Rare Chemicals, Indeed...

I know everyone missed me yesterday. Sorry - couldn't blog, massive migraine. It's mostly better now.

Swicky did win the Most Interesting Comment of the Day Award:

[Coconut] thinks love comes from the heart. I think it's a very rare chemical that your body produces when you meet someone who is just right for you.

Michael and I were stunned for a moment, and then we laughed - because what 8 year old comes out with hormonal theories of emotional states? Unfortunately, Swick thought we were laughing at her, and ran away crying, and we had to bring her back and explain that we weren't laughing at her, etc.  Then we had a good, long discussion about the nature of love, both as a chemically-induced emotional state and as a chosen commitment to another individual, and all that good stuff.

If you're still on the fence about that whole "net neutrality" thing, here is a great article from NPR's All Tech Considered - Feds Can't Enforce Net Neutrality: What This Means For You. You can also check out CNET's Why you should care about Net neutrality (FAQ). It's not a small move - in fact, as Bloomberg Businessweek points out, Verizon's Net Neutrality Victory Means More Fighting to Come.

I also think it's important to point out that, while the net neutrality ruling is bad for everyone, it is especially terrible for the poor, as ALA President Barbara Stripling notes. The digital divide is already an enormous gap that is increasingly difficult to bridge - open Internet policies are vital. Otherwise, the divide will become insurmountable. Information access and intellectual freedom are possible for the poor only if we keep net neutrality. If we slam the Internet closed, we further erode their upward mobility - and it's a pretty damn steep climb, as it is.

Tell the FCC: Restore Net Neutrality


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