1. Is anyone neutral on this? Amid the probably accurate predictions of money-grubbing corporations using heavy-handed tactics to edit what you will see on the future Internet, there is a bright spot.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says that the FCC’s recent controversial net neutrality reversal could be yanked by a Senate vote. “We can bring it to the floor and force a vote,” said Schumer. “So, there will be a vote to repeal the rule that the FCC passed.”
Meanwhile, here are a few interesting opinion pieces on what this major FCC change will mean for all of us:
And, you always have to love it when a federal agency makes sweeping, wildly unpopular changes while citing questionable commentary from nonexistent people, as TechCrunch reports:
2. Fun with McSoybeans: McDonald’s has decided to add the McVegan sandwich to its permanent menu in Sweden and Finland, in a stunning move that shows that no one was really asking “Where’s the Beef?” anymore anyway. (Yeah, OK, I know that ad was for Wendy’s.)
Some have a few quibbles with the structure of this vegan sandwich name, which closely correlates with the brand of the famed sandwich the McChicken.
Namely, will the vegans used to make the sandwich be free-range and grass-fed, and are they in fact organically raised? No? Right, because it’s a sandwich made FOR vegans, not out of vegans.
I hope this doesn’t mean that customers get confused and start feeding McChickens to the hens. Consistency in grammatical structure please, McDonald’s. Sheesh.
3. Alternative regulation: The FDA said Monday that it will start regulating homeopathic remedies for safety. There hasn’t been any change in the how the products are handled since the 1980s, and meanwhile, it’s become a very lucrative industry, despite not being proven scientifically to be effective, according to a report by The Associated Press on ABCNews.com.
Last spring, homeopathic products were found to be outright harmful — Hyland’s teething tablets (for babies and children) were recalled because they contained a high level of belladonna, also known as deadly nightshade.
Prior to that, the product was being sold on pharmacy shelves right next to the regulated and scientifically tested remedies, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
“We respect that some individuals want to use alternative treatments, but the FDA has a responsibility to protect the public from products that may not deliver any benefit and have the potential to cause harm,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
4. You gonna flush that? Not so fast. A class-action lawsuit filed on Dec. 4 sprays water in the face of quite a few manufacturers of flushable wipes, Costco, CVS, Procter & Gamble, Walgreens, Walmart, Target and Kimberly-Clark.
Truth in Advertising reports that the companies are accused of false advertising for stating that the convenient wet wipes are safe for plumbing and sewer systems.
The plaintiffs say, no, the wipes do not break down. At all. And they say they have the clogged pipes to prove it.
(If you use these wipes, you’ll want to pay attention to whether this case stands up in court or … disintegrates, which is what the wipes are supposed to do.)
5. Grounded! Airlines are trying desperately to bounce back after a fire at the Atlanta airport on Sunday led to the cancellation of more than 1,400 flights, according to an Associated Press report in The Seattle Times.
Things might settle down by Tuesday. (Atlanta is reportedly the busiest airport in the world, so good luck to everyone who’s flying soon!)