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The Infectious Myth -The Damore Manifesto – 08.29.17

Most people took one of two sides with the Google manifesto of James Damore on the role of women in technology. He was either a misogynist pig with no right to express his uneducated and prejudiced views, or a free speech warrior being stifled by out of control political correctness. Few actually read the internal memo, or considered it in …

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The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.16.17

I start this hour by describing an extraordinary attack on my free speech that is currently unfolding surrounding the Michelle Carter suicide-by-texting trial.   Please keep track on my Frequent Alerts on www.breggin.com.   Then Stefan Ecks, PhD, provides us with information that no one else in the world possesses.  It concerns the marketing and consumptions of medications, including psychiatric drugs, in India and other less …

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Project Censored – 07.04.17

Peter and Mickey spend most of the hour in conversation with attorney Caitlin Henry and sociologist Laleh Behbehanian; their topic is the rise in state legislative efforts to suppress or punish political protest. At the end of the program, we hear an update about the Golden Rule, a historic sailboat used in anti-nuclear and pro-peace actions; crew members Helen Jaccard and …

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WILLIAM A. COHN – Free Speech in 2017: Is the Town Square Model of Democracy Dead?

A year ago, preparing to teach my undergraduate free speech class I found myself questioning free speech fundamentalism. Struck by the unseemly reality of free expression and the unsettling insights of Kelefah Sanneh in The Hell You Say, the simple comforting notion that more speech is always better than less speech seemed suspect. Now, one must question the very assumptions …

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Illuminating lies with brain scan outshines polygraph test

It has been demonstrated that when someone is lying, areas of the brain linked to decision-making are activated, which lights up on an fMRI scan for experts to see. While laboratory studies showed fMRI’s ability to detect deception with up to 90 percent accuracy, estimates of polygraphs’ accuracy ranged wildly, between chance and 100 percent, depending on the study. The …

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Anti-Asian Sentiment Taking College Campuses by Storm

USC foreign exchange student Ivan Tsang was the target of eggs and epithets earlier this week for doing nothing other than being Asian.  “Ching chang chong motherf—– gay,” a white student allegedly yelled repeatedly while trying to pelt Tsang with three eggs, according to Tsang’s Facebook post. This comes 6 months after someone at a USC fraternity hurled a drink at an Indian student by calling her …

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John Whitehead – Dangerous Speech: Would the Founders Be Considered Domestic Extremists Today?

Not only has free speech become a four-letter word–profane, obscene, uncouth, not to be uttered in so-called public places–but in more and more cases, the US government deems it to be downright dangerous and in some instances illegal. It has become particularly intolerant of speech that challenges its power, reveals its corruption, exposes its lies, and encourages the citizenry to …

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John W. Whitehead – The Right To Tell The Government To Go to Hell: Free Speech In An Age Of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors And Compliant Citizens

Free speech is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for those who are easily offended, readily intimidated or who need everything wrapped in a neat and tidy bow. Free speech is often messy, foul-mouthed, obscene, intolerant, undignified, insensitive, cantankerous, bawdy and volatile. Unfortunately, our appreciation for a robust freedom of speech has worn thin over the years. …