Two things you’ve probably figured out about On Pasture already: 1) We’re not big into telling you to spend money and, 2) we don’t like to get into politics. But it’s December, and there are two things that we all need: 1) Gift ideas and 2) an easy way to get those gifts. So here are some suggestions for thing one and thing two.
We’re betting that if you’re reading On Pasture, you have friends or family who are interested in the same things you are. So we put together an On Pasture Shop that links you to books by On Pasture authors that might be just right for someone on your list (or for you). Many of these are available at Amazon.com, so all you have to do is click on the picture of the book to find out more about it and order it. Some come directly from the authors and we’ve provided those links too. And, if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you’ll find a couple things we added just for fun, like iHorn speakers and some interesting T-shirts.
2) Save Net Neutrality
Thanks to Net Neutrality it’s easy to shop and find information on the internet. Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must provide equal access to all content and applications regardless of the source without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. Without it, internet service companies could charge users more to see certain content and to curb access to some websites, creating a “fast lane” and “slow lane” for the Internet. Websites, like On Pasture for example, could be charged for faster connections, and costs like that would either shut down some sites, or be passed on to users, like you, who really can’t afford to pay either. (For more, here’s a Forbes article on what repealing net neutrality could mean to all of us.)
Recent polls show that three-quarters of Americans support net neutrality because they like to control for themselves what they see and read and where they shop on the Internet. It’s even one of those rare issues where we don’t divide along party lines: 73% of Republicans and 81% of Democrats are in favor of net neutrality. Nevertheless, when the Federal Communications Commissioners met on December 14, they are expected to vote to end it.
If you’d like to have a say in how they vote on your behalf, here are their email addresses:
Ajit Pai, Chairman. Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner. Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner. Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov
Brendan Carr, Commissioner. Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner. Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
So, happy gift giving and pardon our foray into politics. We just want to be sure we can be here for you well into the future.
Thanks for reading!
Kathy and Rachel