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Just because you have an absolute freedom of speech doesn't mean you should go as far as possible.
Thank Hell that I am not the only person in the world that cares about due diligence, about facts, about truth, and refuses to give in to the idea that how something makes you feel – or that it makes you feel – is far more important than whether it's true before I start sharing it around to my friends. That's kind of an important idea to me. I've written about it at great length before; I've said it so often and so much that "due diligence" has become both a catchphrase in a joke within my household.

And I'm okay with that.

Someone has coined the perfect phrase to describe the random feels-evoking crap floating around primarily on social networks:

"Viral fiction."

That's exactly what it is. It ain't true. It ain't real. It never happened. People are passing it around because it already confirms their prejudices, their beliefs, and the fact that they had an emotional reaction to it. There are sites that focus almost entirely on creating this sort of shit (Upworthy, ViralNova, the Daily Mail by all accounts), a link tagged with that is the source being a sure way of getting me not to ever follow something you share.

(The other way is, of course, link-baiting headlines: if your headline includes a number not preceded by a dollar sign, if your headline includes the phrase "you won't believe," if your headline includes the phrase "this easy method" – you may be an idiot, you may be a fool, and you may be a moron, but I can tell you something that you will never be – and that is a source of something that I care about.)

Learn to recognize viral fiction. Learn to recognize it and inoculate against it. Under recognize it, inoculate against it, and eradicate it from your life because along with understanding due diligence and why it's important, recognizing viral fiction and aggressively avoiding it as toxic to anything like good thinking is going to be increasingly important if you want anyone to take you seriously.

This has been yet another public service announcement.
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The main exceptions to free speech protection include: 
Defamation (includes libel and slander): discussed in greater depth below.

Obscenity: The Supreme Court test for obscenity is as follows: (a) whether the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest; (b) whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law; and (c) whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

Fighting words: As defined by the Supreme Court, fighting words are "those which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace."

Causing panic: The classic example of speech causing panic is someone yelling "Fire!" in a crowded movie theater. Speech may be suppressed where a reasonable person would know that his speech is likely to cause panic and/or harm to others.

Incitement to crime: Speech that spurs another to commit a crime.

Sedition: Speech that advocates unlawful conduct against the government or the violent overthrow of the government.
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I originally shared this to my circles only, but really, everyone needs this.
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Some days, you think you're on top of your game, you're hot, you're on fire, but everyone else can see you're really fighting with a potato... and losing.
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He might well be.  The losing part was actually metaphorical.
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I love you guys.  The discomfiture on the gentleman's face was also well done.  Thank him for me.
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"L'enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et désirs"     - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Commonly translated as: The road to Hell is paved with good intentions   The President cannot give in. He. Can. Not. And you don’t want him to...
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Saw these acrobatics at Dragon*Con. Had to come see. Sorry about the amateur photography by me.
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As someone who wrote something once, I can tell you this is good.
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Whut? What did G+ just do? They rearranged everything!
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Yeah. It's weird.
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Netizen since 1989.  Born in 1970.  I remember the original Sesame Street.  I remember Hello Kitty when she was a baby.  I was an English major and journalist. Now I'm a medical transcriptionist.  I also edit papers.

My latest clue:  The word "drama" can be used as a cover for bullying.
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