Who is to blame? Misunderstanding news

By Nathan Barton

According to an article in Raw Story, a Pew Research Center survey has found that many Americans grapple with recognizing facts in news stories.

My heart bleeds for them.  And for the Fifty States. Here is FND’s synopsis:

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Copyright trolls and government albatrosses

By Nathan Barton

Government, and government  monopolies, are bad enough. Especially things like the Post Office (USPS).  The “justice system” (the Nazgul) is yet another perfect example of such. Government abuse of the court system is sickening.

But bad as government is, some private persons and organizations are as bad or worse.  Especially those that use government for their own ends.

Consider patent and copyright trolls. There is Disney and other media outfits, who bash and harass and steal, using government.  There is that café or convenience store chain that attacks businesses for using the same logo colors and shapes as theirs (“Buc-ee’s“).

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A “Reason”able accomodation?

By Nathan Barton

Reason Magazine recently told the story of the tiny Liberty County (Texas) Vindicator’s fight with Facebook. In short, the Vindicator was not able to publish part of its serialization of the Declaration of Independence because a Facebook robot declared something (probably the 31st article against King George) a violation of their policy against hate speech and racism.

Read it for yourself in any honest copy of that Declaration:

“… the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.”

The article at Reason Magazine brands this as racist and hate speech, but protected because it is part of a historical document.  So it needs to be allowed, but explained.
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I call foul.

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Should???

By Nathan Barton

I found this great graphic on-line and get to share it.  No idea who did it, but many thanks. (If someone knows, please let me know so I can give proper credit.)

The guy’s answer of “Nope” is the right one for 99.99% of the questions that the majority of people in the Fifty States will pose.

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Courage – part 2

By Nathan Barton

Courage, as discussed earlier, is a virtue.  It is also a requirement for many occupations.

“First responders” is a fairly new label, referring to firefighters, emergency medical technicians/paramedics, and law-enforcement officers.  That is, those persons (usually government employees) who are the first to respond to an accident, illness, disaster, or crime, including attacks.  Most often, it refers to law enforcement: police officers.

They have been elevated, in the public eye, to be the equivalent of military (defense) forces  We are constantly urged to thank them for their service, and to honor them in various ways, including discounts at local convenience stores and the like.

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Courage – part 1

By Nathan Barton

As we here in the Fifty States celebrate the 242nd anniversary (official, at least) of the independence of the United States of America from the Kingdom of Great Britain, let us meditate on the courage of the Founding Fathers.

In that hot, sticky July of 1776 there in Philadelphia, there was little if any certainty of success in their secession from the empire. Indeed, despite the fact that the thirteen new nations were “hanging together,” they still might very likely hang separately.  Especially the fifty-some men in that Congress who voted on this difficult resolution.

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Happy Independence Day

By Nathan Barton

Today is the 2nd of July.  242 years ago, in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence.

Even the FedGov recognizes that today is the REAL Independence Day, as can be seen in this article from 2005.  Not that the truth matters to the FedGov.

In that vote, Congress voted to SECEDE from the British empire.  To sever their political (and other) ties with the Kingdom of Great Britain. (It would not become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until 1800.) It would take another seven years of war to secure that independence, to gain that freedom. (And then just a few short years to give up most of it by ratifying the Constitution of 1787 (actually taking effect in 1789).

So Happy Independence Day! Let us look forward to a new birth of liberty in the near future.

 

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