GOOGLE & NOW AMAZON

I wasn’t expecting the email below when I came back from lunch today. Somehow I seemed to have pissed someone off at Amazon. I have no idea what violation they are talking about and, of course, there is no appeal process. The only thing I can think is they thought my donation appeal below the Amazon button was somehow related to clicking on the Amazon button. We’ll never know.
All I know is that my largest stream of modest revenue is now gone. The ad revenue had been sufficient so that I haven’t felt the need to solicit for donations, but it is no longer sufficient for the amount of work I put into this website day in and day out, 365 days per year.
So, here is my solicitation for donations. I think it’s a pretty good site. I try to keep it interesting. I try to keep it a sanctuary of free speech. I’ve now been banned by the two biggest ad revenue generators – Google & Amazon. If you want to keep it alive, please consider donating something through my donation button, or sending something to my PO Box. I thought it was a nice touch by Amazon concluding their termination email with Warmest Regards. 🙂
I didn’t make me feel warm.
Hello from the Associates Program,
We are writing to tell you that effective as of today’s date, Amazon is terminating your Associates account. Under the terms of the Operating Agreement, we may terminate your account at any time, with or without cause. This decision is final and not subject to appeal.

This post was published at The Burning Platform on Oct 14, 2017.

Imperial Media ‘Truth’ Monopoly Threatens Press Diversity

Somehow everything keeps coming back around to Russia. In one of its recent initiatives, the Justice Department (DOJ) appears to be attacking the First Amendment as part of the apparent bipartisan program to make Vladimir Putin the fall guy for everything that goes wrong in Washington. In the past month, the DOJ has revealed that the FBI is investigating Russian owned news outlets Sputnik News and RT International and has sent letters to the latter demanding that one of its business affiliates register as a foreign agent by October 17th.
The apparent line of inquiry that the Bureau is pursuing is that both are agencies of the Russian government and that both have been spreading disinformation that is intended to discredit the United States government and its institutions. This alleged action would make them, in the DOJ view, a propaganda arm of a foreign government rather than a news service. It also makes them subject to Department of the Treasury oversight under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938.
Sputnik, which is owned by a Russian government media group headed by Putin consigliere Dimitri Kiselyov, has been under investigation due to the accusations made by a fired broadcaster named Andrew Feinberg. Feinberg, the former Sputnik White House correspondent, reportedly took with him a thumb drive containing some thousands of internal business files when he left his office. He has been interviewed by the FBI, has turned over his documents, and has claimed that much of the direction over what the network covered came from Moscow.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 12, 2017.

‘The Revolution Will Not Uphold the Constitution’ – Hard-Left Black Lives Matter Agitators Disrupt ACLU Free Speech Event

A group of hard-left agitators affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement disrupted a free speech event put on by the American Civil Liberties Union at the College of William & Mary, rushing the stage and preventing the guest from even speaking while chanting Antifa like slogans about how bad the country is and the need to shut down free speech once and for all.
The ACLU’s Claire Gastaaga was at the college to speak on the subject of ‘Students and the First Amendment’ but shortly after taking the stage she was overrun with BLM protesters who made it clear they were there to do one thing – shut down free speech completely.
As Reason Magazine reported, the disruption was livestreamed and documented a variety of different shocking statements made by the group that paint a clear picture of who the people on the hard-left really are as well as what they seem to be willing to do to achieve their goals.
The agitators began to chant ‘ACLU, you protect Hitler too,’ in apparent reference to the ACLU’s continued stance on protecting all Americans right to free speech, including idiot white supremacists.
‘Shame, shame, shame,’ they continued before then making a series of chants that should shock any decent American who supports our system of government.
In what could easily be interpreted as meaning that the protesters were willing to break other Americans Constitutional rights as long as it achieved their own goals, the group shouted, ‘the revolution will not uphold the Constitution.’

This post was published at shtfplan on October 6th, 2017.

Liberal Fanatic Michael Moore Proposes The 28th Amendment To Regulate Guns

Michael Moore is calling for the repeal of the second amendment, which isn’t really surprising considering his stance on guns. He also proposed replacing the second amendment with the 28th amendment, and you may laugh out loud when reading his suggestion.
In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, Moore said in a lengthy Facebook post that the ‘ancient and outdated’ 2nd Amendment was written before bullets and revolvers were even invented. Moore is towing the liberal line often voiced. Some actually believe the second amendment only applies to muskets, since that’s what the founding fathers had available. Of course, that would mean free speech doesn’t apply to the internet for the same reasons, which is where the left often trips on their own ideology.
But even more humorously, Moore has invented a new amendment to the Constitution.

This post was published at shtfplan on October 5th, 2017.

Armed Soldiers To Replace Cops On Danish Streets

Even as Europe’s political establishment professes its liberal ideals by accepting – or in the case of the ongoing spat between Brussels and Central Europe, forcing others to accept – as many refugees as humanitarian virtue signalling will require, the true face of Europe is gradually emerging behind the scenes, and according to The Local.de, starting today armed soldiers from the Danish Armed Forces (Forsvaret) will replace police officers at both Denmark’s southern border to Germany and at potential terror targets in Copenhagen.
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According to the Danish National Police (Rigspolitiet) and Copenhagen Police, 160 soldiers will patrol the border and take over guard duties at Jewish institutions including the Great Synagogue in central Copenhagen.
The synagogue has been under constant police protection since a Danish-born terrorist of Palestinian descent shot and killed 37-year-old Dan Uzan, a volunteer security guard, outside the building in February 2015. The gunman, Omar El-Hussein, had earlier in the night opened fire with an automatic rifle outside a cultural centre hosting a free speech event, killing 55-year-old Finn Nrgaard and injuring police officers. El-Hussein was later shot and killed by police.
The soldiers’ role at the German border was described as ancillary and will not entail actively checking the IDs of those entering the country. That role will still be filled by police officers and members of the Danish Home Guard (Hjemmevrnet), which has been active in border checks since April 2016.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 29, 2017.

Homework Assignment

Poor old Karl Marx, tortured by boils and phantoms, was right about one thing: History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Thus, I give you the Roman Empire and now the United States of America. Rome surrendered to time and entropy. Our method is to drive a gigantic clown car into a ditch.
Is anyone out there interested in redemption? I have an idea for the political party out of power, the Democrats, sunk in its special Okefenokee Swamp of identity politics and Russia paranoia: make an effort to legislate the Citizens United calamity out of existence. Who knows, a handful of Republicans may be shamed into going along with it. For those of you who have been mentally vacationing on Mars with Elon Musk, Citizens United was a Supreme Court decision – Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission558 U. S. 310 (2010) – which determined that corporations had the right, as hypothetical ‘persons,’ to give as much money as they liked to political candidates.
This ‘right’ devolved from the First Amendment of the constitution, the 5-4 majority opinion said – giving money to political candidates and causes amounts to ‘freedom of speech.’ The Citizens United ruling opened the door for unlimited election spending by corporations and enormous mischief in our national life. Then-President Obama – a constitutional law professor before his career in politics – complained bitterly about the opinion days later in his State of the Union address, saying that the court had ‘reversed a century of law to open the floodgates, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.’

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on September 29, 2017.

Jim Kunstler’s Solution To Uniting American Citizens – Overturn ‘Citizens United’

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,
Poor old Karl Marx, tortured by boils and phantoms, was right about one thing: History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
Thus, I give you the Roman Empire and now the United States of America. Rome surrendered to time and entropy. Our method is to drive a gigantic clown car into a ditch.
I have an idea for the political party out of power, the Democrats, sunk in its special Okefenokee Swamp of identity politics and Russia paranoia: make an effort to legislate the Citizens United calamity out of existence.
Who knows, a handful of Republicans may be shamed into going along with it.
For those of you who have been mentally vacationing on Mars with Elon Musk, Citizens United was a Supreme Court decision – Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission 558 U. S. 310 (2010) – which determined that corporations had the right, as hypothetical ‘persons,’ to give as much money as they liked to political candidates.
This ‘right’ devolved from the First Amendment of the constitution, the 5-4 majority opinion said – giving money to political candidates and causes amounts to ‘freedom of speech.’ The Citizens United ruling opened the door for unlimited election spending by corporations and enormous mischief in our national life. Then-President Obama – a constitutional law professor before his career in politics – complained bitterly about the opinion days later in his State of the Union address, saying that the court had ‘reversed a century of law to open the floodgates, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 29, 2017.

Patriotism Is A Two-Edged Sword

I sometimes wonder if America’s greatest threat is the population’s hyper-patriotism. The bulk of the population is now at work shutting down the NFL players’ First Amendment rights, and none of the incensed censors are capable of understanding that it is they, and not the NFL players, who are attacking the U. S. Constitution. We have been through all this flag business before, and federal courts have ruled for the protesters who burnt flags, wore them on their clothes, whatever. Yet, here we go again.
Hardwick Clothes CEO pulls the company’s advertising from NFL games. Insofar as advertising helps Hardwick’s shareholders, CEO Allan Jones is hurting his own shareholders in order to protest the NFL players’ protests, a thought that probably never occurred to him. According to this report – – white people across the country are burning their NFL shirts and their expensive tickets for which they paid hundreds of dollars.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on September 28, 2017.

Black Congresswoman ‘Takes A Knee’ On House Floor… Because “Trump’s A Racist”

Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee kneeled during a speech on the House floor Monday as a show of support for NFL players who demonstrated this weekend against President Trump.
As The Daily Caller reports, Jackson Lee said during remarks on the House floor…
‘There is no basis in the First Amendment that says that you cannot kneel before the national anthem or in front of the flag,’
Jackson Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, took issue with a speech Trump gave on Friday in which he called on NFL owners to fire players who refused to stand for the national anthem.
Jackson Lee claimed that the ‘son of a bitch’ remark was a racist comment by Trump.
‘There is no regulation that says that these young men cannot stand against the dishonoring of their mothers by you calling them ‘fire the son of a b.’ You tell me which of those children’s mothers is a son of a b. That is racism. You cannot deny it. You cannot run for it, and I kneel in honor of them,’ Jackson Lee said.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 26, 2017.

Heh Crazies: You Are NOT Anonymous On The Internet

I was wondering when law enforcement was going to start doing its damn job.
A legal storm is building after a D. C. judge ordered a web hosting company to give the government a broad swath of data about individuals connected to an anti-Trump website despite arguments that doing so would impinge on their First Amendment rights and stifle online political discourse.
At a hearing Thursday morning in D. C. Superior Court, Chief Judge Robert E. Morin insisted he would put restrictions on how the government reviews the material in order to protect those rights. The government must disclose to the court who will search the material and what process they will use. They must also develop a plan to minimize the search of material unrelated to criminal activity.
You have a First Amendment right to speak.
You do not have a First Amendment right to riot, engage in vandalism or otherwise conduct criminal activity and coordinating, bragging, or announcing intent to do so on the Internet is direct and admissible evidence of intent and thus not only can be used to evidence guilt in an instant case it can also be used to support a charge of conspiracy, mob action, racketeering or similar crimes which involve the coordination of actions by multiple people.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-09-21.

Banning ‘Hate Speech’ in America Will Only Make It More Popular

Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. They know its power. Thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, founded in injustice and wrong, are sure to tremble, if men are allowed to reason… There can be no right of speech where any man…[is] compelled to suppress his honest sentiments. Equally clear is the right to hear. To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.’
– Frederick Douglass
A recent survey conducted by the Brookings Institution adds to my already festering concerns about American attitudes when it comes to our most precious civil liberty. Free speech.
Let’s start out by highlighting some of what we learned. First, via an opinion piece in The Washington Post:
Here’s the problem with suggesting that upsetting speech warrants ‘safe spaces,’ or otherwise conflating mere words with physical assault: If speech is violence, then violence becomes a justifiable response to speech.
Just ask college students. A fifth of undergrads now say it’s acceptable to use physical force to silence a speaker who makes ‘offensive and hurtful statements.’

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 19, 2017.

The Death Of Free Speech Is Imminent: Government Begins Censorship Of Media Through Disingenuous Means

The death of free speech is imminent. Anyone with access to a computer and the internet can see that the United States mainstream media is nothing more than a propaganda machine designed to brainwash the masses into a lemming-like agreement with the government.
And now, it’s oh-so-ironic that the same government that tells the media what to report on in order brainwash the public is seeking to quiet those who disagree and label them as ‘propaganda.’ Some may call it fake news, others just want a different opinion rather than the left-leaning media hysteria we are accustomed to. But now, media outlet RT (Russia Today), founded in Russia will have to register with the United States as ‘foreign media;’ which will forever give it the inaccurate title of ‘propaganda.’
This doesn’t apply to merely the Russian version of the news outlet, but the American-run and operated site as well. According to The Hill, in a report on Monday, RT did not name the company that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has compelled to file paperwork under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, but blasted the edict as overreaching.

This post was published at shtfplan on September 12th, 2017.

To Combat “Hate,” Make Government Weaker

On 18 August 2017, the mayor of Boston Marty Walsh announcedthat the city should avoid the Commons on 19 August 2017 because of white supremacists and the chances of violence at a planned free speech rally. Predictably, thousands of people showed up to protest this group based on the words of the mayor. The mayor was rather unambiguous, ‘The courts have made it abundantly clear. They have the right to gather, no matter how repugnant their views are. But they don’t have the right to create unsafe conditions. They have the right to free speech. In return, they have to respect our city.’ The mayor said that unpleasant white supremacists were going to show up and spout hateful rhetoric, so avoid it at all costs so you aren’t subject to these repugnant views.
The problem here? To put it in the words of one very confused protester that was interviewed by the Boston Globe, ‘Excuse me sir, where are the white supremacists?’ As it turns out, this hate speech movement that Mayor Walsh was warning everyone about was a simple campaign stump speech by a Republican candidate for the Massachusetts State Senate. Who was this despicable white supremacist? Indian-American Shiva Ayyadurai. While his profile does have some bizarre claims, mainly his claim that he invented e-mail, this isn’t any stranger than claims many other politicians make and nothing in his background seems to indicate any form of racial animosity or racial supremacist beliefs, white or otherwise. If anything, his views indicate the opposite as he accuses the US of operating a caste system where academics and politicians take the role of the Brahmin in India and is anti-GMO. These are hardly hallmarks of a right-wing belief structure and have far more in common with the American left.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on September 15, 2017.

State-Sponsored Intimidation, Or When FARA Goes Too Far

Authored by Andrew Korybko via OrinetalReview.org,
The US government is blatantly violating the most basic tenets of its purportedly ‘sacred’ ideology of ‘human rights’ and ‘free speech’ by egregiously overstepping the bounds of FARA to engage in the same type of state-sponsored intimidation that it regularly accuses its geopolitical opponents of for far less.
Yahoo broke the story earlier on Monday that the FBI questioned former Sputnik employee Andrew Feinburg following his public complaints to the media about how the company is supposedly being run, and this reportedly came after another former employee, Joseph John Fionda, allegedly contacted the FBI on his own initiative to share ‘a big packet’ of information accusing Sputnik of breaking the law. The legislation at the center of this scandal is the ‘Foreign Agents Registration Act’ (FARA), a 1938 law originally passed to expose Nazi influence operations inside of the US. It’s since been used for registering anyone who works as a ‘foreign agent’, which stereotypically refers to Congressional lobbyists hired by foreign governments but is nowadays being proposed by some US voices to apply to Sputnik and RT as well.
The basis for this move is that both companies are publicly funded by the Russian government, and that this therefore supposedly makes them ‘propaganda’ because it’s assumed by the American authorities that all of their employees lack ‘editorial independence’ from the Kremlin. As could have been expected, the same forces pushing for Sputnik and RT to register as ‘foreign agents’ under FARA aren’t interested in equally applying these expanded ‘standards’ to other publicly financed international media outlets such as Al Jazeera and the BBC.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 15, 2017.

Berkeley Police Plan “Unprecedented Security” For Ben Shapiro Event

Berkeley, California was the purported birthplace of the American ‘Free Speech’ movement during the 1960s. But in 2017, it has become singularly associated with liberal oppression. A place where conservative speakers and demonstrators have been confronted with violence and threats, and where the active repression of the doctrinaire has been aided by city and university officials’ troubling willingness to appease and accommodate the left.
But in a surprising and encouraging development, the University of California at Berkeley has revealed that it is ramping up security tonight ahead of a lecture by the Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro. The Associated Press reports that campus authorities plan to seal off the campus’ central hub, Sproul Plaza and enforce a “closed perimeter” around several buildings, including Zellerbach Hall, where Shapiro is scheduled to speak to a sold-out, 1,000-person audience.
Berkeley officers have been authorized to use pepper spray to control violence for the first time in two decades after the city council modified a 1997 ban at an emergency meeting this week, the AP reported. To be sure, Shapiro appeared on campus last year without incident. But that, of course, was before President Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, leading to a country-wide wave of political violence. Until recently, University officials had discouraged conservatives like Anne Coulter from speaking – prompting the cancellation of several events for security reasons – after Antifa protesters violently disrupted an appearance by conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos in February, causing $100,000 in damage. Police and UC Berkeley officials were criticized for their reluctance to intervene, giving demonstrators wide latitude to destroy the university’s campus.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 14, 2017.

The Government Begins Censorship Of Media Through Disingenuous Means

The death of free speech is imminent. Anyone with access to a computer and the internet can see that the United States mainstream media is nothing more than a propaganda machine designed to brainwash the masses into a lemming-like agreement with the government.
And now, it’s oh-so-ironic that the same government that tells the media what to report on in order brainwash the public is seeking to quiet those who disagree and label them as ‘propaganda.’ Some may call it fake news, others just want a different opinion rather than the left-leaning media hysteria we are accustomed to. But now, media outlet RT (Russia Today), founded in Russia will have to register with the United States as ‘foreign media;’ which will forever give it the inaccurate title of ‘propaganda.’
This doesn’t apply to merely the Russian version of the news outlet, but the American-run and operated site as well. According to The Hill, in a report on Monday, RT did not name the company that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has compelled to file paperwork under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, but blasted the edict as overreaching.

This post was published at shtfplan on September 12th, 2017.

UC-Berkeley ‘Resists’ – Rejects Demands To Quickly Rename Buildings That Offend Snowflakes

Still ‘under review by campus leadership’ While many colleges across the country are rushing to rename buildings and remove statues of Confederate leaders and other controversial historical figures in the wake of a deadly rally, an unlikely public university is bucking the trend.
The University of California-Berkeley has thus far resisted repeated calls dating back at least two years to rename a few buildings whose namesakes are considered racist historical figures.
Since the ‘Unite the Right’ rally to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, the institutional home of the Free Speech Movement has faced criticism for its slow and methodical process of reviewing building names.
In an email to The College Fix, UC-Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof said the administration was looking into the issue.
‘These matters are under review by campus leadership, and we hope to have an update regarding next steps in the coming weeks,’ he said, declining to explain the drawn-out timeline.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 10, 2017.