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Paul Spoerry
Paul Spoerry is a father, coder, life-experimenter.A reincarnated disco king searching for his long lost leisure suit. SEO nerd, Wordpress fan, gadget geek, SQL stud, and coder. I also meditate and do Parkour.
Paul Spoerry is a father, coder, life-experimenter.A reincarnated disco king searching for his long lost leisure suit. SEO nerd, Wordpress fan, gadget geek, SQL stud, and coder. I also meditate and do Parkour.

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Republican led FCC will lets “billion-dollar” ISPs hide fees and data caps*
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai argued that requiring ISPs to "devote scarce resources" to filling out paperwork instead of deploying broadband is "not in the interest of the consumer."

Except that the White House's Office of Management and Budget found that complying with the transparency rule enhancements "would take each broadband provider 6.8 hours annually."

So now 9.7 million subscribers will be deprived of information such as:
* Price—the full monthly service charge. Any promotional rates should be clearly noted as such, specify the duration of the promotional period, and note the full monthly service charge the consumer will incur after the expiration of the promotional period.

* Other fees—all additional one-time and/or recurring fees and/or surcharges the consumer may incur either to initiate, maintain, or discontinue service, including the name, definition, and cost of each additional fee. These may include modem rental fees, installation fees, service charges, and early termination fees, among others.

* Data caps and allowances—any data caps or allowances that are a part of the plan the consumer is purchasing, as well as the consequences of exceeding the cap or allowance (e.g., additional charges, loss of service for the remainder of the billing cycle).

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Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has a panel discussion called “If Heaven Has a Gate, A Wall, and Extreme Vetting, Why Can’t America?”
Shouldn't they maybe shy away from using the term Heaven's Gate? Also, Heaven doesn’t have extreme vetting. If that were the case then why is it so often touted that If you accept the divinity of Jesus then you’re in.

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Congressional leaders take a stand against idiot anti-vaxxers
Finally a little good news from the government. Recall that Trump has not only met with leaders of this anti-vax movement, but also considered appointing an anti-vaxxer to a committee charged with investigating ‘vaccine safety.’

In response, a bipartisan group of House and Senate health committee leaders is sending their colleagues in Washington a clear message: vaccines save lives.

A letter released Tuesday and signed by six key legislative voices on public health issues (including Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, and Democratic Senator Patty Murray) states, “As Members of Congress, we have a critical role to play in supporting the availability and use of vaccines to protect Americans from deadly diseases.

Already this year, states and communities around the country have reported outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping cough,” they wrote. “The reason for these outbreaks vary, but we know there are increasing trends around the country that have led to lower vaccination rates in some communities, allowing outbreaks of infectious diseases to take hold with increasing frequency.”

You can find it online here:


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Emails of Trumps EPA pick while Oklahoma attorney general released
Any surprised that they contain things that might make you raise an eyebrow? The Oklahoma attorney general’s office has been ordered to release even more e-mails pertaining to later records requests made by CMD by February 27.

To be fair... I wasn't so sure about Wheeler when he took charge of the FCC. In my opinion he did a great job serving the people and did so in the spirit of the organization. We'll see about Pruitt. 

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Check out which bridges in your area are structurally deficient
If you’re wondering how safe the bridges in your area are, this web tool can tell you.

The tool, from Denise Lu and Dan Keating at The Washington Post, covers every single bridge-covered county in the United States. Mouse over the map to find your county, then give it a click. You’ll be given some quick stats about the county overall, but you can click “See county details” to get an in-depth look at all the bridges in your neighborhood. You’ll see a map with all the bridges in your area, each with their own rating of either “good,” “functionally obsolete,” or “structurally deficient.” Bridges considered “functionally obsolete” or “structurally deficient” aren’t necessarily about to collapse, but they could be unsafe, and bridges in those categories are in need of repair and may have posted load limits.


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Sit or Stand while you work?
Turns out no current research confirms which is better; but can say both are bad for you for extended periods of time. "Cornell University experts advise that after sitting for 20-30 minutes, stand up for a bit and move around."

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Trump Appears Set to Reverse Protections for Transgender Students
"President Trump appears on the verge of reversing protections put in place by the Obama administration to stop discrimination against transgender students in schools, officials said Tuesday.

Civil rights advocates said that the possible rollback of protections, which could come as soon as Wednesday, would represent a major step backward after the enormous progress made by gay and transgender people in recent years.

The administration signaled that an announcement was imminent on the question of whether transgender students should be able to use the bathroom of their choosing — and that Mr. Trump could well come down differently from his predecessor, President Barack Obama, a forceful advocate for transgender students."

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This parrot is pretty spot on covering Rihanna
Check it out rocking out to Rihanna's chorus on Eminem's "The Montser". 

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Chrome extension Data Selfie analyzes your Facebook usage
Give it a whirl and see what companies can learn about you via the social network. Data Selfie stores everything locally and doesn’t share it with anyone (though obviously Facebook is tracking it).

When you install the Data Selfie Chrome Extension, it will run in the background as you use Facebook on your desktop. Data Selfie will record your active and passive activity. The extension will record: clicks on likes in your newsfeed, clicks on newsfeed links to external sites, duration spent on different posts and the specifics of those posts (authors, images and text) in your newsfeed, anything you type, and time spent on Facebook overall. The more you use Facebook the more data is recorded. You can look at the Data Selfie dashboard and get a sense of what Facebook could know about your personality.

I've been using it for a while now and it's pretty interesting, and mostly on point so far, in analyzing how I would self-identify.

Chrome extension:* selfie/kjmnobfdkgaclpkgeniccafoennghjnm
* Data Selfie FAQ:

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Alt-right troll and Breitbart editor feeling backlash
Milo is known for "provocative" attacks against trans people, feminism and "P.C. culture". He's an utter dickwad who masks inciting anger behind a mask of free speech.

This week he's lost his Simon & Schuster book deal after video surfaced suggesting Milo was defending and advocating for sexual relationships between 13-year-olds and adults. Also on Monday, the Conservative Political Action Conference rescinded an invitation for Yiannopoulos to speak at its conference this week. Additionally, Breitbart staffers reportedly threatened to quit if Yiannopoulos weren't fired.
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