Archive for the 'Free Speech' Category

ONLY MINORS NEED SHIELDING FROM BAD WORDS…

October 27th, 2016

So, this weekend—because I’m a writer and Free Speech is not only important, the concept is vital to me— I’ll be immersed in PEN* America’s lengthy report: AND CAMPUS FOR ALL Diversity, Inclusion, and Freedom of Speech at U.S. Universities. You’re probably not quite so deep in the weeds as I am, but Matt Taibbi […]

HAPPY CONSTITUTION DAY…!

September 17th, 2016

On 8 December 2004, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) slipped Section 111 of Title I, Division J, of the Fiscal Year 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 108-447) and a new national holiday into our collective consciousness: Constitution Day. Our Constitution is the single most important document in Human History; read it all. We the People […]

CHELSEA MANNING WINS FREE SPEECH AWARD…

May 13th, 2016

Andrew Blake, reporting in Chelsea Manning honored with award, cash prize for WikiLeaks disclosures for The Washington Times, writes: Chelsea Manning, the former Army soldier convicted of the biggest leak of classified documents in U.S. history, was honored in absentia Monday at a London ceremony for her role in providing Wikileaks with secret documents concerning […]

MATT TAIBBI PULLS DOWN SAFE SPACE WALLS…

April 11th, 2016

I’m a firm believer in ensuring that schools are safe spaces, for minors. Once you’re 18, when you’re an adult, then the time has come to grow up and deal with the scary place known as reality. Matt Taibbi, opining in College Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Demanding ‘Safe Spaces’ for Rolling Stone crosses over […]

YALL QAEDA OCCUPIES A BIRD SANCTUARY…

January 7th, 2016

In his essay England Your England, George Orwell explained why British soldiers don’t goose-step. One rapid but fairly sure guide to the social atmosphere of a country is the parade-step of its army. A military parade is really a kind of ritual dance, something like a ballet, expressing a certain philosophy of life. The goose-step, […]

HAPPY CONSTITUTION DAY…!

September 17th, 2015

On 8 December 2004, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) slipped Section 111 of Title I, Division J, of the Fiscal Year 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 108-447) and a new national holiday into our collective consciousness: Constitution Day. Our Constitution is the single most important document in Human History; read it all. We the People […]

GLANVILLE ADDRESSES PARLIAMENT ON BADAWI…

July 17th, 2015

In other Badawi news: This could be Raif’s chance – ask for his freedom.

HELL, NO…!

May 22nd, 2015

In an action of such inconceivable chutzpah that I swear would have made Richard Nixon think twice, Saudi Arabia, already a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (how the fuck did that ever happen) seeks the presidency of that body. In a move that will definitely drill the “final nail in the coffin […]

WHAT IS AN ATHEIST PICTURE…?

April 18th, 2015

WE CAN’T PICK AND CHOOSE… JE SUIS CHARLIE

March 17th, 2015

Censorship is wrong. Full stop. How many times do I have to say: the right response to objectionable speech is never censorship (or the threat of violence) but rather more speech. On 16 March, DC Comics released a statement saying that the Albuquerque cover was now not going to run—at the artist’s request—and said that […]

HOW TO FOIL THE PLUMBERS…

January 29th, 2015

People often tell reporters things their employers, or their government, want to keep suppressed. But leaking can serve the public interest, fueling revelatory and important journalism. This publication was created in part as a platform for journalism arising from unauthorized disclosures by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Our founders and editors are strongly committed to publishing […]

ANA RAIF BADAWI…*

January 17th, 2015

Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes [50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, JH] for setting up a website that championed free speech in the autocratic kingdom. His blog, the Saudi Free Liberals Forum, was shut down after his arrest in 2012. Cartoonist around the world, under the banner […]

SHIELD OFFENSIVE SPEECH OR SHIELD NO SPEECH…

January 15th, 2015

As pernicious as this arrest and related “crackdown” on some speech obviously is, it provides a critical value: namely, it underscores the utter scam that was this week’s celebration of free speech in the west. The day before the Charlie Hebdo attack, I coincidentally documented the multiple cases in the west—including in the U.S. – […]

NO ONE HIRES TROUBLEMAKERS…

September 20th, 2014

When Precious Daniels lay down in front of the Blue Cross Blue Shield building in Detroit on a chilly morning in November 2009, she wasn’t giving her future job prospects much thought. She was, however, thinking about all of the money the insurance company was spending on its lobbyists. A supporter of the Affordable Care […]

HAPPY CONSTITUTION DAY…!

September 17th, 2014

On 8 December 2004, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) slipped Section 111 of Title I, Division J, of the Fiscal Year 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 108-447) and a new national holiday into our collective consciousness: Constitution Day. Our Constitution is the single most important document in Human History; read it all. We the People […]

NO WALL BETWEEN PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL…

August 29th, 2014

Via Janine Gibson, Times executive editor Jill Abramson–at a meeting to convince the Guardian to collaborate on certain NSA stories–sent a message: Please tell Glenn Greenwald personally [but not officially or professionally, JH] that I agree with him completely about the fact that we should never have run the claim about China ‘draining’ Snowden’s laptops. […]

TRUST US, WE’RE THE WASHINGTON POST

July 7th, 2014

Among the most valuable contents — which The Post will not describe in detail, to avoid interfering with ongoing operations — are fresh revelations about a secret overseas nuclear project, double-dealing by an ostensible ally, a military calamity that befell an unfriendly power, and the identities of aggressive intruders into U.S. computer networks. A breakdown […]

JULIAN ASSANGE ON REDDIT: QUESTION NO. 5…

June 21st, 2014

Question: What is the information you hesitated most about revealing due to safety issues for people involved? What made you decide revealing it anyway? ASSANGE: The Penny report. The UK argued to us that it was a “serious nuclear proliferation risk”, but on further research, they were full of hot air. There were a lot […]

JULIAN ASSANGE ON REDDIT: QUESTION NO. 4…

June 21st, 2014

Question: What are your thoughts on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin? ASSANGE: Here is a conversation from 2011 where I tell Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt about Bitcoin. Fortunately he didn’t listen, or else he’d own the planet by now.

HAS THE HOUSE ACTUALLY DONE SOMETHING…?

June 21st, 2014

Surveillance reform gained new congressional momentum as the US House of Representatives unexpectedly and overwhelmingly endorsed stripping a major post-9/11 power from the National Security Agency late Thursday night. By a substantial and bipartisan margin, 293 to 121, representatives moved to ban the NSA from searching warrantlessly through its troves of ostensibly foreign communications content […]

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