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FCC votes to go forward with net neutrality rules

Source: KC Star Via AP

NEW YORK — The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to go forward with the proposal of new rules that could set standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks.

The preliminary vote, in which three of agency's commissioners supported the measure and two dissented, moves the so-called "net neutrality" rules into a formal public comment period. After the 120-day period ends, the FCC will revise the proposal and vote on a final set of rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he wants the rules in place by the end of this year.

"Today we take another step in what has been a decade-long effort to protect a free and open Internet," Wheeler, a Democrat, said before the vote.

But the idea of allowing priority access, even if it's regulated by the government, has received heavy criticism from many companies that do business online, along with open Internet advocates. Outside the hearing protesters banged drums and held up signs calling for net neutrality. At least one was ushered out of the hearing after standing up and yelling at the commissioners.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/05/15/5025767/fcc-votes-to-go-forward-with-net.html

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Thu May 15, 2014, 05:59 PM (13 replies)

Vice Principal Saved from Korea ferry found hanged

Source: Kansas City Star via AP

SEOUL, South Korea — Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree.

The news of the death came Friday as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of people still missing from the ferry and feared dead. The passengers included 325 second-year students from Danwon High School heading to a southern island on a four-day trip.

A police officer says the vice principal, identified only by his surname Kang, was found dead on the island of Jindo where rescued passengers have taken shelter. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity citing department rules. He didn't elaborate.


Officials have confirmed 28 deaths. But that number is expected to rise sharply. About 270 people are missing.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/04/18/4967477/vice-principal-saved-from-korea.html

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Fri Apr 18, 2014, 08:56 AM (22 replies)

Swedes to give six-hour workday a go

Source: thelocal.se

"We think it's time to give this a real shot in Sweden," Mats Pilhem, Left Party deputy mayor of Gothenburg, told The Local.

He explained that the municipal council would use two different departments - a test group and a control group, in essence. Staff in one section will cut down to six-hour days, while their colleagues in a different section stick to the ordinary seven-hour day. All employees will be given the same pay.

"We'll compare the two afterwards and see how they differ. We hope to get the staff members taking fewer sick days and feeling better mentally and physically after they've worked shorter days," he said.

Pilhelm said he hoped the move would create more jobs, as he had seen evidence that longer shifts entailed less efficiency. In some sectors, such as elderly care, the problem was not staff shortages, he claimed, but people working inefficiently over longer shifts.

Read more: http://www.thelocal.se/20140408/swedish-workers-to-test-six-hour-work-days

7 hour work day is the norm.
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Tue Apr 8, 2014, 02:50 PM (29 replies)

European Parliament passes strong net neutrality law, along with major roaming reforms

Source: Gigaom.com

European fans of the open internet can breathe a sigh of relief: the European parliament has passed a major package of telecoms law reform, complete with amendments that properly define and protect net neutrality.

The amendments (PDF) were introduced by the Socialist, Liberal, Green and Left blocs in the European Parliament after the final committee to tweak the package – the industry committee – left in a bunch of loopholes that would have allowed telcos to start classifying web services of their choice as “specialized services” that they can treat differently.

It’s a good thing the net neutrality argument didn’t sink the whole package, as it also includes new laws to eliminate roaming fees within Europe, creating a truly single market for telecoms services. Now the whole package gets passed through to the next Parliament (elections are coming up in May), then the representatives of European countries for final approval.

Read more: http://gigaom.com/2014/04/03/european-parliament-passes-strong-net-neutrality-law-along-with-major-roaming-reforms/

Sucks to be us.
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Thu Apr 3, 2014, 11:34 AM (2 replies)

NYC Freedom Tower B.A.S.E. Jump

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Tue Mar 25, 2014, 08:47 PM (6 replies)

Mika Brzezinski Shuts Down Co-Host's Missing Malaysia Jet Speculation

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Mon Mar 24, 2014, 01:08 PM (31 replies)

For anyone who doesn't have cable or netflix

bringthepopcorn.net is a great search site for listing and accessing full length movies on youtube. I usually search by genre and screen quality. It also has reviews. Just click the popcorn box on the upper left corner. Enjoy. I've watched some great movies!
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Mon Mar 17, 2014, 09:01 PM (9 replies)

Telecom Giants Drag Their Feet on Broadband for the Whole Country


For almost 20 years, AT&T, Verizon and the other big players have collected hundreds of billions of dollars through rate increases and surcharges to finance that ambitious plan, but after wiring the high-density big cities, they now say it's too expensive to connect the rest of the country. But they'd like to keep all that money they banked for the project.

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 09:01 PM (5 replies)

Fourth Georgia Hospital Shuts Down As The State Continues To Refuse Medicaid Expansion

Source: Thinkprogress

For the fourth time in two years, a rural hospital in Georgia is shuttering its doors over a dearth of patients who can pay for their medical services, the Albany Herald reports. An increasing number of hospitals that serve large numbers of poor and uninsured Americans are being forced to close in states that are refusing the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.

The Lower Oconee Community Hospital, a so-called “critical access” hospital in southeastern Georgia with 25 beds, will close down and possibly re-open as an urgent care center that provides services that aren’t quite serious enough to necessitate an emergency room visit. Patients in the Wheeler County region who need more extensive medical care after the hospital closes will need to travel upwards of thirty miles in order to receive it.

“We just did not have sufficient volume to support the expenses,” said CEO Karen O’Neal in an interview with local CBS affiliate WMAZ. “It’s a terrible situation, and it’s tragic, the loss of jobs and the economic impact.”

Last fall, Bloomberg reported that at least five public hospitals in Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia — including three in Georgia alone — were cutting staff and services in the wake of their refusal to expand Medicaid. These hospitals are so-called “Disproportionate Share Hospitals” — providers that serve a disproportionate number of poor and uninsured Americans, and as such don’t always receive payments for the care they give patients.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/02/18/3299961/fourth-georgia-hospital-shuts/
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Tue Feb 18, 2014, 04:15 PM (18 replies)

Mass killer Anders Breivik threatens hunger strike for better video games, end of “torture”

Source: euronews.com

Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik has threatened to start a hunger strike over his living conditions in jail, it has emerged.

Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011, compared prison to “torture” and bemoaned, among other things, the lack of an up-to-date video games console in his cell.

His comments were made in a four-page hand-written letter to penitentiary officials, which contains a dozen requests, including making his jail time compliant with European regulations. They also tackle issues of fundamental rights, such as a daily walk and communication.

Breivik requests the Playstation 2 he has access to is replaced by a more recent Playstation 3. “Other inmates have access to video games for adults while I can only play the less interesting children video games. One example is ‘Rayman Revolution,’ a game designed for 3-year-olds,” the 35-year-old wrote.

Read more: http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/14/far-right-terrorist-breivik-threatens-hunger-strike-for-better-video-games-end-/

Will this person actually be released from prison in his 50's? A 21 year sentence for killing all these children. WTF?
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Fri Feb 14, 2014, 10:34 PM (47 replies)
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