I'm sure you must be joking that you don't know N.A. is Narcotics Anonymous. Like A.A. only for dopers. In case you are wondering, I haven't used since. I had a good paying job that I nearly lost. They started doing random drug tests about that time so I stayed clean. They were kind of picky about that since I was running crane loads of heavy parts over people's heads.
I'm assuming the statute of limitations has run out or you would not be admitting complicity in illegal activities. In case you are not a regular techdirt reader, the authorities do have ways of tracking down people on the internet. That said, your ex boss had a pretty clever ruse.
Nothing is being censored. One click and it is right there. I have posted things that disagreed with an article but I did it in a constructive way without trying to be insulting and have never been flagged.
Maybe he is just on an permanent automatic flag because it so often appears he is just trolling. He is dead on on this comment. He is speaking about the golden rule. Whoever has the gold makes the rules.
The Prenda story would make a great comedy. No writing required, just court transcripts and correspondence. You just can't write funnier shit than this. The line when Judge Wright instructs them to attend Pro Se classes is a riot. The audience would laugh their ass off and then stand and cheer at the final scene when they are loaded on the prison bus. Who would we get to play them? Unfortunately Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp have all passed.
Only the government could waste 700 grand to give away a half million. And this is who we are to trust to bring the cost of health insurance down? I guess that means every $500 given to benefit low income families will cost taxpayers at least $1,200.
Let's do some math. I am 61 and was 12 when I first heard the Beatles. Paul McCartney is 71. Let's assume he lives to 80. (Year 2022). Ringo is only 2 years older so likely at least one of them will be alive at least until then, very possibly much longer. Plus 70 Years (2092). My son is 28. He would have to live to 107 to legally download "I Want to Hold Your Hand". He has no children but let's assume if he just had a child. My grandchild may be able to if he lives to nearly 80. Say he has a child at 25. Much of the music I listened to in my early teens will not be public domain until my great grandchild would be in his mid 50's. AND THAT'S NOT LONG ENOUGH ALREADY?!!! Life plus 70 is an appropriate sentence for a serial child rapist, not for a song copyright.
Oh Yea, They were so successful in thwarting the Boston bombing by two idiots that they were already aware of as potential threats. Turns out these guys were loners with no ties to Al-Qaeda and they were not especially bright. If our great NSA can't catch the stupid ones what chance do they have against the organized really smart ones? If they would have spent more time getting targeted warrants and investigating them instead of piling more hay on the stacks maybe this tragedy could have been prevented. Great job of connecting the dots guys!
Just recently in my county two officers responded to a domestic violence call and a young deputy with a wife and small children took a bullet to the head. This kind of thing happens all too often and every cops knows that every day they are taking this risk. You can't tell me that most men who are on this job are not brave individuals who deserve our respect. Sometimes there are rouge cops and as in this case sometimes corruption goes well up the chain of command. Abuses will eventually be exposed and those responsible individuals dealt with. Sad that this tarnishes the memory of our brave deputy whose babies will never know their father. He saved the life of a woman that he never knew.
None of this will matter. Judge Wright ordered an IRS investigation. I doubt that he would have stated outright that they had not paid taxes on millions of dollars they had extorted if he was not pretty sure that it was true. None of their other shady actions could possibly get them longer jail sentences. No one will get paid because the government will seize everything they have.
This is just what I was talking about. Thousands of good cops willing to risk their lives for you or your family and you claim they are all corrupt because of the small minority that are bad. If you awake tonight to hear someone breaking into your house don't call 911 because all cops are evil!
This whole story is so outrageous that it reads like an Onion spoof report except I know techdirt is too savvy to fall for such a thing. To have an employee mistakenly arrested once for trespassing, perhaps understandable and he should have received a sincere apology. To have this happen dozens of times even after being reported to internal affairs just shows that this whole department is corrupt from the top down. I am usually the first to defend our police who for the most part are brave men who put their lives on the line to protect us. There was a case in my city recently where a fleeing burglar fired on an officer and instead of firing back he continued the chase and ordered him to put the weapon down. When he turned around with the gun still raised the cop shot and killed him. All of this was CAUGHT ON SURVEILLANCE TAPE. Many complained "couldn't he have jut shot him in the leg?" It's good cops like this catching flack because of rotten bullies like those in this story.
This has been my experience with them too. They will often bend the rules for you just about any time you can give them a decent reason. I appreciate that you speak to representatives that English is their first language. (I cringe any time I call a support number and it is answered by someone with a barely understandable Indian accent.) I also agree with you about the emails. You will average 2 or 3 a day but sometimes they have some really great sales and are worth checking out. Bookmark their Shell Shocker page and click it regularly. http://www.newegg.com/special/shellshocker.aspx