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Comment Censorship on the march (Score 2) 74

when is brittain planning to copy this one?

Well, Twitter is already doing it, in America too — an early bird, so to speak. But, hey, they are a private company, so we have no need to worry, right?

Well, the new generation of citizens is being accustomed to censoring selves and others in colleges — including professors — so, in 10-20 years, you'll have it world-wide, US and other elements of the British empire included.

Comment Re:Meanwhile the REAL hate... (Score 1) 1013

A dumbass Ukrainian immigrant tells a German what to do.

If you, from a nation beaten to a pulp not too long ago by an alliance including Americans (and Ukrainians), feel comfortable not only to participate in American political discourse, but call participants names and offer other "advice", why should an odd Ukrainian hold back from treating you likewise on occasion?

My grandpa was telling yours what to do in 1943, why should not I continue?

Why couldn't a Ukrainian be pointing out your stupidity and susceptibility to propaganda? Or indeed, proneness to strange perversions? (German porn is rather famous among connoisseurs!)

Seriously, this comment of yours is so typical of German society, it is funny in a way... See, in America immigrants become Americans within years. Oh, some people preserve their heritage — Ukrainian, Irish, German even — but we are American. In Pittsburgh you can buy "pierogis" on the street, but the city is as American as baseball... In Germany — and you are the latest confirmation — an immigrant remains an outsider for life. Some times even his German-born children aren't considered "fully" German.

And I'm not just talking about laws on naturalization — which are much harsher in Germany too — but acceptance by society. So, maybe, it is you, who should not be doing too much talking on matters of other countries — be it Ukraine or the United States.

Comment Re:Meanwhile the REAL hate... (Score 1) 1013

I am German

Then, perhaps, you should not be doing so much talking on the matters of United States, huh, dumbass?

Ran out of your own problems? Your country already bans "hate speech", that's one. A sizeable minority — your cocksucking self included — swallowed Putin's propaganda with not only the hook, but line and sinker. Deal with that, before you weigh-in on problems abroad — or lack thereof.

Submission + - Russian Supply Rocket Malfunctions, Breaks Up Over Siberia En Route To ISS (npr.org)

An anonymous reader writes: An unmanned cargo rocket bound for the International Space Station was destroyed after takeoff on Thursday. The Russian rocket took off as planned from Baikonur, Kazahkstan, on Thursday morning but stopped transmitting data about six minutes into its flight, as NPR's Rae Ellen Bichell reported: "'Russian officials say the spacecraft failed ... when it was about 100 miles above a remote part of Siberia. The ship was carrying more than 2 1/2 tons of supplies — including food, fuel and clothes. Most of that very likely burned up as the unmanned spacecraft fell back toward Earth. NASA says the six crew members on board the International Space station, including two Americans, are well stocked for now.'" This is the fourth botched launch of an unmanned Russian rocket in the past two years.

Comment Re:"Hate speech" is protected by the 1st Amendment (Score 1) 1013

it was much more difficult 30 years ago

This smacks of the "exclusivity of our times" — a common misconception, that the very peak of history is somehow unprecedented. The ancients had it too... "Things aren't, how they used to be — and they never were."

To your point, even if everything shuts you up online, you'll still have the same options you had 30 years ago. And back then too, buying an ad in a newspaper was subject to the paper's policies and so on.

A private company is (and ought to remain) entitled to doing, what they fooking please — competition among them being a better guardian against abuses, than any kind of government regulator.

But:

  • The rest of us should be pointing out a company's hypocrisy to its management, PR flacks, and fanboys;
  • We ought to use this as a cautionary example, of why "hate speech" must never become illegal;
  • SJWs are assholes — especially those among them, who wish to criminalize "hate speech".

Comment Re:"Hate speech" is protected by the 1st Amendment (Score 4, Interesting) 1013

Wait, twitter can control my citizenship status now and right to free speech?

This is not about citizenship. Yes, Twitter can take away your speech on Twitter. Maybe, it is not a big deal — if Twitter bans you, but Reddit still remains a free speech zone.

But people tend to dislike being told, where they can not protest, so I pointed it out to the OP, that he is barking up the wrong tree, as it were. However offensive he is, Trump is not going to come after him — not until he knives a bunch of people or some such.

On contrast, Twitter will shut him up — if he offends a religion more equal than other religions, or an ethnic group more equal than other ethnic groups, and so on — and will not even explain, why exactly.

Comment "Hate speech" is protected by the 1st Amendment (Score 3, Insightful) 1013

I want to live in a country great enough that its citizens can freely show disrespect [...]

Ok...

So are Trumpers going to finally bring an end to America's greatness?

Dude, you are confused. It is neither Trump nor "trumpers", who threaten your right to freely show disrespect. It is Twitter!

It is Twitter, who'll shut you up, should you, in their opinion, engage in "speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or other traits."

Unless, of course, the "race" is White, "religion" — Christianity (or, better yet, Scientology), and "sexual orientation" — "straight male"...

Comment Did you say "current environment"? (Score 1, Interesting) 152

in the current environment, there are a large number of readers who are likely saying "exactly!"

You, guys, wanted the President to be a dictator as far back as 2010! So he could "do a lot of things quickly".

And that is how history repeats itself.

The law being discussed will be signed by Obama. Whom you elected.

Comment Stop blaming Trump, you racists (Score 0) 152

changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump

The law will be signed by President Barack Obama — who vastly expanded government's surveillance over his 8 years. So stop blaming Trump for it, uhm'k?

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