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    December 3, 2017

    The FCC Is Attempting To Censor This Blog! Plus Other Updates…

    Conditions looked good for diving, but I wasn’t able to go because of other things that I needed to do.

    My six readers know that I rarely ever get political on this blog – this blog is dedicated to SCUBA diving, travel and other extremely macho activities that I take part in.

    This blog has so far outlasted many dive clubs and organizations and has been constantly rated as one of the top 700 English language Southern California SCUBA diving blogs in the world.

    However, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican and ex-lawyer at Verizon communications, announced in October that the agency would vote to undo its 2015 net neutrality rules, which prevent companies like Verizon and Comcast from blocking or slowing down websites or creating internet “fast lanes.”

    Friends, and enemies, I have been a Libertarian for many years and have often believed in free market capitalism.

    Why should there be any laws that regulate what you can do with the network that you own?

    55% of households have only one choice for an internet service provider; you think they are going to do what’s best for their customers?

    However, you cannot have free market anything if there is no competition, and anyone who thinks that the internet was just fine before OBAMA passed Net Neutrality, please read the following article:

    10 Facts That Show Exactly What’ll Happen Without Net Neutrality

    Seriously though, I doubt it would really impact this blog, but repealing Net Neutrality would allow your ISP to basically censor the internet, which Verizon already said they would do.

    I’ve been to China, where the government censors the internet – Facebook, Instagram, Google and many other sites are blocked, so you have to use a proxy service that is slow as shit, depending on the time of day you are online to get to those sites.

    Is this the direction that we want to go?

    Net Neutrality II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

    The FCC will vote to repeal Net Neutrality this month.

    “If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.” – Unproven quote attributed to Mark Twain

    And Now…

    Joe R. emerged from his disappearing act last weekend to forward me his pictures from last weekend’s dive:

    A group shot of the divers, minus Joe R.
    A group shot of the divers, minus Joe R.

    I think I'm starting to look old.
    I think I’m starting to look old.

    Taking a picture of the wine label.
    Taking a picture of the wine label.

    Checking the Barbecue.
    Checking the Barbecue.

    I turn the ribs.
    I turn the ribs.

    I pour Ginseng Wine.
    I pour Ginseng Wine.

    Thank you, Joe!

    Also:

    I did another interview for a British rag about my trip to North Korea.

    I say rag, because after answering four pages of their questions and giving them permission to use my videos, they cut it down to make me look like an American boozer in North Korea.

    And, I never said it was dangerous to get drunk in North Korea, however, I did say that it is dangerous to mess with their propaganda or preach religion.

    Enjoy the fake news: North Korea’s drinking culture REVEALED: 26p a pint but you don’t want to get too drunk

    October 31, 2017

    October Update

    Sorry for not posting anything recently, but between business dealings and family health issues it has not been an easy month.

    I’ve been trying to get off my ass, and this last Saturday I went to the Beach Streets Event in Long Beach.

    Actually, I couldn’t help it – it went right through my ghetto.

    Me and the other penny farthing guy.
    I actually met the “Other guy with an Ordinary Bike.”

    The guy’s name is Steve – he is a little crazy because he doesn’t even wear a hat to protect his head!

    I woke up the next day to see a swell map off of Palos Verdes that promised me flat conditions.

    I actually had all my gear packed and even walked down to my nice truck at 6:30 am to go diving.

    I don’t know what it was; I turned around and went back to my apartment.

    Maybe it was because I was to eat lunch with my sister, brother and mother at Bashi in Terranea and was afraid I would be too drunk or tired at noon?

    I have no idea.

    I remember when I used to be the most macho person that I knew.

    I’m going to do a few solo dives at Veterans Park to see if I still remember how to dive; the only question is when.

    I did make it down to Terranea later that day, and was lucky enough to score a free spot.

    Diving Conditions
    I don’t know what it was like earlier, but at noon it looked like conditions sucked.

    Me at Terranea Resort
    I miss this place!

    Professional Debriefer Paul, my sister, mother and myself celebrated the birthday of my brother and father, who was not able to attend.

    After lunch, Professional Debriefer Paul took me on a tour of a local indoor tomato farm – the new way we will have to grow vegetables when global warming turns the Earth into the climate of Venus.

    I think the guy is some kind of a scientist.

    I never knew before now, how funny tomato plants smell.

    In door tomato plants
    Indoor tomato plants grown as a science project.

    I have saved a few items for Sunday debriefing… if that is, hopefully, still a thing.

    North Korean mushrooms -

    North Korean mushrooms.
    Soak them in water for a day and barbecue – it is like a North Korean burger patty!

    No, they are not poisonous or hallucinogenic; so I was told by my hot North Korean tour guide.

    And some genuine Ginseng wine from Kaesong, North Korea…

    Made in North Korea

    Ginseng wine from the DPRK.

    I’m hoping to be back this weekend.

    My last interview that I did on my August trip is online:

    So… One Time, in North Korea.. – The Meghan Jenkins Show

    Until next time… Yeah, I’ll update the lobster season countdown, soon.

    Keep diving!

    Don’t be like me!

    PSD

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