Reporters Without Borders recently published a report titled “Enemies of the Internet.” While Turkey was not on that list, the country was ranked 154 in the World Press Freedom Index mainly because dozens of journalists have been arrested as “threats to national security.” In a move that should add Turkey to the list of “Enemies of the Internet” a Turkish court attempted to ban the use of Twitter after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s defiant vow to “wipe out” the social media service.
The official Twitter feed posted a tweet reading “We stand with our users in Turkey who rely on Twitter as a vital communications platform. We hope to have full access returned soon.” see more…
Last Sunday, Rand Paul wrote in an op-ed in Time, “Putin must be punished for violating the Budapest Memorandum, and Russia must learn that the U.S. will isolate it if it insists on acting like a rogue nation.
This does not and should not require military action. No one in the U.S. is calling for this. But it will require other actions and leadership, both of which President Obama unfortunately lacks.” see more…
This video describes a new kind of think tank. The internet has always had the potential to help truly independent voices to be heard. In some cases it certainly has. Too often though it seems to give the established institutions and viewpoints a larger megaphone.
Our theory is that there is an appetite for views that haven’t been approved by those institutions. Subscribe to see if that’s the case.
As of a few weeks ago, the Utah affiliate of the National Independent American Party has finally got on the ballot — joining the other state affiliates in New Mexico, Arizona, and Oregon, on their respective state ballots, and are now looking forward to fielding sincere and principled candidates for the 2014 elections this year.
Even as the National IAP keeps expanding and continues to bring in more patriots and concerned citizens that are not only tired of the political corruption and decay brought on by the vile Two-Party system, but also yearn for a party that will put principle above politics, will seek to restore limited constitutional government, will fight to preserve traditional moral values in a eroding society, and especially will put the interests of the average American above those of the Ivory-Tower elite, whom have brought our country towards the verge of ruin by such leadership and policies implemented upon the federal, state, and local levels- therefore diminishing and bringing our U.S. Constitution to presently cling to those last breaking strands of freedom. see more…
We see a great happening in the Ukraine and Venezuela right now. Revolts to leadership the people believe to be endangering their way of life are massive right now. And in the wake of this event the world is talking of these people and their push for freedom and liberty.
But are they revolts for liberty, against oppressive government, or really just against useless government? see more…
Voters in California may be asked to vote on a proposal to split the state into six Californias.
The plan, called “Six Californias” by Tom Draper, the venture capitalist behind the idea, must first obtain signatures from over 800,000 registered voters before it will be placed on the ballot.
Opponents argue that the proposal would give some of the new states an unfair advantage in regards to tax revenue, claiming “the ‘Six Californias’ campaign is nothing more than a scheme for making sure that the taxes of wealthy individuals like Draper gets ‘redistributed’ inside their own affluent neighborhoods.” see more…
Chairman [Tom] Wheeler agreed that survey questions in the study directed toward media outlet managers, news directors, and reporters overstepped the bounds of what is required. Last week, Chairman Wheeler informed lawmakers that that Commission has no intention of regulating political or other speech of journalists or broadcasters and would be modifying the draft study. Yesterday, the Chairman directed that those questions be removed entirely.
Gotta love a win, even if it might be temporary. /UPDATE
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — I have a rather unique position in media. I am 33 and have 30 years’ experience in radio broadcast.
I grew up around radio and its personalities. I can tell you the great things the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine did, and the damage that the ensuing corporateers caused to the field.
Now there is impending implementation of the massive survey called “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs (CIN)” for the FCC. The commissioner is Mignon Clyburn — daughter of House Democratic Rep. James Clyburn and headed by the Social Solutions International Inc. (SSI).
The task will place government “researchers” (or agents) in media outlets nationally to ask questions about newsroom philosophy and demographics.
The media mouths are freaking out, and rightly so. see more…
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