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Why some forms of censorship are crucial to a healthy society

I believe in censorship as do most people. Here is an idea to make things more fair and sane.

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A society which has no limitations on free speech is a society on the slippery slope towards anarchy. In order for moral standards to remain high, certain things must be hidden from public view. Many countries in the west used to understand this both legally and implicitly.  However, in recent decades, any sense of  balance in this respect, has become totally unhinged.

The truth of the matter is that the vast majority of people believe in some kind of censorship, it’s a matter of where it is applied and how. If we can all agree that one wouldn’t want to see images of a baby being beheaded on a giant television screen in a city centre, we can agree that free speech has its limits.

Here is a proposal on the proper place for such limits.

Today, one witnesses the censorship and attempted censorship of areas that ought to be protected by free speech. This includes: political opinions, whistleblowing of all varieties, disclosure of government secrets in the interests of the greater public good and strongly worded statements designed to agitate individuals into holding their government to account.

Inversely, obscene images, sexual propaganda, images whose intent is to convey disgusting themes, images of medical deformities and images designed to frighten the young, should be fully censored from public view. In this context, public view means the following: public displays/posters/hoardings/billboards, television broadcasts, webpages including social media, magazines, non-academic books and radio.

Not so long ago this was the rule rather than the exception in the wider world, both in Communist states and in the capitalist West. Today though, one would be forgiven for thinking that obscenity is the new virtue and that uplifting materials are the new vice. When television, art galleries, magazines and cinemas are filled with disgusting smut, is it any wonder that stories of perverse crimes fill the newspapers and that general neurosis pervades amongst people with seemingly ordinary lives?

When filth is normalised through the ease of publication and dissemination, society itself is not only condoning but encouraging sickness. It is only through the imposition of stringent censorship of sickening items that one can begin to forge a society based on sound moral and ethical principles.

Enforcing such laws will not be difficult and it will help the economy in so far as it will create jobs requiring moderately high levels of training and skill.

I propose the creation of ‘National Bored of Information’, comprised of a large group of individuals from all professional, personal, religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Anyone who seeks to publish or display items which could be reasonably understood as obscene, will be forced to submit said items to the board for review. If the board deems them acceptable for public consumption, they can be displayed anywhere the creator or legal owner of the images sees fit. If the images are deemed to be obscene, they may only be displayed in a private residence and all public advertising of the images’ existence will be prohibited by law.

Furthermore, if anyone publishes obscene materials without first submitting them to the Board, they will be subject to both a fine and imprisonment upon the securing of a guilty conviction. In all cases, written and oral political statements will be exempted from censorship.

If implemented, these proposals could help turn the tide of the West’s moral decay. Society must become healthy again. The government of any healthy society must use its power to encourage people to engage in healthy political debate, the non-obscene arts, sport, community initiatives and must also encourage them to report and if necessary, stop any crime being committed against an innocent person. This cannot be done in a society which actively or passively encourages the consumption of perverse and diabolically disgusting ‘artistic’ materials.

Free speech has its limits, the laws of almost every country on the planet speak to this fact. The question therefore is, where and when censorship is necessary. In order to enhance democracy and turn back the tide or moral decay, the answer is simple. Artistic expression must face higher levels of scrutiny and political discussions must be protected with ever greater resolve.

For anyone wondering if somehow these proposals go against the will of the people, I’m happy to put them directly to the public in the form of a referendum. I believe that my proposals would win. Apart from the liberal cosmopolitan elite who delight in perversion, yet want to censor the political views of decent ordinary people, the majority of the public are tired of filth being propagated from urban centres into the wider country and they are tired of their voices being silenced by the same class of people who create and disseminate the filth.

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EU leaders dictate Brexit terms to Theresa May (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 115.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the the Article 50 process which effectively postpones Brexit beyond the 29 March deadline.

The UK will now be offered a delay until the 22nd of May, only if MPs approve Theresa May’s withdrawal deal next week. If MPs do not approve May’s negotiated deal, then the EU will support a short delay until the 12th of April, allowing the UK extra time to get the deal passed or to “indicate a way forward”.

UK PM Theresa May said there was now a “clear choice” facing MPs, who could vote for a third time on her deal next week.

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Theresa May outlines four Brexit options, via Politico

In a letter to MPs, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May set out the four options she believes the country has in light of Thursday’s decision by EU leaders to extend the Brexit deadline beyond next Friday.

The U.K. is faced with a four-way choice, May wrote late Friday.

The government could revoke Article 50 — which May called a betrayal of the Brexit vote; leave without a deal on April 12; pass her deal in a vote next week; or, “if it appears that there is not sufficient support” for a vote on her deal in parliament next week or if it is rejected for a third time, she could ask for an extension beyond April 12.

But this would require for the U.K. taking part in European elections in May, which the prime minister said “would be wrong.”

May wrote that she’s hoping for the deal to pass, allowing the U.K. to leave the EU “in an orderly way,” adding “I still believe there is a majority in the House for that course of action.”

“I hope we can all agree that we are now at the moment of decision,” she wrote.

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US media suffers panic attack after Mueller fails to deliver on much-anticipated Trump indictment

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Important pundits and news networks have served up an impressive display of denials, evasions and on-air strokes after learning that Robert Mueller has ended his probe without issuing a single collusion-related indictment.

The Special Counsel delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review on Friday, with the Justice Department confirming that there will be no further indictments related to the probe. The news dealt a devastating blow to the sensational prophesies of journalists, analysts and entire news networks, who for nearly two years reported ad nauseam that President Donald Trump and his inner circle were just days away from being carted off to prison for conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Showing true integrity, journalists and television anchors took to Twitter and the airwaves on Friday night to acknowledge that the media severely misreported Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as what Mueller’s probe was likely to find. They are, after all, true professionals.

“How could they let Trump off the hook?” an inconsolable Chris Matthews asked NBC reporter Ken Dilanian during a segment on CNN’s ‘Hardball’.

Dilanian tried to comfort the CNN host with some of his signature NBC punditry.

“My only conclusion is that the president transmitted to Mueller that he would take the Fifth. He would never talk to him and therefore, Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight,” he expertly mused.

Actually, there were several Serious Journalists who used their unsurpassed analytical abilities to conjure up a reason why Mueller didn’t throw the book at Trump, even though the president is clearly a Putin puppet.

“It’s certainly possible that Trump may emerge from this better than many anticipated. However! Consensus has been that Mueller would follow DOJ rules and not indict a sitting president. I.e. it’s also possible his report could be very bad for Trump, despite ‘no more indictments,'” concluded Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, who presumably, and very sadly, was not being facetious.

Revered news organs were quick to artfully modify their expectations regarding Mueller’s findings.

“What is collusion and why is Robert Mueller unlikely to mention it in his report on Trump and Russia?” a Newsweek headline asked following Friday’s tragic announcement.

Three months earlier, Newsweek had meticulously documented all the terrible “collusion” committed by Donald Trump and his inner circle.

But perhaps the most sobering reactions to the no-indictment news came from those who seemed completely unfazed by the fact that Mueller’s investigation, aimed at uncovering a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, ended without digging up a single case of “collusion.”

The denials, evasions and bizarre hot takes are made even more poignant by the fact that just days ago, there was still serious talk about Trump’s entire family being hauled off to prison.

“You can’t blame MSNBC viewers for being confused. They largely kept dissenters from their Trump/Russia spy tale off the air for 2 years. As recently as 2 weeks ago, they had @JohnBrennan strongly suggesting Mueller would indict Trump family members on collusion as his last act,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted.

While the Mueller report has yet to be released to the public, the lack of indictments makes it clear that whatever was found, nothing came close to the vast criminal conspiracy alleged by virtually the entire American media establishment.

“You have been lied to for 2 years by the MSM. No Russian collusion by Trump or anyone else. Who lied? Head of the CIA, NSA,FBI,DOJ, every pundit every anchor. All lies,” wrote conservative activist Chuck Woolery.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom was more blunt, but said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Canadian Lawmaker Accuses Trudeau Of Being A “Fake Feminist” (Video)

Rempel segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career

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Canada’s feminist-in-chief Justin Trudeau wants to support and empower women…but his support stops at the point where said women start creating problems for his political agenda.

That was the criticism levied against the prime minister on Friday by a conservative lawmaker, who took the PM to task for “muzzling strong, principled women” during a debate in the House of Commons.

“He asked for strong women, and this is what they look like!” said conservative MP Michelle Rempel, referring to the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau and his cronies of pushing her out of the cabinet after she refused to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to a Quebec-based engineering firm.

She then accused Trudeau of being a “fake feminist”.

“That’s not what a feminist looks like…Every day that he refuses to allow the attorney general to testify and tell her story is another day he’s a fake feminist!”

Trudeau was so taken aback by Rempel’s tirade, that he apparently forgot which language he should respond in.

But Rempel wasn’t finished. She then segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career. This from a man who once objected to the continued use of the word “mankind” (suggesting we use “peoplekind” instead).

The conservative opposition then tried to summon Wilson-Raybould to appear before the Commons for another hearing (during her last appearance, she shared her account of how the PM and employees in the PM’s office and privy council barraged her with demands that she quash the government’s pursuit of SNC-Lavalin over charges that the firm bribed Libyan government officials). Wilson-Raybould left the Trudeau cabinet after she was abruptly moved to a different ministerial post – a move that was widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau has acknowledged that he put in a good word on the firm’s behalf with Wilson-Raybould, but insists that he always maintained the final decision on the case was hers and hers alone.

Fortunately for Canadians who agree with Rempel, it’s very possible that Trudeau – who has so far resisted calls to resign – won’t be in power much longer, as the scandal has cost Trudeau’s liberals the lead in the polls for the October election.

 

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