We don’t need no stinking bloggers

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We don't need no stinking bloggers

Back in my HiWired blog days I had a cat­e­gory called inter­net speech where I doc­u­mented good and bad news con­cern­ing inter­net free speech you can still find some of those pages in google cache.

One of the things I give major kudos to the com­pany for is none of those posts were ever restricted although they only loosely were on a tech issue.

Well the HiWired blog is gone but next speech issues haven’t:

On Thurs­day, Cuban blog­ger Clau­dia Cadelo, was sum­moned to appear at the Inte­rior Min­istry, which is in charge of domes­tic secu­rity. A day ear­lier, Yoani Sanchez, the nation’s most promi­nent blog­ger, was told by author­i­ties that her activ­i­ties had “crossed the lim­its of tol­er­ance,” and was told she couldn’t hold a planned meet­ing this Sat­ur­day of local blog­gers, accord­ing to Ms. Sanchez.

Ms. Sanchez, who writes a blog called “Gen­er­a­tion Y,” is at the fore­front of a small group of blog­gers in Cuba who chron­i­cle life on the island and occa­sion­ally vent against its gov­ern­ment, which was run for the past 49 years by Fidel Cas­tro until he stepped aside ear­lier this year for health rea­sons and handed power to his brother Raúl. Ms. Sanchez was the sub­ject of a front-​page story in The Wall Street Jour­nal in Decem­ber, 2007. The 33-​year-​old wife and mother has won sev­eral awards recently for her work, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influ­en­tial peo­ple this year.

Babalu Blog sim­ply owns this story just keep scrolling. He also has a post of round up links to other blogs here.

You know it an odd coin­ci­dence that our friends on the left declare Pres­i­dent Bush as the great repres­sor of rights yet peo­ple have made a for­tune call­ing him a Nazi, ter­ror­ist, idiot et al. Yet it is almost impos­si­ble to avoid peo­ple going after him in film, print and TV on a daily basis. These peo­ple are lion­ized by the left and called speak­ers of truth to power.

How­ever it always seems like places like Cuba , Iran, China, North Korea, Syria et-​al that tend to actu­ally jail peo­ple for their opin­ions don’t seem to rate that treat­ment or even pub­lic­ity for those jailed. I sus­pect acknowl­edg­ment of such vio­lates their polit­i­cal beliefs which seem more like a reli­gion every day.

It brings to mind two Doc­tor Who quotes the first from Face of Evil:

You know, the very pow­er­ful and the very stu­pid have one thing in com­mon. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncom­fort­able if you hap­pen to be one of the facts that need altering.

The sec­ond from Image of the Fendahl:

But Gran just because peo­ple believed the word was flat didn’t it didn’t make it so,

Ah but they Behaved as if ’twere flat

For some left and right as Michelle Malkin points out today, the world will always be flat.

Back in my HiWired blog days I had a category called internet speech where I documented good and bad news concerning internet free speech you can still find some of those pages in google cache.

One of the things I give major kudos to the company for is none of those posts were ever restricted although they only loosely were on a tech issue.

Well the HiWired blog is gone but next speech issues haven’t:

On Thursday, Cuban blogger Claudia Cadelo, was summoned to appear at the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of domestic security. A day earlier, Yoani Sanchez, the nation’s most prominent blogger, was told by authorities that her activities had “crossed the limits of tolerance,” and was told she couldn’t hold a planned meeting this Saturday of local bloggers, according to Ms. Sanchez.

Ms. Sanchez, who writes a blog called “Generation Y,” is at the forefront of a small group of bloggers in Cuba who chronicle life on the island and occasionally vent against its government, which was run for the past 49 years by Fidel Castro until he stepped aside earlier this year for health reasons and handed power to his brother Raúl. Ms. Sanchez was the subject of a front-page story in The Wall Street Journal in December, 2007. The 33-year-old wife and mother has won several awards recently for her work, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people this year.

Babalu Blog simply owns this story just keep scrolling. He also has a post of round up links to other blogs here.

You know it an odd coincidence that our friends on the left declare President Bush as the great repressor of rights yet people have made a fortune calling him a Nazi, terrorist, idiot et al. Yet it is almost impossible to avoid people going after him in film, print and TV on a daily basis. These people are lionized by the left and called speakers of truth to power.

However it always seems like places like Cuba , Iran, China, North Korea, Syria et-al that tend to actually jail people for their opinions don’t seem to rate that treatment or even publicity for those jailed. I suspect acknowledgment of such violates their political beliefs which seem more like a religion every day.

It brings to mind two Doctor Who quotes the first from Face of Evil:

You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that need altering.

The second from Image of the Fendahl:

But Gran just because people believed the word was flat didn’t it didn’t make it so,

Ah but they Behaved as if ’twere flat

For some left and right as Michelle Malkin points out today, the world will always be flat.