Here is a sample of comments which were censored by the Palo Alto Weekly, and – here’s again, to Checks and Balances…

For your viewing pleasure – here’s a  very short sampling of  censored comments which I picked from the page I dedicated to the ongoing censoring (link #1):

Posted (and disappeared) from thread titled:  “Gone to the dogs: Stanford Shopping Center” (link #2):

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
13 hours ago
Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Readers should note that the Editors are freely removing comments which totally conform to their Terms of Use.

Be aware that what you are being allowed to read has been censored without explanation.


Posted (and disappeared) from thread titled: “High school self-studies yield data on counseling, school climate” (link #3):

Posted by village fool
a resident of another community
56 minutes ago

Am I the only one to wonder about – self study?
Can self study raise difficult questions? Can self study hear the fringe? the silent? those who need help? those who question the status quo?

I am reminded of the discussion about the ombudsman – Web Link

Here’s to checks and balances. All of them.


Posted and Removed from thread titled: “Man who tried to run over officers nabbed after late-night manhunt”  (link #4):

Posted by Hmmm

a resident of East Palo Alto
1 hour ago

Hmmm is a registered user.

Juan, thank you for reposting your comment. I am very sorry for what you experienced, and that the police weren’t helpful to you.

I don’t think, however, in this case, that profiling was at work. Since the car had been reported stolen, the officers noticed that it matched the info about the stolen car, which is why they stopped him. It was late at night, and traffic was minimal, making it easier to notice the car. I’ve been around LEOs enough to know that they do try to pay attention to stolen vehicle descriptions, and respond accordingly when one is spotted.

I have witnessed real racial profiling on the Peninsula, and it’s truly awful. My heart goes out to you.


Posted (and disappered) from thread titled: “Mysterious school policy proposal becomes hot potato”, (link #5) 

:Posted by George Orwell

a resident of East Palo Alto
1 hour ago

George Orwell is a registered user.

Apparently I cannot grasp the virtual world’s technicalities. My comments, complementing those in charge of this virtual board keep disappearing. I’ll deeply appreciate any advice.

I am trying to overcome my technical ignorance. Here is my comment, again:

Well done. Restrict the thread, silence the discussion!

The following was written long long time ago about England:
“…The sinister fact about literary censorship in England is that it is largely voluntary.
Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban. Anyone who has lived long in a foreign country will know of instances of sensational items of news — things which on their own merits would get the big headlines-being kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that ‘it wouldn’t do’ to mention that particular fact. So far as the daily newspapers go, this is easy to understand. The British press is extremely centralised, and most of it is owned by wealthy men who have every motive to be dishonest on certain important topics….” G. Orwell.

And so it continues.

And, yes – I hope to post a “real” post (or more) soon… I have allot to say.

Thank you for your time!

village fool




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