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Germany: Another Pro-Amnesty, Open Border Activist Killed By An Illegal Migrant Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 15:50:42 Id: ec88e4 [Preview] No. 10507 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
A Moroccan truck driver has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a German woman known for her activism on behalf of migrants.

Imagine our shock.

Sophia Lösche, 28, has been missing for a week since she embarked on a hitchhiking journey in Germany.

Police now suspect that she was murdered, and an international manhunt has led to the arrest of a 40-year-old Moroccan man who is said to have picked her up at a truck stop in Leipzig.

The man was reportedly traveling to Morocco when he was apprehended in Spain.

While German media has reported on the Lösche mystery at length, it appears that fewer outlets are reporting the identity of the suspect.

“Only smaller, regional newspapers are reporting about it,” notes Freie Welt. “This could be related to the fact that Sophia Lösche was active in the political left-wing spectrum and that a possible crime against a migrant supporter by possibly a migrant would be extremely dramatic.”

Lösche is affiliated with the pro-migrant group “No Borders Kitchen,” which works with migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, where thousands have landed after crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe.

She is also the sister of a Green party politician from Bavaria.

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Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 17:16:07 Id: 35740b [Preview] No.10515 del
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LOL


Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 18:14:19 Id: 576d11 [Preview] No.10516 del
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>>10515
>post image macros which have been around longer than chans
>catch shit from wailing anons

>massive emoticon faggotry
>somehow acceptable


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>>10516
Who's wailing? I don't see anyone wailing here.


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>>10517
Didn't say the wailing was on /news/. I suddenly don't care that much.



Good! Supreme Court Rules Amazon (And Other Online Retailers) Will No Longer Be Exempted From Sales Tax Laws Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 17:10:41 Id: ed4e4e [Preview] No. 10512 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Amazon.com Inc. shares slid 1.1% Thursday while bricks-and-mortar store operators rallied, after the Supreme Court ruled that states have the right to collect sales taxes on internet companies that do not have a physical presence in their states.

The 5-4 ruling “would give every retailer the opportunity to compete on a level playing field without government’s thumb on the scale,” said the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

Wayfair Inc. said in a statement that it “already collects and remits sales tax on approximately 80% of our orders in the U.S., a number that continues to grow as we expand our logistics footprint.” The online furniture retailer doesn’t expect the ruling to have a “noticeable impact” on its business.

https://archive.fo/a69Q0
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/amazon-shares-fall-after-supreme-court-ruling-on-sales-tax-as-brick-and-mortar-retailers-gain-2018-06-21

Thursday's Supreme Court decision overturned a ruling from 1992 that allowed online retailers to skirt sales tax collection responsibilities in states where they don't have a physical presence. Since Amazon already collects sales tax in every state on the products it sells directly, which account for roughly half of all units sold on its site, the court ruling should have less impact on how much it charges for its products.

The other half of products on Amazon are sold by third-party merchants on Amazon's marketplace. They potentially face the added burden of collecting sales tax in states that begin taxing online sales.

But Amazon stands to benefit from the ruling, at least so-called 'experts' say.

Most of Amazon's competitors, like Wayfair or Overstock, are in a more difficult position because they haven't been as rigorous or complete about collecting sales tax in states they don't have a physical presence. Now that they could have to collect tax throughout much of the U.S., beating Amazon on price will become even harder.

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Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 17:11:27 Id: ed4e4e [Preview] No.10513 del
>>10512
The more important question for Amazon is how Thursday's decision will change the way its third-party sellers, who have become a rapidly growing piece of the business, collect sales tax.

"Amazon can hide behind its marketplace to claim tax exemption because it's still going to pretend it's not a retailer — and not responsible for collecting sales taxes," Rafelson said. "There's still a lot of legal questions that need to be answered."

An Amazon spokesperson said in a statement that the company isn't commenting on the ruling.

https://web.archive.org/web/20180622170418/https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/21/why-amazon-wins-with-supreme-court-sales-tax-ruling.html

Only five states do not have a state-wide sales tax: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon. Alaska and Montana allow individual cities to collect local sales taxes, according to the Tax Foundation.

The 5-4 ruling is widely seen as a victory for brick-and-mortar stores, which previously said online retailers' ability to avoid sales-tax collection gave them an advantage. States also argued against the previous statute, saying it reduced their potential revenue from sales taxes as more consumers turned to digital shopping options.

President Donald Trump has also criticized Amazon, whose founder, Jeff Bezos, also owns The Washington Post, saying the online retailer does not collect any sales tax. Even before the Supreme Court's ruling, however, Amazon had said it was moving to collect state sales taxes on its inventory sold in all 45 states with statewide taxes.

Americans will have to wait and see to see how this really affects Amazon's monopoly as other online retailers will also be affected.

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Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 17:13:00 Id: ed4e4e [Preview] No.10514 del
My honest opinion is this will help the brick and mortar stores to compete on a more fair playing field as brick and mortar stores have NEVER been exempted from sales tax laws (unlike major online retailers).



Nows Your Chance, Germany! German SPD Said Preparing For New Elections, Euro Slides Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 14:15:33 Id: 83cedf [Preview] No. 10505 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
RELATED: >>>/news/10307 ; >>>/news/10372 ; >>>/news/10434

With just over a week left on Angela Merkel's CSU ultimatum to resolve the German "refugee" problem in a manner that is satisfactory to her populist coalition partner Horst Seehofer (and who famously said recently that he "can’t work with that woman anymore") and that sees an EU agreement that sends migrants back to their originating European nations, something which in light of recent Italian populist developments is impossible and effectively guarantees that Merkel will be unsuccessful, on Friday morning Spiegel reported that the next step for Chancellor Merkel now seems inevitable, and that Germany's SPD party is preparing for new elections, one assumes on the belief that the Merkel coalition government will collapse.

Specifically, Der Spiegel reported that Party Secretary General Lars Klingbeil held three internal meetings to prepare for possible new elections, which all happened late last week and early this week.

Topics covered included possible dates for new elections, which SPD strategists see in early September at the earliest.

According to the report, Klingbeil also ordered seeking out venues for special party summit, and that the SPD, which has seen a plunge in the polls in recent months, will contract a new PR agency regardless of whether new elections take place.

As expected, news that Germany may have new elections soon send the Euro - which until this moment had seen a sharp short squeeze - sliding. There has been no comment so far from either Merkel or the CDU/CSU.

https://archive.fo/rH4k8
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-22/german-spd-said-preparing-new-elections-euro-slides


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I truly wish the best for the German people, and to see that jewish bitch out of office. Hopefully yet another won't step up in her place.


Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 16:36:41 Id: 83cedf [Preview] No.10511 del
>>10510
That's why its important to vote the most nationalist parties in. Could you imagine if Germany flipped the way Italy did? It would be 100% GAME OVER for the EU's forced migration policy.



Good! US Supreme Court Rules Police Must Obtain Warrants To Track Cell Phone Location Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 16:28:43 Id: 5cf2db [Preview] No. 10508 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The Supreme Court ruled Friday that law enforcement cannot track people's movements for periods of weeks or months without a warrant.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court held that the acquisition of cell-site records by government officials is covered under the Fourth Amendment.

Chief Justice John Roberts who wrote the opinion sided with the court's four liberal judges; Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer - while Justice Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented.

While stressing that their decision doesn't question longstanding surveillance techniques and tools such as security cameras, Roberts said that historical cell-site records present even greater privacy concerns than monitoring via GPS.

"Here the progress of science has afforded law enforcement a powerful new tool to carry out its important responsibilities," Roberts said, adding "While individuals regularly leave their vehicles, they compulsively carry cell phones with them all the time."

"A cell phone faithfully follows its owner beyond public thoroughfares and into private residences, doctor’s offices, political headquarters, and other potentially revealing locales."

The conservative judges strongly objected - writing four times as much in their dissents than Roberts did for the court's majority.

Justice Anthony Kennedy said the government's search of cellphone location records was permissible because they were held by the service provider, not the individual. "The court's new and uncharted course will inhibit law enforcement."

Justice Samuel Alito called it a "revolutionary" ruling that "guarantees a blizzard of litigation while threatening many legitimate and valuable investigative practices upon which law enforcement has rightfully come to rely." -USA Today

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Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 16:32:31 Id: 5cf2db [Preview] No.10509 del
A lot of folks on ZH say they'll do it anyway. And this is likely true: except one major issue overlooked: they can't present location data as evidence in court against someone if there has been no warrant issued. So that evidence would have to be thrown out if surveillance not warranted. And for once I agree with these liberal judges, our right to privacy should be protected. I'm all for that, as much as I'm for arming the citizenry!



Such Good! Hungary Passes The "Stop Soros" Bill Reader 06/21/2018 (Thu) 11:36:25 Id: a62583 [Preview] No. 10475 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Hungary's parliament on Wednesday approved a package of bills that criminalises some help given to illegal immigrants, defying the European Union and Soros' human trafficking NGOs.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been a vocal critic of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door migrant policy and has led eastern European opposition to EU quotas that aimed to distribute asylum seekers around the bloc.

Orban's right-wing Fidesz party tightened its grip on parliament in an April election fought on a fiercely anti-immigration platform that demonised U.S. billionaire George Soros and liberal NGOs he backs. Orban accuses Soros of encouraging mass immigration to undermine Europe, a charge Soros denies.

Under the new law, officially called "STOP Soros", individuals or groups who help migrants not entitled to protection to submit requests for asylum or who help illegal migrants gain status to stay in Hungary will be liable to prison terms.

"The Hungarian people rightfully expects the government to use all means necessary to combat illegal immigration and the activities that aid it," Interior Minister Sandor Pinter wrote in a justification attached to the draft legislation.

"The STOP Soros package of bills serves that goal, making the organisation of illegal immigration a criminal offence. We want to use the bills to stop Hungary from becoming a country of immigrants," he said.

Parliament, where Fidesz has a two-thirds majority, also passed on Wednesday a constitutional amendment to state that an "alien population" cannot be settled in Hungary - a swipe at Brussels over its quota plan.

Immigration has become a major concern for voters across the European Union, helping to propel anti-migrant populists to power in Italy and Austria and threatening to fracture Merkel's three-month-old coalition in Germany.

Orban has drummed up support for his tough measures by exploiting Hungarians' memories of the large numbers of mostly Muslim migrants fleeing conflicts in the Middle East who surged into the country in the summer of 2015.

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Reader 06/21/2018 (Thu) 11:37:39 Id: a62583 [Preview] No.10476 del
Italy should do they same while they can!


Reader 06/21/2018 (Thu) 13:31:32 Id: 97fad2 [Preview] No.10478 del
Other than Merkel being forced to cave or possibly losing her govt coalition, this is the best news I've heard this week. Orban will sign this in and this is going to send shock waves around the EU.


Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 13:35:39 Id: d22754 [Preview] No.10504 del
This still leaves me with excitement. We actually have another country besides Russia actually kicking this kike the hell out.



So-called "Unbiased" FBI: New OIG Report Reveals There Was NO Real Investigation Into Hillary Clinton Reader 06/20/2018 (Wed) 12:25:28 Id: a031bc [Preview] No. 10457 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
RELATED: >>>/news/10330 | https://archive.fo/h1hvn

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her aides were never a target or even a subject in the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony.

“Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time,” Horowitz said while testifying to the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday, adding that fact was “surprising” for a criminal probe.

The Inspector General’s report explains that at no time during the former Secretary of State’s email investigation was she or any of her aides, including Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, designated as a subject of the investigation at all.

The report elaborates on this irregularity in more detail:

“The Midyear investigation was opened with an ‘Unknown Subject(s) [UNSUB],’ and at no time during the investigation was any individual identified by the FBI as a subject or target of the investigation, including former Secretary Clinton,” the report states on page 40.

“FBI witnesses told us that the ‘UNSUB’ designation is common and means that the FBI has not identified a specific target or subject at the outset of an investigation.”

“According to FBI witnesses, this allowed the FBI to expand the focus of the investigation based on the evidence without being ‘locked into a particular subject.’ With respect to the Midyear investigation, witnesses told the OIG that the FBI did not identify anyone as a subject or target during the investigation because it was unclear how the classified material had been introduced to the server and who was responsible for improperly placing it there.”

These findings contrast with ex-FBI Director James Comey’s statement to the Office of the Inspector General that Clinton was indeed a subject in the email investigation and was unaware of the “UNSUB” designations.

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Reader 06/21/2018 (Thu) 14:58:56 Id: fad8cd [Preview] No.10485 del
That doesn't surprise me at all. What does is that there are people out there stupid enough to believe the act they put on when running "against" each other.


Reader 06/21/2018 (Thu) 15:00:47 Id: fad8cd [Preview] No.10486 del
>>10485
Might help if the fucking webm I attached actually uploaded.


Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 13:29:55 Id: daa015 [Preview] No.10502 del
>>10486
>>10485
Well I guess you can call many in the FBI pretty stupid as their messages clearly show their support for Hillary and extreme dissent against Trump.



Trump Signs Executive Order To Keep Migrant Families Together While In Custody Reader 06/21/2018 (Thu) 13:45:52 Id: 07aa23 [Preview] No. 10479 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Bowing to pressure from the shitstream media and cucks, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.

It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision.

The order does not end the "zero-tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes all adults caught crossing the border illegally. But, at least for the next few weeks, it would keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases and ask the Defense Department to help house them. It also doesn't change anything yet for the some 2,300 children taken from their families since the policy was put into place.

The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents — images that have sparked fury, questions of morality and concern from Republicans about a negative impact on their races in November's midterm elections.

Until Wednesday, the president, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other officials had repeatedly argued the only way to end the practice was for Congress to pass new legislation, while Democrats said Trump could do it with his signature alone. That's just what he did.

"We're going to have strong, very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together," said Trump, who added that he didn't like the "sight" or "feeling" of children separated from their parents.

The "zero tolerance" policy put into place last month moves adults to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services.

https://web.archive.org/web/20180621134247/https://apnews.com/1dafadd6fee4447cadd4a0179553026e/In-reversal,-Trump-orders-halt-to-his-family-separation-rule
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Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 00:13:12 Id: 7dad2e [Preview] No.10494 del
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>>10479
Child separation policy is not a Trump policy
It was Bill Clinton that started it, this has been going on for a long time. Trump just went along with "established policy". So if they try to burn him with the question "Where did all the girls and babies go", it will be difficult to nail Trump for it without explaining all the other years it was in place.

So two decades of this crap went by, you can bet the systems of child trafficking are well entrenched.

One thing I noticed is it appears they have lots of trolls out there, posting comments about "why does everyone suddenly care about the children" and "The Democrats need to stop whining" and "The Republicans never cared about them before, they are hypocrites for caring now" and yada yada. Every excuse possible to diminish how people react to what is going on. And that by itself speaks volumes.

I can't think of anyone with a normal brain that could look at that Wal-mart picture and think it is OK, and not be shocked that it is an improvement over what Obama ran - I can't believe anyone with a normal brain would think it is OK that it cannot be immediately answered where the girls and babies are, - people posting as if they are all upset that people "suddenly care" definitely have something to hide and come off as nothing but naked trolls that are trying to diminish the fact that they have been BUSTED.

The troll reactions alone are strong evidence not everything is on the up and up, they probably really are selling off at least a fair number of the girls and babies. Into what? There is plenty to guess. - Jim Stone


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>>10494
pic related


Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 04:28:21 Id: c84990 [Preview] No.10497 del
>>10491
Politicians rarely address the problems of average American workers... and God forbid when they do, they fuck things up even more. Let them focus on space, theres nothing out there they'll fuck up.


Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 04:56:53 Id: be4110 [Preview] No.10499 del
>>10497
Unless space aliens actually exist. Then we'll engage in trade with them just to slap embargos and sanctions on them to agitate them into war. And the deception runs before they've even been discovered. "Aliens all want to kill us because look at these movies." I believe if they're out there, they're making a wide berth around earth.


Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 13:24:37 Id: ede02b [Preview] No.10501 del
>>10499
I doubt we'll ever see any aliens, and even if they do exist I doubt we'd be able to properly communicate with them.



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Park Service gives OK for "Unite the Right" anniversary rally. Gentlemen. Prepare you your fals 06/21/2018 (Thu) 23:06:57 [Preview] No. 10492 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
WASHINGTON -- An organizer of last year's deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia has been granted initial approval to host another rally in August, this time in the heart of the nation's capital. The National Park Service says it has approved an application for a "Unite the Right" anniversary rally to be held in front of the White House.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/park-service-gives-ok-for-unite-the-right-anniversary-rally-in-front-of-white-house/

https://archive.fo/Eh9hT


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>last year's deadly "white supremacist" rally in Virginia
Charlottesville. I haven't seen a gathering of bearded kikes that large since the BBC's documentary on synagogues.


Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 04:43:05 Id: 81d507 [Preview] No.10498 del
Oh golly, what should we expect? More Soros NGOs and paid undercover federal provocateurs trying to demean conservatives in the eyes of the public with their corporate state-run media presstitutes? Well I'm not buying it Uncle Sam!

Anyone who attends these kinds of events (liberal or conservative oriented) are fools. Full of hired provocateurs and if you try stopping them YOU end up being the one arrested. Public honeypot for the cops. I'll be safe at home!


Reader 06/22/2018 (Fri) 13:23:12 Id: 3e184f [Preview] No.10500 del
>>10493
Yep. Charlottesville was one big ass psyop to make average conservatives look bad. Another great example... don't fall for these "alt-right" loonies, many are hired provocateurs.

You are much better off and safer staying at home as cops try snaring up all their traps with their anti-fa commrades.



MODERN SOVIET UNION, EU, ADOPTS INTERNET CENSORSHIP MEASURES, CONTENT FILTERING Reader 06/20/2018 (Wed) 13:31:04 Id: c2ff2f [Preview] No. 10458 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
BE PREPARED: >>>/b/17224 | https://archive.fo/CnxIm

The EU's plans to modernize copyright law in Europe are moving ahead. The Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament (JURI) just adopted several proposals, including the controversial "upload filters." Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda is disappointed but notes that the fight is not over yet.

Through a series of new proposals, the European Commission is working hard to modernize EU copyright law.

These plans have not been without controversy. In particular, Article 13 of the proposed Copyright Directive has been widely criticized as it would pressure online services to monitor and filter uploaded content.

The article states that online services are liable for any uploaded content unless they take “effective and proportionate” action to prevent copyright infringements, as identified by copyright holders.

That also includes preventing allegedly infringing files from being reuploaded, which implies some form of hash filtering and continuous monitoring of all user uploads.

Today, the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament (JURI) voted on the issue. With a 15 to 10 majority, the Article 13 proposal of Rapporteur Voss was adopted. This means that the plans move ahead in their current form, despite massive public outcry.

Over the past year, we have repeatedly covered the widespread opposition. Legal scholars, digital activists, politicians, all worried that the upload restrictions would violate the rights of regular Internet users.

In recent weeks, the wave of protests swelled. More prominent figures sounded the alarm bell, including Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, the Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle, and Jimmy Wales from Wikipedia.

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Reader 06/20/2018 (Wed) 19:04:01 Id: 0621b1 [Preview] No.10466 del
>>10465
So then what exactly does this law do for the end user? I can't upload images to imageboards that are subject to a copyright despute? This is already the case.

>What do you mean by Tor being blocked
Tried posting from ToR. Said I was blocked.


Reader 06/20/2018 (Wed) 19:18:53 Id: ac80be [Preview] No.10467 del
>>10466
The block is for everyone on Tor. There should be the option to get a block bypass by filling out a captcha.


Reader 06/20/2018 (Wed) 20:56:52 Id: ca8f3f [Preview] No.10471 del
>>10466
The law is not to enforce standard copyright law, thats only a ruse. Its to hold all owners of website forums / image boards / interactive blogs / social media services / file hosts / etc. ACCOUNTABLE for what their users do or post. It mandates upload filtering algorithms similar to deep packet inspection to block unwanted or forbidden content (and this could literally apply to anything, even a picture taken from a copywritten movie: think memes).

If they try enforcing this wide scale they are crazy - the backlash would be extreme. As far as European web providers, they will suffer the brute force as every content owner will simply switch to US-based providers or services in other countries OUTSIDE the EU's jurisdiction.

<Tor problem
There is a virtual anti-spam 'shield' set in place on most image boards if you use stuff like VPNs or Tor, you have to fill out the block bypass captcha and click the button, then reload the web page and you can post as usual.


Reader 06/21/2018 (Thu) 11:15:42 Id: d1868c [Preview] No.10473 del
>>10466
>>10471
I think the the real purpose is to get alternative places like this site - among other chans - shut down. Why? Not because of copyright infringement but because they look at alternative platforms as a threat. So they are simply going to bully smaller forums and user-friendly websites into content filtering compliance. Why? To shut up the dissent. To shut down legitimate debates. To shut up people like us who they shun as (to put it in Hillary's context) "the deplorables" (and make no mistake that goes for everyone, not just Trump's fan club). They don't like free speech and they want it gone.

Well I have news for them, I'm not intimidated, they are going to earn a whole lot more hatred from the general public by censoring our content. They'll go down as tyrants, mark my words. The internet will figure out solutions and those solutions will leave them with even less control then before.


Reader 06/21/2018 (Thu) 19:56:45 Id: e0a2c3 [Preview] No.10488 del
Benefit of the doubt:
What's your p2p contact?
Gpg key?
Eepsite or v3 Onion?



Attacks Against Open Internet Expanding: PayPal Is Cutting Off Donation Payments To P2P Services Reader 06/20/2018 (Wed) 14:29:24 Id: f7f839 [Preview] No. 10460 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Soulseek, one of the oldest file-sharing applications around, has been banned from accepting donations through PayPal due to piracy concerns. According to digital rights group EFF, which tried to intervene on behalf of Soulseek, this is a form of "financial censorship" that's become increasingly widespread.

Founded around the turn of the last century, Soulseek is a small dinosaur in the file-sharing world.

Created by former Napster programmer Nir Arbel, the application swiftly turned into a tight community of music fans, which is still active today.

Over the years Soulseek operators Nir and Roz Arbel have seen other file-sharing tools come and go, but all this time they remained dedicated to their principles. Despite its name, Soulseek had long found its purpose.

While it kept a relatively low profile, Soulseek is not immune to the “stigma” that comes with being a file-sharing tool. In 2015, PayPal cut off its ability to collect donations, claiming that sharing tools required pre-approval, even though that policy didn’t exist when it signed up.

Soulseek is not a profit-oriented platform but donations are welcomed. Without PayPal, this became a challenge, but luckily for the developers, the Electonic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was able to intervene.

February 2016 everything returned to normal when the PayPal account was restored, for a while at least. Earlier his year, PayPal apparently changed its mind and booted the application once again.

Soulseek operator Roz Arbel was told that the application violated the payment service’s acceptable use policy and that ‘pre-approval’ was required for ‘file-sharing’ tools. It was pretty much the same recycled argument from years before.

Faced with this deja-vu, Soulseek turned to EFF for help once again, but this time PayPal wouldn’t budge.

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Kikepal doesn't have the weight to throw around to pull this shit anymore. Any time they do shit like this it only makes people want to use them less. We all know they only answer to whoever feeds them, but they're quickly turning into a fossil and will go down that way. Any time people pull this type of shit it means they or the hands that feed them are afraid.


Reader 06/21/2018 (Thu) 11:05:07 Id: 609957 [Preview] No.10472 del
>>10470
I rarely ever use paypal, I do my best to stay away from using them. I think Paypal has blocked other legit transactions as well, its just another one of those establishment monopolies like Google or Amazon. I avoid those services like the plague. I should donate some money to Soulseek because I do use it.


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>>10470
>Kikepal
You hit the nail on the head with that one.