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So how many more votes does this give Obama? http://bit.ly/y0ao2G
In the middle of a national election year, the rethuglicans smack one of the largest demographics in the nation right in the face. There's going to be a lot of soul searching after they lose this one.
http://bit.ly/xbBHAkIn the middle of a national election year, the rethuglicans smack one of the largest... more
He's taking a risk with Santorum breathing down his neck, but he knows he can't win the general as a conservative and trying to parallel Santorum's "crazy" will paint him so far to the right, that he'd be useless as a candidate. I also think the rethuglicans are going to rig primaries to his benefit.
http://bit.ly/yeydeAHe's taking a risk with Santorum breathing down his neck, but he knows he... more
Somewhat to my surprise, the Wall Street Journal didn't merely report that "Donald Trump wants a say in who gets the nomination, so he's hosting a presidential debate, holding out the prospect of his endorsement and threatening an independent run" (i.e., behaving like a kingmaker who expects to be honored and courted by the rival candidates); it even quoted candidate Jon Huntsman's remarkably lewd comment about why he's not going to attend the Trump "debate": Huntsman said, "I'm not going to kiss his ring, and I'm not going to kiss any other part of his anatomy."
That vivid and rather gross remark reminded me of how right my extremely cool son Calvin is about the word he wants to see win the American Dialect Society's Word of the Year contest. I had been talking to Calvin one day about the ghastly crew of obnoxious multi-millionaires who dominate the newspapers, and how they keep threatening to achieve success even in the political arena. Calvin pointed out to me both that we need a new political term for the concept of being ruled by such men, and that there already is such a term. We are living, he observed, in the age of the assholocracy.
He's right, you know. This relatively new word is really useful. Even if we ignore the whole scandal of modern banking, and the rigged election in Russia, and all the scandals in Italy (by the man who The Economist dubbed "the man who screwed a whole country"), and all the disgusting behavior and political clout of of the Murdoch press empire, there is so much else. The contest for the Republican presidential nomination illustrates as well as any other arena.
Donald Trump is famous here in Scotland. Famous for his cruel treatment of the ordinary people he has tried hard to oust from their homes so he can get control of their land, which adjoins the golf resort he is trying to build north of Aberdeen. (There is an excellent documentary on his unpleasant dealings: You've Been Trumped. The capacity crowd in Edinburgh the night I saw it broke into applause, and it was not for the Donald.) To see Trump trying to play a decisive role in choosing the next Republican presidential candidate even as he threatens to split their vote by running against them as an independent really interests us over here. It should be even more interesting to those of you who are on the left hand side of the Atlantic.
The thought of Trump having political power and influence convinces me that assholocracy is going to get my vote at the American Dialect Society's voting session. It's not just to make sure we don't find some stupid compositional phrase winning (I shudder at the thought of having to battle against my good friend Ben Zimmer over such a thing, but you can already see the way he's leaning on the phrase issue), no; it's because assholocracy is a terse and valuable addition to the vocabulary.
The whole Arab Spring has been a process of bringing down assholocracies. Italy suffered under one until recently. Russia and Syria are now protesting against their own crooked assholocracies, and the only reason North Korea and Zimbabwe don't do the same is that they daren't, they could be killed. We in the West are going to need a term for being ruled by assholocrats, because they continue to threaten to exercise power over huge parts of the earth's population even if not (yet) over us.
Assholocracy needs more Google hits, though; it's a rare word thus far (105 Ghits as of right now, combining the correct spelling assholocracy and the variant spelling assholeocracy). Rare words don't win. There are several weeks to go before the ADS vote. Those of you with blogs, use the word, visibly and often. Let's get to work and make sure we at least have the appropriate vocabulary items for dealing with the situation should it arise.
Think about the phrase "President Trump". Or even just "presidential candidate hand-picked and endorsed by Trump". Doesn't it chill you to the bone? Can ridicule by Doonesbury get rid of him? You'd better be very sure. So get out there and prepare the lexicographical ground. With words, we can win. Without the words, we don't have the concepts: just as the Eskimos have many apposite words for . . . no, never mind that; bad example. Just push the word assholocracy wherever you have influence is what I'm saying.
Update, midnight EST, 13 December: The raw Google hits (Ghits) for the two spellings combined went up from 105 to 142 during the evening. That's over 35 percent. We can win this thing.
Update, 8 a.m. EST, 14 December: The combined count is now up to 421. (Of those, 374 are the pseudo-Greek spelling that I prefer, without the e. But spelling doesn't matter too much here; there are other words that are sometimes spelled with a medial e and sometimes without: judg[e]ment is an example.) The Ghits have quadrupled since yesterday.
Update, 1 p.m. EST, 16 December: The spelling assholocracy alone now gets 7,950 Ghits. Language Log (for that is surely the mighty force behind this trend) has increased the web appearances of the word by two orders of magnitude (roughly multiplying them by 100).
[Comments are closed because now is not the time for comments: now is the time for action.]
December 13, 2011 @ 5:31 pm · Filed by Geoffrey K. Pullum under Language and politics, Words words words
http://figrd.blogspot.comSomewhat to my surprise, the Wall Street Journal didn't merely report that... more
It has to be a trick. They want to give Cain the nomination, in the hope that the left will get complacent next Fall and throw the election to Cain.
BwaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!!!!!!!BwaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!!!!!!! It has to be a trick. They want to give Cain the... more
Here's the latest update in smaller less intrusive government from a rethuglican dominated state.
How is this even enforceable? If you want to buy my snow blower and give me cash, whose going to know? Are they really going to track every private sale in the state? They have a republican governor and a republican majority in the legislature. Republicans are supposed to be for smaller government. You can't enforce this without a massive growth of government. Somehow, I think this will be amended so much that it will be irrelevant.Here's the latest update in smaller less intrusive government from a rethuglican... more
Editor's note: Randall L. Kennedy is an author and the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard University. He focuses his research on the intersection of racial conflict and legal institutions in American life.
(CNN) -- Herman Cain claims that brainwashing explains why so few blacks support conservative Republicans such as himself. He is wrong. The thinking, sentiments, and policy preferences he supports give good cause for rejecting him.
In his new campaign manifesto, "This is Herman Cain: My Journey to the White House," the candidate states repeatedly and without qualification that "Our Founding Fathers did their job ... a great job." He makes no mention of the blacks who fled George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson during the Revolutionary War in search of their freedom, or the Constitution's protection of slavery, or that the initial Constitution forbade Congress from prohibiting American participation in the international slave trade for 20 years and indeed made that provision unamendable.
Cain evinces no recognition of the Founding Fathers' role in erecting a cruel pigmentocracy that continues to poison virtually every aspect of American political, social and cultural life. This is not an abstruse or academic matter. The president nominates federal judges. An important theory of constitutional interpretation vying for ascendancy is originalism: the notion that the Constitution should be read as originally understood by its framers. Justice Clarence Thomas is the most militant originalist on the Supreme Court. A President Cain would seek to fill the federal judiciary with more Clarence Thomases -- a prospect that most blacks rightly view with dread.
Asked about his impressions of the Occupy Wall Street dissidents, Cain declared: "Don't blame the big banks. If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself " -- a statement that overlooks the desperation with which millions, a disproportionate number of whom are black, strive to stave off impoverishment and unemployment. Later, when Cain perceived the impolitic character of his comment, he tried to minimize it, asserting that he was only referring to the protesters and not to the impoverished or unemployed in general. That attempt at damage control rings false, however, especially in light of his further comment: "It is not a person's fault if they succeeded, it is a person's fault if they failed."
Largely located on the lower rungs of the American socioeconomic ladder, most black Americans appreciate sources of opportunity and power that Cain despises: unions, governmental support for the needy, a robust, government-supported full-employment policy, the public provision of health care. His worry, remarkably, is that America is too egalitarian. His signature policy -- the 9-9-9 tax reform proposal -- would institute a regressive consumption tax nationally and starve Social Security and Medicare. It would redistribute income upward. No wonder blacks overwhelmingly repudiate him and his tea party allies.
Cain also recently declared: "I don't believe racism in this country today holds anybody back in a big way." If there were any doubts before that he was bereft of the knowledge and sensibility required of a significant political figure, much less president, then this egregious statement should remove them.
A library full of careful, rigorous studies shows clearly that invidious racial discrimination and, perhaps even more consequentially, the perpetuation of disabilities inflicted by racial mistreatment in the past hurt blacks and other people of color in a broad array of domains: from commercial transactions like buying a car or purchasing a home, to dealing with police, to electoral politics, to wellness and life expectancy.
Race still matters. Not only are people of color discriminated against with frequency. Not only are the accumulated burdens of past discrimination permitted to prey upon new generations even in the absence of racial malevolence (complacency is deadly too). But studies also show that the darker you are, the more likely you are to face wrongful indifference or cruel mistreatment. (Take a peek at the illuminating article by Jennifer Hochschild and Vesla Weaver, "The Skin Color Paradox and the American Racial Order," in the December 2007 edition of Social Forces.)
Of course, there has been remarkable, positive change in American racial attitudes. But recall the miserable baseline against which we mark that progress. In 1958, the Gallup Organization asked whether Americans would be willing to vote for a qualified black presidential candidate nominated by their own party. Three in five white Americans answered "no."
The election of Barack Obama is a vivid illustration of the extent to which racial attitudes have evolved. But neither Obama's residency in the White House, nor Herman Cain's current surge, nor the emergence of an African-American affluent class negates the fact that fresh racism and the unhealed wounds of racial injuries inflicted in the past give rise to conditions, observable everywhere, that dishonor the best of American ideals. It is because of Herman Cain's denial of these realities that most blacks will continue, understandably, to view him as unfit for high political office.Editor's note: Randall L. Kennedy is an author and the Michael R. Klein Professor... more
Here we go again folks:
WASHINGTON — US lawmakers said Tuesday a new budget stalemate over funding for disaster relief could lead to a government shutdown if an agreement is not reached by the end of the fiscal year September 30.
The latest bone of contention comes over aid for recovery for states hit by Hurricane Irene and subsequent flooding.
Republicans have said any new relief funds should be offset by cuts in other services, and also want some of the funds to be put into the 2012 fiscal year which begins October 1.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, said he was not persuaded by comments from some Republicans that they would avert a shutdown, saying the Republican-led House of Representatives may take a hard line.
"I'm not that sure (that a shutdown will be averted), because the Tea Party-driven House of Representatives has been so unreasonable in the past, I don't know why they should suddenly be reasonable," Reid said.
The Senate has approved the release of $6.9 billion for disaster relief included in the budgets for fiscal 2011 and 2012.
But in the House, the Republican leadership is working toward approval of $1 billion for the current year and $2.6 billion for fiscal 2012.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the Senate leadership is the cause of the stalemate.
"There is nothing but politics involved if Harry Reid wants to go and play these games," Cantor said. "We are delivering the monies that are needed. We are twice what is requested from the emergency standpoint." He noted that President Barack Obama has requested $500 million in emergency funds.
Cantor said that if the government is forced to curtail services, "it will be on Leader Reid's shoulders, because he's the one playing politics with it. No one wants to stand in the way of disaster relief monies that are needed."
Reid said lawmakers should keep working to avert a shutdown despite a planned recess next week.
"We are not going to back down. Remember, the government doesn't shut down on Thursday or Friday," he said.
"If they want to stay into next week, that's fine. We can do that. Next week, we can work all next week. Government doesn't shut down until -- I think it's a week from Saturday."
The latest stalemate comes just weeks after a bruising political debate over budget cuts and the raising of the US debt ceiling, with a shutdown narrowly averted after the White House and lawmakers agreed to create a "supercommittee" to examine deep cuts.Here we go again folks: WASHINGTON — US lawmakers said Tuesday a new budget... more
Sorry folks for posting this story about the half term governor, but I found this one interesting. I promise to _never_ post a Sarah Palin story again.Sorry folks for posting this story about the half term governor, but I found this one... more
This is where they are now. I hope her constituents remember this next year.
Posted on Aug 29, 2011
Illustration by Mr. Fish
By Chris Hedges
We have begun the election march of the trolls. They have crawled out of the sewers of public relations firms, polling organizations, the commercial media, the two corporate political parties and elected office to fill the airwaves with inanities and absurdities until the final inanity—the 2012 presidential election. Journalists, whose role has been reduced to purveyors of court gossip, whether on Fox or MSNBC, descend in swarms to report pseudo-events such as the Ames straw poll, where it costs $30 to cast a ballot. And then, almost immediately, they blithely inform us that the Iowa poll is meaningless now that Rick Perry has entered the race. The liberal trolls, as they do in every election cycle, are beating their little chests about the perfidiousness of the Democratic Party and Barack Obama. It is a gesture performed not to effect change but to burnish their credentials as moralists. They know, as do we, that they will trot obediently into the voting booth in 2012 to do as they are told. And everywhere the pulse of the nation is being assiduously monitored through polls and focus groups, not because our opinions matter, but because our troll candidates understand that by parroting back to us our own viewpoints they can continue to spend their days lapping up corporate money with other trolls in the two houses of Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court and television studios where they chat with troll celebrity journalists.
The only commodity the troll state offers is fear. The corporate trolls, such as the Koch brothers, terrify the birthers, creationists, militia lovers, tea party militants, right-to-life advocates, Christian fascists and God-fearing red-white-and-blue patriots by proclaiming that unless they vote for Perry or Mitt Romney or Michele Bachmann or some other product of the lunatic fringe of our political establishment, the American family will be destroyed, our children will be corrupted and the country will turn socialist. Barack Obama, who they whisper is a closet Muslim, will take away their guns, raise their taxes and bring homosexual couples into kindergartens.
For those, usually liberals, still rooted in a reality-based world, one that believes in evolutionary science, the corporate trolls offer a more refined, fear-based message of impending doom: If you abandon the Democrats we will be governed by Bible-thumping idiots who will make us chant the Pledge of Allegiance in mass rallies and teach the account of Genesis as historical and biological fact in our nation’s schools.
And underneath it all runs the mantra chanted in unison by all the trolls—terror, terror, terror. The troll establishment spins us like windup dolls and laughs all the way to the bank. What idiots, they think. And every election cycle we prove them right.
“The only people who grasp the distinction between reality and appearance, who grasp the laws of conduct and society, are the ruling groups and those who do their bidding; scientific, technical elites who elucidate the laws of behavior and the functions of society so that people might be more effectively, albeit unconsciously, governed,” wrote James W. Carey in “Communication as Culture.”
The trolls dominate or have neutralized every major institution in the country on behalf of their corporate paymasters. The press, education, Wall Street, labor and our political parties are managed by trolls or have been destroyed by them. Sometimes these trolls speak like liberals. Sometimes they speak like conservatives. Sometimes they are secular. Sometimes they are Christians. But the language they use is a cover for the relentless march toward a totalitarian capitalism and a kingdom where the trolls, if not the rest of us, live happily ever after. Rick Perry and John Boehner overtly make war on Social Security. Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi say they would like to save Social Security but are sadly powerless before the decisions of a congressional super committee they helped form. The result, of course, is the same. We get to choose the rhetoric and manner in which we are deceived and disempowered. Nothing more. (more at link )Posted on Aug 29, 2011 Illustration by Mr. Fish By Chris Hedges We have begun... more
The War Nerd Vs. Darrell Issa’s Goldman Sachs Staffer:A Brief History Of Hungarian Fascism Made Simple For Lying Scum - By Gary Brecher - The eXiledThe War Nerd Vs. Darrell Issa’s Goldman Sachs Staffer: A Brief History Of Hungarian Fascism Made Simple For Lying Scum
By Gary Brecher
A funny thing happened while a GOP congressional staff weasel was doing his job last week. He actually tried to use European military history to justify one of his little twists. And when I say “funny,” I mean hilarious. This guy was counting on Americans’ total, absolute ignorance of everything that happened in Europe before 1945 beyond the fact that the Nazis were bad people. That’s not a bad bet, most of the time, but this time, this particular weasel just went a lie or two too far.
The weasel in question is named—oh, but that’s the problem right there: What exactly IS this weasel’s name? Well, it used to be “Peter Simonyi.” Nice Hungarian-American name, you’d think. Nothing wrong with that. But this guy, to use the old punchline, had been getting it all dirty, doing what weasels do: Skulking around K Street moving from regulatory agencies like the SEC to bloodsucking financial giants like Goldman Sachs and back to government by landing a job with Darrell Issa, the new GOP hetman of the Congressional unit in charge of corporate crime.
Would You Buy A Hot Car from This Man?
Before Issa took the job, this group was in charge of cracking down on that sort of crime. Officially, at least. Since Issa took over, they’ve dropped the whole front, and made it official that they see themselves as facilitators for the billionaires. I’m not saying Issa’s a lifelong hood who graduated from Grand Theft Auto to locksmithing, a totally classic crime bio, then hit it big and became a rightwing thug on a whole new level. I’m not saying he even stole his Army buddy’s car, then ditched it on the freeway when he felt the heat. But then I’m not not saying it either.
Naturally, a sleaze like Issa wanted a guy like Peter Simonyi on his new crime-helping team in Congress. And little Peter wanted to be a part, a small, humble, part, of that great big racket, by helping Issa write bloodsucker-friendly legislation.
There was just one problem: It didn’t look squeaky-clean for the same Peter Simonyi who used to turn the thumbscrews for Goldman Sachs to be joining the Congressional staff who were supposed to be fighting corporate cartels.
But like Shakespeare or somebody said, what’s in a name? Money, Peter figured, easy money—but only if he came up with a new one that he hadn’t messed up yet. So just like that, Peter Simonyi officially changed his name to “Peter Haller.” But it was his tear-jerker of an explanation that really had me in the aisles.
See, this reporter Lee Fang at ThinkProgress tracked down Simonyi/Haller’s bio—the whole crawl of shame between lobbyists, congress and bloodsucking finance companies—and sweated him about why he needed an alias. And who was more entitled to ask than a guy with a standout name like “Lee Fang,” anyway? Stonewall Jackson would’ve been proud to have that for a nickname. I bet there’s a neo-Confederate bio of Jackson out with a name like that: “Stonewall Jackson: Lee’s Fang.”
Here’s what Simonyi/Haller said when they pressed him on the name change:
“My mother, whose maiden name is Theodora Maria Theresia haller-koi gr Haller (in the U.S., Dora Haller), married Imre Gabor Simonyi and took his name. Her father Alfred haller-koi gr Haller was killed in Budapest in 1944 by fascists as he attempted to prevent children from being conscripted into the military. Prior to his return to Hungary in 1944, he served under Regent Miklos Horthy, as a Hungarian diplomat stationed in England supporting the British in opposition to Germany. His last request was that if Theodora marries, her husband and children would carry on the Haller name.”
There are a lot of funny bits in that little one-paragraph melodrama Peter wrote, but the funniest of all is this line: “…He served under Regent Miklos Horthy, as a Hungarian diplomat stationed in England supporting the British in opposition to Germany.” That is what is technically called a flat-out lie. One thing you can tell about Peter from this story: He thinks Americans don’t know a thing about European history. And he’s probably right, since a lot of the reader comments to this big lie called it “a touching family story.” Whoo-ee! It’s a story, all right. About as accurate as Rambo’s version of Nam.
Miklos Horthy was “Regent” of Hungary from 1919 to 1944. If he was “supporting the British,” it was a well-kept secret. If only Hitler had known that about his pal Miklos, he might not have posed with him in quite as many photo ops, where you can see the Fuhrer and the Regent shaking hands, strolling together, taking a little ride in a convertible together, just generally lovin’ up a storm, as Jerry Lee would say. (much more of this at link)The War Nerd Vs. Darrell Issa’s Goldman Sachs Staffer: A Brief History Of... more
By John Stevens at mailonline
(Yea, i took some liberties with the title but the other was long and boring and this one rolls off the tongue pun intended) smut-king perry the religious fanatic geez its getting deep in Texas)
Rick Perry comes under fire for investment in America's largest pornography distributor
Leading Republican contender and prominent Christian candidate Rick Perry has been accused of hypocrisy after it was revealed that he invested thousands of dollars in the country's largest pornography distributor.
Just a week after he launched his presidential campaign, the Texas governor has come under fire for his investment in Movie Gallery, a company that rented pornographic movies.
In 1995, while serving as Texas' agriculture commissioner, financial disclosures reveal that Mr Perry bought between $5,000 and $10,000 worth of the company's stock.
Under fire: Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry, pictured today, has been criticized for his investment in America's largest pornography distributor
Under fire: Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry, pictured today, has been criticized for his investment in America's largest pornography distributor
The revelation is particularly embarrassing for the Republican candidate as the company was boycotted by the American Family Association, which hosted Mr Perry's high-profile prayer rally in Houston a week before he kicked off his campaign.
In potentially even more damaging allegations, Mr Perry is accused of signing into law bills that could have benefited the pornography distributor.
Texas-based website The Burn Orange Report reported that Movie Gallery, which filed for bankruptcy in February 2010, had been facing two lawsuits for illegal business practices.
Smaller video stores had accused the company of illegally distributing pornography across state lines, but the company's chief financial officer had described the lawsuits as 'frivolous'.
The website reported that Mr Perry used similar language when signing a tort-reform bill that limited the liability of companies like Movie Gallery.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2028353/Rick-Perry-comes-investment-Americas-largest-pornography-distributor.html#ixzz1VpCr1tDbBy John Stevens at mailonline (Yea, i took some liberties with the title but the... more
The Kochs are scared, and they've bought the web domains to prove it. (SHARE THIS GOOD NEWS WITH YOUR FRIENDS)
by Koch Brothers Exposed on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:25pm
Click SHARE and say it loud and clear: the Kochs are on the defensive and it's about time.
The Kochs and their related entities have poured money into politicking across the county. In Wisconsin alone, they were Gov. Scott Walker's largest out-of-state contributor, and they famously bought all kinds of advertisements and electioneering courtesy of their Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity.
They aren't done. The folks on the ground fighting back in Wisconsin now discovered another dimension to the Kochs' dirty tactics.
The brothers are buying up web domain names. The equivalent of facebook.com or google.com, the Kochs' have bought:
That's in addition to their KochFacts.com page, which they've used to attack us and journalists who have written about us and the Kochs' laundry list of dirty deeds and self-serving ideology.
That the brothers would go ahead and buy domain names like this is a sign of their nervousness. Why are they playing defense, and do they really think that buying three URLs is going to stop someone from setting up StopDavidKoch.com or StopKoch.net?
This latest twist shouldn't be too big of a surprise since the Kochs have demonstrated a willingness to do whatever it takes and consequences be damned approach to getting their way. Our latest investigative film rattled them to the core, so much so we had to cut a sequel and rebut their denials and retreats.
We're perplexed. Is this a case of over-reaction and over-reach, or do the Kochs really believe that buying three web domain names will quell the movement against their selfish influence in democracy and society?
Then share the news of the Koch brothers' desperation with your friends. Tell them to join an important conversation at the Koch Brothers Exposed page on Facebook.
http://www.facebook.com/notes/koch-brothers-exposed/the-kochs-are-scared-and-theyve-bought-the-web-domains-to-prove-it-share-this-go/249949665027829The Kochs are scared, and they've bought the web domains to prove it. (SHARE THIS... more
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Paul Ryan’s staff called the police to disperse unemployed protesters staging a sit-in at his Kenosha office Thursday to protest the congressman’s decision not to hold any free public town halls during the August recess. Ryan and other conservative congressman who have been facing angry crowds recently have decided to they will only speak to residents who are willing to pay $15 for access.
One of the protesters, Scott Page, says he’s been let go from two jobs in the past two years. One position was outsourced to Mexico, and for the second, he was required to train an individual in China to be his replacement. Page said he hoped Ryan would “have a heart” and “take time to listen to the unemployed in his backyard instead of only the business owners.” “I don’t have $15 to ask Rep. Ryan questions,” he added, “so I guess this is the only means I have to talk to him.”
via: Defend Wisconsin http://www.defendwisconsin.org/2011/08/20/paul-ryans-staff-calls-cops-on-unemployed-protestors/ for original postPosted in: Mass Media, Press Paul Ryan’s staff called the police to disperse... more
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Defend Wisconsin News Round Up - Under Attack From Facebook? (with UPDATES)
Yesterday, I was informed by Facebook that Wisconsin News Round Up was banned from posting on other Facebook pages for 15 days. During this period, I am also not able to leave comments on other pages. Should DWNRU be accused of spamming others following this 15 day period, DWNRU would be banned from Facebook entirely. While I'm glad to know that there is a way to leave Facebook, this is a very serious matter.
At Defend Wisconsin News Round Up, we provide our readers with daily round up of news relevant to Wisconsin Protests. DWNRU also publishes original editorials by local Janesville area authors, since February 16, 2011. DWNRU is not affiliated with any group or political party and is interested in informing and educating. Round Up also does not practice censorship and its contributors are able to post without having their work previewed. This is done with the goal to attract a wide range of authors sharing various views with large audience.
Defend Wisconsin News Round Up reaches its readers predominantly through Facebook. Posting links on walls of others is standard procedure on Facebook. This is how news spreads on Facebook. Yet somehow Round Up posts have been marked as "spam". This triggered aforementioned response from Facebook.
Let's be honest. Without this system of information delivery, a standalone blog would have an immensely harder time reaching the site traffic numbers we generate. Though it is not clear exactly what triggered this response from Facebook, lacking this distribution mechanism, such ban could harm much more than Defend Wisconsin News Round Up. In fact, anecdotal evidence suggests that Defend Wisconsin News Round Up is only the latest site affected by this Facebook policy.
This indiscriminate action puts in danger valuable gains in communication social media helped create. Known for its mobilizing capacity, Facebook in this instance, is in fact, demobilizing. At this important moment in our state's history, that is worse than unfortunate.
This error needs to be addressed and I hope you will join me in calling on Facebook to reverse this ban. I am confident that Facebook engineers can come up with a solution that would let free speech thrive while protecting consumers from unwanted commercial messages.
In the meantime, Defend Wisconsin News Round Up appreciates your help in sharing our posts. We in turn look to make the time you spend at our website, worthwhile.
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UPDATE: Here's message from Facebook I received when attempting to repost this very blog on another Facebook page.
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UPDATE II. To my further dismay, I just discovered that this ban prohibits my ability to share links on other pages not only as Defend Wisconsin News Round Up but also as Yuri Rashkin. This needs to be stopped!
UPDATE III. The story evolves: "HEADS UP: A new tactic that is being used on some of us... There has been a surge of friend requests from Republicans and Evangelicals. Here is what they do - they "friend" you, then once your posts hit the activity stream, they flag them as spam or inappropriate which gets your account suspended for 15 days, meaning you can't post on peoples walls." posted on Defend Wisconsin News Round Up Facebook page.
UPDATE IV. Other pages affected by 15 day ban from Facebook reportedly include: via Evan Layton: Godless Liberal, Republican Bigotry Hate Fear Lies and Distortion, Amadalyn has had enough and Our Founding Fathers Vision.Welcome Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google... more