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posted by chromas on Wednesday October 17 2018, @07:47PM   Printer-friendly

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After removing all duplicate and fake comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission last year, a Stanford researcher has found that 99.7 percent[pdf] of public comments—about 800,000 in all—were pro-net neutrality.

"With the fog of fraud and spam lifted from the comment corpus, lawmakers and their staff, journalists, interested citizens and policymakers can use these reports to better understand what Americans actually said about the repeal of net neutrality protections and why 800,000 Americans went further than just signing a petition for a redress of grievances by actually putting their concerns in their own words," Ryan Singel, a media and strategy fellow at Stanford University, wrote in a blog post Monday.


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  • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Thursday October 18 2018, @06:57PM (1 child)

    by tangomargarine (667) on Thursday October 18 2018, @06:57PM (#750593)

    The Selective Service registration form states that failure to register is a felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment or a $250,000 fine.[80] In practice, no one has been prosecuted for failure to comply with draft registration since 1986,[81] in part because prosecutions of draft resisters proved counter-productive for the government, and in part because of the difficulty of proving that noncompliance with the law was "knowing and wilful". In interviews published in U.S. News & World Report in May 2016, current and former Selective Service System officials said that in 1988, the Department of Justice and Selective Service agreed to suspend any further prosecutions of nonregistrants.[82] Many men do not register at all, register late, or change addresses without notifying the Selective Service System.[83] Even in the absence of prosecution, however, failure to register may lead to other consequences. Registration is a requirement for employment by the federal government and some states, as well as for receiving some state benefits such as driver's licenses.[84] Refusing to register can also cause a loss of eligibility for federal financial aid for college.[85] []

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 18 2018, @08:11PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 18 2018, @08:11PM (#750631)

    What's your point? It doesn't matter that those laws were on the books?

    It's still a fact that

    • women have a protected right to vote.

    • men are allowed the privilege to vote in return for agreeing to military service.

    That's what the law implies.

    And, you know what? Voting should be a privilege; you shouldn't get to vote on whether we go to war if you're not subject to the draft. And, you shouldn't get to vote on welfare if you're a recipient of welfare—you don't get the privilege to vote if you're not paying for the government!

    That's why Capitalism is superior: You vote when you allocate your own resources, and the weight of your vote is a privilege granted by the amount of societal resources that you've acquired through voluntary trade.