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Category Archives: 020 First Amendment

Texas anti-gun students seeking safe space after parody film mocks their position

Not believing that all is fair in love and war, the gun-control crowd at the University of Texas (UT) is upset about a parody film created by other students that seems to imply “a dildo can’t save your life.”

“At first I thought that it was just a poorly made rebuttal to our protest,” Lopez said. “And then I skipped forward and I saw the subject shot in the head with the sex toy fall to the ground next to her. Of course I was disgusted.”

While a logical argument could be made that the film is stating an obvious point, the offended group is overlooking the more subtle and twisted sub-plot. . . by disarming people or keeping them disarmed, they are condoning sending men with guns to enforce their desires using the credible threat of lethal force.

In other words, it’s our own fears that enslave them (and their law abiding neighbors). . . And in this case – firearms owners have proven they are the least of societies worries.

Rather ironic.

Who in their right mind would want to disarm the very group of people that have been proven to break the fewest laws?

Who in their right mind would want to disarm a group whose use of lethal force is demonstrated to be extremely long suffering – even to a fault.

This same demographic invests millions of their own dollars seeking out self improvement through training, then purchasing their own training, firearms, training and defensive ammo, and even investing in the best life-saving equipment (including first aid) their money can buy.

Firearms owners do this in order to increase their ability to win the fight of their lives in the hopes of saving innocent life, they do this without any government mandates, handouts, or tax breaks… and they do this knowing full well knowing they will be highly scrutinized and likely be targeted for their efforts to defend innocent life.

Firearms owners and carriers voluntarily deal with red tape, pay the added expenses (in both time and money), and places themselves under government scrutiny — all to be permitted to exercise the right to defend themselves (both before and after, if — God help them — they actually need to shoot another human being in the defense of innocent life).

This heroic behavior and judicious use of lethal force doesn’t just seem to be the product of regulation either, because in those states that allow constitutional carry (no licensing to exercise a right), these unregulated and armed citizens have also proven to be among the least of societies’ problems.

It’s also noteworthy to remember that this demographic includes a grassroots movement whose activists have single-handily kept well funded, astro-turf, special interests like George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, and their ilk – fighting defensive battles as the anti-gunners continues to lose support of their illogical stand.

Well done gun owners, well done.

Source: Houston Chronicle

The Inevitability of Decentralization/Distributed Networks and How To Break Open The Webopoly

Leading to the only logical conclusion: Distributed networks.

All of us, technically minded or not, need to understand the tradeoffs we’ve been making. Then we need to make decisions. We can accept choke points and lock-in. Or we can look for ways to reclaim control—declining to rely so much on centralized services, and using encryption and the new decentralized tools, such as the already-working IndieWeb, as they become available.

Source: Fast Company

Shut Up—Or We’ll Shut You Down

“‘The demand by Senator Whitehouse and the 20 climate scientists for legal persecution of people whose research on science and policy they disagree with represents a new low in the politicization of science,’ says Georgia Tech’s Judith Curry on the Fox News website. She should know, as one of seven academics investigated last winter by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.) for their climate research.

By the way, Mr. Shukla appears to have no problem taking money from the government to support his climate theories. Though it has since been taken down, the letter from the Shukla gang demanding a RICO assault was published on the website of the Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES), a tax-exempt entity run by Mr. Shukla that the website says has also employed his wife and daughter. The House Science Committee says the outfit has received more than $25 million in federal grants since 2008. House Science Chairman Lamar Smith says the family’s earnings from IGES are ‘in addition to an annual salary of approximately $314,000 paid to Dr. Shukla by George Mason University.’

When we contacted George Mason to sort out these financial arrangements, the school suggested we contact Mr. Shukla directly. He hasn’t responded to our inquiries.”

(Via.) WSJ

Ignorance, Polarization, and Xenophobia on the Street and in the Press: “White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States”

Remember, when you are pointing a finger, you have three pointing back…

“Almost twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than have died in attacks by Muslim extremists. Of the 26 attacks since 9/11 that the group defined as terror, 19 were carried out by non-Muslims. Yet there are no white Americans languishing inside the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. And there are no drones dropping bombs on gatherings of military-age males in the country’s lawless border regions.”

(Via.) GlobalPost

You’re a Criminal in a Mass Surveillance World – How to Not Get Caught

A long, but excellent article that clearly explains the problem and more importantly – provides a solution.

The bravest heroes in this world are law-breakers.

“All the nightmare regimes of the past that kids study in school predate the era of computerized mass surveillance. The ability to lock down people’s lives instantly… to track them, analyze them, trap them, financially paralyze them, impersonate them, frame them, and apprehend them is unprecedented. Governments always seek to control the governed, but mass surveillance is the most powerful weapon of control ever devised. Because of its novelty, invisibility, and deep complexity, many people can’t comprehend its implications and therefore don’t defend against it. Why You’re a Criminal

We unknowingly commit crimes, including felonies, in our day to day lives. The fact that we haven’t been caught is a matter of detection – namely, surveillance. As mass surveillance expands, the government’s crime detection capabilities increase exponentially.

‘There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime. That is not an exaggeration.’ This warning is from John Baker, a retired law professor who tried in vain to count new federal crimes created in just the past few years. The same message comes from attorney Harvey Silverglate in his book Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent.

Because politicians have made us criminals, what the government knows about you can cost you your freedom. Understanding that is so important that you shouldn’t take anybody’s word for it. See for yourself.”

(Via.) Liberty.me <—Read more here

Why Politicized Science is Dangerous

Today, we know that this famous theory that gained so much support was actually pseudoscience. The crisis it claimed was nonexistent. And the actions taken in the name of theory were morally and criminally wrong. Ultimately, they led to the deaths of millions of people…

“Imagine that there is a new scientific theory that warns of an impending crisis, and points to a way out.

This theory quickly draws support from leading scientists, politicians and celebrities around the world. Research is funded by distinguished philanthropies, and carried out at prestigious universities. The crisis is reported frequently in the media. The science is taught in college and high school classrooms.

I don’t mean global warming. I’m talking about another theory, which rose to prominence a century ago.

Its supporters included Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Winston Churchill. It was approved by Supreme Court justices Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louis Brandeis, who ruled in its favor. The famous names who supported it included Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone; activist Margaret Sanger; botanist Luther Burbank; Leland Stanford, founder of Stanford University; the novelist H. G. Wells; the playwright George Bernard Shaw; and hundreds of others. Nobel Prize winners gave support. Research was backed by the Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations. The Cold Springs Harbor Institute was built to carry out this research, but important work was also done at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Johns Hopkins. Legislation to address the crisis was passed in states from New York to California.These efforts had the support of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the National Research Council. It was said that if Jesus were alive, he would have supported this effort.

All in all, the research, legislation and molding of public opinion surrounding the theory went on for almost half a century. Those who opposed the theory were shouted down and called reactionary, blind to reality, or just plain ignorant. But in hindsight, what is surprising is that so few people objected.

The theory was eugenics, and its history is so dreadful — and, to those who were caught up in it, so embarrassing — that it is now rarely discussed. But it is a story that should be well know to every citizen, so that its horrors are not repeated.

The theory of eugenics postulated a crisis of the gene pool leading to the deterioration of the human race. The best human beings were not breeding as rapidly as the inferior ones — the foreigners, immigrants, Jews, degenerates, the unfit, and the “feeble minded.” Francis Galton, a respected British scientist, first speculated about this area, but his ideas were taken far beyond anything he intended. They were adopted by science-minded Americans, as well as those who had no interest in science but who were worried about the immigration of inferior races early in the twentieth century — “dangerous human pests” who represented “the rising tide of imbeciles” and who were polluting the best of the human race.

The eugenicists and the immigrationists joined forces to put a stop to this. The plan was to identify individuals who were feeble-minded — Jews were agreed to be largely feeble-minded, but so were many foreigners, as well as blacks — and stop them from breeding by isolation in institutions or by sterilization.

As Margaret Sanger said, “Fostering the good-for-nothing at the expense of the good is an extreme cruelty … there is not greater curse to posterity than that of bequeathing them an increasing population of imbeciles.” She spoke of the burden of caring for “this dead weight of human waste.”

Such views were widely shared. H.G. Wells spoke against “ill-trained swarms of inferior citizens.” Theodore Roosevelt said that “Society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce their kind.” Luther Burbank” “Stop permitting criminals and weaklings to reproduce.” George Bernard Shaw said that only eugenics could save mankind.”

(Via.) MichaelCrichton.com <—Read more here

Greatest Threat to Free Speech Comes Not From Terrorism, But From Those Claiming to Fight it

“Anticipating Prime Minister Cameron’s new ‘anti-extremist’ bill (to be unveiled in the ‘Queen’s Speech’), University of Bath Professor Bill Durodié said that ‘the window for free speech has now been firmly shut just a few months after so many political leaders walked in supposed solidarity for murdered cartoonists in France.’ Actually, there has long been a broad, sustained assault in the west on core political liberties – specifically due process, free speech and free assembly – perpetrated not by ‘radical Muslims’ but by those who endlessly claim to fight them. Sadly, and tellingly, none of that has triggered parades or marches or widespread condemnation by western journalists and pundits. But for those who truly believe in principles of free expression – as opposed to pretending to when it allows one to bash the Other Tribe – these are the assaults that need marches and protests.”

(Via.) The Intercept <—Click here to read more

iSpy: The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple’s Secrets

“The revelations that the CIA has waged a secret campaign to defeat the security mechanisms built into Apple’s devices come as Apple and other tech giants are loudly resisting pressure from senior U.S. and U.K. government officials to weaken the security of their products. Law enforcement agencies want the companies to maintain the government’s ability to bypass security tools built into wireless devices. Perhaps more than any other corporate leader, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has taken a stand for privacy as a core value, while sharply criticizing the actions of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”

(Via.) Firstollok.org: The Intersept

Underdogs and Overlords

A little less than a year ago, Michael Vickers shot and seriously wounded a 10-year-old boy in Broxton, Georgia under circumstances that remain unclear. The victim, Dakota Corbitt, suffered serious and potentially permanent injury to his leg.

Despite the fact that this was an act of firearms-related violence involving a child, no charges were filed against Vickers. Although the public record is barren of a comment from Coffee County Sheriff Doyle Wooten expressing sympathy for Dakota and his mother, Amy, the sheriff pointedly commiserated with the shooter, telling a local NBC affiliate that Vickers is the father of three young children and that the shooting ‘is really preying on his mind.

Many people bearing such burdens would make a point of meeting with the injured child and expressing contrition in person. Vickers didn’t have time for such a gesture, however, because immediately after the shooting he went on what was described as a “pre-approved vacation” from his job…’”

(Via.) Pro Libertate

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