The FCC Ruling is NOT about Freedom

. . . except of course when it comes to large corporate entities that control access to the Internet. The recent FCC ruling is not about allowing consumers equal access to all content. It is about effective monopolies and influence by large corporate lobbying. It is in fact anti-competitive.

You can find information that confuses the issue, which is really about treating ISPs as common carriers.  The best description that I have found about the issues comes from a webcast by Leo Laporte – his techguy podcast #1449.  Here’s a link if you have an interest.


George Carlin would have fun with Trumpistan

I hear that 45’s administration has told the CDC that some words are not to be used. See the following article.

This reminds me of Carlin’s bit on the seven dirty words. George would have a ball with what is happening now.

National Parks – not as accessible in 2018

I know that this is not Earth-shattering, but making the national parks less accessible to people runs contrary to their original purpose. This surely looks like meanness. It is another example of how 45 and his buddies are trying to change the country in negative ways.


Last night I listened to a podcast in which a few guys from Great Britain were discussing assorted Linux topics. One of their number had just been to the USA.  He referred to it as Trumpistan. I can’t blame him.

I look forward to the day when 45 leaves office. May that day come sooner rather than later. The whole world will be better off, and we in the USA can start correcting the damage being done.

And now, Al . . .

Today Al Franken indicated that he would be resigning from the US senate. He admitted no guilt, and it was clear that he had hoped to defend himself before his peers.

It looks as though he has been abandoned by his party in favor of a strategy of seeming “clean” in advance of the 2018 elections.  In other words, when it came time for due process, the party elected to sacrifice an individual and truth in favor of some questionable advantage in 2018.

I think that this speaks poorly of the party and its ability to pursue balance and justice.

Washington truly is an evil place. The US may in fact be on the long descent into oblivion unless balanced, apolitical people can take control to pursue a better form of democracy than we have now.

Mania for Perfection . . .

I am disturbed by the recent dismissal of G. Keillor from MPR.

If you have lived very long and have been around other people, you probably have been touched or have touched in ways that made you uncomfortable. However, there is a big difference between random mistakes and intentional touching or behavior meant to intimidate or harm. It is the intent that is important. And it is hard to know intent, except through action or speech. What I have seen and heard does not convince me of evil intent.

I hate to see a person’s life destroyed based on a mania for perfection. I would argue that we have much more important issues before us – things like systemic discrimination and abuse (in general of non-white/male people), climate change, etc.

Climate Change is in the News Again

You can read lots recently about climate change, especially about the fact that 45 is putting the USA in the position of being the lone nation to oppose the Paris Accord. You can also read about new warnings from the academic community in places like those that follow.

Unfortunately, it seems to me that a lot of energy is being spent to politicize what should not be political issues.  There is clearly an environmental problem, and we need to address it. If you want, you can follow/understand  one person’s view of how we might address the problem apolitically by following Frederic Rich. Here’s a reference to a related book (“Getting to Green”) that you can find at your library.

I think that this is maybe the most important issue of our time. We need to ignore 45 and his minions and move on to solution!

“the wealthy just carry the rest of us on their backs”

This is a quote extracted out of context from the following article.

I hardly agree with the idea that poorer folks need to be supported by rules that favor the wealthy, who seem to be the intended beneficiaries of the proposed Republican tax “reforms”.  I think that it is important to note that one of the architects of the original myth (Bruce Bartlett) now sees it as foolishness.

Check out the interview whose link appears above and/or the associated newspaper article. –



Concerns Abound – Duly Warned

Here are two thoughtful analyses of what is happening in our world. One is about the descent into a world of “strong men.” The other is about Donald Trump’s mental illness as seen by mental health professionals.

from David Brooks:

from John Gartner: and

We are duly warned, the question remains about what we will do once warned. I think that every one of us should think hard about this. I think that we will have many reminders on a weekly or even daily basis.