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"Hands up if you're into telepathy!" Philip Ball explores the late 19th-century fascination with invisible worlds: https://buff.ly/2occLNs
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Employees of the federal government swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Assistant US Attorney Rizwan Qureshi must have done that as well. And, among the parts of the Constitution he's supposed to defend is the First Amendment. But, as a lawyer for the DOJ he has a job to do -- and apparently sometimes that job includes making batshit insane arguments to try to throw protesters and a reporter in jail against their basic First Amendment rights to assemble and to report. This is the case against six people who were singled out and prosecuted, among hundreds of people arrested during protests around Donald Trump's inauguration. We wrote about it last month, mainly focusing on one defendant Alexi Wood, a journalist who was filming/live-streaming the protests, but still got arrested and prosecuted.
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Switzerland-based Viking Cruises, which wanted to build and send small cruise ships up the Mississippi River, leaving new tourism dollars for river towns in its wake, is backing off its plan.

Viking announced a couple of years ago a plan to bring its luxe longboats to the Mississippi River, but last week the city manager from one those little communities got word Viking had terminated its plans, WQAD in the Quad Cities reports. The cruise ships Viking had been wanting to build and operate would have ended up costing double what they had planned, according to the report.

"As the details were being refined, it became the economics did not meet Viking's goals," a company statement read.

No new tourists. No new tourist revenue. No new tourism jobs.

Our own federal laws are to blame. More specifically, President Grover Cleveland's Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA). The 1886 law requires that in order to ferry passengers between ports in the United States, the ship must have been built in the United States and be owned and operated by Americans.
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The World: OMG! Net neutrality!
Me: Why am I paying 250% more for my electricity because the local government electrical monopoly won't allow me to change suppliers?
The World: lol stfu social contract leave if you don't like it
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If I had any interest in seeing the new Star Wars movie, I would spoil the hell out of it, because people that flip out about movie spoilers are worse than those SJWs who gathered together to scream in impotent rage about Trump being elected. At least the SJWs are ostensibly concerned about something important.
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Thank God I once had net neutrality to protect me from Facebook preventing me from seeing content that I specifically subscribed to without demanding extra payment from the content maker. Now all that is gone...
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Now that we've lost net neutrality, it's only a matter of time before Twitter starts de-certifying, blocking, and banning accounts of those who utter opinions they find unacceptable. Hope you're happy, Rethuglican scum!
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Now that we've lost net neutrality, it's only a matter of time before Google starts demonetizing the YouTube videos of those creators it doesn't agree with. They might even start giving content strikes and deleting whole channels based on false allegations and abusive flagging. #ThanksTrump
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Please, friends; before you make another post bemoaning the "loss of the free and open Internet," read up on the so-called "net neutrality" regulation that actually existed and compare it with the one in your imagination. I am confident that you will detect significant discrepancies.
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