Tag: Censorship

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So this may be a topic that is already addressed somewhere on Ricochet, but I am new here and still trying to find my way around. I found Ricochet while searching for social media platforms for conservatives. I’m shocked by the lack of alternatives given the hostile treatment we get on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Is it that difficult to collect resources and technological expertise for a platform to upload videos (serious question, not rhetorical)? If anyone is aware of good alternatives please list them in a comment. As I am aware:

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From the BBC: The US government requires all agencies, individuals and organisations controlled or funded by international governments and undertake political activity, to be registered with the justice department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (Fara). Preview Open

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Is Google Docs the Latest Front in Google Censorship?

 

People are getting locked out of innocuous Google Docs for supposedly violating the terms of service. From The Verge:

Google Docs users are reporting various bugs today that result in them getting locked out of their documents. Most of the issues center on a mysterious Terms of Service violation.

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The EPA administration is fighting back against the climate change ideologues. The agency has cancelled the speaking appearances of three scientists who were scheduled to speak at a non-EPA conference on subjects related to climate change.

These scientists contributed to a 400-plus-page report to be issued today on the status of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program and its challenges, and there are fears that scientists are being silenced from speaking on this controversial subject. It’s widely known that the head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, questions whether human activity is a major contributor to climate change.

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Next on Thinking It Through: I had the pleasure of speaking with Ms. Pardes Seleh. We had a wonderful conversation on censorship, free speech and Richard Spencer, Trump’s condolences to a Gold Star family and Rep. Frederica Wilson’s reaction, and Trump’s interactions with Iran and North Korea. (We had a few interruptions on this episode, […]

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For those following the recent story of Dr. James Damore, who was recently fired by Alphabet, Inc. (Google) for his doubleplusungood thoughtcrime, this very recent article posted at Slate Star Codex [1] may be of interest. It’s long (it’s Slate Star Codex, after all), but worth more than a gander. A slice: Now [Silicon Valley has] degenerated […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Closing of the American Mind: 30 Years Ago

 

Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind is a very strange book. In part an extended reflection on pop culture and in part a critical history of philosophy, it is also in part a personal memoir. Thirty years ago – when, as a favor to Nobel-Prize winner Saul Bellow, Simon and Schuster published his friend’s book – no one, least of all Bloom himself, expected it to attract much attention. But that it did – and more. For it became a phenomenon. In fact, for nearly a year, it was the talk of the land, and it sold like hotcakes. Bloom, who had always lived beyond his means, soon found it almost impossible to do so.

I doubt that a high proportion of those who purchased Bloom’s bestseller managed to get through or even much into its second part. This section of Bloom’s tome – entitled “Nihilism – American Style” – is brilliant, and the writing is quite lively. But to even begin to understand the argument, one must be a Kulturmensch with at least a passing familiarity with writers such as Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Heidegger; and those who got bogged down in the early pages of part two are not likely to have gone on to part three: “The University.” It was the book’s first part, entitled “Students,” that electrified the American public.

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Scott Adams claims and offers evidence that Twitter is ‘shadow-banning’ him by not showing how popular his feed is: http://blog.dilbert.com/post/152204980091/twitter-and-periscope-shadowban-update Preview Open

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Another Progressive machine decides to limit free speech by denying easy access to the educational videos of Prager University: YouTube.

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. YouTube has decided that 21 Prager University videos need to be placed on “restricted mode,” a category meant for inappropriate and objectionable adult and sexual content. The videos all run only five minutes or less.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Yes, Pittsburgh, the First Amendment Applies to Pro-Life People, Too

 

You’d think that a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down as unconstitutional a Massachusetts “buffer zone” law that banned pro-life speech within 35 feet of abortion businesses would make for “settled law.”

ICYMI, here is the story of the heroic lady, Eleanor McCullen who won that crucial victory in June 2014:

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Shut Up! You Don’t Get a Lawyer!

 

shutterstock_265415651In the 1970s, Hillary defended a child rapist. Later audio recordings showed that she knew him to be guilty. But as difficult as it must have been for him to associate with such a criminal, we acknowledge that people accused of crimes — even if obviously guilty — have the right to an attorney. And as much as it may gall us in some instances, we can’t rightly criticize attorneys who take such cases. John Adams defending the British soldiers charged in the Boston Massacre is perhaps the most notable instance.

But while we can hold an attorney blameless for taking the case of a criminal suspect, there are other cases where the attorney should be blamed. A case in point: Ralf Hoecker, Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s German lawyer, who is trying to use the law to silence Erdoğan’s critics in Germany, starting with a TV comedian who read an insulting poem. Not only is this an assault on the liberty of the lawyer’s fellow citizens, but Erdoğan is notorious for silencing critics in his own country by jailing reporters and even seizing whole newspapers.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Google Is a Monster, But We’re Dr. Frankenstein

 

shutterstock_14906359In 2013, the United States Department of Justice started a program called Operation Choke Point. Unable to ban industries they deem undesirable, they decided to make it hard or impossible for those industries to work with banks and credit card payment processors. Every single one of the now-undesirable industries, like adult entertainment, is legal.

Operation Choke Point categorized certain industries as “high-risk,” which had the effect of making fearful banks shut down accounts. The program is a way for the Administration to stifle or severely damage industries it simply doesn’t like. Unsurprisingly, the Administration’s biggest targets was the firearms industry. Operation Choke Point led to many banks shutting down the accounts of gun stores:

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Celebrate “Freedom Day” with a Free Speech Documentary!

 

Can-We-Take-a-JokeI am pleased to announce that the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia will be holding an advance screening of the FIRE-supported documentary Can We Take a Joke? to celebrate “Freedom Day” on April 13! Can We Take a Joke? is a documentary about the threats outrage culture poses to comedy and free speech, and features interviews with famous comedians including Adam Carolla, Gilbert Gottfried, Lisa Lampanelli, Heather McDonald, Penn Jillette, and more.

If you are from the Philadelphia area (or plan on being in Philadelphia on April 13) and would like to attend the screening, please email Haley Hudler at haley@thefire.org. To learn more about Can We Take a Joke?, visit the film’s Facebook page, follow its Twitter account, and sign up for email updates at its website. You can also check out an exclusive outtake of Penn Jillette’s interview from the film below.

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I use adblock. I recommend it. It makes ads go away. I worry sometimes if I’m not doing something stupid to websites I should be supporting–I’d like to be able to find out, I’m not too unreasonable or entitled… What I am is yellderly, only I don’t yell. I’ll get back to this later. I […]

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The following YouTube video was censored by German authorities, presumably because it is hate speech. Yet it is not at all hateful or extreme. It is a fearful 16 year old girl asking her government to offer her the protection from intimidation by some immigrants to Germany and to adopt a sensible immigration policy. She […]

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In December last year Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center conducted an experiment. It created two Facebook pages: ‘Stop Israelis’ and ‘Stop Palestinians’. It then posted parallel inflammatory items to each. After a while it reported both to Facebook. Only the ‘Stop Palestinians’ one was taken down. The Law Center explains: Preview Open

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My title is an exaggeration, but it is based on this article in N.R.: Islam and Twitter The Saudis have been investing in media and web sites with the apparent intent to smother criticism of Islam or sharia law. Combine this with the extreme political correctness that already is dominant in Reddit, Facebook etc, and the […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Gone with the Wind Needs to Go

 

gone-with-the-wind-scarlett-ohara-rhett-butler-pic-5 But what does it say about us as a nation if we continue to embrace a movie that, in the final analysis, stands for many of the same things as the Confederate flag that flutters so dramatically over the dead and wounded soldiers at the Atlanta train station just before the “GWTW’’ intermission?

The above didn’t appear in The New York Times or Slate. Nope. It appeared in the New York Post. I’ll give you a moment to emit a gentle sigh of regret about the ironclad nature of O’Sullivan’s First Law.