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a bear; also appearing is a star and some words, but it’s the bears in the news that caught my attention and after an unpublished episode about the passions stirred by US Senate hearings last week, I thought it best to nab that energy and direct it here, to Net Neutrality since California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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Although I can argue for and against Chrome’s ditching of privacy when moving from site to site, I’m exhausted at the prospect of having to switch browsers.

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In 2014, The Atlantic claimed no year in the century leading had been so filled with political rancor and dischord and anger. If only they’d waited two or four years. We’re so swamped with anger and hate that entire nations and states are working toward policy changes to lighten up social media. Lost among all this are ideas for countering hostile situations. Snakebite has some personal stories and we root through some more creative advice online.

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We take the sad song of people losing faith in business entities these last few days and try to turn a corner; an empowering corner. The weekend brought into fine focus the injustices upon people, consumers and first-responders! We certainly play ball with the Verizon vs firemen story about throttling but twist it in a way that I hope will get you inspired to stop and think and act and promote more thinking or action per Snakebite’s preferred method!

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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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Easy to talk about getting together and publicizing things and griping about things, but what to focus on? Privacy is a White Elephant in the best of times and the definition is a moving target; it’s also intangible and has boundaries that shift from person to person. So, how about we get physical security into the vernacular? It’s a great idea. All high speed connections globally start where Firewalls can play and lead to Information that needs some amount of securing. Let’s take all the mystery out of it.

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