FCC Repeals ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules For Internet Providers

After a brief security evacuation, U.S. telecom regulators have voted to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, which restrict the power of Internet service providers to influence loading speeds for specific websites or apps. After weeks of heated controversy and protests, the Republican majority of the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to loosen Obama-era regulations for Internet providers. The rules, put in place in 2015, banned cable and telecom companies from blocking or slowing down any websites or apps. They also prohibited broadband providers from striking special deals that would give some websites or apps “priority” over others. The FCC’s dramatic course reversal in Read More

The Wall Of Silence Around Victims Of Sexual Assault

Gretchen Carlson, whose sexual assault and harassment claims led to Roger Ailes’s downfall, recently stated that “the culture of concealment and denial is coming to an end” and the Silence Breakers were just named Time Magazine‘s Person of the Year. But a culture of silence does not simply end when its victims are ready to speak up. For victims to be heard, we must understand what role we play in building the silence around them. Silence is a sexual predator’s weapon, protecting them from detection and prosecution. Simon Hallsworth and Tara Young explain that while silence is a common feature of most crimes, it is the noise Read More


Hawaii is taking those threats from North Korea seriously. Starting Friday, the state will start monthly testing of a nuclear warning siren system aimed at alerting residents to an impending nuclear missile strike. It’s the first such tests in the Aloha State since the end of the Cold War. The test of the nuclear warning siren will be conducted during the monthly tests of the overall statewide warning siren system, according to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. At 11:45 a.m. on the first business day of every month, a steady alert signal will blare from speakers for 50 seconds, followed by a 10-second pause and then a Read More

The Day The Evil Died: Charles Manson, cult leader, dies at 83

Charles Manson, a fiery-eyed cult master whose lemming-like followers staged a bloody two-night murder rampage in Los Angeles in 1969 that gripped the city with fear and shocked the nation, died Nov. 19 at a hospital in Kern County, Calif. He was 83. Spokeswoman Krissi Khokhobashvili of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed the death but did not provide a specific cause. Mr. Manson, who was serving a life sentence at California State Prison in Corcoran, had had health problems in recent years and was hospitalized in January for gastrointestinal bleeding, according to news reports. The sheer incomprehensibility of his followers’ acts — mutilation and Read More

Bike hub opens at Union Station

Union Station is upping its bike game. A big, new bike hub will open Wednesday at the Downtown transportation center, The Source reports. Metro’s already got bike hubs in Hollywood and El Monte, but this one is the biggest, with room for 192 bikes. All that bike parking will be a secure way for transit riders to store their bicycles, potentially eliminating the need for hub members to take their bikes aboard buses and trains departing from Union Station. The bike hub will also provide real-time information for buses and trains (including Amtrak and Metrolink) arriving and departing the station, and, during staffed hours, will have bike Read More

U.S. drone advisory group’s secret meetings are not going well

A government advisory group has been holding confidential meetings to shape U.S. policy on drones, deliberating privately about who should regulate a burgeoning industry that will affect everything from package delivery to personal privacy. The federal group includes industry insiders with a financial stake in the outcome and is co-chaired by a lobbyist for DJI, a Chinese drone maker that dominates the U.S. market. In January, the Federal Aviation Administration asked the group to figure out what influence state and local governments should have over drones in their communities. The closed proceedings are billed as a way to promote thoughtful and unguarded exchanges — and eventual consensus Read More

Presidency has become an impossible job – three intriguing ideas to fix it.

Americans expect their president to be equal parts CEO, diplomat-in-chief, commander of armed forces, party leader and motivational figure. Perhaps it’s time to rethink the presidency itself, suggests historian Jeremi Suri. In its extremes of power and responsibility, the US presidency is probably the most talked about and least understood office in the world. Presidents are elected to accomplish big things, but they spend most of their time focusing on problems that do not serve — and frequently contradict — their larger agendas. They command the most powerful military in the world, but they repeatedly confront the frustrating limits of what they can achieve by force. They’re Read More

What Does Being A U.S. Territory Mean For Puerto Rico?

President Trump posted a series of early morning tweets on Thursday that put the disaster spotlight back on Puerto Rico. In one tweet he reminded everyone that Puerto Rico’s “electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.” In the next one he blamed Puerto Rico for its looming financial crisis and “a total lack of accountability.” Finally, he appeared to threaten to remove federal aid workers from the territory after Hurricane Maria.   Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello responded by tweeting that Puerto Ricans “are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation.” Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico more than three Read More

Celebrities Open Up Their Checkbooks To Aid Las Vegas Shooting Victims

The deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States took place in Las Vegas this past Sunday. During a country music concert Sunday night, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire at concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing at least 59 people and wounding over 500. In response to the unspeakable tragedy, several celebrities and organizations have opened up their checkbooks in order to help aid the victims and their loved ones. Shortly after the shooting took place Sunday night, Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak established the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund on Go Fund Me, which had a goal Read More

Why ‘Brik’ Is A Comic Unlike Any Other

In an age of corporatized superhero blockbusters, writers Michael Benson and Adam Glass tell nuanced narratives. The duo first met on a picket line during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike. Benson had worked on HBO’s Entourage while Glass was getting ready to write and produce the CW sleeper hit Supernatural. A friendship was struck and suddenly the two were writing graphic novels together. Their creative partnership for Marvel has created stories where Deadpool is reimagined as a Cold War pulp thriller, Luke Cage wanders through a Prohibition-era Harlem defined by institutionalized racism, and the Punisher remains permanently trapped in his past hatreds. Throughout these immoral Read More