Dump these guys into downtown Davis without a native guide.
I know, it's a terrible thing to do to a New Yorker. The carnage will be horrible! But the survivors will come out hardened, more liberal and with a healthy respect for the all-powerful bicycle enterprise. (Also a craving for Thai food and sushi.)
My take is that rather than SSL being an indicator of possible quality of the underlying web site, they may be thinking of it being a quality in and of itself. IOW, all other things being equal, an encrypted site is of higher quality than an non-encrypted site because it's encrypted.
The problem with the First Rule of Holes is that it starts with "If you find yourself at the bottom of one...". Finding yourself anywhere requires a modicum of situational- and self-awareness. I suspect Mr. Queen hasn't looked up lately.
Why not just shoot the kid right there in the principle's office as soon as he's brought in, and get it over with as quickly as possible? Why drag out the torture? It's not like they wasted any due process on him anyway.
I think there is a certain logic to claiming damages on the copies that have been taken down, since they're also claiming that those copies need to be erased, and that blocking is insufficient. It's their premises that are flawed.