Monday, April 19, 2021

A Biden Appointee’s Troubling Views On The First Amendment

by Matt Taibbi, TK News:

When Columbia law professor Timothy Wu was appointed by Joe Biden to the National Economic Council a few weeks back, the press hailed it as great news for progressives. The author of The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age is known as a staunch advocate of antitrust enforcement, and Biden’s choice of him, along with the appointment of Lina Khan to the Federal Trade Commission, was widely seen as a signal that the new administration was assembling what Wired called an “antitrust all-star team.”

Big Tech critic Tim Wu joins Biden administration to work on competition policy,” boomed CNBC, while Marketwatch added, “Anti-Big Tech crusader reportedly poised to join Biden White House.” Chicago law professor Eric Posner’s piece for Project Syndicate was titled “Antitrust is Back in America.” Posner noted Wu’s appointment comes as Senator Amy Klobuchar has introduced regulatory legislation that ostensibly targets companies like Facebook and Google, which a House committee last year concluded have accrued “monopoly power.”

First-Time Gun Ownership Surges as Democrats Pushing Left-Leaning Policies

from The Epoch Times:

First-time gun ownership has surged across the United States in recent months as gun background checks hit record highs.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), as many as 8.5 million people bought their first gun in 2020. Furthermore, FBI data shows that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) processed more than 4,317,000 background check requests for gun purchases in January of this year, the highest number for a single month since November 1998.

The Government’s War on Free Speech: Protest Laws Undermine the First Amendment

by John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Institute:

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”— George Washington

It’s a given that the government is corrupt, unaccountable, and has exceeded its authority.

So what can we do about it?

The first remedy involves speech (protest, assembly, speech, prayer, and publicity), and lots of it, in order to speak truth to power.

The First Amendment, which is the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights, affirms the right of “we the people” to pray freely about our grievances regarding the government. We can gather together peacefully to protest those grievances. We can publicize those grievances. And we can express our displeasure (peacefully) in word and deed.

Gab Faces Financial Blacklisting, Says Efforts to Build ‘Free Speech Internet’ Won’t Be Stopped

by Allum Bokhari, Breitbart:

Gab, the social network known for its Christian values and uncompromising stance on freedom of speech, says it has been deplatformed from three different banks over negative coverage in the legacy media. The latest actions are part of a multiyear wave of blacklisting by tech companies and financial institutions intent on shutting Gab down.

The founder and CEO of Gab, Andrew Torba, told Breitbart News that “Gab was banned from three different banks,” describing the one justification provided to him as “the bad things the press has written about us.”

GameStopping Our Freedom Of Speech!

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from Silver Doctors:

What a joke we live in, when freedom of speech at the retail level, is offensive to Algo profitting companies like every major and central bank…

by  J. Johnson via JS Mineset

Great and Wonderful Friday Morning Folks,

The February Precious Metals Options expiration happens next week Tuesday. With that in mind Gold goes lower, with the April contract trading at $1,768.50, down $6.50 after the typical London hit down to $1,759 with the high to beat at $1,776.30. Silver is harder to shake loose from the physical buyers grip with the May contract at $27.09, down 2.8 cents after that huge market-makers-middle-of-the-night-slam-dunk down to $26.105 before it recovered with the high to beat at $27.29.

Elon Musk: People Are Going to be ‘Super Unhappy’ With Big Tech As ‘The De Facto Arbiter of Free Speech’

by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation:

Elon Musk, who became the world’s richest man last week, is against Big Tech censorship.

In response to a Babylon Bee article titled “Evil Fascist Dictator Censored And Voted Out Of Office,” Musk tweeted on Monday: “A lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech.”

Amazon to Remove Parler From Its Web Hosting Service

by Janita Kan, NTD:

Parler is fending off another attempt to shut down the social media network after Amazon said it is suspending the company from its web hosting service.

Parler founder and CEO John Matze said in a statement that the multinational technology company will be shutting Parler’s servers at midnight Sunday, Jan. 10.

Matze has characterized the decision as “an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet.”

He added that Parler may be unavailable for up to a week as they work to rebuild the networking service online.

Apple threatens Parler: Moderate Or You’re Out

by Ashe Schow, Daily Wire:

Megacompany Apple is threatening to remove social networking service Parler from its App Store unless the company starts moderating its platform more harshly.

Reuters reported that Parler, billed as an alternative to Twitter without the left-wing bias, received the letter from Apple Friday evening following Big Tech’s crackdown on President Donald Trump and his supporters. Buzzfeed published portions of the letter sent by Apple, which demanded Parler update its moderation policies to ban users from planning to storm the U.S. Capitol like what happened on Wednesday.

Julian Assange’s Fiancée Sits Down With Revolver to Reveal Deep State’s Plot to Erase Our First Amendment

from Revolver News:

For years, America’s oligarch class has grown fat by betraying the country they rule over. They’ve outsourced the country’s wealth and well-being to China. They’ve embroiled the country in one disastrous war after another — wars that did nothing to make America safer but did a great deal to enrich the defense contractors who supplied them. They’ve colluded with Big Tech and Big Finance to gradually chip away at the basic rights that Americans once took for granted.

To the badly misnamed, oligarch-captured “intelligence community,” the imprisoned Wikileaks Editor and free speech activist Julian Assange remains Public Enemy Number One.

The Murder of the First Amendment

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by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:

The illegal and unwarranted prosecution of Julian Assange by the US Government in a British court, if court it is and not a Star Chamber, is in fact the prosecution of the First Amendment. It will prevent journalists in the future from informing the public of criminal activity by government. This is already the case in a number of countries, and the US and UK are about to join them.  Washington, working through a British judge and a British prosecutor, is murdering the First Amendment and, thereby, accountable government. 

Q 4627: One party promotes God. One party eliminates God.

from SGTreport:

Boaters and Patriots for Trump gathered in a small Minnesota town on the St. Croix river Saturday, September 5th and there was no sign of BLM, Antifa or any shred of violence any where – only fellowship and hope for the future of America.

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No Longer Possible to Be a Democrat and Support Free Speech

by J.B. Shurk, American Thinker:

For freedom’s sake, be offensive.  Not rude.  Not malicious.  But free enough with your thoughts that they are still your thoughts and not the programmed left-speak that is constantly in flux but thoroughly enforced.

A generation ago, Americans would preface a potentially offensive statement with a quick declaration — “this isn’t politically correct, but” — before charging forth with what was on their minds.  It was a brilliant idiom that contrasted the communist control of language with an American’s freedom of speech but still demonstrated the speaker’s awareness that what was being said might not appeal to every listener.  Today, when a boss or college admissions board or social media enforcer says something is politically incorrect, it means you’ve been fired or rejected for having thoughts that do not conform.  What not long ago was spot-on American irony is now reality.  “This isn’t politically correct, but…” is now firmly answered, “Then you probably shouldn’t say it.”  Say it anyway.