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Steve Russel and Net Neutrality

Dear Mr. Harkness,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about net neutrality.  I appreciate the time you took to contact me.

“Net neutrality” refers to the concept that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data traveling over their network equally in terms of hosting rates and speeds of service. In 2005, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that broadband Internet service is not a “telecommunications service,” and therefore not subject to existing FCC rules that prohibit variations in rates and services.

Despite ruling that ISPs are not telecom companies, the FCC adopted rules to regulate how ISPs handle Internet traffic.  These “open internet” rules banned broadband providers from blocking or discriminating against online content based on user, source, or application. In Verizon v. FCC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down these FCC rules that regulate ISPs’ data. Verizon successfully claimed that the FCC lacked jurisdiction over broadband service.

The FCC continues to fight to make the Internet a public utility and subject to government regulation.  On Feb. 26, 2015, the full commission will vote on a new proposal to reclassify the Internet as a telecommunication service, which would allow FCC oversight, instead of an information service. The FCC is proposing to regulate ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.  Title II authorizes the FCC to regulate telecommunications carriers, despite prior rulings stating that ISPs are not “telecommunication services.”

I believe that regulating the Internet is no different than regulating the press; both are protected by the First Amendment.  The First Amendment is a means to limit government power and shield citizens from government intrusion.  This regulation is explicitly unconstitutional, and it sets a dangerous precedent for future government overreaches.

So-called “net neutrality” also inhibits the Internet service market from functioning freely.  I believe that ISPs like Comcast and Verizon should be permitted to innovate and adjust prices as the market fluctuates.  Businesses are already laden with government-inflicted overregulation, and I will not contribute to further overreach through imposing net neutrality by regulating ISPs under the FCC’s Title II authority.  As legislation regarding Internet regulation and telecommunications policy comes before the House for a vote, I will continue to keep your thoughts in mind.

Thank you again for taking the time to share your opinions and concerns with me.  Please visit my website to send another message, read my positions on major issues, and sign up for my E-Newsletter.  I look forward to hearing from you again soon.  It is an honor to be your voice in Congress.

Steve Russell
Member of Congress

It is official, Steve Russell is against Net Neutrality.

I’m sure Steve understands this, so I don’t have to explain it to him, but if you’re confused, let me explain it to you.

What Steve is proposing here is that the government should not medal in the business of the internet and allow corporations their freedom of free speech while restricting our freedom of free speech.

Let me explain.  It is proposed that internet service providers are allowed to have two or more lanes.  Fast lanes are the lanes for corporations who can pay more and slower lanes are for the rest of us who can’t pay so much.  So corporate sites will load so much faster while our lanes will not load so fast.

Its like politics.  Corporations can afford to buy politicians for us to vote for.  We can’t pay so much, so we just get to vote for the politicians they prop up for us.

This is only because corporations have rights.  We care about the rights of corporations because corporations pay those big campaign contributions.  We don’t care so much about non corporation people like you and I, because we can’t pay so much, so we’re not so important.

So in other words money talks and the rest of us who don’t have a lot of money, we don’t have a lot of free speech.

Steve – I know you are a veteran like myself.  We both took an oath to protect the constitution and I’m sorry you decided to break that oath and sell out to the corporations.

Climate Change

It will start getting colder. It’s snowing in the middle east. I think this is the third year in a row.

“It seems that the sun’s quiescence was responsible for the most extreme phases of the Little Ice Age, implying that solar variability sometimes plays a significant role in climate change. A change in solar activity may also, for example, have contributed to the post Little Ice Age rise in global temperatures in the first half of the 20th Century. However, solar variability alone cannot explain the post-1970 global temperature trends, especially the global temperature rise in the last three decades of the 20th Century, which has been attributed by the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”

Advancing glaciers.

Symptoms of Oxygen deprevation

Symptoms of delirium include a confused state of mind accompanied by poor attention, impaired recent memory, irritability, inappropriate behavior (such as the use of vulgar language, despite lack of a history of such behavior), and anxiety and fearfulness. In some cases, the person can appear to be psychotic, fostering illusions, delusions , hallucinations, and/or paranoia . In other cases, the patient may simply appear to be withdrawn and apathetic. In still other cases, the patient may become agitated and restless, unable to remain in bed, and feel a strong need to pace the floor.

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In September 1991, a crew of eight researchers entered the Biosphere 2 for its first mission in contained survival. Needless to say, the experiment didn’t go entirely as planned. The Biospherians suffered from mysterious, and severe, oxygen depletion, forcing the project managers to break the seal and inject additional oxygen into the environment. Years later, researchers discovered that the concrete structure was largely to blame–it hadn’t entirely cured before closure.

Ben has broken up his videos into small piecemeal segments, so check out his site for more information.

A Bad Linux Day

Thought I’d make my Linux look better. I got a message that I need a program that I didn’t have access to. It was apart of the Gnome project. So I logged off, switched from Mate to Gnome, logged on and it’s broke (just a black screen) and I can’t get back to the log in screen to switch it back to Mate. So I figure I have to reload and I can’t find my disk. So I log into Windows and get a message, “Avast has blocked a malware program.” How can I get malware on my windows when I never use it.

God, how have I angered you?