The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech|
|"If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it... Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them ... (more) |
Newsday Editor: Carve Hate Speech Out Of First Amendment, Hold Websites Responsible If Users Post Hate Speech|
|Remember back when newspapers were considered the leading defenders of the First Amendment and free speech? Apparently that's over. Newsday (the newspaper I grew up reading) has an editorial up by Anne Michaud (the publication's "interactive editor") in which she argues for a dismantling of the First Amendment when it comes to "hate speech." These kinds of arguments have ... (more) |
Award-Winning Comedian: Politically Correct Left Has Killed Comedy|
|Bafta award-winning comedian Stephen Merchant argues that the authoritarian left has killed comedy, with satirists afraid to crack controversial jokes for fear of offending politically correct sensibilities.|
In an interview with the Telegraph, Merchant, co-writer and co-director of the wildly popular British sitcom The Office, complained that perpetually of... (more)
South Carolina Massacre Results In Apple Going Flag-Stupid In The App Store|
|It's been mere days since Dylann Roof forced his name into our lives by walking into an historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, praying with several black members of the church, and then brutally shooting most of them to death. As you can imagine, whenever a tragedy such as this occurs, the country enters into a rare moment of somber seriousness, finally choosing to discuss difficult topics that we've been otherwise avoiding and coming together united to build a better li... (more) |
Tech Company Finds Stolen Government Log-Ins All Over Web|
These are the same people who clamor for more power in the name of "cyber security."
Australia Passes Its Own SOPA, Ignores All Concerns About It|
|As was widely expected after getting the greenlight to move forward with the bill, the Australian palirament has now approved its version of SOPA, allowing courts to issue censorship orders to block entire foreign websites outright, with no real recourse... (more) |
Evidence Suggests DOJ Got A Gag Order Silencing Reason Over Its Bogus Subpoena|
|A week and a half ago, we wrote about a story from Ken "Popehat" White revealing a highly questionable subpoena from the DOJ sent to the Libertarian website Reason.com, concerning some silly comments made by users there. The comments were talking about killing the judge who was presiding over the Ross Ulbricht/Silk Road trial, but were th... (more) |
Australian Lawmakers Rush Through Copyright Censorship Bill That Won't Work, And Will Do Harm|
| Scarcely a week after the release of a legislative committee report on Australia's copyright censorship bill, the bill is gathering speed on its roll through Parliament. Although reports that the law has already passed are premature-... (more) |
Virginia Teenager Charged With Providing 'Material Support' For ISIS Through Tweets, Blog Posts About Privacy And Bitcoin|
|Wherein the Justice Department declares instructions on how to use Bitcoin to be "material support for terrorism." |
Ali Shukri Amin, 17, admitted Thursday that he was behind the the now-suspended Twitter account @Amreekiwitness, which at one point had over 4,000 followers. Through it, according to a Department of Justice statement on Amin, he provided instructions on how to use the ... (more)
Australian States Consider Internet Ban For "Potential Jihadists"|
| Police in two Australian states are considering a radical move to combat terrorism online: identifying "potential jihadists" and subjecting them to stringent measures that include restricting their movements, establishing curfews, and banning them from using the Internet entirely.|
The measures, proposed by Victoria Police, are a troubling and deeply flawed attempt at addressing the problem of radicalization. Under the proposal, counterterrorism officers would be able to apply... (more)
Americans Think 'USA Freedom Act' Gives Them Freedom|
For In The NOW with Anissa Naouai, The Resident hits Times Square to ask people whether or not they know about The Patriot Act turning into the USA Freedom Act and what the ramifications might be. Most haven't heard of the acts, but none of them trust the government anyway.
Secret Aerial FBI Program Uncovered By 23-Year-Old Journalist|
|MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The FBI has admitted to flying secret surveillance flights over American cities in recent weeks.|
And records show that includes the Twin Cities.
Screen grabs from the flight-tracking website FlightRadar24.com show a small Cessna circled the Mall of America, Southdale Center in Edina, and downtown Minneapolis less than two weeks ago.
The story was first reported by Sam Richards who put out information under the twitter handle @Minn... (more)