We dipped our toes into political activism today, joining the Women's March event being held in our hometown of Keene, NH. A friend of my wife's made her a hat, which I wore when we were walking back to the car. It was a good event, and it's helping our kids start to see beyond their privileged positions in life.
The two largest cable companies in the US, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, want to merge. Please take a look at the petition and sign it.
Here's what I submitted on the form:
As a long-time customer of TWC, the fact that they are being bought / merging with Comcast horrifies me. This will create one of the largest cable companies in the world, one of the largest internet providers in the country, and one of the largest controllers over access to content the world has seen. Couple this with with the recent net neutrality ruling, and the combined company will be in a position to strangle internet companies, hurting customers, hurting freedom of speech, hurting competitors, hurting innovation and hurting jobs. Please block this merger.
Read this article if you still believe you've nothing to hide so you don't mind if the NSA and the US government snoop on you.
Update: The Suffolk County (NY) Police Department have released a statement saying that they investigated the people in the story because of a tip-off by a local company that an ex-employee had been googling for "pressure cooker bombs" and "backpacks" while at work, theoretically concerned the now ex-employee was going to go postal using the knowledge gained from searching online while at work. Because that's how crazy people do it. Allegedly.
Updated again: The family have responded to the police report, basically that the information they were given, and the wife's original story as referenced by the article above, is different to what the police are now saying.