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Los Angeles Times supports suspension of the Constitution

Los Angeles Times supports suspension of the Constitution

In 2020, the Los Angeles Times argued for the suspension of the U.S. Constitution saying that in a public health emergency, civil rights do not exist. You (meaning me, specifically) had no legal right to access health care treatment for a broken foot, for example. Meanwhile, the journalism community insists on First Amendment protection, including protections for journalists that are greater than those for citizens.

The asymmetry of “Freedom of speech”

The asymmetry of “Freedom of speech”

Academics have long maintained they have a “freedom of speech” to pursue whatever they want to pursue in terms of research; this freedom extends to political opinions. In my state, all public sector workers have protection on their off-the-job speech. Private sector workers have no such protections and may be fired or receive negative performance reviews for their off-work speech. Which means when it comes to speech, some have more freedom than others, and that means, for example, that viewpoints of academics and public sector workers could be more influential because others may not be able to counter their comments.

Thought police: Facebook said to have spied on private messages and reported anyone questioning the 2020 election to the FBI

Thought police: Facebook said to have spied on private messages and reported anyone questioning the 2020 election to the FBI

According to the Department of Justice (unnamed sources), the FB rummaged through everyone’s private messages and determined if they expressed anti-government ideas or questioned the 2020 election results, and if so, turned them over to the FBI. Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice. Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody…

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RT America shuts down

RT America shuts down

RT America is shutting down. RT was a Russian government funded television propaganda operation. I feel uncomfortable that I had occasionally watched their programming years ago. I have also unfollowed all Russia-based social media content creators – how can I know they were not part of an elaborate propaganda campaign to encourage us to view the violent Putin regime in a positive light?