Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Disclaimers and Policies

Section I 
1. (hereafter "TWAFHAB") is marketed as and in fact is “one man’s opinion”. This content is not nor should it or anything said on it or printed on its’ website be construed as “legal, tax or financial advice”. If you make investing or legal decisions after enjoying this content it is recommended that you consult a qualified professional first. If you don’t the decision is yours and yours alone.
2. Every attempt is made to be accurate as to presenting “factual information” on both the broadcast and the website. That said totals exactly two people, myself and my wife.  The amount of vetting we can do is limited and when we cite a well known news source we are doing just that, not independently reporting the story. Whenever they are deemed to be major mistakes corrections and retractions are published. If you feel something that effects you or your company is in error on any broadcast simply bring them to my attention and if verifiable I will correct them.
3. TWAFHAB is not and should not be viewed as a “News Source”. While I may discuss current events and cite sources that are both conventional and unconventional media sources, once again the views expressed are the opinions of one man. While I always strive for accuracy I can and will be wrong at times, as any honest human will have to admit to.
4. If you choose to cite my content as a source for any piece of information you do so with the knowledge of the items expressed on this page. My content while informative and accurate is not “fact checked” by independent third parties.  This content should not be used to make your point or prove you are right only as a form of entertainment and opinion. I assume no responsibility for anyone who uses my information from this show to influence the opinions of others.
Section II
1. TWAFHAB is freely distributed to all audiences who choose to listen to it and may be downloaded or replicated as desired for personal use.
2. Any commercial use is limited to those with previous permission from me.  Please contact me and I will review your request. In most instances such use will be approved if proper citation is provided.
3. Non commercial distribution of this content from short segments to entire posts is not only acceptable it is encouraged. This information is freely given with the understanding that you advise recipients to read this page of our website to ensure they are aware of our disclaimers.
Section III
1. TWAFHAB is not “G” rated family friendly content. Content creators may use what is commonly referred to as “adult language” including on very rare occasions the dreaded “F-bomb”, though such use is very rare indeed. 
2. I recognize that many of people may not “approve of” the use of phrases such as “bull shit” rather then the customary “B.S.” or substitutions many others choose to use. 
3. All adult language is used to express genuine anger and or emphasis. Many updates won’t use any such language as it is not called for, others may use quite a bit. This use of language is simply to make the content authentic, it is never used for shock value or just because I can.
4. Please do not email me and state things such as “if you continue to use foul language I won’t come to your site anymore”. I respect your opinion and hope you can look past the occasional adult word from time to time even if it is not what you would choose to use yourself. The content will not be altered to accommodate individuals that take issue with such language. If you want sterilized and censored speech there are many sources of it.
5. We believe in freedom here, if you choose to listen to our show you do so as a free human being on planet earth and therefore we are not responsible for any “mental anguish”, “mental trauma”, “feeling of being offended” or any other emotional problems that you get from doing so.
Section IV
1. This site aspires to the ideals of “free speech”, however via use of this show and this website it is our speech that is protected as “free speech”, not yours. This content is owned by a private person and is used to express that private individual's views, (hence the disclaimer of, “one man’s opinion”). Any belief that your personal right to “free speech” exists on this site, is only an illusion.
2. In spite of item #1 above I try to make discussion available and uncensored. 99% of comments are approved unless they are SPAM comments or use what can only be called “hate speech”. Racial slurs for instance are not tolerated about any race, nor is hateful language about anyone’s religion or sexual orientation.
3. Even though we don’t allow hate speech we do allow reasonable speech. Hence most comments or posts that used terms such as “radical Muslims” or “illegal aliens”, etc. would be allowed. That is assuming that such terms -
  • Contributes constructively to the conversation
  • Are meant to identify a group of people rather then an entire segment of society (i.e. many Mexican Americans are not illegal and many illegal aliens are not of Mexican decent)
  • Are not intended as personal attacks on other people posting to the site
In short it is generally clear when statements are bigoted or hateful and such comments are not allowed at the discretion of the site owner and or his designated moderators.
4. The final decision about the publishing or deletion of any comment, post or any other form of communication is at the sole discretion of the site owner and or his designated moderators at any and all times. There is no “recourse” or “appeal process”. If you wish to publish something we won’t allow either create your own site and use your own resources or find a platform that allows that type of posting.
5. Linking to sites considered by site ownership or moderators as “hate sites” will not be permitted. While we certainly oppose “hate crime laws” as any criminal act is a criminal act and should be punished under the law of the land, we don’t endorse any true “hate group”. Hence if you wish to link to sites by “White Supremacists” or “The Black Panthers” or any such group find another place to do so. Again what constitutes a hate group or hate site is at the discretion of the site owner and or his designated moderators. Once again you have no free speech on this site as it is private personal property.
6.  Commenters that attempt to “beat a dead horse” or start trying to cause arguments with the host or others just to be argumentative are considered trolls.   Negative comments about a show, a guest, the host, etc are permitted and even encouraged but once made they have been heard and your point has been made.   In short trolls and people who want to be a dick just for the sole purpose of being a dick are at risk of a site wide ban.

If these policies sound familiar to you it is likely because you are a fan of Jack Spirko's work at The Survival Podcast as these terms have been borrowed from those he uses with only minor modification by me.

Jack's rules lie at the root of a very successful online community and the beliefs which underpin them are those which I agree with.  Please consider checking out his podcast and the rest of Jack's work.