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TBH, it seems like all the American mainstream news outlets are, with the exception of PBS.

I'm not saying they aren't, but holy crap that is painstakingly bad.
 

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Even PBS (and their cousins at NPR) have pulled equally egregious boners in recent memory, so that's *all* the major news outlets.
 

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No more AnalFinal Gear in Britain by default?

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/202876/uks-porn-ban-censors-way-more-than-just-porn/
But where this gets extra problematic is that Open Rights Group reports that Cameron?s plan filters out a lot more than porn by default. An example of an account settings page from the site reads:
?Parental controls?
Do you want to block
? pornography
? violent material
? extremist and terrorist related content
? anorexia and eating disorder websites
? suicide related websites
? alcohol
? smoking
? web forums
? esoteric material
? web blocking circumvention tools
 

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I find the more I read about the Default Filter it sounds relatively acceptable for the majority and easy it would be to opt out. The question I have is how the Open Rights Group made their list. I believe the "esoteric material" they refer to sex magik which advocates sexual activity that would be objectionable to some also one gains more power in sex magik when the subject is younger.
 

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Even PBS (and their cousins at NPR) have pulled equally egregious boners in recent memory, so that's *all* the major news outlets.

I'm sorry, but that interview was quite simply unacceptable. It was a dreary ad hominem attack segment.

Here's the long and short of it: The segment was so slanted NO ONE who watched it got a clue to what he had actually written. It's a complete load of utter rubble, if they want to illustrate he attacks Jesus unfairly, then you need to tell me what he says about Jesus. If he's on the fringe, I won't need to know if he's a muslim or not.

The interview was a mess. The interviewer was far more concerned about a narrative than about the subject, and that, no matter your politics, makes that one of the worst interviews I have ever seen outside autocratic nations like Iraq or China.

It is easily among the ten worst interviews I have ever seen. That's speaking as a journalist.
 

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I can sort of understand why they would target the term "brown bag" (kinda overkill isn't it?), but can someone explain to me how the term "citizen" is potentially offensive?? This political correctness nonsense is getting out of hand.

"Citizen" could stupidly be considered discrimination based on nationality.
 

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I didn't know Italy even had a Jail...

Yep, and in Italy if you are a seismologist you get sent to jail if you get predictions wrong.
 

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I can sort of understand why they would target the term "brown bag" (kinda overkill isn't it?), but can someone explain to me how the term "citizen" is potentially offensive?? This political correctness nonsense is getting out of hand.

I'm having a harder time with the term "brown bag". I looked it up on google, lots of links back to the seattle story. Looked it up on Urban Dictionary, its primary definition does not fit this context. I am guessing here that the civil rights advocate believes that "brown bag" mean an older women of hispanic descent with darker skin.

If that is what they are saying "brown bag" is I would suggest banning burritos with any beans other than pinto as the other bean could be offensive to African American Mexicans. Perhaps we should also say that "white paper" is offensive too. For example "Did you read Mark's white paper on implementation of scanning in the office place?" clearly they are disparaging Marks caucasian roots. Also lets ban "low-hanging fruit" as its anti-gay and "think outside the box" which is anti-heteronormative.
 

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They simply need to re/read the First Amendment. There used to be a law here in Michigan that said basically, you could not curse or use other foul language in front of women and children. It had to be struck down in the courts after a guy canoeing was cited for it. It was foolish when passed, and even more foolish when used.
 

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I can sort of understand why they would target the term "brown bag" (kinda overkill isn't it?), but can someone explain to me how the term "citizen" is potentially offensive?? This political correctness nonsense is getting out of hand.

I'm guessing it's because lots of people who aren't citizens are illegal immigrants, a phrase that's also under attack. None of these "embattled" terms ever seem to be offensive so much as accurate.
 

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You cannot solve racial issues with language. On the contrary in my opinion: Because it is so ridiculous, when you tell people how to speak, that it rather supports racism as a spite reaction.

The same goes for trying to make terms gender-neutral. In the majority of all cases it only provokes jokes and the only ones, who really care about it are people you would never wanna have as guests on your party...
 
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I didn't know Italy even had a Jail...

Oh yeah, and I'd would not be surprised if one of Bunga-Boy's companies either built it, owns it or runs it. (Or all three. :p)

Yep, and in Italy if you are a seismologist you get sent to jail if you get predictions wrong.

Quite right too!

Who do you think should be in there?
Mafiosi or corrupt Politicians or something? :rolleyes:
 
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