One Reason Why #NetNeutrality Is Important

Net Neutrality is extremely important right now, because we are in a near-monopoly market in the ISP world…

Checks and balances in some form are always necessary for a capitalist market.  Otherwise, if left unchecked, the “profit motive” for companies will lead to them exploiting the market for more profit (which is their primary objective).

And then we find a near-monopoly like Comcast et. al…

Right now Net Neutrality is the only “check” for near-monopoly companies like Comcast (and it’s not a great one).  While the Government isn’t who I would pick to maintain this check, the companies will NOT do it themselves … soooo…

If left unchecked Comcast et. al would try every way possible to extract every single dollar out of their customer’s pockets that they could (beyond what they already do). No additional value would be provided, though value would be “packaged” LIKE it was being added.

These companies sell access to the Internet, and that is all it should ever be.  But the profit motive has led to these ISP’s attempting to package “usage” as the “fair” way to sell services.

And that is complete bullshit.  They sell access, and speed of access … that’s it.  One price, one access point, and that is all.

With a LOT more competition and consumer choice in the ISP market, perhaps regulations wouldn’t be as necessary as the market would regulate itself to “some” degree.

But regulations will always be necessary to some degree (whatever that is) when it comes to ubiquitous services like Internet access.  Because as we’re finding out now, companies like Comcast / Xfinity are getting set to exploit their market for dollars again.

Folks, Comcast doesn’t care … they just want to reach as deep into your wallet as you’ll let them … period.

We Need a Separation From “Fake” and a Return to the Real…

Right now we live in a world of “fake.”

Fake news, and even when it’s not fake (even though it has been shown to be a direct lie to the public) … it really has no value anyhow.

How many times do you need to hear the next version of “Trump is bad” before you realize most of it is out of your control, anyhow?  And even if you “could” control what is being reported … mainstream news is bad for you anyhow, and only represents a thin veneer of what is really happening in the world.

It’s fucking fake, all of it.  The mainstream media’s only purpose is to increase subscriptions with your money, get your “eyeballs” onto their stories, and produce endless reams of  worthless clickbait.

It’s fake, worthless garbage.  Fast food for your mind.

And “Hollywood” is fake, worthless garbage too, part of the bigger “sphere of fake” I’m alluding to.  Endless movie remakes, star actors that want your worship, and sometimes all they can offer is complete idiocy.

(And yes, I do recognize the irony in “pointing to” media in the links).

We have got to move past the “fake” parts of our culture, run past the “gossip rags” in the grocery store, and quit adding truth to the ‘Murica stereotype day in, and day out (we can’t possibly be proud of that).

We have to move towards the real … educating ourselves about politics and media.  We have to grow up, and quit berating each other over insignificant bullshit (sometimes ruining careers in stupid witch hunts).

We have to think in 3 dimensions, not just one.  We have to focus inward, and work to improve ourselves instead of falling for another “what does Kardashian look like today” garbage article.

The “fake culture” we are living in doesn’t allow us to live to our full potential as human beings … period.  Quit participating in it, full stop.

Read books, think deeper, and genuinely connect with each other beyond media.  If we don’t do this … they win.

Inserting “Magic” Into the Creation of Life

Left as a comment to this post, and reprinted here as a very short response to this garbage.


I didn’t know there was some “magic” time number (Earth age in years) that these discoveries could bump up against. At most, maybe the Earth is older? Maybe these fossils aren’t as old?

But neither scenario changes the process under which that life was created. And neither scenario requires [POOF!] a designer to be inserted into the life-creation process. Maybe the process itself was simply “fast acting” in the beginning of complex life on Earth, then has slowed over time?

These “Discoveroid” people are just aching to make up some silly little bedtime story about how life started. Why is it that some members of our species has to “insert” some irrational “thing” that “creates”? Sheesh.

Idiocracy and Technology

Left as a comment on this post by the esteemed Doug Hill, author of Not So Fast.


The movie Idiocracy showed people in their recliner chairs, reduced to insignificant blobs of meat that lacked basic intelligence. Everything ordered from the Internet, and all of it was major brand name.

Endless media consumption, medicine vending machines, and Monster truck shows.

Is that where we really want to head?

Sad thing is, most people will read these types of articles and write them off as some “crank” had written them. These people will think that some Luddite is spouting nonsense (not knowing what the Luddites were).

So the brands will win with their normalcy-invading brand advertising. The drones will become a thing because endless, unadulterated “Progress ™” is NECESSARY DANG IT!

Comcast Doesn’t Care (At All)…

Well, Comcast is at it again.

In another one of its seriously crazy business decisions, Comcast has decided to charge customers that actually use its Internet service data fees if they use more than 1024GB of data in a month.

They will charge you $10 for each 50GB over that amount of data, up to $200 more per month in total if you were to carry your usage to 2048GB or more (in addition to your regular bill).

There is an option to pay for “Unlimited” data, but that will set you back an additional $50 per month to forget about data.  (And, you have to call them to do it).

They claim it’s all in “fairness” to their customers who, they say, average only 60 GB of usage a month (according to a response I received when I filed a FCC complaint).

It used to be that when an ISP charged for service, they were charging you one flat monthly fee to “access” the Internet.  Now they are metering your usage, so anyone who streams will likely incur this excess charge.  (Cable cutters like me, perhaps?)

BUT…

EVEN if you are an “average” user according to their letter in response to my complaint, they won’t “reduce” their monthly fee for you, even though you’re only using 6% of your allotted amount.

So … they have figured out how to get paid from the “average” user, AND get paid MORE for the power user (like streamers, video watchers, gamers etc.).

You can go here if you wish to file a FCC complaint like I did (for whatever it was worth), complain to Comcast, or file a BBB complaint.

But my suggestion is to do something, because it can only get worse from here folks (AT&T users, I’m looking at you).  I can firmly state that Comcast doesn’t care, at all.

This starts an era of the bigger corporations making it very hard to leave their services and go to the competition.  There isn’t much competition (Comcast certainly made sure of that), and if you want to access the Internet, you’ll pay for it … way too much for it.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Don’t let Comcast trick you by saying “fairness,” this isn’t fair, it’s only a way for them to get more money out of you because you use the service you’re paying for.
  • Comcast has some X1 with Netflix offer, don’t fall for it.  They are trying to get you back on their cable TV program, and include Netflix as part of a package.  You’ll likely pay for it, in spades.
  • And DON’T let Comcast try to pull the “Well, we will just charge everyone on a per unit basis for data…” because then everyone will be paying them just like a power company.  They aren’t even close to reliable enough to be a power company for Internet.

I truly hope the FCC will investigate Comcast for this, and any other company that follows suit.  I’m afraid the reality is we will be gouged for using the Internet.

Net Neutrality, which Comcast states that it supports, doesn’t allow Comcast to “block” access or “throttle” your service.  Instead, Comcast has found a way to monetarily do almost the same thing to streamers, Netflix users, gamers etc.