1. Reversing neutrality
FCC Ajit Pai announced plans to reverse Obama-era net neutrality rules intended to preserve an open and fair internet. “On the chopping block are rules established in 2015 that prevent broadband companies from charging more for internet fast lanes for certain content and from blocking or slowing certain content. Critics charge that removing the rules will hand ISPs control of the internet – allowing them to pick winners and losers by slowing some services while giving preferential treatment to those they favor.” Sorry consumers and indie internet businesses, but you’ve been taking advantage of your ISPs for long enough…
+ From Pai: “Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet. Instead, the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them.” (Unfortunately, the content they plan to make transparent will only be available at 28.8K speeds…)
+ This, from Mozilla’s blog: “Our position is clear: the end of net neutrality would only benefit Internet Service Providers (ISPs). That’s why we’ve led the charge on net neutrality for years to ensure everyone has access to the entire internet.” (Yes, Mozilla is my sponsor. But no, they didn’t ask me to link to this or anything else. I’m doing it because they’re on the right side of the issue: Yours.)
+ Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled. And in the NYT.
+ “I led Facebook’s efforts to fix privacy problems on its developer platform in advance of its 2012 initial public offering. What I saw from the inside was a company that prioritized data collection from its users over protecting them from abuse.” NYT: We Can’t Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself.
+ In an era when deregulation is the mantra, the DOJ just filed a lawsuit to stop AT&T from buying CNN. Here are seven reasons to be suspicious.
2. Rx marks the spot
“Hale was popping so many of the highly addictive pills that he regularly ran out of his prescription early. His doctor cut off his supply and urged Hale to enter a detox program. That didn’t work. Hale, still in agonizing pain and now suffering from intense withdrawal symptoms, returned to his doctor and pleaded to get back on his opioid regime. The doctor refused. The next day, Hale put the barrel of a small-gauge gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.” From Bloomberg: Millions of Patients Face Pain and Withdrawal as Opioid Prescriptions Plummet. Stuck inside the opioid gray zone. (No matter which angle you view it from, the opioid crisis is a perfect storm of awfulness.)
3. Zimbabye baby
“In the streets outside, crowds erupted in rapturous celebrations, dancing and cheering in joy, raising their fists and waving Zimbabwean flags.” After 37 years in charge in Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe resigns under pressure. Here’s the latest from the BBC.
+ Til Tuesday: From The Atlantic: Zimbabwe’s president outlasted empires, global movements, and his political rivals—until Tuesday.
+ From liberation fighter to deposed leader—Robert Mugabe’s life in pictures.
+ “Not to put too fine a point on it, but Mnangagwa is a monster.” Why Zimbabwe’s next dictator will be even worse than Mugabe.
4. Hug shot
“There is one country not in the picture, or at the talks, that used to be considered indispensable in such geopolitical arrangements, and that’s the United States.” There’s an upcoming meeting to decide the future of Syria. In some ways, the embrace between Bashar al-Assad and Vladamir Putin in Sochi says it all.
5. The Charlie Rose show-er
“Two said that while they were working for Rose at his residences or were traveling with him on business, he emerged from the shower and walked naked in front of them. One said he groped her buttocks at a staff party.” Charlie Rose has been fired from PBS and CBS after a detailed report from WaPo: Eight women say Charlie Rose sexually harassed them — with nudity, groping and lewd calls.
+ “On April 20, 2015, the Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez sat in an office in midtown Manhattan with an eighteen-page legal agreement in front of her. She had been advised by her attorney that signing the agreement was the best thing for her and her family. In exchange for a million-dollar payment from Harvey Weinstein, Gutierrez would agree never to talk publicly about an incident during which Weinstein groped her breasts and tried to stick his hand up her skirt.” Ronan Farrow with another chapter in the Weinstein story: Harvey Weinstein’s Secret Settlements.
+ 36 Female SNL staffers support Al Franken amid sexual misconduct accusations.
+ From The Atlantic: Is the Dam of Congressional Sexual-Harassment Claims Bursting?
+ Vox: There’s a little-known fund that goes to victims of sexual harassment on the Hill. You pay for it.
+ Will Trump back Roy Moore after all the allegations of repulsive behavior? His answer makes it pretty clear: “We don’t need a liberal Democrat in that seat.”
6. Paris is blurring
“11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie!” So tweeted Paris Hilton. My initial reaction was to say, “We accept your apology.” But apparently it wasn’t an apology. And also, Paris doesn’t deserve the credit or blame. The NYT on the very long tradition of the selfie (even the word predates Paris and Britney’s infamous shot).
7. A Rand act of violence
“The apparent scuffle was as odd as it was rare. Not since 1856, when a cane-wielding congressman named Preston Brooks nearly killed the abolitionist Charles Sumner, had a sitting United States senator suffered such a violent drubbing. Brooks at least had the decency to perform his beat-down in front of witnesses in the Senate chamber, and to announce his motive: a beef over slavery. There’s been no such clarity in the weeks since Rand Paul was sent to the hospital.” From GQ: The Bizarre True Story of the Neighborhood Scuffle That Left Rand Paul with Six Broken Ribs.
8. It makes perfect census
“Brunell, a political science professor, has testified more than half a dozen times on behalf of Republican efforts to redraw congressional districts, and is the author of a 2008 book titled Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad for America.” Meet Trump’s rumored pick to run the US Census Bureau.
+ Think that pick seems bad? How about Gov Rick Snyder’s pick to run the Michigan Public Health Advisory Commission: “The council will be lead by Eden Wells, the state’s chief medical executive. Wells is currently facing criminal charges as part of Attorney General Bill Schuette’s probe into the Flint water crisis.” (I don’t know what will kill us first. The tainted water or the irony…)
9. Pilgrim’s pridefulness
The big question of the day was whether Trump could do something as silly and simple as pardoning a turkey named Drumstick without ripping his predecessor. The answer: Nope. (Upon learning that being pardoned puts him in the same company as Joe Arpaio, Drumstick immediately began brining himself…)
10. Bottom of the news
I want to start a new NextDraft tradition by turning Wednesday’s pre-Thanksgiving edition into a rundown of only good news and stories that will make you smile. But, since we’re caught in 2017’s bad news loop, I’ll need your help. Send me a link to some feel-good news and if I get enough, I’ll send out the special edition tomorrow to brighten your Thanksgiving weekend. If not, I’m gonna get started on my holiday weekend bloating. Just hit reply and let me know what you’ve got. (App users can hit the little envelope icon).
+ Germany bans kids’ smartwatches that can be used for eavesdropping.
+ NPR Music10 looks back at a decade of music and memories.
+ Reminder: Get your NextDraft T-Shirts before it’s too late…