censorship

Face of the day

screenshot from youtube-Whaleoil.co.nz

screenshot from youtube-Whaleoil.co.nz

Today’s face of the day is a girl from Germany. She expressed her fear of fake refugees on facebook in a video this week and was censored by Facebook. She made it clear that she was not referring to genuine refugees as she felt that genuine refugees do not act in the way that many fake refugees act.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT -pamellageller.com

Hello, you can read the newspapers but this video is about the real situation in Germany. I would like to tell everyone about this on Youtube and Facebook. I am almost 16. I would like everyone to know what is going on, what I am authentically feeling at this moment.

And I am so scared everywhere. For example, if my family and I go out together, or if I see a movie with my friends. Usually I stay at home, but sometimes I stay out until 6 pm in winter, and it is so scary. It is just very hard to live day-to-day life as a woman.

Read more »

The UN uses Human rights experts not Military experts to evaluate armed conflict

The UN have based their ongoing condemnation of Israel on reports written by people ill-equipped to evaluate armed conflict, as they are Human rights experts not Military experts. The restrictions which they expect Israel to operate under would make every other army of the world far less effective if they too were forced by the UN to abide by them. From what I have read, Israel would have to be running the most ethical and self-harming defensive campaign I have ever seen, anywhere in the world, now or indeed in history.

They warn the enemy when they are about to attack to give them time to evacuate, to reduce casualties. They famously knock on the roofs of buildings with a loud warning missile before sending in, a minute later, the missile to destroy the building. They send warning text messages to every phone in the area about to be targeted, again to warn that the attack is about to start. They drop warning leaflets as well for those without phones. This is just one aspect of the ‘ethical’ war that they fight yet they are still condemned for war crimes by the UN for what Human rights, not Military experts call unacceptable civilian casualties.

Read more »

Silencing Free Speech isn’t the same as changing people’s minds

 

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 5.36.00 pm

Have you ever been to someone’s home for dinner where the host or hostess dominated the conversation? Have you noticed guests limiting their interactions or saying nothing because it is easier than trying to get a word in? I feel that way about Twitter. The conversation is dominated by Left wing views and it is easier to not interact at all.

When I was a High School teacher my viewpoint was consistently a minority view in the staffroom and I learned to pick my battles as it was as pointless as shouting into the abyss. Because I had stopped questioning the commonly expressed opinions in the staffroom many assumed that they had changed my mind. They hadn’t.

It never occurred to me that anyone had been influenced by what I had said but one day a fellow teacher approached me. She wanted to know who to vote for on the PPTA. I was taken aback and said,” I am the wrong person to ask. I disagree with how the PPTA are always wanting us to strike. I will be voting for the person who is least militant.” “I know,” she replied “I have listened to you during meetings. I want to vote for who you think will be best.” My jaw almost hit the floor.This woman had never taken part in any discussions but she had been listening.

The point I am trying to make here is you cannot assume that silence means agreement with the vocal viewpoint.

Read more »

C-word nine times, the F-word 17 times and s-h-i-t 16 times, but not banned anymore

New Zealand has flipped back into the 21st century by unbanning a banned book.  

Leaving the suitability of the book for young adults to one side, we should never ban books because that means someone gets to decide what is acceptable and what isn’t.  The ability to write anything at all, no matter how unsuitable, is something that needs to be protected.

Award-winning book Into the River will be back on shelves after an interim ban on it was lifted today; however, it was not a unanimous decision.

Library and bookshop shelves across the country were stripped of the teen novel after an interim ban was placed on it for explicit content.

The book, written by Ted Dawe, won the 2013 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards.

Last month, the coming-of-age novel was given the interim ban by the Film and Literature Board of Review following a request by Family First.

The book was initially released with stickers warning of explicit content, but without any age restriction. The board later changed it to R14, but last month the chief censor removed the restriction, as well as the requirement it carry a sticker warning.   Read more »

‘There is no more Molly’

24A1E7B000000578-2906559-image-m-24_1421065269122

American cartoonist Molly Norris remains in hiding four years after she suggested a ‘Everybody Draw Muhammad day ‘

Molly Norris is/was a Liberal cartoonist who has disappeared off the face of the earth after getting islamic death threats. The paper she worked for announced ‘There is no more Molly’ and that was that. No one knows if she is alive or dead or where she is. In her Liberal innocence she had no idea what she had unleashed upon herself when she suggested a Draw Muhammad day after becoming upset at the censorship of her favourite show South Park.

Read more »

Think you are entitled to your opinion? Think again.

Did you ever think you would see the day when Social Media would label disagreement with someone else’s opinion  as abusive and harassing behaviour?

Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 10.11.46 am

 

…The chilling language was discovered just days after top feminists went before the United Nations and called on the global body to pressure governments to censor content critical of radical feminism.

Twitter’s official page for reporting harassment and abuse gives users a number of options that characterize the nature of the “abuse”.

One of the options is Twitter posts that are, “Offensive, disrespectful or in disagreement with my opinion.”

Users are then invited to provide the user ID of the account holder they are reporting, as well as further evidence of such “abuse”.

Obviously, the notion that merely disagreeing with someone’s opinion constitutes an act of “abuse” or “harassment” is completely anathema to free speech. The mere fact that this option exists should set alarm bells ringing for those who have warned of an authoritarian purge that threatens to silence voices of dissent on social media.

-infowars.com

Read more »

It’s illegal for us to buy this NZ book, but the rest of the world can

American publishing house Polis Books plan to publish Into the River, by Ted Dawe, in hardcover and as an e-book after founder Jason Pinter heard about the New Zealand ban.

“Any time a book is banned, all it serves to do is get the book more readers,” he told Radio New Zealand’sMorning Report.

“This is how I heard about the book, to begin with – I was actually on holiday with my family, and it made me want to read the book.”

There are no plans to restrict the age of American readers, although Mr Pinter said Polis would recommend that readers be over 13, as parents tended to buy for their children and might want to be aware of its more sensitive themes.

Why don’t crazies like Family First ever consider the Streisand Effect?  Instead of saving kids from being exposed to material they deem unsuitable, they now have achieved an even greater market for the book.   Read more »

Atheism is the new hate speech

2CCBFC3400000578-3250216-Activist_Maryam_Namazie_was_due_to_make_a_presentation_to_Warwic-m-8_1443288879939

Activist Maryam Namazie was due to make a presentation to Warwick University’s Student Union on October 28, having been by the Warwick Atheists, Secularists and Humanists (WASH) group

Don’t believe in God? Then you are offensive to Muslims. Atheists have unwittingly joined the rather large club of groups of people that are offensive to Muslims. It seems that simply not believing in a higher being is offensive and in the case of Maryam Namazie ‘ highly inflammatory ‘.

The outrageously offensive topics she was intending to discuss in the mistaken belief that there is this thing called Freedom of Speech inside Universities were apostasy, blasphemy and nudity in the age of ISIS.

Read more »

Part Three in the Nicky Hager Series: What was left out of the book?

Cameron Slater Journalist and Blogger

Cameron Slater Journalist and Blogger

Like all well informed journalists Cameron has contacts inside every Political Party as well as contacts inside industry and yes even the seedier side of life. He also has an extensive network of contacts within the MSM.

It was very surprising then, that Nicky Hager’s book was missing all of Cameron’s political contacts from parties other than National and all of the journalists he regularly worked with were also excluded.

Why was all this pertinent information missing from an investigation into how political parties use the media and blogs to make themselves look good and their competition look bad?

Read more »

That Streisand Effect needs to be renamed to the Streisand Law

Just like Obama sells guns, Bob McCoskrie sells books.

Interest in reading a controversial book has risen in Rotorua after it was slapped with an interim ban.

Award-winning young adult novel, Into the River by Ted Dawe has been pulled from shelves at Rotorua District Library and local bookstores after an order by the Film and Literature Board of Review.

The move comes following a complaint from the conservative lobby group Family First which reportedly objected to the novel’s sexually explicit content, drug use and use of slang for female genitalia.

The interim ban of sale and supply of the 2013 book is the first in the 22-year-history of the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993.    Read more »