The FCC votes to destroy internet freedom tomorrow. Of course the order they're voting upon is called "Restoring Internet Freedom," because if they called it "Restoring Freedom for Corporations to Tell You Where They Want You to Go on the Internet" or "Restoring Freedom for Corporations to Charge You Extra to Go Visit Sites You Like," then everyone would know they're full of it. And though the FCC has received over 20 million comments opposing their little plan to destroy net neutrality, they've also come out and said they're not going to listen to most of them, since they didn't "introduce() new facts into the record or (make) serious legal arguments." I'll say it again: it doesn't require a whole lot of "novelty" or legal expertise to say "don't destroy our internet." And note well that the FCC's statement essentially tells you that if you don't agree with them, you're stupid and wrong. Does that sound very much like democracy to you? In a democracy, we can tell people they're stupid and wrong if we can back up our case with sound argument, which the FCC's three anti-freedom commissioners have not done. So we might as well call these three gentle folk again -- FCC Chair Ajit Pai at 202.418.1000, Michael O'Rielly at 202.418.2300, and Brendan Carr at 202.418.2200.
Meanwhile, as you may recall, President Trump used his executive power -- which, as you know, he gained after getting 46% of the popular vote and winning bare pluralities-not-even-majorities in three swing states -- to roll back the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, which would have required that when federal agencies fund building or rebuilding after a destructive hurricane, that those buildings don't simply crumble before the next hurricane and the flooding it'll bring. Right-wingers like Mr. Trump and Florida Governor Rick Scott pretend that such regulations slow down the whole rebuilding process, but Jesus Mary and Joseph what happened to doing things carefully and scientifically? If you take your time to do something right, after all, you'll decrease the possibility that you'll have to do it over again. Gosh, when put like that, this all sounds awfully conservative. Why do you suppose right-wingers reject such conservatism? It couldn't be because it interferes with the worship of mammon, could it? So the Union of Concerned Scientists helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass strong flood-rebuilding standards as part of any disaster relief package.