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Thursday, December 19, 2013
By Paul Martin

By Susan Duclos Thursday, December 19, 2013 The news that broke yesterday was that Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the incredibly popular A&E show, expressed his opinion on homosexuality, then A&E suspended him from the show that averages over 14 million viewers, for said opinion. Below the commentary will be the A&E company... »

Asian Trade Treaty Will Destroy America

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
By Paul Martin

Secrecy and outright deception is the hallmark of the Obama administration and a proposed Asian trade treaty must be stopped By Alan Caruba Tuesday, December 17, 2013 In the same way ObamaCare was foisted on America by creating a 2,000-page law that Democrats in Congress never even bothered to read, a new treaty... »

NSA Official Says First Amendment Should Be “Reformed”

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
By Paul Martin

Adds that Obama should crack down on free press Steve Watson December 17, 2013 An unnamed official with the NSA told a reporter during a recent media “open day” that President Obama should crack down on the free press, and that the First Amendment should be reformed. In his piece for Foreign Policy,... »

School Bans Display Of Christmas Poster By Student Because It “Might Be Religious”

Monday, December 16, 2013
By Paul Martin

Rights group battles Scrooge school officials’ war on Christmas Steve Watson December 16, 2013 A school in Minnesota prohibited the display of a Christmas poster designed by a student for fear that it could be interpreted as in some way religious, despite the fact that it features modern day a cartoon character. Rights... »

Copyright vs free speech: TPP will take away basic rights if ratified

Friday, December 13, 2013
By Paul Martin

Annie Machon December 10, 2013 Through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), US corporatists are aiming to exert their legal control globally, by backing a move to extend intellectual property (IP) laws. But according to Snowden leaks, the move will come at the cost of free speech. We, the citizens of the world, already owe... »

Japan’s New ‘Fukushima Fascism’

Thursday, December 12, 2013
By Paul Martin

Harvey Wasserman December 11, 2013 Fukushima continues to spew out radiation. The quantities seem to be rising, as do the impacts. The site has been infiltrated by organized crime. There are horrifying signs of ecological disaster in the Pacific and human health impacts in the U.S. But within Japan, a new State Secrets... »

Police state: County censors government employee who dares criticize Obamacare

Sunday, December 8, 2013
By Paul Martin

Eric Owens 12/08/2013 A California county has banned a veteran employee from criticizing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because a coworker who overheard the criticism was offended. The employee is Norina Mooney, who has logged some 20 years of work experience with Santa Clara County, the epicenter of Silicon Valley. According... »

Japan enacts state secrets law late Friday night amid revolt — “It criminalizes investigative journalism” — Terrorism defined as “imposing one’s opinions on others”

Saturday, December 7, 2013
By Paul Martin December 6th, 2013 Japan Times, Dec. 6, 2013: Following political turmoil that rocked the Diet over the past week, ruling block Upper House members finally enacted the contentious state secrets bill late Friday night. Earlier in the day, opposition parties intensified their protests in vain over a law that’s being criticizing for not... »

Top Official: Protesting secrecy law is act of terrorism — Japan gov’t promotes idea that you’re racist if avoiding Fukushima produce — Bloomberg: “The entire process has echoes of George Orwell” — Nuclear activists to be constantly spied on?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
By Paul Martin December 4th, 2013 EXSKF, Nov. 28, 2013: The 33rd Ministry of Justice human rights essay contest for junior high school students has been won by a student in Miyagi Prefecture who wrote not buying Fukushima’s peaches because of radiation fear was the same as him being “discriminated” against by his classmate for being... »

War On Democracy: Spain And Japan Move To Criminalize Protests

Monday, December 2, 2013
By Paul Martin

by Michael Krieger 12/02/2013 As might be expected as political and economic policy failures pile up and citizens become increasingly mad, the status quo is becoming increasingly authoritarian (recall blogger “Mish” was just fined 8,000 euros for a blog post). In the latest disturbing news from a desperate power structure, the conservative government... »