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  1. Ram23


    My comment was informed, I was referencing this recent executive order on the topic while drawing my conclusion. Specifically Section 2: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-preventing-online-censorship/ I didn't answer your question about Parler because I have no idea what it is. I wouldn't want to upset you by speaking without learning about it first. Perhaps, some day, I will have time to do so.
  2. Ram23


    Now you're touching on the platform vs. publisher debate. If they're censoring certain political speech on their websites under the guise of free speech, they aren't running "platforms," they're publishing content because they're choosing what gets put onto the site and what doesn't. They certainly can do that, but they need to assume all the legal liabilities that publishers have. If they want to own platforms, said platforms must transmit all speech regardless of content. Hopefully Trump is able to get this sorted out in his next term - the current House makeup likely wouldn't allow it because too many Democrats are anti-free speech at the moment.
  3. Ram23


    That's an aside - the discussion isn't about the laws protecting free speech, it's about the principle (your word) of free speech. If you truly believe in the principle, the idea itself, you'd object to all affronts to free speech, not just government ones. To put it another way - can digital communications platforms censor political speech they don't like from their websites? Sure they can. Should they? If you believe in free speech, the answer is a resounding "no." If you say "yes," then you don't really care about free speech.
  4. ^ Those officers were lucky to get through that alive. Protestors in Utah shot a driver whose car they had surrounded on Monday evening: Luckily, the driver was able to make it to a hospital and is recovering: Provo police looking for suspect who shot man during Monday night protest https://www.abc4.com/news/top-stories/provo-police-looking-for-suspect-who-shot-man-during-monday-night-protest/ Numerous witnesses provided video footage of a white SUV that was driving south on University Avenue before pulling into the right turn lane in an attempt to turn onto Center Street. Several protestors began crowding around the vehicle when a male protestor ran to the SVU on the passenger side, pointed a handgun at driver and shot one round through the window. The driver, who was struck by the bullet, hit the gas trying to leave the situation when the same protestor ran after the vehicle and shot a second-round that went through the rear passenger window. The video then shows that the protestor conceals the firearm and continues to protest.
  5. I've walked across that sidewalk before and it can be nerve-racking. It's pretty narrow, so truck/bus mirrors are mere inches from you, and everyone seems to be doing 20+ MPH over the speed limit at all times. Also note that it dumps you into a stairway on the west side of the bridge.
  6. Ram23


    The statement I bolded is incredibly ironic. If our society really held free speech as a principle, we wouldn't sit idly by (or even cheer from the sidelines) while a handful of corporations that control the bulk of modern speech squash ideas they don't like. It's quite literally the exact opposite of free speech. The far left seems to view free speech as simply speech being protected from the government. They view it as a regulation they should try their best to skirt, they do not view it as a greater concept or principle. This is evidenced by the fact that every step corporate media takes to silence right-wing political views from the internet is met with great joy and excitement. The opposite would be true if folks actually cared about free speech. This really is a shame, because I've always felt it is one of the most fundamental of human rights. As we progress through the 21st century, it's becoming clear that the biggest threat to this fundamental human right is no longer the government (whom the Constitution has done a great job of protecting us from), it's corporate media, specifically those who control digital communications.
  7. I find it particularly concerning that folks aren't wearing masks in densely populated urban areas. In rural and even suburban areas, maintaining social distance in public is significantly easier than in urban areas, so the need for a mask is lower. You can't social distance at the urban-format grocery I use and you certainly can't social distance on a bus. Yet masks are virtually non-existent where I live and have been from day 1. If the media's polls indicate anything, it's either how willing people are to lie to a pollster, or how poorly representative sample sizes are of the general public (or both).
  8. You quoted the point that already addressed the point raised in your response. If that really only took you 20 seconds, you wasted those 20 seconds. It must be an amazing coincidence that downtown Cincinnati and the surrounding neighborhoods are home to the entirety of the 4% of liberals who don't wear masks. That, or this poll of yours massively under-represents young people and black people in urban areas.
  9. Ram23

    Gun Rights

    If you needed any more reasons to own weapons for self defense, here's another. This will be especially true if police departments are defunded: St. Louis couple draws firearms on protesters outside their home https://apnews.com/def4fbb664edeac24746cc7af0c5c555 Mark McCloskey, 63, told a TV station that he and wife, Patricia, both personal injury lawyers, were facing an “angry mob” on their private street and feared for their lives Sunday night. No charges were brought against them. Police said they were still investigating but labeled it a case of trespassing and assault by intimidation against the couple by protesters in the racially diverse crowd. ... Mark McCloskey told KMOV-TV that a mob rushed toward the home as the family was having dinner and “put us in fear of our lives.” “This is all private property. There are no public sidewalks or public streets. We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob,” McCloskey said.
  10. I saw ~5 people in the grocery store this weekend wearing a mask, and I live in the most densely populated, liberal areas in Cincinnati. While a few very vocal objections have come from the right-wing, I don't think number of people wearing masks during their daily routines is really split along party lines, at all. In my anecdotal experiences, it's been the opposite of what is implied in the media. Like many issues, the 1% yelling and screaming about something don't represent anything beyond their own interests. It seems to me that mask-wearing is a hyper-localized behavior. If you're at the store and 90% of people have a mask on, the pressure is strong enough that you'll probably do it too. If you go to the store and only see a few oddballs like me wearing a mask, you won't bother.
  11. Florida is a tourist destination. Lots of people from all over the country, and elsewhere, travel to Florida and each infected person brings a slightly different mutation of the virus. It also has a large elderly population. It's a perfect recipe for a widescale outbreak.
  12. Ram23

    Cornhole: The Movie

    These would look great in your back yard. Just over $1000: https://kaypark.com/product/bag-toss-corn-hole-game-one-pair/
  13. The combo of low interest rates and very few listings this spring has made for some wild pricing in the housing market. There have been a few sales on our street in the past month or two and they appear to have all gone for well over $300,000. One was listed for $389k and sold for $415k. The other two haven't posted yet but were listed for $349k.
  14. It could also lead to a huge landslide loss for Biden, when his running mate inevitably drops out of the campaign after a couple weeks because he wouldn't stop sniffing her hair on the campaign bus.
  15. ^ The fact that there's any pressure whatsoever for Biden to choose a running mate based upon skin color or sex is a perfect example of one of the Democratic Party's major faults. It's identity politics run amok. Promising to pick a woman was a dumb and desperate move that he should have never made. He essentially eliminated half of the candidates solely based upon their sex. In hiring practices, that isn't even legal. But for picking a vice president? It's not only perfectly fine, it's apparently commendable.
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