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Why Net Neutrality is Vital To Productive Society
By Chongchen Saelee
SMDH. I really hope the FCC doesn’t regulate the Internet and let the greedy Internet companies get more power. For those who don’t know what “net neutrality” is, it means that anyone with an Internet connection should be able to access any and all information on the Internet without limitations such as censoring content, transfer speeds, special treatment between content providers, etc. In the case of pursuit of knowledge and free speech, I think it’s incredibly important to have net neutrality.
The reason this has been controversial lately is because there is a political ulterior motive involved. It’s not that people are getting free Internet and 11-year-olds are making pipe bombs and blowing up their schools. People already are paying their Internet Service Providers (ISP) for access to the Internet already. So all this bullshit about how companies now want to control the actual bandwidth of transfer for customers willing to pay more for special treatment, or to give content providers preferential treatment to stream faster content, just sounds like money grabbing bullshit. The payment system already exists for us where we can buy into the Internet via different bandwidth speeds. So I don’t know what these greedy Internet companies want other than more money.
So the only thing left is the ulterior motive of controlling “information”. And that’s political. Once that information is controlled, then we’ve now become a country that is living under lock and key. And that’s going to be incredibly frightening. If this is a CIA or NSA operation to lock down the Internet, then they should know better. If they truly had any intelligence, they wouldn’t be putting any of their government secrets and important stuff onto the Internet anyway.
And I think that’s the problem with the way human intelligence thinks. They still need the Internet for their operations, but they also shoot themselves in the foot by regulating it. At some point, freedom really is about being free. There are no such things as freedom isn’t free. If it’s not free, then what is it?
Why Bitcoin Cannot Save Greece
By Chongchen Saelee
You can see the desperation in the eyes of Bitcoin’s cultish eloquent tragic hero Andreas Antonopolous who believes himself the savior of his beloved Greek peoples, having “inherited the Greek Drachma”. It seems Greece is victim to crooked banksters and politicians taking good chunks out of its citizens money, apparently to pay off national debts. How could Bitcoin possibly save anyone if it’s just a matter of replacing an exploited currency with another one? If those crooks can take the Drachmas, what’s stopping them from taking away the people’s Bitcoins?
Money only works when there is trust amongst the people using it. It’s an abstract concept. The farmer who raises the cattle for your hamburger is more valuable than you if you don’t know how to raise livestock. However, if you are a charismatic sociable person with resourceful friends who could possibly trade resources with you and the farmer, then you’ve got a little bartering ecosystem going for yourself. You may very well become very valuable to the cattle farmer if you have a friend that knows how to mend shoes, or grow a special crop, or give awesome haircuts. The value is relative to the people in the ecosystem.
So if Greeks want to stop their crooked government officials from taking their hard-earned money, then they gotta fix it themselves. Why do they owe so many people? How are they going to pay back their debt? You wouldn’t honor your debts if you’re not honorable people. And I think that’s the whole point behind politics. People are sometimes so honorable, they let others take advantage of them.
Without doing anything extreme, I’d say the best solution for Greeks feeling ripped off by their authorities is simply to move and stop using Drachma. People have picked up and moved in a heartbeat since the beginning of time. If you got the will and are a hardworker, you can make it. Now, whether or not Bitcoin is a suitable currency to replace Greece’s weakened financial system, that’s just not predictable. But I’d say to avoid it.
The only thing that can save Greece is its own people. No amount of money, even fake money can solve the fallacies of human dynamics.
A page from James O’Barr The Crow colored and lettered by Saelee
Here is a scan from my The Crow trade paperback. Since my drawing style is closer to that of James O’Barr, I thought it’d be better practice coloring and lettering similar artwork. The page is scanned in at 1200 dpi grayscaled. Combined with new lettering and colors, the file is a little under a gigabyte as Photoshop file. That seems about correct. It will be resampled to 300dpi for publishing at a company like Lulu though. The goal being to do Agent S similar to this style, colored and lettered.