Rock band The Slants’ victory in court secures your rights

June 20, 2017

(CNN)In the 1971 free speech case, Cohen v. California, the Supreme Court said, “One man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric.” That rings very true today. Now, I get to say: “I told you so.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook Justice Kennedy summed it up perfectly: “By mandating positivity, the law here might silence dissent and distort the marketplace of ideas.” Today, because of a little-known band and a naughty word, you are all more …

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Matador Fatally Gored After He Trips On Cape In French Bullring

June 19, 2017

… matadors attempted to distract the bull. The bull was put down. The sport is particularly controversial in France, where close to 1,000 bulls a year are killed for sport. A matador hasnt been killed in the ring in France for almost a century. The sport was officially declared legal in France in 2012 after a challenge by animal rights activists. The Spanish royal family mourned Fandinos passing Sunday, and French bullfighter Sebastien Castella lamented thatdeath has taken a friend and …

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Cuban Government Says Trump Will Not Weaken The Revolution

June 17, 2017

In a statement read out on the evening news, the Communist government said Trump was resorting to coercive methods of the past that hurt the Cuban people and prevented economic development but would not weaken the revolution. The Cuban government denounces the new measures hardening the blockade that are destined to fail … and that will not achieve their aim of weakening the revolution, Havana said. He said he based the measures largely on human rights grounds, calling on Cuba to …

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Independence Day Fast Facts

June 17, 2017

… they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of …

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NBC Has A Right To Book Alex Jones, But Does It Have A Good Enough Reason?

June 14, 2017

… Hook was real, though he suggested there was a public relations operation to exacerbate the situation for the purposes of curtailing gun rights. They did not have me in there saying I believe children died there at Sandy Hook, Jones said of the promotional clip. They had it edited where it sounded like I was saying nobody did. And the headlines are I doubled down. Thats why Im calling for the piece not to air next Sunday on Fathers Day. The network, with the controversy sure to generate big …

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Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

… traditional form with a single document outlining a constitutional charter. However, most other modern states in the world do have one of these. Instead the UK’s unwritten constitution has evolved over the centuries from an amalgamation of Acts of Parliament, court rulings that lay down precedents for future decisions and accepted conventions. Two of its historic building blocks are the 1689 Bill of rights which established the supremacy of Parliament over the Crown and Magna Carta of …

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Hackers steal Twitter accounts to spread fake news

June 11, 2017

Image: JAAP ARRIENS/NURPHOTO/GETTY Sounds like my worst nightmare. Hackers are taking over Twitter accounts and spreading misinformation in a new kind of attack, The Verge reported, citing digital rights group Access Now. The accounts of human rights activists and journalists in Venezuela and Bahrain have been the targets. SEE ALSO: Knicks star claims his Twitter account was hackedand uses emoji as evidence The hack, called “DoubleSwitch” involves taking over the account and then …

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Trump’s Climate Withdrawal Is An Impeachable Offense

June 9, 2017

… Roberts (Kansas). Since taking office, Trump has mounted a methodical assault on the people of the United States. He has systematically endeavored to destroy the social safety net, including the rights to healthcare, public education and a clean environment, as well as the rights of workers, immigrants, women and LGBTQ people. Although the ICC cannot directly prosecute and try climate crimes, the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC said in a policy paper last year that it would construe …

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Companies get ready for day of protest to save net neutrality

June 7, 2017

The day of action to save net neutrality is planned for July 12.Image: Matt Rourke/AP/REX/Shutterstock Digital companies are preparing to make their net neutrality positions clear. Companies such as Amazon, Kickstarter, Vimeo, Reddit, Mozilla, and Etsy alongside civil rights organization ACLU are planning an “internet-wide day of action to save net neutrality” on July 12. SEE ALSO: Don’t count on Netflix as net neutrality’s savior The Federal Communications Commission …

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Election blind dates: John Whittingdale and Jess Phillips – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Jess Phillips Describe yourself: I am Jess Phillips and I was the Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley – and now I’m the candidate in the election. I think people probably best know me as a women’s rights, equality activist with a big gob. I’m a difficult woman with a dirty laugh. Political background: My political ambition came about when I was working at Women’s Aid, watching how government decisions – both poor and good decisions – …

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BA flight disruption at Heathrow set for third day – BBC News

May 29, 2017

In a statement, BA said its IT systems were moving “closer to full operational capacity”, and chief executive Alex Cruz has posted videos on Twitter apologising for what he called a “horrible time for passengers”. But no-one from the airline has been made available to explain the cause of the system crash, and it has not explained why there was no back-up system in place. Five key questions for BA Wedding on hold amid BA travel woes BA passengers ‘trying not …

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Target backs mattress startup Casper in a bid to catch up with online rivals

… said. The investment seems to be part of Target’s bigger push to regain some of the ground it’s lost as online shopping and bargain retail competitors ate into its market share. The company has also locked down partnerships with online-only shaving brands Harry’s and Bevel that give it exclusive rights to sell their products in stores. Beyond digital partnerships, Target is launching a series of new in-house clothing and home brands in coming months in a bid to reclaim the …

May 26, 2017
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Barack Obama due in Edinburgh for charity fundraiser – BBC News

Comedian Kevin Bridges, singer Annie Lennox and Scottish band Texas will provide entertainment at the event and young people will also be involved. Thirteen-year-old Mila Stricevic, from Glasgow, will read a poem after winning a schools competition. Harry Potter prize And schools have been taking part in a competition to win a table for 10 at the event. Auction prizes include two walk-on parts in the next Fantastic Beasts film from the Harry Potter franchise, and the naming rights to the …

May 26, 2017
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2 scoops of the same flavour at Ben & Jerry’s banned in Australia until there’s marriage equality

… effort follows a whole slew of companies that have backed marriage equality in Australia: Airbnb released an incomplete black ring for people to show their support earlier this year, while tech giants Facebook and Apple have voiced their side of the issue. Shouldn’t they be encouraging people to order two of the same in this pathetic attempt to monetise a cause in as trivial a way possible? https://t.co/sFnGtEccy7 Tom (@SydneyTom_) May 24, 2017 But really, piss off. My rights …

May 25, 2017
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Stop Using Free Speech As An Excuse To Be Awful

… speech as Pence and his supporters. Safe spaces do not suppress anything they level the playing field in a landscape where so many of those who bemoan political correctness do so at the expense of already marginalized communities. There is no legal definition of hate speech that will withstand constitutional scrutiny, Foundation for Individual rights in Education president Will Greeley told Think Progress in January 2016. The Supreme Court has been clear on this for decades. And that is …

May 23, 2017
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Government review to order zero-hours contracts overhaul – BBC News

In its submission to the Taylor review, the CBI also said that all employees should have their terms and conditions set out in a written statement. The new “right to request” fixed hours could be used by some of the 900,000 people on zero-hours contracts, a number that has risen from 143,000 in 2008. The contracts have been attacked for allowing some firms to keep people in insecure work, depress wages and deny people their full employee rights. …

May 23, 2017
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Philippines’ Duterte looks to strengthen ties with trip to Moscow

(CNN)Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will depart on an official five-day visit to Moscow Monday, as part of an effort to realign his country’s foreign policy away from longtime ally the United States. Under Duterte, who took office in June 2016, the Philippines has made overtures toward Beijing and Moscow — seeing the countries as a source of much-needed investment — and away from the US, which, despite a mutual defense treaty, Duterte regards as unreliable and …

May 22, 2017
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