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  • Apple Services Shut Down in China in Startling About-Face

    04/22/2016 12:11:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 21, 2016 | By PAUL MOZUR and JANE PERLEZ
    An Apple Store in Beijing. Facing a slowdown in sales of iPhones in the United States, Apple is looking to China for growth. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times For years, there has been a limit to the success of American technology companies in China. Capture too much market share or wield too much influence, and Beijing will push back. Apple has largely been an exception to that trend. Yet the Silicon Valley company is now facing a regulatory push against its services in China that could signal its good relations in the country may be turning. Last...
  • Facebook employees manipulate social media to prevent a Donald Trump presidency

    04/17/2016 5:49:47 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 25 replies
    .THEREBEL. ^ | April 16, 2016 | MIKE GWILLIAM
    Facebook employees admit they are willing to manipulate social media to prevent a Donald Trump presidency Last month, Facebook employees used a company poll to ask Zuckerberg whether the company should try to help prevent President Trump in 2017. Their believing that Facebook has a responsibility to influence the 2016 election is very concerning. It shows that Facebook employees are willing to censor opinions they don't agree with in the name of "social justice." If you've ever been suspended from Facebook for something extremely mild, this probably explains why. Facebook already proudly censors negative views on refugees In January is...
  • The Re-Education Camps We Call Universities

    04/13/2016 3:15:56 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 14 replies
    Barb Wire ^ | 4/13/2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    The totalitarian attitude on campus hit me in a very personal way on March 30 as I was sitting on an airplane at Reagan National Airport on my way to Albany, New York. I was informed that a campus debate I was scheduled to participate in later that day had been cancelled. I was told to get off the plane and go home. I believe this is the first time on a college or university campus that a left-right debate has been cancelled because of objections to one side of the debate. It appears the totalitarian left is so determined...
  • Greek Week events altered after members painted Build a Wall

    04/12/2016 12:58:20 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 20 replies
    Several events for Ohio Universitys Greek Week, an annual, weeklong event focused on philanthropy, have been canceled after some Sorority and Fraternity Life members painted Build the Wall on an area typically designated for graffiti last week. The Greek Week events, set to take place between April 11 and 18, were amended after unnamed members of Sorority and Fraternity Life painted the graffiti wall by Bentley Hall, including the phrase Build the Wall, according to a letter sent Sunday to sororities and fraternities. The phrase has been a part of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign to construct a wall...
  • The Porn Catastrophe

    04/06/2016 3:48:16 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 43 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | April 5, 2016 | Rod Dreher
    Time magazines cover story this week is about what ubiquitous hardcore pornography is doing to men. I cant link to it because its a subscribers-only piece, but Southern Baptist pastor Denny Burk has a detailed (but not NSFW) rundown of what it reports. The gist of it is that porn is changing the brains of young men, who have been watching it from a young age, such that they are impotent with actual women. Burk, quoting the article: A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in...
  • University of Michigan Students Call for Police to Censor Classmates Political Messages

    04/06/2016 10:58:52 AM PDT · by milton23 · 40 replies
    Daily SIgnal ^ | 4/6/2016 | Andrew Kloster
    The University of Michigan is one of our nations premier institutions of higher learning. Young people from all over the country move to Ann Arbor every year to obtain an education, and to have their ideas challenged by exposure to fellow students from many walks of life. Or maybe not. Last Thursday afternoon a number of anonymous chalk messages appeared on campus. But because these chalk messages read #Stop Islam and Trump 2016, these innocuous messages elicited 911 calls and apology from the president of the university. Apparently such statements constitute hate speech.
  • Bill Would Ease Way for Prosecution of Climate Deniers [semi-satire]

    04/05/2016 10:45:43 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Apr 2016 | John Semmens
    The Climate Science Truth & Accountability Act, a bill introduced by California state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) would expand state and local governments attorneys power to crack down on global warming critics. Under the bill, the statute of limitations would be extended to 30 years so that the California attorney general, 58 county district attorneys and the city attorneys of every city with more than 750,000 people would have a bigger window of opportunity to launch investigations, lawsuits, and prosecutions against climate change critics. We cannot allow the biggest criminals against humanity to escape punishment just because of the...
  • From Classroom to Courtroom

    04/03/2016 12:53:40 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | 3April 2016 | Kevin Williamson
    The war on free speech on campus and beyond I spent part of the week speaking on several college campuses in Texas, and my subject was free speech and the threats against it on campus and beyond. The students were in the main shocked and dismayed at the revitalization of censorship as a political ideal and by the widespread support for censorship among so-called liberals. Most of them were genuinely unaware of just how far and wide the war against free expression currently ranges. This is strange, because the war on free speech starts on campus. In March of 2014,...
  • White House doctors video to remove Islamic terrorism quote

    04/01/2016 11:16:50 PM PDT · by Innovative · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | Apr. 1, 2016 | Chris Perez
    President Obama is so paranoid about linking terrorists to the Muslim faith that when French President Franois Hollande used the phrase Islamist terrorism at a meeting in Washington, White House officials posted their official press video with audio of the words cut out completely. The White Houses transcript of the event shows the French leader declared at the 4:49 minute mark that the roots of terrorism, Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. But rather than include Hollandes remark in its entirety, the Obama administration posted footage in which his interpreters English translation of the words Islamist terrorism was...
  • China proposes new Web rules that could enhance censorship

    03/29/2016 11:59:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2016 2:58 AM EDT | Gerry Shih
    China is consolidating its ability to censor the Internet by drafting new rules requiring businesses that serve domestic Internet users to register their Web addresses inside the country, a move seen as targeting Chinese companies but that has raised concerns among foreign businesses. In its most draconian interpretation, the proposed requirements could also further limit access within the Chinese network, analysts said. That appears to be the latest step by the ruling Communist Party to erect cyber barriers in the name of what some officials call Internet sovereignty. [] Under the draft regulations released this week by the Ministry of...
  • Stuff That Will Get You Arrested in the UK (While Child Rapists Go Free)

    03/29/2016 3:44:18 PM PDT · by Benny Huang · 12 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | March 28, 2016 | Benny Huang
    Matthew Doyle of London ruined his life when he confronted a Muslim woman in his neighborhood and asked her to "explain Brussels"--a reference to the recent Muslim-perpetrated terrorist attack in the capital of the EU. "Nothing to do with me," the woman replied, a response that failed to satisfy Doyle. The two parted ways, which should have been the end of it. But then Doyle made the fatal mistake of recounting the incident on Twitter. His story was not well received in cyberspace where several people tweeted their disapproval, some of whom called upon his employer, a well-known London talent...
  • High School Censors Swastikas [tr]

    03/14/2016 8:50:40 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | Mar. 13, 2016 | Robby Soave
    High School Censors Swastikas, Missing Entire Point of Satirical Anti-Nazi Play, The Producers Administrators have ordered the removal of swastikas from a high school production of The Producers, the famous Mel Brooks film that makes fun of Nazism. The New York school district that oversees Tappan Zee High School considers the inclusion of a swastika to be offensive and, possibly, a hate crimeregardless of the context. There is no context in a public high school where a swastika is appropriate, South Orangetown Superintendent Bob Pritchard told the local CBS station.
  • Hillary Proposes DOE SWAT Team [semi-satire]

    03/13/2016 4:43:24 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 Mar 2016 | John Semmens
    As a counter to poor performance by America's public schools, Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton proposed to set up a Department of Education "SWAT" Team that would be dispatched to crackdown on errant educators. "The problem with our system of public schools is that false doctrines and anti-government attitudes are allowed to exist without consequence," Clinton complained. "An ill-advised autonomy for teachers and local schools has served to shield purveyors of anti-social doctrines from the discipline needed to ensure proper inculcation of collective values. Under my plan the Secretary of Education will be empowered to send a special weapons and...
  • Internet domain handoff takes major step forward

    03/10/2016 4:39:59 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/10/16 | Mario Trujillo
    A major step was taken Thursday in the U.S. government's plan to hand off oversight of the Internet domain name system. A nonprofit international group approved a plan and forwarded it to the Obama administration Thursday for review and approval. The group, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has historically been contracted out to manage the behind-the-scenes workings of the Internet that pair up numerical IP addresses with their familiar Web addresses. A few years ago, the group was tasked with transitioning fully from U.S. government oversight to an international multistakeholder model. The Commerce Department will have...
  • Donald Trump just declared his intent to destroy American democracy

    02/27/2016 1:57:52 PM PST · by dschapin · 289 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/26/2016 | Erik Wemple
    In his remarks today at a rally in Fort Worth, Tex., Donald Trump knew hed make news. Ive never said this before, he declared. Well await the word of the Washington Post Fact Checker on the integrity of the statement, but Trump did appear to be veering into a new talking point. A media-law talking point, that is: One of the things Im going to do, and this is going to make it tougher for mebut one of the things Im going to do if I winis Im going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely...
  • Donald Trump: We're going to 'open up' libel laws

    02/27/2016 10:02:24 AM PST · by dschapin · 233 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/26/2016 | Hadas Gold
    Donald Trump said on Friday he plans to change libel laws in the United States so that he can have an easier time suing news organizations. During a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Trump began his usual tirade against newspapers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, saying they're "losing money" and are "dishonest." The Republican presidential candidate then took a different turn, suggesting that when he's president they'll "have problems." "One of the things I'm going to do if I win, and I hope we do and we're certainly leading. I'm going to open up our...
  • Beijing to ban foreign media from publishing online

    02/20/2016 8:52:53 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    WND ^ | 02/19/16 | Lucy Westcott
    Foreign press will need permission to publish anything online in China under new rules proposed by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology earlier this week and reported by Quartz. Under the new provisions, which are due to take effect on March 10 and are the latest evidence that China is clamping down on foreign influence, the government said it hopes to “regulate online publishing” and “promote the healthy and orderly development of online publishing services.” “Sino-foreign joint ventures and foreign business units shall not engage in online publishing services” and must be approved by the government before doing so, the rules, which were...
  • Twitter off the deep end: Stacy McCain booted

    02/20/2016 2:22:05 PM PST · by HarborSentry · 13 replies
    Rand Koch blog ^ | February 20, 2016 | Rand Koch
    As if to prove my Wednesday post, Twitter has suspended Stacy McCain's account. He wasn't too clear on the exact cause, and doesn't really seem to know. But at the moment, it ends with “EXPECT UPDATES…” Datechguy wrote a nice write-up on McCain, the man. You probably know that much already. After my previous post being about Twitter, I'd like to say I expected stuff like this, but of course I did not think it could be so soon, or so overt. This was pretty quick. It's as if the grown-ups left for the weekend, and the SJW interns are...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Twitter Shadowbanning ‘Real and Happening Every Day’ Says Inside Source

    02/17/2016 6:11:59 AM PST · by ManHunter · 48 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | February 16, 2016 | Milo Yiannopoulos
    Rumours that Twitter has begun ‘shadowbanning’ politically inconvenient users have been confirmed by a source inside the company, who spoke exclusively to Breitbart Tech. His claim was corroborated by a senior editor at a major publisher.
  • Milo Yiannopoulos: ‘Outright Terrifying’ That Facebook Teamed Up with Government to Censor Users

    02/14/2016 9:54:11 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/13/2016 | Ezra Dulis
    Yiannopoulos discussed the current business turmoil at Twitter and how, instead of trying to right the ship, the social platform is trying to flex its political muscle with moves that will marginalize right-wing voices. More disturbingly, he said, is the more financially stable Facebook and its coordination with government censorship: It’s not just Facebook we’re talking about. They own WhatsApp and they own Instagram. And WhatsApp and Instagram are two of the companies that are winning the short messaging war–that are winning the war for Millennial attention and for Millennial users. Twitter lost that war. Twitter only really appeals to...
  • Triumph the Insult Dog Visits College to Invade Students’ Safe Spaces (Univ of NH)

    02/09/2016 3:27:35 PM PST · by RightGeek · 42 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2/9/2016 | Alex Griswold
    [snip] Needless to say, the irascible puppet was veeeeery problematic. "What do you identify as, besides pretentious?" he asked one male student. After a female student explained what a "trigger warning" was, he began to speak about her in a very sexual manner, clearly angering her. One female student was quizzed on what "mansplaining" meant. But after she was done explaining, Triumph went to a male student, saying he could probably explain it better. To close the video out, Triumph brought in a flamboyantly gay African-American man into the room. Once the man was gone, he asked the students to...
  • Banned By the Publisher

    02/09/2016 6:16:03 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 12 replies
    Nick Cole's Books ^ | Feb. 9, 2016 | Nick Cole
    I launched a book this week and I went Indie with it. Indie means I released it on Amazon via Kindle Direct Publishing. I had to. My Publisher, HarperVoyager, refused to publish it because of some of the ideas I wrote about in it. In other words, they were attempting to effectively ban a book because they felt the ideas and concepts I was writing about were dangerous and more importantly, not in keeping with their philosophical ideals. They felt my ideas weren’t socially acceptable and were “guaranteed to lose fifty percent of my audience” as related back to me...
  • Banned by the Publisher (How a Conservative writer got blackballed by Harper Collins)

    02/09/2016 11:08:08 AM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Nick Cole's Books ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nick Cole
    ... I launched a book this week and I went Indie with it. Indie means I released it on Amazon via Kindle Direct Publishing. I had to. My Publisher, HarperVoyager, refused to publish it because of some of the ideas I wrote about in it. In other words, they were attempting to effectively ban a book because they felt the ideas and concepts I was writing about were dangerous and more importantly, not in keeping with their philosophical ideals. They felt my ideas weren't socially acceptable and were "guaranteed to lose fifty percent of my audience" as related back to...
  • Announcing the Twitter Trust & Safety Council

    02/09/2016 10:38:45 AM PST · by Excellence · 6 replies
    Twitter Blog ^ | February 9, 2016 | Patricia Cartes (@Cartes), Head of Global Policy Outreach
    On Twitter, every voice has the power to shape the world. We see this power every day, from activists who use Twitter to mobilize citizens to content creators who use Twitter to shape opinion. To ensure people can continue to express themselves freely and safely on Twitter, we must provide more tools and policies. With hundreds of millions of Tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power. It requires a multi-layered approach where each of our 320 million...
  • ‘Angela Merkel You Have Killed Germany!’ –

    01/22/2016 11:06:50 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/22/16 | Raheem Kassam And Chris Tomlinson
    16 Year Old Girl’s Migrant Fears Video That Some Claim Facebook Are ‘Censoring’ “Please help us!… It is… very hard to live day-to-day as a woman” says 16 year old Bibi Wilhailm, a German girl who has uploaded her personal experiences of Arab and Muslim migrants in a new video that some claim is being censored by Facebook under it’s new “hate speech” guidelines. The 20 minute video, apparently created by the 16 year old Facebook user Miss Wilhailm, starts with her saying that she is, “so scared everywhere, for example if my family and I go out together, or...
  • Facebook Now Censoring People Who Oppose Wave Of Muslim Refugee Immigration

    01/20/2016 12:23:24 PM PST · by RightBlackChick · 28 replies
    The PolitiStick ^ | 1/20/16 | Greg Campbell
    As the Islamic world continues on their modern-day crusade to purge the world of “infidels” by shooting, stabbing, beheading and burning those who oppose the “religion of peace,” the Western world is embroiled in idiocy. The left appears infinitely more concerned with offending the delicate sensibilities of the Muslim world- both the peaceful and the murderous adherents of the religion- than they are with protecting the Western world from Islamic terrorism, a threat which the U.S. president refuses to cite as a danger.
  • Iran bans use of the word 'wine' and names of 'foreign animals' in books

    01/20/2016 8:30:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    (UK) Daily Telegraph ^ | January 19, 2016 | Ahmed Vahdat
    The decision to censor books published in Iran is to ensure that Iranians are protected from a Western "cultural onslaught" Iran's culture ministry has decided to censor the use of the word "wine" and the names of "foreign animals" and dignitaries from any books published in the Islamic Republic. The new rules are designed to protect Iranians from what the regime calls a "cultural onslaught" by the West. Mohammad Selgi, the head of book publishing at the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance, said: "When new books are registered with us, our staff first have to read them page by...
  • VeriSign sells Network Solutions

    10/16/2003 11:03:32 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 176+ views
    IDG News Service ^ | October 16, 2003 | Scarlet Pruitt
    VeriSign Inc. is selling its Network Solutions business, which provides Internet domain name registrations, to Pivotal Private Equity for approximately $100 million so it can focus on infrastructure services. VeriSign gained Network Solutions' registrar and registry businesses when it purchased the company in 2000. The registrar business, which offers services such as business e-mail, Web sites, hosting and Web presence, will go to Pivotal Private Equity, the company said Thursday. VeriSign will retain the registry business, which provides the backbone for the .com and .net domain names. VeriSign recently renamed the registry business VeriSign Naming and Directory Services and...
  • Facebook, Google, Twitter agree to delete hate speech in 24 hours: Germany

    01/09/2016 11:12:15 AM PST · by Lorianne · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | 15 December 2015
    Germany said on Tuesday that Facebook, Google and Twitter have agreed to delete hate speech from their websites within 24 hours, a new step in the fight against rising online racism following the refugee crisis. The government has been trying to get social platforms to crack down on the rise in anti-foreigner comments in German on the web as the country struggles to cope with an influx of more than 1 million refugees this year. The new agreement makes it easier for users and anti-racism groups to report hate speech to specialist teams at the three companies, German Justice Minister...
  • GREAT: So Now Google Is Blocking Access to Anti-Muslim-Immigration Blog Posts?

    01/04/2016 3:30:34 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 28 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 04 January 2016 | Reaganite Republican
    If you've got a website or are otherwise familiar with traffic-tracking sites out there, you'll know that Google no longer allows you to see the search terms that a reader has used to find a specific page/URL on your own blog or website (if they are signed-in with their Google account when searching, which is most people). I use 'StatCounter' to see the what, who, and when of those coming to my own blog...So I cannot say with any certainty why somebody at Google HQ in Mountain View, CA is searching for my posts, nor what search terms they...
  • Will new Twitter rules be used to target conservatives?

    01/03/2016 4:53:48 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 02, 2016 - 3:26 | Fox News
    Several prominent accounts suspended as social media giant tightens 'hateful conduct' rules
  • Documentary: Chuck Norris Helped Open Communist Romania to West

    01/01/2016 5:24:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 1, 2016 | Sarah Stites
    During the darkest days of communism, Romanians had something to brighten their oppressed existence illicit American movie parties. Under Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship, the Eastern European country had very little contact with the West. But thanks to Teodor Zamfir who was willing to smuggle VHS tapes, and his translator Ilina Nistor who dubbed them, over 3000 movies made it over to Romania between 1985 and 1989. Millions of lives were changed and uplifted as a result. Chuck Norris v. Communism (Variety Interview)After recognizing Nistor's voice at a film festival, Ilinca Calugareanu chatted with the woman whose inflection and tone were nearly...
  • State Dept redacting Non-classified info from Hillary's emails! [my title, this is chat]

    01/01/2016 12:40:55 PM PST · by Bulwinkle · 7 replies
    ..."Just for the record, if she does not already know, ......... is one of the biggest jerks in the foreign service," the US ambassador to Germany John Kornblum is quoted as saying in a newly-released email from Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal.
  • Police Stop Pro-Lifers From Singing Christmas Carols on Public Sidewalk Outside Abortion Clinic

    12/22/2015 8:07:34 PM PST · by kathsua · 19 replies
    Life News ^ | Dec 22, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    The First Amendment protests the free speech rights of Americans — but apparently not those of pro-life advocates singing Christmas carols on a public sidewalk outside a local abortion business in Falls Church, Virginia. Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter Monday to the Falls Church Police Department after two officers told several Christmas carolers to stop singing on a public sidewalk outside of an abortion business. One of the carolers captured the officers on video informing the carolers that singing is prohibited under a noise ordinance and that they must cease singing. The letter explains that police cannot use the...
  • YouTube suspends investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s Full Measure News

    12/15/2015 7:03:03 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 115 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | December 14, 2015 | Twitchy Staff
    Sharyl Attkisson, formerly an investigative reporter with CBS, recently launched Full Measure News. Those who have followed Attkisson on Twitter know that she has been relentless in her pursuit of stories that have been abandoned by the mainstream news, such as the Fast and Furious scandal and Benghazi. Full Measure News was to be an independent outlet for investigative reporting, but tonight Attkisson is reporting that the entire Full Measure News account has been pulled by YouTube.
  • Chinese censors are scrubbing sites of mentions of North Korean girl band

    12/13/2015 11:26:19 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    Mashable ^ | 2015/12/14 | Victoria Ho
    Chinese censors are scrubbing sites of mentions of North Korean girl band By Victoria Ho 19 minutes ago After the Moranbong Band's abrupt cancelation of their performances in Beijing over the weekend, it appears Chinese censors went to work deleting speculation and chatter about the North Korean girl band on mainland sites. The Moranbong Band, whose members were said to be handpicked by North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, were on a goodwill mission to Beijing and were set to perform three concerts starting Saturday night. But just hours before the first, they abruptly canceled the gig and headed home on...
  • Media Matters: 'Uh, Uh, No,' Hillary Didn't Help Start Us

    10/03/2007 6:08:11 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 83 replies · 3,007+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Welcome back, Tucker. Really. When Carlson was away, guest host David Shuster sullied Tucker's name-sake show with the tasteless "gotcha" game he sprung on Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), then compounded matters by leading a liberal love-in. Tucker's been back in the saddle for a couple days, and this evening took on Wesley Clark and later a representative of Media Matters. Speaking with Paul Waldman, Senior Fellow and Director of Special Projects of "Media Matters," Carlson displayed the graphic shown here, in which Hillary Clinton stated that she had "helped start" Media Matters. Under close questioning by Carlson, Waldman wound up...
  • PHILADELPHIA VIOLENT CRIME RATE ON THE RISE [But Mayor Nutter attacks Trump?]

    12/09/2015 8:45:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    ABC 6 Philadelphia ^ | 8/13/15 | Vernon Odom
    .....Citywide the murder and violence rate is running significantly ahead of last year's. 692 people have been shot so far this year - 161 murdered. In 2014 at this point there were 621 wounded by gunfire - 149 shot dead.
  • Google’s chairman wants algorithms to censor the internet for "Hate" speech.

    12/08/2015 11:15:14 AM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 34 replies
    Google’s chairman wants algorithms to censor the internet for hate speech - Quartz In an op-ed for The New York Times (paywall), Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, inserted himself directly into the middle of a heated debate about the line between fighting terrorism’s online reach and internet censorship. “It’s our responsibility to demonstrate that stability and free expression go hand in hand,” he writes. “We should build tools to help de-escalate tensions on social media—sort of like spell-checkers, but for hate and harassment.” His words came just after Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, called...
  • What are Facebook and other social media doing about Donald Trump?

    12/06/2015 3:19:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | December 6, 2015 | Emily Bell
    The US woke up on Friday to the news that Donald Trump was a full 20 percentage points ahead of Ted Cruz, his nearest rival, for the Republican nomination, and a good 16 percentage points higher than America’s top political analysts thought he would be. Running on a platform of “making America great again”, his campaign has been noteworthy for Trump’s egregious widespread insults and total fabrications, on a gargantuan scale. The most recent of which was him claiming to have seen “thousands of Muslims” dancing in the streets of New Jersey after 9/11. No evidence exists of this, because...
  • Underground at Brown

    12/02/2015 6:19:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | November 30, 2015 | Jay Nordlinger
    In the current issue of National Review, I have a piece called “Underground at Brown.” What’s it about? I’ll tell you. In fact, I’ll blow that piece out — i.e., expand it — here in Impromptus. At Brown University, in Providence, R.I., there is a secret forum in which students may discuss potentially controversial issues freely. Let me say that again: At Brown, there is a secret forum in which students may discuss potentially controversial issues — or anything they want — freely.
  • Keep your inflammatory words to yourself

    12/01/2015 6:09:40 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 30, 2015 | Erika D. Smith
    Republican presidential candidates, others too quick with reckless rhetoric Words don’t carry consequences of gun, but they can influence people Ramblings about ‘body parts’ in Planned Parenthood shooting is proof
  • Onlinecensorship.org Tracks Content Takedowns by Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Sites

    11/22/2015 9:19:30 AM PST · by BillCompton · 8 replies
    EFF ^ | November 19, 2015 | EFF
    San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Visualizing Impact launched Onlinecensorship.org today, a new platform to document the who, what, and why of content takedowns on social media sites. The project, made possible by a 2014 Knight News Challenge award, will address how social media sites moderate user-generated content and how free expression is affected across the globe. Controversies over content takedowns seem to bubble up every few weeks, with users complaining about censorship of political speech, nudity, LGBT content, and many other subjects. The passionate debate about these takedowns reveals a larger issue: social media sites have...
  • [Satire] University Students Rally for Tyranny

    11/13/2015 8:19:58 PM PST · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Nov 2015 | John Semmens
    The protests at the University of Missouri that resulted in the ouster of President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin have reinvigorated student movements against freedom of speech across the nation. Brenda Smith-Lezama, vice president of the Missouri Students Association, took pride in the rising groundswell of support for censorship saying "it's about time the youth of this nation take a stand against the verbal pollution that hides behind the First Amendment. Social justice shouldn't be thwarted by slavish devotion to the out-dated idea that everyone has the right to speak his mind regardless of the consequences." Smith-Lezama hailed...
  • Yale’s Halloween Advice Stokes a Racially Charged Debate (PC student mob rule)

    11/12/2015 6:11:49 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOV. 8, 2015 | LIAM STACK
    The debate over Halloween costumes began late last month when the universitys Intercultural Affairs Committee sent an email to the student body asking students to avoid wearing “culturally unaware and insensitive” costumes that could offend minority students. It specifically advised them to steer clear of outfits that included elements like feathered headdresses, turbans or blackface. (clip) In response, Erika Christakis, a faculty member and an administrator at a student residence, wrote an email to students living in her residence hall on behalf of those she described as “frustrated” by the official advice on Halloween costumes. Students should be able to...
  • Fr. Rutler on Christian Credentials

    11/07/2015 3:47:47 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Pewsitter ^ | 11/7/15 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    An astute professor once said that political wrangling in universities is so vicious because the stakes are so small. There are those in proverbial ivory towers who will struggle to get control of a faculty or become an assistant dean with an animus that would ill befit a general in battle. There is one caveat here, though, and it is this: the stakes are not so small when you consider that professors can shape the minds of a whole generation. A recent letter in The New York Times signed by Catholic academics, objected that a columnist had no right to...
  • Exxon Mobil Under Investigation in New York Over Climate Statements

    11/05/2015 12:10:39 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 5, 2015 | JUSTIN GILLIS and CLIFFORD KRAUSS
    The New York attorney general has begun a sweeping investigation of Exxon Mobil to determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how those risks might hurt the oil business. According to people with knowledge of the investigation, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a subpoena Wednesday evening to Exxon Mobil, demanding extensive financial records, emails and other documents. The focus includes the company’s activities dating to the late 1970s, including a period of at least a decade when Exxon Mobil funded groups that sought to undermine climate science. A...
  • Is GOOGLE trying to block postings on Free Republic?

    10/27/2015 11:24:42 PM PDT · by 4Runner · 16 replies
    Google notice | 10/28/2015 | 4Runner
    Wait! Please don't visit that site right now! Google detected badware on the site you were visiting. Firefox uses Google's blacklist to warn you about "Reported attack sites." We understand that you may know and trust this site, but it's possible for good sites to be infected with badware without the site owners' knowledge or permission. Who is StopBadware? StopBadware is a nonprofit organization that fights badware. Google and Firefox link to us to help you understand the warnings. We also help website owners prevent and clean up badware websites. Question: I visited the site and didn't see any badware...
  • Student suspended after wearing military memorial shirt honoring Marine brother

    10/12/2015 4:39:06 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 12 replies
    EAG News ^ | 12Oct15 | Victor Skinner
    GRESHAM, Ore. Dexter McCarty Middle School student Alan Holmes understands that his freedom is intricately tied to those who fought and died defending the United States of America. His older brother joined the U.S. Marines when he was 19 years old and served a tour in Iraq, Fox 12 reports.
  • Apple Disables News App in China Amid Censorship Concerns

    10/12/2015 2:42:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/12/15 | Daniel Wiser
    Beijing escalates campaign to restrict free flow of information from U.S. companies, journalists pple is reported to have deactivated its news app in China amid concerns that Beijing is escalating its campaign to restrict the flow of information from U.S. news outlets and technology companies. The New York Times reported that, even for users who downloaded the app on their phones in the United States, content does not appear in China. Instead, the error message news isnt supported in your current region appears. Beijing requires most companies operating in the country to develop a censorship system, which can include automated...