I don't see anything there that says his intent is to curtail those "evils".
Based on his arguments above, I would guess he is a leading proponent of using those tools for the advancement of the interests of incumbent corporations. Specifically, using them to "curtail opportunities", "slow economic progress" and "delay innovation" on the part of upstart corporations such as, for example, Uber.
It shouldn't be a surprise: someone must be studying how to use these things to suppress competition.
Ever hear of "joint and several liability "? That's the law that allows a car company to be sued along with the man who negligently pushed the woman's wheelchair into the street, so that the car company pays if negligence is found.
That's what this is about: the theory is that when someone who is a pauper hurts my feelings by calling me "a pencil-necked geek" I should be able to sue them and the ISP, joint and several, and make the ISP pay me the cool million that the pauper will never have.
Instead of section 230 being eliminated, it should be spread to other areas of liability.
(When even the notoriously lax DOJ has concerns...)
DEA spokesman Joseph Moses said that often happens because it's not until after the Board of Professional Conduct makes its recommendations that employees get to fully present their side of the story. That can prompt human resources officials ultimately to opt for lighter punishment.
So, what are you saying, Mr. Moses? That there was a good excuse for "Distributing Drugs"? For "Falsifying Official Records"? For "Theft?" For a "Civil Rights" violation?
Because what you're saying is that, yes, Board of Professional Conduct found they did wrong, but later on they told their side of it and they had a good excuse, so we let it slide.
Maybe we need to import a variation on that caution from Great Britain, "You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your case if you do not mention, when questioned, something which you later rely on as a defense."
If you save something from the Board of Professional Conduct, you should not be allowed to present it as an excuse later.
Thank you and everything, but as far as intrusiveness goes, you rank somewhere under the carpet.
I swear, the other day when I visited a site, the screen scrolled up and a grasping hand came out wrapped around my neck and another hand came out and slapped me twice across the face; as a sepulchral voice said, "Now pay attention...!"
(Or at least that's what would have happened if one of these infernal advertising companies could figure out a way to make it work.)
I think we can come up with a reasonable analog to this problem in the physical world.
Suppose a defendant is being charged with a crime, and the government wants certain papers that are presumed evidence. The government is certain the papers exist, as they were seen by another person and (without explanation) we'll also say the government is reasonably sure they were not destroyed.
But suspecting an upcoming arrest the defendant has hidden the papers somewhere.
The government can, of course, search anyplace the papers might seem to reasonably be, and has searched without success.
The question is: Can the government compel the defendant to reveal the hiding place, without violating the defendant's Fifth Amendment Rights?
To me, it seems the answer is no, because revealing the location of the papers inevitably leads to the defendant's incrimination. Therefore, to compel the defendant to reveal the location is to compel him to inevitably incriminate himself: a violation of Fifth Amendment Right.
Likewise, as mentioned in the article, the password seems to lead inevitably to incrimination and should be subject to Fifth Amendment protection.
(Disclaimer: I was bullied as a kid---suffered all the creative ways they could think of to bully me including being threatened with a knife and choked to unconsciousness--so I have damned little sympathy for bullies.)
I think this is an overreaction. The reality is that anything you do can be used as evidence against you in court, in the right circumstances. For example, buying a baseball bat is fairly innocent--unless you are accused of clubbing someone to death, whereupon it becomes very relevant indeed.
I think a relevant question is, "In the absence of any other bullying activity, would unfriending constitute bullying?"
Let me quote again, with edits, Josh Bornstein:
"What the Fair Work Commission did find is that a pattern of [...]
which [features] a range of different behaviours...
including berating, [and] excluding and so on,
...constituted a workplace bullying.
Perhaps his statement isn't the clearest that could be made, but parsed out, it is clear that that it wasn't the unfriending by itself that got Bird in trouble.
What got Bird in trouble was the (from the ruling) evidence of "18 separate instances of unreasonable behavior" against Roberts, just one of which was Bird unfriending Roberts on Facebook.
So what is bullying?
"Mr. Boyd was shocked by the actions and tone of voice of Mrs. Bird." When the third party visitor is shocked, that's evidence of bullying.
When Roberts complains that a work item is deliberately left undone in an inbox for 9 days and Mr Bird is told it was filed "in the wrong folder", that's certainly of interest. But Roberts showed the request form to Mr. Bird on that date...did she get it from the inbox or from the "misfiled folder"? Evidence of bullying.
Mrs. Bird willfully damaged Roberts' relationship with clients: evidence of bullying.
When you accuse an employee of being a lesbian because the client is, when you tease the employee about sexual matters, that's evidence of bullying.
Etc. Frankly, I think even these few are enough, so I'm not going to bother to continue.
Unfriending is just icing on the cake.
So taken on whole, yes unfriending can be evidence. It's not proof by itself, but if you're a bully then you will show lots of nasty behaviors (including maybe unfriending). When all that proof of your misbehavior is brought into court, you will--or at least should--get what you deserve.
"Other scientists have coaxed yeast into producing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), one of the psychoactive compounds in marijuana."
What I've been waiting for is someone to produce a hemp plant without any psychoactive compounds. I think having such a variant would add a lovely level of confusion to the ban on hemp plants, because hemp is valuable for other reasons besides smoking.
What the world is wrong with Hayward PD? If you want an FOIA request to go away, you need to demand, like, $300,000. You gotta use the big hammer if you want these slimy snoops to crawl back under their rock.
I don't know why this is such a surprise. Fact is, TSA doesn't give a shit about any aspect of security.
What it does care about, and always has, is its authority: its ability to impose despotic requirements on citizens, make the citizens jump through hoops, spend lots of taxpayer money (influence buying), and (from time to time) its authority to arrest citizens on trumped-up charges.
Take that three ounce requirement for liquid containers. How many people seriously think that a limit of three ounces (actually, 3.4 ounces, 100 mL) of nitroglycerin or acetone peroxide is likely to save the plane? Right.
No, in my estimation, the 100 mL limit was set for one reason alone: because it was not possible to buy a container of mouthwash/whatever of 100 mL or less. In other words, an absolute ban, with a pretense that it's not really absolute because, "We permit 3.4 ounces," and an absolute ban might be seen as "unreasonable".
Power, despotic authority, that's the only goal. If you get a little pretend security on the side: nobody's perfect.
It must violate some of their Rights, it just has to. First Amendment, Second Amendment, Fifth Amendment, Fourth Amendment. They'd claim it violated their Third Amendment rights if they could come up with a theory...wait, military occupation...house...property...sounds possible...
Moore's Law and other advances in computing pretty much guarantee that 76 percent success rate will rise inexorably...
If the Jordanians have done this publicly, you can bet that NSA has done it, and better, in secret.
NSA builds this technology and uses it for years; snickering evilly behind its black cloth. Then someone comes up with a public version and everyone thinks it's "new." Hope springs eternal in the human breast, but in the case of the NSA, there is no hope: only surveillance.
The original story was page one, "China Spies!!" in 220 point red ultra bold type. Now they are "showing their ass" in section D, page 12, the 2 inches at the bottom of the fourth column, right under the nude boobies. Now which do you suppose has the greatest influence on the public and the politicians, hmmmm?
That's one of the biggest problems we have with "law and justice" these days: First, it is neither law nor justice. Second, collateral damage is irrelevant. Who cares about the life and rights of one citizen when DOJ is trying to deter lawbreakers? Especially when they can make political propaganda at the same time?
And if the poor, pitiful, picked-on "widdle" citizen feels he's been wronged, he can always go to court and grab a million or two of taxpayer money. See? All better now, and we didn't even have to admit wrongdoing.
One citizen at a time, like potato chips. But it's not like there's a pattern of activity here that needs to be reigned in, oh no. These are all isolated incidents.