Hurricane Florence Pounding The Carolinas

As I write this, Hurricane Florence is wreaking its havoc on the coastal areas of North and South Carolina as it slowly makes its way inland. Particularly hardest hit are southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. Florence is tracking westward and if the forecasted track holds true, Tropical Storm Florence will be sitting on top of me here in the Midlands of South Carolina tomorrow evening.

Of course, as it weakens to a tropical storm, the destructive force of the wind is reduced, but a tropical storm can still pack a pretty good wallop. This area is carpeted with tall pine trees that take very little wind to uproot and topple. Within the city, there are scores, if not hundreds of huge, old oaks with broad branches to catch the wind like the canvas sails of the nineteenth century Clipper ships.

And let’s not forget about the rain. As we’ve learned to fear here in Columbia, this storm could bring torrential rains and the resulting flooding that comes with them. The historic “1000 Year Flood” occurred just three years ago, so plenty of people around here remember and don’t want to relive that devastation.

What I really hope is that Florence will just quickly fade away and no one else suffers, but maybe I am asking a bit too much from Mother Nature.

Blizzard in Calabash – 24 February 2015

P1290012-SNOWHere it is, the Great February Calabash Blizzard of 2015 and I am stuck in the middle of it. It’s my first winter here in southeastern North Carolina, the land of sparkling, sunny beaches, young girls in skimpy bikinis, and old men wearing sandals and black socks. I’m one of the old men, I just skip the black socks.

Today is not a day for beaches, bikinis, or black socks. There’s a blizzard going on. It’s starting to look like Boston outside.

No, not really. I made that up. And the picture is from a different year and a different location. What we do have is a light snow and sleet mix falling right now. When I get a little more daylight, I’ll update this with today’s pictures.

Whatever falls is going to be a mess for us here in the land of the sparkling, sunny beaches.

Protect Net Neutrality | Join The Fight – Demand Congressional Support For a Free and Open Web

The Fight to Protect Net Neutrality

 


The FCC votes on net neutrality in 13 DAYS

Yesterday, I e-signed this petition from Mozilla. This is important. The web needs to remain free from any government control or interference. If you live in the United States, and you haven’t done so, you also need to sign this. Takes but a minute and Mozilla protects your privacy. If you aren’t in the US, you should familiarize yourself with pending net neutrality laws in your country and make your own stand for a free web.

The rest of this post is taken directly from Mozilla’s page urging us as netizens to take action.

We Are Close to Victory: Take Action Now

This is our final stand because the Web is not owned by any one of us; rather, it is shared by all of us. That’s why net neutrality is so important.

Sign the petition

If you live or vote in the United States, please add your name to the petition using the form below (if not, please forward this to anyone you know in the U.S.A.)

[This is the letter Mozilla will send on your behalf]

Dear Member of Congress,

The Federal Communications Commissioners will take a vote February 26th on net neutrality rules. I want the FCC to do all it can and put strong protections in place. I expect you to do the same.

As American citizens, we have been clear about what we want. To date, the public commented nearly four million times demanding that the FCC support full net neutrality. More than 300,000 of those comments were by phone — at one point reaching 1,000 calls per minute.

Clearly I am not alone in my belief that the Web is a global engine of innovation and entrepreneurship — a level playing field from which we can learn, connect and create. I stand with the millions of others in the global Web community that have opposed fast lanes which leave the majority in the slow lane, restricting freedom of choice online. There should be no blocking and discrimination of content online. If the FCC votes to uphold these protections, I am asking you to stand in support of full protections, and to leave a legacy that will ensure a free and open Web for generations.

Sincerely,
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The Fight to Protect Net Neutrality

We are so close to victory after a long, sustained fight to get strong, effective protections for net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission is slated to vote on net neutrality rules on February 26th. Time is running out for us to speak out. That is why it is so important for every American to call or write their member of Congress now.

Momentum has been on our side, but the handful of powerful companies are pulling out all the stops between now and the FCC’s vote. The corporate Goliaths and their lobbyists are using their influence to get politicians to gut net neutrality as we know it and undermine the open nature of the Web. Don’t let them do this.

We’re so close to victory, but we’re not there yet.

The biggest weapon we have in the fight for net neutrality is you. Will you make a last stand with us to make sure the FCC votes for strong net neutrality protections?

We’ll make sure to send your message — along with those of everyone else who speaks out — directly to members of Congress. Let’s protect the open Internet for all.

The poll is mine – not from Mozilla.

Please take a minute to respond.

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