Net Neutrality Could End February 26–FCC Chair Speaks

Federal Communication Commission(FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler waits for a hearing at the FCC December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on net neutrality on 26 Februrary, 2015. This decision could affect every single person who uses the Internet in America, and possibly beyond.

What is net neutrality? It’s the idea that internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, regardless of whose it is or what equipment they use. For example, it would mean that Google couldn’t decide to block Yahoo from its search engines, or that AOL couldn’t decide to let Walmart’s website come up quickly because they paid a large fee while it slows down the website of a small business or individual who cannot afford it.  (Note these companies are used as examples; we are not implying these particular companies are doing this.  But a few companies are.)

There’s been a push on Congress by large corporations and special interest groups to get favored treatment at the expense of others.  Fortunately, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler just announced he wants a “fast, fair and open” Internet for Americans. A decision by the FCC and Congress backing this could get the Internet classified as a public utility.

While over 4 million signatures have been gained in support of net neutrality, some large corporations and special interest groups are still pushing for control over what has become the largest public communication system in the world. Congress is considering the Thune-Upton bill which could strip away Internet freedom in a manner that could actually threaten freedom of speech.

President Barack Obama wrote about net neutrality that “an entrepreneur’s fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student’s blog shouldn’t be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money.”

Read Tom Wheelter’s statement.

To send a message to congress in support of net neutrality (through the ACLU website), go HERE.

To sign a petition, do an Internet search for “net neutrality petition.” There is more than one available for your support.

Why are Children Overweight? 95210

Why are American children overweight? Because they eat too much junk food and don’t exercise enough. Duh.

The obesity rate in children is four times what it was a few decades ago. Why?

I teach first grade and almost all my kids ride in a bus or a car to school. When I was a kid more of us rode bikes or walked to school in groups. I hear about all the TV shows they watch and video games they play which is too much. If you’re watching TV you aren’t exercising.

And more people eat more meals at fast food places that are high in fat, sugar, and salt and low in nutrients. And kids and adults eat too much food.

For kids, remember 95210 for each day:

9 hours of sleep

5 servings of fruit and vegetables

2 hours maximum of TV, video games and computer

1 hours of physical activity

0 drinks with added sugar

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Goodbye Yahoo! Contributor Network

Yahoo! Contributor Network (any copyright/trademark remains with Yahoo!)

I have published several articles through the Yahoo! Contributor Network including Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Voices, and Yahoo! Sports.  I just had one published a few days ago, and was working on another. That’s over.  They aren’t taking any more submissions, and within about a month, those articles I did have published will be gone. I and others received the following notice:

Dear Contributors, You made the past nine years incredible. At Yahoo, we’re focused on making daily habits more inspiring and entertaining. That means we’re constantly reviewing our products and experiences and, in some cases, we have to make tough decisions to no longer support a product. As part of our ongoing effort to sharpen our focus, on July 31, 2014, will be shut down; on August 15, we will make the final Performance Payment before closes. With the exception of content you provided to Yahoo under a work for hire license, or unless Yahoo arranges differently with you, we will remove from Yahoo all content published through Yahoo Contributor Network and rights for all of your Yahoo Contributor Network content will revert to you. We know you have a lot of questions. Please refer to this FAQ ( for details. It has been such an incredible privilege to share your talents with the world over these past nine years. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. -The Yahoo Contributor Network Team

I never made much money through it, but I did receive a small payment periodically which will now end.  And it was nice being able to say I was writing for Yahoo!.

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One Year Since We Learned of Massive Government Spying

“They Knew Our Secrets.  One Year Later, We Know Theirs.

“One year ago, the world had never heard of Edward Snowden, and we knew very little about the breathtaking scope of U.S. government surveillance. One year later, we are in a very different place….We know more than ever before about our government’s mass surveillance apparatus. We now have the power to rein it in.”

This also includes a powerful message from Edward Snowden on the one-year anniversary of his exposure of massive government spying on American citizens — and what you can do.

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Preteen Gag Order: Welcome to Corporate America

462px-Young_girl_in_Mauritania_ForbiddenAt the age of 10 and 7, two American children had their freedom of speech legally truncated. By an agreement made by their parents, Chris and Stephanie Hallowich, a Pennsylvania boy and girl apparently cannot talk about fracking, shale gas drilling, for the rest of their lives.

While the $750,000 settlement was made in 2011, the terms were just now made public after a request by the Pittsburg Post Gazette.

The agreement was made between the Hallowich’s and three oil and gas companies in charge of drilling in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.  The family, who lived near the drilling and were opposed to fracking, claimed the process harmed their family’s health. Apparently the parents did not want their kids gagged, but otherwise could not get a settlement.

While gag orders are common for adults in such agreements, how can they be forced down the throats of two young children?

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The 22 Percenters

We welcome commentator Vern Avaritt’s second entry to our new blog.  Usual disclaimer: The opinions expressed are the commentor’s, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Loveshade Family.  The Loveshade Family has not verified the information or sources in this artlcle.

I recently saw on several progressive TV shows that there was a poll surveying Americans on whether they preferred the legislative branch: 1) creating jobs; 2) looking for scandals to place on the President. The answer: 73% were for creating jobs while 22% preferred congress using their time looking for scandals.

While everybody was applauding the 73%; I thought that the 22% was a hell of a lot of people.

Who are these 22%? They are mostly ultra conservative. Many are extremely religious Protestants. Many believe that the president is a Muslim and is not a citizen (therefore he cheated to become president). Some of them have guns and some of them even want a second Civil War (succeeding from the Union will do that).

In the 1930 Reichstag Elections, the Nazi Party won only 18.3% of the votes. They went on to win over Germany and almost succeeded in conquering the world. If the Nazis could do that with 18.3%, imagine what could be done with 22% of the vote. The big quote the Jews had in 1930’s Germany was “It can’t happen here”; boy were they surprised. A lot of people in America say “It can’t happen here”. Do you see a parallel? I am not saying run to Canada; but just watch to see how thing are going and if it starts to happen. Then run to Canada.

Here Are Some Interesting Facts:

18% believe in Geocentric Theory. There are some people who actually believe that the Earth is flat and the government is trying to cover it up (I don’t mean the Flat Earth Society).

Many people believe that condoms don’t work: 20% of men and 11% of women. Many people believe that abortion causes cancer. 30% believe that the Bible is ALL literally true (that means that bats are classified as birds; rabbits chew their cud; and locusts, and beetles have four legs). This author has read the Bible but he doesn’t take it to be the literal word of God. He also doesn’t believe that bats are birds, rabbits chew their cud, and locusts and beetles have four legs.

20% believe that the president is a Muslim.

25% believe that Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is a hoax. What about Lamarck’s Theory of Evolution? Newton’s Laws are theories too; are they a hoax? What about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity?

40% of people believe in Sarah Palin’s obvious lie about “Death Panels” in health care reform. Not that there are not people deciding to take people, who are sick, off of health care.

Only 50% of Americans believe that Judaism is older than Christianity or Islam. .How many of them read their Bible or Koran.


Geocentric Theory–_and_the_right-wing_lies_behind_them

Flat Earth Society

Condoms Don’t Work

Abortion Causes Cancer

Bats are birds; Rabbits chew their cud; Some insects have four legs. The author has seen a lot of articles stating that the Bible says these things: I will give you one article:

Bible is Literally True

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Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: Out of Print

edttos_frontcover_alp_noDoes Goddess Eris give es faithful followers immunity to the real world?  Apparently not.

Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht is currently out of print.  ‘What?’ you say.  ‘Didn’t it just get published in October of last year (or March of last year depending upon whom you ask)?  What happened?  Was it:’

1) Because of death threats made against Reverend Loveshade?  No.  The latest threats were apparently someone’s idea of a joke.

2) Because of plagarism as accused on  No.  The accusations were apparently someone’s idea of a joke.

3) Because the book is obscene/pornographic/illegal?  No.  The concerns were apparently someone’s paranoia.  The book’s contents really were inspected before publication by Government Agents.

4) Because Reverend Loveshade started a retro-hippie-anarchist-Kerista-Koresh-inspired-freelove-family-nudist commune invaded by government agents?  No.  The commune-in-progress was never invaded but quietly moved to another and better location and is alive, doing well, and slowly growing.

5) Because The Agents of Greyface, The Illuminati, and Adam Weishaupt are still out there?  Now you may be on to something.  But remember, it’s not over til it’s over….

Lowest listed price on for Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht is now $527.72 + $3.99 shipping.  Seriously.  Want one a whole lot cheaper?  We still have a few copies left.  Contact us at the address at

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