How Donald Trump and his allies drained the stigma from society's worst transgressions. by Josephine Livingstone New Republic edited by O Society June 29, 2019 https://youtu.be/4RgQ-JDiOic In 1988, a German journalist for the left-wing paper Die Tageszeitung (a.k.a. Taz) described a busy discotheque as “gaskammervoll,” meaning that it was as packed as a gas chamber (literally, “gas-chamberful”). … Continue reading The Death of Taboo
I believe in Freedom of Religion as defined by the First Amendment to our United States Constitution. This includes both the right to practice religion and the right to apostasy. by Jill Richardson CounterPunch edited by O Society May 14, 2019 A bill in Texas would allow professionals of all kinds — doctors, pharmacists, electricians — to deny … Continue reading You Don’t Get to Discriminate Just Because You’re Religious: Conservative Moral Hierarchy
Over and over I see people asking the question of what a journalist is, then attempting to define it for us. Don't do it. Please. Haven't we learned anything? by O Society April 15, 2019 Over and over the case is made: either Julian Assange is a journalist or else he's an "activist" or an … Continue reading What is a Journalist?
by Chris Hedges Truthdig Nov 12, 2018 Julian Assange’s sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of … Continue reading Crucifying Julian Assange
Editor's note: If they can get custody of Julian Assange, the US intelligence agencies - CIA, NSA, FBI - will put him naked in a cage and they will torture him. He may be taken to Guantanamo Bay or a black torture site in a foreign land. Gina Haspel knows the drill. Not only to … Continue reading The United States Probably Will Put Assange in Chains and Torture Him If It Can
by JANINE JACKSON FAIR Oct 24, 2018 (audio at link) Janine Jackson interviewed Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about Trump’s new anti-protest rules for the October 19, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Janine Jackson: What is clear is that the Trump White House wants what it wants, decades of carefully forged law and tradition be … Continue reading They’re Going to Pen You In and Charge You for It
Admidst all the day's flag waving and demonstrations of love for the Deep State and loyalty to the First Amendment's protection for Freedom of the Press, noticeably absent are at least three issues: One is journalists willing to stand up for Jullian Assange. Where are they? Anybody want to say why it is OK for RT … Continue reading Big Brother is Here to Make Sure You Don’t Read Things Which May Hurt You