Net Neutrality: Eight Quotes Proving Internet Regulation During Obama/Boehner Era Dangerous

It’s everywhere. All over Twitter, #OccupyFCC. Even on the discussion boards of Tea Party Nation. There is no avoiding the fact that the world supports new Internet regulation in light of the FCC’s decision that companies are permitted to pay ISPs for priority access.

I have warned several times on my blog about how regulation of the Internet right now is a bad idea. In fact, my entire blog is full of examples on regulation of anything right now is a bad idea.

Rather than repeat my comments, I will list eight quotes proving what happens when we let Congress and the FCC come up with their definition of “neutral”. While you read these quotes, keep in mind what “net neutrality regulation” is – regulation.

 
 

“With the FCC already promising exceptions from net neutrality for copyright-enforcement, we fear that 2010 could be the year when the FCC’s idea of an ‘Open Internet’ proves quite different from what many have been hoping for.”

 
 
     -Electronic Frontier Foundation, 2010 (source)
 
 
 
 

“And, you know, that typical politician smile he [an unnamed US senator] had suddenly faded from his face, and his eyes started burning this fiery red. And he started shouting at me, said, ‘Those people on the Internet, they think they can get away with anything! They think they can just put anything up there, and there’s nothing we can do to stop them! They put up everything! They put up our nuclear missiles, and they just laugh at us! Well, we’re going to show them! There’s got to be laws on the Internet! It’s got to be under control!’”

 
 
-Aaron Swartz (1986-2013) (source)
 
 
 
 

“Thanks to important bipartisan compromises, we’ve put together a strong bill [to protect "real reporters"] that balances the need for national security with that of a free press.”

 
 
-Chuck Schumer (D-NY), 2013 (source)
 
 
 
 

“…the U.K. Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit has been using its ‘super flagger’ authority to seek reviews – and removal – of videos it considers extremist. The news sparked concern that Google lets the U.K. government censor videos that it doesn’t like, and prompted Google to disclose more details about the program.”

 
 
-Wall Street Journal, 2014 (source)
 
 
 
 

“When Private Bradley [aka Chelsea] Manning put his conscience ahead of his personal well-being by allegedly releasing important information to the world’s public via WikiLeaks, he was put into an inhumane solitary confinement and is now facing charges that carry the possibility of him spending the rest of his life in prison.”

 
 
-Ray McGovern, Antiwar.com, 2011 (source)
 
 
 
 

“By harboring this known cybercriminal [Edward Snowden] they pose a clear and present danger to the American people. I don’t want to hear about extradition or rendition or any of that nonsense. This man is a traitor and if we don’t get him within 24 hours I say we need to start bombing the hell out of Hong Kong…We could probably destroy their infrastructure and occupy the entire country by the end of the week.”

 
 
John McCain (RINO-AZ), 2013 (source)
 
 
 
 

“The medicine prescribed by the Messenger of Allah is the execution of those involved [in the "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" Facebook protests of 2010.]“

 
 
-Anwar al-Awlaki, Al’Qaeda terrorist (1971-2011) (source)
 
 
 
 
And to sum it all up, Number 8 (emphasis mine):
 
 
 
 

“A Russia-led proposal calling for sweeping new governmental powers to regulate cyberspace could enable countries to block Web content and wrest control of allotment of Internet addresses from a U.S.-based body. The proposal, co-signed by China, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates…to rewrite a long-standing treaty on international communications…a leaked draft of the Russia-led proposals would give countries equal rights to manage the Internet including in regard to the allotment, assignment and reclamation of Internet numbering. This could allow governments to render websites within their borders inaccessible, even via proxy servers or other countries. It also could allow for multinational pacts in which countries could terminate access to websites at one another’s request.”

 
 
-Reuters, December 9, 2012 (source)
 
 
 
 
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I have disabled the Cat Signal for the Net Neutrality campaign…

…as I do not trust the current federal government’s unelected bureaucrats to regulate the Internet. Read more about the dangers of Net Neutrality here.

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StopTheSecrecy.net – Stop the Secret TPP!


For more info on the dangers of the secret TPP, read this.

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Internet Sales Tax: If Republicans Can Defy The Supreme Court, Why Not On Abortion?

The Internet Sales Tax proposal, backed by (often-rightfully) dying brick-and-mortar establishments and bloated state governments, will force any individual or business who sells a product online to collect sales taxes in any jurisdiction. There are 9,600 state and local systems of taxation which any individual who wishes to sell a product online will have to comprehend, and the consumers of online products will pay.

In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled in Quill Corps v. North Dakota that Internet sales taxes can only be levied if the seller has a physical presence in the same state as the buyer.

In defiance of the Supreme Court, both Democrats and Republicans are promoting the “Marketplace ‘Fairness’ Act”, appealing to the “fairness” promoted by liberals and Occupy Wall Street protesters (along the lines of “fair trade” and “Fairness Doctrine”). Supporters of the Left’s concept of “fairness” are also exploiting nostalgic feelings of “your favorite store”, which are among the numerous anti-capitalist tactics the Hollywood Mafia has used to outlaw, attempt to outlaw, or regulate in their favor every new technology since the piano roll.

In the past, Congress sought constitutional amendments when the Supreme Court ruled something unconstitutional. This is why we have a Sixteenth Amendment – the Supreme Court ruled in 1895 that direct income tax was unconstitutional, and a change was required to add that ability to the federal government.

As if Washington’s epidemic of selective enforcement of self-interpreted laws wasn’t bad enough, never mind their blatant disregard for freedom in general, Congress is now, in the same vein as the Russian government’s permitting perpetual terms for Putin, defying the Supreme Court and the Constitution.

But if Republicans are to defy the Supreme Court on a taxation issue, why not defy the Supreme Court on their sanctioned genocide of millions of unwanted American individuals, that is, abortion?

Abortion has killed over 53 million individuals, a death toll equivalent to at least eight Holocausts. Republicans have promised for decades to outlaw this domestic genocide, yet have only given conservatives a few breadcrumbs.

Why are Republicans allowing this? Because Republican politicians are all pro-choice. The medical establishment, which funds all politicians of both parties, supports abortion. Big Pharma gets more money for every individual they abort, in the same manner that technologically incompetent retailers make money with every new item they sell. And just like Occupy Wall Street’s “Fairness” taxes, legalized abortion and its accompanying lie of “freedom of choice” enables Big Pharma to make more money.

Republican politicians are some of the most vocal promoters of abortion, and many fall victim to their tricks. Here are several of the tricks Republican politicians use to mislead Republican voters:

  1. Trade Agreements Are Only About Trade. Notice how Latin American countries have been legalizing abortion one-by-one in recent years? We have Bush II’s CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement), supported by Bush II’s bipartisan Republican Congress, to thank for this.
  2. “Repeal Roe v Wade” (or, the Paul Family Con). Here we have people like Ron & Rand Paul who claim to be pro-life, but want abortion to be a “states’ rights issue”. Like slavery, states would decide who qualifies as a full, partial, or non-person, and like Jim Crow, who would be separate and who would be equal.
  3. Establishment Platform Plank Scam. Popular among Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, and others in the Republican elite who have the final say in the Republican platform. Here legalized abortion is encouraged in cases of rape or incest. In other words, legalizing the killing of an individual when the individual’s birth and/or any associated consequences are unwanted – the pro-choice justification for legalizing all abortions.
  4. Catholic District Doublespeak. “I’m pro-life but the woman should decide”, “I will vote pro-life regardless of my personal views”, etc. This garbage has long been popular among Democrats, and now Republicans are starting to pull this too.
  5. Hidden Gas Chambers. This involves legislation to make abortion more “humane”, as how the electric chair was replaced by the gas chambers. Examples include banning only partial-birth abortions and pumping in anesthesia before the abortion.

America is on a dangerous path, and if Congress and the President are allowed to defy the Supreme Court by fiat, America will become a nightmare. If our anti-new-company, anti-individual-freedom government will be using Occupy Wall Street “fairness” tactics to make the American economy less free, tomorrow it can be Putin-style infinite terms and Chinese-style amputation of rebellious workers’ arms.

And if it must be this way, we must demand that Republican politicians outlaw abortion, or they will be exposed as pro-choice liars, which intelligent Republican voters know they already are.

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Net Neutrality – Don’t Trust Washington To Regulate Anything Else!

Since January 14, 2014, Demand Progress and other Internet activist groups have been sending e-mails and Tweets regarding a federal court decision. The court declared the FCC unable to regulate “net neutrality”.

To summarize “net neutrality”, I will quote my November 9, 2013 column “Are NSA Conspiracies A Conspiracy?”

Years ago, an issue called “net neutrality” was invented. This revolved around “discrimination” of inanimate Internet activities by ISPs, notably the slowing down of equipment-draining peer-to-peer traffic such as BitTorrent, which is usually (but not always) used for copyright infringement. Unless we passed these “net neutrality” laws, Internet service would become “tiered”, where only the major sites would be accessible to most customers while all other Web sites would cost more. The FCC started to implement net neutrality, though the Supreme Court declared them unable to pass these regulations without a new Congressional law. The issue seems to have faded away.

According to Fight For The Future, the FCC was able to get around this case through loopholes, but now cannot – unless the Internet is changed from “information service” into “telecommunication service”.

Remember the Bell System monopoly, the era of leased telephones, poor service, and “tiered” long-distance rates? When you fill out any of these petitions asking the FCC to switch ISPs into “private” utilities, you are trusting unelected bureaucrats to regulate Internet service providers in your interest.

In 2008, millions of Americans contracted “Obamamania”, that is, being gullible enough to believe that a politician can stand up to corporate interests, regulate away your problems, and make your life easier. Obama proceeded with billion-dollar subsidies and regulatory nightmares only the world’s most powerful corporations are exempt from. Bailouts, surveillance, Obamacare mandates, Common Core, and continuing the Second Gulf War until his Second Term Campaign began.

Now we have Demand Progress, Fight For The Future, and other pro-Internet groups encouraging signing of petitions, which would give even more regulatory power to the same Congress and President who are dedicated to removing every strain of freedom we can possibly have. Even worse, these organizations want to increase the regulatory power not of elected politicians, but unelected bureaucrats.

Remember the Digital TV switch? The reason for “converter boxes” was not only to decode the digital transmissions – all channels were moved to UHF and given new frequencies. The bill containing the mandate also included the creation of federally-run Internet service where the VHF channels used to be. Will the FCC rig the system so ISPs will be less “neutral” or otherwise appear crooked, unlike a censored, heavily-surveilled “free” and “public” Internet? The UN has long wanted to seize complete control over the Internet – will Russia, China, and Pakistan be the next “saviors”?

Corporations can at any time attempt to clean their image, while the US government deliberately ignores their dirt. Regarding lost business hours or antitrust concerns, it is much easier for smaller companies to bring charges against ISPs than to bring charges against the government, don’t you think?

The Internet encourages impulsive behaviors, including signing petitions without reading and thinking about them. Conservatives and libertarians, do not encourage the federal government to regulate anything else! Use your social media against this power grab by unelected bureaucrats, not for it!

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LibertyColumns.com Library: Volume V (2013, July through December) Released

LibertyColumns.com Library are books containing columns from the blog LibertyColumns.com, with all copyrighted content removed (brief footnotes and occasional bracketed summaries are added when needed). The books are available at the Internet Archive in PDF and other formats, and they are dedicated to the public domain according to the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

Volume V contains all columns on LibertyColumns.com written from July 2013 through December 2013.

Download Volume V at the Internet Archive (link)

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What is OpenNIC and Why Should I Use It?

OpenNIC is a user-owned and user-run online non-profit democratic community providing DNS services freely to users world-wide. DNS, or the Domain Name Service, allows computers on a network to find where a website is hosted by simply searching the online digital phone book. This includes opennicproject.org, google.com, microsoft.com, apple.com, or any other website you want to find. These are called domains and are essentially how websites on the internet find and talk to each other.

OpenNIC provides facilities that allow any user around the world to find a whole new way of accessing the web, while retaining the ability the still access all those existing sites that you can right now. The OpenNIC difference though, is being free and providing internet freedom to its users.

The freedom to be able to access what you need, when you need it, without anyone or anything else to tell you that you can’t. Freedom is about not being censored, or having parts of the internet hidden on you. Government intervention need not apply.

Freedom is also about being adaptable. Many aspects of the current web are over saturated and it is being more and more difficult to find a way to set yourself apart from the others and show people that you matter. With OpenNIC, we have even more ways to express yourself on the web, such as new ways of finding websites, with new extensions like .free, .geek and .parody. At time of writing, these new extensions are provided free of cost for anyone who wishes to create a new domain using them, on a first come first served basis.

Freedom to have a say in the direction of the web. Some companies would probably love to hold the internet to ransom to exercise control of it, not to mention oppressive governments. OpenNIC is run and managed by its users and all attempts would need to pass a majority vote by its members. How likely do you think OpenNIC would let a company or government come in and lead it in a direction that offered no benefits and placed its users at a disadvantage? For users who enjoy personal freedoms and privacy and having a say in the way things are run, not very.

Freedom to keep your privacy. As detailed on the OpenNIC website, all DNS servers provide information about which country they are (so you can find the nearest one to your for optimal performance) and how much logging is done, so you know whether someone can track your DNS requests and make up an online profile about your web surfing habits or not.

But how hard it is to get access to OpenNIC’s facilities to implement them on your own network? Not very difficult at all, in fact, the project has provided several guides and tutorials showing step-by-step how to make the introduction of OpenNIC to your network as painless and hassle free as possible.

So make a visit to http://www.opennicproject.org today to find out more about this amazing project that embraces user freedoms, helps bring control of the internet back to its users, assists in fighting back against oppressive governments and companies and says “no thank you” to internet censorship attempts.

"What is OpenNIC and Why Should I Use It?" was written by Martin A. Coleman on January 3, 2013. Coleman has dedicated this article to the public domain.

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