Everything You Need To Know About The End Of Net Neutrality

from the Huffington Post

It may be the end of the Internet as we know it.

That was the reaction from consumer advocates and some websites after the Federal Communications Commission announced new rules governing Internet service on Thursday. The rules effectively put an end to net neutrality, or the idea that all web traffic should be treated equally.

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Changing ISP

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: new email for now is rscdesigns1@hotmail.com

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Good morning folks. Today’s news is going to be a bit delayed in that I’m changing my internet service provider this morning. It’s a real pain in the butt but I have to do it. I will put up the new email address as soon as I can. I’m still running the website. I haven’t sold it or been offed or sent to the re-education camps as of yet, though I do look forward to it.

Actually, the guy is here now so…. see ya on the flip side.

willy

New York Times propaganda photos on Ukraine exposed

from the WSWS

A day after the New York Times published a front-page report purporting to show the involvement of Russian Special Forces in protests in east Ukraine, its report, titled “Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia,” has been exposed as a blatant fabrication.

The Times printed low-resolution pictures of fighters—allegedly wearing Russian insignia while in Georgia, and then later as protesters in east Ukraine—asserting they were the same men, thus proving the existence of an armed Russian intervention in Ukraine. It was based on a crude trick first noted by a commenter on a link posted on Reddit. The photos in the Times were down-sampled versions of higher-resolution images circulating online, which show that the men in the different pictures are in fact not the same.

It very rapidly became clear that the Times ’ claims to have proven that Russian soldiers were driving the east Ukraine protests against the pro-Western regime in Kiev were complete rubbish.

The BBC compared the high-resolution pictures of two bearded men the Times falsely asserted were the same fighter. It concluded, “In the 2014 photos, the man’s greying beard appears to be black, while in Georgia six years ago, the slimmer-looking man shown has a reddish beard.”

It also noted that Russian Special Forces patches on the men’s uniforms, highlighted by the Times as proof that they are Russian troops, “can be bought on the Internet for less than $5.”

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Student Loans Can Suddenly Come Due When Co-Signers Die, a Report Finds

(The plan of the banks, obviously, is too seize any inheritance the child stands to receive and if there is none, the defaulted loan ends up being rolled into another sub-prime mortgage type bubble of derivatives and credit default swaps for the banks to bet against as they sell them to unsuspecting clients. It’s a ‘win-win”)

from the New York Times

For students who borrow on the private market to pay for school, the death of a parent can come with an unexpected, added blow, a federal watchdog warns. Even borrowers who have good payment records can face sudden demands for full, early repayment of those loans, and can be forced into default.

Most people who take out loans to pay for school have minimal income or credit history, so if they borrow from banks or other private lenders, they need co-signers — usually parents or other relatives. Borrowing from the federal government, the largest source of student loans, rarely requires a co-signer.

The problem, described in a report released Tuesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, arises from a little-noticed provision in private loan contracts: If the co-signer dies or files for bankruptcy, the loan holder can demand complete repayment, even if the borrower’s record is spotless. If the loan is not repaid, it is declared to be in default, doing damage to a borrower’s credit record that can take years to repair.

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Assad support growing ahead of pres. election

from Press TV

Popular support for the incumbent Syrian government is increasing in the run-up to the country’s presidential election, a political analyst tells Press TV.

“The Syrian government has broad support, even greater support than was the case perhaps a year or two ago in light of all that has happened,” said Mark Weber, a director of the Institute for Historical Review from California, in a Tuesday interview.

The Syrian nation is concerned that in the absence of the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the “very divided, fractious and fanatic” militants would take power, the analyst added.

Weber pointed to the UN’s criticism of Syria’s planned election and noted that the international body favors a transition in Syria which will be in line with the interests of the US and its allies.

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So. You want “smaller government”? Here you Go

Watch the pedestrians run for their lives. It’s like that video game Frogger and it’s just another day in Ethiopia. Coming soon to an intersection near you. Don’t you regulate my roundabout damnit!

an actual comment from the Youtube page:

Proof that the free market works; without gov’ment.

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Lavrov: Kiev issued ‘criminal order’ allowing use of weapons against civilians

(This is taken from an interview with RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze. Yes, she is the granddaughter of former Georgian President and Soviet minister of foreign affairs Eduard Shevardnadze )

from RT

The coup-appointed Kiev government’s order to use force against Ukrainian citizens is “criminal,” the Russian Foreign Minister told RT. He also denied claims that there is Russian military presence on Ukrainian territory.

In an interview with RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze, Sergey Lavrov called acting Ukrainian President Alexander Turchinov’s order to reinitiate an anti-terror operation in East Ukraine, a criminal act.

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Obama Gives Egyptian Dictator 10 Gunships to Fight “extremists” (Egyptians who oppose al Sisi’s dictatorship)

from Press TV

The Obama administration plans to resume some military assistance to Egypt and deliver 10 Apache helicopters after the military-backed government in Cairo upheld its peace treaty with Israel.

The decision to lift the hold on the US aid was made because the Egyptian government is sustaining its strategic relationship with the United States and fulfilling its obligations to Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry told Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy in a telephone call, according to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also informed his Egyptian counterpart, Colonel General Sedki Sobhi, of the decision in a telephone call, saying the Apache helicopters “will help the Egyptian government counter extremists who threaten US, Egyptian and Israeli security,” according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.

 

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Day After Biden Visit, Illegal Ukraine Gov. Announces “anti-terrorism operations” to Begin

from Reuters

Ukraine’s government has formally ended an Easter truce and is relaunching the “active phase” of an “anti-terrorist operation” to eliminate armed pro-Russian separatist groups in the east, First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema said on Wednesday.

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The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

from the New York Times

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction.

While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades.

After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.

The numbers, based on surveys conducted over the past 35 years, offer some of the most detailed publicly available comparisons for different income groups in different countries over time. They suggest that most American families are paying a steep price for high and rising income inequality.

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Capitalism: A Ghost Story – An Evening with Arundhati Roy and Siddhartha Deb

H/T milosevic

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Privatization – The Neoliberal Agenda Behind the Bundy Psyop as Called for by Ron Paul

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: for a better understanding of global neoliberalism (globalization) try this:

Arundhati Roy’s trenchant analysis of the destructive impact of global neoliberalism on India is available directly from Truthout by clicking here. Capitalism: A Ghost Story is a passionate, detailed journey through the injustices of systemic inequality.”

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The invisible hand comes into focus in order to steal from the many in favor of the few. a.k.a. “LIBERTY!”

Over at Di$info Jone$’ site, the ideological poison that is libertarianism is on full display with Ron Paul giving voice to a main aspect of the neoliberal agenda we are currently forcing on other nations like Ukraine, to site just one: privatization.

“In a state like Nevada, where 84 percent of the land is owned by the federal government, these types of conflicts are inevitable. Government ownership of land means that land is in theory owned by everyone, but in practice owned by no one…

… By contrast, if the Nevada land in question was privately owned, the dispute over whether to allow the ranchers to continue to use the land would have likely been resolved without sending in federal armed agents to remove the Bundys’ cattle from the land. This is one more reason why the federal government should rid itself of all federal land holdings. Selling federal lands would also help reduce the federal deficit.” Ron Paul

Libertarianism is simply a more politically correct term for neoliberalism, the economic ideology of folks like Bill Clinton, Milton Friedman, George H. W. Bush, Maggie Thatcher, Augusto Pinochet and a slew of other IMF/World Bank zealots. It is the economic aspect of globalization, the financial theory of choice of the globalists.

Neoliberalism is a label for economic liberalism whose advocates support economic liberalizations, free trade and open markets, privatization, deregulation, and enhancing the role of the private sector in modern society… When the term was reintroduced in the 1980s in connection with Augusto Pinochet’s economic reforms in Chile, the usage of the term had shifted. It had not only become a term with negative connotations employed principally by critics of market reform, but it also had shifted in meaning from a moderate form of liberalism to a more radical and laissez-faire capitalist set of ideas. Scholars now tended to associate it with the theories of economists Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman

What a shock: Ron Paul calling for the Augusto Pinochet solution to fix the manufactured crisis of the American economy.

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Oh What Tangled Webs We Weave – The Problem with the “Snowden-Putin truthers”

by Scott Creighton

Last Thursday President Vladimir Putin sat down for a live  Q&A session (transcript), answering questions put to him from reporters and regular people alike who sent in their questions. What should have been the headlines from Putin’s unscripted exchange has been lost in translation, replaced by a psyop attempt that has gone horribly wrong for it’s writers.

This is what should have been the story: a simple and elegant restatement of the history (albeit incomplete) of the color revolution and coup in Ukraine.

President Yanukovych refused to sign the Association Agreement with the EU. No, he did not refuse to sign it, but said that he could not sign it on the EU conditions, because it would dramatically worsen the socioeconomic situation in Ukraine and affect Ukrainians

… This provoked public unrest that eventually culminated in an unconstitutional coup, an armed seizure of power.

…  Kiev appointed new governors – oligarchs and billionaires – to these regions. People are suspicious of oligarchs as it is. They believe that they earned their riches by exploiting people and embezzling public property, and these oligarchs have been appointed to head their regions. This only added to the public discontent. Putin

Do you see how simple that is? Pretty straight forward, right? The elected president of Ukraine didn’t wish to sign the deal with the EU because he knew it came with strings that demanded austerity for the people and a huge give-away to the oligarchs (kinda like what is happening here in the states) and so he was removed via an illegal coup brought about by Western influences and the people of that country are now dissatisfied because their worst fears about this deal are coming true.

It’s a pretty easy story to understand. Practically writes itself.

However, that’s not the story we’ve been reading either on the MSM corporate media sites or the alternative media. Instead we’ve been treated to the Snowden-Putin Truthers saga; an epic distraction and near colossal fail.

Here in the states are mired in an ever increasing bog of fog and confusion because some PR guy thought it would be useful to have Edward “CISPA” Snowjob call in and ask President Putin a question about Russia spying on their citizens.

For the most part, the distraction aspect of the psyop has worked and worked well. No one is talking about any other part of the Putin Q&A and for the pro-IMF neoliberal propagandists in this country, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

But unfortunately, the story has kind of morphed into a sort of a black-eye for the manufactured hero, Edward Snowden with writers and other detractors saying since he tossed Putin a “softball question” which by comparison makes the U.S. look bad, he must therefore be in league with the Red Menace and actually a Russian intelligence agency asset.

Oh, this does not bode well for our manufactured hero, not one bit.

Enter, the counter-counter-spin assets.

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Ukraine: Poland trained putchists two months in advance

(And now we have Poland requesting the U.S. send 10,000 troops to come to Poland due to the instability in Ukraine… that they helped generate. This sounds an awful lot like the CIA using the Contras from Costa Rica and Honduras to destabilize Nicaragua during the Sandanista government’s rule. “They engaged in a systematic campaign of terror amongst the rural Nicaraguan population in order to disrupt the social reform projects of the Sandinistas. Several Historians have criticized the contra campaign and the Reagan Administration’s support for it, citing the brutality and numerous human rights violations of the contras.”. Imagine that: President Peace Prize taking a page from the Reagan playbook.)

by Thierry Meyssan , from Voltaire Net

The Polish left-wing weekly Nie (No) published a startling witness account of the training given to the most violent of the EuroMaidan [1] activists.

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What the 1% Don’t Want You to Know

Economist Paul Krugman explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy – the very system our founders revolted against.

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