Sunday Reads: GoFCCYourself!

I’ve done it, have you?

While on FB last night I came across the link below…it gives you a quick “how-to” on filing your support for Net Neutrality with the FCC:

 

If you believe in Net Neutrality, then go here gofccyourself.com and tell Ajit Pai and the FCC that “you support strong net neutrality by Title 2 oversight of ISPs”. (this is a URL created by John Oliver’s staff, because the new FCC request for public comment is designed to confuse you, so that you can’t give your comment).

When you get to this page, you must hit “Express” and then comment. Just cut & paste the comment above.

For further explanation, watch John Oliver:

If you cannot see the video, here is the direct link.

Here is a video about Net Neutrality, for the deaf:

 

Pass that information on…we have to stop these assholes.

The rest of today’s links are in dump format. My son is watching Fences, the film with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, for one of his classes in college. I sort of have gotten caught up in it and next thing I know, it is way late in the afternoon.

 

Seems fitting to follow that link with this little nugget:

Trump Now Claims Access Hollywood Tape Is Fake—Last Year He Apologized for It and Dismissed It as ‘Locker Room Talk’ | Alternet

 

 

 

 

STFU Susan – Balloon Juice

I honestly don’t know what got my blood pressure running higher, the aforementioned Nazi profile or this Susan Sarandon interview:

Still, I think while there was vast political error on both sides, the inability of Sarandon and her ilk to embrace the lesser of two evils permitted the greater of the two evils to rise. And yet I like Sarandon. It takes real courage to go against the mob. Her inconsistencies are a little wild, but in the age of social-media enforced conformity, I have never met anyone so uninterested in toeing the line.

Did she really say that Hillary was more dangerous than Trump?

“Not exactly, but I don’t mind that quote,” she says. “I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president]. It wouldn’t be much smoother. Look what happened under Obama that we didn’t notice.”

It’s been a year since the Trump election, and even having seen the daily parade of horrors brought on us by the malignant orange narcissist in the WH, this fucking dolt still is proud to think Clinton would have been worse.

Oh, and on that Nazi profile: The New York Times can go F*ck Itself With its “Cute and Cuddly Nazi” Profile – The Daily Banter

This is a textbook study in normalizing right wing extremism and the New York Times should be ashamed of itself for publishing such a sloppy wet kiss to American Nazis.

From Raw Story via Reuters: Rep. Conyers steps down from committee while lawmakers probe harassment claims

Congressman John Conyers is stepping down as ranking Democratic lawmaker of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, while lawmakers investigate allegations of sexual harassment against him, Conyers said in an emailed statement Sunday.

Conyers said that while he denies the claims, his continued presence during a congressional ethics review of the allegations was a distraction. “I cannot in good conscience allow these charges to undermine my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus, and my friends on both sides of the aisle in the Judiciary Committee,” Conyers said.

The House of Representatives Ethics Committee said last week it was investigating allegations of sexual harassment against the Democratic congressman from Michigan, who said his office had resolved a harassment case with a payment but no admission of guilt.

Finish this up with a few links on International News:

South Ossetia in three-way prisoner swap with Tbilisi | Georgia News | Al Jazeera

A Georgian man was on Sunday handed over to the Georgian government from breakaway region South Ossetia’s prison in a three-way deal that is expected to see Tbilisi release its prisoner from Abkhazia, Georgia’s second separatist region.

Giorgi Giunashvili, a resident of Georgia’s Disevi village in Gori region, was arrested in June last year for crossing the disputed border between South Ossetia and the rest of Georgia demarcated illegally by Russia after the 2008 war.

“Giorgi Giunashvili’s release is an important and positive step in the peace process,” said the office of Georgia’s state minister for reconciliation and civic equality, according to the local news agency, IPN.

The prisoner was handed over to Tbilisi on the disputed border near the village of Ergneti, according to RES, the South Ossetian news agency.

The agency said Giunashvili was imprisoned “on the charge of taking part in an act of sabotage and terrorism”.

Let’s see what comes of this…

He was pardoned by South Ossetia’s de facto leader Anatoly Bibilov and handed over to Tbilisi through the representative of Abkhazia.

“The convict’s handover is the expression of respect to Abkhazia’s President Raul Khajimba, who asked Anatoly Bibilov to pardon Giorgi Giunashvili so that later he is exchanged for Abkhaz citizen, who is imprisoned in Georgia,” said Murat Jioev, the representative of South Ossetia’s de facto leader in the post-conflict regulation issues.

He expressed his hope that Georgia and the international community will see the act as a proof that South Ossetia and Abkhazia seek good neighbourly relations with Tbilisi.

Cuba holds municipal elections on road to Castro era’s end via Reuters

Cuba took another step on Sunday toward the end of the Castro era, with millions of residents placing paper ballots in cardboard boxes for ward delegates to municipal assemblies.

The vote comes the day after the first anniversary of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro’s death and precedes another election early next year for provincial and national assembly deputies.

The new national assembly, where 50 percent of the deputies must be ward delegates elected on Sunday, is expected on Feb. 24 to select a new president to replace Raul Castro, Fidel’s 86-year-old younger brother, who has said he will step down after serving two five-year terms.

The Castro brothers have headed the government since the 1959 revolution.

Raul Castro will remain head of the Communist Party until 2021, the only legal party in Cuba.

Nearly 27,000 candidates are running for 12,515 ward positions in Sunday’s election, the only part of the electoral process that is contested publicly and with direct participation by ordinary Cubans.

And this last news, from Spain: Spaniards face ham shortage as Chinese market gets taste for jamón ibérico | World news | The Guardian

Having discovered the joys of French wine, caviar and truffles, China’s new rich are turning to a new gourmet delicacy to satisfy their demand for luxury goods from the west: Spain’s jamón ibérico, or Iberian ham. But demand is now threatening to outstrip supply, leaving Spaniards facing steep price rises in their most prized Christmas delicacy.

The recent lifting of import restrictions has allowed top-of-the-range ham to find its “rightful place in the market, alongside caviar and truffles”, René Lemée, the head of exports for the famous Cinco Jotas brand, told El País newspaper.

The Chinese, pork lovers par excellence, have now been seduced by jamón ibérico. The problem is that the best ham takes years to produce and, as demand outstrips supply, it is pushing up the price by as much as 10%. A 7.5kg leg sells at between €150 and €600 (£135-£540).

Spanish ham comes in many forms, but to be defined as jamón ibérico de bellota(acorn-fed Iberian ham), which is what the Chinese want, it must first come from Iberian blackfoot pigs, or from 50% crossbreeds. These pigs must then spend several months of the year roaming the dehesa, a pasture planted with oaks, feeding on grass and acorns. During the last few months before being slaughtered they must live exclusively on this diet.

Not only are there relatively small areas of dehesa – mostly in north-west and western Spain – but each pig needs about two hectares (five acres) to fulfil its needs. Once slaughtered, the animals’ legs are plunged into vats of salt and hung and dry-cured over a range of temperatures for a minimum of 36 months, with the best hams cured for about 48 months.

“It’s inevitable that the price in Spain is going to rise,” said Roberto Batres, the director of Shanghai de Delaiberia Gold, which exports ham, wine and olive oil to China. “The companies licenced to trade in China don’t have enough jamón de bellota to meet Chinese demand.”

Have a good evening, I’m going back to watch this movie.

This is an open thread.

 


23 Comments on “Sunday Reads: GoFCCYourself!”

  1. Thank you for the FCC information. I just submitted the scripted comment.

  2. Sweet Sue says:

    Is Sarandon brain damaged?
    My contempt for her reaches Trumpian level.

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    Ok, a couple of things….I didn’t realize that Fences was the film Viola Davis won an Oscar for…and, I did not know that Robert Reich was only like…4’9″.

  4. jan says:

    I have to disagree with you about Susan Sarandon. Hillary might have approved fracking but she would not have killed all environmental rules and regulations at the same time. She would not appoint people to kill and gut all the departments of the United States. She would not have bowed down to Putin. I hate fracking but you can’t choose a pro-business president with a party who gives big companies tax cuts every time you turn around and expect THEM to not go about fracking all over the country or even listen to the protests against it. Voting for a third or fourth party candidate has always handed the presidency over to the party you are totally opposite of. Next time, Susan, choose one of the two leading party candidates and vote for the one least likely to kill the planet and start a nuclear war at the same time! Please!

    • NW Luna says:

      Was HRC on record as supporting fracking, not listening to complaints about it, or giving big companies tax cuts? Links pls.

      • bostonboomer says:

        No, Hillary didn’t support fracking.

        • Enheduanna says:

          My understanding is HRC’s position was very nuanced and she does support the very limited use of fracking as a bridge to more sustainable energy sources.in areas (mainly overseas) currently dependent on coal.

          As usual very pragmatic.

        • NW Luna says:

          I was being overly polite, but did know there would be no valid links to support those claims.

      • jan says:

        I SAID MIGHT HAVE, NOT DID. BERNIE SUPPORTERS ASSUMED THAT THEY WERE THE ONLY ONES WHO DID NOT SUPPORT FRACKING. I SUPPORTED HILLARY WHEN RUSH L. SAID SHE HAD MURDERED VINCE FOSTER AND THE SECRET SERVICE MOVED HIS BODY ACROSS DC IN ORDER TO PROTECT HER. BUT SHE NEVER SAID SHE DIDN’T MURDER HIM, DID SHE? MAYBE WE SHOULD ASSUME SOMETHING FROM THAT. NITPICKERS ALL OVER THE PLACE AND THIS SITE IS NO EXCEPTION! BAN ME PLEASE, I HAVE HAD MY FILL OF NITPICKER DEMOCRATS. NEXT THING YOU WILL BE VOTING FOR BERNIE AGAIN AND GIVING TRUMP A SECOND TERM AND THEN HE WILL PASS A LAW THAT PRESIDENTS CAN SERVE 3 OR MORE TERMS BECAUSE FDR DID. GOOD LUCK.

    • RonStill4Hills says:

      Susan Sarandon should burn in hell, and you can use Rosario Dawson to kindle the fire. IMO.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I think you’re disagreeing with an article JJ posted. JJ can’t stand Sarandon.

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  6. NW Luna says:

    Even more than a month ahead of time here. Gets earlier every year. Retailers are thrilled I suppose.

  7. NW Luna says:

    I know it’s from Naomi Wolf, but here’s another “fuck the little people” part of the Rethugs’ Tax Scam bill. And you’d think they’d favor entrepreneurs. Guess you have to have private jets or be a big corporation.