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NET NEUTRALITY – THE ENDLESS BATTLE

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I hope that you were listening to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai right now regarding Net Neutrality. He said this with a straight face: “The FCC would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.”

I won’t bore you with yet another plea to reject Net Neutrality. Many other sites with much better followings are doing a better job of rounding those up. Instead, I want to offer my thinking as to why we keep having to fight.

The communication industry will stop at nothing to end net neutrality

Companies such as Verision, AT&T and Spectrum have deep pockets. They also know that we the consumer don’t. Companies also employ legions of lobbyists to argue before Congress to tell them whatever they want. They will even lie in order to convince Congress that they’re correct. The companies want this, maybe not to block certain websites from end users, but to force providers like Netflix to pay extra in order for fast-lane access to the Internet, which Netflix in turn will blow back on its users.

Net neutrality will end when its proponents are either burnT out OR APATHETIC

The problem is that as I’ve said above, Net Neutrality opponents have more than enough money to keep this battle going as long as possible. They’re in it for the long run and they want to make it as difficult and enduring as possible for regular users to keep up. THEY WANT TO WEAR PEOPLE DOWN. 

Net Neutrality opponents are not above dirty tricks.

This year,the most underhanded tactics of all took place. Chairman Moron has said that despite the numerous protests and posts condemning the end of Net Neutrality, Ajit only said he would review those that had compelling factual or legal reasoning at to preserve Net Neutrality. In other words, who cares if everyone and their mother wants to preserve Net Neutrality? The FCC is ruled only by those who have the legal knowledge to argue for it…and I get the feeling they wouldn’t listen to them anyway.

Unfortunately  the vote on December 14th  removed Net Neutrality. But the war is far from over.

Positive thinking is bull

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I need to say something about my life about positive thinking. People wonder why I’m so negative all the time. They say that my life has issues because of my bad thoughts, or as one person put it, my “negative thoughts turn into negative realities.” Except they don’t.

This is simply a fact. I don’t know why it’s the opposite for everyone else but apparently it works to be negative for me. But yet just googling “Positive Thinking” reveals site after site praising it…because reasons. Guess what? It’s BS to me.

 The more Positive thinking I have about something, the more likely things blow up in my face.

For most of 2016, I thought to myself “Ok, it’s going to get better. I’m free of the bullshit and nothing bad will happen.” Shortly afterward…BAM!!!! I fuck up at my job, or I piss off a friend, or something happens to my car, or a myriad of other fucked up things happens.

Even in situations that are kind of bad, If I think things will get better, they won’t: For example, the tires need to be aligned on my car… I went to get them aligned and all of a sudden I’m told there’s issues with the steering/axle/whatever and they can’t do the alignment until I pay about $2k in repairs.

Or I get put on probation at work. And I think I can get out of it, and I work my ass off to do so…then either something else happens where I fuck up or they fire me anyway.

As you can clearly see, this is why I get pissed off when someone tells me I’m needing to be positive or something like that. I’ve felt like I was a bad person for being negative, but it seems like the universe WANTS me to be negative. Because apparently, positive thinking causes disasters for me. The more positive I think and the more I think I will be OK, the more likely everything will come crashing down on me.

Honestly, you’re probably going to disagree with me. You’re going to sing the praises of positivity, gratitute, and whatever other happiness. Just so you know, you’re the kind of person who pisses me off.

Think you can call BS? Prove me wrong. I dare you. I’ve had people try to stuff positivity down my throat for years and I’M SICK AND TIRED OF THAT BULLSHIT.

Also, I’ll be either updating this article or making another with any claims/arguments I get in the comments, so expect responses.

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