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  • Truthy, Explained

    11/16/2014 9:55:06 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 22 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Andrew Stiles contributed to these explanations.What is Truthy?“Truthy” is a research project being conducted by the University of Indiana. Proponents claim this is an apolitical study of how information spreads online through the social media platform Twitter.What is Twitter?Twitter is a social media platform that allows users to post hot takes and/or anonymous insults on the Internet.What is the Internet?The Internet is a cultural phenomenon that allows people to earn money by typing words on a computer regardless of talent or expertise. For example, you are reading this “explanatory” post on the Internet. Weird, huh?Yeah, that is weird. Told you.What is...
  • Most Government-Sponsored Research Is Simply Wasteful, But "Truthy" Is Menacing To Boot

    10/23/2014 8:57:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 22, 2014 | George Leef
    The federal government has become a vast cornucopia for people who know how to play the system. If you do, you can enjoy showers of money for doing things that few if any Americans would willingly pay for. Just to point to a recent instance that made headlines, after Democrats griped that the Center for Disease Control had been crippled in its ability to deal with Ebola because of budget cuts, quite a few writers scrutinized the research that the CDC had been paying for. As Michael Tanner of Cato Institute showed in this column, CDC bureaucrats have been funding...
  • New hate speech law in Sweden – From January it will be illegal to speak ill of transsexuals

    12/31/2018 3:13:34 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 58 replies
    On 1 January, a so-called “extended judicial protection of transgender persons” is introduced, which means that the grounds of “transgender identity or expression” is added to the crime of hate speech, Fria Tider reports. At the end of last year, the Swedish Government submit a bill to Parliament with proposals to “strengthen the protection of transgender persons in criminal law”. “The legislative changes proposed by the government mean that transgender persons will be fully protected by hate crime legislation. Today, the regulations include, for example, skin colour, creed and sexual orientation”, the government wrote back then. The bill proposes that...
  • One Year Later, The Left’s Net Neutrality Lies Look Even Dumber

    12/22/2018 12:20:57 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 3 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/17/2018 | Seton Motley
    For those who don’t pay particularly close attention to politics – those on the Left lie. A LOT. They lie about Donald Trump-Russia collusion. They lie about their Russia collusion. They lie about green energy being green and energy – it’s neither. They lie about government-run health insurance. They lie about government-run medicine. They lie about tax cuts. They lie about tax increases. We could cite examples of Leftists lying…until the crack of Doom
  • A preemptive step to avoid fines, possible jail time (city ordinance requires art for gay weddings)

    12/02/2018 6:17:41 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    One News Now ^ | Friday, November 30, 2018 | Chris Woodward
    Two Christian business owners in Phoenix are hoping their legal challenge to a local ordinance will usher in a happy new year for them. Artists Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski (pictured) believe in traditional, biblical marriage – a belief that brought them into conflict with a Phoenix ordinance as owners of Brush & Nib Studio in the capital city (see more details on this case). The Arizona Supreme Court will decide in January whether to rule in favor of Duka and Koski – or uphold a lower court's ruling that says the artists must comply with an ordinance that requires...
  • Warning: Telling a Lame Joke in an Elevator can Endanger Your Career

    11/24/2018 10:55:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 90 replies
    Quillette ^ | November 23, 2018 | Richard Ned Lebow
    I am a professor of international political theory at King’s College London and bye-fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. I am a fellow of the British Academy and a member of the International Studies Association (ISA). Several years back the ISA voted me the “distinguished scholar of the year.” This year it censured me, not once but twice. I was guilty of saying “ladies lingerie” in a lift, and more disturbingly in their eyes, of writing a conciliatory email to the woman who had overheard me in the lift and filed a complaint. I appealed against this decision, but earlier this...
  • Public School Teachers Denounced For Dressing Up As Mexicans, Trump’s Wall For Halloween

    11/03/2018 11:26:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 11/2/2018 | Benny Johnson
    Schoolteachers in Idaho are in trouble after dressing in politically charged costumes for Halloween. Photos surfaced on Facebook of staff at an elementary school in Middleton, Idaho, dressing as Mexicans and President Trump’s proposed border wall along with the saying, “Make America Great Again,” and waving American flags. Parents flagged the post as being potentially insensitive to some of the students and the local DACA group reported the photos saying they were “extremely disheartening.”
  • NC State Professor Apologizes For Suggesting Students ‘Block Fox News’ From Family Members

    10/31/2018 2:12:44 AM PDT · by kevcol · 58 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | October 30, 2018 | Neetu Chandak
    A North Carolina State University professor apologized after handing out a paper that suggested students “block Fox News” from family members. “When they’re not looking, set the parental controls on the TVs of your family members to block Fox News,” the handout said. “Fox News spreads bigotry and hatred.” . . Michaela DeSoucey, a Professor at North Carolina State University handed this paper out to her students, telling them to block Fox News and follow liberal commentators to name a few.
  • Gab, free speech social network, has been shut down by its host

    10/27/2018 8:11:22 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 324 replies
    Twitter ^ | 27 May 2018 | Gab
    Breaking: @joyent, Gab’s new hosting provider, has just pulled our hosting service. They have given us until 9am on Monday to find a solution. Gab will likely be down for weeks because of this. Working on solutions. We will never give up on defending free speech for all people.
  • Egypt arrests author, publisher over book on economy

    10/24/2018 2:53:21 AM PDT · by piasa · 5 replies
    AP via Arab News ^ | October 23, 2018
    CAIRO: Egypt has arrested an economist and his publisher over a book that challenged President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s economic policies, a lawyer said Tuesday, the latest in a wave of detentions in recent years targeting all forms of dissent. Prize-winning economist Abdel-Khaleq Farouq and his publisher, Ibrahim el-Khateib, were detained Sunday. Mohammed Abdel-Aziz, a lawyer for the author, said the two are accused of spreading “fake news,” which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison. The book — entitled “Is Egypt Really a Poor Country?” — was posted online by activists. Authorities seized 185 copies of an initial 200-copy...
  • Lawyer for indicted Russian firm says special counsel (Mueller) 'made up a crime'

    10/22/2018 4:08:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/15/18
    **SNIP** In a hearing in a Washington, D.C. courtroom on Monday, Eric Dubelier of the American law firm Reed Smith argued that the case against the Russian consulting company known as Concord, which allegedly operated a “troll factory” in which the Russians created or stole the identities of hundreds of Americans online in order to sow discord and spread propaganda, should be dismissed. If people lying about who they are on the Internet and engaging in political speech is a crime, he argued, then every politician in America would be in prison. “This argument is beyond belief,” Dubelier said. “They...
  • Equal verbal expression for men?

    09/30/2018 11:33:23 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 35 replies
    antidemoncrat | 9/30/2018 | antidemoncrat
    So men should "just shut up" but women are allowed to get in a man's face and scream and scream and scream. Two new ophobics discovered: manophobic: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5837096345001/?#sp=show-clips bigmouthophobic: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/28/jeff-flake-the-man-who-may-hold-brett-kavanaugh-future-in-his-hands
  • Soros: Online Trump Supporters Will Be Entirely 'Silenced' By 2020

    08/30/2018 7:33:07 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 196 replies
    mm24info ^ | 8/2018
    Billionaire globalist George Soros is planning to eliminate the majority of Trump supporters from social media before the 2020 election, according to a leaked document. The 49 page document outlines plans by Soros to exert his influence, via his immense personal wealth, to pressure Big Tech to censor and purge pro-Trump journalists, citizens and outlets ahead of the next Presidential election. "A confidential, 49-page memo for defeating Trump by working with the major social-media platforms to eliminate "right wing propaganda and fake news" was presented in January 2017 by Media Matters founder David Brock at a retreat in Florida with...
  • Democrat Senator: ‘Survival of Our Democracy’ Depends on Banning Conservative Websites

    08/07/2018 12:23:41 PM PDT · by detective · 63 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | August 7, 2018 | Christina Laila
    Shortened title. Full title: Democrat Senator: ‘Survival of Our Democracy’ Depends on Banning Conservative Websites From Social Media The Communist Democrat Senator of Connecticut, Chris Murphy called for more [all] conservative websites to be banned from social media after InfoWars was banned across the board in a coordinated attack by the tech tyrants on Monday. Democrat Chris Murphy wants Chinese style censorship of people he doesn’t agree with politically. This is the modern day Democrat party–no different than the Communist Chinese who use firewalls to ban websites.
  • Letter by climate change scientists urging prosecution of skeptics deemed a 'mistake'

    06/02/2016 9:57:39 AM PDT · by detective · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 2, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Truncated title. Full title:Letter by climate change scientists urging prosecution of skeptics deemed a 'mistake' and 'withdrawn' You would think the group of 20 or so climate change scientists who sent a letter to President Obama urging him to prosecute climate skeptics under the RICO statute would have consulted a PR firm before they made asses of themselves to the whole country. But now, the learned men of science have hired Climate Nexus, a PR firm specializing in spinning global warming news. The letter - a move the PR firm called a "big mistake" - has been "withdrawn" and a...
  • Street Preacher’s Arrest in Lincolnton [GA) Causes Concerns about Free Speech Rights

    08/05/2018 6:53:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Christian Action League ^ | 7/27/18 | L.A. Williams
    LINCOLNTON – The First Amendment right of a person to express his beliefs in public could be put to the test next month when a case involving a street preacher in Lincolnton goes to court. Preachers who frequently take to the streets of the Lincoln County seat have come under increasing pressure since the city of roughly 11,000 approved changes to its ordinances late last year. Now, its noise ordinance prohibits “any person or group of persons willfully making any loud, raucous, or disturbing sound that – because of its volume, duration, and character – annoy, disturb, frighten, injure, or...
  • Dozens of American News Sites Blocked in Europe as GDPR Goes Into Effect Today

    05/25/2018 6:44:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies
    gizmodo ^ | Matt Novak
    First reported by the BBC, news sites owned by media companies like Tronc and Lee Enterprises are now totally dark in European Union countries. Some of those sites include the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, the St. Louis Dispatch, the Chicago Tribune, and the Orlando Sentinel. Gizmodo was able to confirm that the websites were being blocked in Europe by using a VPN service that routed internet traffic through various European countries. Internet users who visit sites like the L.A. Times receive a notification like the one below, explaining: Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most...
  • Study: Voters Worried About Political Correctness Flocked to Candidate Trump

    05/18/2018 10:20:10 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies
    Reason ^ | May. 18, 2018 | Robby Soave
    Study: Voters Worried About Political Correctness Flocked to Candidate Trump "Support for Trump (and opposition to Clinton) is especially likely amongst people who feel emotional reactance to restrictive communication norms." Robby Soave | May. 18, 2018 9:15 am In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election, I suggested that Donald Trump's unlikely victory was partly the result of backlash against political correctness—something the Republican candidate deftly turned to his advantage during both the primaries and the general election. A year and a half later, there's a good amount of evidence supporting this theory. Take this study, produced by a team...
  • The Internet Under Siege

    05/08/2018 6:23:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2018 | Stephen Moore
    What is it about the internet that makes it so the government just can't seem to keep its greedy paws off of it? Every few years Congress makes a play to regulate and tax the internet, and free marketeers need to be ever vigilant in swatting them down. First, we have the threat of a new tax on internet sales even when the company in question has no physical presence in the state. Forcing companies to pay for state and local services they don't use: This is simply a revenue grab by states, to the tune of as much as...
  • Retired general launches remarkable attack on Donald Trump: 'I have wasted 40 years of my life'

    11/27/2017 6:56:59 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 141 replies
    Yahoo Noose via Independent Fakery ^ | November 27, 2017 | Harriet Agerholm
    Donald Trump's attacks on broadcaster CNN are an "an outrageous assault" on freedom of speech, according to former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Michael Hayden. “If this is who we are or who we are becoming, I have wasted 40 years of my life,” the former spy chief, who now works as a national security analyst for the broadcaster, said in a Twitter post. General Hayden, who is also a former director of the National Surveillance Agency (NSA), added: "Until now it was not possible for me to conceive of an American President capable of such an outrageous assault on...