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John Oliver's Net Neutrality Segment Crashed the FCC's Comments System

On Sunday's episode of his new show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver called for creepy internet commenters to complain directly to the FCC about how cable companies are trying to end net neutrality (or as he says it should be called, "preventing cable company fuckery"). Oliver informed viewers that the FCC is actually accepting internet comments at fcc.gov/comments for the next 120 days.

Here's Oliver's passionate call to arms for internet commenters:

I can't believe I'm about to do this, but I would like to address internet commenters out there directly. [deep breath] Good evening, monsters. This may be the moment you’ve spent your whole lives training for … [...]

A Note From the Principal About the Myths of Santa Claus and Democracy, by Ben Godar

Dear Teachers and Staff,

It's that time of year when students begin asking questions about Santa Claus. Some are believers, some are doubters, and when they come together…watch out! My suggestion is to treat the idea of Santa much like you would the idea of our democracy—a pleasing notion that some take comfort in (even if it's not real!).

Students will bring in all kinds of legends from their families.  Some will believe Santa carries a magic key that unlocks any door. Others will believe elections represent the will of the people. It's important not to question these obviously fraudulent ideas and let their parents decide when they are [...]

Here Are a Bunch of FCC Complaints About 'The Simpsons'

The website Government Attic obtained a list of indecency complaints the FCC has received from viewers about The Simpsons from 2010 to 2013, after requesting it via the Freedom of Information Act. There's also a report (pdf) on South Park complaints too. (via Gawker)

My favorite Simpsons complaint is one that simply reads, "I Don't Think So, Mr. Simpson, Because I Would Make 20th Century Fox Film Corporation Take This Evil show Off The Air Only To Get Small Wonder Back Onto The Channel Every Sunday Night." The lengthy document contains tons more weird complaints from weird people, and we've collected the best ones (mostly [...]