Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

from the comments-aplenty dept

This week, our first place winner on the insightful — also racking up quite a lot of funny votes — is Nick-B referring Trump supporters to another recent post:

Looks like we need a *"Hello! You've Been Referred Here Because You're Wrong About Section 512 of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act"** article.

In second place, it's Rocky responding to someone offering up a predictably silly rant about social media censorship and "the point of ffree speech":

Please provide an example of your position that you can't discuss on Facebook and Twitter.

For editor's choice on the insightful side, we start with Toom1275 offering an explanation of the phrase "divergent views on COVID-19":

Translation: Pseudo/antiscientific bullshit

Next, it's Stephen T. Stone facing down someone who insists it's wrong to dismiss videos from Project Veritas and one should "judge the clips on their own merit":

When the people presenting those clips have a documented habit of editing the clips to mislead viewers, we will judge both. Deal with it.

Over on the funny side, our first place winner is BentFranklin who couldn't resist an observation about one of the Techdirt posts recently demonetized by Google:

Sorry, I giggled when I saw that talking about tasers is "shocking content". I will go sit in the corner now.

In second place, it's Timlash taking a moment to celebrate the firing of some truly awful cops:

Whew

I'm glad we finally got rid of those few bad apples. Done and done.

For editor's choice on the funny side, we've got a pair of comments about Parler. First, it's crinisen aptly summing up the apparent image the site wants to project:

If I'm understanding it, Parler is working hard to become the space space for people who think the existence of safe spaces are a symptom of everything wrong with this country....

Finally, it's an anonymous comment focusing on the site and its supporters' bizarre obsession with blocking one particular type of content:

I miss the days when shitposting wasn't literal.

That's all for this week, folks!

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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Jul 2020 @ 2:49pm

    Safe space for typos

    First, it's crinisen aptly summing up the apparent image the site wants to project:

    If I'm understanding it, Parler is working hard to become the space space for people who think the existence of safe spaces are a symptom of everything wrong with this country....

    I'm just going to to right ahead and assume "the space space for people" is a typo for "the safe space for people".

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      Anonymous Coward, 5 Jul 2020 @ 6:01pm

      Re: Safe space for typos

      The users of Parler are not snowflakes that need a safe space. They just need a space that is safe ⌫⌫⌫⌫⌫an epitome of what a space should be, a space space, and there is absolutely no better way to describe a place where people are able to speak the truth without fear of being harassed or marginalized.

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        Stephen T. Stone (profile), 5 Jul 2020 @ 6:27pm

        there is absolutely no better way to describe a place where people are able to speak the truth without fear of being harassed or marginalized

        …other than “safe space”.

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          That One Guy (profile), 5 Jul 2020 @ 10:01pm

          Re:

          It's strange really, you'd think that the kind of people who love throwing out such charming phrases as 'fuck your feelings' and calling anyone who claims to be offended by their words 'snowflakes' would be able to deal with people returning the favor, but I guess only one side is expected to just suck it up and deal with being insulted and/or treated poorly, whereas it's nothing less than a terrible crime if the other side faces it.

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            Anonymous Coward, 5 Jul 2020 @ 10:40pm

            Re: Re:

            If you read the original Parler discussion thread (550 comments, and counting) it's full of suddenly concerned posters talking about how they can't even be bothered to sign up for Parler, as it asks for verification and they can't have the government knowing who they are, because... reasons.

            Even when literally given their own safe space to own the libs, Republicans don't even want that. These fuckers aren't satisfied even when given full rein to destroy everything they touch. It'd be baffling if it wasn't the case for the past three years.

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              That One Guy (profile), 6 Jul 2020 @ 2:13am

              Re: Re: Re:

              If they think that's bad the subsection of those people that are against 230 are really not going to be happy if they 'win' and 230 is crippled or destroyed, as assuming sites continue to allow user content at all they are almost certain to move to a much more restrictive posting system, one where providing personal information like that is a requirement so the site knows who to forward any lawsuits to.

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                Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2020 @ 2:17am

                Re: Re: Re: Re:

                Right you are. Parler.com. The future of posting, American Style.

                Suck on it it, Marxist.Your propaganda days are OVER!

                Proud Americans post with their REAL NAMES and their REAL PHONE NUMBERS and their REAL OPINIONS.

                Not like here, you fucking phony.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2020 @ 2:36am

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                  Please provide your REAL NAME and REAL PHONE NUMBER immediately or clarify if you are:
                  a) not an American
                  or
                  b) not proud to be American

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                    Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2020 @ 2:56am

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                    Not sure I follow. Either provide OR clarify? Did you mean "and"? Or are you such a poor writer that I shouldn't really consider whatever stupid shit you might ask? Which one?

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                    That One Guy (profile), 6 Jul 2020 @ 5:21am

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                    You forgot c) a raging hypocrite who is happy to make declarations and/or claims regarding others that they aren't honest to follow themselves.

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                  Stephen T. Stone (profile), 6 Jul 2020 @ 4:19am

                  Proud Americans post with their REAL NAMES and their REAL PHONE NUMBERS and their REAL OPINIONS.

                  …says the Anonymous Coward.

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                    Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2020 @ 4:34am

                    Re:

                    Look at the time stamps of his posting, they are a better match for Moscow inhabitant than a Washington one.

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                      Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2020 @ 5:10am

                      Re: Re:

                      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.

                      Signed, Rachel Maddow

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          Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2020 @ 5:29am

          Re:

          The best way to keep from being marginalized is to avoid working so hard to alienate and anger the majority of your prospective audience.

          It doesn't matter whether you voted against Clump or against Trenton in the last election: polls show that at least 1/6 of the population voted differently from you based on concerns that were shared by at least 2/3 of the total population. Those are the hearts that you might win by polite speech and logical arguments--and they are the hearts that will be most alienated by name-calling or appeals to unqualified "authorities" who do little more than name-calling themselves.

          It won't be easy to find good role-models in the political or media industries; you might have to learn how to be a role-model yourself.

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            Stephen T. Stone (profile), 6 Jul 2020 @ 6:09am

            The best way to keep from being marginalized is to avoid working so hard to alienate and anger the majority of your prospective audience.

            Ah, yes, the vaunted “view from nowhere” approach — how’s that been working out for journalism lately, hmm?

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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Jul 2020 @ 6:47pm

    America has had a Black President,22 Black Cabinet Officers, 2 Black Supreme Court Justices, 224 other Black federal judges, 10 Black US Senators,153 elected Black members of the US House, and nearly 400 Black admirals and generals. 39 of the 100 largest cities have Black Mayors.

    And they all suck.

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      charliebrown (profile), 5 Jul 2020 @ 7:26pm

      Re: They all suck

      Yes.

      But, quite frankly, we are talking about politicians. They all suck. Without exception.

      The few that don't suck are vastly out sucked by all the ones that do suck amd so the ones who don't suck end up sucking as well.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 5 Jul 2020 @ 7:37pm

      Your racism is boring. Try harder next time.

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        Anonymous Coward, 5 Jul 2020 @ 7:44pm

        Re:

        How about this: We close the borders, expel the Mexicans, and then offer black people the chance to make fortunes. They can work the land that the Mexicans abandoned, take a percentage of the proceeds, and over time, buy the land for themselves. Give them some small houses to live in, safe spaces for them to raise families, work hard for their children, and over time, take over the agricultural industries as black owned businesses. They could have their own police, their own politicians, their own courts, everything. That's sustainable, fair, equitable, could be started with very little capital, and over a few generations, give them a very important seat at the table, all the while preserving their culture, their heritage, and their right to eat watermelons and dress with their pants hanging below their underwear. Good idea, right?

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      Anonymous Coward, 5 Jul 2020 @ 8:32pm

      Re:

      I don't even want to look into how many white guys there have been, but they all sucked or suck currently.

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        Anonymous Coward, 5 Jul 2020 @ 9:52pm

        Re: Re:

        But at least Trump is fun to watch. And I like my 401k. He's right about that.

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      Samuel Abram (profile), 6 Jul 2020 @ 4:10am

      Re:

      Major Owens was one of my representatives, and frankly, I couldn't ask for a better representative. I thought he was awesome.

      So I mean this with all due respect: Go fuck yourself.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2020 @ 1:57am

    Statuary Sanctuary City

    Give them your mired in scandal, your problematic, your canceled statues yearning to stand free.

    An Ohio town has proclaimed itself a “Statuary Sanctuary City,” offering to take on sculptures of famous figures in American history now being dismantled across the country.

    City Manager David Lynch on Saturday issued a proclamation that Newton Falls population 4,795, about 20 miles west of Youngstown — would provide a home to statues no longer wanted in other towns, according to WFMJ.

    The proclamation, posted by WFMJ, dubbed Newton Falls a “Statuary Sanctuary City … declaring a general amnesty for George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant, Patrick Henry, Francis Scott Key, Theodore Roosevelt and Christopher Columbus.”

    Describing the group as “great leaders,” Lynch wrote that Newton Falls would “place them in a location of honor in our community.”

    Amid the recent upheaval sparked by the police-custody death of George Floyd in Minnesota, historic statues have been torn down or otherwise vandalized across the US, prompting President Trump to vow a crackdown.

    "Shoot first, ask questions later" if you see anyone bringing down a statue.

    Good advice from our fearless leader.

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      Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2020 @ 2:40am

      Re: Statuary Sanctuary City

      You are one of the people whose attitude has created the riots. Floyd was just the straw that broke the camels back.

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        Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2020 @ 3:01am

        Re: Re: Statuary Sanctuary City

        Yes, If forgot BLM is a religion. You are having a religious vision. You know who I am and what I think and what I did and what must be done now, clearly and without any regard to what might actually be real or exist for other people.

        Ommm..... Have fun in your imagination. I hope all your BLM prayers come true,.

        I prefer Buddha, and I always thought Mike did, too.

        Ooooommmmmmmmmmm.............................

        Buddha teaches how to focus on Happiness. I find Happiness in my 401k.

        OOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....

        Do do you find happiness? Oh, I forgot, you're a BLM leftie. You are a howl at the moon kind of guy, and pound on the doors of SCOTUS kind of guy, so twisted and hate filled and shocked and astounded that you can't function normally.

        Have a nice day.

        OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooMMMMMMMMMM....

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          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 6 Jul 2020 @ 4:22am

          You know who I am and what I think and what I did and what must be done now, clearly and without any regard to what might actually be real or exist for other people.

          It’s not that hard to do when you directly advocate for violence against protestors who attempt to tear down statues of infamous racists (“ ‘Shoot first, ask questions later’ if you see anyone bringing down a statue”).

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          Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2020 @ 5:00am

          Re: Re: Re: Statuary Sanctuary City

          You know who I am and what I think and what I did

          When even a passing remark in Charles Harder's general direction makes you wet your pants and clutch pearls like an "I do declare" Southern belle, it's not hard to identify you.

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    A Conflict of Values, 7 Jul 2020 @ 9:03am

    Please provide an example of your position that you can't discuss on Facebook and Twitter.

    Saying that women aren’t men will get you banned on Twitter.

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