I don't think you can infer demand from consumers solely on the fact that someone put an item up for sale online... These products are printed on demand, they are not stocked on a shelf somewhere. The cost to the seller to advertise an image on a mug/tshirt/mousepad is essentially zero - so they can put as many of them up for sale as they feel like bothering with.
This is really not that shocking for CoL, if you take into account how the organization works. It is the most corporate-friendly government because corporations actually have the right to vote there, and dictate a supermajority of all council seats.
if an agent had a customer on hold, yes a 5 minute flag would go up for sure. The problem is the agent dumped him into a queue to nowhere, or even into the correct queue but the staff just left and didn't even bother dumping the leftovers.
see, this is why they are so invested in anti-competitive behavior. They know that in most of their markets they are the only real game in town, so they can treat everyone like a bag of shit with impunity.
There is an exception to copyright called fair use, pretty explicitly covering cases of criticism like this.
The correct sequence of events should have been Tumblr rejecting the DMCA claim, but they will never do that because they are too scared. Barring that, the blogger should file a counter-notice, and then Tumblr should re-instate. It looks like the blogger doesn't want to deal with the fighting and fallout (because she probably doesn't have a lawyer on retainer...) so she's just rolling over, which is a shame but totally understandable.
Yes, this revisionist history is disgusting. It is pretty laughable/sad that this President has the balls to minimize the impression of harm done by this whole debacle and try to make it seem like something we did only in the immediate fear and confusion of the aftermath of the attacks - when we still have Gitmo.
Kenichi you remind me so much of my friends from college who were fairly well-off white kids from good neighborhoods that had never witnessed police abuse or blatant racism, and would speak at length about how the system works as intended and any assertions to the contrary were trumped up by scammers or criminals trying to find loopholes.
Then one of them got falsely accused of sexual assault by a girl they met at a bar and got a front-row seat to the circus of law enforcement. He was eventually acquitted after spending thousands of dollars and having his reputation ruined due to the police leaking 'facts' about the case that were later proven false. After being embarrassed in court when the judge tossed most of their evidence as unsound, the cops decided to stop and harass him for no reason frequently. Eventually he transferred schools out of state to start over.
All of those naive mouthpieces saw firsthand how being in the wrong place at the wrong time can strip away all of your rights, and we all heard stories about similar crap that had happened to friends like driving-while-black or having police trail you through a mall because you weren't dressed like you could afford to shop there.
The people brave enough to record the public actions of the police are crucial to maintaining our freedoms. It has been objectively proven that officer bullshit and mistreatment fall drastically when they know that eyes are on them, either with their own cameras or the public's. The argument that anyone 'in the vicinity' can be detained is pure bullshit. Police officers have NEVER BEEN SAFER in the history of the union, both in actual harm and reported incidents. At the same time, successful reports of excessive force are steadily rising because people now have evidence in these recordings that break the old 'your word against the cop' status quo.
You need some real world experience before your opinion on the subject carries any weight beyond petty trolling.
Yes, they could release the doctored version now, but knowing Feinstein the situation is really that the White House wants to release an essentially neutered document, and Diane wants to release a suitably damning (but not enough to get anyone fired or prosecuted) version. If they release it now and the overwhelming majority yell for a full release they may not be able to tailor the outrage as they wish.
that's disingenuous at best... Wall street, Oil tycoons, Hollywood, and Military contractors all far exceed the input from the Valley. Not even counting the singular crazies like the Koch's and Adelson.