Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

from the as-you-said dept

This week, both our winners on the insightful side come in response to our post about a cop being smacked down by the court for framing people. In first place, it’s That Anonymous Coward with the second comment on the post:

“Even if this precedent did not exist, the court says the due process violations are so blindingly obvious that there’s no plausible excuse for the detectives’ actions.”

And yet, we’ve seen many of them get away with this and worse because no one ever fully explained murdering someone in cold blood for contempt of cop is wrong.

Justice is blind, deaf, & dumb.
How many more railroaded citizens before we consider perhaps that sometimes the “good guys” are cheating?
How many more times can a court not hear how outrageous a cops actions were & still find QI?
How many rights violations can be accepted before we call the whole damn thing dumb & demand it change?

In second place, it’s That One Guy an hour earlier with the first comment on the post:

An argument that should never have even been thought of

While it’s good that the court got one of the most blindingly obvious questions right it’s all sorts of disturbing and indicative of how bad the system is that the argument was even raised in the first place.

‘It hasn’t been specifically made clear that framing someone for a crime they didn’t commit and costing them twenty-five years of their life’ should have been seen as such an insanely bad argument that it never even occurred to them, that it did and they tried it shows just how horrible QI is and how it’s become the go-to to defend cops for the most heinous of actions.

Hopefully the scum that framed the guy end up in a cell themselves for a few decades, really let them see what they so callously inflicted on another and send the message that such behavior is not in any way acceptable.

For editor’s choice on the insightful side, we start out with a comment from Bob Buttons on our post about all the people saying net neutrality must not have mattered because the internet hasn’t exploded:

NN didn’t ruin the internet either.

Even if you accept their flawed premise, they also claimed NN would kill the internet when it first got enacted, which it didn’t. So according to them, we might as well have it since that’s good enough reason apparently.

Next, it’s an anonymous comment on our post about the “birds aren’t real” phenomenon:

Most of the time, a person’s ability to see through conspiracy theories is directly proportional to their desire to see through them.

In other words, people believe what they want to believe.

Over on the funny side, both our winners come in response to our post about the FAA limiting 5G over unsubstantiated safety concerns. In first place, it’s hij with the joke that was sitting there for the taking:

If they are so concerned about 5G then how come they let me on a plane even though I have been vaccinated?

In second place, it’s Coyne Tibbets with a reply to that comment, connecting that joke to another:


Also: Birds aren’t real.

For editor’s choice on the funny side, we’ll start out with one more callback to the same thing, this time from kallethen on our post about the supposed viral school shooting challenge on TikTok:

I bet the TikTok was posted by one of those bird drones.

Finally, we loop back to the “birds aren’t real” post itself where Arijirija had a thought on the premise that kids aren’t so susceptible to conspiracy theories:

Kids Aren’t Real! They’re just a figment of your imagination ….

That’s all for this week, folks!

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Anonymous Coward says:

Much of the Internet works due to international networks cables and servers its a network of networks anyone can add on a server if they have money and basic tech experience whether the USA has net neutrality or not won’t stop the Internet working or growing net neutrality just means its harder for Comcast or big isps, telecom to charge competing video services or apps for acess or to do things like charge extra for HD video services net neutrality says isps must treat all apps and services fairly and not give thier own services an advantage over apps from Google apple etc
Much of the Web is paid for by company’s like Google Microsoft who build infrastructure like undersea cables

That Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

Re: Re: credit card

No need to run, I have accepted that I have the superpower of tripping moderation at will. I was just sort of shocked that no matter how careful I try to be I trip it lots and this MFer posted obvious spam and it made it past the moderation bot.

I post grumbling about moderation because I lack a hobby.
Mike & the gang usually are pretty good at checking the moderation pile and setting my posts free (sometimes a little slow there boys) but I can only guess how many thousands of posts are in the queue as well so sometimes I don’t stand out.

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Re: credit card

You would have to be a special kind of stupid to believe in things like the Wayfair and Pizzagate conspiracies, at least on the vague and ridiculous leaps of logic that have been presented to us so far on those fronts.

Wouldn’t it be easier just to stick with the actual trafficking rings that are being dismantled and prosecuted? Or do you not like those because they implicate actual people with evidence and not shadowy cabals you can use to slander people you disagree with politically without the need for pesky evidence?

Anonymous Coward says:

Major flaw in Justice system

Our justice system has some major problems. And I have no idea how they can be corrected. The issue is that the metrics we use for evaluating the effectiveness of employees doesn’t match the desired outcome.

For instance, what’s the purpose of the Judicial System?
My own answer is to separate innocent people from guilty people and for the guilty people either rehabilitate or punish them as required.

Now, how to we evaluate how good a lawyer is?
From what I’ve seen, they’re evaluated on the percentage of cases they "win".

So, answer me this. What relationship is there between a lawyer winning their case and justice being served? Wins vs losses makes sense if we’re evaluating sports competitions or games, but where does it apply to the service of Justice?

As such, we have a system where the workers in the system are focused on "winning" and not of "justice being served". And if innocents are punished, well, that’s an externality of no concern to the employees of the system. But those punished innocents does inflate the observed "solved cases", which metric is also used to evaluate employee performance.

That Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

Re: Major flaw in Justice system

Don’t forget to mention the cases never filed because there is a chance they might not win.
(See also IRS audits poor folks cause its easier)

IIRC there was a case of a railroaded black man finally set free after far to long & a huge pile of evidence he was railroaded.
The state has a program to pay him for the wrongful incarceration, if he lives to 110 he will finally collect the few hundred thousand dollars he is entitled to after spending many years (decades?) in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

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