Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

from the distant-discourse dept

This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is an anonymous commenter responding to some questions about the Ohio workers the government wants companies to snitch on:

This is regular workers in non-social-distanced workplaces. They will have spent the past few weeks unemployed, collecting unemployment because they've been laid off at the choice of their employer (at the direction of the State).

Now, without requiring workplaces to be adapted for social distancing, Ohio is asking for workers to go back to potentially dangerous, un-social-distanced workplaces. The workers refusing to go back into work are doing so, in their opinion, because their employer is refusing to provide a safe workplace, and thus are unemployed at the behest of their employer until such time as the employer wishes to provide a safe workplace for them to return to. This is (perhaps) a valid reason to continue collecting unemployment. The lockdown certainly implied that workplaces that could not provide social distancing were unsafe, and thus that was a valid reason for their initial unemployment.

Ohio are saying that it's not a valid reason and that by refusing to return to an unsafe workplace the employee has quit voluntarily.

From there, I suppose it's really up to the reader whether they think it's an employer's duty to provide a reasonably SARS-CoV-2 workplace.

In second place, it's That One Guy on the subject of America's efforts to keep COVID-19 vaccine data locked up:

'Oh no, is the floor okay?'

Thing is, if they are trying to get that data I can't really find it in myself to get upset. We're talking about a data related to a global pandemic, data that should be shared freely in order to better address the mounting death toll, not locked up to protect company profits or used to score political points.

When lives are literally on the line and the body count is already massive anyone who looks at that and thinks 'How can I use this for my benefit?' absolutely deserves to get slapped down, and if that includes governments then so be it.

For editor's choice on the insightful side, we start with a comment from Stephen T. Stone building on the first place winning comment:

Ain’t no maybe about it, baby. If an employer says an employee must return to the job, but refuses to offer anything in the way of safety protocols/PPE that will reasonably protect the employee from COVID-19, that employee has a good goddamn reason to collect unemployment. Anyone who thinks otherwise should look at the current number of COVID-19 cases — and deaths — as the best justification for the paranoia around working during a global pandemic.

Next, it's Thad digging into the differences between the Streisand Effect and what Devin Nunes is doing:

No, this is different.

The Streisand Effect is when someone tries to cover up something they don't want people to know and calls more attention to it in the process.

That's not what Nunes is trying to do. This is once of a series of performative lawsuits designed with a couple of purposes in mind:

  • Feed a victim narrative during an election year -- "look at how these evil liberals have targeted me; please donate to my reelection campaign."

  • Intimidate his critics. Even though these lawsuits are meritless, they're going to be expensive and bothersome to the defendants, and will make other small press outlets think twice before they criticize him.

He's not actually trying to suppress these stories. He's only pretending to.

Over on the funny side, our first place winner is dan8mx with a question about Richard Burr's seized phone:

Encryption

He promptly unlocked his phone and removed the passcode upon upon being asked for it by law enforcement I trust?

In second place, it's Stephen T. Stone responding to Jeffrey Katzenberg's comment about the "hundreds of people" using Quibi:

Jeffrey may have revealed more about Quibi than he meant to reveal with that.

For editor's choice on the funny side, we've got a pair of nods to Thad again, who was in a quoting mood with sharp instincts it seems. First, there's a response to the question of who in their right mind would hire Richard Liebowitz:

The only export of NowWhat is the NowWhattian boghog skin, which no one in their right minds would want to buy because it's thin and very leaky, and the export trade only manages to survive because of the significant number of people in the Galaxy who are not in their right minds.
- Douglas Adams

And next, another response to Katzenberg and Quibi, this time in the form of a popular meme cited as simple text, but which I have replaced here with the real deal:

That's all for this week, folks!


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    Samuel Abram (profile), 17 May 2020 @ 1:30pm

    You know it's a great comment section…

    …when one of the comments is replaced graphically by a Simpsons® meme!

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    Anonymous Coward, 17 May 2020 @ 4:38pm

    You appear to have lost a </a> tag after Thad, just, incidentally.

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    Bobvious, 17 May 2020 @ 9:45pm

    Encryption

    No doubt Richard Burr will be counting on having Raymond Burr as his lawyer.

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 May 2020 @ 2:27am

    No, this is different. Nunes is actually telling the truth.

    The Streisand Effect is when someone tries to cover up something they don't want people to know and calls more attention to it in the process.

    That's not what Nunes is trying to do. This is once of a series of performative lawsuits designed with a couple of purposes in mind:

    Feed a victim narrative during an election year -- "look at how these evil liberals have targeted me; please donate to my reelection campaign."

    Intimidate his critics. Even though these lawsuits are meritless, they're going to be expensive and bothersome to the defendants, and will make other small press outlets think twice before they criticize him.

    Or, ..... just telling the truth.

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 May 2020 @ 3:20am

    You know what’s funny? Wikipedia. Leftist progressive Propoganda. Just look up crowdstrike and Russian interference. There was NO EVIDENCE! hahahahahah. Court records under penalty of perjury are REALLY different than FAKE NEWS!

    Aren’t you embarrassed to be part of such blatant bullshit Propoganda?

    AREN’T YOU, Stephen T. Stone?

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 18 May 2020 @ 4:00am

      I’m not going to fuck you.

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        Anonymous Coward, 18 May 2020 @ 4:11am

        Re:

        Ok genius, just ONE question: where is the transcript of the Flynn call? Who made it?

        Answer correctly or GO TO JAIL!

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          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 18 May 2020 @ 4:56am

          That’s two questions, you can’t toss me in jail, and I’m still not going to fuck you.

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            Anonymous Coward, 18 May 2020 @ 6:24am

            Re:

            We’ve always prided ourselves in the smooth transitIon of power. Americans, that is. Not cymbal clanging monkey robots Full of ideological progressive insanity. Vote! Bring Obamagaters to JUSTICE!

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              Stephen T. Stone (profile), 18 May 2020 @ 6:36am

              Vote! Bring Obamagaters to JUSTICE!

              Right, gotcha, voting for Biden in November.

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              Anonymous Coward, 18 May 2020 @ 7:29am

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              How's that Richard Liebowitz defense fund coming along bro?

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              Anonymous Coward, 18 May 2020 @ 8:33am

              Re: Re:

              We’ve always prided ourselves in the smooth transitIon of power.

              War of independence, Civil War, various "police actions" preventing said transitions in order to bolster up corrupt but "friendly" regimes.

              Americans, that is. Not cymbal clanging monkey robots Full of ideological progressive insanity.

              Progress - yep, such a bad thing.

              Obamagate: "Two Minutes Hate" for the faithful.

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                Samuel Abram (profile), 18 May 2020 @ 9:20am

                Re: Re: Re:

                Nota Bene: Before each quote, put a ">" character plus a space. That way I know you're quoting and responding. Because the way you did it left me confused until I read the troll comment to which you were responding and then figured it out.

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