Monday, April 21, 2008

Political Rant by the One and Only Sweetie

Written 21 April, 2008

Political Rant by the One and Only Sweetie

We now pause for a brief political rant by Sweetie (Sweetie leaps up onto her soapbox, turns a pirouette, and smiles down at her rapt audience)

Here YE Here YE: U.S. Senate "Net Neutrality" Hearings on April 22nd

Tomorrow, while the US media is caught up in the the frenzy of the Pennsylvania Democratic primary a very important hearing will be held in the US Senate.

There has been a coordinated push by national and muti-national internet providers to restrict access to their bandwidth. For example, AOL is owned by big media conglomerate "X," therefore, in order to secure the advertising business related to and supporting the dominance of their own content on the net, they have set it up so that if you you do a search for content for media conglomerate Y's material, it mysteriously doesn't show. It's the old game of we only serve Coke or Pepsi, except they are using it to control SPEECH! Now they want laws to give legitimacy to this heinous practice.

A truly free, open internet is absolutely essential to the health of free democracies and their economies.

I understand the need to protect the citizenry from criminal activity on the web. Beyond that, though, internet providers should not control content any more than my phone company should tell me who I can call or the post office can tell me who i can mail things too or the roads can tell me whether my reason for driving from point A to point B is legitimate.

I mean, why is this even a question?

Please take a moment to write your senator (if you're in the US) and tell them you are watching this issue and ask them to attend the hearings to represent your interests.

You can find your senator and contact them through the website www.Senate.Gov

Thank you :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sweetie: :)

Ever wonder how we come up with these things, or how much chey has to edit her sweetie as we joke with each other? read on at your own risk!

[17:26] Cheyenne Palisades: Going to the blog
[17:26] You: has spellign erros i am sure :(
[17:26] You: argh
[17:26] Cheyenne Palisades: hehe
[17:27] You: hehe
[17:28] You: you'll take my right to write about Watermelon guns from my cold dead hand! (cold dead hand! soon available for purchase at Flights of Fancy :) hehe)
[17:29] You: ROFL
[17:29] Cheyenne Palisades: hehe
[17:29] Cheyenne Palisades: Oh, god, I have missed some choice chat while I was editing
[17:29] You: little cross promotional oblique reference to C. Heston, NRA fundie nuts, Torley lindens best toy ever and a store reference all in one!
[17:29] You: long live TOrley
[17:30] Cheyenne Palisades: Posted
[17:30] Cheyenne Palisades falls to her knees
[17:30] Cheyenne Palisades: All hail TOrley!
[17:30] You: ROFL
[17:30] You: we should post my comment as a comment
[17:30] You: i will go do it now ;) woo hoo!
[17:30] Cheyenne Palisades: yep