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Sat, 26 Aug 2017

Free Speech

There is some good commentary on free speech and protest rights lately in the gopher-verse [0][1][2][3][4][5]. I thought I'd add some comments on the matter.

While I broadly support the right of a private company to refuse to host hate speech, I would be careful. In some cases, these companies are so large, there are few alternatives. At what point does such a company become an essential public service? Cloudflare handles 10% of global internet traffic, and they recently terminated the Daily Stormer's account. The Cloudflare CEO was conflicted about the decision and raised some good points in a blog post [6].

read more after the break...

posted at: 08:36 | path: / | permalink | 1st-ammendment, free-speech, usa

Tue, 15 Aug 2017

Thoughts on Terror and Trump

Tomasino writes on his phlog about the recent terror attack in Virginia [0][1]. I have the same visceral reaction to these events, and I'm saddened to see hatred for race or political beliefs reach such a point that someone feels they have to kill for it.

But I'd like to talk about a more serious issue that has been facing the US since the 1970s, one that has arguably killed more Americans than domestic terror attacks.

First, let me say that we did not leave the US for political reasons, nor was Trump even a serious contender for the white house when we started planning our move to Canada [2][3]. But every day I am grateful we made the move when we did. I consider myself lucky to have been Canadian by accident of birth - if that had not been true, we also would be stuck in the US. We would still be contending with skyrocketing insurance premiums and college tuitions. Tuitions loading college graduates down with massive debt.

read more after the break...

posted at: 10:11 | path: / | permalink | capitalism, politics, terrorism, trump