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  • 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...
  • "Terrorism" Turkish Style

    04/16/2018 3:23:59 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | April 8, 2018 at 5:00 am | Uzay Bulut
    "Erdoğan has cynically referred to these students as 'terrorists,' vowed to expel them from Boğaziçi University, and to deny them the right to study at any other university. We have heard this kind of verbal attack from Erdoğan before and it was followed by the detention of thousands of academics, journalists, artists, and human rights advocates." Ankara does nothing to prevent ISIS from selling Yazidi women and children in Turkey; allows unspecified numbers of people to use Turkish territory as a point of entrance into Syria and Iraq to join ISIS or other jihadist groups; hosts and aids Hamas,...
  • The Shadow Over Our Heads

    03/21/2018 10:42:40 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 2 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 21 Mar 2018 | Mark Steyn
    I wrote a week ago of the extraordinary detention and deportation by British authorities of three law-abiding middle-class persons from Austria, America and Canada - for the crime of wanting to speak at a free-speech event. This in a country where, as Douglas Murray explained to me last week on TV, Ahmed Hassan, an Iraqi teenager who informed immigration officials that he'd trained with Isis, was fast-tracked into Britain, and its public welfare system, and went on to detonate a nail bomb on the London Tube. Martin Sellner, Brittany Pettibone and Lauren Southern have no wish to detonate nail bombs,...
  • College suspends Christian philosopher for expressing ‘aversion’ to homosexuality on Facebook

    02/15/2018 5:09:55 AM PST · by Petrosius · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 14, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    MONTREAL, Canada, February 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Christian philosophy professor and award-winning lecturer at a post-secondary institution has been suspended for remarks he made on social media about homosexuality. Jean Laberge, a philosophy teacher at the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal since 1994, has been placed on leave pending sanctions by college administration. Laberge posted a note on Facebook on January 17 where he said that he had “aversion” and “distaste” for homosexuals, reported Radio-Canada. He spoke of “fear” and his lack of comprehension for homosexuality while also saying he “respected” the condition. This note no longer appears on Laberge’s Facebook...
  • Supreme Court's conservatives appear set to strike down union fees on free-speech grounds

    02/08/2018 7:01:41 PM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 78 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/8/2018 | David G. Savage
    Paying union dues and baking a wedding cake may not seem like classic examples of free speech—except perhaps at the Supreme Court. This year, the high court is poised to announce its most significant expansion of the 1st Amendment since the Citizens United decision in 2010, which struck down laws that limited campaign spending by corporations, unions and the very wealthy.
  • UK: Police Hunt Down Facebook Users Who Made ‘Offensive’ Comments About Muslim Grooming Gangs Online

    01/13/2018 1:29:46 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/13/18 | Virginia Hale
    UK: Northumbria Police have warned that “offensive” comments on the Internet will not be tolerated, tracking down users who made “potentially criminal” posts on social media about grooming gangs. The force launched an investigation into comments left on its Facebook page in response to articles about the Operation Shelter scandal, in which young white British girls in were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by mostly Muslim men of South Asian descent in Newcastle. Officers made a review of every comment on the page after a member of the public complained that a number of posts referred to the race and...
  • Germany starts enforcing hate speech law

    12/31/2017 6:45:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | 31 December 2017
    Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material. Sites that do not remove “obviously illegal” posts could face fines of up to €50 million (£44.3 million; $60 million). The law gives the networks 24 hours to act after they have been told about lawbreaking material. Social networks and media sites with more than two million members will fall under the law’s provisions. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will be the law’s main focus, but it is also likely to be applied to Reddit, Tumblr and...
  • U of Maryland Drops Hammer on Safe Space-Seeking Students: ‘This is Not a Home’

    11/07/2017 5:22:32 PM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 11/7/17 | Trey Sanchez
    The University of Maryland caused an uproar among social justice students when it announced that there would be no safe spaces provided for those seeking shelter from opposing ideas.  Chief of staff of the school, Diane Krejsa, crushed their little souls when she dropped this truth bomb: “This is not a home. If people are paying money to come to college because they want a home — where people all think alike and everybody has the same political views, and the same social views and the same views on sexual orientation and transgender and whatever religion or whatever it is...
  • Court - Student Can be Expelled for Quoting Bible on Facebook [UK]

    11/03/2017 5:40:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    A Christian student who was expelled from university after posting on Facebook in support of Biblical teaching on marriage and sexual ethics has today (Friday 27th October) lost his case in a judicial review of the university’s decision. Felix Ngole was studying for an MA in Social Work at Sheffield university. In 2015 he made comments using his personal Facebook account on the story of the American registrar Kim Davis who was imprisoned after conscientiously refusing to register same-sex marriages. Felix expressed his Christian beliefs on the issue and argued that: "same sex marriage is a sin whether we like...
  • White House Counsel Robert Bauer: Architect of IRS Abuse? (Gov. Palin especially singled out)

    06/05/2013 2:21:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 4, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    When the FBI finally fires up its criminal investigation of the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, there is one person the special agent in charge better be sure to interview — former White House Counsel Robert Bauer. The FBI may discover the whole IRS mess leads through the land of campaign finance “reform” and an obsession with speech regulation, an obsession shared by Bauer. Any criminal investigation identifies for further scrutiny those with motive, opportunity, and means, and Bauer deserves no quarter from FBI investigators on those three counts. The Crimes Without any doubt, crimes were committed by IRS...
  • American Social Media Silence Chinese Dissident

    10/26/2017 5:50:21 PM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 3 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 26, 2017 | Bill Getz
    Twitter has joined Facebook and YouTube in restricting social media accounts of popular dissident Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, in the face of intense Chinese pressure. Guo, a New York-based billionaire and critic of corruption among senior Chinese leaders, said several Twitter accounts he used to reach more than 700,000 followers had been suspended. A Twitter spokeswoman declined to comment citing a policy of not commenting on individual accounts. Earlier, YouTube restricted Guo's live streaming from his widely-watched channel used to post hour-long videos revealing tantalizing details of high-level corruption among Chinese leaders. Guo spent 28 years as an entrepreneur in...
  • A Dangerous Precedent (punishing leftist protesters)

    10/26/2017 2:39:44 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 19 replies
    Inside Higher Ed ^ | 10/18/2017
    Policies that punish student protesters reinforce institutionalized white supremacy, argues Charles H. F. Davis III. This month, during a meeting at the University of Wisconsin Stout in Menomonie, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents adopted a systemwide policy that punishes student activists exercising their constitutionally protected right to protest. Specifically, the board adopted language that states students will be suspended if found to have twice engaged in violence or other disorderly conduct -- neither of which have been clearly defined -- that disrupts the free speech of other people. Students will be expelled if found to have done so three...
  • A New, More Sinister IRS Scandal

    04/17/2014 9:35:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 17, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    Yesterday was a significant day in the IRS abuse scandal. The scandal evolved from being about pesky delays in IRS exemption applications to a government conniving with outside interests to put political opponents in prison. Emails obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act reveal Lois Lerner cooking up plans with Justice Department officials to talk about ways to criminally charge conservative groups that are insufficiently quiet. Larry Noble, a law professor now with the Soros-funded Campaign Legal Center , was cited in the emails as someone agitating to jail conservatives who “falsely” report on IRS forms that...
  • Why your alarmism over Trump is dangerous for democracy

    10/20/2017 12:41:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | October 18, 2017 | Shadi Hamid, senior fellow, Brookings Institution
    We live in an era of alarmism. Everyone, or at least Trump opponents, seems alarmed nearly all the time. Even when we can’t quite summon the energy, we’re expected to be outraged. Our outrage is then presented as a badge of honor, evidence of virtue at a time of historic challenge to the Republic. But the nature of the outrage – overwrought before even Trump took office – has taken a new turn. We are confronted daily not simply with outrage, but a kind of end-of-worldism: America is on the brink of dictatorship; Trump is going start World War III;...
  • BRITISH POLICE ARREST AT LEAST 3,395 PEOPLE FOR ‘OFFENSIVE’ ONLINE COMMENTS IN ONE YEAR

    10/18/2017 8:12:19 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 42 replies
    Mixed Times ^ | October 14, 2017
    Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally “cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another”, in 2016. The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not provide usable data. Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are being excessively strict in their interpretation of...
  • Met Say Charging Shoplifters, Vandals ‘Not Practical’ as Arrests for ‘Offensive’ Comments Rise 53%

    10/17/2017 1:36:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 10/17/17 | Jack Montgomery
    London’s Metropolitan Police Force has said it will give up on investigating many instances of “low-level” crime such as shoplifting and vandalism, saying it is “not practical” to fight them in a time of cutbacks.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons claimed that giving up on investigating many offences was necessary so police constables’ efforts could be “focused on serious crime and cases where there is a realistic chance that we will be able to solve it.” The move has raised eyebrows among members of the public, considering recent reports that the Met detained 867 out of the 3,395 people known to...
  • Alan Dershowitz: Free speech for NFL players but not the president?

    10/18/2017 4:54:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | October 17, 2017 | Alan Dershowitz Fox News
    Football players kneel. Owners support them. President threatens owners with tax consequences. What does the First Amendment say about all this? This is not an easy question, though some of President Trump’s critics seem to think it is. The ACLU has said it is ready to defend the First Amendment rights of players and to challenge the president’s “unconstitutional efforts to bully the NFL into complying with his view of what is politically correct.” But are President Trump’s efforts “unconstitutional,” or are they constitutionally protected expression? Some Trump critics allege that the presidential threats constitute state action and chill the...