Good Morning! AT&T/T-Mobile recap

Alright, it’s Tuesday now. This is the beginning of the 12 month period where the government starts investigating the proposed oligarchy merger. T-Mobile customers are anxious, and AT&T customers sock puppets have been moving among the comments section, telling us it’s not going to be that bad. Or encouraging us to stop whining and leave.

So, where do we stand this morning?

1)  We know the deal has happened. There’s not much we can do to stop that now. https://yourinfolinc.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/att-bought-tmobile/

2)  Which is a bit confusing to some of us, since a good portion of T-Mobile’s advertising campaign has centered around the idea that they’re NOT AT&T. http://bit.ly/f46LGr

A lot of us are truly unhappy. After some shock and commiserating on and offline, options for channeling that anger constructively have begun to appear:

1)  Joining the “Save T-Mobile” Facebook Page: https://yourinfolinc.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/save-t-mobile-on-facebook/

2)  Signing a petition at Care2 that asks the head of the FCC to block this merger: http://bit.ly/go4Cuo

3)  Complaining directly to the Federal Trade Commission, another government entity that has to approve this situation: http://bit.ly/dK3T6g

We have twelve months to make it clear to the government that allowing this would result in the following bad outcomes:

Less choices for consumers

Higher rates and worse customer service

One company controlling consumer use of data when unlimited data access is becoming a cultural norm. (AT&T does not provide unlimited data plans).

That’s what’s up on this Tuesday morning. I’m ready to go, are you? Let’s do this!

 T-Mobile’s offical FB page has over 2,000 comments about this situation, and very few of them are positive.

Proof of Westboro Site Down

So, I tried googling Westboro’s “God Hates Fags” to make sure it was still down. Not only did the site not come up, but all you can find for the first three pages now are stories about the Supremem Court decision and the hacking of the website! Which means that if they ever do get live again, they’re going to have a lot of work to do to get their web presence back. 🙂

They’ll probably have to buy hits. LOTS of them.

But I went to the j35t3r’s blog today, and found a much for elegent way of asking about the condition of a website. The site is called “Down for Everyone or Just Me?” It lets you type in a site name, then Google finds out the status. Here’s the site’s address:

http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/

And here’s the proof, but the picture doesn’t load on the blog for a reason I can’t fix yet. To see it, click the pic and it will open up in a new screen:

Screen capture from down for me

Beautiful

Westboro Down For 13 Days!

As of Sunday, March 6th, Westboro’s site was still down! Here’s an exact copy of the tweet keeping us up to date from th3j35t3r’s (Jester’s) Twitter account:

….and on the 8th day god created hackers, and it was good.’ #Westboro Baptist – TANGO DOWN DAY 13 – your god doesn’t like you much? #WBC

Agaim, all I can keep saying is thank you j35t3r from SeaLinc2. For reasons I’ve already posted about in this blog, their hateful actions have dogged my every step for years. I never thought I would find relief from them. Even though they won their Supreme Court case, they still don’t have an internet presence for their hateful rhetoric.

If anyone wants to read something entertaining/enlightening, someone bought the domain fredphelps.com. It’s called “God Hates Fred Phelps”, and it talks all about his history and the church. It’s run by a gay activist who gives any donations to organizations that fight against their “church”.

http://fredphelps.com/

Got it!: Anonymous Phelps interview video

I said earlier this morning that I couldn’t get the video of the interview to upload. Well, I’m new to WordPress, and finally go it figured out. Here’s the whole thing for you to enjoy. If you can’t stand it, remember the actual hack bit starts at the 8 minute mark. But you might scroll back to 7:50 just to lead in.

Anonymous Shuts Down WBC: Some Major LGBT Blogs Don’t Seem To Care

For those of you who haven’t heard this week, the hacktivist group Anonymous took out Westboro Baptist Church’s entire Internet system. All of their websites are down, and still are at the time of this posting. At the beginning of all of this, a letter was posted letting WBC know this was going to happen. After Westboro struck back, telling Anonymous to “bring it”, the hacktivist group denied sending it. Even though they find WBC’s views repulsive, they affirmed their free speech right to continue.

Then on February 24th, the David Pakman show arranged for a live confrontation between a member of Anonymous and Shirley Phelps-Roper. Since I couldn’t get the video to embed, there’s a transcript of the essential part below the fold, with a link to the YouTube video afterward.

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