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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will release his proposal to kill net neutrality on November 22, the day before Thanksgiving -- and Congress is under tremendous pressure to stop him. Comcast has hired 40 lobbying firms to fight for the end of net neutrality.[1] AT&T spent $4.4 million lobbying Congress in the third quarter—more than any other tech company and more than last year.[2] These telecom giants have millions to spend and have us outnumbered, but the bottom line is those lobbyists are advocating for policies that are overwhelmingly unpopular with people from across the political spectrum. That's why we still have a chance. Industry pressure has a lot of influence on members of Congress but nothing can replace the power of a constant barrage of phone calls from concerned constituents coming right from a lawmakers' back yard. We're launching a major new ad campaign to drive people to BattlefortheNet.com and generate phone calls specifically from the districts where we know our calls will make the most difference. Will you chip in? Yes, I’ll chip in to help flood Congress with phone calls in favor of net neutrality. Ajit Pai picked November 22—one of the biggest travel days of the year—to release his plan to ... Read More

39 Days to Mars! NASA’s New Plasma Engine!

Ad Astra Rocket Company of Texas is in the final stages of developing a highly efficient Plasma Rocket for low Earth orbit and interplanetary use! A cheaper way to move spaceships around Earth orbit, the moon and the outer planets! 39 days to Mars? Sign me up! A U.S. based rocket propulsion company is developing an engine that could take humans to Mars in just 39 days, and it has funding from Nasa to accomplish the task. A spacecraft normally takes several months to reach Mars. According to Franklin Chang Diaz, CEO of the Ad Astra Rocket Company of Texas, the new rocket engine technology has the potential to be revolutionary. "This is like no other rocket that you may have seen in the past, It is a plasma rocket. The Vasimr Rocket is not used for launching things, It is used for things already in orbit, which we call. 'in space propulsion'," said Chang Diaz, also a former astronaut. The Vasimr engine works by heating plasma, an electrically charged gas, to extreme temperatures using radio waves. Strong magnetic fields then funnel this plasma out of the back of the engine. This in turn, creates thrust, helping to propel the ... Read More

Women at Westminster use secret WhatsApp group to avoid ‘sex pest’ MPs

Published time: 27 Oct, 2017 07:21 Cabinet ministers are named as “sex pests to avoid” in a secret WhatsApp group of female staff at Westminster, it is claimed. Allegations against specific politicians range from “very handsy” and “not safe in taxis” to “groped my arse at drinks party.” Another message warns women not to “get in the lift” with a certain male MP, while another says “watch out for… at conference.” Other messages claim senior MPs have sex in Parliamentary offices, that bosses refer to female employees as “sugar tits” and demand affairs, and that one MP demanded that staff buy sex toys as gifts. A source told the Sun that some of the worst offenders’ names are widely known, but that the list was being put together “so new arrivals could be warned.” Many of the accused are said to be “the usual old suspects,” but one poster said they also include “surprising younger names.” Read more A source said: “For years we have all been looking out for each other. It’s like, so-and-so is hiring, but it can’t be a woman for him.’” The explosive list could spark a fresh scandal at the Houses of Parliament and lead ... Read More

Three reasons women marry less educated men

Have you noticed this trend lately?  More women are marrying men who are less educated than they are!  But here is the real question…does it really matter if a woman has more education than her man?  Will the different levels of education impact how they get along in each other’s social circles? Of course, there can be questions of each being secure in whom they are rather than in who brings in the most income or concerns about compatibility. Sure, there is a lot to consider when she is carrying her doctorate into the corporate world and he is happy with his high school diploma and his blue-collar job.  Bottom line, education does not have to stand in the way of love conquering all of these differences. Since this is a growing trend, let’s take a look at the reasons that women are marrying less educated men. Less College Educated Men to Choose From: Sociologists are telling us that academic and workplace strides among women are outpacing those of men in the United States and the gains are affecting whom educated women marry. More Women Hold Advanced Degrees: There is also a gender shift in the realm of education.  The Pew Research ... Read More

Why Organized Religion Fears Educated Women

This is a guest post by Shanna Babilonia who is the publisher of myiobi.com, a secular personal development website focusing on internal and external improvement and empowerment. You can read more of her work at www.myiobi.com. Thank you Shanna! For thousands of years women have been defined only in correlation to their relationship to men. They have been kept hidden, prohibited from speaking, forced into submission and treated as the “unclean” gender whose existence is that of mental and physical servitude to her human counterpart. Why has so much emphasis been placed upon the mind and actions of women? What does organized religion fear about the mind of an educated and logically-thinking woman? Here are 5 reasons why organized religion fears educated women: The loss of patriarchal control. The three largest religions on our planet are all patriarchal religious establishments. They were created by men, for the benefit of men. This has created a human imbalance for nearly every society on earth. But, there are some who insist on maintaining that imbalance by putting man in the place of a god-like being, while ascribing an inferior role to women. The problem is, these patriarchies are not just part of religious organizations, ... Read More

Backyard Hurricane Dome Kit ….. houses need to be made like this !

Our 24 foot diameter Backyard Dome kit features additional 2x4 blocking supports within each of 130 triangles on the upper portion of the dome surface. The precision-cut 2x4 geodesic frame kit is exposed to the interior. The exposed interlocking hexagons and triangles on the dome ceiling create an awesome three dimensional pattern and a very strong building. Our Backyard Dome kit is modified on the lower perimeter to include vertical wall framing for conventional doors and windows. A braced four feet high, ten-sided, perimeter riser wall is constructed under the modified hemisphere to lift the dome just enough to accomodate the height of a standard pre-hung exterior door. The total height of the dome at the center is 16 feet. Our "backyard dome kit" is designed to be assembled by people who have limited prior construction experience. All the components are small enough to be easily handled by one person. All EconOdome frame kits are assembled with screws and a rechargeable drill. The floor may radiantly heated, if, you are building where it gets cold in the winter. Below is one possible single story floorplan. An important part of building a small and economical ten sided dome is the floor ... Read More

Everything to know about Florida evacuations and shelters ahead of Hurricane Irma

At least 1.3 million Florida residents are under mandatory evacuation ahead of Hurricane Irma, which is slated to strike the state as a Category 4 storm on Sunday morning. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who declared a statewide emergency earlier this week, said additional evacuations are expected to be issued as Hurricane Irma approaches the state. Scott urged all Floridians to heed local alerts and follow the directions of local officials. "If you're told to evacuate, leave, get out quickly," the governor said at a press conference Friday morning. "This storm is wider than our entire state." Scott said people can expect major traffic in Florida as residents and visitors adhere to evacuation orders. "Please be patient," he said. "Evacuations are not convenient but they are absolutely meant to keep you safe." "I cannot stress this enough -- do not ignore evacuation orders," Scott added. "We can rebuild your home; we can't rebuild your life." Here's a roundup of the evacuation orders, transportation and shelters. Visit the Florida governor's website for the latest information. Mandatory evacuations were in effect beginning Friday for the coastal cities of South Bay, Lake Harbor, Pahokee, Moore Haven, Clewiston, Belle Glade and Canal Point. Brevard County ... Read More

Hurricane Irma forecast to strike Florida Keys as Category 5

Hurricane Irma is now forecast to hit the Florida Keys as a Category 5 storm. Meteorologists expect Irma to make landfall in the Keys between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. ET on Sunday. Overnight projections of Irma's path showed less of a threat to the Carolinas as the monster storm appeared likely to move directly up the middle of Florida and curve inland. The National Weather Service's Key West office issued a dire warning in the wake of the updated forecast. ***NOWHERE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS WILL BE SAFE*** ***YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO EVACUATE*** Please RT. #Irma pic.twitter.com/VWLMEDWoUs "Obviously Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States," Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said at a press conference Friday morning. "We're going to have a couple rough days." Irma was downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4 storm early Friday morning. As of 5 p.m. ET, the storm was moving west at 12 mph and located 345 miles southeast of Miami. The National Hurricane Center cautioned that Irma is "extremely dangerous," with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, which are strong enough to uproot trees, bring ... Read More