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  • Aug 18th, 2019 @ 9:31pm

    Depends on which side of the badge/bench/bars you're on

    It's all a matter of perspective. What's a huge problem to some(the general public) is a massive boon to others(the prison system, prosecutors/judges, government agencies...).

  • Aug 18th, 2019 @ 7:29pm

    Re: Re: It’s basic bitch projection isn’t it?

    Projection and an attempt to shift the focus to the other party.

  • Aug 16th, 2019 @ 9:11pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: As is Techdirt...

    Yeah, saw it in the crystal ball, and I'm sure the article and comment section will be quite interesting reads.

  • Aug 16th, 2019 @ 8:48pm

    Cleaning the blood while ignoring the stab wound

    During June and July, WIREDidentified more than 500 examples of caste-based hate, threats, violence and ridicule attacking different communities within the Tamil language on TikiTok. Users extol the virtues of specific castes and verbally attack local caste-leaders, which can trigger hate crimes.

    India’s caste structure is a feudal system of social division stratifying people into hierarchical groups based on their background and work. These include: priests, warriors, farmers/traders, labourers and outcasts. Dalits, formerly the ‘untouchables,’ fall outside the system and are widely persecuted.

    Videos found on TikTok include casteist-hate speech posted by users identifying themselves from high castes while celebrating and singing the praises of their communities. These quickly spill into threats of physical violence with members of some communities claiming dominance over other castes.

    While removing the worst of the lot from the platform would probably work as a short-term solution, if the government actually wanted to reduce that problem in the future they're going to need to grow a spine and admit that the caste-system itself is problematic and needs to go. When people are raised in a culture that holds certain groups inferior or superior to others it's hardly surprising that their attitude and behavior will reflect that, all the social platform is doing is giving them a highly visible avenue to express that.

  • Aug 16th, 2019 @ 8:07pm


    While that is basically what they said, they'd never be honest enough to be that blunt about it.

  • Aug 16th, 2019 @ 8:06pm

    '... this case again?!'

    'The testimony of a DEA chemist wouldn't have any impact on a case that hinges upon whether the substance in question is actually illegal'?

    Talk about a judge that has already determined the outcome and is determined to make sure the ruling is the 'correct' one.

  • Aug 16th, 2019 @ 7:57pm

    About that tense choice...

    What do we expect when the guy overseeing the FCC was employed by the company in question?

    Given his actions to date, and the stance he's taken regarding the company in question and the industry overall, I'd say there's a good argument to be made that he at least still considers himself to be working for the company, with the only difference that he's not officially on the payrolls at the moment.

    As soon as he 'retires' though...

  • Aug 16th, 2019 @ 7:23am


    I'm kinda split on that one. On the one hand that would be freakin' hilarious watching him utterly lose his mind(again) over naming a street after a former president because that street is next to one of his properties.

    On the other hand I've no doubt he and his cheerleaders would jump all over that to distract from whatever his latest fuck-up was.

    Now, if they did it after he was out of office then that second one would go away, at which point I would be all for it.

  • Aug 16th, 2019 @ 6:42am

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

    While the idea that if you work hard enough you'll succeed can be a good motivator for some people it has a rather toxic counterpart, wherein you get the idea that if someone isn't successful it's not because the market's bad, or bad luck, or something else that they have no control over is stacked against them, it's because they aren't trying hard enough.

    'You're working two jobs and still struggle to make ends meet? Well clearly you aren't really trying, because if you were you wouldn't have a problem.'

  • Aug 16th, 2019 @ 4:52am

    'He HAS that? ... I mean, still doens't count.'

    "Rather than support its claims with sworn affidavits from witnesses with personal knowledge of the facts, the Nguyen Complaint rests almost entirely on unverified news reports and blog posts."

    Given their response and actions to date I imagine that if he had that, for every claim, they simply would have moved the goal-posts even further.

    'For future reference sworn affidavits only count if personally overseen by a federal judge who's name starts with an 'r', and anyone who worked with or had any business relationship with the company doesn't count because they aren't unbiased enough to be honest and trustworthy. Also any accusations of wrongdoing will be summarily dismissed unless personally admitted to by the Verizon CEO and board of directors in a written, legally binding statement statement.'

  • Aug 16th, 2019 @ 4:38am

    Re: Re: As is Techdirt...

    Damn, you have my sympathy, that had to have been a royal pain.

  • Aug 16th, 2019 @ 4:33am

    'Failed' is a funny way to spell 'working great'

    When the drug test/dog is the means to secure a justification for a search the fact that false positives crop up left and right isn't a bug it's a highly desirably feature.

    When the goal is being able to search as much as possible and/or secure a plea deal its not surprising that a police don't care how often false positives crop up, because in that situation the more hits the better.

  • Aug 15th, 2019 @ 8:46pm

    All hail the conquering army!

    [W]hen police officers leave their precincts every morning, there are no crowds on the highway cheering you. And when you come home at the end of the day after a job well done, there are no ticker tape parades.

    There's nothing impressive about doing your gorram job, and if people aren't happy to see you maybe it has something to do with how utterly infested with rot and corruption the police have become.

    Might as well act surprised that members of the mafia(which differ from the police in that they don't have badges and basically no other way) don't travel to the accompanyment of cheering and parades.

    If people lose the values and moral discipline to control themselves, then government would increasingly have to use external force to keep order, and the community would gradually lose its freedom.

    Swap a few words and that statement becomes much more accurate.

    If police lose the values and moral discipline to control themselves, then the public would increasingly have to use external pressure on the government and society to keep order, and the police would gradually lose its special priviledges that they cannot use responsibly.

    Despite the fact that the majority of the American people do support the police, unfortunately, over the past few years, there has been an increasingly vocal minority that regularly attacks the police and advances a narrative that it is the police that are the bad guys rather than the criminals.

    Probably because in far too many cases the only difference between the groups is who has a badge and who doesn't, and the police are the bad guys.

    Whenever there is a confrontation involving the use of force by police, they automatically start screaming for the officers’ scalps, regardless of the facts.

    Likely due to extensive experience showing that if they don't demand accountability then absolutely none will be applied. That left to their own devices police will almost always protect their own first, no matter what was done.

    I am not suggesting there are never abuses. As with all human institutions there are sometimes bad apples; and we will deal with that.

    No, no you have not, and no they have not. That's the problem. The 'few bad apples' excuse only works if you remove those apples, but that is very much not happening such that by this point the minority is not the 'bad apples' but the small percentage that haven't been corrupted yet.

    But these are very much the exceptions, not the rule.

    That might have been true a good many years back, but these days 'corrupt cop' is the rule rather than exception.

    If anything, I continue to be amazed at the professionalism of our police officers in the most extreme circumstances.

    Then you're either not looking or have abysmally low standards for 'professionalism*.

    The anti-police narrative is fanning disrespect for the law. In recent years, we have witnessed increasing toleration of the notion that it is somehow okay to resist the police.

    That 'anti-police narrative is caused by the police and people like you who give people very good reasons to be 'anti-police'. However it's important to make a distinction for clarity and honesty, in that most people in that group aren't in fact 'anti-police', rather they are 'anti-police corruption', or 'anti-corrupt police', something you'd think that someone who claims to be concerned about rooting out those 'few bad apples' would be all for if they were actually being honest on that point.

    As for the idea that people don't respect the law as much as they used to that can likely also be tied to the police as people see them flaunting if not flat out ignoring it with no penalties. If those tasked with upholding the law can't be bothered with respecting it why should anyone else?

    We need to get back to basics. We need public voices, in the media and elsewhere, to underscore the need to “Comply first, and, if warranted, complain later.” This will make everyone safe – the police, suspects, and the community at large. And those who resist must be prosecuted for that crime.

    'Look, if your rights are being violated just accept it and don't fight back. After they've been violated you can file a complaint with the very people who violated them or a court system that bends over backwards for them, where they will certainly take it very seriously.'

    We must have zero tolerance for resisting police. This will save lives.

    Tell ya what, the public will consider that as soon as you apply and enforce a 'zero tolerance' policy for police abusing their authority, such that a member of the public can justifiably believe that an order from a cop is both legal and reasonable.

    Gotta love that 'it will save lives' bit on the end though, because you know he's not talking about police lives there, he just doesn't have the guts or honesty to admit it.

    We will be proposing legislation providing that in cases of mass murder, or in cases of murder of a law enforcement officer, there will be a timetable for judicial proceedings that will allow imposition of any death sentence without undue delay. Punishment must be swift and certain.

    Murder by cops on the other hand will be treated the same as always however, which is to say brushed under the rug until the heat dies down, or resulting in a wrist slap if the public is audacious enough to demand that some sort of punishment be handed out.

    I would like to see the American people gain a renewed appreciation of the noble work done by our police officers in protecting our communities

    Then get to work ensuring that that's what they're doing by removing those 'few bad apples' you claim to be so very concerned about.

    I would like to see increased recognition that being a police officer is the toughest job in the country, and it is getting tougher.

    Ah yes, the poor put-upon police, given massive leeway by the courts and people like you, held to basically zero standards, and able to get away with acts(robbery/assault/murder) that would see anyone else thrown in a cell. Truly they face such hardships...

    I would like to see a greater commitment to supporting the police.

    Then you'd best get started on making it so that people have a reason to support, rather than fear and distrust, police. Respect and support is earned not owed, and right now police in the US have made very clear that they deserve neither.

  • Aug 15th, 2019 @ 7:32pm

    ... Adam?

    Social media poses a greater threat to democracy than any of the legacy media outlets. You don't need a fancy study to know that if Google and Facebook decided to use their vast reach to tip the scales in the next election that they could easily do so?

    Article: Here's a study showing that X, rather than Y, had a higher impact on the election, contrary to what people are claiming.

    AC: I reject your reality, and substitute my own!

  • Aug 15th, 2019 @ 4:32am

    If you're going to lie at least TRY to hide it

    In the five years that I have been recording Techdirt comments, this is the first time I have ever seen a disgusting sexual comment censored. Look for yourself.

    A claim which not only highlights a serious obsession you should see a psychiatrist for but is just as believable as saying 'I've been watching the sky for a month solid in a country not near the poles and not once have I seen the sun set'.

    People who have been around TD a fraction of that time have seen multiple 'disgusting sexual comments' flagged, the overwhelming majority made by TD's trolls, including ones along the lines of that one that weren't parody in poor taste, so you're either lying about 'recording comments'(but seriously, get help, that level of obsession/fixation is not healthy), or lying about not seeing any 'disgusting sexual comments'.

  • Aug 15th, 2019 @ 4:13am

    Re: Re: 'We care about (well known) mass shootings.'

    I need to correct your statement because the Walmart story was fabricated.

    Fabricated how, and I suppose along those lines what story is it that you claim was fabricated as it's possible we're talking about two different ones?

    Jim Sterling's video was based upon a Vice article, which itself was apparently based upon both a Reddit post and independent confirmation they got directly.

    So many people bought into that Walmart story it became "mainstream", and once this happens, it impacts business.

    Just because cowing to public pressure based upon faulty fearmongering rather than standing up to it and refusing to play along may be a good business move does not prevent it from being cowardly to do so.

    ESPN isn't a coward, nor is any business pulling content.

    ... other than ESPN for delaying a previously scheduled event until the heat dies down? Because they absolutely did do that.

  • Aug 15th, 2019 @ 2:33am


    Because american society(and to varying degrees others) is completely and utterly insane with regards to all things sexual, which includes female nipples because reasons.

  • Aug 15th, 2019 @ 1:38am

    Check your sources before trumpeting them as credible

    You uh, might want to do a little digging into your little pal there before you hold him and anything he says/presents up as evidence. I suggest scrolling up just a little bit to the link Mike posted about his absolutely charming personality for a start.

  • Aug 14th, 2019 @ 9:38pm

    A 'cure' worse than the disease

    I don’t think that censorship is the answer to that. Banning the targeted advertising business model is.

    Nice idea in general, but here's the problem with taking the legislative angle on that: If you introduce regulations forcing companies to take down/block 'disinformation' who gets to define what that is? Who do you trust to set that definition, keeping in mind that just because you may agree with the current people who would be in charge of that there's no guarantee that someone who you very much don't agree with won't get the job just a few years down the line.

    As problematic as it is for platforms to not do a 'good enough' job combating such content, how much worse would it be for the government to decide what is and is not 'true' and therefore allowed?

  • Aug 14th, 2019 @ 9:33pm

    Can't stifle any speech after all

    Just wondering, but do you happen to practice what you preach and use an email service that doesn't have a spam filter(or turn off the filter if they have one), or does that standard of 'let everything through for the users to decide on' only apply to others?

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