Ford has decided to not allow you to buy a car, because you might drink and drive. GM has decided to not allow you to buy a car because you might drive it to a political protest. McDonalds has refused to allow you to buy coffee, because it might give you the energy to write a congressperson.
They sort of went the opposite of neutral, they refused to fill an order because they wanted to avoid a political controversy (that might have screwed up their business plans).
If they wanted to be neutral, they should have just made the sale. Allowing corporations to keep control over what end users who purchase their products do is reserved for the copyright cartels only.
Well to be fair there has been a spike in violent crimes, committed by cops, being reported. Now that both sides can have cameras, it becomes clear that they can no longer spin narratives by editing or deleting footage and giving officers days to make a statement after being able to review all of the "evidence" available.
Slowly the public perception of the breathless reporting about the horrible things "criminals" are doing are being exposed as cops power tripping on those historically not able to fight back against a system that discounts their version of the story deferring to those charged with upholding the law (who have been shown time & time again violating those same laws).
Treating those who would record the interaction as taunting rather than people who are very afraid of those charged with protecting & serving them explains the problem. If you are unable to do the job when there is a way to hold you accountable, that is very telling. Tone deaf leadership of Unions & Governmental oversight who blather about these made up problems, while covering up or discounting bad actions by those *few bad apples" (who aren't that few from appearances) do nothing to help.
This is the Us vs Them mentality, the problem is it is out of control. Every stop is now treated like there is a missile wielding terrorist in the car, just waiting to strike so we need to get them first. Getting fed up with being stopped multiple times for imaginary reasons and not staying in your place is seen as challenging the officer who doesn't think you have the right to question anything. They have all of the power and anything that is seen as a challenge is a threat, and they respond as such often to the detriment of their targets who no one by cops sees as threatening.
The cynical side of me would like to point out that perhaps their "support" isn't enough to get him to to listen, and they should throw more money on the problem to fix it. (This is how government tends to work.)
The other side wants to point out that until he did something they disliked they were willing to fund this moron. It is clear he either doesn't understand what he is doing, or he is doing exactly what the other side is paying him for.
Play both sides against each other, reap the profits. Perhaps this is why we have such a screwed up system, they refuse to consider anything other than the lobbyists tell them (often ignoring common sense) and when push comes to shove they trot out something meant to terrify people into blindly supporting stupid positions.
His ideas seem to be designed to benefit the few at the expense of the many, giving tools that will be abused to protect corporate people.
Why should we not trust a group that rather than press charges like we would face, allow their brother officers to retire with full benefits? Why should we not trust a group willing to ignore the new hire was run out of a different PD before all of the excessive force complaints couldn't be swept under the rug? Why should we not trust a group willing to lie repeatedly, even in the face of video showing showing they lied? Why should we trust a group that will lock normal people in a room for hours at a time to get statements, but give their own days & review of the notes/video to make the narrative work?
Much like the national security wonks, they forgot what they are supposed to be doing and now live in a fantasy land where they are superheroes with special powers. We gave them all of the toys they dreamed of, but not the rational thought or self control required to keep them from trying them out at the drop of a hat. Your rights don't matter when they need to try out the riot gear.
And the entire business model of making claims to snatch the advertising revenue, only to let go when the monolith finally thinks something might be hinkey...
The problem stems from the belief that there are billions of dollars that magically will appear if they manage the control of it just right. This leads to the insanity where zomg someone might not make a few hundred they deserve!!!
Rather than try to solve the problem, they don't dare look at the failing model they instead try to force everyone else to bear the costs and burdens to play inside the rules.
People want to share, and this is/could be a huge boon to the corporations but now that we have to have "Stream Safe" as a fscking game setting. The news would like to report from outside of the venue, but they have to overdub Happy Birthday in the background because someone MIGHT hear a snippet of a song.
We have beloved tv shows we want to own, but have to accept them being different than our memories because ZOMG millions! Now games won't sound like what we saw, because someone owns the rights to the pew pew noise the gun makes, and someone else owns the rights to the footsteps, and someone else owns the musical stinger... and no one will just sign contracts to deal with reality... because everyone deserves the millions, that don't exist, in their bank account.
People are so terrified of imaginary terrorists and the threats they pose, that they are ignoring the very real downsides.
More people would turn out screaming if some talking head suggested this bill would bring Sharia law to the country, but the idea of the government trolling even deeper into their lives doesn't get a blip.
When will the people finally notice that the government has been lying to them for a very long time, that all of these things to "protect us" are done in 3rd world dictatorships we talk about as being inhuman, that we've slid so far down the slope that there is no out anymore. We are no longer free, we are no longer brave, the amber waves of grain are owned by corporations who need us to give them more handouts, and we spent more time focused on stupid things than the serious sellout of our liberties we claim to care about.
Rather than voting to support platforms founded on fear of others getting more, perhaps we should vote on real issues. If we started trying to cause 83 vacancies and fill them with people who care more about those who voted them in rather than narratives that are harmful to citizens we might have a chance.
Would we let someone who looked at WebMD once, do surgery? Why do we allow those who obviously don't (and willfully refuse to) have any clue about technology make decisions about it?
We can not expect them to know the details of all technologies, but we sure as hell are paying them enough to have staff who can keep them correctly informed. Demanding amendments that make things worse for those they allegedly represent, while screaming it is some secret plot... if he didn't have all of that money we'd be discussing why the mental health system let him roam around unsupervised. (This shows the sad state of healthcare in the country when those with the best plans are allowed to have severe mental defects without treatment.)
When those who are supposed to represent our best interests can't be bothered, perhaps it is time we find new people to represent us.
Its like Faux News decided to run a country. "Those people" are all bad, and now we have a law to make sure they won't be bad. Everyone cheer and go on with your merry lives, completely accepting this... because it will never happen to your children... until it does.
Secret evidence, that might be nothing more than some power tripping racist, taking children away. Aided by a court system who want to support the party line, and give themselves cover.
Seems no one has a history book, which is sad because they are in Europe where all of the history comes from. Indigenous people having their children ripped away to stop them from rising up, that worked out really well. Citizens who were part of a group everyone started to fear, hustled away to camps. I mean we never talk about it, its rarely touched on but it was fucking wrong. How far will be to far for them this time?
So they only like cases where the target isn't able to fight back, and even with the full power of the government making its own rules can't manage to overcome the shocking incompetence of its employees. Couldn't go after the banks because it would be to hard to make a case, and can't be bothered to let evidence get in the way of their wild guesswork.
Imagine the unthinkable... We are at war half way around the globe because someone's AOL account got hacked, and to cover up all of the secrets they had ex-filtrated they came up with a giant distraction.
Perhaps it is time to find people who have a fucking clue to come in and clean up this giant mess of people to stupid to have power have created. They pay out money to corporations who have the evidence of the stupidity and keep it quiet as long as the contracts keep coming, and they pay a little to keep their idiot buddy in power because they will fuck up again and they will gain more influence.
The terrifying thought hitting you right now, is I could be right.
While they sometimes manage to create compelling content, much of what is out there is mindless drivel meant to fill out the 1000 channels so they have more slots to sell advertising.
People are no longer bound to the "must watch tv" mantra and are demanding it be on their timetable, cable tv premium packages are built around 1 or 2 desirable things tacked onto filler to try and make them forget they are paying a huge premium for a few things. They aren't going to have kids and suddenly become their grandparents, they are going to seek out what they really want at a reasonable price or find something else that will meet their wants.
Blind thinking like this will lead to the implosion of the cable ecosystem, the only winners will be the end providers who will be scrambling to add more bandwidth to deal with the demand they never thought would happen.
This is fallout from the insane belief that Google is the internet. When governments, **AA's, et al. talk about the "Internet" Google is the first (and often) final word. Legislation is aimed at making Google culpable for all of the alleged sins of the internet, as if they can wave a magic wand and make everything perfect. While I think we all deserve Google Fiber, they are still not behind the entire internet. This does help highlight those who are supposed to be in charge still have no concept of how things actually work, tech iv evil voodoo magic and Google is the high priest.
And because I'm classy like that, I will comment about the content he is trying to suppress, perhaps doing things that motivate others to do such dramatic things isn't a good way to live ones life. Focusing more attention to the content will only draw much more attention to it. I speak from first hand experience, I've had lovely things said about me and beyond mocking those comments I don't care. I focus more on being me than worrying about how people perceive me, actions speak louder than words... this guys actions speak volumes about who he is as a person.
I swear I've mentioned that those in power would flip their shit when they figured out that THEY could be spied on like the little people.
Of course given the history of the nation covering up wide spread abuse, I bet there is plenty in the files to make them derail the debate & pretend its fixed while leaving it in place.
With all of this spying happening one has to look at the ugly specter that those in power will do everything they can to keep that power. They will hide their sins, and those who know of the sins can/do use those to get things they want. The first few "favors" are small, and they up the ante as they keep track of all of the sins that keep coming.
We have become worse than those we pursue. To get a sticky gold star for stopping some "terrorist"* we murder innocents near them. Given our absolute failure to identify real terrorists time and time again, one has to wonder what is the point, other than to use the program as advertising to sign us up to buy more drones. Don't worry, if we kill them at the outer edge of your range, we won't see the children blown apart, so we don't need to worry about our pilots having nightmares.
* - This term is a great catchall that makes everyone react without thinking, and so what if we take out our allies political targets as well. Us meddling in those kinds of affairs have a great history in the Middle East. /s
But but but how else would be we able to afford bonuses for sr. management for pushing this shitty idea onto customers? We can force people to grind, inflating our play numbers AND rake in handfuls of cash for people not able to sit in game 24/7.
This is win win win... except for the customer who ends up losing everything because to earn enough coins required far to much effort on stupid things than enjoying the game.