For the six of you who haven’t seen this yet, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was defending his vote the other day on the Net Neutrality bill (the bill that will allow Internet service providers the legal power to censor what you can and can’t see based on their profit margins). Sen. Stevens, (Idiot-Alaska) decided to give all of us a primer on how the Internet works. This is a gem, so get set for some good times:
I just the other day got, an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday [The next Thursday].
Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Internet commercially…
They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a truck.
It’s a series of tubes.
And if you don’t understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.
If you think I’m joking, here’s a transcript and here’s the audio (mp3).
Next up, Fred Upton. Mr. Upton, for those that didn’t know, is an avid gamer. It’s true! Here, here’s a quote to prove it.
“I’m a gamer myself. I was an expert in Pong; that was a great game. (sounds of Pong ball being hit)”
Yes folks, during a sub-committee meeting being recorded by video and still cameras, audio recording devices too numerous to list here, and watched by millions of gamers (courtesy of the Daily Show and YouTube), the Representative from Michigan’s 6th district (thanks Kalamazoo) made the Pong sound. And, not only did he make the Pong sound, he made it in support of a statement that he was a gamer. Excuse me while I get an aspirin.
These are the people who make LAWS about new technologies, friends. These are the people sent to conceptualize a world different from today and then make rules and regulations that encourage innovation, advancement, and freedom. Time to keep closer tabs on your representatives, everyone. They’re taking away your freedoms and they don’t even know what they’re talking about.
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