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  • War of words: Proposed legislation reignites tensions on campus over free speech

    09/21/2017 7:40:31 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 10 replies
    Badger Herald ^ | September 5, 2017 | Emily Hamer
    Fires, pepper spray, smashed windows, punches, assaults, riots, domestic terrorism — all results of recent protests across the nation in which freedom of expression has escalated to violence. In the aftermath of violent protests on college campuses from University of California-Berkeley to Middlebury, and the deadly events of Charlottesville, some think it’s possible the University of Wisconsin could also reach a tipping point. Last November, chants of “shame” and “safety” from protesters drowned out the words of controversial speaker Ben Shapiro when he visited UW’s campus. Audience members retorted by shouting back “decency” and “you’re a baby.”
  • Gab is Suing Google Over Anti-Trust and It Has a Point

    09/21/2017 10:02:13 AM PDT · by dubyagee · 11 replies
    Slate.com ^ | April Glaser
    On Thursday, the “free speech” social network Gab.ai filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging it had violated federal antitrust laws when it kicked the company’s app out of the Google Play Store.
  • Are Conservatives Prepared to be Censored?

    09/19/2017 10:36:53 AM PDT · by joma89 · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 18, 2017 | Albert Eisenberg
    What images should appear when you Google “white couple”? Probably two people of European descent. If you search those words today, though, you’ll find almost exclusively black couples. The results are similarly skewed for “white man & white woman” and “white couple with children”. Try it. Strange, a bit annoying, and vaguely political – just imagine the reaction if a query for “black couple” turned up only whites. I suspect that wouldn’t fly at Google. What results would you expect when Googling “American inventors”? Likely a mix of great innovators from our past and present, from a variety of backgrounds....
  • The End of the First Amendment

    09/20/2017 4:42:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2017 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, I visited the University of California, Berkeley. The preparations for the visit were patently insane. First, the school charged the sponsor group, Young America's Foundation, a $15,000 security fee. Then, the school blocked off the upper level of the auditorium, fearful that radicals from the violent far-left-leaning group Antifa would infiltrate the speech and begin hurling objects from the balcony onto the crowd below. Finally, the school ended up spending some $600,000 on additional policing, including the creation of cement barriers and hiring of hundreds of armed police officers for a prospective riot. All this so that I...
  • All This Talk of “Hackers” is Just Code for Something Far More Insidious

    09/19/2017 10:30:16 AM PDT · by davikkm · 10 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    We have been fed a dangerous lie that will cut to the very heart of freedom in America (and elsewhere soon enough). When the politicians and the media talk about “hackers,” they are telling a flat out narrative that barely exists above a whisper in the real world. They have made these “hackers” into “demons working for dangerous nations” to make us fear what is an almost non-existent threat. The real reason they are spinning this tale is far more nefarious. This whole effort is to shut down conservative voices and be lauded as heroes for it. Internet controls, censorship,...
  • Middlebury College policy shuts down free speech

    09/18/2017 6:21:03 PM PDT · by BogusTimes · 16 replies
    Bogus Times ^ | 9-18-17 | Kim Parkhurst
    In light of the ongoing violence on college campuses across the country, Middlebury College is instituting a “heckler’s veto” or temporary policy to shut down speakers whom they believe might be targets of threats or violence. A heckler’s veto is a term used when a government or institution of power shuts down someone’s First Amendment right of free speech to prevent or subvert potential violence that might be unleashed by a heckler in response to what they perceive as disagreeable speech. In layman’s terms, Middlebury is temporarily instituting an infringement on First Amendment rights. Stopping short of a flat-out ban...
  • A message to UC Berkeley from MILO and the Berkeley Patriots (video only)

    09/18/2017 9:09:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 9-18-2017 | Milo Yiannopoulos
    Milo Yiannopoulos- Berkeley “Free Speech Week,” an event organized by student group the Berkeley Patriot and underwritten by MILO Inc., will occur as scheduled, running from September 24 to September 27 on the campus of UC Berkeley, despite attempts by the university to use bureaucratic maneuvers and strategic media leaks to disrupt the event and dissuade headline speakers from attending. The paperwork was filed on deadline, and MILO, Inc. transferred the required $65,758.76 to UC Berkeley to arrive at 8 AM ET Monday. Nevertheless, the University has not yet indicated it will grant access to Wheeler and Zellerbach. This move...
  • UC Berkeley Faculty Want to Shut Down Campus for Free Speech Week

    09/18/2017 4:57:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 18, 2017 | Mark Tapson
    “This is a clear threat to public higher education.” A faculty letter addressed to the UC Berkeley campus and the Berkeley community at large is calling for a complete boycott of classes and campus activities during the upcoming “Free Speech Week," which will feature conservative speakers whose very names inspire college students to seek safe spaces and therapy. The Berkeley paper called The Daily Californian reports that the letter was co-written by seven faculty members, including Michael Cohen, a campus associate teaching professor of African American studies. The letter urges fellow faculty members to take three steps: cancel classes and...
  • Menacing White Supremacist Terrorizes Berkeley

    09/16/2017 9:51:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2017 | Michael Barone
    The city of Berkeley was on alert. Barriers were erected to stop violent protesters. Bank of America boarded up windows. Police were authorized to use pepper spray if merited. Traumatized UC Berkeley students were offered counseling if needed. A campus crowd chanted, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, white supremacists have got to go.” And a large sign read, “We say no to white supremacist b-s.” What was causing this disturbance? Why the massive disruption? As tweeted by Tariq Nasheed, “Suspected white supremacist Ben Shapiro, who tries to mask his racist rhetoric by claiming to be jewish, is in Berkeley now #BenAtBerkeley.”...
  • Show of force works as Ben Shapiro delivers speech to UC Berkeley audience

    09/15/2017 8:32:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/15/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    The violence and destruction that accompanied Milo Yiannopoulos’s unsuccessful attempt to deliver a talk at UC’s Zellerbach Hall was thwarted last night at the same venue, thanks to the widely-reported expenditure of $600,000 on installing jersey barriers, and positioning large numbers of police, authorized to use pepper spray. The antifa warriors were not up for fight with superior forces. Inside Zellerbach Hall on Thursday night, conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro delivered his speech as planned to an engaged, respectful audience of about 600 to 700 people. Police were present inside the hall, but not highly visible, and no hecklers...
  • UC Berkeley Poll: 53% of California Democrats Oppose Free Speech

    09/14/2017 12:34:20 PM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Sep 2017 | Joel B. Pollak
    A new poll conducted by the University of California Berkeley reveals that a majority of California Democrats oppose the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and assembly, at least as it applies to extreme right-wing groups. A plurality (46%) of all Californians feels the same way.
  • Arguments over free speech on campus are not left v right

    09/13/2017 11:23:08 PM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies
    Economist ^ | 11 Sep 2017 | Economist
    Reed College students were ranked as the most liberal and the second most studious in Princeton Review’s survey of its top 382 liberal arts colleges. That compound of leftist politics and serious scholarship proved unstable last year as activists managed to cow the college’s administration, students and faculty alike. ...Demonstrators said Ms Valdivia was guilty of a variety of offences: she was a “race traitor” who upheld white supremacist principles by failing to oppose the Humanities syllabus. She was “anti-black” because she appropriated black slang by wearing a T-shirt that said, “Poetry is Lit”. She was an “ableist” because she...
  • Berkeley Profs Take Stand—Against Free Speech

    09/13/2017 8:15:34 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 29 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 13, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The university that has proudly proclaimed itself to be the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement may also become its graveyard. "In a letter addressed to the UC Berkeley campus and the larger Berkeley community, 76 faculty members from various departments have called for a complete boycott of classes and campus activities during the so-called 'Free Speech Week' to be held on campus September 24-27," Hank Reichman writes in the Academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). "The week is sponsored by the Berkeley Patriot, a conservative student newspaper, and includes 'Feminism Awareness Day' and a...
  • Poll: Most California Democrats want to restrict free speech from white nationalists

    09/13/2017 6:10:04 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | September 12, 2017 | Julia Prodis Sulek
    In this cradle of the free speech movement, from the very campus where the First Amendment has been tested time and again, a new poll from UC Berkeley shows California voters are split over the delicate question of whether white nationalist groups should be allowed to demonstrate.
  • While Milo Says He And 'Uncle Steve' Are Confirmed For Berkeley Free Speech Week, Confusion Lingers

    09/12/2017 7:08:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/12 | Rhea Mahbubani and Gillian Edevane
    “The University cannot yet confirm exactly when or if they will be here, nor can it confirm a list of speakers," a UC Berkeley spokesperson said.Confusion is brewing at the University of California, Berkeley — once again about planned speeches by a number of controversial right-wing commentators. On Tuesday, a statement issued by MILO, Inc., a nonprofit headed by former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, began making the rounds on the Internet. It confirmed that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon will attend Free Speech Week, organized by student group, Berkeley Patriot, between Sept. 24 and 27. Ann Coulter...
  • Report: U.C. Berkeley Is “Bracing For” The Arrival Of Ben Shapiro

    09/10/2017 12:32:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/10/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Later this month, conservative pundit Ben Shapiro will be landing at Berkeley, an event which is apparently being treated by the locals as some sort of Category Five Speechstorm. We already learned that the school is offering special counseling sessions for traumatized locals, and security concerns “forced them” to initially only sell half the tickets for the auditorium where Ben will be speaking.But you can’t be too careful in the face of a natural disaster like someone showing to, er… talk. Inside of a venue where only people who are willing to pay for tickets will be able to...
  • UC Berkeley Mocked for Offering Counseling to Students Stressed By Ben Shapiro Speech

    09/09/2017 3:53:54 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 42 replies
    mediaite ^ | 9.9.17 | Joseph A. Wulfsohn
    There has been a lot of buildup ahead of Ben Shapiro‘s speaking engagement at UC Berkeley. Between the university initially blocking him from its campus and its efforts to limit the crowd size, it’s becoming quite the anticipated event.
  • Democratic Rep. to introduce bill limiting free speech at universities

    09/08/2017 5:08:17 PM PDT · by BogusTimes · 29 replies
    Bogus Times ^ | 9/8/17 | Kim Parkhurst
    U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) announced he will introduce a bill to limit free speech or “hate speech” at universities and colleges and force the schools to report hate crimes to local law enforcement. His logic behind the bill is to require universities to demonstrate they have programs in place that will define for students “what is acceptable speech and what is not acceptable speech.” Brown said funding will be set aside in a grant for institutions unable to secure the resources to create the programs.
  • Dem rep planning bill to define 'acceptable speech' on campus

    09/07/2017 10:31:42 AM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 7, 2017 | Fox News
    Democratic Rep. Anthony Brown reportedly plans to introduce a bill that would require universities and colleges to define “acceptable speech” on campus. The Maryland congressman announced the plans during a speech last week, according to The Diamondback, the University of Maryland’s student newspaper. Brown reportedly said he wants colleges to demonstrate they have initiatives that define to students "what is acceptable speech and what is not acceptable speech.” Further, the bill reportedly would offer grant money to create these programs while pushing universities to report hate crimes. The proposal comes as campuses across the country have been accused of curbing...
  • How The Republicans Beat Campus Censorship

    09/07/2017 7:59:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2017 | Mike Adams
    Back in January of 2016, I sent a letter to UNC-Wilmington President Jose Sartarelli, which was copied to all 16 members of the Board of Trustees. I later published the same letter on Townhall.com. In my letter, which you can read here, I accused the university of having at least two policies that clearly violated the First Amendment. I then asked the administration to work with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) to do an audit of our policies and then revise them towards the goal of attaining a coveted green light rating from FIRE. For those not...