British Woman Leaves “Vile” Note On Ambulance . . . Police Arrest Woman For Public Disorder

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We have repeatedly discussed how Great Britain has been in a free fall from the criminalization of speech to the expansion of the surveillance state.  The alarming rollback on free speech rights in the West, particularly striking in England ( here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here).  Now, a new case shows how ambiguous laws are being used to criminalize conduct that was once viewed as simply rude or obnoxious.  A woman has been arrested for leaving a furious note on an ambulance of the West Midlands Ambulance Service for parking in a reserved space during an emergency call.  The note is disgraceful, but the arrest shows how England has plunged head-long into the waters of speech criminalization and regulation.

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Olympic Intrigue: Officials Investigating Whether Russian Was Sabotaged With Doping Drug

Meldonium.svgThis could be a case for Angela Lansbury  on Meldonium, She Wrote.  There has been considerable coverage of Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, a bronze medalist in mixed doubles  curling (with his wife), who tested positive for a doping drug.  Many of us immediately wondered why a curler would need to dope.  The sport is not viewed as the most intensive physical challenge.  Yet, after the comprehensive cheating by Russia (leading to the banning of their flag and identifications at these games), the doping allegations seemed all-too-believable for many. Now, however, officials are looking at the possibility of sabotage.

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Behold! A National Park Is Born

1600px-Cuernos_del_Paine_from_Lake_PehoéDouglas Tompkins, who founded The North Face and Esprit clothing companies has left a truly inspiring legacy with his wife Kristine McDivitt Tompkins in the creation of one of the world’s greatest national parks.  Chile has agreed to the establishment of a park in Patagonia stretching 10 million acres.  The park was based on land purchases for $345 million by the couple to protect this gorgeous and unique place. I cannot imagine a greater gift to humanity.

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Delaware Man Allegedly Ripped Off Thumb From 2,000-Year-Old Chinese Terracotta Warrior

imagesWe have previously discussed tourists who damage art and artifacts by their thoughtless conduct (here and here and here and here and here).  This includes people snapping off legs or fingers of ancient works.  Now Michael Rohana of Bear, Del. is accused of intentionaly snapping off the thumb of one of China’s ancient terracotta warriors on loan to the Franklin Institute.

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New Conservative Government In Honduras Moves Toward Criminalizing Internet Speech

250px-Flag_of_Honduras.svg170px-Coat_of_arms_of_Honduras.svgIn case you thought that the greatest threats to free speech in Latin America is coming from the leftist  Maduro regime, Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez is showing that such repressive policies can be found on either end of the ideological spectrum.  The Trump Administration supported Hernandez in his contested election despite widespread questions of election irregularities. Faced with various sites discussing these allegations, Hernandez’ government is pursuing a new and chilling law to criminalize any “hate campaigns” on the Internet.  This is one of our closest allies in Latin America and it has set itself on the course of criminalizing political speech.

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Duterte Tells Soldiers To Shoot Female Rebels In Their Genitals

rodrigo_duterte_and_laotian_president_bounnhang_vorachith_croppedPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte has shocked the world with his blood-soaked reign including his  orders to police to murder drug suspects and his bragging about his own murders.  Thousands of suspected drug dealers have been killed under Duterte.  Duterte has mocked those who object to the extrajudicial murders, including teenagers found dead.  Now Duterte has found a way to shock the world again after telling soldiers to  shoot female rebels in their genitals.   Many of us were alarmed by President Donald Trump’s praise of Duterte as “a good man” and praising his crackdown on drugs.  Duterte however shows no ability to control himself any more than his son (who has been implicated in drugs and corruption) or his henchman  . . . or his mouth. However, this not just some clown in office. Duterte is actively encouraging extrajudicial murders as a policy of this close allied nation.

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Court: It’s An Easter Cake. Really.

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We have been discussing the accumulation of power by the Russian Orthodox Church under Vladimir Putin, including crackdowns on free speech.  The latest victim is Irina Kudinova, who was charged with mocking the Church with the photograph above. Russian prosecutors charged her after she simply posted the above picture which was curiously portrayed as phallic and  indecent.  They alleged that this posted picture involved the “deliberate desecration of a religious object”  and “insulting the feelings of believers.”  A judge has ruled that it is merely an Easter cake and nothing more.

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