The end of net neutrality: What it all means

The fight for the future of the internet just came to a head.

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections. The repeal passed along a party-line vote.

Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Trump, has framed the repeal as getting the government to “stop micromanaging the internet.”

The move is supported by the telecom industry, which claims existing regulations threaten to hamper broadband investments and innovation.

Technology companies and consumer advocacy groups have loudly protested the repeal effort for months, both online and offline, arguing it could spell the end of the internet as we know it.

Here’s what it all means and what’s really at stake.

What exactly is net neutrality?

The net neutrality rules were approved by the FCC in 2015 amid an outpouring of online support. The intention was to keep the internet open and fair.

Under the rules, internet service providers are required to treat all online content the same. They can’t deliberately speed up or slow down traffic from specific websites or apps, nor can they put their own content at an advantage over rivals.

To take a classic example, this means Comcast can’t just choose to slow down a service like Netflix (NFLX) to make its own streaming video service more competitive, nor can it try to squeeze Netflix to pay more money to be part of a so-called internet fast lane.

As Michael Cheah, general counsel at video site Vimeo, previously told CNNMoney: the point of the rules is “allowing consumers to pick the winners and losers and not [having] the cable companies make those decisions for them.”

Why is net neutrality such a big deal?

If there’s one thing that both sides can agree on, it’s that the internet is increasingly central to our lives. Any change to how it’s regulated is a hot button issue. (Remember the uproar over repealing internet privacy protections earlier this year?)

“Everyone uses the internet and everyone uses these tech platforms,” Michelle Connolly, a former FCC official who supports Pai, previously told CNNMoney. “So issues that are coming up right now, people are seeing from a very personal perspective.”

So how will internet providers be regulated if net neutrality is repealed?

The FCC is doing away with rules barring internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to online content. The FCC would also eliminate a rule barring providers from prioritizing their own content.

In the absence of a firm ban on these actions, providers will be required to publicly disclose any instance of blocking, throttling or paid prioritization. It will then be evaluated based on whether or not the activity is anti-competitive.

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As part of this shift, oversight of internet protections will shift from the FCC to the Federal Trade Commission.

Maureen K. Ohlhausen, the acting head of the FTC, said in a statement Monday that the agency is “committed to ensuring that Internet service providers live up to the promises they make to consumers.”

But consumer advocacy groups are less than optimistic.

“Not only is the FCC eliminating basic net neutrality rules, but it’s joining forces with the FTC to say it will only act when a broadband provider is deceiving the public,” Chris Lewis, VP at Public Knowledge, a nonprofit that focuses on the open internet, said in a statement this week. “This gives free reign to broadband providers to block or throttle your broadband service as long as they inform you of it.”

And how will repealing net neutrality affect me?

First, it’s important to say what won’t happen: Billion-dollar services like Netflix are not going to disappear overnight without net neutrality. They have large enough audiences and bank accounts to survive in a changing regulatory landscape.

Instead, net neutrality advocates worry how repeal will impact the next Netflix. Upstart companies may struggle to strike deals with providers and pay up to have their content delivered faster. That could fundamentally alter the future internet landscape.

The repeal could change how customers are billed for services, both for good and bad. T-Mobile, for example, was criticized by net neutrality supporters for effectively making it cheaper for customers to stream videos from Netflix and HBO, putting other video services at a disadvantage.

Without net neutrality, internet providers may pursue similar offers more aggressively, which would likely be viewed as a positive by consumers looking to save money on their streaming media.

Yet, some fear it’s also possible internet providers will one day begin charging customers more to access services like Netflix that are currently included as part of your monthly bill.

So is this a done deal?

Not quite. It’s very like this issue could end up being decided in court, or perhaps even by legislation in Congress.

“Whenever we do anything big and major, people go to court,” a senior FCC official said last month. “I certainly would not rule that out.”

Omarosa Manigault speaks out about WH exit: ‘I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable’

Former reality-TV star turned White House staffer Omarosa Manigault today tried to set the record straight on her reportedly dramatic exit from the White House Tuesday, and alluded to situations in the White House “that have made me uncomfortable.”

“[Chief of Staff] John Kelly and I had a very straightforward discussion about concerns that I had, issues that I raised and, as a result, I resigned,” Manigault said on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”

There “were a lot of things that I observed during the last year that I was very unhappy with,” she said.

“But when I have my story to tell as the only African-American woman in this White House; as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people. And when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear,” Manigault added.

She and Kelly had a “candid conversation” in the White House Situation Room, Manigault said.

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White House sources have told ABC News she was fired and escorted off the White House grounds. But Manigault today denied she was fired and escorted off the premises by the U.S. Secret Service.

The agency also denied on Twitter Wednesday that personnel physically removed Manigault from the complex.

Manigault did, however, confirm that the Secret Service deactivated her pass, reducing her access to the more classified areas.

Manigault’s departure was a long time coming and Kelly’s decision to limit access to the president was a source of tension for her, according to multiple sources.

She said, however, Kelly brought “much needed order to the West Wing,” denying that he restricted her access to Trump.

But she added, “Certainly I had more access than most and people had problems with that. People had problems with my 14-year relationship with this president.”

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A White House official said in a statement Wednesday that Manigault resigned “to pursue other opportunities.”

Manigault, 43, will stay on until Jan. 20, according to the White House.

A former “The Apprentice” contestant, Manigault served on Trump’s transition executive committee and later hired as communications director for the Office of Public Liaison in the White House. She had worked in Vice President Al Gore’s office during the Clinton administration.

In her role in the Trump administration, Manigault was among the White House advisers earning the highest salary, according to a White House list of staff salaries.

She was in charge of outreach to the leaders of HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) and also oversaw the president’s visit to the Smithsonian’s African American museum in Washington, D.C. But Manigault’s day-to-day duties could not be pinpointed and, according to Politico, she used the White House as a backdrop for her 39-person bridal party to take wedding photos.

Salma Hayek recalls Harvey Weinstein ‘fury’ on ‘Frida’ set in op-ed

(CNN)Salma Hayek is breaking her silence about Harvey Weinstein in a New York Times op-ed in which the star details sexual harassment and abusive behavior on the set of “Frida.”

(CNN)Salma Hayek is breaking her silence about Harvey Weinstein in a New York Times op-ed in which the star details sexual harassment and abusive behavior on the set of “Frida.”
Hayek’s story comes two months after a group of women, including actress Ashley Judd, first came forward with allegations against the disgraced movie mogul.
His accusers now include nearly 70 women.
Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment, misconduct and sexual assault. Through a spokeswoman, Weinstein has previously denied any instances of “non-consensual” sex or “acts of retaliation.”
When contacted by CNN, Weinstein’s representatives did not immediately have a response to Hayek’s story.

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A spokesperson for Hayek told CNN she had no further comment.
In her piece, Hayek admits she initially “didn’t consider my voice important, nor did I think it would make a difference.” But she now confesses, “For years, he was my monster.”
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The two entered into a business relationship when Hayek sought a company with which to produce the script for “Frida,” about the famed artist and icon Frida Kahlo.
Hayek said after starting the development process, she found herself dealing with repeated instances of sexual harassment by Weinstein, including requests that she take a shower with him and offers of massages and oral sex.
“I don’t think he hated anything more than the word ‘no,” wrote Hayek, who said her constant rebuffing would always result in Weinstein exhibiting “Machiavellian rage.”
“The range of his persuasion tactics went from sweet-talking me to that one time when, in an attack of fury, he said the terrifying words, ‘I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,'” she said.
Weinstein eventually held the future of the film over her, according to Hayek.
She fought legally to get the production back on track but doing so came with numerous, nearly impossible conditions, including a rewrite of the script, raising $10 million for financing, and casting four prominent actors in smaller roles.
Hayek credits “a phalanx of angels who came to my rescue,” including Edward Norton, who rewrote the script for no credit, producer Margaret Perenchio and director Julie Taymor.
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Once filming started, Hayek said “the sexual harassment stopped but the rage escalated.”
“We paid the price for standing up to him nearly every day of shooting,” she said. “Once, in an interview he said Julie and I were the biggest ball busters he had ever encountered, which we took as a compliment.”
Hayek said Weinstein made it a point to belittle her abilities as a producer and actress. He told her “the only thing I had going for me was my sex appeal,” she said.
Weinstein demanded the addition of a love scene with full-frontal nudity, threatening to shut down production if they refused, Hayek said.

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“This time, it was clear to me he would never let me finish this movie without him having his fantasy one way or another. There was no room for negotiation,” she said. “I had to say yes.”
The scene was included, but Hayek says filming it caused her emotional distress, so much so that she took a tranquilizer to film it.
“Since those around me had no knowledge of my history of Harvey, they were very surprised by my struggle that morning,” she recalled. “It was not because I would be naked with another woman. It was because I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein. But I could not tell them then.”
By the time the filming of the movie was over, Hayek she was “so emotionally distraught that I had to distance myself during the postproduction.”
“Frida” would go on to be nominated for six Academy Awards, including Hayek for best actress, and was awarded two Oscars.
Hayek said she found comfort in “telling myself that I went to war and I won.” But asks, “why do so many of us, as female artists, have to go to war to tell our stories when we have so much to offer?”
“Until there is equality in our industry, with men and women having the same value in every aspect of it, our community will continue to be a fertile ground for predators,” she said.

World records being more than broken!

One man who dared to dream a challenge of such an incomprehensible undertaking,  that upon this new attempt,  everyone is willing him to return victorious.

For this time the stakes are raised,  all the planning and preparations,  thrown now into disarray!   Literally just a matter of minutes beforehand too.

Out of his hands now,  his reservations must be forgotten,  dissolved into deadwood and replaced with his focusing and thirst for triumph.

Solitary and singularly carrying this storm away to a transfer of calm waters and warm climates,  while climbing the waterfall of fate!

Through the strictest of endurance and immeasurable pain,  determination,  dedication and drive,  proved to push him forwards to deliver his home country,  the hero they had long hoped for.

After refusing safety clothing, after seeing colleagues die,  our lone swimmer,  a humble Librarian from Romania became the first from his home land to ever successfully swim the English Channel,  this was his last attempt and the odds were severely stacked against him.

A hero he surely returned and he never stopped there,  the year that followed his lifetime achievement,  2017 the very year we are in,  he announced he will attempt to swim The Danube!

This was a mammoth journey!   Not just a day, 89 days infact  would be required of consecutive daily swimming and our adventurer Avram insisted he swims as he is,  looking like he is going for a swim in the local swimming pool!

Success and on the first attempt!

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This leaves only one question

What’s next ?   What tops The Channel and the Danube?   The third major milestone, now this is only going to be something that is going to be keeping us in suspense the whole way through!!

J. K. Rowling Epically Shuts Down Article Calling Meghan Markle ‘Unsuitable’

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has fiercely hit back at a British magazine article that criticized Prince Harry’s engagement to
Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has fiercely hit back at a British magazine article that criticized Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle.

The Spectator shared the following piece by contributor Melanie McDonagh to its website on Monday after the news broke that the British royal had popped the question to the American “Suits” actress:

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McDonagh’s article suggested that Markle, who will become the first American to officially marry a British royal when they tie the knot in Spring 2018, was “unsuitable as Prince Harry’s wife” because she is divorced.

“Obviously, seventy years ago, Meghan Markle would have been the kind of woman the Prince would have had for a mistress, not a wife,” McDonagh wrote.

It was not received well on Twitter, with many people pointing out that Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, divorced Princess Diana. They also noted that Prince Charles later married the also divorced Camilla Parker Bowles, who is now the Duchess of Cornwall.

Rowling, also a divorcée, appeared to have the final say when she posted this single hashtag in support of the newly engaged couple:

Prince Harry: No One in Royal Family Wants to be King or Queen

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Prince Harry found himself the subject of headlines all over the world today as news broke of an interview in which he claimed that no one in the royal family wants to be king or queen.

Prince Harry found himself the subject of headlines all over the world today as news broke of an interview in which he claimed that no one in the royal family wants to be king or queen.

The 32-year-old prince was being interviewed by Newsweek when he spoke about the lack of interest in reigning over the United Kingdom.

“We are involved in modernizing the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people.

“Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”

His father Prince Charles is next in line to the throne when Queen Elizabeth II dies, and his brother Prince William and nephew Prince George are set to rule as successive kings.

Harry works tirelessly on behalf of various charities, and spoke of the usefulness of his position in this regard. “I feel there is just a smallish window when people are interested in me,” he said of the period before Prince George and Princess Charlotte take over, and that he’s “got to make the most of it.”

He also said that, “People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live,” and credited their mother Princess Diana with raising them to lead their lives in this way.

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“Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping. But it’s a tricky balancing act. We don’t want to dilute the magic… The British public and the whole world need institutions like it.”

Speaking of his desire to do good in the world, he said, “My mother died when I was very young. I didn’t want to be in the positions I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good. I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people and making them laugh.”

Although he still sometimes feel that he is living in “a goldfish bowl” he still enjoys indulging his “naughty streak.”

Harry recently revealed that he sought counseling in his 20s to help deal with the trauma of losing his mother when he was 12, and spoke more about the effect of her loss in his Newsweek interview.

He and William walked behind Princess Diana’s coffin during her funeral procession through London in the summer of 1997, but Harry stresses that this was a less than ideal situation for a grieving child.

“My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television.

“I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”

Gal Gadot won’t make ‘Wonder Woman’ sequel unless Brett Ratner is out

But she had not problem doing the 1st movie..Hmmm

Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot is continuing to battle accused Hollywood sexual harasser Brett Ratner by refusing to sign for a super­hero sequel unless the movie-maker is completely killed from the franchise.

“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot is continuing to battle accused Hollywood sexual harasser Brett Ratner by refusing to sign for a super­hero sequel unless the movie-maker is completely killed from the franchise.

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A Hollywood source tells Page Six that Gadot — who last month backed out of a dinner honoring Ratner, where she was due to present him with an award — is taking a strong stance on sexual harassment in Hollywood and doesn’t want her hit “Wonder Woman” franchise to benefit a man accused of sexual misconduct.Ratner’s production company RatPac-Dune Entertainment helped produce “Wonder Woman” as part of its co-financing deal with Warner Bros. The movie has grossed more than $400 million internationally, and Ratner’s company will take a healthy share of the profits. A Warner Bros. insider explained, “Brett made a lot of money from the success of ‘Wonder Woman,’ thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie. Now Gadot is saying she won’t sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out [of his financing deal] and gets rid of him.”

The source added of Israeli-born Gadot, “She’s tough and stands by her principles. She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet. She also knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops. They can’t have a movie rooted in women’s empowerment being part-financed by a man ­accused of sexual misconduct against women.”

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This past week, Warner Bros. announced it was severing ties with Ratner amid multiple sexual-harassment allegations leveled against him by actresses including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge. Ratner has vehemently denied the allegations through his attorney, Marty Singer.

Mariah Carey’s ex-security guard claims singer sexually harassed him

Mariah Carey’s former security guard has accused the “Touch My Body” singer of sexual harassment and threatened to sue for unpaid invoices.

Michael Anello, head of the California-based Anello Security & Consulting, claimed Carey wore revealing clothing and performed “sexual acts with the intent that they be viewed” by him, TMZ reported after obtaining a draft of the complaint. The full story

The Fight for Freedom!!

President Kenyatta above explaining  ” It was overturned for the first time in history! ”

Re-Election Date : OCT 26

******* JUST IN ******* The awaited Presidents final speech before the election,

Read It Here

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The Opposition announces There Will Be No Election!!

What exactly is Ralia afraid of?

Is there any legitimate and logical method here?

Is there any rationalisation in this act?

It is viewed that ever since Ralia Odinga has been standing as a presidential candidate, he has consistently and actively demonstrated non acceptance of any results, therefore leaving us with a questionable candidate as to his ability to provide ethically for Kenya.

While Ralia is busy stopping the election from happening we have here ;

Echoing from the Presidents Campaign 4 words which do indeed wrap up one of the most eventful and turbulent of campaigns

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He has stressed throughout how moving Kenya forwards is of Paramount importance and states the need to do away with elections so that development activities can continue.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has also informed us that on Monday, both he and the Deputy President met with Wafula Chebukati, the Chairman of the Electoral Agency IEBC.

President Kenyatta made it clear in the meeting that he has no demands on the IEBC except to see an election held in terms of the Supreme Court Order.

With Ralia stating THERE WILL BE NO ELECTION

The Presidents campaign was focused on the following by these comments, he also released these photos

EXERCISING THE RIGHT TO VOTE

” Allow Kenyans to vote peacefully ”

” Those who want to vote should be allowed to exercise their rights, the same way as those who do not want to vote ”

” We are warning anyone who will be tempted to block Kenyans from exercising their democratic right to vote will be dealt with according to the law ”

” We will not allow those who don’t want to vote, to stifle other Kenyans rights, if they try they will know there is a government that cares for it’s people ”

FIGHTING

” We do not want to see Kenyans shedding blood because of politics ”

” Kenyans should not accept to be incited to fight by politicians who are only out to satisfy their personal interests ”

THE DIVISION

” We should always cherish the peace and stability we are enjoying, let us not allow individuals to divide us because of their selfish interests ”

” I have no problem with those insulting me but I want to tell them if they try to cause chaos with the intent of derailing the election, they will be dealt with firmly by the security agents ”

Thursday October 26 is aptly described by the Deputy PM as Kenyas Date with Destiny…..

Direct War Amongst Us

Want to win the war?

Any war,  physical, psychological, battles, disputes?

Then don’t be the war.

Be the freedom.

War has been with us from the beginning of time.

It is currently escalating beyond any recognition.

We are left with an outweigh of War, threats, lies, destruction, manipulation, control, greed, fear, scrambling now to live.

Well the last two are two of the most dangerous words this world will ever know.

From fear comes greed.  A need…. To control.

Control how?  By destroying anything or anyone that doesn’t conform.

Destroy how?  By any method possible or impossible, this is because control is desperation.

Never become a victim to a desperate destroyer.  If they don’t destroy you then you will do the job for them.  So never become a desperate destroyer.

Fighting masks the truth

Obsession is a silent killer.

The reality is ugly words create ugly people and ugly people create themselves a complex!

Once we are controlled, lies truly take hold.

The answer to life?  And all its atrocities?
Why the blindness?

Life was borne out of love.
Life was created, everything was created, such careful considerations.
Life is immeasurable because love is unconditional.

Love was the ultimate activation so the opposite therefore is the deactivation.

The more we judge, the more we assume, the more we replace love, for love is pure, a non expectation and fully accepting.

Love is trust.
Love is equal.
Love is the vision of truth.

It is selfless and non fearing.

When man began to destroy such an ultimate gift, it was out of that same such gift that man was saved.

It’s not the world we destroy, it’s love.

The more lies, the deeper into the darkness, the dread of discovery, the dregs of mankind, the binding of invisible restrictive searing and suffocating sickness.

The more truth,  more accessible shall become the light, the releasing of burdens, healing and strengthening, renewing and unbinding of self.

You’ve no need to fight a battle that is of no substance.  A battle is only sustained through fear…. Of self.   Become selfless and the battle is already of no threat.

False vision is what our eyes see, not what is in front but behind.

Spiritual blindness is the true debilitating disease.

Rid yourself of that disease and life will be your most powerful of Allies.

Bob Weinstein Gets Emotional on “Depraved” Harvey, Saving the Company and His “Waking Nightmare” (Exclusive)

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The Unseen ( unity )

www.cbc.ca/player/play/1055377475943/

In reference to the above video and photo

The Ugandan President has been in power since 1986 and it is now requested for the removal of the president age limit from their constitution to be in force.

This has proven only to cause a further divide with many resisting.  This resistance has shockingly spilled over into Parliament.

Many people have been arrested and detained.

Sending fears into many people.

Would it be so unreasonable to review at the age of 75 instead of dismiss?

To understand that if a President is still capable then he may continue?

Whatever the overall outcome or grievance, it is not good for a countries people’s morale when parliament cannot remain professional?

It has been reported that MPs feared their colleagues were armed.  Was this a testimony of their outburst, or a comment of conjured up dishonesty to act in such measures?

A photo published by a news channel showing the pointing that occurred.   It states they were pointing towards a gun.   It also states the following order;

Mr Mutabazi said: “The Commission hereby directs all broadcasters to immediately stop and refrain from broadcasting live feeds which are in breach of the minimum broadcasting standards and the best practice guidelines for electronic media coverage/ reporting and broadcasting of live events.”

Following this display of where even one photo shows a microphone stand being brandished as a weapon, it was concluded that the age barrier be lifted.

Therefore 2021 will be open to a now 73yr old President.

Ugandans must not be made responsible for their leaders actions.

TODAYS  SCENES

 

Can we show true unity

Or

Can we now only pray something good may surface from such dramatic disturbances?