Tuesday Twitter roundup

Today's the big day in Alabama:

Do what Piper says, she has sources who know Everything...

That's a hell of a start. Keep 'em coming...

Considering Trump's approval rating has dropped to 32% nationwide, I'm not sure how relevant that 2016 data is. I guess we'll see.

Oh, it's a movement all right. Between the aura of that pig Donald Trump and the MeToo wave, the Patriarchy is in serious trouble.

I guess I should start my list now, so there will be fewer names to chase down come February, but that hurts my brain a little just thinking about it...

Braxton didn't run for City Council out of boredom, y'all...

This one can't wait until next Sunday:

Under current Net Neutrality rules, consumers get unfettered access to all lawful content. The internet service provider you use can’t block or slow down some websites and services to give preference to other content based on what they want you to see, or what makes them the most money. Those rules, enacted in 2015, clarified a confusing and piecemeal policies, providing clear, enforceable rules to protect consumers and free speech online. The industry fought these rules, contending they would hamper investment in broadband infrastructure.

The facts don’t bear that out. My colleagues at Free Press found that broadband infrastructure investment has actually risen since the open internet order went into effect.

A prioritized-content system hurts consumers AND producers. Anyone publishing information, selling goods, offering services, launching an app, or simply setting up their shingle online could be required to pay a toll to reach the public at competitive speeds. The internet is the marketplace of the 21st century, and taking away Net Neutrality means setting up a new barrier to entry that doesn’t need to exist. That’s why more than 500 small businesses and trade associations across the country, including a dozen in North Carolina, signed a letter telling the FCC that getting rid of Net Neutrality “would be disastrous for the country’s business community.”

This is what happens under a Kakistocracy. ISPs are extremely powerful, and their investments in infrastructure already provide a payoff few other industries enjoy. But if given the chance, they will seek increased profits with every transaction they engage in, and if that means stifling 2/3 of startup businesses out there, so be it. Net Neutrality didn't materialize in a vacuum, the industry brought it on itself with its behavior. And nothing has changed to indicate that behavior is no longer an issue.

Here's just a taste of what Virginia Foxx is up to on the higher education front:

It is the sense of Congress that— ‘‘(A) free speech zones and restrictive speech codes are inherently at odds with the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the
Constitution; and ‘‘(B) no public institution directly or indirectly receiving financial assistance under this Act should restrict the speech of such institution’s students through such zones or codes.’’

‘‘None of the funds made available under this Act may be provided to any public institution of higher education that denies to a religious student organization any right, benefit, or privilege that is generally afforded to other student organizations at the institution (including full access to the facilities of the institution and official recognition of the organization by the institution) because of the religious beliefs, practices, speech, membership standards, or standards of conduct of the religious student organization.’’

The ideological stuff in this huge piece of tripe bill (542 pages) are pretty dang bad. But if my quick perusal was accurate, it also makes serious cuts to Pell Grants, student loans, student loan refinancing and forgiveness, etc. Education advocates will (very soon) be up in arms over this, and we have a responsibility to make Virginia Foxx pay for this dearly when November 2018 rolls around.

On that sickening note, here's your Onion:

You snooze you lose, pal.



Bonus Onion:

That whole Christmas tree thing is kind of morbid, if you think about it. I mean, do the trees know they're only going to be allowed grow so tall before the end comes? Do they ever think, "Hey, we're all about the same height. That's weird." These are the things that go through my mind sometimes...

File a comment in support of net neutrality (it's quick)

1. Go to gofccyourself.com
(the shortcut John Oliver made to the hard-to-find FCC comment page)

2. Click on the 17-108 link (Restoring Internet Freedom) (17-108 was the default when I just went but make sure you see 17-108 somewhere - it's near the center of the page on my laptop)

2. Click on "+Express" (left hand side of screen)

3. Be sure to hit "ENTER" (or return key) on your keyboard after you put in your name, so it registers. (They make it a tad tricky there but the visual changes - at least on my laptop.)

4. In the comment section write, "I strongly support net neutrality backed by Title 2 oversight of ISPs." I added a note about how important internet access is for rural areas - feel free to add or just stay with the simple I support message.

5. Click to Review, then Submit, done.

Just for $hits & giggles...