Against hatred and intolerance we need education and civil courage. This is what Nobel science and Nobel peace is about.

Bishop emeritus Gunnar Stålsett, in a speech at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.

You can read his speech on the importance of science and peace in society on the blog of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

“Debunking the First Amendment Myths Surrounding Revenge Porn Laws” – Forbes

Danielle Citron, law professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, breaks down common arguments against the scourge that is “revenge porn” (nude or sexually explicit pictures of mostly young women posted on the Internet without their consent) and debunks them, using U.S. constitutional jurisprudence:

Some object to criminalizing invasions of sexual privacy because free speech will be chilled. That’s why it is crucial to craft narrow statutes that only punish individuals who knowingly and maliciously invade another’s privacy and trust. Other features of anti-revenge porn laws can ensure that defendants have clear notice about what constitutes criminal activity and exclude innocent behavior and images related to matters of public interest.

Even so, some argue that revenge porn laws are doomed to fail because nonconsensual pornography does not fall within a category of unprotected speech. To criminalize revenge porn, they say, the Court would have to recognize it as new category of unprotected speech, which it would not do. Another argument is that even if law could secure civil remedies for revenge porn, it could not impose criminal penalties because the First Amendment treats criminal and civil laws differently. These objections are unfounded and deserve serious attention lest they be taken seriously.

It’s an interesting read. Citron makes compelling arguments that show possible ways of acting against problematic issues on the Internet without casting too wide a net that would stifle valuable speech.

“Debunking the First Amendment Myths Surrounding Revenge Porn Laws” – Forbes

Object Thrown At Hillary Clinton During Speech

Years ago, at Obstwiesenfestival, someone threw a beer at the singer of Oceansize. Mike Vennart barely ducked and responded with a snarled, Manchesterian “If you want to get me, you’ll have to get up earlier, you little fuckwit.” I bet Hillary Clinton found other words when she ducked a shoe thrown at her by a woman at a Las Vegas event. She did joke about it.

You have to get up earlier to get Hillary.

Object Thrown At Hillary Clinton During Speech

President Obama gave an amazing speech to his Chicago staff, thanking them, talking  about his past as a young organizer and how proud he is of them and how much he believes in them

And it’s so real. So heartfelt. So honest.

He, maybe the best orator of his time, even does all the gesture people (okay: I) do when they give unscripted speeches about things that really matter to them: He awkwardly readjusts the perfectly adjusted microphone. He holds on to the microphone. He looks at his audience and doesn’t at the same time.

And he sheds a few tears.


(via @eli_stef / by BarackObamadotcom)