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Malaysia government seeks to strengthen Sedition Act

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Apr 082015

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s government plans to strengthen its Sedition Act, fresh after enacting an anti-terrorism law denounced by the opposition and rights groups as a threat to civil liberties.

Ittabled on Tuesday (Apr 7) amendments to the Sedition Act 1948 for its first reading in parliament.As with the Prevention of Terrorism Bill passed early Tuesday, the amendments to the Sedition Act have been slammed by human rights activists.

Prime Minister Najib Razak had once pledged to repeal the controversial law introduced during British colonial rule to curb dissent. But the government said increased harmful and malicious comments jeopardising Malaysian ideals such as racial and religious harmony contributed to the change of heart.

However critics said the amendments silence free speech and cannot be justified.”They’re using a nuclear bomb to kill a mosquito or a fly. It’s overdone. It’s a terrible, terrible piece of legislation, terrible amendments,” saidAmbiga Sreenevasan from the Movement to Abolish the Sedition Act and who is a former Bar Council president.

Under the amendments, comments on religion that could spark hostility would be an offence – one that would carry harsher penalties, including a compulsory jail term.

The government intends to remove subclauses that regulate criticisms of the government or the justice system. Still, many lawmakers are skeptical – even those from the ruling coalition.

Bung Moktar Radin is an MP from Sabah – where there has been talk of secession from Malaysia. He fears Sabahans will unwittingly be charged as Sedition Act amendments include a subclause criminalising this.

He said: “That’s why I asked the minister, ‘how about if the kampung (village) people put a statement on Facebook and they put ‘like’. Are those people also going to be ditangkap (arrested)?’ So, it’s no good. ”

But it’s now unclear if the amendment Bill can or should even be debated. Critics argue that amendments should not have been proposed in the first place because of an ongoing court challenge on the constitutionality of the Sedition Act.

Ambiga Sreenevasan said: “Subjudice is one thing. But it’s also totally disrespectful to the Federal Court. The Federal Court, the highest court in the land, is deciding whether it’s constitutional and you don’t care about that. You carry on and amend it. And of course it is a total waste of time, because if the Federal Court decides it is unconstitutional, the Act falls, the amendment falls.”

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Liberty Athletics teams up with Project Life Movement – Video

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Mar 292015

Liberty Athletics teams up with Project Life Movement
Project Life is a national movement to increase the potential pool of bone marrow and tissue donors by testing and registering college students with a simple cheek swab. Learn more at http://proje…

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 Free Speech  Comments Off on THROWDOWN THURSDAY: Trigger Warning!
Mar 272015


Warning: Article may contain principled defenses of free speech as well as ideas and language that may be considered offensive to some readers. Read at your own risk.

One symptom of the hypersensitivity slowly rotting away at liberal education in America is the recent push for trigger warnings. If some students get their way, objectionable material in classroom lectures, discussions and presentations would include warning messages. Giving in to such demands, schools like Oberlin College have instructed faculty to scrub their syllabuses of offensive material that does not contribute directly to the course learning goals. Like proponents of the closely-linked speech code movement, trigger warning advocates equate controversial speech with violence in order to make it seem more regulable. This is a natural extension of a worldview that instructs students to prefer intellectual safety and security over a rigorous educational experience. In this paradigm, the quest for truth is deemed less important than making sure the wrong views are not heard.

When listening to the advocates of trigger warnings attempting to make their case, the careful listener is immediately struck by their boundless capacity for self-pity. They incessantly demand that society recognize their pain and acknowledge their status as a victim. Underlying this mindset is a paranoid fear that certain privileged societal groups are out to get them. Consequently, they cry oppression while censoring the speech of others and some universities are letting them get away with it. The same organizations that once wanted to keep administrators out of the business of regulating speech are now begging, even demanding, that they intervene. To give just one example, hundreds of students and faculty at Miami University last year demanded the university cancel a scheduled speech by syndicated columnist George Will.

A safe campus is a sterile one where we would lose what makes our universities great: innovative thinking, creativity, and a willingness to boldly reach for the next frontier.

The irony of this movement is that it bases its claims on the need to protect certain minorities from discrimination. They most aggressively target speech (and speakers) deemed racist or sexist, supposedly to protect groups they consider particularly vulnerable. Yet, there is a certain bigotry inherent in their line of reasoning. Trigger warning proponents unjustly portray minorities as uniquely fragile and incapable of dealing with controversial and hotly contested issues. They are rarely asked why their own degraded perception of minorities is not tantamount to the racism they so eagerly denounce.

It should hardly be surprising that such policies end up encouraging students to frequently claim offense. The taking of offense is an entirely subjective and utterly manipulable standard, such that a student cannot be made to prove that he really is offended by something he sees or hears. By enabling students to change the behavior of others by demanding to feel safe, students are encouraged to avoid the tough issues raised in class and retreat to the comforts of identity politics and victimization theory. Students must prove themselves capable of an education that prepares them for reality.

Professors have particular cause for concern with the rising popularity of this movement. The burden will naturally fall on them to ensure that students are not triggered from the contents of their lectures and assigned readings. This is an impossible task. Faculty members cannot possibly know the varied personal experiences of each student that could cause them to find material particularly objectionable. Should they refrain from giving a hypothetical involving a house fire for fear that a student might have experienced one? How about teaching law regarding violent assault or rape? It will become increasingly difficult for professors to teach and for students to learn in a context that puts student sensibilities above a free academic environment.

It is not entirely true that trigger warning proponents want the university to closely regulate all speech. Their speech is exempted. The right not to be censored is only conferred on those with the correct ideas. It is precisely the politicization and selective application of hypersensitivity that threatens to make our universities closed to those with unpopular ideas.

Imagine the Bible with warnings like may include homophobia and novels like Huckleberry Finn with the declaration may include racism. And why not make our campus an even safer space by removing such books entirely? After all, who knows if an impressionable young freshman might one day wander into the library, only to be traumatized by these books while innocently browsing the catalog? Do his sensibilities not deserve to be protected?

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Libertarianism in the U.S. – The Pros & Cons, What is the Movement About? – Video

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Mar 212015

Libertarianism in the U.S. – The Pros Cons, What is the Movement About?
PhilaU professors Michael Galganski and Evan Laine discuss at this Arlen Specter Center for Public Service Roundtable the meaning of Libertarianism and debate with students the pros and…

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Is The New Age Movement an Illuminati Conspiracy? – Teal Swan DEBUNKED By TVC – Video

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Feb 182015

Is The New Age Movement an Illuminati Conspiracy? – Teal Swan DEBUNKED By TVC
The New Age Spirituality of the NAM is a form of repackaged Illuminati Luciferian Satanic Spirituality! In this video I begin a new eries exposing false spir… Is The New Age Movement an……

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Free Radicals x Havikoro: "Freedom of Movement" – Video

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Jan 132015

Free Radicals x Havikoro: “Freedom of Movement”
January 23rd 2015 at Fitzgerald's: @killemcollect and @havikoro present Free Radicals “Freedom of Movement” record release party and celebration. Also performing are Tony Badd, Marley, and…

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Two boys and a girl,

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Jan 042015

(CNN) –

For 75 days in 2014, Hong Kong residents seeking freedom stood in open defiance of their unelected leaders, including by occupying key thoroughfares of the former British colony. They were joined at times by hundreds of thousands of sympathizers who oppose Beijing’s attempts to thwart political freedom in the city. And while the protesters have since withdrawn, their movement has reached a new plateau. Indeed, this year likely will be tumultuous for the city — and beyond.

Beijing’s authoritarian government and the Umbrella Movement protesters know something that legions of China experts around the world do not: This political force has the potential to effect change not only in Hong Kong, but across the world’s most populous country. In so doing, it would make the region and world safer for the United States and its allies.

One visiting Chinese student protester summed up the potential awakening that haunts the minds of Beijing’s tyrants. He wrote of the process of choosing China’s leaders, “It is not even in our mindset to consider the legitimacy and integrity of that process. We don’t know that it’s possible to ask, ‘What do we want?'”

But he does now. Celebrating the spark of freedom that opened his eyes, he admonished his compatriots: “You have no idea how people in the dark corners of the world, me included, covet it.”

Protesters have taken to the streets in the city before, but never like they did last fall. Historians may look back on 2014 as a meridian in time, when the fight for democracy in Hong Kong evolved from parliamentary jousting and isolated voices in the wilderness into a broader mass movement. Figures like Martin Lee, who founded the Democratic Party in Hong Kong, and Cardinal Joseph Zen, who spoke unhesitatingly about Chinese human rights, have passed the torch to a new, broader, younger set of actors. What in the past was linked to a few personalities is today a movement with wide generational appeal — a nightmare for Beijing.

No historical analogy is perfect, but what is happening in Hong Kong may be as significant for China as the emergence of Solidarity in 1980 was to Poland. Poles had risen up in each decade since communism was imposed on them, only to be crushed by still-confident and powerful Communist authorities, crucially backed by the force of the imperial center. Solidarity marked the turning point, and in 1989 it finally succeeded in starting the wave of liberty that freed Central Europe. In Poland then, and perhaps today in Hong Kong, a political current that previously had been spontaneous and easily dispersed gained a degree of organization and durability. Like Solidarity, this new movement will make mistakes, suffer setbacks and face seemingly impossible odds. But it will also carry with it a spark that one day, without much warning, might trigger a revolution that sweeps more than just Hong Kong.

This year, the movement will very likely force officials in Hong Kong and Beijing to stumble and act rashly. For example, Beijing is signaling that it expects Hong Kong finally to adopt a National Security Law that would deal with “sedition, treason, and subversion” — areas of law rife with the risk for abuse by tyrants. Such a provision was envisioned by Hong Kong’s Basic Law, which stemmed from the handover agreement with the British. But then again, so was a transition to democracy by genuine universal suffrage — which Beijing has all but abrogated.

Some expect the authorities to revisit the National Security Law after the Chinese New Year in February. If so, that will likely be the next flash point in Hong Kong.

What should the United States and other free nations do? Hillary Clinton set the tone for the Obama administration on her inaugural trip to Beijing as secretary of state, when she announced that pressing on human rights could not be allowed to interfere with “the economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis.”

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PART I : HUMAN NATURE LOVE FREEDOM contemporary art session gallery view – Video

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Dec 252014

PART I : HUMAN NATURE LOVE FREEDOM contemporary art session gallery view
“Human Nature Love Freedom” is the contemporary art movement established in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia since 2013. This is the collaboration to consist of various field artists… PART I Artists:…

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Germany: Thousands march in Berlin anti-NATO protest – Video

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Dec 152014

Germany: Thousands march in Berlin anti-NATO protest
Some 3000 people from the German Peace Movement or “Die Friedensbewegung” demonstrated against war and conflict in Berlin on Saturday in a march which ended outside the presidential …

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Bitcoin Won't Replace Dollar but It's Far More Than a Passing Fad

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Dec 042014

Bitcoin is far more than a passing fad, in fact it is changing the future of finance, said Brian Kelly author of ‘The Bitcoin Big Bang.’ Kelly added that Bitcoin is leading the movement from a centralized financial system to a decentralized one. He said Bitcoin’s ability to overcome the Mt. Gox scandal proves the digital currency’s endurance and he pointed out the huge amount of venture capital money flowing into it. Kelly admits that Bitcoin will likely never replace the U.S. dollar but he said it does not have to in order to be successful. Finally, he said it is better than gold because it is programmable.

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Startup Fights Fraud With Tools From FacebookAnd the NSA

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Oct 282014

Tom Ryan wanted to build something that could identify criminal behavior inside massive mobile networks, stock trading services, ecommerce sites, and other online operations. So he turned to a pair of familiar names for help: Facebook and the NSA.

He didnt exactly knock on Facebooks front doorlet alone the NSAs. But he did adopt a pair of sweeping software systems built by these giants of the online age, systems that help them juggle the massive amounts of digital information streaming into their computer data centers.

Ryan grabbed an NSA tool called Accumulo, which likely plays a key role in the agencys notoriously widespread efforts to monitor internet traffic in the name of national security, and he paired it with a Facebook tool called Presto, used to quickly analyze the way people, ads, and all sorts of other things behave on the worlds largest social network. Both Facebook and the NSA, you see, have open sourced their software, meaning these tools are freely available to the world at large.

Ryan is the CEO of a small Silicon Valley startup called Argyle Data. Over the past sixteen months, he and his engineering team used Accumulo and Presto to fashion software that can root out fraud inside todays massive online operations, and theyve already deployed the thing with at least a few companies, including Vodafone, the British telecommunications giant that runs mobile phone networks across Europe.

Argyle is a nicely rounded metaphor for the recent evolution of the data-juggling technologies that drive our modern businesses. Over the past several years, massive web companies such as Google and Facebookas well as similarly ambitious operations like the NSAhave built a new breed of software that can store and analyze data across tens, hundreds, and even thousands of machines, and now, these software tools are trickling down to the rest of the business world. As a startup, Ryan says, you want to build on whats new, not whats old.

The poster child for this movement is a software system called Hadoop, which was inspired by work originally done at Google. But Hadoopat least as it was originally conceivedis now giving way to tools that operate at much faster speeds. Hadoop is a batch system, meaning you assign it a task and then wait a good while for the answer to come back. Newer systems are much better at operating at speed.

Argyles software is a prime example. Using machine learning and whats called deep packet inspection, it analyzes the individual packets of data that stream across a network, and if a piece of data meets certain criteriai.e. sets off certain flagsit gets shuttled into Accumulo, a massive database that can extend across myriad machines. It helps us scan tens of millions to hundreds of millions of transactions a second, Ryan says. Companies can then use a version of Presto to further analyze this data, executing specific queries in near real-time.

Christopher Nguyen, the CEO of a data analysis startup called Adatao who once worked with similar big data software inside Google, says that Arygles method isnt necessarily the best way to analyze such massive amounts of information at speed. But he agrees that this is part of a much much larger movement towards real-time big data tools, tools that also include something called Spark, developed at the University of California at Berkeley, and various other software contraptions.

At the same time, Argyles story underlines another aspect of this movement. At the NSA, you see, Accumulo is likely part of a surveillance effort that underpins our online privacy, and as the tools like this make it easier to collect and analyze such enormous amounts data, they may help push us towards a world where privacy is eroded even further. Vodafone, after all, is using Argyles software to closely analyze data streaming across European wireless networks used by the general public.

According to Seth Schoen, a staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, laws typically allow companies to use tools along the lines of Argyleincluding deep packet inspectionto do things like fight fraud. But in the end, their affect on privacy boils down to the policy of each individual company. The good news with Argyle, as Ryan points out, is that the NSA built Accumulo so that organizations can closely control who, within their operation, has access to each individual piece of data. Its a trade off, Ryan says. Privacy is so important. But with more data-enrichment, you can improve the results of your analytics.

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Divestment Revisited: UCB, The Free Speech and South Africa Divestment Movements – Video

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Oct 092014

Divestment Revisited: UCB, The Free Speech and South Africa Divestment Movements
A panel of faculty, alumni and students will revisit the anti-Apartheid divestment movement, consider lessons learned, relate the movement to the Free Speech Movement as part of a wider discussion…

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Snapp Shots: Berkeley Free Speech Movement vets to return for anniversary

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Sep 242014

Hard as it is to believe, 50 years have passed since the Free Speech Movement changed the University of California, the City of Berkeley, and the Baby Boom generation forever.

And FSM veterans are coming back to Berkeley for a reunion from Sept. 26 through Oct. 3, climaxing with a rally at Sproul Plaza on Oct. 1, the anniversary of the day hundreds of students kicked off the movement by surrounding the police car holding Jack Weinberg on Sproul Plaza for 32 hours.

Robert Reich, Dolores Huerta and FSM veterans will deliver speeches from the Sproul steps, which were officially renamed the Mario Savio Steps in 1997.

The celebrations will continue throughout the fall, including a concert by Mavis Staples, a hootenanny at Ashkenaz, exhibits at the Bancroft Library and the Berkeley Historical Society, documentaries at the Pacific Film Archive, a political poetry night at the FSM Caf, freedom-of-speech symposia at the law school and the Academic Senate’s commemoration of its historic vote Dec. 8, 1964, in support of the student demands for free speech.

But the most intriguing event has to be the premiere of “FSM: The Musical,” which will debut at Berkeley Rep on Saturday, with two more performances the following day.

And get this: It was composed by Mario Savio’s son, Daniel, in collaboration with two veterans of the San Francisco Mime Troupe — Joan Holden and Bruce Barthol, the original bass player for Country Joe and the Fish.

FSM was an iconic moment for my generation. I was a sophomore at Yale when I read about the mass arrests in Sproul Hall, and I immediately rushed to the dean’s office and said, “I want to transfer to Berkeley!” “No way,” he replied. “We’ve already spent a year and a half trying to make a gentleman out of you, and we don’t want to blow our investment.” So I had to wait until I graduated in 1967. But by the time I got here, the scene had changed — and not for the better.

“FSM was not a hate-filled movement, and so much of what came after was,” says journalist Kate Coleman, who was an undergrad at Cal in 1964. “And a lot of it has to be credited to Mario. A lot of guys in the movement were arrogant jerks, but not him. He was so humble. I don’t think I really appreciated that until later, as the left got ugly and started to eat its own.”

And I think part of the blame lies with people like me. Unlike the FSM demonstrators in 1964, who were just trying to apply the principles of democracy they had learned in civics class, the next wave of students came to Cal itching for a fight.

And so was the other side. As Seth Rosenfeld points out in a perceptive article in the current issue of California magazine, nice guy Gov. Pat Brown had been replaced by Ronald Reagan, who was a radical, too, in his own way.

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Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, Freedom Cry DLC Walkthrough Part 3 – Maroon Hideout – Video

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Sep 152014

Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, Freedom Cry DLC Walkthrough Part 3 – Maroon Hideout
This is part 3 of my Freedom Cry Walkthrough, enjoy! Take note of the checkpoint reloads as you can see the way the movement works in this game during chase sequences, I got stuck or fell into…

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Why We Support Imran Khan – Pakistan Freedom Movement Series – Video

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Sep 072014

Why We Support Imran Khan – Pakistan Freedom Movement Series
Read an excerpt of this speech here: His Holiness Younus AlGohar presents explanation for the international community as to…

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