Net Neutrality #internetslowdown


avatar-purpleToday, September 10th, I’m joining other concerned citizens across the country and around the world and highlighting Net Neutrality. Just by the fact you’re here reading my post shows having the freedom to go where you will online is important to you.

The Federal Communications Commission or FCC is taking public comments before they decide whether or not to go with a proposal that puts the internet in the hands of corporate telecommunications companies such as Comcast and Verizon.

monopolyWhy is that a bad thing?

There are several reasons but the largest is the internet is free now as it was conceived and designed to be. And it won’t be if the telecommunications corporations win.

My family has used the internet since the old America Online (AOL) hey days. When my kids come home for a visit, at some point they’ll surf the web, watch an online movie, or check email. If more than one of us is online at the same time, the internet crawls for everyone. We’re sharing the bandwidth. Bandwidth is a measurement — a term used to describe how much information can be transmitted over a connection. You’re using bandwidth right now just reading this post.

Now imagine all the available bandwidth is being used by subscribers paying whatever top dollar these telecommunications corporations deem is enough. You want to go to Facebook? Well, you must buy the plan that includes Facebook. Have email? Be sure to buy the package that includes email. Want to look something up on Google? You’ll need that package that allows general surfing. Insidious.

People not on the pay-for plan will get net-neutralitythe slower connection rife with time-outs, dropped signals, half-loaded pages, and limited access. Deal with that long enough and of course your resolve would crack. That’s the plan. You’ll opt in just to save your sanity.  Once their foot is in the door, we’ll be forced to buy and the internet will no longer be free. The way these telecommunications corporations lobby Washington, that day is probably closer than we realize.

I urge you to send your comment to the FCC. **Find links below They are taking opinions right now, but this opportunity is narrow. The following video, though couched in occasional irreverent humor, is a very real explanation of the issue on the table right now. However you get your information, I urge you to become informed. The internet was created for the world to have free access to information and a level opportunity for all. Add your voice that this marvelous achievement of cooperation not be stolen out from under our feet.

Click here to protect women’s and girls’ voices online

More~
Contact your government. They represent you.
Tell them you support net neutrality
http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Contact the FCC directly (FCC Dockets 14-28 & 10-127)
http://www.fcc.gov/comments

Or…this is the easiest way to say something:
http://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home

And more~
https://www.battleforthenet.com/
https://www.internetdefenseleague.org/

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Business as usual

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When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie


supermoonrisingDid you see the full moon? Last night’s moon qualified as a Supermoon. What’s that exactly? A full moon closely coinciding with perigee. (In geek speak: the perigee of the moon is the closest point from the earth in its orbit. Apogee is the furthest). The angle of the moon rise during this time creates a view distorted by the earth’s atmosphere and treats us to that bright and bold orange moon that makes you say wow and dash for your camera. We’ve had three Supermoons this summer and last night was the last one for a while. Last night’s moon wasn’t just a Supermoon, it was the Harvest Supermoon.

For all of history and beyond, people have named the monthly moons by what was happening around them at the time. Mostly these names have to do with agriculture and  hunting. Others are noted by appearance and coincidence. Some of the names we are familiar with originate with the Native Americans. Of course different cultures have different associations and names, but surprisingly the differences are few. When you encounter something global like this, it just goes to show how old the associations are to be so similar around the world. Here are a few evocative names to spark your imagination:

January – = Wolf Moon
February – = Snow Moon, Storm Moon, Hunger Moon
March – = Worm Moon, Chaste Moon, Sap Moon
April –= Pink Moon, Seed Moon, Fish Moon, Egg Moon
May – = Flower Moon, Hare Moon, Milk Moon
June – = Strawberry Moon, Dyad Moon, Rose Moon
July – = Buck or Sturgeon Moon, Mead Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon
August –= Fruit or Barley Moon, Corn Moon, Green Corn Moon, Red Moon
September – = Harvest Moon
October – = Hunters Moon, Blood Moon 
November – = Beaver Moon, Frost Moon, Snow Moon 
December – = Long Nights Moon, Oak Moon, Cold Moon

And we also have the Blue Moon — that rare double full moon in a month. I call that a Drummer’s Moon.  ;)

With the autumnal equinox around the corner, the days will be getting shorter as seasons march toward winter. Hmm..didn’t winter just end? In the months leading up to the autumnal equinox, the moon  rises about 50 minutes later than the night before. After the autumnal equinox, the days will continue to shorten toward the winter solstice. The moon will rise about 30 minutes later each night.

More~
http://space-facts.com/the-moon/
http://www.livescience.com/1617-strange-happen-full-moon.html
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lunacy-and-the-full-moon/

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avatar-purple<– This is not a lag. It’s a statement. Join me and other internet users as we support Net Neutrality in a day of action on Wednesday September 10th. The internet was created to be a free system with access to knowledge and level opportunity for all. Right now several large telecommunications corporations want to make you pay them for the privilege you’ve have for free since the internet began. Learn how you can help stop the pending internet takeover by these heavy-hitting well-funded Washington lobbyists. The FCC is taking comments now and wants to know what YOU think. If Comcast and Verizon win, this lagging icon is what we’ll see every time we try to use the internet.
Learn what’s at stake.
http://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now

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Here’s a cliché for today:
Asking for the moon


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Drama on a September morn


Time to get back in the groove. As you know I took some time off to grieve. As I briefly mentioned the other day, thank you one and all for all your kind words. 

I thought I’d jump back into blogging today by talking about drama.  Where I live surrounded by wild, millions of life and death moments occur every single day. Nature is absolutely filled with drama. The drama comes in layers. We mostly understand it as the “food chain”. Little fish eat small bits of detritus > larger fish eat little fish > giant fish eat large fish > we go to fish boils and fish fries. 

One of the most amazing things to see happens on September mornings after a cool night settles a blanket of fog over the landscape. An early morning drive or walk will allow you to see dewdrops sparkling like several billion diamonds in the first rays of sunlight. That sparkle is on everything and it’ll take your breath sometimes. I feel the same way about hoarfrost– the frozen version of this wonder. Simply breathtaking.

The drama I refer  to today comes dressed spiralorbin silk –spider silk. In the fields of prairie around me, spiders of all kinds build webs particular to their species. These webs cover the grass high and low, in some places less than a foot apart from one another. What must it be like to be a moth or fly just trying to get from here to there? Life and death drama. There are low webs built like funnels, fine strings without any discernible form, flat trampolines that hover over the grass, and orbs…many many orbs. I just love the orb weavers. Their stunning artworks sparkle until the sun burns away the dew. 

I may have mentioned the orb weaver that came into my kitchen one night and made an enormous orb web that went from my kitchen table to the chair, to the ceiling fan overhead. The spider was a yellow and black beauty about the size of a quarter. My husband wasn’t happy..you might even say he was horrified. The kids and I found it amazing.  After three days of watching this marvelous creature capture mosquitoes, Asian beetles, a yellow jacket wasp, and the occasional fly, he said enough was enough. If I didn’t get the spider out of the house he would. lol

I haven’t had another orb weaver since, but I do let a few spiders stay in the house until those nasty stinking Asian beetles are done trying to get inside. True lady bugs come in the spring and just see to their own business. Those late season ladybug mimics bite. To me, spiders provide a necessary service indoors. To my husband they belong outside doing it. I say the day the Asian beetles stop getting in the house to bite me is the day I stop being a spider landlord. He loves me because of and despite my eccentricities.   :D

Arachne
arachne300There once was a  woman of Lydia, a weaver of no small skill, whose artistic talent for making tapestries became known far and wide. As the story goes, mortals often fall victim when given copious praise –the pleasure found in compliments often turns their heads toward arrogance.  Before long, Arachne became boastful. The more she bragged, the larger the boasts became. Then one day she made the largest of all by saying her skills surpassed even those of the goddess of weaving herself — Athena.

Catching word of this self-aggrandizing mortal, Athena disguised herself as an old woman and went to meet Arachne. She warned the weaver of making such boastful claims, for no mortal could possibly surpass the craft of the goddess. She also warned of provoking the wrath of the gods. Bolstered by years of praise and deeply arrogant, Arachne was unconcerned and went so far as to openly challenge the goddess to a weaving competition.

More than a little irritated, Athena revealed her true self. You might think at this point that Arachne would beg forgiveness, but no. The roots of arrogance were too deep. So goddess and mortal sat side by side at their looms and each plied their skill. Athena’s tapestry of golden threads lavishly depicted scenes from the history of the gods and the glowing adoration of the mortals below. Arachne’s tapestry, no less stunning, depicted the baser nature of the gods, highlighting their worst interactions with the people of earth. Of course this slight would not go unpunished.

athena-weavingWhile Arachne’s chosen subject matter was sheer mockery of the gods on Mount Olympus, Athena conceded the woman’s skill was apparent. In the blink of an eye, the goddess transformed Arachne into a spider to allow her to continue weaving.

Spiders are known as arachnids.

 

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What a tangled web we weave

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Fun Day Sunday!


funday smileIf you’ve been here before then you know Sundays on my blog are all about wonder and smiles. In honor of mentally kicking back once in a while, Sundays are Fun Days! Each Sunday, visitors will find a fun, interesting, or unusual something here. I’m a nerd with a complex sense of humor and absurd wit. It could literally be anything.

I’m a lifelong dog lover and happy dog videos always cheer me up. This one belongs to Lucky Puppy — a doggie daycare facility in Maybee Michigan. http://myluckypuppy.com/ If I lived near there, I’d certainly send my dog for the fun. Such joy. I dare you not to smile. :D

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making a splash

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I had my monthly blog day at Romance Books ‘4’ Us the other day. I’m talking about big stories that come in small packages. The post is still up. Come see.
http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2014/09/writing-large-small-by-rose-anderson.html

4 Us iconToday our guest is Author Sue Swift
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Romance Books ‘4’ Us ~ the September contest is on!
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I’m participating in Fall Into Romance — a month-long event hosted by The Romance Reviews. Hundreds of authors and industry people are participating and that means hundreds of prizes. Find my bit and the instructions to play on my satellite blog: http://calliopeswritingtablet.blogspot.com/

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It’s my blog day at Romance Books ‘4’ Us


After tending a broken heart for a full month, I’m starting to get back in the writer’s groove. I only saw to the barest essentials for a while and believe me being absent from work isn’t a good thing. You should see my inbox! I’m shoveling out a little each day. For those of you who left comments of sympathy for me here and there, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  They were much appreciated. If you’re here for the first time and wonder what I’m talking about, my dog passed away at home. She was 14 1/2 years old. Sad business that. One day I’ll write about her. Can’t do that just yet without making myself cry. What an exceptional little person she was.  Starting this Sunday, I’ll be blogging every day as before.

4 Us iconFor now… it’s my blog day at Romance Books ‘4’ Us. I’m talking about writing large and small. Come see.

http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2014/09/writing-large-small-by-rose-anderson.html

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Here’s a cliché for today:

Back in the saddle

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Fall into Love Party copyI’m participating in The Romance Reviews‘ month-long Fall into Love event. Lots of authors and industry people are involved and there are hundreds of prizes.  The details are up on my satellite blog as well as the snippet you’d need to play along in my part of their contest.

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Time heals all wounds


If you stopped by yesterday, you’ll know my sweet old dog has passed away. I’ll be gone for a few days while my heart adjusts to her absence. In the meantime there’s always great blogging on Romance Books ‘4’ Us. And over on my Exquisite Quills blog, you’ll find weekly themed memes where authors post snippets and samples of their work. Join in if you like. More info below.

See you soon.
~Rose

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For 100 days, I’ll post something from my chosen topic: Clichés.
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Here’s a cliché for today:

Time heals all wounds

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I’ll be offline for a while but here’s the line-up for the rest of the month. Do stop by. You’ll experience some very worthwhile blogging.

Member Bloggers/Guests
1 -Nicole Morgan
2 -Polly McCrillis/Isabel Mere
3 -
Sue Grimshaw

4 -Rose Anderson
5 – Paris Brandon
6 -Tina Donahue
7 -Nancy Corrigan
8 -Krista Ames

9 -Melissa Keir
10-R. Ann Siracusa
11-Nancy Gideon
12-Gemma Juliana
13-Cindy Spencer Pape
14-Marianne Stephens
15-Fran Lee
16-Marliss Melton
17-Jean Hart Stewart
18-Sandra Edwards
19-Sharon Hamilton
20-Sabrina York
21-Renee Vincent
22-Desiree Holt
23-Lois Winston
24-Cara Marsi
25-Jill Shalvis
26-Sam Cheever
27-Janice Seagraves
28-Lynda Bailey
29-Sandra K. Marshall
30-Suzanne Rock
31-Lily Harlem

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Two Queens & a Bandwagon on #RB4U


4 Us iconIt’s my blog day on Romance Books ‘4’ Us. I’m talking about the influence of Queens on books in popular culture. Come see!
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halleyMy sweet old puppy crossed the rainbow bridge this past Friday. She was my empty nest child and my constant shadow for 14 ½ years. She’s off sniffing out the universe while I’m left with a broken heart to mourn her passing.

The above post at RB4U literally took me five hours to write. I’ll be taking a break for a while.  I have no words just now.

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For 100 days, I’ll post something from my chosen topic: Clichés.
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Here’s a cliché for today:

Hit the books

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Two winners will split all prizes which include two $50 gift cards and much more.
http://www.romancebooks4us.com

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