Dangit, the second time I got funniest comment for the week (I made a joke a while back about olympic competitors getting a gold medal for coming in second in a thing about condoms), and I forgot to log in when I made it. XD Oh well!
Honestly, at this point, I would not be surprised in the slightest. And two years ago, I would have probably only written it off as tinfoil hat insanity. It's amazing how much your perspective and understanding of the depths governments will sink to can change over that short a span of time.
I suspect the only possible way this will ever get fixed is if some important member of the government gets screwed over by forced arbitration. Like, say, if some senator's child is poisoned or something and then isn't allowed to sue. Until then, I guess the rest of us lowly peons will have to settle for being screwed over ourselves. And as it stands, it's not really surprising, just disappointing.
Wait, what's a "knockout game"? This is literally the first time I've even heard of it. I mean, it sounds like it's some sort of a thing where you record yourself punching someone trying to knock them out, am I on the money here? Because that's one hell of an epidemic if this is the first I've heard of it.
"It aims to criminalize the act of recording criminal activity"
Wait, does that mean that cops wouldn't be allowed to record going after bad guys? Or, for that matter, mean that your punishment is lessened if you don't record yourself doing it?
No no, you see, in THIS case it's okay for the NSA and the CIA to spy on the Senate Staffers, because by revealing this information, they're making people afraid of the government, and that's TERRORISM!!!!!! See, totally logical and legal.
When questioned about this hiring decision, Bloomberg's spokesperson had this to say: "Well, we realized that we had to catch up with the times, and be hip to the groovy Internets the young kids are doing these days, so we cast out a world wide web to find someone good with numbers who could explain this "digit-all" stuff to us. With his help, we should be able to computer all this stuff out." At which point Bloomberg's spokesperson winked to convey his clever puns, then was confused when the interviewer performed the rarely seen Double Facepalm Maneuver.
No, it's an urban myth. "To protect and serve" is only the Los Angeles Police Department's motto, which given its proximity to Hollywood explains why you see that as the motto in so many movies and TV shows. Each city has its own motto. Just as an example, San Francisco's motto is "Oro en paz, fierro en guerra" (Gold in peace, iron in war). Just a bit of trivia for you.
That being said, while there's a lot of explanations for why this cop didn't help (mob mentality, genuine fear for his life, bystander effect), it's still disgusting that he didn't at least call for backup.
My favorite thing about the word "terrific" is from the mind of Terry Pratchet
Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvelous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes, look behind words that have changed their meaning.
No one ever said elves are nice.
Elves are bad.
— Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies