Back to a long form on this visit to three bears in the news. The California State flag is mostly the unmistakable image of a bear; also appearing is a star and some words, but it’s the bears in the news that caught my attention and after an unpublished episode about the passions stirred by US Senate hearings last week, I thought it best to nab that energy and direct it here, to Net Neutrality since California just passed SB 822. Other bears include Tim Berners-Lee and Russia in the classic sense, as the bear who played with our power grid infrastructure. We cover some good ground!

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He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind… Free Speech. Today, everyone it seems is judging others to have failed the acid test of free speech online, in person, at rallies and in life. Vitriol – we’ve mentioned that before at the cafe, but it seems increasingly so to be in more and more places around the United States. We have a piety problem; unthinking conventional reverence that we and like-minded brothers and sisters are in the right. And it’s all going wrong very quickly.

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