RIP Net Neutrality


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The FCC voted to repeal the Net Neutrality protections conceived during the Bush administration and implemented during the Obama administration. What does this mean? This means good-bye to having access to an open Internet where all information and media is treated equally and giving preference to one service or website over another would bring fines and litigation to the parties responsible.

Your ISP might suddenly slow down your connection to your favorite sites and services and give priority to their own sites and services because now they legally can. ISP have turned into monopolistic monstrosities that do more than just connect you to the Internet. They own news outlets, media companies, entertainment businesses and they will push their goods in your face at the expense of your own preference.

For example, Verizon owns Yahoo. Verizon can now legally block Google and just serve up Yahoo every time you wanted to do a search. AT&T owns DirecTV. AT&T might want to slow down or outright block Netflix and Hulu just to push you to buy DirecTV (yes, it’s a streaming service now).

This will also stifle innovation. New services and small online business will find it much harder to get a foothold in the online marketplace. They don’t stand a chance.

Of course this is a symptom of a much larger disease.

It baffles me that a certain segment of the population continues to vote for the GOP in the face of punch-you-in-the-stomach evidence that simply proves: they don’t care about you. They are not the party of the good, honest working citizen. As much as they claim to want to deregulate your life, they want to do so specifically to make it easier for them to get away with their shit and to take away your power to do anything about it.

Believe it or not REGULATIONS is part of the glue that makes modern civilization possible.  Do you like clean drinking water? Do you like FDIC insured bank accounts? Do you like having health care? Do you enjoy clean air? Mr. Regulations says you’re welcome.

Now along comes the GOP and they see all these protections and believes the country could be better without it (mainly because they’re in the pocket of big businesses who make more money without these regulations). So these people do their corporate puppet master’s bidding and ruin the our country for short-term financial gain.

It blows me away that these people make such decisions despite common sense: “no, better not vote for that or people’s drinking water will get contaminated with petroleum,” “no, better not allow that or the middle class will get further pushed to near-poverty, “no, better not do that or we won’t be able to balance the debt.”

How can you support officials who continually trample on your rights, individuals who denounce things like science, gender equality, racial equality and who are only driven by money and their ignorant, myopic attitude??

It truly baffles me!!

If you want me to put it even more simply: the top 1% of the country hold over a third of the wealth while the bottom 90% need to deal with over 70% of the debt, and these people only help the top 1%. Honestly, unless you’re a millionaire these people do not care about you. If you have an hourly job they wouldn’t be caught dead with you.

So keep on voting with blinders on. I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to steal your money and destroy your rights all the while.


PS: Don’t get me started on the truly despicable people the current administration has put at the head of the Dept of Education and the EPA.

Way to drain the swamp…


It’s Friday!


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Hey, Party People!

How are all of you fine, good-looking individuals doing?? Did you have a great week? No? Then have a three-day weekend! On me-because I’m such a great guy, ya know?

First off let me address the few people who got in touch with me to make sure I didn’t waste my Valentine’s Day wallowing in a mess of my own self misery: no.

Rest assured that I haven’t succumbed to depression or neurosis and I thoroughly enjoyed Valentine’s Day. Thanks for caring!

In other news, I’ve recently started singing to myself in public.

It’s completely unintentional, but this habit of quietly vocalizing to myself has started drawing the attention of people around me. I can’t tell when it happens because when it does I’m off pondering something in my brain and I’m otherwise oblivious to what the rest of my body is doing.

Come to think of it, my mind does drift off quite often. I guess it just gets bored with reality and goes off to  do something else leaving the rest of me in autopilot.

I wonder if I talk in my sleep, too. I should record myself tonight and see if I don’t start speaking in tongues or something.

5 Days of Valentines – Day 5


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Part of my 2017 Valentine’s Day Special Event:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4


Beating the Odds, Five Days of Valentines


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Hey Party People!

Yes, I live. Despite the forces of the cosmos conspiring against me I defied all odds and remain on the Earthly plain. That’s not to suggest I’ve had all that many reminders of my own mortality in recent months, but I believe we all carry on with our lives blissfully oblivious to how close we get to buying the farm from time to time.

Life is a gamble and so far we’re all winning!

Speaking of gambles, and this is very timely considering Valentine’s Day is coming up, love is a huge gamble. The decisions you make based on your emotions, love especially, can have a profound effect on you. Whether positive or negative, these events define who you are and can change the course of your life. What’s more: psychology tells us that our memories of negative events are more readily recalled than those of positive events, and they generally leave a larger mark on our personalities.

But if you’ve ever been in love once or twice you already know this. Trust me, I became acutely aware of all this after about the third relationship I was in, but I appreciate the things it taught me and I have tried to use every bad experience as an opportunity to learn more about myself and to improve myself. It may take some time, but if you keep an open mind and drop your defenses you will be able to reap the greatest benefits.

For instance, it took me far too long to learn how to own up to and fix my mistakes, but now that I’m able to check my ego at the door my life has seen a dramatic improvement.

To celebrate this I’m starting what I call the 5 Days of Valentines. Starting today and ending on Valentine’s Day I will post a music video that describes one of my previous relationships. These are not going to be happy lovey-dovey songs, they will focus on the more somber feelings but you have to realize that those are the times you learn the most about yourself and other people.

If you’ve been in a relationship that ever ended badly or have had a string of bad relationships I hope you’re able to see a little bit of yourself from an outside perspective so you can judge your experience little more objectively and learn about yourself and even about your girlfriend or boyfriend at the time.

Tune in tomorrow around this time for more thoughtful introspection.

90% Function: Restored


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Good day, party people! As you may have guessed I had quite the rough morning today, however things appear to be on an upward curve so I will not have to spend the afternoon in the local emergency department (knock on wood).

Despite my penchant for intoxication, I am thankful that I turn into a very nice person when I’m tipsy. That’s not to say that I’m a complete misanthrope when I’m sober, but I’m usually very selective and cautious when it comes to making friends much less acquaintances.

I’ve known other types of personalities in the form of my friends when the alcoholic beverages begin to flow. There are the angry drinkers who repress so much angst and stress during the day that their valve blows and let it all out in an excessive diatribe woven together with very creative swearing.

Then there are the quiet drinkers. These guys are a little creepy as they will withdraw from social interaction and do not engage in conversation whatsoever. I knew a quiet drunk and frankly he just turned into a statue when he drank. I’m sure they’re fine, they’re just maintaining, but you try having fun with a statue when you’re between your fourth and fifth shot.

Few and far in between are the cool drinkers who simply become more chill with a few drinks. They’re not aloof and far more chattier than the quiet drinker, but they’re not loud or obnoxious. You want to hang out with these guys when you want to wind things down but still enjoy another drink or three.

The happy drinkers. I guess I would fall into this category as I’m sure many, many others do as well. As I’ve been told, I become amiable and nice albeit a little chatty when I drink and I haven’t made so much of an ass of myself that it has ever cost me friends (either that or they’re all really, really understanding), but I do try to put forth some effort to be civil and respectful.

In any case we are who we are, right? I’m only grateful that I have the kind of friends who will tolerate me if I start in on some bullshit (but will still let me drink).