cattress’s Techdirt Profile


About cattress

cattress’s Comments comment rss

  • Jul 9th, 2020 @ 12:59am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Well clearly there's never any sort of cohesive, specific and direct plan of action coming from Trump. I mean, FFS, look at his word vomit answer to the softball question of what he wants to achieve in a second term.
    But there is one thing Trump does understand, because he's a narcissist, and that is image. He knows he can't declare mission accomplished on the virus if people are walking around in masks, if schools and businesses are closed. So he throws Twitter tantrums, demanding economies and schools and churches open, that everyone votes in person. He demands the press Corp chairs be moved back together, ends temperature checks, and is careful to avoid being seen with anyone wearing a mask. It's all part of an illusion.
    I'm sure the specific idea came from some henchman, and was pitched to Trump as a way to hurt both immigrants and college elite if they don't bend to his will, which brought a year of joy to his eye.

  • Jul 8th, 2020 @ 12:45am

    It's not just for kids

    Hi everyone. My name is Erin, I'm 39 years old, and I fall down a Tiktok hole for hours at a time, and I really enjoy it. I know I'm not the only one, no need to be ashamed.
    There are people of all ages, though I haven't seen any content of children that didn't come from the parents. And there are some really talented people out there, I am inspired. And I've been educated on some things I didn't know, and I have laughed to tears more in the last few weeks since I downloaded the app than ever in my life.
    From what I can tell, this is a super supportive, very inclusive community, though that could be the algorithm I fit into. I read before that certain people were scrubbed from the app because of size, or handicap, and based on what I've seen it doesn't seem to still be the case.
    I think this is all part of Trump's administration of blame and grievance selective attention span.

  • Jul 8th, 2020 @ 12:08am


    Your on the right path... But the point of the rule isn't to inflict pain on the students (it is a bonus though), it's to force colleges to return to normal, economic activity producing behavior, as if the pandemic is over. They are hedging their bets on the generally better health of college aged students won't spike the death rate, or overwhelm the hospitals. Just like pushing to end stay home orders way too quickly, and refusal to wear masks as well as mandate them nationwide; it's all about creating an illusion that everything is just fine, especially because election season will be getting serious in the fall. And while campuses probably lend themselves to much better physical spacing in the classroom, where college students live, both on and off campus, as well as general college lifestyle, coronavirus will spread faster than in nursing homes and meat packing plants. Exponentially faster.
    And the Trump administration has all of higher education by the short and curlies, which we all know gives that segment of "society" an intense sadistic pleasure given their hate for the educated elite and liberals, because schools depend on the full tuition that foreign students pay to cover a lot of operating costs and provide reduced or free tuition to low income students. And while I think colleges need major restructuring to bring tuition down, this won't fix anything. This is wrong and immoral.
    The one thing that I don't get is, if schools are indoctrinating kids to hate the US, churning out elite liberal snowflakes, and Republicans often drool over dismantling public education in favor of privatization, they sure are eager to get kids back to dystopia.

  • Jun 29th, 2020 @ 11:27pm


    Race, with regard to humans is not a scientific category or classification. Humans use skin color for race classifications for completely unscientific reasons, usually our own irrational fear of others who appear different than us. Many, probably even most of us, want to believe we are colorblind, and do not see race; we don't have hate in our hearts. But we have subconscious bias, and it perpetuates the inequality that we tell ourselves doesn't exist. We cannot become colorblind until we actually are willing to see skin color, and then wrestle with subconscious bias that we hold ourselves, as well as point out to others when we see what they don't. And it's not going to be easy, but if we truly love our fellow man, we should be motivated.

  • Jun 11th, 2020 @ 11:55pm

    No comment

    Isn't it like SOP that whenever the press asks about an investigation, that often, no investigation will be confirmed or denied, and certainly no details would be released or discussed. Barr has been vague, but couldn't even vague reference jeopardize the investigation, like we are told about literally every other investigation on public interest?
    And what really cracks me up is the failure of anyone, whether politically biased, or earnestly fearful that antifa mobs are going to descend on their town, to make even a nascent search to find out anything about antifa. Being that their overarching goal is to prevent the spread of fascist and racist ideology, by any means necessary, why would they show up ready for a fight when they agree with the point of the rally? Unless neo-nazis and the KKK plan on counter-protesting or disrupting BLM, antifa has no reason to show up any where as anything other than ordinary supporters of BLM. Antifa doesn't believe in violence as a first line tactic, but it is a tactic they will use if they think necessary. Just like every other movement, right down to the suffragettes.

  • Jun 11th, 2020 @ 11:11pm

    (untitled comment)

    Seems to me that it's unconstitutional for any level of government to have agreed to any collective bargaining that allows arms of the executive branch to violate the enumerated and implied protections in the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights are the explicit rules that restrict the government. The military prohibits unionization. And while far from perfect, as it is a world without the fourth estate as watchdog, seems to do well at not just training and preparing servicemembers, but also holding them to high expectations and accountability. For any policing that cannot be disbanded, as I still want an investigative agency able to arrest to suspects of murder, rape, theft- crimes with victims only- should be under the a very similar accountability program as the military. (For anyone who thinks the cops are the thin blue line between safety and chaos, who actually protect the innocent, and nothing you have seen over the past few weeks has changed that perception, you are going to be very disappointed if you ever call for their assistance. There's no situation that calling the cops can't make worse, speaking from experience)

  • Jun 11th, 2020 @ 12:54am

    But why?

    I don't know where these neighborhoods are, but if this started last month, kids were still distance learning (the school year just ended in DE), and I'm pretty sure working from home is still happening for most people who can. Not to mention, very little activity outside the home has resumed, well until the protests. Is the idea to force people to watch cable TV more, to make more advertising dollars for those stations who are also keeping all that sports programming money when there are no sports? Is this to leverage schools and businesses to pay more to keep connection speeds up to demand? Who are they trying to milk more money from?

  • Jun 11th, 2020 @ 12:31am

    Sarcastic takes

    So I have a few thoughts about this whole reluctantly violating rights thing:
    For the DEA, this is like having to hold all the bags while your friends get to ride the rollercoaster. Give them half a chance, they'll show them city boys how to use a flash bang grenade.
    Everyone knows drug money goes directly to terrorists, and since antifa has been declared a terrorist organization, the DEA is defacto necessary
    Hippies and black people, of course the DEA wants some of that action. It's what they were born for.
    Or the DEA saw police stations and cars getting destroyed and knew the cops where going to have a shortage of drugs to plant on the thugs pretending to protest peacefully. They didn't realize that the cops no longer cared about a veneer of lawfulness when brutally beating and arresting the peaceful folk they kettled during a pandemic.
    I suspect a mix of those things...

  • Jun 8th, 2020 @ 12:38am

    Re: Antifa

    What's amusing is that antifa are far left, and are being called fascist for demanding equal rights and equal treatment, and some people also claim they are also anarchist, who want to impose communism or socialism, which cannot happen without a state to enforce it!
    At the same time, a new paranoia is growing over boogaloo, who are mostly just gun enthusiasts who fantasize about civil war and apocalypse scenarios, and using those guns against an oppresive government. And yet they are considered far right.
    Kinda seems to me that aside from some of the accelerationist fragments eager for blood, these people probably are just various forms of Libertarians. Both see the government as corrupt, inept, having far more power than it should and ultimately unsustainable. Neither likes the croneyism that we call capitalism. Both want freedom and generally to be left alone by the government. Of course neither group would is comfortable admitting they have anything in common, and will keep making the other into the boogyman.

  • Jun 7th, 2020 @ 11:53pm

    Re: Re: Morons at the USPS

    Actually what makes the USPS successful but not necessarily profitable is the guarantee of last mile service. Offering last mile service for mail delivery, similar to broadband and other utilities, is not always profitable. But the post was such an essential form of communication that we put it in our constitution. Private competitors do a better, faster job for less money, until it comes to last mile, which just isn't profitable enough.

  • Feb 8th, 2020 @ 1:03am

    Re: Re: They *really* want to imitate CA's toxin labels?

    Cute puns. But the labels mentioned here are on every imaginable product you might purchase that warn that it might be a carcinogen. And I mean everything, like the liquid in a snow globe, staples, dishes, coffee, and recently proposed for Tylenol.

  • Feb 8th, 2020 @ 12:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: USA is one of the few countries with a L

    Unfortunately, things like Social Security, Medicare, and many pension programs are run similar to a pyramid scheme. What the boomers paid /pay in is being spent on the older generation (I think they were the silent generation, but that could be incorrect). And being that they were a particularly large generation, they need an even larger generation to support them. And the amount of time they will need that support has increased with dropping mortality rates and rising life expectancy. Basically, more people living longer, combined with far less availability from younger family members to provide care and daily living support means a greater reliance on professional services. And while we haven't raided social security, it's just not growing fast enough; most public pensions have never been properly funded and are eating up local government budgets.
    We aren't facing an imminent collapse, but we could reduce the strain by going the opposite direction that nitwit in the White House is taking us in terms of immigration. Gee, no surprise he's part of the Boomer generation ruining the American dream for the rest of us.

  • Jan 22nd, 2020 @ 3:25am

    Re: Re: Re: Who needs to teach whom?

    Thank you, that's the point I was making. Older generations panicking over the new things changing the way the younger generations live.
    Biden doesn't understand how Facebook as a "news source" is fundamentally different than NBC or WaPo. TV and Newspapers only publish minimal, if any, content from their audience, like letters to the editor and viewer call-ins, which are often scrutinized by editors in advance. If Facebook was liable for everything users said then it would just cease to exist. And while some people love that idea, the truth is that is pretty damn selfish attitude. Don't like Facebook, don't use it, it's that simple.
    And more to my point, I'm 38, have an almost 2 year old, and my mom is 58. My mom has shared a hoax about some new kind of poisonous spider killing people locally, random "missing persons" posts which have zero media coverage confirming any such person is missing, and has told me breastfeeding is gross and absolutely unnecessary after 6 weeks, that my concerns about walkers and old toys from before the nineties are perfectly safe for my daughter, they didn't kill me as a child after all, I shouldn't be so paranoid. I think it's clear who needs to learn how to vet their information sources. And my toddler can figure out how to exit and find the different apps for her on my phone, as well as open the camera app, switch to selfie mode and take pictures of herself (she much prefers books, and playing with toys, canned goods and my pots and pans, but sometimes she plays with my phone too) It won't be long before I'm struggling to keep up with her knowledge, and I will embrace the challenge.

  • Jan 22nd, 2020 @ 2:20am


    Or, a person caught up in a cult. I'm not saying he isn't culpable for his actions, but psychologists are starting to weigh in on how Trump's following is rather cult like. I think it's a legitimate mitigating factor. And while I hold some skepticism, I think it's worth seeing if his claims can be substantiated, some of which have.
    And I find it hilarious that he is going to keep putting out pictures and videos proving these people who deny knowing him are lying.

  • Jan 19th, 2020 @ 10:13pm

    Who needs to teach whom?

    I don't think it's the children that need nearly as much instruction and guidance on the internet as their parents, and especially grandparents. As evidenced by this exact nonsense. Children have always embraced the new technology, activity, means of art or communication, and the parents have always thrown themselves into a full on moral panic because things were different when they were kids. Bicycles used to raise the ire of parents of girls because of the independence it gave the girls. Bicycles! And novels were thought to corrupt the children and drive them to suicide.
    And I would put money on not a single presidential candidate being able articulate what 230 actually does and why it's a good thing.

  • Jan 19th, 2020 @ 7:09pm

    Shove it

    Did anyone see Ted Lieu's letter to Nunes lawyer? Something along the lines of looking forward to discovery, or he can take the letter and shove it. Priceless.

  • Oct 18th, 2019 @ 8:45pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Weren't you calling us, or specifically me, "losers" a few lines up? And just because you're insults in this comment weren't directed to a particular person doesn't make it any less the insulting commentary that you are whining about.

  • Oct 18th, 2019 @ 11:14am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I can't help but crack up at adults who make negative claims about the younger generations. On one hand you have people claiming the kids are so much worse and dangerous today. Really, when hazing freshmen involved whipping them with paddles and different forms of public humiliation just a generation or two before mine. ( I'm 38, but considered a millennial; I reject that and call myself and those born before 1990 generation Y because we don't have the millennial experience). And because there are claims that kids are so bad nowadays, we stick cops in schools, even at elementary level. We create zero tolerance policies that don't allow for discretion when a little kid brings a knife to cut their birthday cake even when they hand it directly over to their teacher. Or a kid brings some Advil to school and keeps it in their bag instead of handing it over to the nurse like they are incapable of taking it without supervision. Kids can't even exclude a another kid, even if there is good reason, like the kid is a bully, because that makes them the bully and there is zero tolerance for that.
    And then after we demand constant supervision, refuse to allow kids (or parents and teachers) some leeway for their own discretion, disallow them from making independent decisions, outlaw anything that one could imagine is some how dangerous or a distraction- like lip balm or sun block or butter knives, or open toed shoes, which have zero tolerance consequences, and then we claim these younger generations are just snowflakes with no sense of the real world. Which is it? Are they dangerous thugs or helpless babies?
    And let's not forget how expectations of parents have changed. When stay at home moms began entering the workforce and divorce became more acceptable, we started trying to frighten them into the traditional roles with stranger danger; you couldn't take your eye of your children for even a second because killers were lurking around every corner. But don't dare think it's ok to collect welfare so that you can provide your kids with proper supervision. Stay in an abusive marriage for the kids, but your a bad mother for letting those kids witness or experience the abuse. Whenever a kid gets in trouble, we all want to know where were the parents, the parents don't pay any attention and leave kids to be babysat by the TV. Then it's oh no, the parents are hovering of their kids and coddling them from the real world. Make up your mind. .

  • Oct 18th, 2019 @ 10:22am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    That's not how Techdirt's comment policy works, and you aren't being good spirited. But you are right that I should not attack the person, but rather the ideas. I apologise for the name calling. However, your ideas are moronic and cast the obviously corrupt police system in an undeserved heroic light. You are advocating for the permanent psychological damage of a child by forcing her to face the consequences designed for adults who commit crimes which actually hurt another person, all because she exercised her first amendment right in a way that you don't like. And you repeatedly argue that this is not just an acceptable way to treat a child, but that it's the appropriate way to treat a child, supporting your argument with a claim that abusive authority figures didn't do you any permanent harm and in fact, straightened you out. That's not just a poor argument, but it's statistically unsupported. Having a master's degree or a doctorate doesn't make your argument any less moronic. And advocating for the full power of the state, the militarized police, to swoop in and arrest a child for what amounts to speech you don't like and finger pointing is the kind of thing a bootlicker says.
    There are effective ways to respond to questionable behavior, or even violent behavior, in children that don't include bringing armed guards to terrorize them. As a 30+ year old adult I had to present myself to be arrested and wasn't handcuffed nor did I have to wait in a holding cell; that experience was so frightening and upsetting that a significant amount of my hair started coming in grey. (Long story short, I went to the police for help, instead of investigating my complaint they interrogated me and coerced me into saying I lied. I didn't do anything wrong, the only lie I told was the one they coerced me into. I fought back and got the prosecutor to drop the case) I can't imagine what that would have done to me as a child. And for the adults that I trusted to simply wash their hands of me, that would have easily triggered a lot of self destructive behavior. I don't know if this girl is a goodie goodie like I was, or a defiant troublemaker. But girls and boys are socialized differently; boys will be boys, but girls who violate social norms are marked forever.

  • Oct 18th, 2019 @ 5:14am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I would agree that it was just a shade darker than typical twisted talk of preteens if she didn't supposedly end it with herself, that's what I find worrying. Otherwise, a simple conversation with the child to explain that such games can be frightening to other kids and misconstrued as threatening by others not in on the game would be sufficient. And I don't see any harm in the adults taking a moment to check in the girl and give her an ear or a shoulder if she needs it. Those preteen and early teen years are tough.
    Oh, and those damn school resource officers need to go. They are just cops by another name and like dog shit, stink just the same.

More comments from cattress >>

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it