Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rebarbative – Wordplay Wednesday 07/12/17

Don’t Be Neutral on Net Neutrality! 

Admittedly, this week’s word provides the foundation for a “soapbox” article. As a solopreneur, I cannot stand idly by while affordable (term used tongue-in-cheek) access to the Internet—the lifeblood of independent entrepreneurs and small business—is threatened. 

REBARBATIVE (ri bärʹbɘ tiv) adj. – repellent, unattractive, forbidding, grim, etc. (literally: “to face beard-to-beard”) [WW #120]

We need to stand “beard-to-beard” in a cohesive voice to the rebarbative FCC, and demand the rights that citizens of the United States just celebrated, for the two-hundred-and-forty-first year:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence)

“Pursuit of Happiness”: Let’s ponder that phrase for a moment … As a money-driven society, it’s tough enough for small business or solo entrepreneur to pursue happiness on a limited budget. But when we are faced with losing the ABILITY to make money using the same worldwide avenues as big business, THAT is oppression. A decidedly rebarbative prospect. 

We have until Tuesday, July 18, 2017, to be heard and hope to change the direction of this imminent ruling. Read more about it here. And a USA Today article of explanation, here This is worth your time, because as you know, once something becomes “law” it’s damned difficult to undo it.

If you already know the basics and just want to RAISE YOUR VOICE about it to the FCC, click here to add your comments (as a “Filer”) to the proceedings (17-108 Restoring Internet Freedom) and BE HEARD.*

My thanks to Go Daddy for prodding its customers into action with a note on its home page. The rock they skipped into the sea of humanity spurred me into action. I’m hoping my ripple will extend to you … and you … and you …

*NOTE: By registering a comment, it and your information will be public.** Go here to read some of more than 6,732,471 filings. Heartfelt, demanding, logical, and funny …”You’re being Nazis. Stop.” … we ARE (mostly) of one voice! **Although, as one filer proved, nothing is verified before posted, so his address is listed as “123 Fucknazis Blvd.” It’s unlikely he’ll be taken seriously in this serious matter, and someone will undoubtedly take offense. If you’re not willing to be legitimately recognized, perhaps you can sound off in another positive way.

Word Challenge: REBARBATIVE. There are times in life when a “beard-to-beard” rebarbative confrontation is warranted. This is one of them. Consider how you can make a difference, as you fit rebarbative into your week of righteous writings.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 


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