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Hypocrisy in the USA

Less than 12 hours after opening, the Obama administration’s “virtual embassy” in Iran was blocked by Tehran’s digital gatekeepers on Wednesday. [...] White House spokesman Jay Carney condemned the blockage in a statement Wednesday evening, saying the Iranian government had “again demonstrated its commitment to build an electronic curtain of surveillance and censorship around its people.”

Unfortunately, he was a terrible hypocrite who, if there was any justice, would have seen his tongue fall out of his mouth.

Even the U.N. says W.T.F. to the U.S.A.

The United Nations envoy for freedom of expression is drafting an official communication to the U.S. government demanding to know why federal officials are not protecting the rights of Occupy demonstrators whose protests are being disbanded -- sometimes violently -- by local authorities.

Facebook doesn't want you to know why Jeanne Mansfield was Maced at the Wall Street Protests

I posted the Boston Review story Why I Was Maced at the Wall Street Protests by Jeanne Mansfield to my Facebook wall, and it faithfully appeared ("via Links") on my wall. When my friends saw the update, however, they did not get the link. So I posted it again, and the same thing happened. And I posted the URL in a comment, and the comment disappeared. So then I posted the URL with spaces in it in another comment, and the comment did not disappear. Facebook is deliberately filtering comments containing the URL for the story.

Bully for You

While browsing the ol' dot I saw a link to an article in the beeb about the Rockstar game Bully in which a spokesman from Beat Bullying, a british "anti-bullying" charity was reported as saying something that I personally found both offensive and downright stupid. This prompted me to write the following letter to info@beatbullying.org:

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