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New York tries to ban 'hateful' speech online

BASEDPolitics’ Brad Polumbo writes, “A new law takes effect on Saturday in New York that supposedly targets hateful speech online. But it may not last long, because the state just got hit with a First Amendment lawsuit that could bring about the demise of its new regulation.

The law in question is called ‘Social media networks; hateful conduct prohibited.’ It targets internet platforms and mandates that they publish a policy outlining how they handle ‘hateful’ content. It defines ‘hateful conduct’ as online speech that serves to ‘vilify, humiliate, or incite violence against a group or a class of persons’ on the basis of protected characteristics.

The law mandates that internet platforms address reports of such content. Companies that fail to do so face fines of up to $1,000 per day.

But what about companies that don’t want to play speech-police on their platforms?

Well, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) is suing New York on behalf of independent content platforms Rumble and Locals as well as legal blogger Eugene Volokh.

New York politicians are slapping a speech-police badge on my chest because I run a blog,’ plaintiff Eugene Volokh, co-founder of the Volokh Conspiracy blog, said. ‘I started the blog to share interesting and important legal stories, not to police readers’ speech at the government’s behest.’

The law’s text says it shouldn’t be construed to infringe on anyone’s free speech rights, but FIRE says its policy mandates are themselves a violation of the First Amendment."

Read the entire column.

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Why I'm demanding an end to the military vaccine mandate

My remarks today on refusing to vote for the defense authorization bill until the vaccine mandate on our military is ended.

Our young men and women in the military deserve better. The Biden administration's vaccination mandate has forced our nation's young patriotic men and women to choose between their faith and their career, between their medical autonomy and their career. At a time when the military is struggling to meet their targets for recruitment, the Biden administration is firing soldiers we invested in and trained.

Some will argue that the vaccine mandate in the military is not new. That is correct. But there are several factors unique to the COVID vaccine that make it different than other mandates.

First, the CDC acknowledges that the COVID vaccine does not stop transmission so the argument that the mandate will stop incapacitating spread in the close quarters of the military is not applicable. Second, The COVID vaccine has a risk of causing inflammation, particularly in young men, particularly the young men that comprise over 90% of our military recruits. In addition, several scientific studies, including a very large one in Israel and another one by the CDC have shown that a heightened risk of myocarditis for children and teenagers. After taking a second COVID vaccine dose, Israel saw elevated rates of myocarditis after young men were vaccinated, particularly after the second dose because of the scientific evidence. European countries began restricting the vaccine for certain age groups. Germany France, Denmark, Finland and Sweden all limit their recommendations for vaccines for young people, Norway, South Africa and UK chose not to recommend or chose to recommend only one dose because of the risk of myocarditis.

Dr. Paul Offit, a former member of the CDC’s advisory committee on vaccines, part of the FDA’s advisory committee on vaccines, resigned over this policy. He also said that even though he's pro-vaccine, he's been pro everything vaccine for 40 years, that he wouldn't give the vaccine to his 24 year old son. Third, the mandate ignores naturally acquired immunity. 80% of our young military recruits have had COVID by compelling the young people to inject a vaccine into their bodies. They're accepting a risk of myocarditis. In fact it is inadvisable to take a vaccine. If you've recently had COVID, even the CDC admits this.

Our service members have spent their entire lives dedicated to protecting our country and making sacrifices to defend the constitution. Congress should take action. We're taking action today by saying we will not vote to get on the NDAA, the defense authorization bill, unless we have a vote on ending this military vaccine mandate.

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Censoring science is anti-science

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The 'expert' COVID class is dethroned on Twitter

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Free speech is the hill to die on

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Biden forced millions to take a vaccine and wear masks just to keep their jobs or travel freely

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Fauci calls China's COVID policy extreme, also says lockdowns would be fine if everyone got vaccinated

Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on CNN on Monday where he said that while China's 'zero-COVID' policy that has resulted in mass lockdowns is extreme, temporary lockdowns, presumably similar in nature, would be fine if they also resulted in mass vaccinations.

"If the purpose is, 'Let's get all the people vaccinated, particularly the elderly,' then okay, for a temporary period of time to do that," Fauci told host Jake Tapper (emphasis added). "But they have very, very strict type of a lockdown."

"When you're talking about shutting things down, it should always be a temporary phenomenon, not a long-range strategy," he said.

"You should do it with a purpose in mind to allow you to open," Fauci added. "And the best purpose is, while you're shutting down, get as many people vaccinated as you possibly can with a good vaccine."

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