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posted by cmn32480 on Tuesday May 09 2017, @02:21PM   Printer-friendly
from the public-servants-not-serving-the-public dept.

Common Dreams reports

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver on [May 7] issued another powerful rallying cry to save net neutrality protections, and, repeating the outcome of his 2014 plea, his viewers flooded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) site, causing it to temporarily crash.

[...] Oliver said it's worth noting that [FCC Chairman Ajit] Pai is "a former lawyer for Verizon", a company which "won a lawsuit which meant that if the FCC wanted strong, enforceable protection, its only real option was to reclassify the ISPs, and yet he cheerily insists under questioning that there is just not evidence that cable companies were engaging in rampant wrongdoing".

"Title II is the most solid legal foundation we have right now for a strong, enforceable net neutrality protections", Oliver said, and urged "we, the people, [to] take this matter into our own hands".

To that end, Last Week Tonight bought the domain name gofccyourself.com, which redirects users to the official FCC page[1] where open internet advocates can leave a comment and call for these protections to remain in place. (Oliver notes that it simplifies the commenting process the FCC "has made more difficult since three years ago".)

"Everyone needs to get involved. Comment now, and then maybe comment again when the FCC makes its proposal official. Even call you representative and your senators", Oliver urged.

So successful was the start of his campaign, according to Motherboard, that there was such a high volume of traffic flooding the Federal Communications Commission that the site temporarily went down. As of this writing, it is up and running again.

[1] The fcc.gov page is almost entirely behind scripts.


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  • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by fustakrakich on Tuesday May 09 2017, @04:02PM (27 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday May 09 2017, @04:02PM (#506955) Journal

    John Oliver should run for president. Let's see how big his audience really is.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Thexalon on Tuesday May 09 2017, @04:48PM (13 children)

    by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday May 09 2017, @04:48PM (#506970)

    He's not a natural-born US citizen, so he cannot be president.

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    • (Score: 2) by ikanreed on Tuesday May 09 2017, @05:27PM (8 children)

      by ikanreed (3164) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 09 2017, @05:27PM (#506990) Journal

      No, but I do think a lot about how well a mediocre comedian like Jon Stewart would have done as the democratic candidate compared to the one we actually got.

      I don't buy into the "Save us TV funnyman" mentality much, but the left's strongest selling point right now(due, in part, to decades of policy dilution in compromise-seeking with utter lunatics) is mocking the actual falsehoods that underlie almost every major republican position now.

      A sincere leftist revival stealing the underclass base could hypothetically work, I guess. Maybe.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:35PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:35PM (#507029)

        Al Franken has done a pretty damn good job as a senator.
        Whether or not Stewart was "mediocre," that guy knew his shit, definitely more than Franken did before he was elected to the senate.

      • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:49PM

        by krishnoid (1156) on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:49PM (#507039)

        I don't buy into the "Save us TV funnyman" mentality much

        1. There's that quote about the jester being the most powerful man in the kingdom. Worth a shot, right?
        2. Neither of us buy into the "Save us real estate developer/TV reality show host" mentality either.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:50PM (4 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:50PM (#507040)

        the democratic candidate

        That's one thing.

        leftist

        That's something entirely different.

        Here's your chance to identify the candidate whom you noticed talking about the collective ownership of the means of production by the workers.

        Hint: Both The Blues and The Reds (who should be colored Confederate gray) are in sync with Crony Capitalism, seek to expand The Police State, and are very much into Imperialism.
        None of those are Leftist positions.

        -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:34PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:34PM (#507071)

          Ok, so maybe not leftist, but I think you agree that they are at least lefter, right?

        • (Score: 2) by ikanreed on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:55PM (1 child)

          by ikanreed (3164) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:55PM (#507084) Journal

          I'm very much aware of the difference. I didn't delineate it in my post. Sorry.

          My attitudes towards hard-left ideologies like Anarcho-whatever and commu-whatever are uncertain: they've sold me on the problems existing, they haven't sold me on their solutions.

          But a revival of such attitudes in the left-leaning part of the US could hypothetically win a lot of the people who feel ignored right now.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @08:37PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @08:37PM (#507106)

            No. Clearly you are not.

            hard-left ideologies like Anarcho-whatever

            You just demonstrated that you are clueless.
            Anarcho-whatever isn't on the Left-Right axis.
            That's 90 degrees opposite. [politicalcompass.org]

            You couldn't possibly be more badly informed about politics.
            "Thinking" in 1 dimension isn't thinking at all.

            "Left" means "Capitalism is a failed system and I reject it".

            -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

      • (Score: 2) by richtopia on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:25PM

        by richtopia (3160) on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:25PM (#507066) Homepage Journal

        I thought that Stephen Colbert would be a good candidate. If you need to convince a conservative demographic, you can just pull up old clips of the Colbert Report and cut before the crowd laughs.

    • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:42PM (3 children)

      by krishnoid (1156) on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:42PM (#507032)

      Perfect!

      • He runs for president
      • The lefty liberal biased fake news media points out that he can't be president
      • Eventually he gets a big base of support
      • Then he says, "Oh yeah, I read the US Constitution and talked to my show interns who are in law school. So I can't be elected."
      • "Instead, I support this other, very qualified person -- who coincidentally, has decided to change his/her name to 'John Oliver'"
      • "And we can make America great again, without having to repatriate you as a British colony!"

      Everybody wins.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:12PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:12PM (#507057)

        Do you understand the word "oxymoron"?

        Examples:
        military intelligence
        jumbo shrimp
        lefty liberal

        A Liberal is fine with Capitalism and just wants to redistribute wealth after folks have aggregated that.
        (I'd say "earned", except that there are a bunch of folks who receive money without producing anything.)

        A Leftist seeks to make a system where redistribution is unnecessary because of Democracy in the Workplace:
        In that system, only workers own the means of production and they democratically make the decisions about
        - what will be produced
        - where it will be produced
        - how it will be produced
        - what will be done with the profits

        That's nothing like Liberalism (which is still on the Right-hand side of the political divide--on a palate that is still NOT one-dimensional).

        -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:19PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:19PM (#507062)

          Don't blame him that all the Communists in US self-identify as Liberals. It confuses everyone. But the main problem is the Communists are truly not self-aware, so they have no idea that they are influenced by Marxist ideology.

          • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @08:48PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @08:48PM (#507113)

            all the Communists in US self-identify as Liberals

            How could you possibly have swallowed so much shit and not be dead?

            First, the "Communists" in the USA aren't Communists.
            They can -call- themselves whatever they want, but until they achieve Democracy in the Workplace--or are at least working hard to achieve that, they aren't even Socialists.

            ...and Communism follows widespread Socialism.

            .
            ...and if you thinks that there is ANY overlap between Communists and Liberals, you have clearly been consuming Lamestream Media's still-stuck-on-stupid Cold War bullshit.
            Stop that. It's turning your brain into mush.

            -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by DannyB on Tuesday May 09 2017, @04:49PM (11 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 09 2017, @04:49PM (#506971) Journal

    Should TV audience size really be a factor for running for president?

    That sounds like what got us into the current mess. (*cough* Trump *cough*)

    How about picking someone who understands government rather than a professional comedian? (Or a professional huckster / reality tv star.)

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    • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Tuesday May 09 2017, @05:00PM

      by bob_super (1357) on Tuesday May 09 2017, @05:00PM (#506977)

      That particular professional comedian is making a career out of explaining how the US system works, and why some parts of it are Hard.

    • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Tuesday May 09 2017, @05:39PM (3 children)

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday May 09 2017, @05:39PM (#506998) Journal

      Understanding government is trivial and can be described in three little words: *Follow the money*. In Spanish it's only slightly different: plata ó plomo. And really, all the superficial drama isn't too difficult to figure out either.

      Either way, this 'current mess' is ours to fix. After all, we really do have the power to clean up the House every two years, should we ever decide to use it.

      And just because a guy makes his living as a comedian, it doesn't mean he doesn't know what he's talking about. One of the things about good comedy is the underlying truth behind it.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:38PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:38PM (#507030)

        Understanding government is trivial and can be described in three little words: *Follow the money*.

        Oh fuck off.
        Understanding corruption is about following the money.
        But that is only a small fraction of understanding governance.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:59PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:59PM (#507051)

          Oh fuck off yourself! Corruption and blackmail and appeasement are the major motivators in government. Politicians do what they are told, or the money dries up and the newly financed 'opposition' takes his place. Leave your naive grade school civics books at home.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 10 2017, @09:33AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 10 2017, @09:33AM (#507445)

            I'm posting from home, you insensitive clod!

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by Thexalon on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:14PM (4 children)

      by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:14PM (#507011)

      A person can be both a professional comedian and somebody who understands how government works. The strongest example of that would be now-senator Al Franken, who as senator has been a fairly serious and dedicated legislator doing stuff like ensuring Zika got treated and trying to better link mental health care with crime prevention.

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      • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:53PM (3 children)

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:53PM (#507044) Journal

        Back in the 90's I enjoyed Al Franken's book: Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot, And Other Observations.

        The most memorable part that springs back to mind is the "simulated interview". (That may not be the exact description used, but I'm not going to go look it up.)

        Rush did a "simulated interview" with Hillary Clinton. Rush would ask loaded questions, followed by Hillary's responses. Now the responses used direct quotes from Hillary, and cited the sources. He tried to make it seem like it was fair in some delusional way.

        So Al Franken did a simulated interview with Rush, and it was hilarious. Rush's responses were direct quotes cited from Rush.

        Al: So Rush, are you an idiot?
        Rush: Yes [1]

        Footnotes:
        [1] some source where Rush at one time answered "Yes".

        Of course, the whole point was that the whole simulated interview thing is a farce no matter how much you try to make it look fair. And no matter how easily your stupid gullible audience accepts it as gospel truth.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:39PM (2 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:39PM (#507076)

          And no matter how easily your stupid gullible audience accepts it as gospel truth.

          I no longer think that "guillible" is the right adjective for the talk-radio zombies.

          It seems to be closer to wishful. Frustrated by reality's stubborn insistence on not cooperating with their prejudices, dittoheads and the like searched out someone who told them that reality was wrong and that they were right. Limbaugh didn't lead them into idiocy, he followed the money and no one has ever gone broke telling people what they want to hear.

          • (Score: 3, Insightful) by DannyB on Tuesday May 09 2017, @08:38PM (1 child)

            by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 09 2017, @08:38PM (#507108) Journal

            Limbaugh didn't lead them into idiocy, he followed the money and no one has ever gone broke telling people what they want to hear.

            Apparently by telling people what they want to hear you can become president, even if you are an illiterate inarticulate maroon.

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            • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Wednesday May 10 2017, @12:40PM

              by fustakrakich (6150) on Wednesday May 10 2017, @12:40PM (#507504) Journal

              Apparently by telling people what they want to hear you can become president

              That's hardly news.

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    • (Score: 2) by urza9814 on Wednesday May 10 2017, @11:20PM

      by urza9814 (3954) on Wednesday May 10 2017, @11:20PM (#507800) Journal

      How about picking someone who understands government rather than a professional comedian? (Or a professional huckster / reality tv star.)

      ...why start now?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:50PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:50PM (#507080)

    'Offtopic'? How? Is this some moderator stalker thing?