Freedom of Speech

Niall Ferguson: We’re All Soviets Now

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

A government with a permanent deficit and a bloated military. A bogus ideology pushed by elites. Poor health among ordinary people. Senescent leaders. Sound familiar?
The witty phrase “late Soviet America” was coined by the Princeton historian Harold James back in 2020. It has only become more apposite since then as the cold war we’re in—the second one—heats up.

I first pointed out that we’re in Cold War II back in 2018. In articles for The New York Times and National Review, I tried to show how the People’s Republic of China now occupies the space vacated by the Soviet Union when it collapsed in 1991.

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Noam Chomsky told us to question the media. This week, the media reported he had died Several media outlets published obituaries for the famed linguist and activist who is, in fact, alive Natalie Stechyson · CBC News ·

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

Noam Chomsky has always encouraged people to critically question the media, and has written acclaimed books on media control and propaganda.

Then, yesterday, several media outlets reported the famed linguist and activist’s death when he was, in fact, still alive. The irony hasn’t been lost to people online, who are having a field day over the swirl of misinformation.

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Evidence based communication

By Roli / June 19, 2024 /

This talk [by Dr. John Campbell] was given as part of the AMPS conference in Sydney, Australia, April 2024

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Tucker Carlson slams Australia’s authoritarian Covid-19 lockdowns

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

Tucker Carlson has unloaded on the nation’s pandemic lockdowns and immigration policies. The former Fox News host, appalled by Australia’s strict Covid-19 measures, called for those responsible to be held accountable.

“Putting your own citizens in concentration camps is insane and I hope the people who did that go to jail for it,” Carlson said in a recent interview with Australian media.

When asked about former Victorian premier Dan Andrews, who was nicknamed ‘Dictator Dan’ for his severe lockdown policies, Carlson responded:

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British Columbia crybullies try to get a free speech event cancelled Rebel News | June 19, 2024 | News Analysis

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

The We Unify Conference in Victoria has been targeted by left-wing activists who want the event de-platformed from the municipal conference centre where the three-day free speech symposium is being held.

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Coutts Trial: Crown invites third female RCMP undercover investigator as witness

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

Like her two earlier counterparts, the third female RCMP undercover operator testified that she did not use digital recording devices during her undercover investigation at Coutts.

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Rideau Hall Called The Gov’t

By Valerie / June 18, 2024 /

Governor General Mary Simon had staff contact Attorney General Arif Virani’s deputy before holding a conference in support of a Liberal bill on internet censorship, records show. “The Governor General is a force for good in this country,” Virani wrote in denying partisan interference.

“The Attorney General deliberately chose to attend only the luncheon portion of the event,” Virani wrote in an Inquiry Of Ministry tabled in the Commons. “He attended the luncheon to show his support for the attendees who took the time to share their difficult personal experiences and to discuss the pressing social problems of online safety. To be clear he was not a panelist and chose not to have a formal role in the symposium.”

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Flood Of CBC-TV Complaints

By Valerie / June 18, 2024 /

he CBC was flooded with a record number of complaints last year over its Mideast coverage with thousands citing anti-Jewish bias, says a report to the board. Audience complaints numbered 4,785 last year, “a 45 percent increase in volume from 2022.”

“Messages I received revealed a deep divide in the way Canadians perceived both the events and CBC’s coverage,” Ombudsman Jack Nagler wrote in his Annual Report. “About 55 percent of complainants thought CBC was unfair to Israel and about 45 percent thought CBC was unfair to Palestinians.”

“The shocking attacks by Hamas inside Israel and the massive response by Israel inside Gaza

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“Anti-hate” activist Elon Musk blames for $100M loss asked Canada to regulate social media giants

By Valerie / June 18, 2024 /

Canadian legislators entertained the leader of an international “anti-hate” activist organization that X CEO Elon Musk blamed for a $100 million loss in advertising revenue after he took over the platform in 2022.

The CEO and founder of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, Imran Ahmed, appeared before the House of Commons justice committee this month advocating for increased regulation of social media platforms.

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Surgeon General Murthy Advocates for Digital ID to Combat Online “Misinformation” and Protect Youth

By Iron Will / June 18, 2024 /

These days, as the saying goes – you can’t swing a cat without hitting a “paper of record” giving prominent op-ed space to some current US administration official – and this is happening very close to the presidential election.

This time, the New York Times and US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy got together, with Murthy’s own slant on what opponents might see as another push to muzzle social media ahead of the November vote, under any pretext.

A pretext is, as per Murthy: new legislation that would “shield young people from online harassment, abuse and exploitation,” and there’s disinformation and such, of course.

Coming from Murthy, this is inevitably branded as “health disinformation.” But the way digital rights group EFF sees it – requiring “a surgeon general’s warning label on social media platforms, stating that social media is associated with significant mental health harms for adolescents” – is just unconstitutional.

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