Dec 072018

From: Sandra Finley

some edits to original.

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In case people at OpenMedia are not aware.

My reading:  Barbara Loe Fisher’s recent video is an alert, an alarm bell.  Even if it’s US-based.

Elaboration follows.


Bless all of you at OpenMedia for your appreciation of the needs of Democracy.

You are warriors par excellence.   . . .

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As I understand,  more than a year ago the FCC bowed to Corporate pressures re the Internet.  (FCC = US Federal Communications Commission)  Well, maybe they didn’t have to bow, they simply followed established practice.

2014-04-24  Unless Defeated, New FCC Rules Will Put ‘Stake in Internet’s Heart’

The new rules were not defeated.

Fisher is saying:  in the U.S. they lost the battle for net neutrality.  They are a year into censorship (a propaganda state).  That is the reality.  People! – –  strengthen and build real-life connections, communications, and sharing of information through non-internet media.  Don’t just sit and watch corporate takeover of communication channels, now including the Internet.


I operate on the understanding that what the Corporations get in the US, they will eventually get in Canada, and vice versa.  The success of Canadian wins for Net Neutrality, through pressure on the CRTC, are tenuous.

2017-04-20  We won! OpenMedia. Net neutrality, CRTC.    (CRTC = Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)

our movement has won rules to prevent telecom giants from manipulating data caps to make some apps and services more expensive than others. Since then our victory has been making headlines all over the world.

But today, telco shills and industry apologists have flocked to Twitter to express their outrage. . . .  if their outrage is any indication, they’ll do everything they can to undo our huge win.

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Industries highly motivated to join forces in manipulation of access to the Internet,

(the INTERNET thwarts their ability to control the society using the standard tool – – Propaganda.  They are dependent on propaganda to ensure the flow of profits.):

If you are naive, or born post-Bush Senior and the “Gulf War” in the ’90’s,  I recommend the above video.   I discovered I am the former, still naive after all I’ve seen.


I suspect I should be adding “Big Government” (Big Money) to the list.  The public interest, and the Government’s assigned job (regulation) is often not their motivation or priority.


The effects of  FCC’s failure to protect the public interest in the US, are now emerging, as described in the address by Fisher (a repeat of the link at top):

If short of time,  You might listen to the first part of the video, and then skip ahead to about the 10:16 minute mark.   Fisher describes what has actually happened.  And what to do, under the circumstances.   She does a good job of describing the consequences for democracy, in general, not in just one sphere.

Or, the transcript of Fisher’s address is also on the posting.

Thanks! to the many people and organizations in Canada who went to the mat with the CRTC over net neutrality and prevailed.

The win is precarious, given what Barbara Loe Fisher describes has happened to NVIC.   Let us all be alert.


Traffic to NVIC’s websites has fallen more than 50 percent since net neutrality was cancelled last year and access to our online information was restricted by suppressive algorithms and rating systems.70

Although NVIC takes a pro-education, pro-informed consent position and does not make vaccine use recommendations, NVIC’s Pinterest account was recently suspended.71 The reason given was that Pinterest takes action “against accounts that repeatedly save content that includes harmful advice, misinformation that targets individuals or protected groups or content that originates from disinformation campaigns” and that Pinterest operators “don’t allow advice when it has immediate or detrimental effects on a Pinner’s health or on public safety. This includes promotion of false cures for terminal or chronic illnesses and anti-vaccination advice,” adding that they rely on “information from national and internationally recognized institutions like the CDC and WHO World Health Organization” to guide their judgments.

NVIC is awaiting the judgment of NewsGuard Technologies about whether our weekly online journal newspaper The Vaccine Reaction will be given a green or red rating, which will send a signal to major search engines and social media platforms with the power to preserve or censor and make information disappear from the Internet.

Censoring Information for The Greater Good?

The new Internet Police scrubbing the World Wide Web of information they do not want you to see or talk about is part of the larger culture war going on today in our country and in many countries.72  73 When it comes to vaccination, discrimination and censorship is justified in the name of public safety and The Greater Good.74 75

Who’s greater good? . . .

Who is BARBARA LOE FISHER?     Everything I’ve seen by her, over the years, has been well-reasoned and well done.   She is sounding an alarm, based on what is being experienced in the sector she knows.

She and NVIC, the organization she runs, are threatening Big Pharma.  A search throws up examples:

2017-05-11    Refusal to Vaccinate Should Be a Hanging Offense? from the Vaccine Reaction

If the State can tag, track down and force individuals to be injected with biologicals of known and unknown toxicity today, then there will be no limit on which individual freedoms the state can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow.” — Barbara Loe Fisher, National Vaccine Information Center

2018-03-26   Baylor’s Doc Hotez Bullies Parents of Vaccine Injured Children | Barbara Loe Fisher

2015-11-09   Vaccine Injury Compensation in USA: Government’s Broken Social Contract with Parents

2013-05-28   Desperate Times for Vaccine Risk Denialism

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  One Response to “2018-12-07 An alert sent to OpenMedia, Propaganda flourishes if we can’t hang onto Net Neutrality.”

  1. Both democracy and our health are under attack.

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