Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Anti-Brexit Talking Points

On Wednesday, 29 March, 2017, Britain's ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, hand-delivered a six page letter from Prime Minister Theresa May to the EU Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels to formally begin proceedings related to Article 50 to get Britain out of the European Union. So far this has proved problematic, to say the least. Basically, it's not as easy as we'd been led by the Leave side to believe. Now what?

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Techdirt's Ayyadurai Defamation Suit Dismissed But Shiva Will Appeal

Stand with Techdirt cartoon with Techdirt logo t-shirt
"Inventor of EMAIL" Shiva Ayyadurai's $15M lawsuit against tech blog Techdirt, my go-to source for tech news, has been tossed. This is not merely a vexatious litigant being shown the door, it's about the right to speak as you find whether the subject finds it upsetting or not. Let's take a closer look at the implications of the case.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Dotcom, Copyright, And What Went Wrong

Cartoon of liar Chris Dodd and Kim Dotcom
I've been following the Kim Dotcom saga ever since MegaUpload was taken down by the FBI on the orders of the MPAA with little in the way of due process and sod all evidence. The case is winding down because they've got nothing. This is what happened.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Freedom Of Speech: When The Chickens Come Home To Roost

Neo-Nazi The shocking events that took place in Charlottesville last week have been interpreted in a number of ways. For some, it's a case of the chickens coming home to roost. If we ban hate speech, they reason, it'll go away. If we punch Nazis, they will go away, right? Oh, dear.

If you're easily offended, hit the back button. I won't be pulling my punches.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Why Are Nazis Marching In America?

Me thinking
Read through this thread; it features an American freaking out about Nazis marching in American cities. Apparently I'm supposed to burn the Catholics do something about it, though he won't say what. I presume the "woke" people know. Tonight I'm going to explain my understanding of why this is happening. The conclusions I've come to may surprise you.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Venezuela: What Is Going On There, Why, And How Does It Affect Us?

"Venezuela is a socialist disaster area," proclaims the right wing press. The situation is grim but all is not as it seems, whataboutism notwithstanding. Let's take a closer look.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Is Brexit Breaking Up?

Britannia surrounded by sharks, a cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft for On t'Internet
The backlash I've been predicting since the referendum has finally begun in earnest; the right wing press have at last accepted that it was never going to work because the Leavers never had a plan beyond their misleading talking points. Let's take a closer look.