Fred Reed in “Cometh the Censor” has some grave predictions about eventual and total internet censorship:
I see with no surprise that Washington is stepping up its campaign to censor the internet. It had to come, and will succeed. It will put paid forever to America’s flirtation with freedom.
The country was never really a democracy, meaning a polity in which final power rested with the people. The voters have always been too remote from the levers of power to have much influence.
UK anti-TTIP protests reflect urgent need in both US and UK for explicit "carve outs" in FTAs to protect the full health care policy space, including single payer, an NHS system or whatever is necessary to bring about real affordable health care
From euractiv comes an article about the uproar over NHS privatization.. which is being blotted out of the UK media...
UK anti-TTIP protests to focus on NHS privatisation.
I'm quoting it here:
“Locking in liberalisation laws”
But protestors are still worried that once a service is privately owned, it will become “extremely difficult” to renationalise it.
Someone at Facebook temporarily banned New Yorker magazine for violating the "Nudity and Sex" standards. The problem: a cartoon that used two dots to represent female nipples.
The scandalous pencil dots are the subject of a follow-up blog post -- "Nipplegate" -- from the cartoon editor, a not-to-be missed gem. Read more about Facebook to New Yorker: No Can Haz (Girl) Nipples!
This from the examiner:
Google says Stein used "inappropriate language" in the ad and thus nixed it for placement on Google TV. SEE VIDEO HERE
The naughty word in question is a time-honored reference to a certain kind of manure, a word used so frequently among the public it has since blended into American consciousness as one of our most natural expressions – especially during the political season.
Great reporting from independent local outlet Baltimore Brew:
Youth jail opponents meet state troopers, city police and a SWAT team on Martin Luther King's birthday.
There seemed to be two “enemies of the state” yesterday at the Occupy Baltimore protest against a planned juvenile detention center in East Baltimore.
One was the 75 protesters themselves, who were met by dozens of Maryland State Police, Baltimore City Police and SWAT team members in riot gear, armed with guns and batons.
When the opposition to the radical Republican agenda in Wisconsin exploded over the winter, Russia Today highlighted a stark contrast in mainstream outlets: Attention and praise lavished on Arab Spring uprisings compared to an all-but-formally-declared news blackout in Madison. Read more about Routing around Big Internet
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) authorities jammed cell phone services at four stations Friday evening to prevent a non-violent protest for the fatal police shooting of Charles Blair Hill last month.
The protest did not take place, although it's not clear whether that was due to the lack of cell phone service. Read more about San Francisco Shuts Down Cell Phone Service to Stop Non-Violent Protest
In an attempt to prevent protestors from communicating with one another, British politicians are looking at censoring BlackBerry, Twitter and Facebook.
The question, according to Prime Minister David Cameron, is whether government has the right to "stop people using social media to 'plot' further disorder."
Meanwhile, the police aren't waiting for Parliament to sort it out: Read more about Nice Knowing You: British Authorities May Censor Social Media
My last entry at FDL, which is the last because I've been banned, has been restored to visibility. As I pointed out in my previous entry, my account and diaries were flagged as spam and hidden from view. Read more about FDL Update: Entries Restored, Comments Still Disappeared
Abbreviated version posted over at Oprah/Jenny McCarthy
To Nancy Snyderman/Re:Dateline show on alternative medicine
I was surprised that on the recent Dateline show regarding Suzanne Somers, you did not query in more detail the apologist for mainstream medicine when she went on critiquing "anecdotal" experiences with alternative medicine.
The word "anecdotal" was never used by industry scientists until the anti-pesticide activists began to make some headway. Once activists helped communities see to it that pesticide bans take effect, the industry came up with this notion of "anecdotal..." Read more about Shared Moment of Truth Oh One
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The rise of Internet-enabled mobile devices has had some interesting consequences. On the face of it, smart phones and tablets are a boon. They allow people to access email and web sites anywhere, not just when tethered to a desktop. Laptops, with their greater bulk and relatively short battery life, have traditionally been business devices for those who need to work remotely. Read more about Building the shadow Internet