I wish that I had your certainty of the way things are. Seems just as likely for the moment that the officer fired in self defense against someone who assaulted him, tried to take his gun, and was coming back for more.
Doesn't really matter what the reality is, that's the impression the local residents have, particularly the black ones. The police has to deal with that reality, and needs to handle things as if it was true to help calm the situation. There's a time to insist on resolving the truth of the issue, and that day will come, but it hasn't come yet. Right now trying to defend the cop, or paint the black kid in a bad light (e.g. the thing with him allegedly stealing cigars), is just pouring fuel onto the fire.
I'd have agreed with you once upon a time, after all the Snowden revelations, I have trouble dismissing claims of agent provocateurs. It's less crazy than a lot of the stuff we know the government's really doing nowadays. :(
What I mean, exactly, is perhaps firing every single officer and head of law enforcement in the city. It would be an extreme measure, but if the police are the ones disturbing the peace, getting rid of them all and hiring new ones from, say, the ranks of the peaceful protestors would go a long way towards restoring the peace. It would fix one of the main problems and get some cool heads in that are ready to fix the other big problem: police militarization.
The local police are a big part of the problem. I particularly liked how they decided to stir up things AGAIN last Friday by releasing the info that Brown was suspecting of robbing a convenience store of some cigars. Even though the justice department asked them to not do so. Given the timing (Thursday the Governor put the Highway Patrol in charge and things calmed down), it seemed to be nothing but pure spite.
Now there is also the problem of people coming in to riot and loot, most of which are apparently outsiders. But the local police just keep egging things along and making it worse. I would imagine the Governor's about had it with them.
I wasn't aware of that case, but I can't see any way they can claim copyright on the video created by someone other than themselves. It would seem to me that the copyright holder on those Vines and other videos made with a fan's own phone just can't belong to the EPL. That case just makes that much clearer. If they're going to send takedown notices (they'll probably use the DMCA, even though they're not in the US), then they'll be lying when they say they own the copyright.
Now they might have some kind of trademark claim over the uniforms/etc. shown in the clips. But since the vast majority of the clips will be used non-commercially, even that is pretty bogus.
All around it just seems insanely stupid and not even what the law really allows.
Well, logically it should work that way. But that's unlikely to keep Comcast from trying to sue you for making them look bad publicly. You'd likely win, but it'll cost you dearly. So check the laws to be safe, and notify them you're recording them if your state laws require it.
How about this, LEO unions need to fully co-operate with investigations into officer wrongdoing, as well as allow for back-confiscation of earnings of officers that are convicted of wrongdoing.
THIS! I was just saying to someone the other day this should be done. If the public (and the officers) knew that the cop would be docked that back pay, then the paid leave wouldn't look like nothing but a paid vacation for misbehavior that it is now.
They also need to be quicker to charge cops. As far as I can tell, the NYPD has yet to charge the cop in this case for murder even after the medical examiner ruled it a homicide. The managed to arrest the guy who filmed it though!
I have never understood why investigations of police misconduct are performed by internal police department units. Those should be done by an outside, necessarily antagonistic (the police will view it as the enemy, even if they shouldn't), entity that will actually try to find the truth, not whitewash things to get the officer back on the job faster.
The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest union representing NYPD officers, said in a statement that it was “criminals like Mr. Orta who carry illegal firearms who stand to benefit the most by demonizing the good work of police officers.”
See now, this is genius, because the guy's death was ruled a homicide, the criminals include at least part of the police officers. So let's rephrase that, shall we?
“criminals like the officer who choked Mr. Garner to death who [sic] stand to benefit the most by demonizing the public.”>
I don't think that'd give you a fair result. If it was a book I was interested in I'd go for it at $1 with DRM, and just strip the DRM off it. I'd pass at $9.99 though, I see too many (nearly all) poorly edited/typeset eBooks and won't pay that much for one. I figure if they can't be bothered to put in the effort to make it a quality eBook, I can't be bothered to spend like it is one either.
Wait,this was a serious description about how digital books are published in 2014? This wasn't a joke?
I'm pretty sure it's the truth. I see OCR-type errors in eBooks I've bought regularly. One I was reading this week had a line with an I as 1. This applies even to books first published in the last couple of years.
Then again, eBook formatting/editing is regularly atrocious. I have yet to understand how the publishers can claim it costs them so much money to copy-edit them when, as a reader, it appears no one even spell-checked the damn thing.
Comcast is hardly an unbiased source on this, and I've never seen them provide anonymized data for others to verify their claims. They also like to switch between mean, median and average in their usage claims (they seem to use them almost interchangeably, which is incorrect, they're different things), so it's hard to really tell if they have increased over time at all, much less in sync with bandwidth usage (like the rise of streaming video).
So while it may be true that most people don't get near their cap, that link isn't proof of anything beyond "Comcast is using this to justify their data caps".
Actually, I do rent their modem (I've had to replace it so often, I'm scared to buy one of my own). So that wouldn't explain it either.
And in my case two months were off by over 100GB, of a 300GB quota. It was so bad, I was starting to wonder if someone had somehow spoofed my modem's MAC address and was stealing service. But I had to change modems in September, and the overages occurred before and after both, making that theory less likely.
Personally I still feel it's just making shit up.
Oh, and let's not forget the 2-3 months of the bandwidth meter failing to load data 99% of the time.
The fees for overages are an absolute joke too. Want to double your usage for a month, for 600GB total? That'll cost you an additional $60 ($10 per 50GB overage.) That's more than the base charge for the Internet portion of my bill is.
And their data meter is also a joke. I've had 40-50% discrepancies with my router, in Comcast's favor of course. Basically they'll charge you overages based on a magic number generator.
Why do they want to implement caps? So they can milk more money out of their customers.
It will also show them how to be kind to others as well. While they might be poor and in bad situations now, they could go on to be successful in life, maybe even become rich. Having seen generosity and kindness as kids will help make sure they do the same things for others when they can, helping make the world a better place in general.
This is really making Wheeler look like a tool of industry
I know when Wheeler was appointed a lot of people were concerned about his past being an industry lobbyist. His continuing to push these horrible rules forward, and now with two diametrically opposed commissioners asking him to slow the hell down, just makes him look like a totally bought and paid for tool of industry.
I doubt there's anything he can do to change people's opinions of him going forward either. The Internet community simply will not trust him on anything now.
Yeah, I can understand Mike's concern about potentially chilling others doing crowd funding, but this one looks like a flat-out fraud. Failing to do a bog-standard printing job in 2 years, and apparently it's now been over a year since the last update of any kind seems fishy as hell.
So I'm not at all surprised to see them getting sued.