Political Cartoon: Truth about FaceBook

Political Cartoon:

Truth about FaceBook

Thanks to A.F. Branco at Legal Insurrection.com for his great cartoons

THE FACTS: It’s true that Facebook doesn’t sell your data directly to third parties, but it clearly profits from it. Thanks to user data, Facebook made $40 billion in advertising revenue last year, second only to Google when it comes to the share of the global digital advertising market.

Facebook can make the match internally to select the users to be shown the ads. In this case, Facebook isn’t technically selling data, as it’s all done internally. But without your data, Facebook wouldn’t be able to offer such targeted advertising.

This doesn’t mean data never leaves Facebook. In fact, the latest privacy scandal grew out of the revelation that a Trump-affiliated consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, managed to get data on tens of millions of Facebook users through an app that was purportedly a research tool. With apps, Facebook isn’t selling data — it’s giving the data to apps for free. (Breitbart)

Concrete Examples of Google, Facebook and Twitter Violating ‘Net Neutrality’

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Moral Support: End anti-freedom Net Neutrality; End Sanctuary Cities

Moral Support:

End anti-freedom Net Neutrality; End Sanctuary Cities

Net Neutrality Critic Ajit Pai Named New FCC Chairman

Breitbart Tech

ajit-pai-fcc-internetNEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules to be chief regulator of the nation’s airwaves and internet connections.

In a statement Monday, Ajit Pai said he was grateful to the president for choosing him as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Several reports last week had said he was the pick.

Pai had been one of the two Republican commissioners on a five-member panel that regulates the country’s communications infrastructure, including TV, phone and internet service.

There are currently just three members on the panel. The Republicans’ new majority at the FCC, along with their control of Congress and the White House, is expected to help them roll back policies applauded by consumer advocates that upset many phone and cable industry groups, including net neutrality rules that bar internet service providers from favoring some websites and apps over others.

Pai, an active Twitter user, posted Monday that “there is so much we can do together to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans and to promote innovation and investment.”

AN INDUSTRY-FRIENDLY FCC

obama-internet-control-liePai has long maintained that the FCC under former Chairman Thomas Wheeler had overstepped its bounds, suggesting that he would steer the agency in a direction more favorable to big phone and cable companies. In a December speech, he expressed confidence that the 2015 net neutrality rules would be undone and said the FCC needed to take a “weed whacker” to what he considered unnecessary regulations that hold back investment and innovation.

Consumer advocates have been concerned that a deregulation-minded FCC could potentially allow more huge mergers, overturn new protections for internet users and lead to higher costs for media and technology companies that rely on the internet to reach consumers.

Pai opposed online privacy regulations that force broadband providers to ask consumers for permission before using their data, saying they are more onerous than the requirements for internet companies like Google and Facebook.

internetHe voted against approving Charter Communication’s $67 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable and a smaller company, Bright House – not because he opposed the merger, but because he thought some of the conditions required by the FCC, like barring data caps on home internet service, amounted to government meddling in business.

The cable industry’s trade group, the NCTA, supported Pai in a statement Monday that said he has a “common-sense philosophy that consumers are best served by a robust marketplace that encourages investment, innovation and competition.” Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group, said Pai had a “history of attacking consumer protections” and urged him to keep the FCC’s recent initiatives intact.

The Internet Association, a trade group that represents tech and video companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google and Netflix, had said last week that while Pai doesn’t always side with the internet industry, “he is both thoughtful and willing to listen.”

TO COME: PAI VS. THE ZERO RATING, MORE MERGERS?

protect-internet-freedomPai also criticized an FCC report on “zero rating” earlier this month, characterizing it as a meaningless document that won’t influence the FCC under Trump. The report, issued in the last days of the Obama administration, took issue with the way companies like AT&T and Verizon exempted their own video services from wireless data caps, effectively making them cheaper to stream on phones and tablets than rival services such as Netflix.

Future big media and telecom mergers may get a friendlier review under a Pai-led FCC. Pai voted to approve AT&T’s 2015 acquisition of DirecTV. And while he told The Wall Street Journal in December 2013 that the Obama administration was likely to oppose Comcast’s failed effort to acquire Time Warner Cable – he was right – he added that a Republican administration would be more likely to approve it.

The FCC currently has a 2-1 Republican majority and two empty seats, which will be filled by one Republican and one Democrat.

Pai, an Indian-American from Kansas, has been an FCC commissioner since 2012. During his roughly 15 years in government, he’s been a Senate staffer and worked at the FCC and the Justice Department. He was also a lawyer for Verizon and an attorney at the law firm Jenner & Block.

Net Neutrality Critic Ajit Pai Named New FCC Chairman

 

Poll: 74 Percent of Californians Want to End Sanctuary Cities

John Binder

cartoon-EGG-ImmigrationThanks to A.F. Branco at Legal Insurrection for his great cartoon

 

The vast majority of residents living in California would like to see sanctuary cities barred, a state home to multiple jurisdictions which refuse to abide by federal immigration laws.

Roughly 74 percent of California residents want to see an end to sanctuary city policies, according to a poll by UC Berkeley.

The issue to end sanctuary cities in the state crosses racial and party lines, with 65 percent of Hispanics registering their agreement, while 70 percent of independents, 82 percent of Republicans, and 73 percent of Democrats feel the same.

During President Donald Trump’s term, sanctuary cities could see a cut in federal funding and pushback from the Department of Justice under likely Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

 

Poll: 74 Percent of Californians Want to End Sanctuary Cities

Alerts: Warning—‘Net Neutrality’ means Internet Censorship

Alerts: Warning—‘Net Neutrality’ means Internet Censorship

Patriot Alerts Update

FCC Commissioner: Feds May Come for Drudge

internet-censhorship    That’s the headline from CNS News. The cat is finally out of the bag. Finally… the conservative media is just starting to understand what you’ve known for far too long and is sounding the alarm that Barack Obama’s so-called Net Neutrality regulations are really part of a broader a plot to take over the Internet… target politically unacceptable websites… and quash your 1st Amendment rights.

As a matter of fact, Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai went so far as to say: “It is conceivable to me to see the government saying, ‘We think the Drudge Report is having a disproportionate effect on our political discourse… and we want to start tamping down on websites like that.'”

Make no mistake… If the Obama Regime has its way, Drudge is on the chopping block… Fox News is on the chopping block… your 1st Amendment rights are on the chopping block…

And there’s only one way to stop this government Internet takeover now that Barack Obama’s FCC has essentially decreed it — by dictatorial fiat — to be the law of the land. The Republican-controlled Congress must bring Representative Marsha Blackburn’s Internet Freedom Act, H.R. 1212, to the floor of the House and Senate and pass it BEFORE THE OBAMA-FCC ORDER GOES INTO EFFECT ON JUNE 12.
“Among… A Disturbing Number Of Regulators Here In Washington… Online Speech Is A Dangerous Brave New World…” – FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai
Yes, as far as Barack Obama and radial leftists are concerned, your 1st Amendment rights are a very dangerous thing but, for the longest time, no one in Washington DARED to speak what was such an obvious truth.

But now, thanks to patriotic Americans like you who have been calling and faxing Washington, that dynamic has changed and pundits and lawmakers are finally starting to talk about the real agenda behind so-called Net Neutrality regulations:

censhorship-1st-amendment       Pai went on to say: “I could easily see this migrating over to the direction of content… What you’re seeing now is an impulse not just to regulate the roads over which traffic goes, but the traffic itself.”

Pai adds: “Is it unthinkable that some government agency would say the marketplace of ideas is too fraught with dissonance? That everything from the Drudge Report to Fox News… is playing unfairly in the online political speech sandbox?”

Norvell Rose with WesternJournalism.com writes: “In what sounds like an Internet-related version of the so-called ‘Fairness Doctrine,’ a new plan to control content on the Internet may be in the formative stages among over-zealous federal regulators.”

internet-censhorship3  Seton Motley, the president of Less Government, says so-called Net Neutrality is “an assault on the industry to effect an ideological outcome” so “the government will be able to pick winners and losers.”

Washington Times columnist and syndicated radio talk show host Tammy Bruce goes a step further and claims: “The Internet must be killed because it dares to keep turning on the light in a room the left prefers remain dark.”

And Rep Marsha Blackburn recently said that the “vote by the FCC to regulate the Internet… is further proof that the Obama administration will stop at nothing in their efforts to control the Internet.”

The cat is out of the bag… the truth is out… but our work is far from done. Because of your efforts politicians are finally starting to talk to talk, but it’s up to us to make them walk the walk.

 

So What Is The Problem With Our Republican Leaders? What Is The Delay? Here’s A Dirty Little Washington Secret.
GOPStopObamaPIX  One would think that opposing overt and draconian threats to the 1st Amendment and your God-given liberties would be a no-brainer, but what is so obvious to decent folks like you is, all too often, not so apparent to the feckless and corrupt politicos — on both sides of the aisle — in Washington.

So what’s the problem? …

Here’s another truism… a truism that few in Washington dare to put into words.

Just as it is happening with the implementation of ObamaCare, the implementation of the Obama-FCC Net Neutrality order will put politicians and regulators in the federal government in the position of picking winners and losers.

And that is what this is about. The government granting itself more power over the people and the free-market.

Truth be told, some politicians in Washington weren’t even thinking about your 1st Amendment rights… it never crossed their puny little minds.

 

Push Back!

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But now that’s all changed… your efforts are starting to bear fruit. People in Washington are finally speaking the truth because the most powerful and potent force in Washington is not on K Street… it is not in corporate boardrooms … the most powerful and potent force in Washington IS YOU… when the special interests speak, they listen but when you bother to speak, THEY LISTEN TO YOU.

And the only question that you need to ask yourself now is: Are you going to sit on the sidelines and complain over the fact that politicians in Washington don’t reflexively do the right thing, or are you going to wield your 1st Amendment rights and MAKE our elected officials do the right thing?

The choice is yours, but if you choose the latter, then the time to act is now because Barack Obama’s Internet Takeover will go into effect in a little more than 30 days.