Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

from the trumped-up dept

This week, our top spot on the insightful side goes to frequent winner That One Guy for a thorough response to the bizarre pimping charges against Backpage executives:

Going after the site is easy, the contact information is public, you can file a lawsuit and have it served to them with minimal trouble, as everyone is known ahead of time.

Going after the people actually responsible for breaking the law though, that takes work. They need to chase down leads, investigate details, gather evidence, all of this is time consuming and might end up getting them nothing.

If you want to find those breaking the laws and stop them from doing it again, you work with the sites to find them. A smart cop/prosecutor should absolutely love sites like Backpage, I mean where else can they get potential criminals practically writing out confessions of their crimes and attaching contact info to said confessions?

If all you care about is getting a bunch of PR for being 'tough on crime' though then you go after the site(s). If you're lucky you shut them down and drive the criminals to an even less visible site/service. Sure it makes actually finding the criminals harder, but 'out of sight is out of mind', if it's harder to see then you can spin it as being less prevalent when you boast about how you 'struck a blow against criminal activity'.

Given what the two are doing in bringing this case it's not hard to see where their priorities actually are, and it's not with those they pretend to be so very concerned with helping.

In second place, we've got another comment fixture. It's Ninja with thoughts on the ongoing revelations about Yahoo's collaboration with the NSA and FBI:

As if Yahoo needed any more nail in its coffin. And it will spill in other companies as the article notes. The US Govt via their intel are dismantling any and all trust people had on their companies. One has to wonder how much it has already cost. In the end, no terrorist has ever done as much damage as the Govt itself did to the country be it by eroding Constitutional rights or directly by driving people away from doing business with the US.

For editor's choice on the insightful side, we start out with an anonymous comment applying the language from a recent ruling against software patents to a critically broken part of copyright:

[T]he Constitution protects the right to receive information and ideas. . . . This right to receive information and ideas, regardless of their social worth, is fundamental to our free society.” Stanley v. Georgia, 394 U.S. 557, 564 (1969) (citations omitted). Patents, which function as government-sanctioned monopolies, invade core First Amendment rights when they are allowed to obstruct the essential channels of scientific, economic, and political discourse.
Can this be applied to the circumvention clause in the DMCA?

Next, we've got a simple and excellent anonymous response to Trump's lawsuit threats over Clinton campaign ads:

I don't understand how someone with the thinnest skin in the world can run for the most criticized position in the world.

Over on the funny side, our first place winner is DannyB, who further examined the situation with Clinton's campaign ads and uncovered a highly amusing paradox of sorts:

If Clinton's ads are truthful, then I agree they are protected.

But many of Clinton's ads use Trumps OWN WORDS.

Therefore, they cannot possibly be true. :-) And are subject to a lawsuit.

In second place, we've got a comment from That Anonymous Coward about the latest in Digital Homicide's implosion, specifically their hopes of getting their court filing fees refunded:

Funny that seems how many of their customers felt...

For editor's choice on the funny side, we start out with an anonymous comment on the same subject, this time making a joke that I'm shocked I haven't actually heard anyone make yet:

More like Digital Suicide...

Finally, after a commenter in our discussion about Trump's tax returns claimed that it was only an issue because of the "liberal media", Thad served up a delightfully deadpan response that says it all:

Yes, the tradition for presidential candidates to disclose their taxes was started by noted liberal Richard Nixon.

That's all for this week, folks!

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 9 Oct 2016 @ 7:54pm

    Re: Re:

    "Yes, a century ago the KKK was aligned with the Democrats before courting Republicans and the religious right in the mid-1920s. Yes, it's something to be ashamed of."

    Yet they don't matter anymore since their numbers are basically non-existent.

    "But the Democratic party's attitude over the last half-century has been the opposite of what the KKK calls for."

    OH really?

    Explain this then:

    Explain why it's okay for ethinic minorities to guilt trip whites,despite the fact that there are over 80 ethnic groups of whites, yet we're all generalized as being apart of one despite the fact that we have no blood nor historical relations to the original whites who owned slaves? And this is all in despite of the fact that the country of Niger, slave capital of world, is still enslaving blacks...Name one white person that enslaved a black from Africa, there are none, and that's because they were bought from blacks who enslaved other blacks which they continue to do to this day.

    "It's the Republican Party that the KKK has aligned with in recent decades. Including Donald Trump with his firehose of racist statements."

    Care to list those statements?

    I can't find them...enlighten us all with direct sources if you may.

    "Given a binary choice between a party that's supported civil rights for 50+ years and one that's still fighting them, it's an easy choice to make."

    Are you sure about that?

    Got examples?

    Name one law in existent that is prejudices against ethnic minorities.

    "Name any attitude, no matter how racist and offensive, and you'll find some idiot who will voice it. YouTube makes it easy. However...."

    "a) There's a BIG difference between some random teenager spewing those claims and a major party's presidential candidate doing it."

    How so?

    "b) What makes you declare them to be on the left? You know, other than "The right has treated them with constant hate and bigotry so OF COURSE they're on the left." If that's all you've got, you might want to think about it for a while."

    Show me a video of right wingers assaulting left wingers...there are none.

    "c) Their racism is unacceptable - but that doesn't magically make Trump's racism acceptable. It means that very few would vote for them, just like they wouldn't vote for Trump. Why is that so hard to understand?"

    Trump's racism?

    Sources, direct sources.

    You do realize that all Mexicans were raped into existence by Whites from Spain who are not only responsible for whipping out the Aztec Empire, but also all of the diseases they bought from the western world 200 years before colonial America existed right?

    If it wasn't for America, Native Americans would have never gotten back their ancestral lands nor existed since they were systemically executed by the Mexicans until we joined forces...See the Mexican American War.

    Above all, what is so racist about vetting immigrants? Do you even know how the vetting process works? Listen, if the entire world had open boarders, criminals could jump from country to country without being prosecuted, which they're basically doing already: deral-penal-code

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