[LINK] THE Federal Government had rejected mandatory
filtering of the Internet to stop child pornography
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Tue Dec 7 08:04:49 EST 2004
At 08:54 PM 6/12/2004, David Goldstein wrote:
>America aint no bastion of freedom of expression far from it,
>it heavily censors those whose views dont fit. It doesnt need
>a filtering system it has the courts and religious right.
I would add two words to change the impression David gives here. Those
words are "any more". Prior to Bush's takeover of the country in October
2001 [he was on vacation most of the time before then, even though he took
office in January], the US wasn't like this. I do hope people remember
that and don't try to revise history, at least the time in my memory, to
suggest otherwise. It is disgusting to me as an American the way things
have gone. I used to be proud of my heritage and still am, of the
heritage. It's the current state of affairs that makes me sick. Pity
what's happening to Australia, too, under the current government. The
sheep aren't only in the paddocks. Present company mostly excepted.
It's funny what gets allowed and what gets stopped when comparing various
countries [I won't call them cultures]. In Australia, brothels and
gambling are legal nearly everywhere. In the US, it was that Nevada had
the only legal brothels and legal gambling. The gambling bit has changed a
lot recently. Not sure about brothels. The amount of sex and nudity shown
open broadcast TV is/was? much higher in Australia than in the US. Cable
was different, breaking ground with the subscription only Playboy channel
in the 70s [don't quote me on the year].
What was that saying about let them eat cake and bread and circuses?
Jan [come on guys, where are the silly season jokes? This is much too
serious. :-) ]
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
jwhit at melbpc.org.au -- http://member.melbpc.org.au/~jwhit/whitentr.htm
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