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WHAT IS HATE SPEECH?

Most of us will probably agree that verbally threatening someone’s life or threatening violence on the body can be considered hate speech. It often is also criminal to do so, and is called extortion if money or something of value is requested also.

Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran has threatened to annihilate Israel so should this kind of speech be censored in the press or on the internet if it is a tweet for example? It is not that clear that the censorship of hate speech should occur if it is from an enemy or potential enemy world leader.

Bullying verbally or abusive speech is trying to verbally or visually ruin someone’s reputation and may originate from hateful feelings but can you realistically censor all insults, put downs, name calling, profanity, ridicule, and humiliation which are the verbal and visual weapons used to attack someone’s credibility or reputation? Clearly this censorship is mission impossible even though civility demands that you should behave morally and ethically in positions of public leadership and minimize abusive speech. There are varying degrees of abusive or so called hate speech so the subject is far more complex than just a handful of rules to follow. For example you can casually say asshole once or repeat it about 4 times with a mean tone of voice so there are degrees of abusive language or so called hate speech.

The current media is especially guilty of character assassination attempts so should they be censored or even prosecuted for hate speech? The answer is that new standards of moral or ethical free speech will have to be instituted to reduce lying or fake information, fake news, and fake allegations to restore some semblance of trust in the media, leadership, and restore some trust in government institutions such as the Supreme Court, judges, FBI, and local police officers. It should be obvious by now that two much unbounded free speech and video leads to instability and chaos in the long duration. But lying is slander or libel if it is about a person and this is a criminal act subject to prosecution and fines. It is a criminal form of hate speech designed to destroy a reputation.

Pedophilia speech, visuals, and videos should definitely be censored and offenders severely prosecuted and incarcerated for their criminal “free speech” which very remotely can be considered to be mild hate speech.

Bullying and verbal attacks are incredibly hard to process for hate speech, especially with artificial intelligence or algorithms, since there is so much complexity which is not clearly right or wrong, black or white. Yes, slander and libel are a category which should definitely be censored criminally even for public officials especially if slander or libel is designed to destroy someone’s reputation in public.

To summarize, hate speech is threatening violence on someone, pedophilia, and libel and slander. If you say that you hate someone, some may claim this is hate speech but the reality is that it is merely an emotional reaction to someone and does not qualify as genuine hate speech.

Yes, there is uncivil or abusive speech in public by leaders which can be considered immoral or unethical speech but it reflects the way that many humans behave in real life and is fundamentally not considered criminal speech. Hate speech must be considered to be criminal speech. Abusive speech should be minimized in public but it is not criminal speech to be prosecuted and fined.

It is sad to see the president use abusive speech on occasion but that is the new reality which is abhorrent but not criminal. It is not a high crime or misdemeanor  or hard core hate speech so you can’t be impeached for using abusive language which nevertheless can seem very shocking for some. Yes, being rude, abusive, and mean is bad speech and could theoretically be considered hate speech but how in the world do you censor it with a bot or algorithm?

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MORAL DILEMMAS WITH PARTIAL, TOTAL, OR NO SOLUTIONS!!!

There is a lifeboat which can only hold 7 humans without sinking and there are 30 humans to be saved. What would you do? It all depends on who is being saved and under what circumstances.

If the water was ice cold and I was the captain with authority then I would save the children first followed by the youngest women and then the youngest men and seven lives would be saved.

If the water was warm children and young women would have the first priority but I would make them undress and tie a dress, shirt or pants together to form a rope. There would only be about 5 in the lifeboat holding on to the clothes rope permitting another 10 to be saved by holding on to the clothes rope outside the lifeboat. 15 lives would be saved.

Theoretically if all thirty undressed and made at least 15 ropes long enough to tie to the boat then all thirty could survive by being in the water with no one on board with 2 holding on to each clothes rope. So theoretically all 30 could be saved as long as they did not tire of holding on to the rope.

Yes, to solve the problem you have to know Archimedes principle of buoyancy and a little ingenuity with a clothes rope.

It is World War II and you are in a concentration camp and the guard says choose which of your two children will get gassed. If you don’t choose one then both your children will get gassed.

This is a very cruel and serious terminal situation and chances are great that all three of you will die eventually so it really doesn’t matter what you do or say but you could perhaps try to reason with the ruthless guard and offer him something that he may like.

If you are a female then you could say if you don’t gas either child then I will have sex with you. If you are a male then you could say I will suck your dick and give you a massage three times a day if you don’t gas my children. Trying to change the subject or an offer of sex or some humor could remotely get you out of the dilemma for a while. This topic is cruel and unusual with no realistically good choice or solution in real life.

Just like most fantasized highly improbable moral dilemmas, the third and last moral dilemma is really a highly improbable one with a realistically zero probability of happening or maybe a one in a trillion chance of happening. There are two of you stranded on an island and both terminally ill with an antibiotic which can save only one life. What would you do?

I would probably split the antibiotic in half and give one to myself and the other half to the other party. However, let’s be realistic. How do you know that you are both terminally ill with something without a diagnosis from a doctor? How do you know that the antibiotic will cure just one of you without a doctor’s advice? If you are stranded on an island then you will probably both die of starvation sooner or later. So in conclusion I don’t think this is really a realistic moral choice at all.

If there truly was a realistic moral choice the question really is- would you save yourself or a buddy or perhaps a stranger? I would probably save myself first unless it was my child or wife who would have first priority.

Conclusion:

I have read many other moral dilemmas which are frankly so hypothetical and improbable that they are not worth considering because it is the realm of improbable fantasy.

One more final example of a supposed moral dilemma.

You are a judge who is going to sentence a criminal for murder. Suddenly you find out that your children have been kidnapped and the kidnappers threaten to kill your children if you find the murderer guilty. What would you do?

Well I would call the FBI to capture the kidnappers if possible and delay the sentence for another time until the kidnappers were apprehended. This example is not a moral dilemma but rather a question of legal criminal procedures or extortion.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT EXTORTION*

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Extortion:  n. willfully and nonfraudulently stealing property primarily with the threat of force

Give me the money or I will break your arm or give me the money or I will kill your offspring or give me your wallet or I will shoot you are all examples of extortion where you are using the threat of force to get what you want.

A stickup or holdup is really a subset of extortion.
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WHY ISIS WILL REFORM OR FAIL IN IRAQ!!!

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High oppressive taxation of its citizens and extortion of money from the wealthy are making more and more enemies for ISIS within its controlled territory. Intel is being gathered in increasingly greater amounts from turncoats in the population. The leader of ISIS has been killed and more leaders will face the same fate in the future if it does not reform its practices and eventually become part of greater Iraq again.

ISIS could try soviet style military rule and shoot any of its soldiers in the back for not defending its existent territory which is dwindling by the month. Unless ISIS succeeds in imposing more tyrannical rule over the population, I predict that ISIS in its present form will soon no longer exist.

The New York Times states that according to the Rand study ISIS is strong financially but the real question is for how long? Tikrit has fallen, Ramadi is probably next and soon ISIS in its original dogmatic form will change or cease to control the vast territory which it acquired so quickly.

Holding on to that territory is becoming a greater challenge than conquering it militarily in the first place.  If the humans whom you control no longer begin to fear you then you are in trouble politically and unless ISIS becomes as ruthless as Sadam Hussein, I predict no great longevity for the New Islamic State which ISIS now controls.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT OVERDRAFT FEES+

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An overdraft on an account is really a temporary loan by a bank for x amount of dollars for a given customer.  If the fee exceeds 10% of the overdraft amount then the bank should be found guilty of usury or extortion and forced to pay a fee and/or imprisonment time for those responsible for imposing the usurious fee.

 

Legal enforcement will be necessary to avoid loan sharking by banks who charge a flat rate of $35 for an overdraft of $349 dollars or less. Justice is possible but usurious rates must be stopped and banks must operate within the law or not at all.

 

To understand what usury is read my blog on The truth about usury.

 

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THE TRUTH ABOUT USURY+

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Usury: n. charging more than 10% on a loan and being guilty of extortion

Usury must have a numerical percentage limit on it or the word usury has no meaning and should be terminated as a word.

Sure, you can say that a potential customer has a risk factor greater than 10% so it makes sense to lend money at more than 10% interest. Yes, but what if the customer risk is 90% then should you lend him or her money at 90% interest? The answer is definitely no and if the risk factor is greater than 10% then no loan should be made to that customer by law!!!!!!

Whether the loan is for a day, a week, a month, or a year, more than 10% is a usurious rate and should be forbidden by law!!! Most credit card companies are usurious enterprises and should be regulated severely by the government to no more than 10% on a credit loan! That is true justice and not the sky is the limit philosophy on usurious rates of return!!!!!!

 If you charge more than 10% on a loan then you are a loan shark and should be fined and/or imprisoned accordingly!!! You are guilty of extortion or taking advantage of  or injuring the financially desperate!

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