If Tim searched all day long on the web, and posted the ones he finds, the anti-cops stories would be all you could find on techdirt. There are police brutality / anti-cop blogs out there that have no shortage of stories to publish.
Tim picks up one that shows a trend in encroaching on our freedoms. But, if you would bother to search, you would know that there are hundreds of other mainstream articles about individual cops raping, killing, assaulting, lying under oath, destroying evidence, killing dogs, bullying and assorted other crimes against civilians. Tim misses all of those, contrary to your asinine assertion.
You may not be using your freedoms, but I like being able to drive my car wherever I want and not have to stop and provide DNA to random people.
In case you've never read the techdirt blog before, it's about more than 'tech'. It also has opinions and trends related to privacy, intellectual property, politics and various other themes.
So if your one track focus is 'tech', you really should not open this site again. Go find a blog or site that tells you the latest about 'tech', or better yet, go find a blog that tells you exactly what you already believe.
The first part of your post was comprehensible for a change. But like most of your posts, completely unrelated to the original topic. I think I can detect a tenuous glimmer where you tried to tie the two subjects together in the title, but not successfully.
Have you thought about making your own blog, where you rant about google and the internet, and alternate between supporting government monopolies for the rich, and denigrating the same rich?
I'd follow it for the occasional interesting theory like the one just proposed, and the random nonsense the rest of the time.
"Now, I don't know if it counts as a conflict of interest that I play a ton of sports games and also find it massively annoying when I can't beat 14 year old Russian children anymore because EA shut down the servers, but I figured I'd disclose that anyway. "
Damn, I can't beat those 14 year old Russian children, you must be pretty good.
All you can say in defense of your precious government is that someone else might be worse than the government?
A sane person who realized that the blog was about legislation currently being discussed, might actually consider the legislation. But you chose to whine because the author didn't choose to focus on a something else.
A whiny guy once said 'you can't reasonably use someone else's work as the central part of yours!'.
Fail. From the beginning of known history, people always use ideas and concepts from other people and build upon them. That is a reasonable, logical and beneficial system.
People who feel that the government should grant monopolies to the one who does something first, and lock those ideas and concepts down, are promoting an unreasonable, illogical and malignant system. That system does not advance anything but greed, enrich lawyers and discourage new artists.
Of course, since you are paid by the beneficiaries of the malignant system, it will never be in your best interest to consider this.
I picture him peering out of his dirty kitchen window, a pale figure not unlike Mr. Burns from the Simpsons with burning red eyes and a stringy comb-over. He peers out across his brown grass, seeing the neighbor kids playing and running around, and plots revenge for the noise they are making. Then he darts back to his computer to teach those kids on techdirt a lesson on how things work in the 'real world'.
"They will never suspect what I'm going to say next" he chortles, "In fact, not even I can suspect what it will be, because it will be completely out_of_the_blue!"
Pretty sure the Pet Rock was a gag gift, nobody I know remembers it as anything but a joke... The lava lamp on the other hand, was interesting to watch and can be used as a night light. If anyone spent much time watching their pet rock, then I hope they got the help they needed.