If we tie it to Obama we win the minds of millions of mindless followers who believe that Obama is at fault for all of the wrongs in their lives, that we manufactured and told them he was at fault for.
How stupid do you have to be to think Facebook gives you better feedback? From a place where people fall for Onion headlines consistently, how do you expect your stories to get anything but fuzzy me-too likes once one of the thought leaders tells everyone they should like it?
Or the twitters where having any sort of debate is crippled by 140 character limitations, plus the random block lists and things that can take away voices who might have something worth adding.
It's too hard for us to have comments, which means the bosses don't want to pay anyone to deal with this crap anymore. They don't think its worthwhile, we shovel out our stories and move onto the next one... people no longer believe in deep conversations on important topics... look at the "debates" and all of the oxygen sucked out of the room talking about some porn star turned brand's ass portrait breaking the internet.
They fed people vapid junk food content, and are SHOCKED the comments devolved. Or perhaps they are terrified that someone will launch a lawsuit if a comment gives them butthurt.
Facebook isn't a platform to engage people, its a bunch of analytics pretending to be helpful but tells you fuckall about your actual reach. Stop thinking that likes fucking matter over everything else. Stop thinking that making them use their real names will make them be nicer, its more likely to make them not engage and soon they won't even bother with your content at all because what you do on FB have ripples that reach far and wide... or do we forget those who made comments on their FB page only to find themselves unemployed because FB stalking people for total awareness is a big thing now.
Here is the first problem... "Once delisting is accepted by the search engine"
Perhaps they should tell them to get stuffed. This silly law is stupid, it is nothing more than trying to appease people who neurotically Google themselves trying to have total control over their image. While they've managed to get Google to hide the information, it is still out there and people running background checks will find it. The internet never forgets, and Google is not the fing Internet.
Are things for fing wonderful in France that supressing search engine results is the final step to the utopian nation of France? Or is this them distracting a populace they has a history of rising up and beheading their leadership when things are extra shitty?
Google should walk away, blackhole all of France and call it a damn day. No matter how many times the regulators have butted in on any issue, it never solves anything and a majority of the time what they are pushing for damages the people demanding it. Imagine a nation that no search engine will service, how long before the people will demand to know why and then have to accept that you can't white wash your history... you need to accept it and move forward.
Well the #piggate comments already been made, so....
Perhaps his problem is that he has been spinning a tale to keep people distracted, and now the dominoes have stopped falling to give them cover to expand the all seeing eye. The little boys who have been crying wolf, finally are getting the other villagers fed up with the lies. They expand and expand and none of the good they promise comes to pass, we just need more let us have more or all of the bad will get you. You can't have secrets from us, secrets are bad... look how all of the secrets we're keeping have screwed us time and time again. They want because the sycophants tell them this is the correct course, and no one questions how much lines the sycophants pockets vs any benefit.
The worry we need to have is more things being spun as terrorist actions, to keep everyone on edge and willing to surrender everything to be safe. And while we'd like to think them above such things, petty dictators aren't above allowing tragedies to happen to get more mileage out of the worn out tropes. As both governments are actively doing things we see dictatorships do in the name of freedom, perhaps we need to pull them back from the abyss and say no more.
The truly sick thing is there are many drugs out there that have "little" call for them, although the people who need them will die without them. There are hundreds of odd little diseases that no one is funding research into because it can't be profitable, letting people die.
We keep expecting these corporations to suddenly have a heart and do the right thing, how are we still this delusional? We need to offer prize money for treatments being developed. We need to then have a public benefit network of producers who create the pills and are allowed a tidy profit. Some will balk at that idea, but what if finding the treatment/cure for a disease that only affects a few thousand people globally leads to something that can benefit even more people? There is hardly any real research done in these areas, it is all focused on the next hot thing to keep the big bucks flowing in from treatments for ED, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and other problems we see advertised daily in the US. We can't force them to work for the public good, but perhaps we should put our outrage to work on a real solution. I'd rather pray for this system to happen than for a CEO to suddenly get a heart and decide that benefiting the world matters more than his gold plated ass warmer.
This asshat is only doing what the system allows, and his money means he'll keep being able to do it because he can just buy the influence to protect his interests for a fairly low price (history of campaign "contributions" vs the billions that influence rakes in goes here).
We can't answer for why we did this because the terrorists will win.
Something something become what you are fighting against.
Government has become bigger terrorist than the 'real' terrorists.
Perhaps it is time to stop taking the fear pills they hand out and demand we go back to accountability, stop handing out passes for misbehavior, and if they are screw ups get rid of them.
Protip: The otherside isn't red or blue - its those with the power and they always win. Stop focusing on the hot buttons and ask yourself why we funnel billions to military contractors while we still have an infant mortality rate that is not good.
I am enjoying all of the people who are trying to say the school did the right thing. Do the mental gymnastics to overlook obvious racism hurt much? This happened in a city where the mayor played the ZOMG SHARIA LAW WILL TAKE OVER THE NATION card. She sat in a city meeting and said that everyone had a right to let council know how they felt, and then backhanded them with but you can't bring your laws here to the applause of the terrified of brown people who support her.
If they thought for a second it was a fucking bomb, why did they not evacuate? If they thought for a second it was a fucking bomb, why did the bomb squad not get called? If they thought for a second it was a fucking bomb, why did they leave him in classes with the damn thing sitting in the office when he could use his mind to trigger it at any time? If they thought for a second it was a fucking bomb, why did they toss it in the cop car and drive away with it? If they thought for a second it was a fucking bomb, it was only after the fact when someone pointed out how horribly they fucked this whole thing up.
The crime was scaring someone who on edge expecting that one of the brown kids would bomb the school to overthrow the country. They are being wound up in a political game, by those who don't believe the couched hatred they babble about. Fear gets asses in voting booths, and they were hoping for a lovely story about how they stopped the evil brown kid from doing something horrible and instead ended up very possibly violating a students rights, exposing the rampant racism, and the small minds who will use whatever power they can get to shove those who are different down.
Can we just admit that most of us know very little about those who are different than us, and assume different is bad. We are being fed a steady stream of ZOMG by the media, and just assuming all of these people are like others who have done horrible things who happen to be the same color or have the same faith. If one were to suggest that all Christians were evil people who invaded lands and killed those who were different in anyway, you'd be told off... but I'm just judging them by the Crusades... like people keep judging millions of people by the actions of a few.
Re: I'm Calling for a Separation of Media and State
You might also want to look at the puppets they get into power like many corporations do. Look at how many former **AA lawyers end up working in the government, and how many leave that job later and then have a wonderful job with those they declined to prosecute. See also: That weasel who did fuckall about the mortgage bubble (because the cases would have been to hard to prove) and IIRC he is working for Goldman Sachs now.
I've not had to use this one for a while... Christ what an asshole.
I would not be shocked to see him running for public office shortly, using the battle cry of don't let them steal our heritage. (The irony will be lost on so many people.)
He has publicly stated his goal was just to lock the names up, and the wheels of justice should spin up to speed cancelling is trademark and whatever punishment is appropriate to someone filing a bogus trademark registration. The downside is in the current atmosphere that has been cultivated in this country, him being punished as he should be, will make him another martyr for 'good people' to cling to trying to pretend the world isn't changing and who are willing to fuck everything up to get their way at the expense of everyone else.
And still many innocent users have been denied their property, because the **AA's hated Dotcom. Now the DoJ is playing the well we got what we needed the rest can be destroyed. So they seize your car, get some fibers, and then send it to the shredder.
This case is an embarrassment, and yet we see them tripling down on it trying to salvage anything. They didn't pursue the banks when the bubble burst because the case would have been to hard to prove, I guess they didn't think about inventing "laws" to make it easier like they have here.
This is in the town where the Mayor raised her national profile by declaring war on Sharia law. Racism and bigotry are great platform planks when you want people to vote for you to keep you "safe" from imaginary terrors.
Lawyers are wonderful things. Threatening to not do what you are paid to do over a trademark dispute sounds like something that should get them a stern talking to from those things that are supposed to oversee them. I hope the Nuns win, and I hope that whoever decided that these looked similar be given vision coverage so they can get glasses.
Perhaps someone should check to see if the DoJ is using the new version of the xenophobic training manuals the FBI was using to understand Muslims (with Muslim crossed out and Chinese penciled in.)
They didn't have time to check what they assumed, because ZOMG espionage. They are sending a clear message that talking to the undeclared enemies of the state will result in them destroying your life. There is no recourse for these cases built on guesses and no evidence beyond vivid imaginings of true americans. When cooler heads FINALLY manage to get them to look and see that there is no case, there is no recourse. Just a slap on the back, as they shove you back into the crater that was your life.
Allegations are the thing people remember. No one ever remembers that they were found innocent, or were railroaded. See also Central Park Jogger Case - Even after real investigation proved these kids were railroaded & screwed... you still have people behaving like they must have done it.
We are far to obsessed with catching the boogeymen they created, that we forget these the boogeymen come from a story they told us to keep us scared. To keep the narrative going some innocent people getting screwed is a small price to pay... we can all sleep safer at night as they 'catch' people who are completely innocent. We all accept that this is the price others have to pay for us to be safe, never thinking what happened to others will ever happen to them.
Those that "investigated" this case, need to be removed from active duty until they can be retrained in how to investigate. They failed to do their job, and someone else is paying the price for their stupidity. As I am fond of saying, Stupid should hurt... and we should stop shielding the inept from reaping the pain they deserve.
I have a question, but lack the desire to look for myself, about the pieces. Is France one of those countries that allows the 'artist' (read as hes been dead for decades but someones gotta get paid) to collect a cut of every sale of the works? In a truly money-grubbing sense, the takedown could be to protect the money they MIGHT get someday when the private collector (Or the heirs) whos held them for a very long time finally tires of them and sells them. If there were printed copies, in their minds, suddenly the set is no longer one of a kind and the final sale price could plummet. Given the amount of money we see thrown away daily on chasing imaginary dollars they think they aren't making in other realms of IP, this would make perfect sense.
How much of this crap would be avoided (there are several other less legal case based examples) if all of the information was required to be kept on file with the Copyright Office?
It would clear up a whole bunch of problems about who owns what, and who has which tiny pieces carved off... rather than praying you can get a monolith to look in their paper files to see if they even have the rights.
Copyright is supposed to benefit the public in return for their special rights, with rights come responsibilities.