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Giant inflatable rats used by labor unions are constitutionally protected free speech, labor board rules

"Scabby the Rat" is a fixture at labor disputes, first deployed in 1990 by a union in Chicago. Juana Arias/The Washington Post "Scabby the Rat" was first used by labor unions in 1990. The inflatable rat ranges in size from 12 feet to 25 feet. The Trump administration had argued its "red eyes, fangs, and claws" constituted an illegal threat. See more stories on Insider's business page. Labor unions have a constitutionally protected right to protest using giant inflatable rodents, a fede...
Tags: News, Law, Unions, Labor, Trends, Joe Biden, Chicago, United States, Aclu, Illinois, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Free Speech, First Amendment, National Labor Relations Board, Nlrb


Morning Docket: 07.12.21

* Snitches get standing: New Texas law lets private citizens sue anyone aiding an abortion. [NY Times] * Burning is one thing, but a boot!? Woman charged with hate crime for smirking after stomping a Back the Blue flag. [Salt Lake Tribune] * Tesla panels storing solar energy and, err, mold? Civ Pro and Energy Law bros should love this. [Business Insider] * Is...uhh..Congress defunding their police? [CBS News] * Woman who ran over a protestor beats assault charge. [Insider]
Tags: Law, Congress, Cbs News, Standing, Free Speech, Ny Times, 1st Amendment, Salt Lake Tribune, New Texas, Morning Docket


"It just doesn’t feel right... that company CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai get to decide which politicians Americans can hear and which ones we can’t."

"Everyone mocking Trump’s misreading of the First Amendment would be foolish to dismiss that feeling. Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet (which owns Google and YouTube) barred Trump from their platforms after he incited violence on Jan. 6. They are private companies, and they had every right to do so.... But the fact that Trump failed so miserably to find alternatives to these platforms reinforces the common-sense feeling that they are not ordinary private businesses. Most people understand that the...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Law, Youtube, Censorship, America, Free Speech, Sundar Pichai, Zuckerberg, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Fred Hiatt, Ann Althouse, Mark Zuckerberg Jack Dorsey, Trump the ex-President


"The case arises out of an initiative by Kamala Harris, when she was California’s Attorney General, to force nonprofits to disclose to the state the identities of their major donors...."

"It was generally assumed that Harris wanted to know the identities of donors to conservative organizations so that they could be harassed by various California agencies, or so that their identities could be leaked in order for them to be 'canceled' by left-wing activists.... The Supreme Court has long recognized that forced disclosure of association with a group can chill First Amendment rights.... In my view, this should not have been a difficult case. But the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit...
Tags: Supreme Court, Privacy, Law, California, Court, Naacp, Free Speech, Kamala Harris, HARRIS, The Supreme Court, Sotomayor, Breyer, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Jim Crow South, Ann Althouse, Power Line


"The case arises out of an initiative by Kamala Harris, when she was California’s Secretary of State, to force nonprofits to disclose to the state the identities of their major donors...."

"It was generally assumed that Harris wanted to know the identities of donors to conservative organizations so that they could be harassed by various California agencies, or so that their identities could be leaked in order for them to be 'canceled' by left-wing activists.... The Supreme Court has long recognized that forced disclosure of association with a group can chill First Amendment rights.... In my view, this should not have been a difficult case. But the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit...
Tags: Supreme Court, Privacy, Law, California, Court, Naacp, Free Speech, Kamala Harris, State, HARRIS, The Supreme Court, Sotomayor, Breyer, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Jim Crow South, Ann Althouse


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' law punishing student 'indoctrination' is a 'disgraceful' assault on academic freedom, free speech experts warn

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a COVID-19 testing site, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. First responders and people over 65 years-old began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday during a trial run of the site which will open to seniors at a later date. Wilfredo Lee/The Associated Press DeSantis signed a law mandating public universities survey students and faculty on their political beliefs. Scholars and advocates said the law is "disgrace...
Tags: Post, Florida, Politics, News, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Yale, Aclu, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump, Joseph Stalin, Black Lives Matter, Free Speech, First Amendment


The First Amendment: Bonkers Or A Blessing?

An overview for anyone, including royalty, who may not fully understand the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Tags: Law, Free Speech, First Amendment, Constitutional Law, Small Law Firms, Diana Warshow


Clarence Thomas Snapchatting ‘F*** The First Amendment’ To All His Friends

Cheerleader wins case against school for off-campus speech. Thomas files lonely dissent.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Courts, Free Speech, Thomas, Clarence Thomas, Sam Alito, Clarence Thomas Snapchatting


"Young people need to have the ability to express themselves without worrying about being punished when they get to school."

"I never could have imagined that one simple snap would turn into a Supreme Court case, but I’m proud that my family and I advocated for the rights of millions of public school students."Said Brandi Levy (now an 18-year-old college student), quoted in "Supreme Court sides with high school cheerleader in free-speech dispute over profane Snapchat rant" (WaPo).The decision is 8-1, with only Justice Thomas dissenting, and Justice Breyer writing the opinion about Levy's barbaric yawp: "Fuck school,...
Tags: Supreme Court, Education, Law, California, Snapchat, Levy, Cheerleading, Free Speech, Thomas, Cohen, Robert Barnes, WaPo, Breyer, Ann Althouse, Des Moines Independent Community School District, Tinker


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a law punishing student 'indoctrination' at public universities and threatens budget cuts

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation that requires the public universities to survey students and staff about their beliefs. The surveys purportedly seek to determine the state of "intellectual diversity" on campuses. DeSantis said campuses that are "hotbeds for stale ideology" are "not worth tax dollars." See more stories on Insider's business page. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Repu...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, America, Trends, New York Times, Universities, Colleges, Republican, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Professor, Miami Herald, Florida House, Ron DeSantis, DeSantis


"But anyone who has spent a small amount of time with Mr. Zuckerberg knows that he’s uncomfortable with his immense power..."

"... he agonizes deeply about his every step. In my innumerable conversations with him over many years — often late at night over a phone, giving them the feel of a college-dorm jaw session — he maintained that he trusted Facebook’s larger community to clean out the vile, often-toxic dreck that flowed over his ever-larger platform. Mr. Zuckerberg believes in the perfectibility of man. I have studied the use of propaganda in Nazi Germany and during China’s Cultural Revolution. I told him that th...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Law, China, Germany, Censorship, Metaphor, Free Speech, Coke, Zuckerberg, Swisher, Kara Swisher, Ann Althouse


Microsoft Bing censored image searches related to the Tiananmen Square massacre on its 32nd anniversary - even for US users

Microsoft-owned search engine Bing was displaying no image search results for "tank man," a reference to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Screenshot/Microsoft Microsoft search engine Bing is showing no image results to users searching "tank man." The phrase references the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, where Chinese troops killed protestors. The apparent censorship comes as Beijing cracks down on vigils honoring those killed. Sign up for the 10 Things in Tech daily newsletter. Microsof...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, Politics, UK, News, Enterprise, Microsoft, China, Censorship, US, Trends, Tech, Search Engines, Beijing, Search Engine, Bing


Microsoft Bing still censoring Tiananmen Square massacre image searches hours after claiming to fix its 'error'

Microsoft-owned search engine Bing was displaying no image search results for "tank man," a reference to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Screenshot/Microsoft Microsoft search engine Bing is censoring image searches around the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Images of the infamous "tank man" and autocomplete suggestions weren't being shown to users. Microsoft claimed it was a "human error," but image searches still appeared to be missing results hours later. Sign up for the 10 Thing...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, Politics, UK, News, Enterprise, Microsoft, China, Censorship, US, Trends, Tech, Search Engines, Beijing, Search Engine, Bing


"Mocking an ideologically-based group can’t be made a basis for denying academic privileges in any open society worthy of respect. If accurate, this report shows Stanford Law School to be unworthy of treatment as an academic institution."

Tweeted Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, quoted in "A Stanford student bashed the Federalist Society with a satirical flier. He nearly missed getting his diploma" (WaPo). Stanford reversed its position after getting excoriated on the web yesterday. Below, you can see how the flier looked. It is subject to being mistaken as the real notice for the event, but that's how satire is done, and it's not as though there was a risk of anyone doing anything harmful if they were foolish enough to beli...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Stanford, Free Speech, Mark Joseph Stern, Wallace, Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law, Federalist Society, Stanford Law School, Stanford Law, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance, Stanford Federalist Society, WaPo Stanford


‘Race,’ ‘Diversity,’ and the University

If this was a good time for Canadian academia, you would not be able to tell from the blanket of almost absolute silence that has been pulled over universities. There is no euphoria, no celebratory mood, no applause for the changes that are happening. There is, however, a degree of infighting, mutual suspicion, recrimination, and […]
Tags: Race, Diversity, University, Racism, Canada, Anthropology, Identity politics, Black Lives Matter, Equity, Free Speech, Privatization, Private sector, Racial Discrimination, Liberalism, Liberal Party of Canada, Neoliberalism


Florida’s ban on bans will test First Amendment rights of social media companies

Florida governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law a restriction on social media companies’ ability to ban candidates for state offices and news outlets, and in doing so offered a direct challenge to those companies’ perceived free speech rights. The law is almost certain to be challenged in court as both unconstitutional and in direct conflict with federal rules. The law, Florida Senate Bill 7072, provides several new checks on tech and social media companies. Among other things: Platforms cann...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Florida, Government, Disney, Tech, Mouse, Comcast, Silicon Valley, Free Speech, First Amendment, Universal Studios, Ron Wyden, Clarence Thomas


Parler is back on the App Store with a 'PG' version that only cracks down on hate speech on Apple devices

This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Parler displayed on a smartphone with its website in the background. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images Parler returned to the App Store on Monday after it had been kicked off in January. On Apple devices any posts that are identified as hate speech will not be visible. The company's chief policy officer said it will be like a "PG" version of Parler. See more stories on Insider's business page. Parler returned to...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Politics, News, Trends, App Store, Hate Speech, The Washington Post, Free Speech, Amazon Web Services, Afp, Google Cloud, Tech Insider, Mark Meckler, Meckler


Vice obtained Larry Flynt's "absolutely wild" FBI file

Irving Alpert, writing for Vice News, writes that they FOIAd the recently-deceased publisher's "absolutely wild" FBI file. To the FBI, he was a person of interest. His 322-page FBI file, obtained by VICE News through a Freedom of Information Act request, contains a wild litany of events involving the Hustler honcho—from John DeLorean's cocaine bust and an alleged plot to hire a mercenary to kill Hugh Hefner and Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione, to an alleged effort by Flynt to blow himself u...
Tags: Post, News, Supreme Court, Fbi, Ronald Reagan, Hugh Hefner, Foia, Free Speech, Bob Guccione, Larry Flynt, John DeLorean, Flynt, Sandra Day O Connor, Irving Alpert


Viral video gives ‘distorted’ picture of class confrontation, professor’s defenders say

Cypress College advised the professor vilified in a class video to remain silent, even as a potentially one-sided view of her encounter with a student went viral and resulted in death threats to the professor, according to social media posts by colleagues. In an attempt to set the record straight, those colleagues have taken to Facebook  and started a to raise money for the professor’s security. The GoFundMe campaign, “Help us protect Professor Faryha Salim,” has raised more than $3,700 to hel...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Education, Congress, College, Stanford, Sport, Soccer, Higher Education, Colleges, Biden, Free Speech, Cal State Fullerton, Trump, Ellis


" It is not permissible for Facebook to keep a user off the platform for an undefined period, with no criteria for when or whether the account will be restored...."

"In applying a vague, standardless penalty and then referring this case to the Board to resolve, Facebook seeks to avoid its responsibilities. The Board declines Facebook’s request and insists that Facebook apply and justify a defined penalty.... Within six months of this decision, Facebook must reexamine the arbitrary penalty it imposed on January 7 and decide the appropriate penalty. This penalty must be based on the gravity of the violation and the prospect of future harm. It must also be con...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Censorship, Free Speech, Board, APA, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, USC Section, Facebook Oversight Board, the Trump resistance, Gregory Ogden, Federal APA


"Debate Erupts at N.J. Law School After White Student Quotes Racial Slur/A Rutgers Law student repeated an epithet from a legal case, and now Black students at the New Jersey school are calling for a policy on slurs — and apologies."

 The controversy began on Oct. 28, after a criminal law class all first-year students are required to take. In discussing the circumstances under which a criminal defendant could be held liable for crimes committed by his co-conspirators, the student repeated a quote from a defendant that appeared in an opinion written by a former State Supreme Court judge, Alan B. Handler. “He said, um — and I’ll use a racial word, but it’s a quote,” the student said, according to a summary of the incident wr...
Tags: Law, New Jersey, Free Speech, Law School, Black, Trenton, State Supreme Court, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Alan B Handler


Joe Biden Yells A Dumb Anti-Free Speech Trope In An Uncrowded Congress

Remember that precedent that never existed and isn't good law anyway?
Tags: Technology, Law, Congress, Government, Joe Biden, Free Speech, First Amendment


Was Spinoza a populist? [Long read]

Recent studies of Spinoza’s political theory in a contemporary perspective often place it in one of two categories, depicting him either as a defender of individual free speech and liberal democracy or as a champion of radical democracy and collective popular power. For some, he is something like a liberal supporter of the equal individual rights of all citizens to express whatever is on their mind, an early defender of “free speech.” For others, he is more like a left-wing populist championing ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, Democracy, Netherlands, Philosophy, Free Speech, Social Sciences, Hardt, Cicero, Republicanism, Supreme Council, Baruch Spinoza, Negri, Spinoza


DEFCAD Makes 3D Gun Files Public as 9th Circuit Kills Injunction

DEFCAD Unleashes Gun Files To Public Domain As 9th Circuit Kills Injunction, IMG iStock-Rich-Townsend 1264094186 SAN FRANCISCO, CA –-(Ammoland.com)- A panel of three judges out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a district court’s order that granted a motion from 22 states plus the District of Columbia that prevented the Department of State from removing 3D printed firearms associated with 3D printing files from the U.S. Munitions List – much to DEFCAD’s relief. DEFCAD and the Dep...
Tags: Guns, Obama, Congress, US, San Francisco, Commerce, John, Biden, District Of Columbia, Free Speech, Wilson, Nra, APA, Northern Virginia, CCL, Department of State


DEFCAD Unleashes 3D Gun Files To Public Domain As 9th Circuit Kills Injunction

DEFCAD Unleashes Gun Files To Public Domain As 9th Circuit Kills Injunction, iStock-Rich-Townsend1264094186 SAN FRANCISCO, CA –-(Ammoland.com)- A panel of three judges out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a district court’s order that granted a motion from 22 states plus the District of Columbia that prevented the Department of State from removing 3D printed firearms associated with 3D printing files from the U.S. Munitions List. Under the Obama administration, the Department of ...
Tags: Guns, Obama, Congress, US, San Francisco, Commerce, John, Biden, District Of Columbia, Free Speech, Wilson, Nra, APA, Northern Virginia, CCL, Department of State


Peers gagged.

The London Times reports on the progress of free speech in the U.K. Peers including Lord Heseltine and Baroness Boothroyd have been forbidden to speak to the press by the House of Lords after they failed to attend anti-bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment workshops. Sixty peers have fallen foul of the Lords authorities because they have not completed “Valuing Everyone” training. Boothroyd, 91, recently underwent heart surgery, and Heseltine, 88, is recovering from a knee operation. Th...
Tags: Law, Censorship, House Of Lords, Free Speech, Heseltine, London Times, Ann Althouse, Class Politics, U.K, Boothroyd, U K Peers, Baroness Boothroyd, Cancel Culture


"If the article shows your home or apartment, says what city you’re in and you don’t like it, you can complain to Facebook. Facebook will then ensure..."

"... that nobody can share the article on its giant platform and, as a bonus, block you from sending it to anyone in Facebook Messenger. I learned this rule from a cheerfully intense senior Facebook lawyer... who... was trying to explain why the service had expunged a meanspirited New York Post article about a Black Lives Matter activist’s real estate purchases.... The policy sounds crazy because it could apply to dozens, if not hundreds, of news articles every day — indeed, to a staple of re...
Tags: Facebook, Post, New York Post, Real Estate, Law, Censorship, Journalism, Ethics, Facebook Messenger, Jennifer Lopez, The New York Times, Ben Smith, Smith, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Michael Bloomberg


"When I talk to school administrators, they consistently tell me that off-campus speech bedevils them, and the lower courts desperately need some guidance in this area."

Said lawprof Justin Driver, quoted in "A cheerleader’s Snapchat rant leads to ‘momentous’ Supreme Court case on student speech" (WaPo). The case is about a 14-year-old girl's Snapchat that said, "Fuck school, fuck softball, fuck everything." She got suspended from the cheerleading squad. From the article: The [school] district, supported in the Supreme Court by the Biden administration, poses a number of problems: the student who publishes answers to the test; the player who undermines the coach...
Tags: Supreme Court, Bullying, Law, Censorship, Snapchat, Biden, District Of Columbia, Free Speech, The Web, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Dirty Words, Justin Driver


"Caitlyn Jenner has accepted Joy Behar’s apology for misgendering the California gubernatorial hopeful, telling the daytime host she’s 'not about cancel culture.'"

"'Don’t sweat it, @JoyVBehar,' Jenner, 71, tweeted early Saturday morning. 'I’m not about cancel culture. I know where your heart is. California has bigger issues than pronouns.'... '[Behar] didn’t say it pointedly. She kept making the mistake. She corrected herself, and then accidentally did it again. She was not being malicious by any means,' an insider told Page Six while pointing out that Behar is an 'advocate' who 'has been honored by [LGBTQ+ rights group] GLAAD.'"Page Six reports.Good move...
Tags: Law, California, Etiquette, Transgender, Free Speech, Caitlyn Jenner, Jenner, Apologies, Joy Behar, Behar, Page Six, Ann Althouse, Cancel Culture