Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 5/4/2017


 

Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 5/4/2017
 


4 May 2017 at 7:45:33 PM
salon

Been spending a whole lot of time outdoors the last couple of weeks since the weather has been so great. Have had goslings hatch out, plus have gotten some mulch from the dump to put around trees. Also experimented with roasting beans for snacks, with the conclusion that garbanzo and black eyed peas taste great roasted, black beans not so much. 

Billboards target lawmakers who voted to let ISPs sell user information

When Congress voted in March to block FCC privacy rules and let internet service providers sell users’ personal data, it was a coup for the telecom industry. Now, the nonprofit, pro-privacy group Fight for the Future is publicizing just how much the industry paid in an attempt to sway those votes.

The group unveiled four billboards, targeting Reps. Marsha Blackburn and John Rutherford, as well as Sens. Jeff Flake and Dean Heller. All four billboards, which were paid for through donations, were placed in the lawmakers’ districts. “Congress voting to gut Internet privacy was one of the most blatant displays of corruption in recent history,” Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng said in a statement on the project.

Actually, Congress Did Undermine Our Internet Privacy RIghts (EFF)

Don't listen to the telecom lobby. Congress' vote to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) broadband privacy rules has a profound impact on your online privacy rights.

According to those who supported the repeal, the rules never took effect (they were scheduled to do so throughout 2017), so the repeal doesn't change anything. You hear it from the likes of AT&T as well as lawmakers like Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), the author of the legislation who was asked about it at a recent town hall. You are hearing it now in state legislatures that are working diligently to fix the gap Congress created.

But that argument is meant to distract you from the real issue - you had a legal right to privacy from your broadband provider, and when Congress repealed the broadband privacy rules using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress diminished that right and may have hamstrung the FCC from enforcing it in the future.

This is not the health-care bill that Donald Trump promised

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump told The Post’s Robert Costa and Amy Goldstein during an interview less than a week before his inauguration. While Trump was characteristically confident and equally characteristically light on specifics, he did outline several things that he anticipated the Republican Obamacare replacement bill might include.

The plan would have “lower numbers, much lower deductibles.” The “philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it”? Trump insisted that “that’s not going to happen with us” — implying that there would be universal coverage regardless of income. What’s more, people could “expect to have great health care” that would be “in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”

Trump told Costa and Goldstein that people wouldn’t keep their existing plans but would have some sort of insurance plan. “[T]hey’ll be beautifully covered,” he said. “I don’t want single-payer. What I do want is to be able to take care of people.”

This is not the proposal that passed the House on Thursday.

 

 


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