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My biggest motivation for creating my own blogs was to avoid the arbitrary censorship practiced by other blogs and various other Internet forums. Censorship will be avoided in my blogs -- there will be no deletion of comments, no closing of comment threads, no holding up of comments for moderation, and no commenter registration hassles. Comments containing nothing but insults and/or ad hominem attacks are discouraged. My non-response to a particular comment should not be interpreted as agreement, approval, or inability to answer.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a non-censoring blogger!

That's right, Iranian Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a brutal, tyrannical, anti-semitic, holocaust-denying homophobic dictator, is a non-censoring blogger. He even tolerates personal insults. It's all right here in this NY Times article.

He is eligible to join my Association of Non-Censoring Bloggers, but I am afraid to ask him to join -- there are too many crazies out there and having him as a member might have serious repercussions.

Mahmoud and I have a lot in common -- e.g., we are both holocaust revisionists and we both think that US support of Israel has been too one-sided. If he is a typical Moslem, he is probably also a Darwin doubter, like me.

In contrast to Mahmoud's no-censorship blogging policy, it is appropriate to present the Internet Censorship Hall of Shame:

Wikipedia

Panda's Thumb, a multiblogger Darwinist blog

Thomson-Scientific Co., which lists Panda's Thumb in its ISI Web of Knowledge scientific database

Electronic Frontier Foundation, which approves of arbitrary censorship on blogs and holds that bloggers should have special privileges without responsibilities

Kevin Bankston, an unscrupulous EFF attorney who threatened to block emails that I send to other EFF staffers

Law X.O blog, formerly Law Blog Metrics. Sponsored by Thomson Tax & Accounting and Thomson West and affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Refuses to post any of my comments.

Arbitrarily censoring bloggers Fatheaded Ed Brayton, Sleazy PZ Myers, and Wesley "Ding" Elsberry

Uncommon Descent, a multi-blogger anti-Darwinist blog. For the sake of fairness I must list one of my favorite blogs. At one time I would not even comment on UD because of the arbitrary censorship, but I changed my mind when I realized that I was cutting off my nose to spite my face.
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12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was cutting off my nose to spite my face.

It seems to have grown back.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 1:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You realize that such organ regeneration could be very threatening to the Muslim amputators?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 1:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From your cited article:
There is a political irony to Mr. Ahmadinejad’s blogging, since other Iranian bloggers, including reporters who worked for news Web sites, came under more pressure after his election. Hundreds of Web sites and blogs that were critical of the government have been blocked. Censorship has been so wide that the president’s blog was once blocked mistakenly along with Google for a day.

A lot more in common with these guys.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 2:06:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>>> Hundreds of Web sites and blogs that were critical of the government have been blocked. <<<<<

I guess you are right -- he is not eligible to join the Association of Non-Censoring Bloggers. But look at some of the comments that have been allowed, at least in the English version:

“I think you are an evil leader,” one comment posted by an American reader said. “Freedom and tolerance are necessities in this day and age, and the fact that your country kills intellectuals, journalists, minorities is horrible and deeply disturbing.”

Another reader said his claim at Columbia University in September that there were no gays in Iran was absurd and called his domestic policies “brutish.” Still another wrote: “Shut up please, would you? I get headaches reading your nonsense stuff.”


Saying that Fatheaded Ed, Sleazy PZ, Ding Elsberry et al. are no worse than Mahmoud is hardly praise.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 2:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is eligible to join my Association of Non-Censoring Bloggers, but I am afraid to ask him to join -- there are too many crazies out there ...

What, M.A. is not crazy enough for you?

Saying that Fatheaded Ed, Sleazy PZ, Ding Elsberry et al. are no worse than Mahmoud is hardly praise.

No, it isn't, is it. Perhaps you would like to reconsider the phrasing.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 2:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Voice in the Urbanness said...

> Wikipedia <

Does not censor arbitrarily. They do cut off access to those engaged in self-proclaimed "edit wars".

> Panda's Thumb <

No evidence that they censor arbitrarily, as you do.

> Thomson-Scientific Co., which lists Panda's Thumb in its ISI Web of Knowledge scientific database <

Quite reasonable. Panda's Thumb is not crappy or non-notable.

> Electronic Frontier Foundation, which approves of arbitrary censorship on blogs and holds that bloggers should have special privileges without responsibilities <

Your misinterpretation of what they say.

> Kevin Bankston, an unscrupulous EFF attorney who threatened to block emails that I send to other EFF staffers <

They probably asked him to cut off your spam.

> Law X.O blog, formerly Law Blog Metrics. Sponsored by Thomson Tax & Accounting and Thomson West and affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Refuses to post any of my comments. <

Did you abuse the privilege, as you have so many other places?

> Arbitrarily censoring bloggers Fatheaded Ed Brayton, Sleazy PZ Myers, and Wesley "Ding" Elsberry <

There is no evidence that any of these have ever censored arbitrarily. You have been challenged to show an example of this and you have ducked the question. You might redefine "arbitrary censorship" to throwing basketballs at a hoop, but by any reasonable definition they, unlike you, have not censored arbitrarily.

In the interest of fairness, I must point out that I am unaware of any arbitrary censorship by Uncommon Descent either.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 3:07:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>> Saying that Fatheaded Ed, Sleazy PZ, Ding Elsberry et al. are no worse than Mahmoud is hardly praise.

No, it isn't, is it. Perhaps you would like to reconsider the phrasing. <<<<<<

Why should I rephrase it? I like it the way it is.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 3:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nominated for "Idiot of the Year".

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 5:59:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

It is pretty sad when it is necessary to compare Wickedpedia, Fatheaded Ed, Sleazy PZ, etc. with Mahmoud in order to make them look not so bad. As King Lear said, "Those wicked creatures yet do look well-favour'd, When others are more wicked: not being the worst stands in some rank of praise."

Fatheaded Ed, Sleazy PZ, and Ding Elsberry each blogs in different places and practices arbitrary censorship in all of them. At least Mahmoud has one site that is relatively free of censorship -- his own English language blog.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 8:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Rosinante said...

> Fatheaded Ed, Sleazy PZ, and Ding Elsberry each blogs in different places and practices arbitrary censorship in all of them. <

Again the fatheaded sleazy dunghill Larry repeats a lie in the belief that repetition will eventually make it true. He has give no example of arbitrary censorship in any of these. The only proven censorship is on this blog.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 8:31:00 PM  
Anonymous JanieBelle said...

Voice in the Urbanness said,

"In the interest of fairness, I must point out that I am unaware of any arbitrary censorship by Uncommon Descent either."

Here, let me help you out.

Friday, December 14, 2007 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Voice in the Urbanness said...

Janiebell,

We may still wonder if that censorship is "arbitry". In the cases of the sites Larry has cited, there is no evidence of arbitrary censorship by anyones standard but Larry's.

He has been banned all over the net for the mindless repetition, personal attacks, and sock puppetry that he displays here.

Friday, December 14, 2007 5:28:00 PM  

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