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The greatest threat to your future, the greatest risk to the American Republic, is from the unprecented assault on Free Speech, committed by the media, Silicon Valley, politicians, Hollywood producers, and the academy.

Unlike Antifa, #BlackLivesMatter and a couple of idiots on the far right too, I don’t believe that violence is the answer to political disputes. That’s why I’m staging Berkeley Free Speech Week, a week-long festival of free expression, for libertarians, conservatives, and their liberal friends too, including everyone who has been prevented from speaking at UC Berkeley in the last 12 months.

Hmm, no web site yet. Stay tuned. (UPDATE, from Nanny G in the comments: Check freespeechweek.com. Also, Milo has a blog post with a few details.)


News you can use – Getting free of Biased Google: I have not tried all of these yet, so I can’t vouch. Please comment with your experiences. Hat tip, Black Pigeon Speaks.

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  1. Milo is going into the belly of the beast (Berkeley) and he has devoted each of four days to an explosive free speech issue.

    Of course, Berkeley will deny him any rights because he is prejudged as the Mt. Vesuvius of H-A-T-E S-P-E-E-C-H and is therefore a threat to civilized society, truth, justice and the American Way. The First Amendment does not protect Hate Speech, you know. Well, if you didn’t know, Berkeley will inform you liberally, artfully and definitively. It has been determined by minds far greater than yours. No feelings dare be triggered.

    Comment by Heliotrope — August 19, 2017 @ 12:26 pm - August 19, 2017

  2. I’m half expecting the Alt Left to shut this one down, too (like the Peaceful March on Google). But, we have to keep trying.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 19, 2017 @ 12:47 pm - August 19, 2017

  3. Btw…Brave comes with built-in ad blocker. On android, Brave makes zerohedge and breitbart way better.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 19, 2017 @ 1:06 pm - August 19, 2017

  4. OT: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/18/trump-can-rebound-politcally-and-probably-will–again-commentary.html

    Comment by Ignatius — August 19, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - August 19, 2017

  5. Interesting new web browser, Brave.

    Not exactly new, about two years old now. Also, it’s basically still in ‘high beta’ development [ie, under version 1.0] which means it’s prone to crashing a lot (though in my personal experience less so in recent months than previously). But when it crashes, it crashes, often wiping out everything. So if you are relying on a browsing session for critical work or other applications where you want to be able to reboot your computer and then pick up where you left off, use another browser or carefully record where you left off in case Brave decides to do one of its occasional flake outs.

    It’s “ad blocker” is designed to be more of an “ad replacer”, where the company behind Brave substitutes its own, presumably less annoying, ads for the embedded ones. Right now this is optional, but I would anticipate it becoming more or less mandatory down the line as this and its new payment system are the ways they are planning on funding their project. As more WWW sites become increasingly resistant to ad-blocking technology, look for more pages to become ‘broken’ when viewed in Brave.

    It is also not as adaptable as Firefox or Chrome are and while that could change, it probably won’t until way past Beta releases.

    Still, it’s a nice backup browser, and unlike Chrome, you can turn automatic updates off.

    Comment by RSG — August 19, 2017 @ 1:40 pm - August 19, 2017

  6. I’ll try Brave.

    I LOVE Gab.
    At least two of us from here are there.
    Should be more.
    It has a TV area for anyone to make videos on, a Chat, a public area and a private IF you become a member.
    Before the recent Utah election they had a Utah-only chat room.

    I use Duckduckgo.
    It is more fair in finding based on majority of searches.
    Google had become Big Brother literally hiding what I recollected from me finding the web page.

    Comment by Nanny G — August 19, 2017 @ 1:44 pm - August 19, 2017

  7. To clarify, Gab is a replacement for Twitter, not Facebook. It has been in the news in the past day or two after Google removed the native Android app from Google Play as a TOS violation. Fortunately for Android apps, it can still be obtained [as an .APK file] and installed from the home page. As Twitter becomes more and more restrictive as to content violations (real or perceived) expect its presence to become more prevalent.

    The downside is that because it was created to be a true free speech platform, it’s rapidly becoming a haven for the truly radical right (as, ahem, evidenced by the presence of one of our regular commenters). Still, if your idea of a bar is more akin to the cantina in Star Wars rather than one in a hotel where most of the patrons are in coats & ties, then you’ll be right at home.

    Comment by RSG — August 19, 2017 @ 1:56 pm - August 19, 2017

  8. Brave is still in development, and has a number of bugs, such as what seems to be an uncontrollable pop-up blocker (some sites which rely on those don’t work properly) and problems with the initial tabl not responding to bookmarks.

    I will continue to try it, but I will continue using Chrome until something just as good comes along.

    Comment by Craig Smith — August 19, 2017 @ 2:54 pm - August 19, 2017

  9. Smartphone – I’m not sure here; you can ditch Android for iPhone or Windows, but is Apple or Microsoft (co-founder of MSNBC) an improvement?

    Would you rather have a bad case of the flu, a norovirus attack, or just severe back pain (with occasional spasms) for most of a week? None of the above? Sorry, but you have to choose at least one.

    Such is the state of mobile platforms today. There is no “homebrew” option, and likely will not be for quite some time, if ever. (Remember, mobile platforms need to play nice with and be supported by wireless providers who are pretty OCD about what and who gets to use their networks.) That’s why there are no strict “Linux for Mobile” phones (though Android and even iOS are distant cousins).

    Apple’s iOS is extremely user-friendly, has many advanced cutting edge apps, and is the choice of most right-brained users. It’s also less prone to hacks, malware, and hostile apps. But becoming part of the Apple ecosystem requires a generous bank account (due to the proprietary hardware which is on a brisk planned obsolescence cycle) and a tolerance for frequent platform updates, which in turn almost always requires software (app) updates soon after. It can feel like the one task the device is most used for is updating apps. But hey, ‘new & improved’ is what the cool kids want and you do want to be a cool kid, right?

    Windows Phone? Welcome to the next BlackBerry. Seriously, do you know anyone who has one? Other than a die-hard Windows fan (yes, like Flat Earthers, they are out there) most who use a regular PC have no desire to extrapolate that to their cell phone. Despite the hype coming from a Place Called Redmond, the number of available apps is far less than that of iOS or Android. That won’t change very much over the coming months. If Microsoft wasn’t the Martina Navratilova of technology companies, they would have relegated the Windows Phone to the same place Mrs Gates’ Bob resides today. Also, let’s not forget that back when little Google’s practiced motto was still “Don’t Be Evil” the original Big Brother Evil Corporation was Microsoft. That hasn’t changed much, just that their eponymous presence has been pushed to the side with the rush towards mobile devices and usage, to which they were uncharacteristically caught off guard. But hey, if you’re nostalgic for a Nokia-branded phone, Windows Phone has you covered.

    So now we’re back to Android. The most flexible mobile platform out there. Anyone can develop an app and get it listed on the Google Play store, ready for download by anyone with an Android device, even cheap $50 tablets. True, if the powers that be don’t like your app, they can remove it from the store, but that doesn’t prevent you from downloading from the developer’s own site and installing it yourself. Even official Android will let you do that (unlike Apple). Also by far the most amount of apps. Want an app specifically to help you keep track of your bird-watching subjects? Android has that (or several of them). Because of the friendliness towards developers, most businesses who are testing the app waters will develop an Android app first and then, if successful, an iOS app. Want a choice of hardware from several different manufacturers? Android gives you that option. Android also allows its platform to be forked to a certain degree, enabling other developers to tweak it for their own needs and goals (this is what powers Amazon’s Kindle Fire line of tablets).

    In summary, either you like your smartphone as is or you don’t. Each platform has its pluses and minuses (with one having more minuses than the others). The struggle over which platform is more politically correct according to one’s ideology reminds me of the debate over retail stores. “Walmart oppresses its workers! They’re wage slaves who depend on public assistance!” “Well, Target wants little girls to be molested by creepy old men in their restrooms!” “Yeah, well Kmart—wait, is Kmart still around?”

    No entity behind anything is perfect or will always align to your belief system. It’s absurd to expect everything in your life to do so. Don’t allow your choice of technology to be overridden by your political beliefs any more than you would your food choices (“Cheese is a product of animal slavery!” “Meat is murder!” “Milk is racist!”). Just as no one will ever convince me to stop shopping at Walmart or Target, no one is going to convince me that Android is more better or more evil than iOS or that I should stop using both and find out what the latest offering from BlackBerry is. There are a number of considerations to take into account when using technology; the behavior of those behind such technology should only be one of them.

    Comment by RSG — August 19, 2017 @ 3:29 pm - August 19, 2017

  10. With Apple donating big bucks to the hate group, the Southern Poverty Law Center, they can kiss my ass, too.

    Comment by Khiri — August 19, 2017 @ 7:10 pm - August 19, 2017

  11. I was an early adopter of ProtonMail; I like it very much. Also dumped Goolag after their most recent outrage (also Chrone); DuckDuckGo seems to be a fine replacement.

    Comment by Bastiat_Fan — August 19, 2017 @ 7:43 pm - August 19, 2017

  12. A book I just ordered: Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest

    With Obfuscation, Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum mean to start a revolution. They are calling us not to the barricades but to our computers, offering us ways to fight today’s pervasive digital surveillance — the collection of our data by governments, corporations, advertisers, and hackers. To the toolkit of privacy protecting techniques and projects, they propose adding obfuscation: the deliberate use of ambiguous, confusing, or misleading information to interfere with surveillance and data collection projects. Brunton and Nissenbaum provide tools and a rationale for evasion, noncompliance, refusal, even sabotage — especially for average users, those of us not in a position to opt out or exert control over data about ourselves.

    Comment by V the K — August 19, 2017 @ 8:45 pm - August 19, 2017

  13. Media Reports: Entire White House Council Resigns En Mass Over Trump’s Response To Charlottesville!!

    Media Does NOT Report: That Council was formed by Obama, and never met once during Trump’s term.

    Comment by Craig Smith — August 19, 2017 @ 9:41 pm - August 19, 2017

  14. C’est vraiment super.

    Merci pour l’Amerique, Milo et les autres.

    Badaboum.

    Comment by Cyril — August 19, 2017 @ 9:55 pm - August 19, 2017

  15. Ironically, you can find several very useful videos on YouTube showing how to change your default web browser on your cell phone.

    I now use DuckDuckGo. Although I might start using the brave web browser occasionally just to give it a few clicks.

    It may be just me, but I think the DuckDuckGo browser is less cluttered than Google.

    Comment by Beaches — August 20, 2017 @ 1:01 am - August 20, 2017

  16. 1. “Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest” — noted and will be purchased today at a brick n mortar Barnes and Noble.

    2. Stop posting every thought that comes into your head. You’ve already given the government every bit of information about you. Stop!

    3. Take a walk around the block WITHOUT YOUR SMARTPHONE. Next time, make it two blocks. Go shopping without it. Work you way UP to ditching smartphone and using a flip phone.

    I dare you.

    Comment by Julie the Jarhead — August 20, 2017 @ 7:29 am - August 20, 2017

  17. On second thought, I just ordered book through my local bookseller.

    Comment by Julie the Jarhead — August 20, 2017 @ 7:36 am - August 20, 2017

  18. “The greatest threat to your future, the greatest risk to the American Republic, is from the unprecented assault on Free Speech, committed by the media, Silicon Valley, politicians, Hollywood producers, and the academy”

    Sure it is….except of course it’s fine when we burn the music of the Dixie chicks And corporations ban their airplay because they happen to speak out against a potential war.
    But God forbid someone speaks out against misogyny and racism

    Comment by mike — August 20, 2017 @ 8:23 am - August 20, 2017

  19. “But God forbid someone speaks out against misogyny and racism”

    Is that done by calling a mid-40’s woman carrying an American flag in Boston a “Nazi c@nt”?

    Or is that done by throwing urine bombs at police?

    Or maybe it is done by yelling “I want to gas you like you did to my grandparents” to a Jewish man who happens to think Freedom of Speech is a good thing?

    Now, mike, is this what you are advocating?

    So far these are all examples of individuals. What about when governments start restricting Free Speech. You know like the Governor of VA and the Mayor of Charlottesville restrict legally authorized Free Speech events?

    What about when duly elected members of government call upon the ACLU to stop defending Free Speech advocates on one side of the political spectrum?

    You defend anti-fascism by being a fascist. Funny that.

    Comment by TnnsNe1 — August 20, 2017 @ 11:12 am - August 20, 2017

  20. Hey mikey, when do you intend to speak out against the misogynistic libeling of Sarah Palin as committed by your Democrat Party and its New York Times?

    And when do you intend to speak out against the racist epithets like “Uncle Tom” and worse that your Democrat Party screams against conservative minorities like Ted Cruz, Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Tim Scott, Ben Carson, and others?

    The answer is never. Which means your caterwauling about racism and misogyny is nothing but a disgusting malicious lie, proving that you, like your Democrat Party, are vile racist hypocrites.

    That’s why we laugh at you and it’s why you and your Democrat Party are becoming more and more irrelevant.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 20, 2017 @ 11:36 am - August 20, 2017

  21. Please keep me up to date!

    Comment by an ol exJarhead — August 20, 2017 @ 11:57 am - August 20, 2017

  22. Thanks for all you do in keeping us well informed. News You Can Use is being shared with all the assorted SJW’s I know and try to love, particularly family and friends who think they are getting the whole story from fake news media. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by T Polar — August 20, 2017 @ 12:10 pm - August 20, 2017

  23. Pale Moon is a good browser as well.

    Comment by Papa Giorgio — August 20, 2017 @ 12:24 pm - August 20, 2017

  24. Notice how mike boldly misunderstands something uncomplicated and simple:

    “The greatest threat to your future, the greatest risk to the American Republic, is from the unprecented assault on Free Speech, committed by the media, Silicon Valley, politicians, Hollywood producers, and the academy”

    The ASSAULT ON FREE SPEECH by the media, Silicon Valley, politicians, Hollyweird producers, and the academy” is accomplished by CENSORSHIP AND PUNISHMENT.

    Here’s mike:

    when we burn the music of the Dixie chicks And corporations ban their airplay because they happen to speak out against a potential war.

    When I burn the music of the Dixie Chicks, I am dealing with my property just like a woman aborts her property and kills it. I am boycotting, just like you giving Chick-fil-A the finger every time you drive by and don’t go in. The corporations that ban airplay are making a revenue decision based on their calculations. No radio station is required to play any artist because ….

    This is how leftist mental disease manifests itself. The derangement syndrome is so advanced, that anything which triggers the “victim” is automatically immoral, illegal and vile.

    Hollyweird does not speak to the deplorables and has no intention of doing do. The CEO of Apple just virtue signaled his ideology by giving $2 million to the hate group: Southern Poverty Law Center. Good on him, he is exercising his first amendment rights. But how about those Mozilla people and all the gays who have been working to get the Prop 8 proponents fired? And how about those politicians stoking the Antifa and BLM flames and demagoguing what is completely in their wheel house to repair, rebuild or replacea? And the Academy Awards? And the Kennedy Center Awards? And the establishment media? One church and one hymnal and preaching to their choir about their righteous, pious and politically correct marching as to war to trample out the scourge of anti-socialism.

    Sorry, mike. Your world is all whine and geez and no substance. What do you want? You want from each according to his means and to each according to his needs. When do you want it? You want it yesterday. How do you get it? You make the deplorables obey.

    Comment by Heliotrope — August 20, 2017 @ 12:24 pm - August 20, 2017

  25. Antifag fights racism and misogyny by calling a Boston cop a “stupid ass black bitch.”

    https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/antifa-boston-police-officer/

    Comment by V the K — August 20, 2017 @ 12:43 pm - August 20, 2017

  26. Media Does NOT Report: That Council was formed by Obama, and never met once during Trump’s term.

    And they were so clever in doing their resignation letter, with the first letter of the first word in each paragraph spelling out R-E-S-I-S-T. However, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities was created by President Reagan and was simply most recently filled by President Obama. Donald Trump was president for 210 days before they got around to jumping ship. What took them so long? Who the action really insulted was the Honorary Chairwoman, Melania Trump. But great going artsy-fartsy types: the White House has announced that the Executive Order creating the committee will not be renewed. So don’t count on the imprimatur of government to promote that which comprises your careers. Now get going on establishing a private foundation to take over the work of the Committee, including all the youth arts programs which it promoted.

    Comment by RSG — August 20, 2017 @ 1:41 pm - August 20, 2017

  27. Speaking of feminism, this just in, which may make you, either, throw up, laugh your butt off, or face palm — light-skinned people of color should check their privilege too

    https://everydayfeminism.com/2017/08/light-skinned-poc-spaces

    That peculiarly anti-1A skin color obsession keeps raging on, it seems, on the left.

    The true racists calling other people racist, when not willing to buy into their cultural (or plain vanilla) marxism.

    Precious.

    Comment by Cyril — August 20, 2017 @ 3:43 pm - August 20, 2017

  28. The Opera software company has been around for a very long time. Their browser is a tried and true platform that I have been using for about 10 years now. A few years back, Opera rebuilt their browser on the Chromium engine upon which Google Chrome spyware is built. The Chromium engine makes Opera the fastest browser out there. The features and extensions with Opera are impressive. For laptops, Opera has the best battery saving feature of any browser.

    Comment by b0yzero — August 20, 2017 @ 4:17 pm - August 20, 2017

  29. Opera is not a bad browser; it’s one of my backup ones which I use routinely. But it was a better product before the switch to building on Chromium. I suspect it was also a better company before they got bought out a few years ago, as well.

    Comment by RSG — August 20, 2017 @ 7:29 pm - August 20, 2017

  30. I use a Blackberry phone (with physical keyboard), DuckDuckGo, Oprah Browzer, Linux OS and when I am frightened of Hillary/Obama/ others, Tor Network.
    No Apple, Google or MS.
    I am not bragging; just offering

    Comment by geoff schneider — August 20, 2017 @ 7:40 pm - August 20, 2017

  31. https://milo.yiannopoulos.net/2017/08/free-speech-week-at-berkeley-is-coming-soon/
    Milo has a few more details.

    Sunday, 9/24 Feminism Awareness Day
    Monday, 9/25 Islam
    Tuesday, 9/26 Silicon Valley
    Wednesday, 9/27 The Higher Education Establishment

    Keep an eye on MILO’s Facebook for details as we make them public. An event website will be available soon at http://www.freespeechweek.com.

    Comment by Nanny G — August 20, 2017 @ 7:48 pm - August 20, 2017

  32. Milo makes me proud to be fellow legal immigrant, pro-America, staunch anti-communist, anti-anything leftist in general…

    … anecdotically also, as a french, straight, mixed race male, of catholic faith as well.

    Comment by Cyril — August 20, 2017 @ 8:31 pm - August 20, 2017

  33. (Bring it on, amerikan commies, 9/24; keep showing your true colors)

    Comment by Cyril — August 20, 2017 @ 8:32 pm - August 20, 2017

  34. This the best website/blog out there.Has anyone used Bing as a browser instead of Google. I’m on a mission to several all ties with all left leaning products. As a designer it’s hard to not use an Apple computer, but I ditched my iPhone for Droid, although that’s essentially a Google based product. I don’t use Barnes and Noble after their stunt with Milo and shredded my rewards card with them. Unfortunately living in Massachusetts prevents any discussions with rational thinking people. It’s like living in the Twilight Zone.

    Comment by David — August 21, 2017 @ 7:19 am - August 21, 2017

  35. David, I hear ya! I’m in Malden. 😉

    Comment by Julie the Jarhead — August 21, 2017 @ 7:51 am - August 21, 2017

  36. #34+#35. I am in the southern part of Maine, commonly known as “North Massachusetts”.

    Comment by TnnsNe1 — August 21, 2017 @ 1:32 pm - August 21, 2017

  37. Thanks everyone!

    Nanny G – your info made it to the main post 🙂

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 21, 2017 @ 4:20 pm - August 21, 2017

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