Charlie Hebdo Murders are Just an Extreme Form of Internet Censorship

Before you jump on the Charlie Hebdo outrage bandwagon, ask yourself what you tried to censor yourself just in the past year alone? What “offensive” material on Facebook upset you and you wanted taken down? How many tweet wars did you get into? I am a provocateur – but I am totally against censorship – and hypocrisy. While I tweet complaints about the manner in which Adam Carolla handles his business or “Pirate ship” – or the hypocrisy of Lena Dunham and liberal privilege (the *true* white privilege) – I WOULD NEVER want them forced to be silent. I would proudly stand for their rights to exist, earn a living in a competitive marketplace of ideas.

Still ruminating on my earlier question? Let me elaborate. Rather than de-friend or block that individual who gave you the red-ass, how many of you reported them to Facebook? How many of you jumped on a particular mob false Internet rage bandwagon. How many of you take the hashtag ‪#‎sjw‬causes to heart to selective apply the 1st amendment? What do you think free speech suppression leads to?

Nothing is theoretically above criticism or satire although there are standards for taste. Never to the level of murder. Never worth murder though. If every publication would reprint those pictures, it would send a message. They can’t kill everybody. It likely will not happen -but we can dream, can’t we?

I try to adhere to a principle on my own social media accounts. I generally do not remove posts based on opinions or block people for that reason. I would hope that Facebook emulate America – which to me represents a marketplace of goods, services, ideas, and insults. I have had to remove/block people based only on reasons such as spam, potential libel trolling – and the occasional relative who can’t control racial epithets.

Terrorism and intimidation, with the ultimate goal of imposing religion on others is anti-American and is not meant for the 21st century. And now we have people trying to skirt the line to say victims of religious violence bring it on themselves – first from Islam’s Fred Phelps –…/islam-allah-muslims…/21417461/

and now even from Bill Donahue: – The one-man operation of the Catholic League. I wonder how the Pope feels about this guy’s statement. He is starting to fulfill the satirical prophecy of the South park episode from 2006:

Well – He gets his due in this interview which is like a trainwreck:

I simply finally defer to the words of one man who can truly relate to the hate of radical religion: Salmon Rushdie:

“Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.”

Awesome words!

I lost my FitBit :(

Given that the Fitbit one requires clipping on to something or to be worn using a very uncomfortable Velcro arm band, I’ve been clipping it to my belt. It has fallen off and temporarily been lost twice – and yet found – both times in hotel parking lots unscathed. Today, it happened a 3rd time in a downtown area. I do believe it is likely gone forever. What will be interesting to see is if somehow makes tonight’s or tomorrow’s report back to (which nonetheless pings here as well.) I think something that small and that easy to lose should not cost 99 bucks. I guess I might consider the Microsoft Band although it does not have an altimeter.

COMCAST-TIME-WARNER MERGER Dominating 60% of CABLE?? Yeah . . . so what?

I would like to point out the following:

While true that the Comcast-Time-Warner merger would mean that they would control 60% of the cable business, please play close attention to how that is defined in relationship to all potential Internet\Video\Telecom services. You are no longer locked down as you think. I left cable as son as I moved to Texas – I have been perfectly happy with IPTV. True – I get frustrated at times with ATT U-Verse – however – we have worked out our differences and they have made infrastructure improvements in my area – probably because they knew I could switch back to cable – or better yet – go with Verizon FiOS – another IPTV provider. Coming from Tega Cay, SC – where I was pretty much stuck in 2010 w/ Comporium – a local provider (allowed to have monopoly due to some regulatory rural provision clause at the time) I had to deal with the tyranny of only one broadband option. You would be surprised with how many communities are still stuck with one option for *somewhat* quality high-speed Internet access.

Bent County, CO basically gives you satellite, dial-up, or repackaged CenturyLink using some local Mom-and-Pop shop. How does this affect them? It won’t!

Finally – you know you can always cut the cord, buy a Smart HDTV and Antenna – and enjoy 15-25 primary and secondary channels alongside of NetFlix, Amazon Prime, VuDu, and Hulu Plus using only Broadband. With HBO GO and CBS offering decoupled streaming soon – you get even better options. So let the cable companies consolidate and reduce cable options. Broadband Internet is the utility of the future. The cable companies are consolidating to eek out some final profitability just like the broadcast radio networks.