Archive for the 'Free Speech' Category

I SAY JOURNALIST, THEY SAY TERRORIST…

February 19th, 2014

On a court ruling this morning Glenn Greenwald writes: In sum, the U.K. Government wants to stop disclosure of its mass surveillance activities not because it fears terrorism or harm to national security but because it fears public debate, legal challenges and accountability. That is why the U.K. government considers this journalism to be “terrorism”: […]

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHISMS TO BE EVIDENCE…

July 8th, 2013

ALL YOUR BASE DATA ARE BELONG TO US…

June 6th, 2013

[Update at 1840: I've been thinking about this all day and here's my bottom line. There is no good security reason to be doing what the federal government is doing unless the people at the top are so feckin' clueless that they actually believe all the people who hate America are total idiots (like themselves) […]

PLAIN DEALER PAGE ONE THIS MORNING…

December 11th, 2012

Brandon Blackwell writes: Irony stung the Occupy Cleveland movement in October 2011 when about a dozen of its members were arrested in Public Square. Protesters were taken into custody for violating curfew near the statue of Cleveland’s 35th Mayor Tom L. Johnson — an effigy erected as a testament to free speech and assembly. But […]

OCCUPY WINS IN OHIO COURT OF APPEALS…

December 8th, 2012

I just did a quick search on the Plain Dealer’s website and not a peep about this story. From the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District, County of Cuyahoga: {¶1} For purposes of this opinion, the appeals of both appellants Erin McCardle and Leatrice Tolls have been consolidated. 1 {¶2} Appellants Erin McCardle […]

I’LL SMACK ANYONE WHO MENTIONS FIRE…

September 16th, 2012

Glenn Greenwald writes: Does anyone doubt that if the Bush White House had “requested” in the wake of 9/11 that all anti-war or anti-administration videos be “reviewed” to see if they should remain on the internet – on the not-implausible ground that they might encourage attacks on American troops or personnel – that Democrats would […]

SPEAK MORE, NOT LESS; DON’T CENSOR BACILE???…

September 13th, 2012

[Update No. 3 @ 1042 on 13 September: His real name is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula] [Update No. 2 @ 1944: Bacile's a fake; not a Jew or an Israeli, who the fuck is he?] [Update No. 1 @ 1626: Glenn Greenwald wades in...] Shaya Tayefe Mohajer (for the Associated Press) writes: An Israeli filmmaker based […]

DON’T BE AFRAID, BE ANGRY, BE UPSTANDING…

August 30th, 2012

ON THE MALABILITY OF REALITY…

August 21st, 2012

Andrew Brietbart is gone, but his media fief continues. I initially embedded the Brietbart video of Saturday’s protest in Cleveland, but after spending about 20 minutes attempting to alter the code so that the video wouldn’t autostart, I’ve removed the code. You can still go directly to the site and view the video there. As […]

UNDER PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA…

July 1st, 2012

Jacob Appelbaum, the Internet freedom activist and WikiLeaks associate, has been targeted by the U.S. Government in multiple ways despite never having been charged with any crime, including constant border harassment, laptop seizures, and the secret issuance of “national security letters” to his Internet providers and other services. Watch this short video as he takes […]

SPEECHIFYING ON THE CIVIC COMMONS…

June 23rd, 2012

Change happens in three steps and, this is the important bit, they are three distinct yet interdependent steps. The hierarchy of actions is important; step three, causing the change to manifest, cannot happen unless preceded by step one, being the change and step two, communicating the change. Step One is embodied in the words of […]

ASSANGE FEARS OUR EXTRA-LEGAL SYSTEM…

June 22nd, 2012

Glenn Greenwald writes: [Julian] Assange’s resolve to avoid extradition to Sweden has nothing to do with a reluctance to face possible sex assault charges there. His concern all along has been that once he’s in Swedish custody, he will far more easily be extradited to the U.S. In general, small countries are more easily coerced […]

YOU’RE A/AN (INSERT DISMISSIVE PEJORATIVE)…

May 27th, 2012

Nigger, Wop, Kike, Spic, Chink, Faggot, Retard, Communist, Liberal, Socialist, Anarchist… One of the insidious ways those in power retain that power is by making those they need to hold power over less than human. The task is really all too easy: to demote another human to the status of other you simply have to […]

THINK OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY IS WRONG…?

May 18th, 2012

You’d better make sure your lawyer is on retainer.

A RIGHT UNUSED IS A RIGHT ABANDONED…

December 18th, 2011

Nate Harris understood…

FREE SPEECH, FIREFIGHTERS AND PUSHING TIN

October 6th, 2010

0742: Westboro Baptist Church and free speech 0730: Firefighters watch as home burns to the ground 0724: Sanity vs. control

BOOK BURNING, WIKILEAKS, THREE-DAY NOVELS…

September 10th, 2010

0913: Why not ignore them? 0805: The high price we all pay for Walmart’s cheap goods 0742: Wikileaks and the role of the messenger 0700: A reality show I could actually get into

FREE SPEECH: WHAT LIBERAL SCIENCE DOES…

August 8th, 2010

Tracing attacks on free speech from Plato’s Republic to America’s campuses and newsrooms, Jonathan Rauch provides an engaging and provocative attack on those who would limit free thought by restricting free speech. Rauch explores how the system for producing knowledge works in a liberal society, and why it has now become the object of a powerful ideological attack. Moving beyond the First Amendment, he defends the morality, rather than the legality, of an intellectual regime that relies on unfettered and often hurtful criticism. Kindly Inquisitors is a refreshing and vibrant essay, casting a provocative light on the raging debates over political correctness and multiculturalism.

WHAT HELEN THOMAS SAID…

June 8th, 2010

[Update @ 1842 via Andrew Sullivan: Any time people feel required to suppress their real views for whatever reason, untruths fester without the disinfectant of sunlight. That's why I've always tried to raise some difficult issues - racial differences in IQ, or the impact of testosterone on gender, or the sexual orientation of a possible […]

SOUTH PARK? REALLY? NO, REALLY…?

May 2nd, 2010

From The Telegraph: The location is also adjacent to the Viacom building, fuelling speculation that it might be linked to the company’s controversial South Park cartoon which recently depicted Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit. Elsewhere… My take, if this is related to South Park’s 200/201 epsisodes, then the bomb was planted by disgruntled fans, […]

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