So this week the federal government got rid of net neutrality.
Consider me <sarcasm>completely amazed</sarcasm> that this administration would support businesses over individual rights and protections.
Without net neutrality we will have internet providers giving preferential, faster speeds to the businesses that are a part of their corporation. Have Comcast as a provider, sites ran by Comcast are going to be faster. Try to go to something from a competitor and you’ll have a slow, slow, slow connection, or even timeouts and complete blocking.
How this is going to play out (or could, anyway) is that companies like Netflix pay to gain the access on providers. Netflix then passes that cost on to you, through a higher bill. And then, to top it all off, providers may do like cable companies have done in the past, and charge you a tiered rate. Want access to Amazon sites, Comcast may charge you and extra $10 per month. Want to go to Google, well that is going to cost you $5 more per month. So the providers rake in the cash, charging sites for speed and users for access.
It seems there isn’t a regulation, rule, or law that this administration doesn’t want to tear down. At least not ones that actually make sense and help people. They got rid of protections for LGBTQ workers at companies with federal contracts, fair and equal pay for women, weakened workers ability to unionize, and are currently trying to pass a massive tax cut for the rich, which in the process weakens health care access for the poor.
All in a day’s work for this vile man who currently sits in the White House. He bragged about sexual assault on women, settled charges with the government that he had discriminatory practices in housing, and admitted previously that he didn’t pay the contracted price with workers. He is a rich business man who looks out for rich businessmen, and he doesn’t care one iota for anyone else. Sure, he’ll say he does, but only to get votes.
I want President Obama back. Please!
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We headed down to visit family for Thanksgiving. It took a while to get there, but we had a couple of really good days. We had a great time and some nice food with my wife’s family on Wednesday. It was great to see everyone there again, since it has been several months since we were down there. Traveling and making sure we have the hotel room set and everything is always stressful, but it was good once we did it.
Thursday we stopped in at my parents’ house for my family dinner. They live closer, so we were able to stop in there on the way back home. It was great, and I got to see most of my nieces and nephews and their children. It was loud, since my parents’ house isn’t that big and we had a lot of people stuffed in there, but it was fun.
Of course now comes the bad part: I ate WAY too much at these two dinners. Between all the potatoes, the pie, and especially the turkey I just feel like I’m about to explode. I do this every year. Actually, I usually do this twice; once at Thanksgiving and once at Christmas. I have to do better when Christmas comes around this time. It’s just not worth the trouble afterwards, even if I love the meals and the desserts. I just need to eat less of them.
Easier said than done, right?
Anyway, I guess I better get started on losing all the weight I gained the past two days. Wish me luck.
Only 20 days until The Last Jedi. ***Squeee!***
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Have a wonderful weekend!