I can blog and share my thoughts, code snippets, pictures, etc… with you my friends, the transient visitors, regulars, and the bots who see and digest my blog and other sites.
This can happen because you have unfettered access to my site. No one is blocking your attempts to visit, at least not if you are in the USA. I also don’t have to pay any extra for you to see the content I publish. I watched the FCC hearing live and after Tom Wheeler said his piece I was under the impression that he was for net neutrality. Then the vote was taken and I realized what he had been saying was in favor of a regulated internet.
My career has been built on an open internet and the sharing of thoughts. If a website like SitePoint, once a scion of the early CSS web development movement, had at that time had to pay to ensure a user could connect at a decent speed, I don’t think they would be around, which possibly means my current job, would not be around. There are data intensive services, case in point is Netflix. Now sure, I watch Netflix, but I don’t watch cable TV, and as a recent Huffington Post article details Netflix is taking up 34.2% of internet traffic so I would think a percentage of those folks don’t watch cable either. Comcast and other internet data providers are often said to throttle the internet for traffic intensive services. Netflix is also competition though, served over the cable provider’s infrastructure. In the future as more and more devices get connected and we have more bandwidth intensive applications running it won’t just be Netflix that is an issue.
The FCC needs to take a stand and ensure that the internet is a public good. If more bandwidth is needed, why can we not start laying fiber to the home, FTH, so that bandwidth is not an issue. That is happening in many places and there is a grass roots movement to provide quality service to underprivileged areas. My favorite is The Free Network Foundation. The solution should not be charging other companies more money if they want to provide a popular product. A tiered system is not the solution.
Please let the FCC hear your voice. Go to http://www.fcc.gov/comments and click 14-28 and leave a public comment. So many people are doing this, there are 26,726 comments at this point in time 5/19/2014 10:18PM PST. Add your voice.
Today Vanessa and I had the honor of hearing Malalai Joya speak at Western Washington University. This was part of the Fairhaven College world issues forum. The speech was given in Arntzen 100, a very large lecture hall yet over a 100 people could not come in because there was no room. All available standing room and sitting areas were full.
Talk about perspective. Malalai is an ex-communicated member of the Afghan Parliament who has been attacked five times yet survived. She speaks for the true “justice-loving” people of Afghanistan. The views she expressed were hard to hear for an American. She states that we need to be out of Afghanistan. Our presence is hurting women and the rights of all democratic minded individuals. She spoke of the false elections and our “democratic hypocrisy.” We denounce terrorism yet deal with Karzai who she says has committed atrocities. Being in that room, and hearing her speak one can do nothing but believe. She discussed the great injustices towards woman; rape, battery, denial of education.
Photos were passed around of disfigured children and citizens who have been killed by occupation forces, the local warlords, and the government of Afghanistan. She pointed out glaring inconsistencies with elections and the Afghanistan Constitution, yet our US leaders have said nothing about the issues she raises. She is a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. Please go to the website and click on the Photo Gallery. There are very disturbing photos, but they are the truth of what is happening in war. Malalai frequently stated that there is no “good war.” How can we disagree?
Her words are powerful and her story is incredible. She recently published a book, which I hope to read, called A Woman Among Warlords. Here you can listen to an NPR interview. The interview is decent from minute 9.5 onwards you can hear something similar to what I heard at Western. The time she spent answering questions was wonderful. From all viewpoints questions were asked and she did a great job responding with solutions, not just rhetoric.
Malalai often spoke of various provinces in Afghanistan. I know very few of the provinces and she worked hard throughout her talk to stress how mainstream media is not allowed into the outer provinces. Reports are not being made about the brutality and the disintegration of rights in these areas. I hope more of her work reaches the decision-makers of mainstream media and they strike out into these areas. Are you listening Anderson Cooper?
Thank you Malalai for speaking at WWU, may the solidarity of all peace loving people strengthen your position and bring change and end to war in your country and all countries.
News surfaced again this week about tensions between Georgia, Russia, and NATO. As usual, The Economist has an excellent write-up on the skirmishes.
I do not want to see more conflict in this region. The people need a break. The world needs economic recovery and this cannot occur when needless wars are happening, particularly around oil lines. To ease the need for oil, Tata Motors of India has announced it has received, 203,000 advance orders for their new car the Nano. It achieves approximately 72MPG out of a two cylinder engine. Sold only in India at the moment because of emission, safety, and other standards the car is poised to be a success.
The belief that more fuel efficient cars is the answer to the peak oil issue is wrong, but everything can help. The Nano invariably gives easier access to automobiles in India due to it’s price. We will have to see if this is good or bad.
In a recent article published on the Economist’s website I discovered that the borders are changing in the Swiss Alps. Not because of conflict or politics, but because of shrinking glaciers. “[I]n some places by as much as ten metres,” that is approximately 32 feet. I find that amazing.
(2009, April 19). A Moveable Border. The Economist.
This is cool, I ran across it on GoodSearch.com. Carlos Santana has just launched, Architects of a New Dawn. It is site based on the principle that the time for peace has come and we are the generation to do it. The introduction video on the home page is great.
Another interesting tidbit is that the site is developed within the NING social network. Ning has been around for several years and is a platform for making your own social network. Carlos’s new movement is a great example of how far you can extend the ning platform.