Attorney Shoots Down Trump’s ‘Insane’ New Document Defense…

Date: August 13, 2022

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“MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell speaks to Neal Katyal, former acting U.S. Solicitor General, Andrew Weissmann, former FBI General Counsel, and Bradley Moss, a national security attorney, about what we can learn from the newly released Trump search warrant and why Donald Trump’s newest explanation for the classified documents found at Mar-A-Lago makes no sense.”

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Move over ACLU, FIRE is the New Champion of Free Speech…

Date: August 12, 2022

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“The expansion of the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education marks the end of an era, when free speech issues were the sole province of American liberalism

After years of planning, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, better known as FIRE, announced a major expansion Monday, moving “beyond college campuses to protect free speech — for all Americans.”

FIRE was the brainchild of University of Pennsylvania history professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston civil liberties lawyer Harvey A. Silverglate, who co-authored the 1999 book, The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses. To the modern reader the book reads like a collection of eccentric cases of students and teachers caught up in speech code issues, most (but not all) being conservative.

To take just one of countless nut-bar examples, Kors and Silverglate told the story of a professor in San Bernardino reprimanded for violating sexual harassment policies because, among other things, “he assigns provocative essays such as Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal,” as the court case later put it. This was apparently the “cannibalism” portion of the accusation that he delved into such subjects as “obscenity, cannibalism, and consensual sex with children.”

The book triggered such an overwhelming number of responses from other faculty members and students that the pair decided to set up an organization to defend people who found themselves in tricky speech controversies on campuses. They soon found they had plenty of work and, by 2022, enough of a mandate to expand beyond colleges and universities into America at large. According to FIRE CEO Greg Lukianoff, as quoted in a Politico story, the group has already raised over $28 million toward a $75 million “litigation, opinion research and public education campaign aimed at boosting and solidifying support for free-speech values.

As noted in another story I put out today, FIRE will be doing a lot of stepping into a role semi-vacated by the American Civil Liberties Union. I spoke with Nico Perrino of FIRE, producer and co-director of the excellent documentary about former ACLU chief Ira Glasser (see review here), to ask what the expansion would entail:”

Cause for optimism?…We shall see.

Do go read this.

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RAW: Salman Rushdie – Peace Be Upon Him…

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Date: August 12, 2022

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At the time of this stream, a motive was not officially determined…So…potentially, this may not be connected to islamic extremism…

…But, it walks and quacks like a duck…So…this conversation is understandable, in this moment.

I agree that islamic extremists have no business migrating to other places…In fact, there isn’t any truly correct place for them to exist…and it’s ideal that they just don’t exist at all.

To be fair…I hold the same position on jewish, christian, hindu, buddhist, or any other form of religious extremism…

…There is simply no excuse for it to exist…anywhere at all.

It’s nothing more than bullies tormenting others.

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The Truth About Incels…

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Date: August 12, 2022

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“William Costello is a Ph.D. student studying Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin under Dr. David Buss. His MSc dissertation conducted some of the earliest primary research investigating the underlying psychological profile of “incels” (involuntary celibates). William’s research is currently being peer reviewed.”

This is worth watching.

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“I’m just going to the heart of the inferno”: Interviewing Alex Moyer, Director of “Alex’s War.”…


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Date: August 12, 2022

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“The director of the controversial new movie about Alex Jones on media blindness, misleading labels, and America’s mental health crisis

Alex Moyer has now made two movies in a row, TFW No GF and Alex’s War, that sound too much like journalism for today’s media. Even though most reviewers seemed to know exactly what they thought about both subjects before they even saw the films, Moyer was criticized for not planting enough signs telling them — and audiences — what to think about disaffected loner men, or InfoWars villain Alex Jones. The Guardian review of TFW No GF was typical, saying the film:

Pretends 4chan and other gathering places for this particular subculture are mostly harmless, perhaps populated with a few bad eggs. (By “bad egg,” I of course mean mass murderers.)

The movie does nothing of the sort, instead capturing a story of alienation that’s been running through our culture for ages. Moyer’s version merely shows the phenomenon worsening and expanding. She takes characters reduced in panicked media treatments to two-dimensional monsters and renders a nonjudgmental, tautly edited Herzogian treatment of who they are and how they came to be that way.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t been enough to prevent her from being called an apologist for everything from right wing violence to misogyny. Even without reviews, she’s taking in interest, with Alex’s War topping Apple pre-order charts as of this writing. I asked her about the genesis of both movies and how she’s handled the schizoid public response [Matt Taibbi]”

I’d very much like to watch this.

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