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  • Pahrump-based radio host Art Bell dies at 72

    04/15/2018 10:22:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 4/13/2018 | Rio Lacanlale
    He was awake when most of the country was asleep, cultivating a loyal following while sharing his fascination with the unexplained on his nighttime paranormal-themed show. For the better part of two decades, longtime late-night radio personality Art Bell was his own producer, engineer and host of his show, “Coast to Coast AM.” He later launched his own satellite radio program from his Pahrump home after retiring from full-time hosting duties in 2003. On the airwaves, Bell captivated listeners with his fascination for the unexplained, such as UFOs, alien abductions and crop circles. He died Friday at his home at...
  • Zeroing in on Facebook's Anti-Conservative Tilt

    04/13/2018 8:26:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | April 13, 2018 | Brent Bozell
    Two days of congressional hearings with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg underlined how American perceptions of media power are changing. After 2012, Democrats and their media allies oozed over the way former President Barack Obama's brilliant strategists changed the face of campaigning through Facebook. But in 2016, Donald Trump was elected, and Facebook became a malignant ghetto of "fake news" and inappropriate election manipulation. Congress is justified in asking how Facebook's massive popularity could also lead to massive violations of privacy and, potentially, international manipulation in our political process. But there is more to discuss, questions of bias and censorship that...
  • Zuckerberg: I'm Confident Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Will Soon Allow

    04/12/2018 1:35:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | April 12, 2018 | Guy Benson
    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg endured two grueling days of testimony on Capitol Hill this week, during which he was peppered with questions from members of Congress -- some of whom did not evince a strong grasp of how social media works -- in both the House and Senate.  His testimony was deeply apologetic and deferential, and was generally well-received by many observers, as well as the markets (even as fact-checkers picked apart some of his assertions).  The reason he was dragged to DC stemmed from a freakout over news stories about the Trump campaign-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica...
  • Cruz Grills Zuckerberg on Facebook's Censorship of Conservatives

    04/11/2018 7:27:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 77 replies ^ | April 11, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday about whether or not the social media platform was biased against conservatives. Zuckerberg acknowledged that Cruz raised a “fair concern” but insisted that Facebook was committed to being a “platform for all ideas.” "There are a great many Americans who I think are deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship," Cruz said. He read off examples of Facebook suppressing conservative speech, starting with former Facebook employees admitting to suppressing conservative news in May of 2016. Cruz brought up...
  • Diamond and Silk 'shadowbanned' by Facebook just in time for midterms

    04/09/2018 8:10:25 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9 Apr, 2018 | Monica Showalter
    Diamond & Silk, two tremendously funny comics with a huge following who support President Trump, have been "shadowbanned" by Facebook, meaning, their posts are not being fed into the feeds of their subscribers, in what's known as "deplatforming." Facebook did it by labeling the women "dangerous to the community" and told them there was no appeal. Diamond & Silk, whose real names are Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, explained to Fox News that they think it was a bid to goose the midterms for Democrats and outlined what they did: "Facebook gave us another bogus reason why Millions of people...
  • Laura Ingram's case for free speech

    04/09/2018 7:57:17 PM PDT · by Envisioning · 23 replies
    Laura's opening monologue on free speech was epic. She nailed it. Unprecedented.
  • SB-1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan [California Legislature]

    04/09/2018 6:15:27 AM PDT · by ptsal · 30 replies
    California Legislative Information ^ | 22-March-2018 | Richard Pan
    SB 1424, as amended, Pan. Commercial law. Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan. Existing law prohibits a person, among others, from making or disseminating in any advertising device, or in any manner or means whatever, including over the Internet, any statement concerning real or personal property or services that is untrue or misleading, as specified. This bill would require any person who operates a social media, as defined, Internet Web site with a physical presence in California to develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Web site. The bill would require the plan to include,...
  • Facebook Tells Diamond And Silk – “You Are Unsafe For Our Community”–PLUS –Intelligence Agencies...

    04/08/2018 2:07:57 PM PDT · by davikkm · 18 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley
    Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, also known as Diamond and Silk, noticed six months ago that their popular Facebook page was dropping in engagement. Wish I could tell them the same thing happened to me, too! Along with Facebook judging who is right for their community and who is not, we have news that the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has instructed the intel community to be more transparent with the public to establish trust, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. And we have comments being made that the Constitution does not give you right to...
  • The Grand Convergence

    04/06/2018 9:06:13 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 2 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 4 Apr 2018 | Mark Steyn
    At a certain level, formerly functioning societies seem to be growing unnecessarily complicated. Yet, in a more basic sense, it's all coming together: Yesterday, as I was heading home after our live Clubland Q&A, it was all breaking news about the YouTube shooter. As usual in the first moments after such an attack, it's all tediously speculative - except for the apparent eyewitness report that the gunman was, in fact, a gunwoman. That, on the other hand, sent the breaking-news chappies boring down yet another dreary alley - that it was supposedly a YouTube employee upset with an ex-boyfriend. I...
  • Commentary: Free speech takes another hit from thin-skinned liberals

    04/04/2018 6:51:47 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/4/2018 | Cal Thomas
    Fox News host Laura Ingraham has apologized, as has the network, for nothing more serious than her tweet: “David Hogg rejected by four colleges to which he applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA . totally predictable given acceptance rates.)” Hogg actually has a 4.2 grade-point average. The 17-year-old Hogg, a survivor of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., is the new face of the anti-gun movement, having achieved overnight victim status, reserved, apparently, only for those on the left, which supposedly insulates him from criticism. Hogg...
  • Female Professor Fired for Violating University's Vague Sexual Harassment Rules

    03/30/2018 5:02:00 AM PDT · by 1BadgerStater · 23 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | March 30, 2018 | 1BadgerStater
    Tenure used to provide faculty members with solid protection against all but criminal behavior. But now it is proving no match for weak excuses for firing professors who administrators want to be rid of. Marquette University’s termination of political science Professor John McAdams for speaking his mind about a younger faculty colleague’s handling of a student is one such case. Another case has arisen at Louisiana State University. Teresa Buchanan had been teaching in the education program at LSU’s Baton Rouge campus for nearly 20 years when, in 2015, she was fired for violating the school’s policy against sexual harassment....
  • Editorial: U.S. culture clash plays out on college campuses

    03/26/2018 6:41:32 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 10 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 03-26-2018 | Herald Staff
    We are suffering from a large-scale culture clash in the United States. Strains of anxiety and vitriol pervade our daily discourse where we’d be better served with laughter and congeniality. So why are we so divided? What is feeding it? A good touchstone for where we are and where we are heading as a society is our college campuses. This May, Boston’s streets will be clogged with U-Haul trucks driven by the parents of newly minted college graduates packing up and heading home. Honest-to-goodness adults, ready to take on the world
  • Women Against Free Speech?

    03/23/2018 6:56:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | March 23, 2018 | Michael Barone
    Sometimes, for those of us who are constantly reading statistics and poll results, something that you didn't expect to see stands out -- a number that makes you think the future will not be what you have been expecting. My latest sighting of such a number was in a March 12 New York Times report on a poll of college students sponsored by the American Council on Education, the Charles Koch Foundation and the Stanton Foundation. It asked students about free speech on campus -- whether it is allowed and whether it should be. College and university campuses have been...
  • Thousands Gather in London Speakers Corner Hear Tommy Robinson Deliver Banned RightWing Speech

    03/19/2018 10:50:16 AM PDT · by Slyfox · 15 replies
    Brietbart ^ | March 18, 2018 | Raheem Kassam
    LONDON, United Kingdom — Thousands of free speech enthusiasts, alongside a handful of hard-left and Islamist opposition, gathered at Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park this afternoon to hear a speech written by Generation Identity’s Martin Sellner, delivered by former EDL leader Tommy Robinson. Sellner was banned from entry by the UK government earlier this month, for daring to lead a right-wing organisation which sheds light on Islamic extremism and mass migration on the continent of Europe. Robinson — formerly of the Rebel Media — delivered the speech to thousands who gathered in the snow at the historic Speaker’s Corner,...
  • In Spain, two rappers heading to prison for “insulting the King”

    03/19/2018 10:23:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Hot ^ | March 19, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    Lately, whenever we’ve wound up covering stories out of Spain, they’ve been related to the Catalan independence movement. Today, however, the lens swings away from that region and back to Madrid. There was a concert held there recently by various artists including a rap musician named Josep Miquel Arenas, better known as Valtonyc. The show was informally considered a “farewell performance” because, barring success in a last minute appeal, Arenas is heading off to prison for a few years. His crime? He insulted the king, among other things. (WaPo) The headliner tonight was Josep Miquel Arenas, 24, the artist known...
  • "National Walkout Day" Stirs Controversy [semi-satire]

    03/17/2018 1:48:16 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Mar 2018 | John Semmens
    This week, various schools across the country sponsored "walkouts" in memory of the 17 students and faculty members killed in the Feb 14th massacre carried out by Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In other schools students took it upon themselves to walkout without permission. New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) warned school administrators not to punish students who engaged in unsanctioned walkouts, asserting that "it would be wrong. Threatening to discipline students for participating in the peaceful demonstrations is not only inappropriate, it is unconstitutional. Demonstrations against gun violence are protected by the First...
  • WATCH: Principal Allegedly Removes Student from Walkout Participants Because of Pro-Gun Sign

    03/15/2018 12:14:02 PM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Video has emerged of the principal at New Praque, Minnesota’s New Prague High School allegedly removing a student from a group of walkout participants because the student was holding a pro-gun sign. The student’s sign said, “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People.” New Prague High School student Kenny McDonald put up a Facebook post alleging that the student was not only made to walk away from those participating in the walkout for gun control but was also threatened with being placed in a police car. The post contains a video which shows the student with a pro-gun sign being...
  • Pro-Life students need to walk out of class (shameless vanity)

    03/15/2018 1:18:53 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 21 replies
    My own grey matter | March 15, 2018 | Ciaphas Cain
    Pro-life students should walk out of class and stand outside praying for 54 minutes. One minute per each million of their fellow children who have been aborted. Make #54milliontoo their hashtag. They now have EVERY much a right to walk out as the useful idiots yesterday. Regardless of whether or not the school faculties give them their blessing. If the students aren't allowed to, take the school board to court on grounds of violating equal access of public facilities.
  • Contradiction — Students favor ‘free speech’ and policies that restrict it such as safe spaces

    03/14/2018 8:46:30 PM PDT · by Mafe · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 14, 2018 | Bradford Richardson
    Free speech may not mean what most college students think it means. The majority of college students surveyed in a Gallup/Knight Foundation study said they support free speech and believe it is vital to the health of democracy. Yet droves of students also said they favor policies that restrict free speech such as safe spaces, free speech zones, speech codes and bans on offensive Halloween costumes. Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, said “the discrepancy between what undergraduate students say they believe and what actions they are willing to take is really breathtaking.” “Students like the ring...
  • Lauren Southern Is Banned From UK! | Full Interview With Tommy Robinson

    03/14/2018 2:45:03 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | Mar 14, 2018
    "They just locked me out and said "au revoir"... Officially banned from UK for "racism".. doing fine though, all the cool people are being banned anyway 😉