New York state legislators have proposed a law that would require news websites and blogs to remove any anonymous comments, unless the person posting a comment chooses to attach his or her name. The intention of this law is stop so-called cyber bullying and “baseless political attacks.” The only problem with this law is that it conflicts with that silly little “1st Amendment of the US Constitution” thing that we have in America.
The bill is sponsored by Senator Thomas O’Mara and Assemblyman Jim Conte, both republicans. So when they say “baseless political attacks”, do these lawmakers really mean “viewpoints from some OTHER political party?” While this bill could pose a major threat to how speech is conducted online, it is highly unlikely it would ever pass; and even if it did, the courts would rip it apart. Too bad New York’s worst trolls and bullies aren’t online, they are in the legislature!
Source: Ars Technica
Republicans once again have proven they love businesses and hate the people that work for them. It has recently come to light that some employers are now demanding applicants and employees to turn over the login credentials for personal Facebook accounts. This is such a gross invasion of privacy it has cased Facebook to list asking for login credentials a violation of its terms of service. Some members of the House of Representatives attempted to add a provision to a bill that allows the FCC to prevent employers from doing such a thing.
Unfortunately, most house republicans don’t agree that this is a bad thing, and probably don’t know what this “Facebook” thing is the kids keep talking about. The amendment was defeated in a vote of 236 to 184. The good news is this subject can still return as another piece of legislation, but until then, is prepared to let your boss use your Facebook account to ruin your life.
On the Fox Business network show “Lou Dobbs Tonight”, Conservative host Lou Dobbs brings his concern that Hollywood is trying to “indoctrinate” American children with left-wing politics. The film, “The Secret World of Arriety” is about small people only a few inches tall that borrows things from humans around them. Lou Dobbs Claims this film is an attempt to promote “class-envy” and the concept of “redistribution of wealth” to kids. Not only is his claim slightly crazy, but it should also be noted that “Arrietty” is actually an anime film from Japan, based on a book written in England, brought over by Disney to American theaters, so one could even say that it’s not so much a “Hollywood” conspiracy.
The Film, “The Lorax”, is based on a Dr. Suess book, and is about a world ruined by pollution. Of course this idea is painful to Conservatives that want corporations to do whatever they want without any regulation, So Lou goes on to claim this film is nothing more than environmental radicalism. Evil propaganda to brainwash the children of tomorrow, or just family fun at the movies? YOU DECIDE.