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We just finished our two-hour daily news and commentary show at AmericasVoice.Live and did 2 segments on the Project Veritas piece that Google is blacklisting and blocking conservative websites including Ricochet.com. Google whistleblower Zachary Vorhies is interviewed by PV in segment 1 and I interview MRCTV’s Dan Gainor in segment 2. Seg. 1 (GO TO […]

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UPDATE: @tedcruz Grills Google Executive Over Veritas Insider Story in US Senate Committee Hearing – "Well I think these, these documents raise very serious questions about political bias." pic.twitter.com/AarMJKz0nc — James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) June 25, 2019 More

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Don’t Ruin the Internet Over Flukey ‘Bias’ Incidents Like the One on Pinterest

 

What passes for “evidence” of Big Tech bias against the right tends to be of the anecdotal variety. A piece of content gets blocked or hidden. An account gets suspended or banned. And then conservative media goes crazy, charging that Silicon Valley is suppressing conservative thought and thinkers.

The latest controversy involves a Pinterest employee sending a series of internal documents to the right-wing political website Project Veritas. The documents supposedly prove flagrant discrimination against pro-life groups and religious conservatives. This whistleblower claims the documents show that Liveaction.org — a pro-life informational website with more than 3 million followers on social media — was unfairly added to a domain blacklist reserved for porn domains, which are prevented from being pinned by Pinterest.

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As high-tech companies prepare to help the political Left dominate pre-election rhetoric, they will likely ramp up their efforts to silence the Right, especially on controversial issues like abortion. One young man decided not to stand by and immediately lost his job as a result.

Eric Cochran was a technical employee at Pinterest. He contacted Project Veritas when he saw that a staff member of Pinterest had listed an anti-abortion site, Live Action, on the Pinterest pornographic list:

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When Some Films Are Banned, Only Outlaws Will Have Banned Films

 

The prerecorded disc market is about to disappear. At some point in the near future, UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and standard DVDs will no longer be sold by Amazon and other retailers because most content will be available for streaming in very high definition. As Jerry Del Colliano explains in his article “Netflix and Amazon are Killing Ultra HD Blu-ray and I Feel Fine” at Home Theater Review, Netflix and Amazon are leading the transition to eliminate the disc market because the economics of streaming content are so much more profitable than shipping a physical disc, even as it undercuts the traditional studio industry.

Long term, the silver disc is going the way of the dodo bird. That is going to piss off some people in the enthusiast home theater world, but the advantages that streaming bring to the table likely outweigh the downside of losing UHD Blu-ray someday. Yes, HD streaming kinda sucked as recently as a few years ago, but today it is so very close in performance to UHD Blu-ray that most people will want to just dial up a cover flow list of movie titles and shop that way versus having discs sent via USPS. Netflix could have kept the silver disc game going a little longer, but it was going to go away sooner or later, and they’ve got a horse in the race when it comes to the end of the silver disc.

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People who care about the free exchange of ideas — of any ideas, not merely the ideas that conform to the popular orthodoxies — are frustrated by a seeming paradox: though we are a free people living in an era of unparalleled connectivity in which the communication monopoly represented by old-fashioned media has effectively been […]

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As they often do, the Left has once again struck its proverbial foot in its mouth. They can’t decide who their enemies are, so they strafe bullets wherever they can. The latest brouhaha is in San Francisco. And they are attacking one of the Founders I admire most: George Washington. Sort of. More

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Four years ago a cartoon contest was held in Garland, Texas. Organizers encouraged contestants to draw political cartoons in response to a terrorist attack by Islamic supremacists on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a Parisian newspaper, in January of 2015, in which a dozen people, including the newspaper’s publishing director Stéphane Charbonnier, were murdered.

This is the winning cartoon, drawn by a fellow named Bosch Fawstin.

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The Battle over Free Speech: Are Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces and No Platforming Harming Young Minds?Eleanor Penney warning – she participates in this youtube discussion. My favorite speaker in this panel is Jonathan Haidt, the author of “The Coddling of the American Mind.” Haidt mentions that we have a mental health crisis for both boys […]

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Outsourcing Curation of Access to a Platform Is More Efficient than Crude Censorship

 

In 1975 Indira Gandhi declared a state of national emergency in India due to “internal disturbances caused by a Foreign Hand.” (She meant the CIA.)

It is widely believed that she actually declared The Emergency (ever since capitalized in India, like The War) because she had just been found guilty by the Supreme Court of using state machinery for electioneering, and she didn’t know what the personal or political consequences of that would be. Anyway, declare it she did and a wide range of civil liberties were suspended. More than 100,000 people were incarcerated as political prisoners over the next two years and there was a very murky forcible sterilization program implemented in parts of North India. In 1977, Indira Gandhi ended The Emergency, released all political prisoners, and called a general election in which her party (the Indian National Congress) was trounced and she lost her own seat.

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Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin Leaving Patreon

 

In the video, Peterson and Rubin discuss their reasons for leaving the Patreon crowdfunding platform, which has been very beneficial for both of them. Peterson has stated in other videos that he makes approximately $80,000/month on the Patreon platform. Peterson has also stated that he makes roughly between $35,000 to $50,000 per appearance for his lectures or on-stage discussions and he additionally has a business that garners roughly $200,000/month in revenue.

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As libertarian high school students at a public school, we decided to make our latest podcast episode a respectful challenge to the bureaucracy. This is our first time posting to Ricochet, so please comment and let us know what you think! https://anchor.fm/statesponsoredprogramming/episodes/Censorship–School-Choice-ft–Superintendent-Jodie-Hausmann–Ep–8-e2ne70 More

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I don’t really want to leave Twitter. Quick thoughts have come to be my style, and fit well into the occasional gap that full-time employment allows in this day and age. Longer, more detailed and better researched pieces that Ricochet seems to demand are less viable. But with the piece by Jon Gabriel in the […]

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The APA blog never fails to amaze. First, the premise: More

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@jamesmadison recent post on the company Google titled “Be Evil”, reminded me of the censorship and removal of talk show host Alex Jones. I’d never heard of Alex Jones until I stumbled on his Fox Network radio broadcast starting at 12:00 noon in my area during the 2016 presidential campaign. I am self-employed and drive around […]

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We like to think only the most illiberal believe in censorship–those leaders of mobs whose authoritarian impulses are often masked by their expressed concerns for shielding humanity from harm–but all sorts of people in our country have a long history of burning literature and discarding art if they find it too offensive for the public […]

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Free Speech vs. Authoritarianism in Britain

 

To set the record straight from the onset, Great Britain is a nation that, unlike its offshoot, upstart former American colonies, does not allow freedom of speech to the extent that America does. Speech in Britain is often curtailed and suppressed for fear that certain speech could disturb the peace, incite riots, or more generally hurt the feelings of certain ethnic, racial, or gender groups.

Note that in America, inciting riots can also run afoul of the law but typically riots have to occur in order for the law to be invoked. A blathering idiot who stands at a podium or on a plastic milk crate in the public square and calls for passersby or sympathetic followers to march down main streets and vent their rage by hurling bricks through storefront windows is not likely to get arrested if his or her listeners ignore the obsessed orator’s appeals and remain passive. Such is the tolerance for rabid and radical speech in these here United States.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are happy to Republicans senators like Ted Cruz, Ben Sasse, and John Kennedy pin down Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on critical issues like censorship, free speech, and user policies that actually benefit Facebook members. They also react to House Speaker Paul Ryan announcing his […]

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Twitter agrees with “calls for “civil war,” the destruction of the GOP, and the adoption of how California runs everything from sea to shining sea”. Facebook is being all facebooky with Black Trump supporters Diamond and Silk calling them, and it’s hard not to type this without laughing “unsafe for the community“. They’re provocative, verbose (at least Diamond […]

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