Re: free speech dead?
It died so slowly nobody noticed, because nobody defended it enough. It died, frankly, of neglect.
Actually, there's one forum I visit where you won't get banned no matter what you say. It's kind of semi-private though, the admin is picky about who gets on. Somebody has to vouch for you at least. It's got a leftward lean politically, but isn't a politically focused board. Luckily the conservatives have got a foothold enough to balance things. So far only one duel has physically resulted from the discussions there, and that was non-lethal.
More directly: yes, the issue you mention has disturbed me. I do value my ability to express myself, even when I'm not using it from politeness.
Karma is just justice, without the satisfaction. And I don't believe in justice.
-Joe Sarno, bagman.