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Censorship is the way that any dictatorship — and NO democracy — functions

No democracy can survive censorship. If there is censorship, then each individual cannot make his/her own decisions (voting decisions or otherwise) on the basis of truth but only on the basis of whatever passes through the censor's filter, which is always whatever supports the censoring regime and implants it evermore deeply into the public's mind — regardless of its actual truthfulness.

The public does have a mind, as a collective constituting the majority of the residents in the given land, which majority rules any democratic government. If the government doesn't really represent the majority, it's no democracy, at all, but instead represents other individuals, the real rulers, who might be hidden. Consequently, if a democracy exists but a censor somehow becomes allowed, and emerges into existence in a given land, then democracy will inevitably be snuffed-out there, and dictatorship will inevitably be the result — merely because censorship has been applied there, which blocks some essential truths (truths that the rulers don't want the public to know) from reaching the public.

Nothing is as toxic to democracy as is censorship. Censorship prevents democracy.

If a dictatorship already exists in a given land, then it does so by means of censorship, because only by that means will the public be willing to pay taxes to the regime and to go to war for it and to kill and die for it. Without censorship, none of that could happen, except in an authentic democracy. An authentic democracy has no censorship.

Comment: Interesting theory but there would still to be someone that needs to program said 'randomized algorithm'. How do we go about ensuring no bias creeps in? Then if we are to assume that 90% of climatologists are experts and agree on man-made global warming, but they turn out to be wrong (and they would be), how does the system correct for it? Let's try another example, that of Darwinian evolution. A great majority of experts subscribe to it, although no credible evidence exists for it. If we are relying on the majority of experts to dictate what is represented in a search result, and they are subscribed to a lie, how will just focusing on the subject matter bring us any closer to the truth? However, his point still stands: we do need more discussion on how to replace censorship, and we all know why politicians won't touch it with a ten-foot pole.


'A little bit of excitement at no extra cost': Sanders quips after TOPLESS anti-dairy protesters steal show at Nevada rally

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A group of anti-dairy activists, including topless women, upstaged Democratic race frontrunner Bernie Sanders at his own campaign rally ahead of the Nevada primaries. The senator kept his cool, laughing off the stunt, however.

Keen on capitalizing on his success in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders was holding a rally in Carson, Nevada on Sunday. He was barely a couple of minutes into his speech when a young woman, who could be seen lurking behind the podium during the live broadcast, rushed the stage and attempted to wrestle the microphone from the Vermont independent.

Sanders did not give in, taking a few steps away from the podium, which allowed the activist to grab another mic and go on chiding the progressive Democrat for his support of the local dairy industry.

Bernie, I'm your biggest supporter. And I'm here to ask you to stop propping up the dairy industry and to stop propping up animal agriculture. I believe in you!

Comment: Udderly ridiculous!


Revealed: Swiss Islamic State cell members plotted major terror attack in 2019

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According to a new investigation by Swiss media, a cell of jihadists based in Geneva plotted to bomb cisterns full of oil near the city's airport in a major terror attack.

The plot, which was set to take place last year before being stopped, revolved largely around a man named Daniel D., who also went by the Islamic name Abu Ilias al-Swisri, a convert to Islam who went on to join the Islamic State terror group two years later, Le Temps reports.

Al-Swisri, now 25-years-old, had attended the Petit-Saconnex mosque where he met two other radicals named "PF" and Ramzi, who would also join his Islamic State terror cell.

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'Just Free Prostitutes:' Controversial Russian priest equates 'common-law wives' to unpaid sex workers

Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov
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Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov
A senior Russian clergyman has come under fire after he publicly compared unmarried women cohabiting with partners to 'ladies of the night.' Despite predictable outrage, Dmitry Smirnov is in no mood to back down.

"Our women do not understand what marriage is. They are reluctant to say, 'I am a free prostitute' so they say: 'I have a common-law marriage,'" he said, at an event with members of the Orthodox community OrthodoxBRO.

"Hello! No, you just provide services for free - and that's all, and no one counts you as their wife."

The Archpriest continued by explaining that, in Russia, there are millions more married women than married men. "How can this be?" he questioned; "it's very simple. Those men whose women say that they are in a common-law marriage, do not consider their partner to be a wife - just a moment of temporary joy. Because if he treated her like a wife - well, is it difficult to register [the marriage officially], or what?"

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Barnard College student stabbed to death, 14-year-old boy charged with murder

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An undated photo shows Tessa Majors, an 18-year old Barnard College student who died after she was stabbed in Morningside Park in Upper Manhattan, N.Y., Dec. 11, 2019.
The teenager is facing two counts of murder and multiple counts of robbery.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of Tessa Majors, a Barnard freshman who was killed in December 2019 in Morningside Park, New York, police and prosecutors announced Saturday.

Rashaun Weaver is facing two counts of murder in the second degree -- one count of intentional murder and the other a felony murder -- and multiple counts of robbery.

He is being charged as an adult.


Delhi Court issues new death warrant to execute 4 gang rape/murder convicts on March 3

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A combo picture of the four men convicted in the December 16 Delhi gang-rape case.
The four men convicted of rape and murder of the 23-year-old paramedic will be hanged on March 3 at 6 am, a Delhi court said on Monday. This is the third black warrant issued by the court in this case.

"The death warrant would be now executed on March 3 at 6 am," judge Dharmender Rana said in a one-line order pronounced on Monday afternoon. The judge had earlier in the day reserved his order after arguments by both sides.

As soon as the judge announced the new death warrant, there were claps in the court.

The court was hearing the petition filed by the parents of the victim for issuance of fresh death warrant. The parents of the 23-year-old had moved court after the seven-day period given by the Delhi high court to the convicts to exhaust their legal remedies expired on February 12.

"I am not very happy as this is the third time that death warrant has been issued. We have struggled so much, so I am satisfied that death warrant has been issued finally. I hope they (convicts) will be executed on March 3," said the victim's mother Asha Devi.

At the hearing today, Tihar Jail's law officer had handed over a status report to the court.

Comment: It's been 8 years since the gang rape and murder occurred, which explains why people are so upset. The four were supposed to have been executed on February 1:


Toxic dump: First-world electronics scrapyard in Ghana puts THOUSANDS at risk of cancer

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Ghana has become one of the world's largest dumping grounds for electronic waste, creating a deadly industry that has put thousands at risk. RT's Ruptly video agency talked to people living in the epicenter of the catastrophe.

The electronics scrapyard near Ghana's capital, Accra, has left the surrounding region contaminated with hazardous toxins that have polluted the environment and created serious health problems for residents. According to one estimate, around 200,000 tons of the globe's discarded electronics find their way to one slum in Accra - the equivalent weight of more than one thousand blue whales.

The enormous dump is a primary source of income for many laborers, who pick through mountains of discarded electronics and melt them down for metals such as iron and brass. The extraction process is highly dangerous, releasing toxins into the air that have been linked to a host of serious environmental and health problems, including chronic pain, stillbirths, widespread pollution, and damage to the food chain.

Workers explained to Ruptly that they suffer from a range of ailments, noting that smoke from the fires used to burn the electronics causes chest pains - as well as debilitating headaches.


A desperate Biden attacks Sanders for not disowning 'supporters' who harassed a Latino union

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders
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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders debate at the Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidates debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., Feb 7, 2020.
Hoping to bounce back from dismal early election results, former VP Joe Biden chastised Senator Bernie Sanders for not disowning supporters that harassed members of a Nevada Latino-majority union - except he did.

In an interview on NBC's Meet the Press to be aired in full on Monday, Biden unleashed a scathing attack on Sanders, who is currently riding high in the polls in Nevada, which holds the next Democratic Party contest.

Referring to instances in which supposed Sanders supporters hurled online abuse at members of the Nevada Culinary Workers Union (NCWU) after it distributed leaflets voicing concerns about Sanders' Medicare for All plan, Biden said the Vermont independent should do more to distance himself from "vicious, malicious, misogynistic" attacks.

"You know me well enough to know if any of my supporters did that, I'd disown them. Flat disown them," the former VP said.

While Biden implied that Sanders all but embraced his aggrieved fans who took out their anger on the NCWU, that is not exactly true. As recent as Thursday, Sanders told PBS NewsHour that "anyone making personal attacks against anybody else in my name is not part of our movement."

Comment: Creepy Uncle Joe is so inept and corrupt - there isn't much that comes out of his mouth at this point that is at all surprising:

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Confused Irish columnist: 'Shock election victory for Sinn Fein was a one-off protest vote against globalisation - Little to do with nationalism'

Comment: The author is surely confused: what is a 'protest vote against the embrace of globalism by a country's establishment' if not nationalism?

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Irish (nationalist) eyes are smiling
In 2011, in what seemed like a laying to rest of the mad ghosts of Anglo-Irish history, the Queen was cheered to the rafters in Dublin.

But the building in which this celebration of amity took place had its own rather haunting presence. It was the spanking new Convention Centre, a glamorous, ultra-modern monument to the optimism of the Celtic Tiger years. By the time of the Queen's visit, it looked out on a landscape of shattered dreams. From the top floor, you had a panoramic view of abandoned building sites on the other side of the Liffey, testaments to the folly that created a spectacular banking crisis, vicious austerity and deep disillusion with the political system that had brought such pain.

If you stand there now, what is most striking is not what you see but what you don't see: those jagged gaps that less than a decade ago made Dublin's docklands look like a mouthful of broken teeth. Nearly all the holes have been filled in by headquarters of multinational companies and the lawyers and bankers who serve them.

Comment: Yes, the exit poll strongly suggested housing and healthcare were by far the biggest factors in Irish voters voting for Sinn Fein.


Besides running the risk of looking a fool for reading the result as indicative of Irish support for globalization - a remarkable piece of mental gymnastics given that 'the Southern Irish' just voted for a nationalist party for the first time ever! - the author is missing something important.

People tell themselves narratives - not lies necessarily, more like 'reasons' and justifications - about why they do what they do, but the real motivation is often something vague, something emotional, and something few of them can actually put their finger on.

Here is a major clue that Brexit, the rise of English nationalism, and the rise of nationalism generally, did have an effect on Irish voters:

In January this year, as part of ongoing centenary celebrations marking the Irish War of Independence, the resulting Civil War, and the birth of what was then the 'Irish Free State', the Dublin government thought it would be a good idea to include in official commemorations the 'Black and Tans', a militia force of WW1 vets and hardened criminals put together by Churchill to terrorise the Irish population into withdrawing their crucial support for independence fighters.

No doubt today's globalist ideology of 'inclusiveness and diversity' played a role in blindsiding Dublin elites to what happened next: a popular backlash so strong that PM Leo Varadkar was forced to pull the plug on any such commemoration. The Wolfe Tones' Irish rebel song 'Come Out Ye Black and Tans' subsequently went to number 1 in the UK & Ireland iTunes music chart!

That, more than 'persuasive arguments' and 'appeals to people's intellects, is what swings elections in unexpected directions. Then as now, the Dublin intelligentsia are convincing themselves that this is all just a blip and will blow over soon. "Kids today don't understand nationalism like we do," they convince themselves, and "they'll surely see sense in the end."

Don't count on it. The genie which Dublin elites spent a century containing is now out of the bottle, and Irish nationalism has reunification of the island in its sights.


After attending a Trump rally, I realized Democrats are not ready for 2020

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President Donald Trump at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.
I think those of us on the left need to take a long look in the mirror and have an honest conversation about what's going on.

If you had told me three years ago that I would ever attend a Donald Trump rally, I would have laughed and assured you that was never going to happen. Heck, if you had told me I would do it three months ago, I probably would have done the same thing. So, how did I find myself among 11,000-plus Trump supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire? Believe it or not, it all started with knitting.

You might not think of the knitting world as a particularly political community, but you'd be wrong. Many knitters are active in social justice communities and love to discuss the revolutionary role knitters have played in our culture. I started noticing this about a year ago, particularly on Instagram. I knit as a way to relax and escape the drama of real life, not to further engage with it. But it was impossible to ignore after roving gangs of online social justice warriors started going after anyone in the knitting community who was not lockstep in their ideology. Knitting stars on Instagram were bullied and mobbed by hundreds of people for seemingly innocuous offenses. One man got mobbed so badly that he had a nervous breakdown and was admitted to the hospital on suicide watch. Many things were not right about the hatred, and witnessing the vitriol coming from those I had aligned myself with politically was a massive wake-up call.