I'd like to explain to you why facts matter, especially in the context of political debate. To do this, I'd like to bring you a small extract from the book "ON BEING CERTAIN: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not" by Robert. A. Burton. rburton.com/_i_on_being_ce…
The central theme of this book is that the "feeling of knowing" is different from "knowing". The former is, indeed, just a feeling, like anger or envy. Understanding this difference is crucial to throwing off beliefs that no longer serve us. Let's bring this to life.
I would like you to read the paragraph below, paying attention to how you feel as you read it. What do you notice?
Over breakfast with my husband this morning the topic turned to #NetNeutrality . IKR but bear with me.
I’ll start by saying Net Neutrality was a good idea that was subjugated by nefarious players.
Today’s version isn’t about an open fair internet. It is about control.
Imagine you commute between two cities and grow tired of the long drive so you save up your money and build a shorter road. In order to offset your cost, you decide to charge other people a small sum ($1) for access to your short-cut.
Shortly, your road is overwhelmed with large trucks that want to deliver their goods and products faster.
Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill to restore net neutrality in California nbcnews.com/tech/internet/…
Fierce legal battles loom as California moves to enforce Obama-era open internet policies struck down by the Trump administration.
Second, we’re working to tell Congress to restore the Open Internet order so that consumers can go where they want online, including to new websites and services that don’t have the deep pockets to pay for fast lanes to reach users. You can join us: eff.org/deeplinks/2018…
Restoring the Open Internet order wouldn't just restore #NetNeutrality. It would also bring back other active provisions that protect competition in the broadband market. eff.org/deeplinks/2017…
Today Members of the European Parliament adopted three terrible proposals in the new #CopyrightDirective and rejected every good one, setting the stage for mass, automated surveillance and arbitrary censorship of the Internet. (1/6) eff.org/deeplinks/2018…
#Article13: the Copyright Filters. All but the smallest platforms will have to defensively adopt copyright filters that examine everything you post, and censor anything judged to be a copyright infringement. (2/6) eff.org/deeplinks/2018…
#Article11: Linking to the news using more than one word from the article is prohibited unless you're using a service that bought a license from the news site you want to link to. (3/6) eff.org/deeplinks/2018…
There are few things showing the stupidness of #netneutrality more than this story of "Verizon throttling firefighters": the firefighters opted for a cheaper "throttled" plan instead of the more expensive pay-as-you-go plan. Such throttled plans are allowed under netneutrality.
This demonstrates how the basis of #netneutrality is based on twisting everything that happens as being the fault of the Big Bad Corporations, which finds ready acceptance because of the prejudicial belief that corporations are inherently evil.
When you reach your bandwidth cap that you pay for in your cellphone plan, what should happen? (1) they charge you overage fees (2) they block any further (3) they throttle your traffic, prioritizing it below paying customers (4) allow the customer to choose which option
Here are governors' seats we need to hold or are competitive to flip. Please follow, donate, add them to your RT lists, & if you are local, get involved with their campaigns on the ground. Candidates all through primary elections. #Arizona@dg4az #Colorodo@jaredpolis 3/6
The report found that FCC officials misled Congress & the public by first announcing, and later defending a claim that DDoS attacks had crippled the commission’s comment system, amid efforts by Republicans to roll back Obama-era net neutrality protections. gizmodo.com/ajit-pai-knew-…
Several times during the FCC testimony today it was claimed that the repeal of #NetNeutrality protections hadn't immediately destroyed the Internet. But that's no metric of danger.
ISPs aren't just going to start blocking and throttling, they're going to play games at the margins.
It's not going to be a flashy apocalypse; it will be a slow decline into the Internet of ISP gatekeeping, and you probably won't even know what neat services and helpful resources you're missing. eff.org/deeplinks/2018…
Dear liberal America. There are a few things I'd like to say about Gov Charlie Baker, in light of his signing our state's first automatic voter registration bill today and being championed by national media. Am I happy he signed the bill? Yes. However, it's complicated... #mapoli
Over the last two years, Charlie Baker has been characterized as a "reasonable, moderate, bipartisan Republican" who often stands up to Trump. The adjectives are debatable. However, when it comes to the "standing up to Trump" part, nothing could be further from the truth #mapoli
When Trump accused Massachusetts of sending busloads of voters into New Hampshire during the election — when he accused our state of being complicit in an InfoWars-esque voter fraud conspiracy — Baker's response was, "I don't know much about what goes on in New Hampshire" #mapoli
Did you know India adopted #NetNeutrality, and it resulted in affordable Internet for poor people disappearing entirely?
Given how much damage the free and open Internet has done to the globalist establishment, it's no wonder they want to control it! forbes.com/sites/roslynla…
Knowledge is power.
Truth will set you free.
When the Internet is regulated and controlled, it creates barriers to entry for both consumers and providers, driving up costs and creating artificial scarcity.
It creates a scarcity of access to information and knowledge.
It should come as no surprise.
Silicon Valley is very happy creating and enabling their little socialist paradise, where the salaried elites make so much more money than the hourly grunts that the grunts are barely able to afford food and basic housing. usatoday.com/story/tech/201…
I'm told that Telecom Commission has accepted @TRAI 's recommendations on #NetNeutrality. Thank you TRAI& @rssharma3 for giving India the strongest Net Neutrality regulations in the world,covering both throttling of Internet access & prevention of discriminatory pricing
As per the @trai recommendations, ISP and Telco license conditions will be amended to enforce net neutrality principles. This means that if the telecom operators violate net neutrality, then they will be violating their license conditions, risking license cancellation
Brett Kavanaugh is one of the most cravenly partisan choices Trump could have made. He’s been called the “Forrest Gump of Republican politics,” as he seems to always show up in high-stakes, far-right political battles and conspiracy theories.
Kavanaugh doesn’t believe that a sitting president can be indicted, and believes presidents should have wide latitude to hire and fire special counsels. His nomination could shield Trump from facing accountability for his crimes and corruption.
This Fourth of July, we remember that the fight for liberty is far from over, and we're proud to be one of many organizations working to defend your rights. Here's what EFF is doing right now to defend freedom in the digital world. #4thOfJuly2018 /1
EFF helped win a major victory for digital rights when the Supreme Court agreed with—and cited—our brief in Carpenter v U.S., ruling that police should get a warrant before accessing cell phone location information /2 eff.org/deeplinks/2018…
EFF filed suit to stop FOSTA, the latest attempt at Internet censorship. While well intentioned, FOSTA is "written so poorly that it...criminalizes a substantial amount of protected speech &...hinders efforts to prosecute sex traffickers & aid victims." /3 eff.org/deeplinks/2018…
Next week President Trump will announce his second Supreme Court Justice pick.
Think this doesn’t affect your day-to-day life?
Here’s #WhatsAtStake and how our lives and our democracy could be negatively impacted for generations to come. #SCOTUS
1. Simply put, the Supreme Court interprets the Constitution, which involves every aspect of our lives—how we conduct ourselves in society and boundaries for individuals and the government. Trump will surely nominate someone who aligns with his alt-right ideology. #WhatsAtStake
2. Women’s health. It’s not just about reproductive freedom!! It’s access to birth control, equal insurance pricing, equal access to care, and protection in the workplace. #WhatsAtStake