Ship of Fools: neutrality hysteria and growing threats exposed

Will Net-Neutrality Zealots Apologize When The Internet Fails To Crash And Burn? By IBD – “For years, advocates preached the net-neutrality gospel with a fervor normally reserved for end-of-the-world preachers.”

“The problem: While everyone says they are for net neutrality, nobody seems to actually know what it is, including the Obama FCC chairman who wrote the rules. When asked a couple of years ago how the FCC intended to apply its new regulatory authority, Tom Wheeler said: “We don’t know; we’ll have to see where things go.”

Tellingly, the first goal under net neutrality was to impose costly — and since repealed — privacy rules that had nothing to do with net neutrality. The second was to target an unlimited-video data plan provided by T-Mobile.

Shorn of all the histrionics, the FCC’s net-neutrality regime was little more than a blatant power grab by the Obama administration, and one that was completely unnecessary.

The only question left is whether the net-neutrality zealots will apologize when their doom-and-gloom prophecies fail to materialize. More likely, they’ll just come up some new world-ending “problem” that demands a government solution.

While the debate continues to rage, consumers would do well to remember that their interests are always best served by a free and open market, not by a handful of government bureaucrats issuing mandates and regulations from Washington, D.C.

Snowflakes’ hysteria after abolition of net neutrality resembles Idiocracy by Luboš Motl

“When I searched for comments about “net neutrality” on Twitter and Google News, among others, I was amazed by the amount of hysteria that requires the hysterical people’s absolute and hopeless stupidity. I was happy to see that e.g. Ted Cruz’s reaction was the same.

There is just a giant number of people – ordinary people as well as those with numerous political positions (that surely includes the Democratic FCC members and Bernie Sanders) – who just keep on repeating similar absurd or extremely oversimplified slogans such as “global warming is real” or, in this case, “abolition of net neutrality means the end of the Internet”, “we will pay $1,000 a month for every website now”, “I won’t be able to contact my friends and relatives now”, and so on.

Like in Idiocracy, we are increasingly drowning in repetitive screams of slogans driven by increasingly stupid, increasingly loud, and increasingly self-confident cliques of absolute morons. Net neutrality is harmful but it’s just one technicality – one small piece of the modern industries that net neutrality reduced to the basically “socialist or communist regime of stagnation”. But I am more worried about the overall package of similar hysterias – the hysteria after the abolition of net neutrality is just another example of our convergence towards the real dumb society as pictured in Idiocracy.

Here’s Betsey Newmark:

“It’s unbelievable what a freakout there has been. My students, who don’t follow much discussion of public policy, seem to know about this story, at least that the end of net neutrality, which they can’t define, means the end of the internet. They came into class today all panicked about it. I have tried to urge them to just calm down, but they’re so convinced by the propaganda they’ve seen that I don’t know how much seeps in. It really irritates me.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Outlines Evidence of Growing Threats From Iran… by sundance – “In a stunning display of international transparency, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley presents actual, physical, incontrovertible and, yes, uncomfortable, evidence of Iranian weapons that have been used by proxy fighters against allied nations.”

T-Rex: “Around The Globe” End of Year Briefing and Deep Dive on North Korea Policy… by sundance – more “stunning.” This time it is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivering a keynote address, “Meeting the Foreign Policy Challenges of 2017 and Beyond” at the 2017 Atlantic Council – Korea Foundation Forum.

Ken Starr’s Investigation And Robert Mueller’s — Compare And Contrast by Paul Mirengoff – “if we’re close to the precipice now, where were we 20 years ago when Ken Starr was relentlessly attacked by Democrats and their media pals while he investigated Bill Clinton?”

“Don’t expect an answer from Dionne. He’s not intellectually honest enough even to mention Starr in his rant.

But charges of hypocrisy against one party and its backers can often be turned around. Yes, the response of Democrats generally, and Dionne in particular, to attacks on Mueller is inconsistent with their posture during the Ken Starr era. But did Starr staff up with conservatives and Republicans? If so, did Republicans criticize him for doing so, as they now criticize Mueller for loading up with Hillary Clinton supporters and other partisan Democrats?

There are additional distinctions between the two investigations that undermine attempts to deflect criticism over the partisanship of Mueller’s staff by citing Starr’s operation. Here’s a key one: Starr investigated a banking scandal, a suicide, and later a sex scandal. Mueller is investigating an election.

Mirengoff also takes note of where Trump Derangement Syndrome has taken George Will (over the edge):

“It’s one thing to say that Trump erred in this weighing process. It’s another thing — an absurd one — to make this error (if that’s what it was) the centerpiece of a claim that Trump, eleven months into his presidency, is our worst president ever.

Pundits judge. Historians judge too, but first they try to understand. Will’s attack on Trump is that of an irate pundit, not a historian or even a pundit displaying historical sense.

The FBI’s Ship of Fools by Roger L Simon – “Zelig of the FBI who mysteriously appeared at every controversial moment — was second in command for counterintelligence.”

“And yet that same Mr. Strzok was conducting a clandestine extra-marital affair with an FBI colleague over thousands of text messages that could be and likely were (more of that in a moment) intercepted by those same foreign intelligence agencies — or were, at the very least, recklessly exposed to them. … How could he call them “grossly negligent” when he was so “grossly negligent” himself?

What are witnessing as these embarrassing documents, emails and texts continue to be extracted from a reluctant — and therefore self-incriminating — Justice Department is the emergence of a veritable FBI Ship of Fools with Captain Mueller at the helm, a man we repeatedly have to be told is above reproach, a Raleigh for our times, but is seeming more of a cross between Ahab and Queeg.

Well, that’s perhaps too harsh. But the investigation has already crashed against rocky shoals and is about to sink.

The ocean seems infested by ships of fools.

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