"The window for the public to weigh in on how federal rule-makers should treat Internet traffic is closed, after a record 3.7 million comments arrived at the FCC. The Sunlight Foundation analyzed the first 800,000 and found that fewer than 1 percent were opposed to net neutrality enforcement. The principle of net neutrality generally means that all Internet traffic is treated equally. But whether the weight of popular opinion can overcome the significant lobbying heft of Internet service providers fighting against stronger net neutrality rules is a huge question mark. An analysis by San Francisco-based data firm Quid found that Verizon alone spent $100 million to lobby Congress on net neutrality since 2009. (That kind of money could buy you 793 houses or 4 million bottles of Maker’s Mark.)"
"It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to do”. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees."
"First off, I completely object to the term “piracy”. Pirates are violent sociopaths, regardless of their forms of self-organsation. Just in using the term “piracy” one has already lost the debate, as inherent to the concept of piracy is the ideology of property and the enslavement of humanity under its rubric. To use the term “piracy” one is admitting the legitimacy and primacy of another position – that of the proprietarian from whom one is pirating their “property”. Without a coherent notion of “property”, the idea of “Piracy” is a meaningless term. The potential of piracy is zero. It will be snuffed out like any other threat to capital. There are other terms available for what people are doing with data, terms that aren’t so laden with murder and brutality. Terms like Sharing. My position comes from one of sharing, not piracy. Sharing is an innate human characteristic. It is a virtue, not a crime. Also, the mental states and societies described by piracy versus sharing are worlds apart. A society of piracy is a society of theft and brutality, where one “gets” or “takes” things and is always at a disadvantage as a condemned character to society. A society of piracy is a society of property, and thus a society of money, a society of class conflict, a society of violence and extortion. By contrast, a society of sharing is a society where notions of property and all the violence and conflict around property and its prerogatives and entitlements are absent. In short, a society based in sharing is a step towards a new and better society, one based in ideas and practices that are vastly more sustainable than what obtains today: the self-destructive lunatic society of property and its brutal defence. So, I am more than happy to entertain a discussion about sharing. I am not willing to discuss piracy."