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Self-Censorship: Where The Real Damage Is Being Done

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“After my August Twitter suspension a #Resistance account publicly doxxed me, posting my home address, phone number and other information. I didn’t make a public ordeal out of it at the time because I obviously didn’t want to draw attention to it, but I did report it because I wanted it deleted. I was not expecting Twitter Support to reject my report, especially after they had me jump through a bunch of hoops to prove that I did in fact live where the doxxer was saying I lived, but they did.”

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(CJ Opinion) — I was going to write another article today about a different topic, but I backed down because I didn’t think I could deliver the kind of fiery, forceful, unmitigated argument it would need to be without risking getting banned from social media and blogging platforms.

The article I was planning on writing, which you’ll just have to imagine now, would have been titled “ ‘Assange Can Leave Whenever He Wants!’ No, Idiot, He Can’t.” The feature image was going to be a screen shot of a blue-checkmarked empire loyalist named Greg Olear tweeting the infuriatingly dopey argument that Assange is free to just waltz out the embassy doors whenever he wants, so therefore he isn’t actually being imprisoned by an Orwellian power establishment for publishing authentic documents about powerful people. Never mind the fact that you can say exactly the same thing about literally anyone under political asylum; they are all free to leave the political asylum they’ve been granted at any time, and pointing this out is just describing the thing that political asylum is. Never mind the fact that a UN panel ruled that Assange is being arbitrarily detained by the threat of imprisonment. Never mind that the same US government which tortured Chelsea Manning is currently openly pursuing Assange’s arrest because of his publications, making the assertion that he’s “free to leave” the same as saying he’s “free” to jump off a cliff. People don’t want to believe that their government imprisons journalists, so whenever Assange is in the news you see this argument making the rounds.

I’ve been self-censoring more and more lately, especially since the latest round of coordinated cross-platform silencing of multiple alternative media outlets the other day. Back in August I had my Twitter account temporarily deleted when I said the world will be better off without John McCain and a bunch of #Resistance accounts mass reported me; Twitter cited “abusive behavior” as its justification. The only reason my account was restored was because there was a large objection from many high-profile journalists and activists who understand the dangers of internet censorship, and I’m not willing to gamble that I’d get that lucky should something similar happen again. Being able to disrupt establishment narratives on a high-traffic website like Twitter outweighs the benefits of speaking in an unmitigated way.

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Black Gun Owner Shocks Local Council! This man lays it out there~~

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John Boering

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To all those students who are parading around the country whining about guns…. take in what this man has to say and then shut your yaps.  You have been de-educated and are uneducated and have no understanding of what you are even advocating for.  In fact, most of you have no understanding of much of anything other than how to text on your damn phones.  Most of you could not make change for a dollar without using a calculator.

You were taught NOTHING about the Constitution and the Rights it contains; this was intentional.  How is it do you suppose, a shooter carrying a large weapon they claim is for combat, somehow entered a school undetected with this weapon…made his way in and out of rooms and no one noticed him coming into the building?  See….you weren’t taught critical, analytical thinking either.  This was also intentional.  You went to school for up to 12 years and came out with no working knowledge of anything close to reality…also intentional.   So there you are on your soapboxes, crying about things you have no understanding of, and the worst part is…..some of these idiots out here think you actually have anything worthwhile to say.  You are being intentionally promoted and used as useful idiots by the very people who made sure you learned nothing of any value to your life.

You understand NOTHING about how government actually works, nor why the Constitution is so important to us.  But this man in this video DOES.

 

 

INTERNET GATEKEEPERS: THEIR MISSION? ELECTION MEDDLING

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 REMEMBER THIS DATE:  NOVEMBER 6, 2018
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Chuck Frank

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Dear readers.  It makes no difference whether a person is right or left when it comes to freedom of the press, or of speech. That is not the issue.  Many know the famous case explaining that people have the right to speak what they want, however they do not have the right to…”yell, fire in a crowed theater.”  It is obvious that even I, being as outspoken as I am with regard to politics and ideas, would never endanger hundreds of people in a theater by falsely yelling fire.  Yet, if I did, there would be a stampede and people could die and I would go to jail, maybe for life.

     Well, today there are a few people in our world, and a very select group in Silicon Valley who are yelling fire and are endangering the world and the people’s play book that was penned by the founders and it is called the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  These same people who are yelling fire are on a mission to undermine the most sacred and basic freedoms that a nation could ever have and that is freedom of expression with regard to speech, the press, and religion.  This is America’s cornerstone which was laid so that these key freedoms would  act as a protection against tyranny. Yet, people who are not free, wish for a time when they would have similar protections as America, but they do not.  It is because powerful armed forces prevent that society from choosing unalienable rights.

     Now then, what if a nation such as ours is exploited to where less freedom and great bondage’s surface for the sake of an ideology that limits the free social interchange between people on the internet where censorship rules because of a second or a third party?  This kind of meddling and tampering then becomes like watching the Super Bowl while looking at only commercials and not seeing the endgame, but all the while, millions of dollars are going to the players and the owners of the two teams.     

   Well, everybody, we’re now in the Internet/Gatekeeper Super Bowl and there are no referees.  So as a nation, America as we know it will fall if “we the people” allow the icons of the internet to succeed. There is a clear and present danger when the free flow of information, ideas and opinions are blocked and censored by biased persons who are in control and not neutral  So what is the danger?  Just ask someone who may still be alive today who saw the book burnings in Germany and saw those persons who were shipped in trains off to the Nazi concentration camps and the gas chambers.  Let us never forget that Red China under Mao had its own massacres of a different kind where 70 million people were murdered and to this day China does not have a free flow of ideas and speech and this fact is getting worse everyday.

     Are we not the remnant that fled the kings of old and still adheres to that same eternal calling which chooses wisdom and not the wide road to destruction but the narrow road to freedom which had been established upon that rock in 1620 in the small town of Plymouth Massachusetts?  Let not that rock be moved lest the foundation of America falters, and if it be, how great would be the fall.

“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost

Please call Congress and tell your lawmakers to overturn the FCC and restore net neutrality:

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Thank you for supporting net neutrality –

Please call Congress and tell your lawmakers to overturn the FCC and restore net neutrality:

Call: 858-264-0403

We’ll connect you to your lawmakers. You can use this script — just introduce yourself, be polite, and say:

“I support Title Two net neutrality and I urge you to sign the discharge petition and vote for the Congressional Review Act ‘resolution of disapproval’ to restore net neutrality.”

Thank you!
-The StopTheFCC Coalition

California Considers Monitoring Online Speech

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Editor’s Note: California may set the tone for a national conversation and perhaps even set of laws addressing what the state’s lawmakers deem “false information … spread online.” Since political motivation and ideology often underly what one deems “fake news” this proposed move should be especially concerning for those who truly cherish free thought and expression. As the article below suggests, Facebook’s recent nod to corporate media outlets as an antithesis to “fake news” has demonstrated how such an effort is likely to be instituted in California and elsewhere. The Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that the law is dangerous because it places the governing body in a position to determine what is true and false.

The proposed speech legislation was introduced by California State Senator Richard Pan, a practicing pediatrician and the principal lawmaker behind SB277, the state’s mandatory vaccination law. A voter-driven campaign in 2015 to have Pan ousted from office was not successful.

California State Senator Richard Pan. Image Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

CBS13 Sacramento reports:

California is considering creating a “fake news” advisory group in order to monitor information posted and spread on social media.

Senate Bill 1424 would require the California Attorney General to create the advisory committee by April 1, 2019. It would need to consist of at least one person from the Department of Justice, representatives from social media providers, civil liberties advocates, and First Amendment scholars.

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The 6 Cartoons a US Newspaper Doesn’t Want You to See

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(FAIR) The work of Rob Rogers, longtime political cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has been notably absent from his paper’s opinion page during this past week. Aside from a cartoon criticizing the trade war posted on Tuesday, June 5, the most recent of Rogers’ drawings appeared last Thursday, May 24.

So where was Rogers all of last week? He did not simply “have the day off,” as printed in last Tuesday’s issue of the Post-Gazette.

Keith Burris, the Post-Gazette’s editorial director since March, when it merged its editorial board with the co-owned Toledo Blade, refused to publish six of Rogers’ cartoons in a row. Four were directly critical of President Donald Trump, and two alluded to racism.

Despite not being published in the Post-Gazette, Rogers continued posting these cartoons on Twitter, as he does with all of his work.

May 25’s cartoon portrayed a referee calling penalties for exercising free speech, disrespecting the troops and eliciting Trump tweetstorms, in light of the NFL’s announcement of their new rule dictating players must stand during the national anthem:

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FREEDOM OF THE PRESS LIES IN THE BALANCE: FEDS MAKING A LIST AND MAKING IT TWICE

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Chuck Frank

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Journalists are now on the chopping block as the Feds and Homeland Security are planning to make lists and spy on websites, news outlets, articles, blogs and whistleblower sites.  Not in America? Yes, in America,, the land of the First Amendment and free expression. Essentially, this “Big Brother” agenda is a hydrogen bomb that is set to explode and  we the people must stop it before it happens.

   “The DHS is looking for a contractor and has just announced that it intends to compile a comprehensive list of hundreds of thousands of ‘journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.’, and collect any ‘information that could be relevant’ about them.”  http://www.wnd.com/2018/06/uncovered-feds-plan-to-spy-on-journalists/

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