Posts Tagged ‘freedom of speech’

 

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WikiLeaks Says Assange to Be Expelled Within ‘Hours to Days’

 

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Gestapo is putting us on lists now.

Department Of Homeland Security Plans To Compile A List Of All Bloggers, Journalists And “Social Media Influencers”

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“She said Facebook had granted 95 percent of the requests.”

Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

Change your Profile Pic: Save the Internet!

 

Demand Progress:

We’re less than 24 hours away from the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality.

It’s gonna be huge. Hundreds of companies and websites, including some of the biggest sites on the web like Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, Vimeo and Reddit, thousands of artists, creators, and entrepreneurs, and activists like you from all over the country will be standing together with one voice to tell the FCC: We will NEVER give up net neutrality!

We’ll be in touch first thing tomorrow with the best way to participate in the Day of Action, but here’s what you can do today:

Change your Facebook profile picture here:

Change your Profile Pic: Save the Internet!

 

Here are the step-by-step instructions in case you need a little extra help:

1) Click on the link above to change your profile picture. The link will give you the option to add the Save the Internet avatar to Facebook (or Twitter). Once you click that option, it will save to your photos on Facebook.

2) There will then be a button you can click that says “Set as my Facebook picture.” From there it will take you to your Facebook page.

3) You can then set it as your Facebook profile picture by clicking the “options” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo.

If you’re not on Facebook, not to worry. Here are some other things you can do today ahead of the big day tomorrow:

  1. Make sure you’ve submitted your comment to the FCC in support of Title II net neutrality. You can do that here.
  2. Email your friends, family, contacts or list about the Day of Action. Here is a sample email you can copy and paste or tweak to suit your audience.
  3. Tweet to your followers. You can click to tweet here or use some of our sample tweets as a guide here.

We appreciate all you’ve done for the free and open internet so far, and all you will do. We’ll be in touch again tomorrow with the best ways for you to get engaged on the Day of Action itself.

Thanks for all you do.

For a free and open internet,

Carli, Kurt, Reuben, David, and the whole Demand Progress Team

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Daily Stormer Troll Army Threatens CNN Staffers Over Reddit User Behind Trump/CNN GIF

Andrew Auernheimer, the notorious hacker and Internet troll known as ‘Weev,’ rallied the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer’s troll army for its latest campaign this morning, claiming that CNN was blackmailing a “teen shitposter.”

A Pro-Trump Neo-Nazi Group Just Threatened The Children Of CNN Reporters

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A two-hour block is set aside for Green Party candidate Jill Stein to respond to the debate questions. Tomorrow, Tuesday morning.

PS.

Go here.

 

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Joe Giambrone
July 4, 2016
 
 
We face many problems; most stemming from ideologies run amok. Ideology is the enemy of truth, and the truth is larger and counter to all ideological frameworks, paradigms, religions, and dogmas. The truth cares nothing at all for your ideology nor for you; it never did, and it never will.
 
America has never lived up to the myth. Dumbed-down nationalism has always displaced reason, evidence, and fairness, even among the masses. Thus the term “Exceptionalism” is shouted from the think tanks without a hint of irony or shame. We are the exception to the rules we force upon others. Because we’re us. Because our military is both powerful and ruthless.
 
But, then again, America has always stood for some important bedrock principles: freedom of speech, freedom of (and from) religion, freedom of the press, the right to due process, the right to be secure in our persons, homes and effects. Our notion of freedom was codified more than two centuries ago and thankfully still stands in the face of so many ongoing challenges.
 
But this freedom is under attack from many fronts. It is attacked domestically, and it is attacked from afar. It is attacked by ignorant herd members, and by highly educated Machiavellian monsters wearing suits. It is attacked by the corruption of the system erected to defend it and by external influences such as oil-money bribes.
 
By now we’ve all been exposed to the concept of a “clash of civilizations.” By now we should have revisited that hypothesis at least twice. Intractable cultural differences divide humanity today, and I will mention an important one, which some are not going to want to hear.
 
In the West we reserve the right to reject your religion. We have no obligation to suffer your religious proclamations, and we reject out of hand the very concept of religious law as equivalent and supplanting secular law. We are a secular haven, and we are not under any obligation to grant religious ideas any special place elevated above the cacophony of hucksters, charlatans and pornographers, of which there are multitudes.
 
This argument becomes quite real when tested. Incident after incident has led to extreme violent backlashes against the exercise of this particular religious freedom. Theo Van Gogh was the first prominent Westerner assassinated for daring to challenge Sharia Law, with a provocative short film called Submission. Do you dare to click and watch it? The film told of a young Muslim woman punished for falling in love. With no freedom of her own, she was a criminal guilty of fornication in a system designed to sell her off like chattel into a prominent family. So much is wrong with this single incident. It certainly cannot be defended by our modern Western standards, not at all.
 
We will not return to 7th-century theocracy, and the First Amendment is non-negotiable. We will draw the line, and the line provides that we in the West can tell anyone and their stack of holy books to take a long walk off a short pier. That is something we will fight to defend, as forcefully or perhaps more so than the Al Qaedas, ISIS, Al Nusrah Brigades, Al Shams et al. of the world. That is indeed a clash of civilizations.
 
Many American leftists/liberals/progressives now engage in apologetics over Islamic terrorism, as if it didn’t actually exist. Their admonishments approach the absurd when mass killers like Omar Mateen proudly proclaim their allegiance to ISIS as they shoot scores of innocent bystanders. The twisted illogic of progressives lately has jumped the shark. 
 
Yes, religion was a factor. Mateen was a longtime fanboy of Islamic terror and should have been monitored by FBI as the next potential mass killer he turned out to be. The evidence was there ahead of time. He’d made repeated threats to that effect and was investigated for them over a ten-month stretch.
 
Denying reality is not a legitimate answer. We have not just freedom, but a civic duty, a responsibility to know what’s actually going on, why, and how best to address it.
 
And that, sadly, leads me to my final point today, July 4th, a day of failure more than success. Today’s American public is derelict in its civic duty. It is not well informed. It cannot think clearly about heated controversies such as terrorism, war and peace. Education has crumbled, vanquished by the tsunami of propaganda. If we were to choose a new name for our nation it would be most accurately described as Propagandistan. Blathering talking heads shout half-truths, quarter-truths, or perhaps less twenty-four hours a day on hundreds of channels. Such an insane media environment is beyond what anyone could have imagined even a few decades ago. The unsourced noise has drowned out the factually defensible. Ideology has trumped common sense.
 
How else to explain Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton?
 
Drink heavily this July 4th, brothers and sisters. It could very well be the last one.
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