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Monday, August 31, 2015

Rick Falkvinge, TorrentFreak: The copyright industry has consistently used the word "content" for anything creative. Just like most other things the copyright industry does, there's a thought behind the choice of wording -- a choice they hope that other people will copy, because it reinforces their view of the world, or rather, what they would like the world to look like. ... The copyright industry has been allowed to establish the language completely on its own, and therefore, we're using terms today that reinforce the idea and the notion that the copyright industry is good and that people who share are bad. read more


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Two Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years' jail after being found guilty of "aiding a terrorist organisation" have arrived back at Tora prison in southern Cairo, according to Egyptian media.

Security sources told the Egyptian MENA state news agency that Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Canadian Mohamed Fahmy had arrived at the prison, just hours after sentencing in their retrial.

Australian journalist Peter Greste was also sentenced to three years' jail on Saturday but was deported to his home country in February under a new law allowing foreign prisoners to be deported. He was sentenced in absentia.

The journalists were accompanied by Chadi Abdel Hamid, a student, who was also sentenced to three years' imprisonment, along with Sohaid Saad and Khaled Mohamed, MENA reported.

Mohamed was sentenced to an additional six months for possession of a spent bullet casing. read more


Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Republican presidential candidate leading every poll, Donald Trump, recently unveiled his plan to forcibly deport all 11 million human beings residing in the U.S. without proper documentation, roughly half of whom have children born in the U.S. (and who are thus American citizens). As George Will noted last week, "Trump's roundup would be about 94 times larger than the wartime internment of 117,000 persons of Japanese descent." It would require a massive expansion of the most tyrannical police state powers far beyond their already immense post-9/11 explosion. And that's to say nothing of the incomparably ugly sentiments that Trump's advocacy of this plan, far before its implementation, is predictably unleashing. read more


Shortly after the influential Univision anchor and Mexican-American immigrant Jorge Ramos was removed from a press conference for confronting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Trump's proposed immigration policy, many of Ramos' colleagues in the profession denounced him as an activist and a "conflict junkie" who transgressed the conventional but relatively new journalistic imperative to keep his opinions to himself.

The video above shows a standing Ramos questioning Trump at a press conference in Iowa about Trump's plan to forcibly deport 11 million people who live in the U.S. without proper documentation. Trump ignored Ramos at first, then scolded him for speaking out of turn. "Sit down" and "Go back to Univision," Trump said. When Ramos refused to leave, one of Trump's bodyguards physically removed him from the room. read more


Monday, August 24, 2015

Authoritarianism in the American collective psyche and in what might be called traditional narratives of historical memory is always viewed as existing elsewhere. Viewed as an alien and demagogic political system, it is primarily understood as a mode of governance associated with the dictatorships in Latin America in the 1970s and, of course, in its most vile extremes, with Hitler's poisonous Nazi rule and Mussolini's fascist state in the 1930s and 1940s. These were and are societies that idealized war, soldiers, nationalism, militarism, political certainty, fallen warriors, racial cleansing, and a dogmatic allegiance to the homeland. Education and the media were the propaganda tools of authoritarianism, merging fascist and religious symbols with the language of God, family, and country, and were integral to promoting servility and conformity among the populace. read more


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mouth, narcissistic, racist liberal democrat.

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Yup. Same thing that they said about this guy:

en.wikipedia.org

and this guy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Baruch_Spinoza

and this guy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Galileo_galilei

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