This from the main hedonistic "arts and entertainment" weekly birdcage liner headquartered in Greenville, SC. This they put under "OUTER EDGE: NEWS OFF THE BEATEN PATH," offsetting it on the page with an ad for a new martini/sushi joint and "Denice Thompson submitted this photo of Burly the dog tailgating at the Clemson vs. NC State game last year."
Did they really need to tell us?
Here's some good news for bloggers: Blogs fall under the same category as traditional print and video media. The Federal Elections Commission ruled that political blogs, especially, are exempt from federal campaign laws, which basically means the Man can't regulate the content of blogs.
What's scarier? The fact that the government had to decide whether the First Amendment applies to blogs or the fact that someone (blogger John Bambenek of partimepundit.com) thought the government should intervene in blogs he disagreed with.
But before we all cheer the rights of the blogosphere, consider this:
The ruling says: ".an entity that would otherwise qualify for the media exemption does not lose its eligibility because it features news or commentary lacking objectivity .." In other words, there's a green light for newspapers or cable news networks to be biased in their reporting, which would be fine, if the charade of objectivity were dropped.
But until then, it makes you wonder. Where's the truth?
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Well, Nelson, one Herman H. Dinsmore, after he (obviously) retired as editor of the international edition of the New York Times, wrote a book (Arlington House, 1969) entitled "All The News That Fits--A Critical Analysis of the News and Editorial Contents of The New York Times," which was a kind of spoof on the "All the News That's Fit to Print" motto of the JYT, which should really be "all the news that fits the JYT's agenda."
So far as the secular world is concerned, Pilate asked what truth was 2,000 years ago and we've received a multitude of answers, many of them contradictory. Somebody once said that every man is either a Platonist or an Aristotelean (I'm not sure where I stand on that one). Regarding objectivity, I think many people start off with their own notion of it, and then work backwards to supply the "proof."
Could it be that the Bushocons really believe their own lies--is it self-delusion or a cynical disregard of truth? Or a combination of both?
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Internet censorship. It did not happen overnight, but slowly came to America's shores Did you notice that not all of you messages are being received?
Since the people have started to understand this,
some servers are now apologizing for an "error".
But the funny thing is that this "error" is still happening.
Another funny thing: this "error" only effects messages that expose tyranny.
By Wayne Madsen
Internet censorship. It did not happen overnight but slowly came to America's shores from testing grounds in China and the Middle East. Progressive and investigative journalist web site administrators are beginning to talk to each other about it, e-mail users are beginning to understand why their e-mail is being disrupted by it, major search engines appear to be complying with it, and the low to equal signal-to-noise ratio of legitimate e-mail and spam
appears to be perpetuated by it. In this case, "it," is what privacy and computer experts have long warned about: massive censorship of the web on a nationwide and global scale. For many years, the web has been heavily censored in countries around the world. That censorship continues at this very moment. Now it is happening right here in America. The agreement by the Congress to extend an enhanced Patriot Act for another four years will permit the political enforcers of the Bush administration, who use law enforcement as their proxies, to further clamp censorship controls on the web.
Internet Censorship: The Warning Signs Were Not Hidden
The warning signs for the crackdown on the web have been with us for over a decade. The Clipper chip controversy of the 90s, John Poindexter's Total Information Awareness (TIA) system pushed in the aftermath of 9-11, backroom deals between the Federal government and the Internet service industry, and the Patriot Act have ushered in a new era of
Internet censorship, something just half a decade ago computer programmers averred was impossible given the nature of the web. They were wrong, dead wrong. Take for example of what recently occurred when two journalists were taking on the phone about a story that appeared on Google News. The story was about a Christian fundamentalist move in Congress to use U.S. military force in Sudan to end genocide in Darfur. The story appeared on the English Google News site in Qatar. But the very same Google News site when accessed
simultaneously in Washington, DC failed to show the article. This censorship is accomplished by geolocation filtering: the restriction or modifying of web content based on the geographical region of the user. In addition to countries, such filtering can now be implemented for states, cities, and even individual IP addresses. With reports in the Swedish newspaper Svensa Dagbladet today that the United
> States has transmitted a Homeland Security Department "no fly" list of 80,000 suspected terrorists to airport authorities around the world, it is not unreasonable that a "no [or restricted] surfing/emailing" list has been transmitted to Internet Service Providers around the world. The systematic disruptions of web sites and email strongly suggests that such a list exists. News reports on CIA prisoner flights and secret prisons are disappearing from
Google and other search engines like Alltheweb as fast as they appear. Here now, gone tomorrow is the name of the game. Google is systematically failing to list and link to articles that contain explosive information about the Bush administration, the war in Iraq, Al Qaeda, and U.S. political scandals. But Google is not alone in working closely to stifle Internet discourse. America On Line,
Microsoft, Yahoo and others are slowly turning the Internet into an information superhighway dominated by barricades, toll booths, off-ramps that lead to dead ends, choke points, and security checks. America On Line is the most egregious is stifling Internet freedom. A former AOL employee noted how AOL and other Internet Service Providers cooperate with the Bush administration in censoring email. The Patriot Act gave federal agencies the power to review information to the packet level and AOL was directed by agencies like the FBI to do more than sniff the subject line. The AOL term of
service (TOS) has gradually been expanded to grant AOL virtually universal power regarding information. Many AOL users are likely unaware of the elastic clause, which says they will be bound by the current TOS and any TOS revisions which AOL may elect at any time in the future. Essentially, AOL users once agreed to allow the censorship and non-delivery of their email. Microsoft has similar
requirements for Hotmail as do Yahoo and Google for their respective e-mail services. There are also many cases of Google's search engine failing to list and link to certain information. According to a number of web site administrators who carry anti-Bush political content, this situation has become more pronounced in the last month.
In addition, many web site administrators are reporting a dramatic drop-off in hits to their sites, according to their web statistic analyzers. Adding to their woes is the frequency at which spam viruses are being spoofed as coming from their web site addresses. Government disruption of the political side of the web can easily be hidden amid hyped mainstream news media reports of the latest "boutique" viruses and worms, reports that have more to do with the sales of anti-virus software and services than actual
long-term disruption of banks, utilities, or airlines.
Internet Censorship in the US: No Longer a Prediction Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Cisco Systems have honed their skills at Internet censorship for years in places like China, Jordan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, and other countries.
They have learned well. They will be the last to admit they have imported their censorship skills into the United States at the behest of the Bush regime. Last year, the Bush-Cheney campaign blocked international access to its web site -- www.georgewbush.com -- for unspecified "security reasons." Only those in the Federal bureaucracy and the companies involved are in a position to know what deals have been made and how extensive Internet censorship has become. They owe full disclosure to their customers and their fellow citizens. http://waynemadsenreport.com/
Do you wish that the government would read the Constitution?
Just email it to a few of your friends.
The snoops, who are reading your emails,
are the ones who need to know what the Constitution says.
Visit:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreedomOfSpeechNow/messa ge/352 To those who say that censorship is not happening: It is hard to imagine that there is still anyone who will honestly claim that censorship is not happening: After it has been on TV documentaries, and after it has been in the courts,and after whistleblowers have come forward from the inside,and after so many articles have been written about it...Google "internet censorship" http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...t&ie=UTF-8 &rlz=1T4ADBR_enUS229US229&q=%22internet+ce nsorship%2 2 and you will find 907,000 web pages of information about it. There are SEVERAL organizations dedicated to opposing internet censorship. Bill Maher, and other comedians, are even making jokes about it.My own FORMER Internet Service Provider has told me that the program; which "filters out" certain emails, was developed using guidelines from the DEPT, OF H0ME LAND lNSECURITY. At the same time, the Internet Service Provider is now being told that they are now regulated by the Federal Communications Commission; which in turn, receives guidelines from the DEPT, OF H0ME LAND lNSECURITY. I moderate dozens of groups and I ALMOST NEVER see anything, at the group home page, that goes into the bulk mail folder,AND ACTUALLY IS spam. Real spam gets through the filter with no problem.There comes a point when it is difficult to believe that those who deny the censorship are not party to it. Nothing flushes out the government shills like exposing their censorship. Why would anyone else object? http://www.eff.org/news/archives/2006_01.php#004369 January 31, 2006Telecom Collaborated with NSA to Spy on CustomersSan Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T Tuesday, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive and illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications.The NSA program came to light in December, when the New York Times reported that the president had authorized the agency to intercept telephone and Internet communications inside the United States without the authorization of any court. Over the ensuing weeks, it became clear that the NSA program has been intercepting and analyzing millions of Americans' communications, with the help of the country's largest phone and Internet companies.Reporting has also indicated that those same companies—and AT&T specifically—have given the NSA direct access to their vast databases of communications records, including information about whom their customers have phoned or emailed with in the past. And yet little has been accomplished by this illegal spying: recent reports have shown that the data from this wholesale surveillance has done little more than waste FBI resources on dead leads."The NSA program is apparently the biggest fishing expedition ever devised, scanning millions of ordinary Americans' phone calls and emails for 'suspicious' patterns, and it's the collaboration of US telecom companies like AT&T that makes it possible," said EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston. "When the government defends spying on Americans by saying, 'If you're talking to terrorists we want to know about it,' that's not even close to the whole story."In the lawsuit, EFF alleges that AT&T, in addition to allowing the NSA direct access to the phone and Internet communications passing over its network, has given the government unfettered access to its over 300 terabyte "Daytona" database of caller information—one of the largest databases in the world."AT&T's customers reasonably expect that their communications are private and have long trusted AT&T to follow the law and protect that privacy. Unfortunately, AT&T has betrayed that trust," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien. "At the NSA's request, AT&T eviscerated the legal safeguards required by Congress and the courts with a keystroke."By opening its network and databases to unrestricted spying by the government, EFF alleges that AT&T has violated the privacy of AT&T customers and the people they call and email, as well as broken longstanding communications privacy laws.While other organizations are suing the government directly, EFF is seeking to protect Americans' privacy by stopping the collaboration of AT&T with the illegal NSA spying program and making it economically impossible for AT&T to continue to give its customers' information to the government."Congress has set up strong laws protecting the privacy of your communications, strictly limiting when telephone and Internet companies can subject your phone calls to government scrutiny," said EFF Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl. "The companies that have betrayed their customers' trust by illegally handing the NSA direct access to their networks and databases must be brought to account. AT&T needs to put a sign on its door that reads, 'Come Back With a Warrant.'"In the suit filed Tuesday, EFF is representing the class of all AT&T customers nationwide. EFF is seeking an injunction to stop AT&T participation in the illegal NSA program, as well as billions of dollars in damages for violation of federal privacy laws. Working with EFF in the lawsuit are the law firms Traber & Voorhees, and Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP.For the full complaint: http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att/att-complaint.pdfFor more on EFF's suit:http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att/Contact:Rebecca JeschkeMedia CoordinatorElectronic Frontier Foundationrebecca@eff.orgPosted at 01:41 PM Being the one who got the message, is like being someone who has never been robbed. It does not mean that crime does not exist. I have about twenty times as many responses from people who got the announcement, but did not get the censored message. This just means that the filter has not YET been installed in this particular pathway to YOU.
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Youtube is slowly being strangled. The latest from a friend via email:
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is very interesting for 2 main reasons: 1) we dont hear about it in
the MSM; 2) one of the bloggers noted that he/she has been watching
this on youtube for a while, and the counter has not gone above 327.
When I watched it, it was still at 327. Do you know whether it
updates its count everytime it's watched (or listened to), or every few
minutes? When does youtube update its counter?
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An article entitled "Should linking be illegal?"
The "elite" are getting desperate! Another plan to censor free speech. If a website wanted to stop linking they could either with a password or with other methods that computer wizards can do, but most cases have ended up in failure as web traffic falls and advertiser won’t pay as much for less traffic and new renews don’t makeup the lost!
This is just an attempt to use "copyright" as an excuse to censor free speech! Would lost of the "fair use" mean the mainstream media couldn’t use company memos, web sites or other protected documents to report the news or go to a right-wing web site and report on what is being said without permission? Or would "legitimate" news media be exempt but who would decide what is "legitimate" news media--the government?
Big business including big media are on the ropes. There are many attempts and demands for government to write laws along with bailouts to give them monopolies.
It is likely that our copyright and patent laws are going to have to be rethought and likely rewritten when nationalist come to power for today they are becoming instruments of greed and oppression use to thwart competition. Copyright and patent laws are to help increase the wealth of the country by encouraging productivity but today big companies even patent nature. The corporations didn’t invent nature! Technology has lead to many differences in how things are done and new laws need to help increase freedom not repress it. Too much today copyright and patent laws have been ignored when small companies or individuals have them stolen by big companies but are questionably enforced against individuals orsmall companies.
Times are changing. The old Order called "The New World Order" is dying as we can clearly see in an economy and social order, sowe can expect many attempts by the old order to save itself by trying to use new laws to repress the coming new order whatever it maybe but all will fail.
“The internet is a frightful danger to all of us.”</span><b style=""> [/b]–Walter Cronkite, in a speech given at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism</span></span>
Wonder what all this means.
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<h1>US relinquishes control of the internet</h1>
• Icann ends agreement with the US government
• Move will give other countries a prominent internet role
It sounds like the internet will be more open to Globalist control/regulation now.Originally Posted by Nelson3
I'm glad a man named Klein is over CNN. gews have been so persecuted through history, they deserve a few breaks.
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An article entitled "The Internet Must Remain Free"
Mark it down: if the federal government ever shuts down the Internet, it will be business as usual for Washington, D.C., and its fellow travelers in Big Business; but We the People will be out of business, and so will freedom. Regardless of what side of any issue you and I may come from, it is critical that the Internet remains absolutely and totally free.
Shutting down or controlling the flow of information on the internet is the "elites'" dream, but it will likely prove impossible for them to accomplish in reality. Shut the Internet down completely and a firestorm of Internet addicts would use every thing left to them bulletin boards, even if they have to be set up by hackers, printers and copiers (pamphleteering likely wouldcome back along with newsletters) to set up massive protests. Also, the economic disaster would devastate many small and medium size businesses and big businesses would be the only one to get government help would laid off employees but still likely collect money for their pay. Shutting down the whole Internet would be the equivalent of shutting down a circus that distracts people from the problems created by the "elite." In other words, completely shutting down the Internet would be one of the stupidest thing they could do.
Trying to block selected countries that hosted sites which embarrasses the "elite" or disproves their lies would be quickly bypassed by skilled hackers who would than distribute the information elsewhere. Closing the whole world off would only be a small speed bump to the distribution of information as other ways would be used to get the information into the USA.
Trying to limit the Internet via creating a new one from the ground up would likely be beyond the ability of the Affirmative action hires would destroy what little work the few competent White who the "elite" might hire to build a new one that they could control completely.
The Internet has become a two edge sword that the "elite" hate because it allow the common people to speak against them, but is also a circus that distracts the people from the problems the "elite" are causing. The "elite" do not understand the Internet or likely realize how powerful it really is or that they can not tame it for it has grown to powerful for to destroy it will destroy them.
This comes on the very heels of the news that Mark
Zuckerberg is the supposed wunderkind over Facebook.
What Is The Internet Hiding?
Posted on May 3, 2011 by Peter
An article entitled "Proposed Anti-Piracy Act Would Strangle the Internet"
The latest government attempt to seize control of critical comment on the Internet is the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) also known as the “Shut Down Matt Drudge Act.” SOPA would outlaw linking to copyrighted websites by anyone who has not paid money to the “content creators,” which would make alternative news sites like the Drudge Report impossible to maintain.http://www.whitecivilrights.com/?p=6643SOPA would eliminate the concept of “fair use” in which news agencies can quote brief excerpts of articles without fear of prosecution.
If bloggers and webmasters and alternative writers are unable legally to quote from other sites, it would make internet news reporting almost impossible to begin with. It would also open a whole range of selective prosecution options for the courts and (more likely) one of Obongo’s 101 “czars” and government departments like the FCC to go after and disable only “certain” sites.
For example, an article such as this one, quoting Reuters, would render this website liable to arbitrary shutdown by the régime.
The power structure has always despised the Internet since it enables lateral communication between people, rather than the usual downward dissemination of controlled and sanitized information preferred in nascent police states such as the United States and United Kingdom.
An article entitled "T-Mobile blocks access to The Political Cesspool"
http://www.thepoliticalcesspool.org/...ical-cesspool/We all know that access to conservative websites is occasionally blocked at the computers you find in hotel lobbies and, sometimes, even public libraries. Today, we report a first to you.
TPC co-host Bill Rolen was attempting to make the morning rounds to his favorite websites when, all of a sudden, he couldn’t. T-Mobile, apparently, implemented a new policy overnight that restricts access to sites with which they disagree.
Keep in mind that Bill was simply trying to gain access to our site from the privacy of his own home, as he had done countless times before, only to find out that T-Mobile had restricted his personal web access without permission.
An article entitled "Facebook now in full scale political and religious censorship mode"
http://cofcc.org/2012/04/facebook-no...nsorship-mode/An army of 800-1,000 low paid censors:
Facebook has an army of people in Morocco, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, and other nations to censor content on the website. According to Gawker.com, these people are paid $1 an hour plus commission. Depending on how much they delete, they can earn up to $4 an hour.
Once one of these censors deletes a group or a user account, you have no recourse. You get no reason or warning. There is no one to complain to. There is no oversight. There is no way to know if it was Moroccans, Brazilians, Mexicans, or Filipinos who decided to delete your account.
For over a month now, the “Facebook Purge” has been a major topic of conservatives online. Facebook has been aggressively mass deleting accounts and banning conservative “Facebook groups” daily. Last month, Facebook began deleting CofCC Facebook groups.
It appears that Conservatives, Fundamentalist Christians, Right to Life, and public support for George Zimmerman are the targets of the Facebook purge. Many Christians feel under attack by the Facebook censors. Since their largest censorship center is in Morocco, a Muslim nation, it is no wonder.