The Star Wars Episode 9 trailer has shown use some dull action.

On March 15th 2019, Christchurch New Zealand experienced a terrorist attack that hit two mosques in which 50 individuals lost their lives, and many more were wounded.

The perpetrator of the attack, Brenton Tarrent, live streamed the attack on Facebook and also posted his manifesto on 8chan.

In the wake of this terrorist attack, New Zealand has begun arresting people who share the live stream, has banned assault style weapons, is encouraging ISPs to block sites that host the live stream, and has also banned the manifesto. This to me is a list of exactly what you should not be doing in the aftermath of a terror attack.

18-Year-Old Arrested in New Zealand For Sharing Terrorist's Facebook Video


New Zealand Mobile Carriers Block 8chan, 4chan, and LiveLeak

It took one mass shooting for New Zealand to ban assault weapons

Deny Him His Name

Dissenter is a web app that allows you to leave comments on any URL on the internet. This, essentially, brings comment sections to everything even if for a particular video or article the comments have been disabled.
Hence why Dissenter is known as "The Comments Section of the Internet".
Where would humanity be without it's ability to comment? I don't want to find out, and Dissenter is one bulwark against encroaching speech regulations by Silicone Valley based tech companies.

Is Dune's protagonist, Paul Atreides, the ultimate Mighty Whitey? Some people on the internet seem to think so, so I read this article to see why.

In this article, Noah Berlatsky believes Paul Atreides is too overpowered, and says Paul is so power full because he is white. He lists all of his 'superpowers' as proof to how overpowered he is.

However, Noah's stance betrays that he does not fully understand Dune.

Is Paul Atreides actually white? Of course in the movies a white actor was cast, but that is an entirely different issue.
Is Paul Atreides really over powered? Probably, but it is because other people working in secret essentially made Paul the way he is with controlled breeding and training.

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Debating Remainers at Parliament

Just a funny video to highlight some comparisons between Monty Python and Sargon of Akkad.

The high school kids of Covington Catholic have found themselves on the business end of a media fire storm. Footage went viral of Nick Sandmann standing in front of Nathan Philips, the Native American drummer, and smirking. It was perceived to be that the Covington Catholic high schoolers were rascist bigots who had purposefully surrounded Nathan Philips to mock and intimidate him.
But, as more people saw the complete footage of the event, this turned out to be far from the truth.
And now many media organizations are forced to take back their initial claims and apologize to the students.
However, this has not stopped people from still insisting that the kids are racist xenophobes who deserve to have their future lives and employment opportunities ruined.

Trump served fast-food, McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, Dominoes, that sort of thing, to the Clemson Tigers foot ball team at the White House. This has led to a number of funny memes, which are refreshingly different from many Trump memes.
Many Trump memes tend to be anti-Trump to a degree, make him appear childish or immature, but the hamburger memes actually make Trump look pretty good. Weather or not it was intentional, we may never know.

Gab is a social media platform similar to Twitter. It allows it's users to post 'Gabs' of 300 characters, along with other types of media.
Gab is committed completely to free speech, and this has earned it a reputation of being only for right wing extremists, though the platform has a diversity of political and religious opinions.

After the incident at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue that left 11 dead, Gab was taken offline because the perpetrator was a user of Gab.

This has brought to light the type of power that privately owned internet service companies have. Should they have the power to deplatform sites/users based solely on speech?

Gab, the social network used by accused Pittsburgh synagogue shooter, goes offline

After Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, PayPal bans Gab social network

Is Twitter Really Censoring Free Speech?

Brandenburg v. Ohio

Marsh v. Alabama

Apple Kicked Alex Jones Off Its Platform, Then YouTube And Facebook Rushed To Do The Same

Gab is back online after being banned by GoDaddy, PayPal, and more

Jordan Peterson at Oxford

The Gulag Archipelago is a book written by Aleksandr Solzenitsyn, detailing the forced (corrective) labor camps in the Soviet Union. Solzenitsyn was sentenced to an 8 year term in the camps, a provided a first hand account of the conditions. He also corresponded with many other former prisoners, and incorporates their experiences as well. It is largely an anecdotal account of the gulags, and so Solzenitsyn refers to his work as an 'experiment in literary investigation'. Often depressing, sometimes sarcastic, the Gulag Archipelago provides a blunt look the worst of humanity. It deals with a part of history that is normally not talked about, and so is extremely fascinating and worth reading.

"How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later" - Philip K. Dick's 1978 speech about being a science fiction author and the dangers of spurious reality. In this video I explore Dick's ideas about spurious realities and inauthentic humans, and how that relates to the conversation about fake news and the NPC meme.

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Philip K. Dick was a science fiction author whose work is the inspiration of many well know movies, included Bladerunner, Total Recall, Minority Report, Screamers, and many more. His book, 'The Man in the High Castle' was also the inspiration for the Amazon series of the same name.
In his work, Dick constantly plays with the idea of reality. What is real? What is reality? And in exploring these ideas, his characters frequently encounter situations that turns their world upside down.


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