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Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is a big issue brewing before the Federal Communications Commission. Should we keep the Internet free from government interference or let the government regulate it (net neutrality)? That’s the question on the US News and World Report online survey. A “no” vote indicates less government interference. Take a minute and vote.

Should the FCC Mandate “Net Neutrality” and Regulate Internet Fair Play?

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April Fool’s!

Ever show up for a party on the wrong day?

Hard to imagine, considering invitations are sent by email, responded to by text message, and directions can be accessed by phone. Miscommunication about a date seems, well, a little out-of-date.

But, that’s exactly what happened to French peasants in the 16th century, and today we have April Fool’s Day to commemorate their foolishness.  While it’s hard to pinpoint the very first April Fool’s Day, experts look to 1582 as the origin.  That’s the year Pope Gregory XIII replaced the Julian calendar with the Gregorian calendar.  Since the Pope’s authority did not extend beyond the Papal States and the Catholic Church, it was up to individual countries to adopt this reformed calendar on their own time. Read