FACEBOOK: Due Process

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Response to friend:

You obviously haven’t been spending much time on social media — good for you.  The nut jobs are indeed demanding he be criminally investigated, and they’re being fueled by all sorts of re-shares claiming that it’s possible.

I’m a little stunned by your remark about due process — of course there is a need!  The “due process” being referred to is the presumption of innocence and the recognition that guilt must be based on evidence alone.

It means he has a right to confront these accusations, and to do so publicly without being told: “Shut up, you’re not allowed to speak!”

It means not forcing the man to “bear witness” against himself, the way the Left is trying to present his anger and tears as evidence that he is mentally unhinged.

It means not convicting a man on the basis of an accusation, when not a single shred of evidence has been presented.

This is absolutely about due process.  It a sense, that is the ONLY thing this is about.  The Constitution isn’t simply a piece of paper — it represents a set of values one would hope the vast majority of us still believe in, even if we can’t always agree on how they should be applied.

This is essentially the same battle going on right now over free speech, only framed in a different light.

Some people think the free exchange of ideas is a good thing, regardless of the merit of the particular ideas being exchanged.  Others believe there should be limits placed upon what is considered acceptable speech, but that such limitations should not come from the government.  And others do not believe in free speech at all.

More Facebook Censorship

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I’d posted a link to my 9/11 entry because I knew the Facebook mods weren’t about to let any talk of terrorism stand — wouldn’t want to trigger any supporters of radical Islam on September 11th, now would we?

But I wasn’t really expecting them to go after the comments.  Not just mine, even:

A friend of mine left that response, and I’d gotten in the habit of taking screen shots after Facebook began its discriminatory campaign of forbidding Russian bots the freedom of visual expression.  (Which is incredibly racist, by the way.)

I replied to my friend in two installments.  I’ve gone ahead and spliced them together and inserted the urls as hyperlinks, rather than attachments:

Fewer religious duties would go a long way toward establishing an interplanetary market and make some of that Martian spirituality Bradbury and Heinlein waxed so fondly about accessible to the average middle-class Earthling.

Unfortunately, I do not see this happening any time soon. Those who promote the economics of Islamic mercantilism have successfully lobbied for a fatwa again Martian emigration, and recent polls have shown that there are still Christians who do not believe in space.

Which is a damned shame, considering that the Price Wars between the Jews and the Sith have made interplanetary travel cheaper than ever.

Not that this means anything to the Sikhs, because they never seem to make it past TSA. 🤷‍♀️

Oh, and from what I understand, the Buddhists have filed a class-action lawsuit against Science, alleging Science to be riddled with fat-shaming and ableist microaggressions.

As a cripple, I hope they win.

Facebook soon flagged all three comments for review, making them invisible, though it still showed that three comments had been left on the post.  I checked my Facebook history, and all traces of my comments had been removed from there as well.

Fortunately, I never type anything lengthy directly into Facebook, but instead copy and paste from my Note app.  So reposting would be fairly simple — or so I thought:

I eventually realized that in order to repost, I’d need to change a couple of punctuation marks.

After successfully reposting both comments, I followed up with a message to the Facebook mods:

I should note that the three original comments briefly reappeared this morning, only to be deleted a short time later.  As of right now, my two reposts and one friendly invitation to social media censors remain untouched.