Three Things You Need to Know – December 15, 2017

Neutralizing Net Neutrality

The apocalypse is here.

The Earth and all its inhabitants will soon be consumed in flames.

And that’s ok.

Because Obama’s net neutrality regulations are dead. And so are we inside.

That’s basically a synopsis of every leftist on social media yesterday.

They took the news that the FCC voted 3-2 to get rid of net neutrality really, really, hard.

I bet they are all writing their dramatic and misinformed posts on stone tablets now in protest.

The hyperbolic statements from the left about the vote on net neutrality would make you think that the internet has been tortured and killed. In reality, the repeal of these regulations doesn’t affect their lives in any way whatsoever.

And yet, people are literally going crazy over it. In fact, the vote was briefly delayed yesterday after security had to clear the room to conduct a search for a possible bomb threat.

It begs the question, why are some people such emotional trainwrecks over net neutrality? Rescinding the Obama-era regulations will return us to a 2015-esque internet. Can anyone honestly say they noticed a difference in their internet usage over the past two years?

That’s a resounding “No.”

But the imagined hell of living without the internet we’re used to is enough to bring people to the edge of despair. It just goes to show that we are always closer to chaos than we think.

The only reason people think they want “Net Neutrality” is because it sounds nice. Period.

But the internet can only remain truly “neutral” if the government keeps its grubby hands off of it. And that’s just what the FCC voted to do yesterday.

False Rape Claim Almost Ruined This Oklahoma Football Player

If you googled the name Rodney Anderson before yesterday, you might think the star running back from Oklahoma University was a rapist. Anderson’s accuser claimed he had raped her on November 16th, and – after a few weeks – a friend of hers convinced her to come forward. The story alleged that on the evening of November 16th, Anderson and the accuser had met up at a bar. Later that night she decided to go home with him. It was then that she claimed he raped and bit her.

Anderson categorically denied the allegation, but the media exposure continued to pile on. The story seemed yet another domino in this post-Weinstein era. Hollywood, corporations and Washington had already fallen. It seemed only too obvious that the sporting world was next. That’s the mentality we have lately. With forty plus accusations of sexual misconduct in under two months, everyone waits with bated breath to find out which industry will be the next to fall.

Up until this point – over the past couple of months – most companies have responded to similar accusations with an immediate suspension or termination. In this new age of instant information and social media, accusation is equivalent to guilt. One sports analyst summed this up perfectly when he called for Anderson’s suspension on an Oklahoma City talk radio station. He said:

“[It’s] Business, right? We’re talking about a billion-dollar athletic department. It’s not the best thing for Rodney Anderson. I understand that. But it’s the best thing for the brand.”

This kind of thinking is exactly what’s enabling and fueling this witch hunt mentality. ‘We can’t have bad press!! Label him a rapist and let’s be done with it!!’

Anderson’s story was already trending all over the country. The taglines included the words “Anderson”, “star running back” and “rape.” Can you imagine what would have happened if the University of Oklahoma prematurely suspended him for rape? He would have been finished, but we’ve seen it handled that way literally DOZENS of times over the past two months.

The DA’s office announced yesterday that no charges would be filed. Text messages were found showing that the accuser was lying. Witness interviews reported that the accuser thought Anderson was a quote “nice guy” for not going all the way with her that night. It was only after Anderson stopped responding to her advances that she decided to accuse him of rape.

This story is a perfect example of a couple things. First, never pre-determine someone’s fate based off of an accusation. The accuser should be treated seriously and fairly, but so should the accused. Second, this rush to save face and protect the brand is creating a lynch mob mentality that has got to stop. The University of Oklahoma handled this the right way. Maybe the rest of the country can follow that example.

This Could “Rock” the White House

Would he go by President Rock or President Johnson?

Yesterday, Variety reported that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is seriously thinking about running for president in 2024. By the way, that would be for president of the United States.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Dwayne Johnson is a former pro wrestler-turned-movie star.

Even though he’s known for his comedic chops in movies like Baywatch, and unintentional comedies like Hercules, running for president does not appear to be a joke. He told Variety he would “100% consider” running for office.

However, Johnson’s fans will have to try to contain themselves because the actor/producer has a huge slate of movie and TV projects that will keep him booked for the next four years. Realistically, he won’t be able to run for president until 2024.

Donald Trump ushered in a new era in which celebrities now think, “if Donald Trump can get elected president, why not me?” But this actually seems to be more than just idle celebrity talk from a guy whose wrestler name was “The Rock.” A Washington Post article in 2016 about Johnson’s political ambition got people talking. He says he’s entertaining the idea purely out of loyalty to the American people.

So, what are Johnson’s political credentials? He doesn’t have any. But he says, “the best thing I can do is continuing to listen and learn as much as I can” – which is more than you can say for most politicians, so maybe Mr. Rock is onto something here.

He used to be a registered Republican but is now an Independent. He lives in Florida, which is an important state in presidential elections. He also has 175 million followers on social media. If just one-third of them showed up to vote for him, he’d have nearly as many popular votes as Trump got in 2016. So maybe a Rock presidency isn’t so far-fetched.

Then again, there are questions about his judgment, after all, he starred in a movie called Tooth Fairy.

Fun Fact: If Dwayne Johnson is elected president in 2024, he would be the third Johnson to occupy the White House, but the very first Rock.

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