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WTF - TN law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress"

 
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LINK TO THE NEWLY REVISED AND ENACTED BILL:
[link to state.tn.us]


Tennessee governor Bill Haslam recently signed into law an update to an existing ban on causing emotional distress to others through phone calls, emails, or other direct forms of communications that now includes the transmission or display of online images likely to “frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress” to those who see it. Offenders may receive nearly a year in jail or a substantial fine.

Unlike with other communication methods, online images don’t necessarily need to have a direct recipient to be subject to the law.


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Jeez.
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Re: WTF - TN law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress"
Does that mean they are going to arrest the next asshole that posts one of those YouTube videos that forces you into concentrating only to make you piss your pants when something jumps out at you and makes that horrible screeching sound?
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Re: WTF - TN law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress"
Does that mean they are going to arrest the next asshole that posts one of those YouTube videos that forces you into concentrating only to make you piss your pants when something jumps out at you and makes that horrible screeching sound?
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more than one off those got you, hey?hiding
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Re: WTF - TN law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress"
Does that mean they are going to arrest the next asshole that posts one of those YouTube videos that forces you into concentrating only to make you piss your pants when something jumps out at you and makes that horrible screeching sound?
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more than one off those got you, hey?hiding
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Yep! Two of them. scared
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i can just see it now, a jury sitting to examine and decide

which ones are distressing. Twelve stains on seats or dents in

ceiling for unanimous.
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Re: WTF - TN law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress"
LOL

No kidding, that is the exact image that was brought to my mind.

I believe the intent is to somehow prevent people from having to be exposed to things that make them uncomfortable. Maybe if somebody comes across something on accident that upsets them, now they can be offered a chance at recourse.

Obviously, this means over half of the internet is potentially violating this ordinance.

I'm from Nashville, and most of the older people here (the voters), are pretty touchy when it comes to freedom of ideas.
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Re: WTF - TN law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress"
You guys should have elected this guy
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Re: WTF - TN law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress"
My friend was his campaign manager.

The guy is awesome, he really is.
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Re: WTF - TN law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress"
I can't see this standing for very long under Supreme Court challenges. It's unconstitutional and an assault on free speech. That being said, this sounds more like it was intended to be part of an anti-stalking type law.
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Re: WTF - TN law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress"
You guys should have elected this guy

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Palin/Marceaux 2012

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And this is referred to as whiny little ninny cowards bill, or HR43....
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This is obviously unconstitutional, yet how it made it through the legislature I am not sure.
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This is obviously unconstitutional, yet how it made it through the legislature I am not sure.
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Don't you guys have a pretty good tea-bagger base there?
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This is obviously unconstitutional, yet how it made it through the legislature I am not sure.
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That's easy. None of those schmucks bothered to read the U.S. Constitution. If there was enough support, I wouldn't mind seeing a law go into effect that forces them to be tested on it before they are allowed to run for office. Grade should be a least 90% or no government job for the politicians.
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Yeah, they are around. Mostly just religious, social-conservative republicans. But the politics are still hanging onto the good-ole-boy turned businessman model. New money is working it's way in.
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Re: WTF - TN law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress"
violation of 1st amendment
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This law is too vague to stand. For instance, I'm highly allergic to cats and have almost died from the allergy. The sight of a cat puts me in emotional distress. No more pics of kitteh on GLP or I will sue and have you arrested.
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Re: WTF - TN law bans posting images that "cause emotional distress"
who can get "frighten" by image ?
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who can get "frighten" by image ?
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[link to synthesis.net]

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who can get "frighten" by image ?
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[link to synthesis.net]
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WTF is that?
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who can get "frighten" by image ?
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[link to synthesis.net]
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WTF is that?
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The most recent Anythony Weiner Twitter pic.
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laughscared
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