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 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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