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Effective January 29, 2020
Changes to These Terms. We may change these terms from time to time. We will notify you of substantive changes to these terms by posting an update on our Website or through the contact information you have provided to us. You can review the most current version of these terms here. The current terms apply to your use of the Website. You agree to any such updated terms by continuing to use our Website.
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(e) use any robot, spider, or other automatic device, process, or means to access the Website for any purpose, including monitoring or copying any of the material on the Website;
(f) access systems, data, and information not intended by us to be made accessible to a user;
(g) obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available by us; or
(h) use the Website for any other reason than the purpose for which it was intended.
It is imperative to us that the Website allows for total freedom of expression consistent with our Free Speech Statement. However, we continue to reserve the right to suspend your account for violating these terms.
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General Legal Stuff. If any provision of these terms is deemed unenforceable by a court with jurisdiction or by arbitrator, it will be modified to the extent necessary to make it enforceable. We may assign these terms without notice to you. You may not assign these terms or assign, transfer, or sublicense your rights to use the Website, and any attempt by you to do so is void. Our failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive our right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches. These terms (including any incorporated terms) constitute the entire agreement between you and us with respect to the Website and its contents. Neither these terms nor the Website create any partnership, joint venture, employment, or other agency relationships between us.
“I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”