So this is a new strategy for corporations, taking one from the mafia tip-book. Internet providers want to start being able to charge websites money to keep their sites working properly. If the sites don't pay the "protection money," their site will intentionally process slowly, at the behest of these data providers. You can imagine what that will mean for the millions of small independent, non-revenue-generating sites out there as well. All thanks to a new bill being voted on next week by Congress. Please sign the petition below. Over 400,000 signatures have been gathered so far, and some representatives have already switched sides as this issue gains notice in the general public.



Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an iPod? Everything we do online will be hurt if Congress passes a radical law next week that gives giant corporations more control over what we do and see on the Internet.

Internet providers like AT&T are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutralitythe Internet's First Amendment and the key to Internet freedom. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. Currently BarnesandNoble.com doesn't have to outbid Amazon for the right to work properly on your computer.

If Net Neutrality is gutted, almost every popular sitefrom Google to eBay to iTunesmust either pay protection money to Internet companies like AT&T or risk having their websites process slowly. That why these high-tech pioneers and others are opposing Congress' effort to gut Internet freedom.

Simply put, network neutrality means that no web site's traffic has precedence over any other's...Whether a user searches for recipes using Google, reads an article on snopes.com, or looks at a friend's MySpace profile, all of that data is treated equally and delivered from the originating web site to the user's web browser with the same priority. In recent months, however, some of the telephone and cable companies that control the telecommunications networks over which Internet data flows have floated the idea of creating the electronic equivalent of a paid carpool lane.

If companies like AT&T have their way, Web sites ranging from Google to eBay to iTunes either pay protection money to get into the "fast lane" or risk opening slowly on your computer. We can't let the Internetthis incredible medium which has been such a revolutionary force for democratic participation, economic innovation, and free speechbecome captive to large corporations.

You can do your part today. Can you sign this petition from MoveOn.org telling your member of Congress to preserve Internet freedom? Click here




so this cover has been floating around for a while. Ray Lamontagne's take on the ridiculously popular Gnarls Barkley track "Crazy." Gnarls Barkley is the (brilliant) collaboration of Danger Mouse and Cee-lo Green. the original sets a new standard for soulfulness, layered over some refreshing beats. and the cover does a good job keeping it in tact through acoustic reinterpretation. here's both for a little comparison listening (and since most of you probably already have the first track, if not the second one too). you should probably get familiar with Gnarls Barkley, you're going to be hearing it wherever you go all summer.

• Gnarls Barkley - Crazy

• Ray Lamontagne - Crazy

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