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"WHAT'S AT STAKE when we talk about book bans is student learning and well-being," writes PEN America's @jonfreadom in @USATODAY. "Semantic gymnastics about what is or isn’t a ban is an effort to deny and distract from the problem." #BannedBooks #Reading…
"To avoid charges of #censorship, school administrators, government officials and groups like Moms for Liberty have taken to calling the results of their efforts 'quarantine' or 'curation' – anything but 'ban.'

This debate is not new." (2/x)
"Writing about book banning for The First Amendment Encyclopedia in 2009, Susan Webb explained, 'Opponents of publications sometimes use the tactic of restricting access rather than calling for the physical removal of books.'" (3/x)
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It's no longer controversial to claim that #BigTech is a parasite on the #news business. But there's still a raging controversy over the nature of the parasitism, and, much more importantly, *what to do about it*.

1/ EFF's banner for the save n...
If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:…

This week on @EFF's Deeplinks blog, I kick off a new series on the abusive relationship between Big Tech and the news, analyzing four different dirty practices and proposing policy answers to all four:…

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🧵PEN America Files Lawsuit against Florida School District over Unconstitutional Book Bans

Lawsuit joined by @penguinrandom, parents, and authors asserts that Escambia County School Board unlawfully removes or restricts access to books about race, racism, and LGBTQ identities. Image
Our lawsuit alleges Escambia County has set out to exclude certain ideas from their school libraries by removing or restricting books, some of which have been on the shelves for years—even decades. Read more here:… Image
According to the lawsuit, the school board’s removal and restriction of access to books discussing race, racism, and LGBTQ identities, against the recommendations of the district review committee charged with evaluating book challenges, violates the First Amendment. Image
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I don't just talk I've backed up my words with actions
that's why right now my words are valuable because with every word the doj prosecution is gathering to be used against me to say why I need to be locked up for life
The #FirstAmendment is 1st for a reason
but to America's enemies it's the last line of defense for freedom & Our enemies last battleground
You really believe after Americans compliance to the lockdowns that yall won't have your 2nd stripped 😂
Talk big but you masked up without
hesitation, claimed you'll lose your job can't shop you freakin name it YOU complied
They know Everything you buy with credit cards they are making cash impossible
#WakeUp #J6ers are in Jail 2 yrs pretrial abused Yall silent
#J6 defendants are tried without access to discovery
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1. Op-eds aren’t data.

2. Only a short time ago, within many Americans’ lifetimes, #highereducation was badly segregated and reserved mainly for elites.

#Collegecampuses have never been as intellectually diverse and democratic, open to numerous #viewpoints, as they are now.
3. The idea that students are “censorious”--let alone "mad"--is a false narrative that pundits, propagandists, and mainstream media have aggressively promoted.
4. College-aged young people consistently express stronger support for #freespeech and tolerance for #viewpointdiversity than other age groups in credible survey research--not only in individual studies, but also across time.
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Now from @PostOpinions: the same by-the-numbers, empirically unserious column about #freespeech on #college campuses. So, my typical response…1/5…
Low key, one of the most significant pieces of #misinformation about #collegecampuses that such columns popularize is the falsehood that an op-ed can meaningfully assess the state of #freespeech across nearly 5K postsecondary institutions in the U.S. It can't. 2/5
This latest example is an assessment of anecdotes--out of context and selectively retold--not a serious survey of the many different forums for free speech that exist in any given #university. 3/5
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1. cerchiamo di fissare alcune informazioni fondamentali nel caso del #leaker dei #PentagonLeaks,#Teixeira, pur consapevoli che sappiamo ancora pochissimo del caso
2. che un ragazzo di 21 anni avesse una security clearance (=autorizzazione ad accedere a documenti classificati) NON è assolutamente anomalo: normalità. Manning aveva 22 anni quando inviò a #WikiLeaks 700mila documenti segreti per cui oggi Julian #Assange rischia prigione a vita
3. il numero di cittadini americani che hanno una security clearance è pazzescamente alto. I dati ufficiali del governo americano rivelano che nell'anno fiscale 2019, sono stati 4 MILIONI e 243.937. Trovate qui il dato ufficiale del governo USA:…
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In "Using Bruen to Overturn New York Times v. Sullivan," @msmith750 and @xanderrhetoric write, "There is reason to think that the Court may seek to apply this historical tradition approach beyond the Second Amendment context . . .
. . . While the Court states its historical tradition approach applies in Second Amendment cases . . . the Court itself justifies its approach in Bruen by referring to other constitutional rights—including the First Amendment.”
The Article is now published in Pepperdine Law Review's Annual Volume and available to read here:

#law #lawreview #constitutionallaw #secondamendment #firstamendment #supremecourt
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Talked to a neighbor tonight who IS a concerned American-she is 83-I am 72. Neither of us recognize #ThisAmerica-to the refusal of Congress unwilling to #Act on multiple threats to the country-from a lack of #WIll on #GunControl to rampant racism-attacks on #Freedoms of WtP Smh
We were/are the generation who #DemandsChange WE were active in the #CivilRighstMovement - #TheEndOfTheVietNamWar #TheSexualRevolution #WomensRights Don’t discount our power to #MobilizeAmericaForChange #JoinUs Been there - Done That
Who wants to incorporate a non-profit org >>> #BabyBoomersForChange? There are many waiting in the wings to help. #MobilizeUs who have been here and done this before?
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🧵“This escalating battle for control over free expression in education should worry us all,” said PEN America CEO @SuzanneNossel in remarks before the House Committee on Education & the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Higher Education & Workforce Development.…
Nossel: "The university campus is the incubator of democratic citizenship and the breeding ground for leaders in every sector of society. If we don’t get free speech and open discourse right on campus, we won’t get it right in the media, the courts, or out on the streets." (2/x)
Nossel: "At PEN America we argue that the essential drive to render American campuses more diverse, equitable, and inclusive need not—and must not—come at the expense of robust, uncompromising protections for free speech and academic freedom." (3/x) #DEI #FreeSpeech #Education
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I had hoped that some were right and that Winder’s bills SB1187 and SB1188 were just a gambit to give the RW something they wanted and to get to Sine Die. I am wrong. /1 #idleg #1stAmendment
After thinking about SB1187 and SB1188 and rereading them and after evaluating them, are far worse than I had initially thought. /2 #idleg
Let’s look more closely at the dog’s breakfast Sen. Winder has served up “because things changed” in SB 1187 /3 #idleg…
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🧵 @IJ's been fighting hard against #FirstAmendment retaliation - litigating a dozen cases in the past few years. But people don't realize that #SCOTUS has all but killed retaliatory *arrest* claims. It's wild. Let me tell you about it (and our case👇). 1/…
While #SCOTUS is very protective of prior restraint on @USConst_Amend_I and kinda protective of non-arrest retaliation (but see #QualifiedImmunity), it's openly hostile to retaliatory arrest claims. See Nieves v. Bartlett. 2/ ImageImageImage
Worse still, the reason #SCOTUS immunizes police from retaliatory arrest claims? Pure *policy* (AKA judicial activism). You can't enforce the #FirstAmendment because police have a tough job. Seriously. Justice Gorsuch points this out in his concurrence in Nieves. 3/ ImageImage
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BREAKING: Today News Africa Reporter @simonateba Was Verbally Attacked By So-Called "Journalists" Of The @whca In The @WhiteHouse Breifing Room Today As He Complained To The @PressSec That He's NEVER Been Called Upon To Ask A Question. He Reminded #KarineJeanPierre That "This Is…… ImageImage
UPDATE: Today News Africa Reporter @simonateba Says To @WhiteHouse Press Secretary #KarineJeanPierre, “You're Making A Mockery Of The #FirstAmendment.”
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Todays UNN show situation report by KimPossible was all about the #bankingcrash who caused it and why, needless to say it was yet another failed attempt by the remaining #blacksun minions > Watch 13-MAR-23 NEWS 1…
Here is the last of #kimpossibles report from todays show. 13-MAR-23 NEWS 1…
#quote: Jacob Rothschild passed away last weekend 80+ yrs old. Nathan Rothschild is running the family biz now. h/t KimPossible 13-MAR-23 NEWS 1…
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@1337_FAFO @jessgill03 For those to whom English especially British English is a 2nd or 3rd Language

Especially dumb Yanks😲

Who think this video is from US not UK

That it's about the Law of Contract Property or Tort😱

Or about #FreeSpeech never mind #FirstAmendment:

It's about #DoubleStandards!🤦‍♂️
@1337_FAFO @jessgill03 For those who missed Jess Gill's video clip @jessgill03


"Why is it acceptable to say someone can burn a Bible but if someone damages a Quran they should be punished?"

It's about the #DoubleStandards exposed in the crazy #VirtueSignalling #Woke Left!

@1337_FAFO @jessgill03 Reason was in Oxford was to ask students if think #ReligiousTolerance MORE IMPORTANT than #FreedomOfExpression

And highlights their #Woke #DoubleStandards

They think freedom of expression MORE important

In fact BASIS of #FreeSociety

All for #BurningBibles!

But NOT #Koran!!🤦‍♂️
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Today's Twitter threads (a Twitter thread).

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#Pluralistic 1/ A trilemma Venn diagram, showing three ovoids in a triangula
On 3/7 I'm doing a remote talk for #TUWein:

On 3/9, I'm in person in #Austin at @utsdct:…

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On 3/10, @Rgibli and I kick off the @SXSW reading series:… 2/
Solving the Moderator's Trilemma with Federation: You CAN please all of the people all of the time (sorta).

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1> Tidbits by Scotty: pt 2 1st Amedment Blog Series

Are bloggers protected by First Amendment?…
2> The First Amendment provides that Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. It protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
3>Bill of Rights for Everyone is the 1st Amendent ...freedom of speech, the press,...…
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1) Here is how I will turn this blatant @Google @ProblemBlogger censorship actions into blog post series on the #FirstAmendment rights we are all granted under the Constitution b/c #Bloggers and our Content fall under #FreedomOfPress.
2) #FreedomOfSpeech a blogger you are still protected by the #FirstAmendment...many bloggers have uncovered stories that have undermined the so-called mainstream media, or stories the MSM ignored but needed to be told.…
3) @mtaibbi tweet examples are a form of mico blogs with his #twitterfiles and tweet #censorship activities exposing corruption

" micro-blogging platform. What does that mean? Well, in principle it just means that your “blog posts” are very short… " If you’re a blogger and don’t see the value of Twitter,
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1/3 My @IJ colleague @benjaminafield and I discuss the frightening trend of cops arresting people for making jokes on social media. As we explain in @dcexaminer, they get away with it because courts have displaced @USConst_Amend_I with #QualifiedImmunity.…
2/3 @IJ is litigating 2 different cases where this happened. The 1st, Novak v. Parma, is pending before #SCOTUS. There, police arrested Anthony after he parodied them on Facebook. This Friday (2/17), the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear the case.…
3/3 @IJ is also litigating Bailey v. Iles, where cops raided and arrested Waylon Bailey for making a Zombie joke (with the hashtag #WeNeedYouBradPitt). That one's in the 5th Cir. If you care about the #FirstAmendment, we need to #EndQualifiedImmunity.…
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My contrarian ass when Canadians conservatives start talking about defending first amendment rights. #trudeau #firstamendment #PierrePoilievre #Conservatives Image
To be clear this is a joke. I have no issue with Manitobans, some of whom are decent people.
I mean, I assume. Statistically speaking there should be a bunch.
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A case in Texas, Webb county centered, that Texans should pay attention to. Qualified Immunity is head butting 1st Adm protections.

#FirstAmendment v
Appeals court to decide if First Amendment should have protected Laredo’s “big crazy lady” from arrest

Priscilla Villarreal was arrested over her Facebook postings. In a rare proceeding, the entire 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will weigh whether
she can sue, a case that could have major ramifications for citizen journalists like her -- and professional ones.
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No matter how hard conservative culture-war cannon-fodder love big business, it will never love them back. Take network policy, where rural turkeys in Red State America keep on voting for Christmas, then profess outrage when Old Farmer Comcast gets to sharpening his ax. 1/ A hunter in camo firing a rifle whose barrel has been bent b
If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:… 2/
For two years, the @FCC has been hamstrung because MAGA Senators refuse to confirm @gigibsohn, leaving the Commission with only four commissioners. What do the GOP have against Sohn? 3/
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Just a reminder that the Supreme Court itself said that this impersonation/parody is covered by free speech. Image
'Parodies of public figures which could not reasonably be taken as true are protected against civil liability by the #FirstAmendment, even if intended to cause emotional distress."

- SCOTUS holding about fake ad that said Falwell lost his virginity to his mom

@elonmusk Image
And that "reasonably" is key. It means that the bar is exceptionally high, even for CIVIL suits (forget criminal) against someone "impersonating" someone for parody reasons. No matter how convincing it seems to the plaintiff.
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