Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pulling the Plug on Free Speech and the "Free" Internet?

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Is the Google Monster going to shut off the "Free Internet"?

Speak Out for Net Neutrality at Minneapolis FCC Hearing

Minnesotans – and folks in all surrounding states – listen up! If there’s one reason to break from your summer vacation, leave work early, or just step out of your daily routine, this would be it: your chance to tell the Federal Communications Commission in person that you want Net Neutrality and free speech online.

On Thursday, Aug. 19, FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn will be in Minneapolis to hear from you about the future of the Internet – and we don’t mean new apps and other cool stuff on the Web; we mean whether corporations like Google and Verizon should be allowed to grab control of the Internet and shut down the most democratizing platform we’ve seen in generations.

Here are the details:

    WHAT: Public Hearing on the Future of the Internet
    DATE: Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010
    TIME: 6:00 p.m.
    LOCATION: South High School Auditorium, 3131 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Watch this video to find out more:

The event, co-hosted by Free Press, Main Street Project and the Center for Media Justice, is free and will include comments from the public.

Steven Renderos, media justice organizer at Main Street Project, explained why Minnesotans should turn out in droves to tell the FCC to protect the open Internet:

    In Minnesota, the Internet has become an increasingly critical platform for jobs, education and health care. It is important that the FCC step up to preserve the open Internet because without it, we risk further marginalizing the communities that need it the most.

In a recent speech, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken called Net Neutrality “the free speech issue of our time.” Without Net Neutrality, the Internet could go the way of cable TV, dominated by the largest companies, with higher prices, fewer choices and more limited access for consumers.

“The debate over the future of the Internet is at a critical moment, and now is the time to make your voice heard,” said Josh Silver, president of Free Press. “Net Neutrality and free speech online are at risk, and right now the only people at the table with the FCC in this debate are lobbyists for the phone and cable giants. The FCC needs to hear from the public so that Comcast, AT&T and Verizon cannot choose winners and losers online.”

And by “the public,” we mean you. The Minneapolis hearing is a rare opportunity to speak out not only for yourself, but also for the millions of other Americans across the country who want the FCC to stop the corporate takeover of the Internet. Show up and make your voice heard.

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America is under Armed Occupation

I found the below on the Skeptical Eye blog:

End the Fed, End the Wars, End the Empire

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How do you fight back, and live at the same time? Well, check out the videos at the bottom of [this post]

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This blogger's gripe sent to Vermont elected officials:

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US, The Absence of Sense and Laws?

Why is the US Court System being dismantled? Is what worked for two centuries suddenly no longer okay? Or, is there something more sinister going on?

Omar Khadr, never given a chance

Text with video:
RTAmerica | August 10, 2010

US President Barack Obama's military commissions opened Monday to consider two terror cases, including the trial of the last Western detainee at Guantanamo, Omar Khadr, who was arrested at age 15. Devon Chaffee says that a better course of action for Khadr would have been to try and rehabilitate him then send him to Guantanamo Bay.

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Reserved to the States, or to the People

Written by: Michael Boldin

State Sovereignty Rally at Albany, New York Capitol Building August 7, 2010. Rick Montes (New York Tenth Amendment Center) speech on the Tenth Amendment

It’s nice to show up at rallies and wave our don’t tread on me flags, and support the tea parties, and scream that Obama is destroying our Constitution – but how many really understand what is being destroyed?

A Constitutionalist and Tenth Amendment supporter believe that the U.S. Constitution is arguably the greatest political document man could devise.

Long before this Constitution was devised, there were 13 sovereign states with their own Constitutions.

If we allow cowardly politicians to violate our rights – shame on us.

The Founding Fathers debated this issue quite thoroughly. There were many in attendance who wished to have us become a consolidated, national government. James Madison repeatedly tried to grant the federal government the power to negate all state laws. He was soundly defeated each time.

In the end we were given a Federal Republic that was made up of individual sovereign states. These states delegated limited and enumerated powers to the federal government. To be certain that there was no mistake, they had the Tenth Amendment added: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Patrick Henry: “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government “

Michael Boldin is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center. He was raised in Milwaukee, WI, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.



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1 comment:

Clay Boggess said...

Although I am in favor of people making it in life through hard work and dedication, there will always be those who will abuse their power by attempting to manipulate the system so that they can 'cash in'. This is an unfair advantage and they must be stopped. The internet must remain free at all cost for everyone including them.