BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 6 – Necessary Retcons

Week 6 – Necessary Retcons

You know, it occurs to me that in the two-plus years I’ve been doing Blogress Reports, I’ve barely written about Tasakeru at all. Which is weird, because Tasakeru is supposed to be my magnum opus, my passion project. I know at least part of the reason I don’t write about it is because I want to avoid spoiling the story for my readers, but still.

Well, this week I’ll be discussing it at least a little, because I have an important retcon that I’ve made as of last week. Normally I believe retcons should be applied as organically as possible, so that the audience doesn’t even notice them, but I think it’s important to call attention to this one.

Those of you who read Tasakeru (WHICH SHOULD BE ALL OF YOU, DAMMIT) know Lady Nadeshiko Argenteus by now. She’s the prickly, stoic, and ungodly stubborn Field Commander and Vice-Mistress of the Silver Order, and next in line for its leadership. Nadeshiko has had a wild journey as far as her character development goes; brutal honesty, I originally created her as a bit character for one scene in a “bad future” AU roleplay that I was hashing out with VDrake. She was supposed to be in that scene and then quietly disappear from the story… except she didn’t. I ended up bringing her back, and she patently refused to stay as a bit character. Something about her fascinated me, so I wrote a much younger Nadeshiko into the first draft of Eternity Awakes. She became a prominent supporting character and got a few chapters largely to herself in Books III through VI, and by the time I hit the wall with the first draft of Warriors, I was setting her up to play an even bigger role. As of the relaunch, she debuted in Book I, and she’s now the most important character aside from the primary antagonists and the Outcasts themselves. So basically, most of the history of Nadeshiko’s development has consisted of ignoring or downright rebelling against what I, the author, intended for her.

Now, during the process of rewriting Book II, while discussing my future plans for Nadeshiko, I was once again blindsided by a plot development that I never saw coming. What follows is technically SPOILERS, so skip the next paragraph if you’d prefer to be surprised.

So, over the course of the story, Nadeshiko is going to start a romantic relationship with a mate. A female mate. Said relationship won’t start for a while yet, but it is happening. And to that end, because this is intended to be a story for young adults and sexuality is a part of the story (handled tastefully, I hope), Nadeshiko is now seventeen years old at the start of the story, a few months shy of eighteen. Now, I stress that I had no idea I would be writing a relationship for her when I started the relaunch, so I wrote her as a fourteen-year-old just like I did in the last draft. Over the past few months, as I’ve planned out details, I realized that there was no way I could justify having one of my foremost LGBT+ characters be fourteen without some seriously unfortunate implications, given the extent of what I have planned. Yes, the age of legal adulthood in the world of Tasakeru is thirteen, and yes, it’s supposed to be a different culture, but there are some things you just can’t do. I want Nadeshiko and her mate’s relationship to be progressive and provide some much-needed diversity in the fantasy/YA genre. The last thing I want is for my efforts to be overshadowed by questionable decisions on my part. So, it’s not a major change, in the grand scheme of things, but I hope you’ll understand why it has to be made.

SPOILERS END

So. I managed to finish the new Silent InvenTOYry episode in record time, finishing roughly 80% of the episode in a 48-hour span. I was really happy with how it turned out… which of course meant that YouTube flagged it after a couple days. Their “remove audio” function completely borked the first upload, so I had to delete it and put up this new version today:

This of course meant that I lost all the upvotes and views from the first one, so I’d appreciate it if you guys could help me get them back.

My effort to boost the subscription numbers on my channel seems to finally be working. I hit on the bright idea yesterday of uploading Cure Yell’s transformation and attack footage from the first episode of Hugtto! Precure while it was still hot, and the result was 3000+ hits and a whole bunch of new subs in a day! I’m getting closer and closer to hitting my goal, so I think I’ll do the same for Cure Ange next week, just for the extra boost. After all, the item for my next Precure review won’t be here until after the Feb 20th deadline.

Now then. If I do break 1000, I’ve got something very special planned. As I said in the teaser video I uploaded on Thursday, if I hit the magic number I’ll be hosting a special reward live stream for my followers at a date in the near future. I still have work to do on the technical side of things, but I’ve got a site to stream on that WON’T autoflag me (I hope) and I’ve figured out how to get the media to run on it. More on this in the next few weeks.

And finally, there’s Hugtto itself! Based on the first episode, I’m pretty well sold. I’ll have a more detailed write-up when it’s not so late and once the whole team is assembled, but in brief: Hana/Yell is a precious dork, Hugtan isn’t at all the annoyance I feared she would be, Harry is shaping up to be one of my favorite mascots, the villains are actually threatening, and HOLY CRAP THE COMBAT IS BACK. As far as first episodes go, this one was a definite winner.

So. I hope you’ve all enjoyed both the look into my thought process and the new episode. More stuff coming soon.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 5 – Adventures in Self-Promotion

Week 5 – Adventures in Self-Promotion

I really, really wanted to have my second Silent InvenTOYry Semi-Short episode done tonight, but it’s not happening. To be fair to myself, I did get all the footage and pictures I need (*knocks on wood*) shot between my item’s delivery at 11 AM this morning and now, so. I’m fairly confident that the episode will go up tomorrow if I put in a full day’s work. The rush is so I can have my review posted as close as possible to the item’s release date, and thus get more views and hopefully more subscribers while the subject is still hot.

Why yes, I do still need more subs, how astute of you to notice. Most of my online activity for the past week has been spent on efforts to hit the looming February 20th deadline; I’ve been trying to increase engagement by uploading gaming streams almost every day. Because of that, my writing progress has suffered quite a lot… bleh. I now have even more respect for people who manage to put up videos on a weekly or daily basis.

I may have to break my four-month streak of Tasakeru updates this month… I’ll do my best to finish Soulsnatcher by Wednesday, but unless I pull off another last-minute save, it’s not looking promising. I owe you guys a Shattered Skies update too, of course, but InvenTOYry is taking priority until it’s finished.

Kira Kira Precure A La Mode has come to an end. After thinking about the events of the finale and the series as a whole, my final verdict puts the show in the upper-middle end of the scale in terms of my favorites. I adore the characters, especially Himari/Cure Custard and Bibury (or however her name is romanized). Both Aoi/Gelato and Yukari/Macaron won me over by having really strong spotlight episodes, and of course I love that with Yukari and Akira we’re closer than ever to an actual, confirmed, canon lesbian relationship in this franchise. However, the almost total lack of hand-to-hand combat really, really hurt this show. Much as I detest Mahou Tsukai, its fight scenes at least had a modicum of punching and kicking from what I saw. Thankfully, it appears that Toei actually listened to the complaints of the fanbase, because Cure Yell’s cameo in the final episode had her clobbering the monster into submission… and the fandom rejoiced. I’m already hearing from multiple but as of yet unconfirmed sources that the fighting is back in Hugtto, and that alone makes me giddy for the premiere next week.

Oh yeah, and I started watching Dragon Ball Kai last week. I’ve only ever seen bits and pieces of the Dragon Ball franchise; it’s always been on my “get around to it later” list because in its original anime form it takes so damned long to get through it. Kai’s cutting of the original DBZ‘s nigh-endless padding and filler has done wonders for my enjoyment of the show, and I’m studying the fight scenes very carefully for future Shattered Skies chapters.

Too tired to write anything else.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 4 – YouTube Screw Job

Week 4 – YouTube Screw Job

Welp. My plans to make extra money with my YouTube series have taken a fairly serious hit. Starting on the 20th of next month, all channels with less than 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of view time over the past year will be kicked off the monetization program, making it even harder for people who don’t already have massive fanbases and/or large amounts of money to pour into advertising to make a profit through the platform. Since I’m currently sitting at around 840 subscribers, I’ve been trying to promote Silent InvenTOYry in as many places as possible to try to beat the deadline. I’m good on hours, and I thought I had found a few ways to boost my sub count… but then on Saturday YouTube started purging dead or inactive accounts from people’s subscription numbers, which knocked me back down again. I’m not gonna lie: this really, really sucks. I want to keep doing my show, but if I can’t break 1K in the next four weeks, it’ll be that much harder to justify spending money on it.

Therefore, I’ve kicked preproduction of the next InvenTOYry episode into overdrive. The item I’m reviewing doesn’t ship until the end of the week, but I’m doing as much of the episode as I can in the meantime so I can get the episode posted as close to the release date as possible. As I said, I’m also trying to promote my channel in quite a few new avenues, with mixed results so far. Readers: if you or people that you know are interested in Japanese toys and collectables, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE. If you have subscribed already, you can still watch, like, share, favorite, and upvote whenever you can… the more people I have watching, the more likely it is that I’ll draw enough attention to pull in the 160+ subscribers I need. Links to all seven complete episodes are below:




I’m working on putting together a special celebratory thank-you stream for when I do hit the magic number, but that’s still in the very early planning stages. More on that later.

As you might imagine, this impending YouTube crisis has made it hard to concentrate on anything else. The last few days have been spectacularly nonproductive on the writing front, but I plan to sit myself down tomorrow and grind out at least two pages for either Soulsnatcher or Shattered Skies before I get distracted by other stuff. Easier said than done, I know, but…

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 3 – Too Cold to be Clever

Week 3 – Too Cold to be Clever

Silent InvenTOYry Episode 06 is done!

And thanks to another round of YouTube auto-flagging drama, I’ve set up an alternate account at Daily Motion to post my episodes with their intended soundtracks. This is going to be the case from now on: the versions with the public domain music go up on YouTube, and the versions with music from their source material go up on Daily Motion. Here’s the link: http://www.dailymotion.com/silentinventoyryuncut

So if you watched ’til the end of the video (and you should have), you saw the announcement that I’m celebrating “Precure Month” by doing two more Precure-themed reviews in the coming weeks. Both forthcoming episodes will be Semi-Shorts, and the timing on both of them may vary depending on shipping times and other factors, but I’m at least reasonably certain that both of them will be worth watching.

That’s about it for news of my projects this week, honestly. Work continues on all the usual stuff.

MEILIN STILL EXISTS. Thank you FantasyCrest for sending me word, you made my Sunday morning very happy indeed. Now I just need to hope she appears in person.

Hate cold hate cold hate cold hate hate hate hate hate cold…

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 2 – So Pure

Week 2 – So Pure

After doing about seven hours worth of work on Silent InvenTOYry today, I realized that I wasn’t going to finish it by tonight, as I had planned. Which sucks, but I did at least make a ton of progress on it. I only need to shoot one more segment and then maybe reshoot my outro, then I’ll be done. I’m gonna push to get it uploaded to YouTube by Friday at the absolute latest.

Speaking of InvenTOYry, by the way: I had to delete and reupload the SoC Megazord episode, as I caught a pretty serious audio sync error in its last few minutes when I watched it again a few weeks ago. See, YouTube still has that wonderful system that forbids you from changing a raw video file after it’s been uploaded, so if you catch a mistake, the only option is repeating the whole process again with the fixed file. I’d appreciate it if you all could watch, fave, share, and upvote it again, since that one’s currently my most expensive episode. Thank you.

Cardcaptor Sakura: The Clear Card Arc‘s anime has finally started! And oh, what a start it was. The animation was drop-dead gorgeous, and seeing and hearing Sakura, Kero, Tomoyo, and Shaoran again felt like coming home. I’ve long espoused that the original CCS is a pure, fluffy, damn near perfect cinnamon roll of an anime, and Clear Card looks to be continuing the tradition. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but: I kind of wish Sailor Moon Crystal had gone this route. I mean, not that I’m knocking Crystal… I’ve said before that it improved massively as it went on, and I understand that there are multiple reasons why it couldn’t and didn’t retain all of the cast and music from the original. It’s just that when I see the huge, lavish budget put into Clear Card and when I hear not only the entire original cast returning but selections from the first anime’s soundtrack… I’m like “Come on, Toei. This is how it’s done.” Maybe when they finally put out those Season 4 movies, they’ll take note?

Ah, anyway. Sakura is a terrific antidote for these stressful times. For the next three months, at least, I’ll have a surefire way to brighten my mood on Sundays.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 1 – New Years D(el)ay

Week 1 – New Years D(el)ay

I hate to start off the year with news of another delay, but hey, I’ve got a decent reason this time: I took advantage of a recent Humble Bundle to upgrade my video editing software from Vegas 13 to Vegas 14 Pro, which has given me a whole new array of options to tinker with for Silent InvenTOYry. Unfortunately, since Pro 14 is such a big step up from what I had before, I’m having to sort of relearn the program on the fly. Hence, I’ve temporarily paused production on Episode 06 so that I can figure out what I’m doing. I think the end product will be quite impressive, though. I’m aiming to have the episode done by the 15th, and there’s a Semi-Short that I’ll be working on very soon after that.

I’ve discovered that the end-of-the-month Patreon deadline is indeed a fantastic motivator for me to get off my ass and write Tasakeru chapters. Yet again, I managed to finish a chapter on the last day of the month, making four months in a row that I’ve been able to update on time! Not that I want procrastinating until the last minute to become a habit or anything, but… if it helps get the chapters out so I can get paid, so much the better.

Goals for this year are below. I’m not doing resolutions this year, because knowing me I’ll forget about most of them by mid-February.

  • Finish Soulsnatcher; start on and possibly finish Book IV: Twilight Dreams
  • Finish the long-neglected Book II Appendix, and begin the Appendix for Book III
  • Rerecord the Tasakeru soundtrack in Music Maker, transfer all tracks to BandCamp, and make them available for streaming/download
  • At least two full InvenTOYry episodes and at least three Semi-Shorts

And of course, I’ll be continuing Shattered Skies and Viluy’s Database as well.

Here’s to a new year. May it be better than the last.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 52 – Twelfth Night

Week 52 – Twelfth Night

Happy winter holiday of your choice, everyone. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get in a Blogress Report on time, given that Christmas fell on a Monday this year, and there was a rather important event happening tonight… but here I am.

About half an hour ago, for the first time ever, I was able to watch a Doctor Who episode live. That episode, “Twice Upon a Time”, was the finale for Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor, the debut of Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth, and the final episode of Steven Moffat’s near-13-year run as writer and nine years as showrunner. It was the end of an era, a true turning point. Over the last four months, I marathoned six years of Who in hopes of being ready for tonight, so my expectations were high…

… and I’m happy to report that, at least in my opinion, Moffat and Capaldi knocked it out of the park.

I won’t bother spoiling, since detailed analyses of the episode will be everywhere by tomorrow, but I’ll just say that I loved “Twice Upon a Time”, and that it had two scenes that honestly had me in tears. It was as magnificent a send-off as I’d hoped, one that earns its spot in Who history. And while saying goodbye to one of the Doctors is always sad, I’ve learned that the best farewells are the ones that leave the viewer thrilled to see what comes next. That’s absolutely the case here… I know I’ll be there watching when Thirteen’s first full episode kicks off next year.

Anyway. My Christmas was quite pleasant this year, with no unwelcome surprises. You can’t ask for much more, really.

As you can see, I managed to finish Chapter 31 of Shattered Skies a couple days ago, after working on it for about two months. The Jamais Ville sequence was the reason this one took so long; I was dead-set on nailing the tone of off-putting wrongness of the city that I was shooting for, and that took a lot of extra effort. I’m happy to say that the effort appeared to pay off handsomely.

I’m going to put Skies on a short, temporary hold over the next week so I can focus on finishing Silent InvenTOYry Episode 06 and what will likely be the last chapter of Soulsnatcher by the year’s end. Having a pressing deadline seems to have been an effective motivator for the last couple months, so I feel good about my chances.

So, that’s enough from me. Thank you all for sticking with me for another year of Blogress Reports, you’re helping me more than you know.

Peace on Earth, goodwill towards all.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 51 – A Big, Fat, Rancid Cow Pai

Week 51 – A Big, Fat, Rancid Cow Pai

Welp. This past week had some very good news (Doug Jones won, and Patreon abandoned its fee hike!) and some very, very bad news. As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Cheeto puppet and former Verizon corporate stooge Ajit Pai ignored damn near everyone and voted to repeal Net Neutrality… that much wasn’t a surprise, of course, but I hoped the two other Republicans on the voting board would grow spines long enough to see which way the wind’s blowing… nope.

It’s important to note that the fight for Net Neutrality is NOT over, not by a long shot. Until the repeal goes through both houses of Congress and His Fraudulency, we still have a shot. As of this writing, the Attorneys General of 17 states have announced plans to sue Pai and the FCC, and at least a dozen Congresspeople have invoked the Congressional Review Act to reverse the FCC’s decision. It’s also come out that Pai may have known about the 2 million pro-repeal comments on the issue that came from false or stolen identities, which could land his smarmy ass in jail. The important thing is to keep the pressure on. Do NOT let them weasel out of this. Keep calling, writing, faxing, and protesting. You can still use Resistbot or go to battleforthenet.com to get in touch with your lawmakers. It’s a tall order, but if we keep hounding, we can kill the Net Neutrality repeal, and maybe even the abomination of a tax bill that Cheeto’s cult keeps trying to ram down our throats. Scream loud enough and long enough, and somebody will have to listen.

Anyway. Also a net positive for the week: The Last Jedi. I got into one of the first showings last Thursday night with a bunch of friends, and I had an absolute blast. The ways this movie upends the Star Wars saga are nothing short of brilliant; its central message is that things need to change, and man, do they ever. And even better: I found out today that many of the alt-right’s manbabies are throwing fits and saying that this movie “ruined” Star Wars for them, to which I say “WOOHOO!” That’s how you know Rian Johnson done right.

I had to spend a lot of this past week doing some rather intensive paid work, but since I got it finished yesterday, I’m intending to spend most of the week on writing and putting together the next episode of Silent InvenTOYry. I think I can get Shattered Skies Chapter 31 out by the end of the week if I really buckle down. It’ll be easier to focus now that I’ve uninstalled Heroes of the Storm. I finally determined that HotS was giving me very little actual enjoyment compared to all the time I had invested in it… frankly, it was starting to feel less like a fun pastime and more like a chore.

There was one other sour note this week on the writing front, I’m sorry to say. A self-appointed rules lawyer on FF.net was “nice” enough to inform me that the Stars Above Demon Profiles were “not a story” and thus against the site’s rules, and that keeping them up could cost me my account. I asked as politely as I could manage for them to show me where exactly the rules define what constitutes a “story”, and why my story instead of the countless numbers of scriptfics, songfics, misspelled drivel, and works of pornography that litter the site, and I was given the rule in question along with an extremely rude reply. Said rule still has a shaky definition of what a “story” is, but I decided not to risk my account over it and took down the Demon Profiles along with Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database. Fortunately, you can still read both the Profiles and the Database here, on AO3, and on Wattpad (Database only, for the moment). Change your links accordingly if you have them.

Christmas is always a frantic occasion around here, given that my folks are both very devoted churchgoers, but I, being an agnostic heathen, should have little on my schedule for the next week… provided I don’t get any last-minute calls from petsitting clients, that is. And without HotS to distract me, maybe I’ll finally get back to work on that Tasakeru Appendix. We’ll see.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 50 – Patronizing

Week 50 – Patronizing

In case you weren’t aware: Patreon has recently implemented a hike in minimum fees charged to patrons. What it boils down to is that instead of $1 being the minimum pledge amount, it’s now something like $1.34. Patreon has tried to paint this as “a boon to creators”, a statement that was quickly and roundly debunked. I already wrote a more detailed post about this over on my Patreon page, but I’ll restate it here: I’ve lowered the minimum pledge amounts on every reward tier save for the $1 level to offset these changes.

Now, ErinPtah also found a few articles that explained this issue better, which you’ll find linked here. Supposedly, Patreon has been losing money on every pledge under around $15, and this rate hike is to keep the service running. That may be, but this also looks like a move made to make any potential investors happy… see also the restrictive new rules regarding adult content that were implemented earlier this year. What I’m afraid of is that this signals that Patreon, like almost every other relatively consumer-friendly service these days, is about to get bought out by some giant megacorp that will proceed to ruin everything that was good about it. Maybe Apple, maybe Google, maybe Verizon, I don’t know… all I know is that companies that support the little guys are vanishingly few and far between, and if Patreon goes under or stops paying out, frankly, I’m screwed.

That’s not the only ominous portent of doom this week, either. Tomorrow is the hotly contested Alabama Senate race between Democratic candidate Doug Jones and racist, convicted pedophile Roy Moore. The fact that the race is actually close, and that Cheeto Hitler’s party generally refuses to condemn Moore at all, let alone force him to drop out… well, it’s a worrying indicator for the state of things in this country. Any #Alabama voters reading this, you’d better damn well show up to vote tomorrow. Do NOT let another unrepentant rapist pedophile steal another government seat.

And then there’s the Net Neutrality vote on Thursday. Cheeto’s puppet Ajit Pai seems committed to ignoring all the millions of phone calls, emails, letters, and protests, so we can only hope that either the rest of the board votes no on the repeal or that it’s thrown out in court. I’ve been phone banking and I’m participating in #BreakTheInternet tomorrow, and I encourage all my readers to do the same. The Internet is my life, and it’s on the line.

Boy, this Report sure is a barrel of laughs, huh? Sorry about that. It’s a nerve-wracking week.

Anyway, better news. ErinPtah took a commission from me that she posted a couple days ago, a Shattered Skies promo poster with a design suggested by VDrake. Check it out below.



My new Silent InvenTOYry episode is proceeding nicely, without too many problems, and I’m still gunning to get it done by the year’s end. I think you all will really like the wallet gag for this episode’s intro; I got a bit ambitious with it.

I managed a head start on the next Soulsnatcher chapter after I cut a scene from Chapter 7 to make my deadline on time. So that’s at least a little progress. I’m going to work on Shattered Skies Chapter 31 and the second Viluy’s Database entry tomorrow, if I can concentrate.

Oh yeah, and there’s some movie opening on Friday that a few people, myself included, are a bit excited for. More on that next week.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 49 – Seriously, Save the Internet

Week 49 – Seriously, Save the Internet

I don’t have that much to say this week. I finished Chapter 7 of Soulsnatcher on time by the skin of my teeth, so yay! Three months with no missed updates! Work has started on Silent InvenTOYry Episode 06. There’s something I still need for this episode that likely won’t be here until Saturday at the earliest, but I’m doing all I can in the meantime. Shattered Skies Chapter 31 is coming along slowly but surely, and my various other projects are proceeding as normal.

I’m going to use most of the rest of this week’s Report to do my civic duty and repost information regarding Net Neutrality, what it is, why you should care, and how to stop it from being revoked. I’m begging everyone who reads this, if you care about me or my work in the least, please do everything you can to fight to maintain and enforce the current rules. This is not hyperbole: if Title II Net Neutrality rules are revoked, I will no longer be able to post ANYTHING, anywhere. There will be no way for me to afford the extra cost of putting up my writing, artwork, videos, or anything else if Ajit Pai’s repeal plans go through. If I can’t afford to go online, I can’t produce content, which means I can’t get paid via Patreon, YouTube, PayPal, or any other source of online income. My business, my leisure, my relationship with my best friends, and my entire social life in general all depend on a free and open Internet.

So, what can you do?

Allow me to copy-paste a helpful post that’s been circulating on Tumblr:

Imagine paying $40 extra a month for Tumblr

That’s what is going to happen if we let Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman, go through with repealing Title II (AKA Net Neutrality).

Simply put, without Net Neutrality, Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T will be able to “bundle” websites much like cable ON TOP OF paying for internet connection. “Want access to Netflix AND Tumblr? Get the Entertainment Package! $40 a month. What about Amazon and Ebay? Add an extra $20 a month to get the Shopping Package.”

Not only will they be able to bundle websites and charge more, they will also be able to censor and block websites that they don’t agree with entirely.

THIS WILL BE THE END OF INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT.

For business owners, it will be even worse. Ex: Comcast will ask Amazon to pay high fees to be available in a low-cost package, fees that websites like Poshmark or Etsy will not be able to pay. Therefore, only Fortune 500’s will be available to web users at a low cost. Say goodbye to Etsy (unless you’re willing to shell out $70 a month for the “All-Inclusive” package).

To learn about Net Neutrality, why it’s important, and/or want tools to help you fight for Net Neutrality, visit BattleForTheNet (https://www.battleforthenet.com)

There are five people deciding the future of the internet, three men (Rep) and two women (Dem). The two women have come out as No votes. We need only to convince ONE of the other members to flip to a NO vote to save Net Neutrality.

There are many ways you can help:

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE A LAZY TUMBLR USER WITH ANXIETY WHO TRIES TO HELP WITH JUST REBLOGS / LIKES:

Here are 2 petitions to sign, one international and one exclusively US.

International: https://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home

US: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/do-not-repeal-net-neutrality

(After you sign make sure to verify via email, it may take up to 30 mins to receive the email).

Text “resist” to 504-09. It’s a bot that will send a formal email, fax, and letter to your representatives. It also finds your representatives for you. All you have to do is text it and it holds your hand the whole way.

HERE ARE MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE:

These are the emails of the 5 people on the FCC roster.

Blow up their inboxes!

Ajit Pai – Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

Mignon Clyburn – Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Michael O’Rielly – Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov

Brendan Carr – Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov

Jessica Rosenworcel – Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov

You can support groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU and Free Press who are fighting to keep Net Neutrality:

https://www.eff.org/

https://www.aclu.org/

https://www.freepress.net/

https://www.fightforthefuture.org/

https://www.publicknowledge.org/

https://www.demandprogress.org/

Set them as your charity on Amazon Smile here (https://smile.amazon.com/)

Write to your House Representative here

(http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/)

And Senators here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state)

Write to the FCC here (https://www.fcc.gov/about/contact)

Add a comment to the repeal here (https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108&amp;sort=date_disseminated,DESC)

Here’s an easier URL you can use thanks to John Oliver (http://www.gofccyourself.com)

Also check this out, which was made by the EFF and is a low transaction cost tool for writing all your reps in one fell swoop.

(https://democracy.io/#!/)

Most importantly, VOTE. This should not be something that is so clearly split between the political parties as it affects all Americans, but unfortunately it is.

PLEASE HELP SAVE OUR INTERNET!

Keep fighting, and don’t let up until the plans to kill Net Neutrality are dead and buried for good.

– BHS

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