Apr 082017
 

Anybody else ever notice how common headlines like this are? “He was an activist for X, and it turns out he was actually…”

He lobbied for gay rights and opposed Trump — now Seattle’s mayor is accused of sexually assaulting minors


And because why not, the world ain’t half weird enough:

It’s now illegal in Russia to share an image of Putin as a gay clown


And on the subject of Russia… if you still have a LiveJournal account, it’s time to close it out. LJ was sold to the Russians years ago and in December the servers moved to Russia; you are now subject to Russias laws regarding censorship and control over the internet. You are not allowed to post political discussions without first getting LJ’s approval (i.e. the Russian government), and if you have more than 3,000 views per day you’re supposed to register as a media outlet.

Russian-Owned LiveJournal Bans Political Talk, Adds Risk of Spying

 

 Posted by at 9:22 pm
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    • Rick

      real sh*tty eraser on that one 🙂

  • Paul451

    It’s now illegal in Russia to share an image of Putin as a gay clown

    And not illegal as in “you will be subject to a fine”, the penalty is imprisonment in a psychiatric institution.

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    • Rick

      at least they codify the law. Offend the wrong politician or class here or worse, support the “wrong” one, and you get fired, blackballed, labelled racist/Nazi/something evil and sued into extinction. A prison term or actual arrest would be a lot better and then you’d get at least some semblence of the justice system.

      • Paul451

        A prison term or actual arrest would be a lot better and then you’d get at least some semblence of the justice system.

        Being subject to indefinite psychiatric detention and “treatment” is not a prison term, nor even a semblance of justice. It is, however, a common tactic of oppressive regimes. Subtler than simply “disappearing” political enemies.

        • Rick

          not arguing that. Was pointing out that there are worse things than treatment or detention. A life can be destroyed by unwritten “laws” and punishments meted out based on “policy” and “public opinion” or even spurious accusations.

  • Rick