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Euro NeoFascism

The soft fascism of the EuroLeft takes another step. As anyone who follows the stories about the one step at a time elimination of our freedoms in the name of these puerile rights things will know, some lefty EU would be gaulieter from Estonia is wetting herself over the idea that people, bloggers, are expressing opinions without running them past her and her mates first.

Euro MPs are preparing to vote on proposals for European Union regulation of blogs with the aim of countering a “dangerous” and unregulated blogosphere.

Marianne Mikko, an Estonian centre-left MEP, is concerned that growing numbers of blogs are being used by individuals with “malicious intentions or hidden agendas”.

Gosh. Verbally eviscerating EU policies with intent to expose idiocy I guess is what she is talking about.

“The blogosphere has so far been a haven of good intentions and relatively honest dealing. However, with blogs becoming commonplace, less principled people will want to use them,” she said.

Mrs Mikko has proposed that bloggers should be required to identify themselves and that some popular blogs should come with a declaration of interests.

Lemme reiterate – “The blogosphere has been a haven of good intensions”. WTF has this whittering booby been smoking?

“popular blogs should come with a declaration of interests”. Well, don’t think we are all that popular at Counting Cats, although we do have a fairly devoted followin. So, I am going to big note myself, pre emptively put myself in the company of the popular blogs, and declare – Ms Mikko, our interest is to ensure that stuck up, self righteous, freedom hating, moronic, neofascist, crapulous killjoys, such as yourself, are able to gain as little authority over all our lives as it is possible to ensure.


  1. bgc says:

    Good intentions aren’t the first thing I’d have associated with the blogosphere. As for outlining a declaration of interests, well what does this mean? If she’s talking about the philosophical/political stance of a blog then people would have to be really stupid not to figure that out quite quickly for themselves wouldn’t they? Perhaps she means that you should all lodge statements of financial assets, sources of income, and party or organisational memberships with the EUSSR Central Committee. This sounds a little excessive, but I suspect they’d consider it a good thing and in no way an infringement of your rights.

  2. Pa Annoyed says:

    I would guess she’s also talking about things like professional astroturfing; cases of companies (or governments?) setting up what appear to be amateur sites that express support, get the stories and rumours they want out, and all under cover of what appears to be impartial man-in-the-street opinion, bypassing the cynicism that is usually attached to official statements from an interested party, and possibly even bypassing standards on truth and accuracy.

    Obama can’t spread outright lies about Sarah Palin’s membership of neo-nazi Alaskan-Supremacist groups, but some bunch of semi-anonymous yahoos posting to you-tube can get away with it. The ad-agency Fenton Communications speaking on behalf of the their carbon-credit industry and Environmentalist clients won’t be believed, but the RealClimate blog run by “working scientists” in their spare time quite possibly will. And there are plenty of “Islamic charity” sites that are actually fronts for jihadi groups like Al Qaida and Hamas.

    But its a stupid and unworkable rule. Those who it is meant to stop can easily find ways round it, and only the poor ignorant masses will get caught in its net.

    These attempts to “regulate the internet” keep on happening, as various lobby groups try to sneak them through. Generally, MPs quickly get told it’s idiotic, and they drop it. But they have to be told each and every time. One of these days, the watchdogs like EFF are going to miss one, and it’ll get through.

  3. Curly says:

    You will be glad to learn that the proposal has been defeated (or shelved) – for now.

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