Managing Editor Jimmy Soni appeared on CNN Friday to explain The Huffington Post's latest effort to fight trolls: as of next month, commenters won't be allowed to post anonymously on the site.
"We're looking to promote civil discourse on our site," Soni said. "We want to do what we've always done: promote a positive, healthy community at our global news website."
"We feel like it reflects the maturing internet and our maturing website," he added.
During a speech
at George Washington University by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in which she condemned governments that arrest protesters
and don’t allow free speech
, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern
was arrested and beaten by security for standing silently with his back turned during her remarks.
New Jersey high school student Matthew LaClair has been at the center of controversy
before, challenging his U.S. History teacher for proselytizing in class. He's in the news again, bringing attention to conservative bias
in his American history textbook. [more inside]
A very big day for the Supreme Court. In Morse v. Fredrick
, the Court ruled that a school could suspend a child for holding up a "Bong HiTs for Jesus" banner. (Previous post here
). In Hein v. Freedom from Religion
, the Court held that taxpayers lacked standing to challenged Faith Based Initiatives (previous discussions
). In Wilke v. Robbins
, the Court held that land owners do not have Bivens claims if the federal government harasses landowners for easements. In FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life
, the Court held that the portion of the campaign finance law which had blackout periods before elections on issue advocacy advertising was an unconstitutional restriction of speech (other
). This Thursday, the Justices will deliver their last opinions of the term, including a death penalty case
and the school assignment cases
. (Opinions are .pdfs)
In Soviet Russia, Flag Flies You! [Google Cache]
Just as in election years past, the American flag has once again become a political football
. Apparently, flying the flag upside down, a traditional indication of "distress" - (Section 8a. "The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property") - has displeased some patriots
as well. Fortunately, the Marines are there [Google cache
]... [via digg
][Original digg-effected link here
“Judges are humans,” he said. “They’re not going to have any sympathy for this guy.”
Some talk about free speech recently got me to thinking about what’s-his-name
and some brothers
who are doing something about it. (I always thought God
was a biker
. I mean, check out the beard
Cyber gripers arise!
In response to the trend of big corporations successfully taking 'sucks' domains away from the owners (vivendiuniversalsucks.com is an example in the article), the Free Speech Center
will be offering 'sucks' domains for free for the taking (and presumably first amendment/article 19 exercising).