Posts Tagged ‘free speech’

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Sound the alarm…
Facebook’s ‘anti-fake news’ plan looks like effort to curb alternative media

Yet, a cursory glance at its funding sources is enough to set alarm bells ringing. They include Pierre Omidyar, George Soros and Washington’s National Endowment for Democracy, a CIA soft-power cutout. As it happens, regular RT readers will remember these three as the primary foreign backers of Ukraine’s Maidan coup in 2014.

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Amazon, Google, Apple… Fox News join Microsoft in US gag orders fight

The likes of Apple, Google, and Mozilla—among many others—have put their names to an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit Microsoft filed against the federal government over its controversial and continued use of gagging orders.

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(Coming Soon: Wrecking Balls is a novel of stand-up comedy and excess.)

 

 

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Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels was recently the celeb royalty featured on Jerry Seinfeld’s car show, in an episode entitled: “Everybody likes to see the monkeys.” Now I wish I hadn’t bothered to tune in because now I have to respond.

The corporate overlord sensibility is prevalent, dripping from every annoyed grunt Michaels offers the inconsequential rabble. Instantly, I recalled how Tim Robbins and John Cusack had punched his number back in 1992. Michaels is a tool of social control, a buttress who defines what can be said to millions, and what cannot.

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Michaels tipped his hand when Seinfeld challenged him on “alternative comics,” those “below 14th street” who don’t exist as far as SNL is concerned. The “alternative” is any alternative view to corporate whoredom, and Michaels sneers and scoffs his way through the idea that anyone but corporate-approved mindless, inconsequential distractions should matter.

Yes, he gleefully categorizes everyone and everything his show does as nothing more than monkeying around. And now we see the flaw in SNL as an institution. The boss believes in flinging poo and nothing beyond. He has no integrity on display, simply the desire to let the monkeys run amok for fun and profit. The world may burn to the ground elsewhere, but nothing relevant will appear in Lorne Michaels’ Monkey House. His show pretends to address issues, but it’s a pretense, a marketing strategy.

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That’s why the show’s fakeness and vapidity are so entrenched and intractable. SNL cannot actually say anything meaningful; Michaels won’t allow it. It is not an “alternative,” to the rest of the corporate mainstream marketing propaganda but exists to reinforce it.

Even Michaels’ choice of restaurant reinforced his elite ruling-class view, escaping to where the coffees likely run $25 a cup, and no other diners were seen, or perhaps permitted. Michaels is a media mogul who decides for America what it can joke about each week, a propagandist, a puppeteer, a tool of social programming.

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Anyone finding all this particularly unfunny?

 

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The Boycott Israel movement is under assault here in the USA.

 

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https://bdsmovement.net/

 

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In our escalating collapse, on every conceivable front, the colleges are a unique case. They once were the centers of moral activism and the anti-war movement. Today, they get weirder and more pathetic monthly. The most spoiled generation in the most spoiled empire in the history of the world believes themselves to be victims. Each and every one is a victim of bad words they lack the intellect to counter.

How Title IX Killed Free Speech on Campus
“People are afraid of teaching any topic that could be deemed controversial because they know the administration won’t stand behind them.”

End-result will be a dumb ass, useless bunch of corporate cogs with nothing to say, nothing to think. Oh wait, we might already be there.

 

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The history department might someday become the hxstory department, if the students in the Assembly for Power and Liberation have their way.

 

America is fucking nuts.

The College That Wants to Ban ‘History’

Activists used to fight for the greater good, not because they have thin skin and want to abuse power. Fuck these immature, coddled, ignorant, overgrown brats.

Safe space USA rolls forward:

Activists have also demanded the creation of an Office for Social Transformation, which would employ 15 students—young Robespierres in training—for the purposes of monitoring “racist, anti-black, transphobic, cissexist, misogynistic, ableist, homophobic, Islamophobic, and otherwise oppressive behavior on campus.” (Anti-Semitism, one notes, is curiously omitted.) These students will be granted terrifying powers to discipline faculty members who commit microaggressions. Professors—even tenured professors—can and will be placed under investigation if they are accused of maintaining insufficiently safe spaces within their classrooms.