Category Archives: Did You Know?
No, I’m not kidding. On Thursday, the FCC will most likely vote to repeal Net Neutrality, the rule that prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from slowing down (a.k.a. throttling) or blocking websites and streaming services. This means Comcast will be allowed to block your access to GMG for any reason they like. And they could charge GMG a fee in order to have the block removed. You and Joey and I will have no recourse.
But it gets worse. If you have a small business, Comcast could also block your website and force you to pay a premium to get the block removed. The technology exists for Comcast to block your Facebook page if they like and Facebook will have no recourse to prevent that.
As you might guess, there are those who favor repealing Net Neutrality, namely people at Comcast, AT&T and Verizon. FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, who proposed the repeal, is the former Associate General Council for Verizon where he handled competition matters, regulatory issues, and counseling of business units on broadband initiatives. Perhaps now you’re getting the picture.
Ajit Pai has called Net Neutrality “a solution in search of a problem” which conveniently ignores the many times ISPs did exactly what we’re afraid of until the FCC came to our rescue. See examples here. Once Net Neutrality is repealed, the FCC will no longer be able to come to our rescue.
Imagine if the phone company decided to block calls to your mother in Iowa because whatever phone company she uses out there doesn’t want to pay a premium to allow calls from Massachusetts.
“That sort of thing has never happend,” you might say. And you’d be right. Because phone companies aren’t allowed to block calls or redirect them or add static or interfere with the sound or video quality — all things that ISPs will be allowed to do without the Net Neutrality rules. But wait! Do you have VOIP from Comcast? Or Verizon? Or AT&T? Better call your mom now and explain why you might not be able to call her after Thursday.
And while you’re at it, you might want to call your congressman Seth Moulton (202) 225-8020 and Senators Ed Markey 617-565-8519 and Elizabeth Warren (617) 565-3170. Ask them to pressure the FCC not to repeal Net Neutrality. And if that doesn’t work, perhaps congress can make Net Neutrality the law of the land.
This is serious folks. The time to act is now.
Joey Asked, We Got Inspired: SAT NOV 25 Christmas Show that’s as much fun for Adults as it is for Kids
A few weeks ago, Joey called me asking if we were planning to have any shows for kids — and we got inspired.
We wanted to produce a show is as much fun for adults as it is for kids.
Comedy, Juggling, Music, Audience Participation, Lots of Fun!
And because it’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we invited Santa to make a magical appearance, hand out some gifts and pose on our stage with your child (or grandchild) for a perfectly lit photo op.
All for only 15 bucks! GET TICKETS HERE.
Snacks and beverages for adults and kids will be available for purchase. All you have to do is bring the kids, relax and enjoy the show!
Gloucester’s Joe Langhan (Food Network founder) brings his world-class pastrami to Beverly tomorrow night
Many of you know Joe Langhan from his work producing the Souls of the Sea videos. What you may not know is that he’s a founder of the Food Network and created its signature show Emeril Live. A couple of years ago, Joe brought world-class NY pastrami to Boston (see Globe article). Tomorrow (FRI 8/11) he’s bringing his famous Beantown Pastrami right down the road to Beverly for a pop-up at our Beverly Blues Series.
If you know us, you’ll know that we love pulling what may seem like disparate people together for an unusually fun night (e.g., book signings with music, music with stand-up comedy, comedy with dinner, etc.)
It’s hard to predict just how much fun tomorrow’s show will be as we bring together Blues Hall of Famer, Joe Moss from Chicago and the last prophet of the funky Texas blues The Willie J. Laws Band for an exceptional night of music hosted by WZLX Music Director Carter Alan (who will sign his new book The Decibel Diaries at the show).
Add Beantown Pastrami’s world-class, hand-carved, NYC style sandwiches and … well … you just never know what can happen at the most intimate, elegant listening room on Boston’s North Shore. Get tickets here (cheaper on-line!)
Family, friends, City Officials and customers gathered together. It was a joyous event. Design Of Mine. A lovely shop with many clothing styles, fashion, jewelry and art work. Owner and operator Melissa Tarr makes it a very inviting place to shop. Right in the heart of town and home of The Flutter Shawl.
When: Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Where: Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, MA
Subject: A brief talk with Questions and Answers on “Researching and Writing about Abraham Lincoln in 2017”
(None of my books on sale that night but I will gladly sign copies if people bought copies on Amazon.)
Author of DEEP SNOW, HIGH WATERS and FULL HEART (Young Man Lincoln Trilogy)…
Free and Open to the Public.
Oil painting of Abraham Lincoln by artist and sculptor Richard R. Miller
As promised, we warn FOBs when a show is about to sell out. Tomorrow’s Loretta LaRoche – Love Laughter and Lasagna (taking you back in time to the humor of growing up with her Italian family in Brooklyn) is selling fast and there are only a few tables left at our new, intimate venue, 9 Wallis in Beverly. You may have seen Emmy-winning Loretta LaRoche on PBS or during prior tours, but you’ve probably never seen her in an intimate room with comfortable table seating, a delicious Lasagna dinner and bar service!
You don’t want to be one of those people who calls us tomorrow begging for a seat that we can’t give you because there just isn’t any space left, do you?
Here’s Loretta on PBS: