

Which is why "Net Neutrality" is as Orwellian a name for it as the Patriot Act is for that piece of unpatriotic trash.

Once you put on the leash, just so long as Washington is tugging it in the direction of your pet issue (this time, you fool)...

It doesn't matter if you give yourself a mile of leash. It will keep getting shorter until the state is yanking you around by the neck.



Net Neutrality activism is for people with short eyes and long ears. Sounds great to people who can't see past next week.

And people with short memories too.

Because when oh when will we ever learn that Washington "solutions" in search of a problem with the access to a valued good always end up making that good more expensive, not more accessible?



Washington says there's a problem with the access to housing, creates federal lending programs that target subprime borrowers, drives up housing prices, making them less affordable, and takes down half the economy as the first round of millennials graduate college for the grand finale.

Oh, speaking of college. Washington says there's a problem with the access to college, creates federal lending programs that target young and naive teenagers and their stupid parents, drives up university tuitions to truly scam levels, and saddles millennials with debt they'll be spending their lives paying off with a string of part time jobs at Starbuck's.



And what about health care? Washington says there's a problem with access to health care (yeah Washington was the problem all along), passes the Affordable Care Act... and big surprise: premiums and deductibles skyrocket to record highs. And young and healthy millennials end up paying more to cover the costs for Baby Boomers, the richest generation in history who use the services more and had their whole lives to save for it.

And millennials love Obama.

And Net Neutrality.

Are you all asleep or just as weak and stupid and naive as the Baby Boomers who mock you in major magazines say you are?



Anyway I just guarantee you that federal regulation that will ostensibly make the Internet more accessible and affordable, will somehow make it more expensive.

It's a law of physics at this point.

Here's another reason Net Neutrality is for people with short memories:

You federal government bootlickers may have already forgotten, but I remember everything, including our fights against:


SOPA
PIPA
CISPA
ACTA
PCIP

Actively lobbying for federal intrusion into price-seeking between producers (e.g. Netflix) and shippers (i.e. ISPs) opens the door for more federal intrusion into the Internet.

Spoiler Alert: It won't be good.

You'll end up with a restricted and corrupted Internet for all that bootlicking.


Yum

Sounds overblown and melodramatic. Don't you think you're fear mongering a little bit?

Hey, I'm not the one telling you to start panicking like the Net Neutrality people plastering this all over the Internet:



We're talking about federal price-fixing regulations here, and they're acting like the seven seals on the apocalypse are about to break or some shit.


"UUUURRRRGENT

If you're not freaking out about...

Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq
Muslim Terrorists Targeting Your Toyota Camry Specifically
Wall Street Banks losing money on shady investments
An Army of Raping Hispanic Immigrants
West Nile Virus
Getting AIDS from Water Fountains
H1N1 Swine Flu
Violent Video Games
Reefer Maaaadness!
Marilyn Manson
North African Killer Bees

We're gonna need you to freak out, mmkay?"


"Yes, Mr. Congressman? When you get done sexually harassing
your office assistant today
, you NEED to look into Net Neutrality.
It's absolutely bananas out there!"

"Start freaking out" is almost always the clarion call of fascists who want to switch off your reasonable, forward-thinking cortex, and light up your scared, squirrel brain amygdala.

And if that's the way they have to get you to go along with them, then they're probably not looking out for your best interests.

But to answer the question:

What is so overblown or melodramatic about the fact that the U.S. federal government will do as much as it can get away with?



Here's something else you've shoved into the back of your mind and forgotten about:

They've been illegally spying on your Internet use like you're the enemy or something.

For years.

And pretty much we're all cool with it! Nobody's really that mad about it.

Meanwhile Edward Snowden's freezing his ass off in exile in Russia because he thought we might want to know.



You think the people burning the Middle East and Africa to the ground right now, killing civilians by the thousands in some of the world's poorest countries...

You think those guys have any scruples?

You think they have the moral authority to tell technology and media companies what and how to charge their customers?

You really don't think the power to do that poses a standing threat that they'll boss the Internet around in other ways?

You really want to align yourselves with the Empire and legitimize its authority by lobbying it for more intrusions into commerce?

You really don't think a hard line against any Washington regulation of the Internet is the right way to preserve and protect the Internet's freedom and neutrality?

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Taxation Is Theft and Democracy Is One of The Biggest Scams Ever Perpetuated on Mankind


A libertarian has a debate with a democratic socialist about taxes and civilization after he posted the meme above.



"Taxes and govt didn’t make all that stuff. Engineers, scientists, and business people did. I don’t have to be in a civilization with you personally, Josh. I should be able to freely associate or not with whomever I choose. This idea of society as a whole that I have to accept or reject altogether, all 300 million of you, and if I accept you get to cut me in half to throw half of me into the common pool with half of everybody else for us all to pick people based on a popularity contest to be in charge of how to distribute it back to us is the most preposterous inanity ever devised by the sick minds of man!"
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

In The 1970s Hillary Clinton Helped Get A More Lenient Sentence for a 41yo Man She Knew Raped a 12yo Girl




Have we all been asleep???

This was publicly available information during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The recorded interview in which Hillary tells all about this incredibly sordid thing she did, was uncovered and published in 2014.

But it was never widely addressed by the media and voters two years later.

Most people are probably still unaware of this strange and unseemly fact today.

Here's what happened:

"In 1975, the same year she married Bill, Hillary Clinton agreed to serve as the court-appointed attorney for Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year-old accused of raping the child after luring her into a car.

The recordings, which date from 1983-1987 and have never before been reported, include Clinton's suggestion that she knew Taylor was guilty at the time. She says she used a legal technicality to plead her client, who faced 30 years to life in prison, down to a lesser charge."

On the tape Hillary Clinton actually laughs with veteran Arkansas journalist Roy Reed about knowing the man was guilty!



When the tape emerged in 2014, very few media companies picked it up. One Daily Beast journalist was amazed by the tape:

"It’s hardly unusual for a criminal trial lawyer to gossip about a courtroom triumph on behalf of a less than admirable client, often with gallows humor and over drinks after a hard day’s work.

But it’s highly unusual for a lawyer to boast and laugh about such a circumstance in an on-the-record interview with a journalist—and pretty much jaw-dropping when the lawyer is Hillary Rodham Clinton."

The recording is especially striking today, because this rapist's M.O. --luring young girls into his automobile, plying them with alcohol-- is eerily similar to Judge Roy Moore's.

The part that Hillary laughs about in the tape, was knowing that the 41-year-old man was guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl.

"He took a lie detector test. I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs [laughter]."

And it's something much worse than "a courtroom triumph on behalf of a less than admirable client."

Because she also says in the recorded interview, that she voluntarily took on this man's case as a favor to another lawyer.

So no one can argue she was just doing her job. She made the choice to represent a man who she was sure raped a 12-year-old girl.

And she used legal technicalities to reduce his sentence from as much as 30 years...

To just 10 months behind bars, then free again to menace more young girls.

This was your champion of women and feminism in America.

This is the completely and utterly fake sham that is U.S. politics.

And it takes on new meaning as Roy Moore faces intense media and public scrutiny for accusations that he molested and sexually assaulted high school girls in the 1970s.

If Roy Moore had been prosecuted for these accusations in Arkansas in the 1970s, Hillary Clinton might have defended him.

And would have unscrupulously used any legal technicality she could to get him a reduced sentence.

And put him back on the streets where he could endanger more young girls.

This should give Democrats serious pause to consider what they've done by supporting Hillary so uncritically.

Those who exalt themselves will be humbled. 2017 is making that prediction quite accurate.

And those who humble themselves will be exalted. Please for the love of good and truth, please humble yourselves.

66 million of you thought you knew what you were talking about when you vocally supported Hillary, some in frenzied tones of moral ascendancy.

Couldn't have even imagined the possibility that you were wrong.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Response to Roy Moore Proves Politics Makes People Literally Insane




Only a fake Christian or someone who is too uninformed to have any business voting could now cast a ballot for Roy Moore.


Child Molester (R)

A sane, moral person sees "child molester" and wants to strangle the guy.

The political partisan says that hasn't really been proven and the Washington Post just wants to hand the Democrats a Senate seat.

But the only reason they believe Moore after that Hannity interview is because all they can see is that "(R)" next to his name.

Which is a branded signal to activate the mental short circuit that years of partisan propaganda has implanted in their brains.

The "(D)" has the same effect on a similar number of people in this country. And it's a lie that there's a difference between them.

The lie is part of the short circuit.

The short circuit is activated by a carefully cultivated mental implant that causes temporary insanity and bouts of amnesia.

No, I'm not wearing a tinfoil hat. I don't mean a physical, electronic implant.

The brain is a computer.

And the implant was programmed in with words and images.

Politics thrives on a mental disorder, on repressed knowledge.

It splits off and represses the part of someone that knows something that the disordered part of them doesn't want to be true.

A Freudian slip is when the repressed knowledge slips through the censor.

The political partisan says that hasn't really been proven and the Washington Post just wants to hand the Democrats a Senate seat.

No, you just want to hand the Republicans a Senate seat. And you clearly don't give a shit who sits in it or how they've hurt others.

Everybody deserves a chance to answer serious accusations made against them before we make up our minds about them.

Well Roy Moore has had his chance to answer the accusations that he drove a 14-year-old girl to be alone with him in his house and molest her twice when he was a 32-year-old Assistant D.A. in Alabama.

That he started circling another 14-year-old girl at the local mall, until her mother told him to back off when she was 16.

That many locals in the area, including another assistant D.A. at the same time as Moore, have said off and on the record that it was common knowledge that Moore "dated" high schoolers and was banned from the local mall for hanging out there alone and sniffing around high school girls.

(That's not dating. That's just fucked up.)

That he drove a 16-year-old girl to a dark parking lot by a dumpster behind a restaurant and violently sexually assaulted her.

That he told her afterwards:

"You’re just a child and I’m the district attorney of Etowah County, and if you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you."

"Why now?"

Yeah I wonder.

The Washington Post article says why now. Read the whole thing, and if you have any more questions you can ask then.

If you're too lazy to do that (which means it is impossible for you to have a valid opinion about this one way or the other and you should not voice one), then there's this:


"It’s a fair question.

But Moore, long a radioactive figure at the state level, has never felt the heat of the national press corps quite like this before.

He just won a Senate primary race that attracted national attention as a front in a GOP civil war, and he has gained new prominence at a time when women are, en masse, telling their experiences with sexual harassers."

Roy Moore has had a chance to answer the accusations against him and he's lied, contradicted himself, and used some of the most guilty-sounding hedges and weasel words possible for a man in his position.

About the violent sexual assault accusation, Roy Moore said:

"I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false. I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman. I don’t know anything about her. I don’t know where the restaurant is or was."

But his accuser produced her high school yearbook at a press conference with his signature on it and a note to her that said:

"To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say ‘Merry Christmas.’ Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore D.A. 12-22-77 Olde Hickory House"

The signature matches his.


So he lied.

Anybody who listens to both sides can't possibly find his side credible.

All he has left is the letter next to his name.

That goes for his answers to the accusations made by the other four women too.

During an interview with the friendliest possible media treatment he could get, from Sean Hannity (R) of Faux News (R).



In which he contradicts himself, dodges questions, and offers some of the most amazingly milquetoast denials for someone whose political career and reputation hang on these accusations not being true.

"But neither of them have ever stated any inappropriate behavior."

Buddy, they're saying you were making out with highschoolers when you were 32.

"Hannity: But do you remember ever going on a date with her?

Moore: I don't remember specific dates. I do not. And I don't remember if it was in that time or later. But I do not remember that. No."

Oh you don't remember "specific" dates? Because you went on so many of them right? Can't keep all the "dates" you went on with highschoolers in your 30s straight?

"Hannity: But you know her, but you never dated her. Ever? Is that what you're saying?

Moore: I know her, but I don't remember going out on dates. I knew her as a friend. If we did go out on dates, then we did, but I do not remember that."

You were friends with a high schooler?

What did you two pals talk about? The Osmonds? Normative jurisprudence?

"If we did go out on dates, then we did." Sounds like you did, Roy.

"Hannity: At that time in your life, let me ask you this: You do remember those girls. Would it be unusual for you as a 32-year-old guy to have dated a woman as young as 17, that'd be a- what- 15 year difference, or a girl 18. Do you remember dating girls that young at that time?

Moore: Not generally- no. If I did, you know, I'm not going to dispute anything, but I don't remember anything like that."

"Not generally- no."

Just listen to the part where he says that in the interview. It starts at 4:00 in the embedded clip above. It's already bad enough on a transcript. But listening to it is cringe inducing.

That's a campaign ad for a 10 second spot.

"Do you remember dating girls that young at that time?"

"Not generally- no."

With such a credible case against him, if not for a criminal conviction (the man is not on trial here, his liberty is not in danger), then for us not to trust him or put him in any position of power whatsoever.

With Moore caught in a lie about one of the accusers, stammering, tripping all over himself, contradicting himself, giving answers that are obviously not forthright.

What the fuck are voters in Alabama doing telling the media that they're still going to elect Roy "not generally a child molester" Moore?

He's leading Doug Jones by 6 points! I bet he wouldn't be if 14-year-old girls could vote.

Currently 49 percent of the voters say they're voting for Moore. Why isn't that number in the single fucking digits!?

I'll tell you what they're doing. They're losing their fucking minds over a lapel pin with a red, white, and blue elephant on it.

That lapel pin doesn't mean anything, you idiots! Donald Trump switched from (D) to (R) and you didn't even notice.

They're going to walk into the voting booth and forget what they know, like they've done with partisan politics all their lives.

Like Democrats did when they voted for Hillary who stayed married to a man who multiple women have accused of sexual assault and harassment.

Who laughed on tape with a journalist, about getting a more lenient sentence for a 41-year-old man who she knew raped a 12-year-old girl as a criminal defense lawyer in Arkansas in the 1970s.

Yeah.



Did you ever hear about that once in 2016?

Society, like individuals, makes itself aware of what it wants to be aware of, and forgets what it wants to forget. Especially when money and politics are involved.

It's time to start paying attention, and remembering, and getting better.

Money isn't everything.

And neither is a stupid fucking Senate seat.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Some Libertarian Thoughts About FLOTUS Melania Trump




Some libertarian ideas for Melania Trump if she wants to pick a pet issue to support as FLOTUS.

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