Let us break proverbial bread before we abandon our posts for a few days to go off into our respective corners of the world to recognize what we’re thankful for- (As well as to remember that at this time last year, in an attempt at protecting their water, Native Americans were getting shot with water cannons, tortured, and starved. This year they’re cleaning up a 200,000 gallon oil spill on a South Dakota reservation.)
I have a few topics to touch on, so let us waste no time and get right to them.
Firstly, The government and the FCC are once again going after Net Neutrality.
Apparently this is going to be a never ending battle for people like us who just want it left alone, and don’t want for multinational communication companies to unfairly monetize what for all intent and purposes is the greatest communication device the world has ever known.
There are two things you can do right now.
Call 424-363-4877 Demand Progress will connect your lawmakers.
All you have to say is “I support ‘Title Two’ net neutrality rules and I urge you to oppose the FCC’s plan to repeal them. Specifically, I’d like you to contact the FCC Chairman and demand he abandon his current plan.”
Or head to Battle For The Net, and it will automatically connect you with your state rep.
ajit(dot)pai@fcc(dot)gov or give him a call at 1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322).
Or, email the FCC directly- https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express. Don’t forget to include 17-108 as the proceeding number in the first field;
Understandably, the switchboards have been lit up, and crushed by the current inundation of contact, but keep trying until your voice is heard.
You know… Until we have to do it all over again next year.
Ok, now that we have that addressed, why don’t we head on over to what is arguably the best thing the internet has provided me, probably ever;
I sent this to both my mom as well as Spencer from Ritte Van Vlaanderen, and they both texted back almost simultaneously, “it’s a pretty good metaphor for life.”
Clearly great minds think alike.
And while we’re on the topic of Ritte, you good folks have no doubt heard the latest flap involving Pinarallo Bicycles;
This is how they’re marketing their new line of e-bikes.
“I want to ride with my big strong boyfriend, but I can’t keep up so I need a bike with a pedal assist.”
Give me a(n) *expletive break.
It was in other channels that I briefly confused Cervelo bikes for Pinarello, but when your brain is an ever swirling war zone of chaos, that sort of thing is bound to happen from time to time.
Anyway, why this all relates to Ritte is that Pinarello is a big company with deep pockets and they can’t find their ass with both hands.
Ritte is a small company with barely any pockets, and yet, they hit the mark every goddamned time;
Why isn’t Ritte the big company with deep pockets making dumb sexist mistakes with their hamfisted marketing attempts, and stupid e-bikes?
There is just no justice in the world.
Finally, I will include this clip I found yesterday that spoke to me on a level so internal and intrinsic to my youth, I nearly fell out of my chair;
I was that little kid, and still to this day see lines along side of the car of either a skier, or a person on a dirt bike.
I feel like my mind got read.
Anyway, it’s with that, I say goodbye for now, and wish you well over the holiday weekend.
I’d also like to humbly offer everyone who comes here, buys product, and/or advertises my sincere thanks. Without you, and your support, I’d be working at Little Caesar’s… Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
I’m thankful for a lot, but for the here and now, I’m thankful for you.