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2012: The Year the Internet Ends

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I thought this video was timely with respect to Net Neutrality.

What was more interesting is that Alex Jones specifically mentions Bell Canada.

Way to go Gord!

Traffic Throttling Bell Canada Opens Online Video Store

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Bell has made efforts to reassure Canadians that their throttling strategy is in no way linked to any other business strategies.

Their goal is to take the high road and reduce the volume of spammers, P2P thieves and so on.

This article takes issue with that perspective and offers a different angle on Bell’s general strategy.

The History Channel & “Red Dawn”

I go to the gym every Saturday to work and always look forward to a good crappy movie on one of the new machines they have that have TV screens (they’re really cool!).

I get on and set up my routine and then start browsing the channels for something that’ll help me pass through my work out on the elliptical trainer.

I came across the History Channel and I recognized the movie instantly, despite missing the first few minutes. The panicked and erratic driving of Patrick Swayze in his pickup truck bringing a small group of kids (Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, etc) into the mountains to avoid getting caught by a battaliion of Cuban paratroopers that had just landed in Texas as part of an invasion and onslaught of WWIII.

I was enjoying the fun little flashback to my youth where me and my buddies had seen this flick half a dozen times, and then I flashed forward to the present and reminded myself that this is the biggest pile of propaganda bullshit that could ever inhabit the planet. Goebbels would be proud.

The context, the scenario, the series of events are all fictional and all manufactured to inspire a generation of Americans (and Canadians) to hate and despise the Russians and to bring the Cubans into the mix.

And that would all be fine, but then I thought “WTF does this have to do with History?” It didn’t happen. The Wolverines didn’t lead a rebellion against the occupation of America. There was no WWIII.

So why is it part of the History Channel’s regular roster of movies to play?

The last thought (and a mildly serious one): this is why we’ve got to oppose any kind of net filtering and do everything we can to ensure that no one tells us what qualifies as “history” and what does not. If that does happen, it’s painfully obvious to me that we’re going to be buried with that kind of propaganda with all other “unfiltered” channels and have our options limited when it comes to understanding what the situation actually looked like.

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 5 (Introduction to Griffith Garamond)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 5 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index .

“We have to put a stop to the Internet,” Griffith Garamond scolded as he pumped two shells into a shotgun and sighted a clay pigeon as it whipped across the sky. “Plain” BLAM from the gun, “and simple,” BLAM from the gun again, this time successfully hitting his target, smashing it into a puff of dust.

Griffith, son of Grant Garamond, was one of North America’s richest men, but few Americans knew who he was. He made every effort to stay out of the public eye, a relatively easy accomplishment, given that he owned a network of media companies that had strict orders to keep anything to do with him out of the papers or off TV.

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Net Neutrality: NOW Article

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