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Well, There Are “Policies,” And There Are “Policies.”

Social media platforms have been in the news lately for “de-platforming” those who have political opinions other than what is acceptable to those platforms.

Twitter is one of those platforms who (in)famously de-platformed President Donald Trump for expressing opinions that Twitter did not like.

Yet Twitter was allowing child porn on their site:

Twitter refused to take down widely shared pornographic images and videos of a teenage sex trafficking victim because an investigation “didn’t find a violation” of the company’s “policies,” a scathing lawsuit alleges.

The federal suit, filed Wednesday by the victim and his mother in the Northern District of California, alleges Twitter made money off the clips, which showed a 13-year-old engaged in sex acts and are a form of child sexual abuse material, or child porn, the suit states.

The teen — who is now 17 and lives in Florida — is identified only as John Doe and was between 13 and 14 years old when sex traffickers, posing as a 16-year-old female classmate, started chatting with him on Snapchat, the suit alleges.
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Well, That Didn’t Take Long.

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed a series if Executive Orders (EO’s) including one requiring masks to be worn on Federal property.

The order says:

Sec. 2. Immediate Action Regarding Federal Employees, Contractors, Buildings, and Lands. (a) The heads of executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall immediately take action, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to require compliance with CDC guidelines with respect to wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and other public health measures by: on-duty or on-site Federal employees; on-site Federal contractors; and all persons in Federal buildings or on Federal lands.

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Lt. Governor Of Pennsylvania Doesn’t Know The First Amendment.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman spoke the other day and offered this gem:

“This idea that saying that Pennsylvania was ‘rigged’ or that we were ‘trying to steal the election,’ that’s a lie,” Fetterman told The Hill. “And you do not have the right, that is not protected speech.”

Fetterman argued that tweets by President Trump echoing the false claim should have been removed by Twitter “immediately” and insisted such an action was “not de-platforming” but rather “deleting lies that are yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded theater when there is none.”
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Lyft Driver Fired For Defending Herself From Attackers.

Cynthia Norman worked sometimes as a Lyft driver and has done so since the ride sharing service became available in Cleveland.

Last week, after picking up two men who she describes as being in their 20’s, Norman was given a destination that made her uncomfortable.

“This was something unusual I had never seen,” Norman said.

However, she said nothing could have prepared her for being carjacked while on the job.

“He opens the door, he gets in and he said, ‘Oh, I’m cold. Do you care if I sit up front,’” Norman said. “I could see it’s about to go bad.”
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Incitement?

From an impromptu press conference:


One of the major charges against President Trump is the charge of “incitement,” which some have said occurred during his speech at the “Save America” rally held on January 6, 2021.

It has almost become axiomatic that Trump’s speech called for people to attack the Capital. (After all, that’s what some elected officials are saying and the media is saying.)

When one reads the speech, there is no such call.

In fact, Trump says the exact opposite:

We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. Today we will see whether Republicans stand strong for integrity of our elections, but whether or not they stand strong for our country, our country. Our country has been under siege for a long time, far longer than this four-year period. We’ve set it on a much straighter course, a much … I thought four more years. I thought it would be easy. (emphasis ours)

A little analysis:

The Brandenburg test was established in Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 US 444 (1969), to determine when inflammatory speech intending to advocate illegal action can be restricted. In the case, a KKK leader gave a speech at a rally to his fellow Klansmen, and after listing a number of derogatory racial slurs, he then said that “it’s possible that there might have to be some revengeance [sic] taken.” The test determined that the government may prohibit speech advocating the use of force or crime if the speech satisfies both elements of the two-part test:

  • The speech is “directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action,” AND
  • The speech is “likely to incite or produce such action.”

We are in no way trying to defend Trump the person, but we are going to defend the idea that someone calling for people to “make [their] voices peacefully and patriotically heard” is not incitement unless you consider the First Amendment “incitement.”

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

There is a segment of America that is willing to let their hatred of a person allow other elected officials to try to say “the Constitution doesn’t matter.”

There is a segment of the America that is willing to be led down a path where their lies, backed by the media, wipe out protected speech.

If you don’t like Trump, that’s fine.

However, we should all disagree with people who are using their hatred of one person to attack the foundation of this country.



Hypocrisy.

Why hasn’t Twitter banned Speaker Pelosi?

And the same thing again:
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Voices.

After last week’s protest at the US Capital, Twitter “deplatformed” President Donald Trump. This was after two tweets made by Trump were deemed to be “inciting” riots:

Twitter said after reviewing Mr Trump’s account in the context of the riot at the Capitol, it was concerned about two tweets he sent on Friday that Twitter said could incite violence.

They were:

  • “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”
  • “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”

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3D Schröder Staircase.

With all the turmoil going on, we thought we’d take a break and present a video showing the 2020 winner of the “Illusion of the Year” award.

Most people have probably seen the 2D version of this illusion, but this kicks it up a notch.

How cool is that?



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