FCC decides to redefine "broadband" as a service allowing downloads of 25 mbps and uploads of 3 mpbs, which is rather more than any American broadband corporation provides but more in line with the higher speeds offered elsewhere on Earth. I'd call this a positive development, but I think we need to watch, very carefully, how the FCC words its new net neutrality proposals: if they reclassify "broadband providers," and not "internet service providers," under Title II, then they would exclude all American broadband providers from having to treat network traffic neutrally, in addition to discouraging those providers from ever improving their service. I don't mean to say the FCC will pull this scam, but we should remain vigilant.
FAIR catches a USA Today book reviewer claiming that "White Men Have Stories to Tell, Too." No reasonable person has ever doubted that, but I do doubt the good hearts of people who seem to think having most of the say about everything, versus having all of the say about everything, is somehow a species of oppression. The part where the reviewer mentions how the author didn't "leverage" connections, before promptly describing all the connections he just so happened to have, is also pretty funny.
Red Cross's recent financial irregularities have attracted the attention of Sen. Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa. Good for the Senator also instrumental in exposing dead folks collecting farm subsidies, FDA suppression of whistleblowers, and church abuse of IRS exemptions, but I still fear his attempts to promulgate good government will make him ripe for a primary challenger from the right in 2016, who will argue that Mr. Grassley is, by virtue of his attempts at actually performing oversight the way a public servant should, insufficiently conservative. That a Grassley primary loss will more likely elect a Democrat (whose initials will certainly not be Bruce Braley) to his seat is not necessarily something to celebrate.
Sen. Lindsey Graham says the Obama Administration doesn't interrogate or detain "terrorist suspects" anymore. Plus he reads them their rights! All of that will come as a tremendous surprise to anyone who's actually attended the matter and found little difference between Messrs. Obama and Bush. Mr. Graham's own proof of his statement, incidentally, comprises two articles describing how the Obama Administration handled two suspects. After all, why would you ever need to produce more than two examples to prove a point?
Bullitt County (KY) fire chief goes way out of his way to help a stranded white motorist, but refuses to help a stranded black family from Cincinnati, dropping N-bombs on them and laughing about it. He went on to ask an Asian-American reporter who questioned him about the unequal treatment if she understood English, plus he called her "darling." Yeah, Julius Hatfield is sure who I want defending the English language. Let's never speak of him again.
Finally, a reader asks the Straight Dope's Cecil Adams if the 2010 Spillageddon in the Gulf really did anything to the environment. Long story short: "the surface-level answer is that things are better than one might have feared," but "the worst damage is often the hardest to quantify" and "some effects might not show up for decades," and he catalogues the early indications of the latter "effects" for several paragraphs.