This week, our top comment on the insightful side comes in response to the disturbing discovery that cops have been instructing paramedics to inject people they arrest with ketamine. Stephen T. Stone won first place, though in fact his comment was reiterating one line from a longer comment by I.T. Guy in response to someone explaining that ketamine is commonly used for people in mental health crises:
Being agitated because you are dealing with dickhead cops is in no way “a mental health crisis”.
In second place, we’ve got an anonymous comment pointing out the perennial problem with the copyright industry’s support from thousands of artists:
That would be the thousands contracted to labels, but what about the millions who publish on the Internet and do not want a contract with the labels, or to send more money there way.
I couldn’t get past this:
“The primary focus of this legislation is concerned with whether or not the internet functions as a fair and efficient marketplace”
Is that really what the people of Europe want from their Internet? A “fair and efficient marketplace”. People want the Internet to give them communications, information, access to infinite sites and information, and also to entertain them. No citizens would mention “Fair and efficient marketplace” on their wishlist, only profiteers and businesses would.
There’s nothing wrong with businesses wanting a “fair and efficient marketplace” of the Internet, but it’s not right for their needs to over-rule and dominate what the citizenry actually wants.
Next, we’ve got a response from Thad to the idea that, in US politics, progressives are the real authoritarians:
That’s why so many progressives voted for the billionaire who lives in a tower with his name on it and gets angry when Congress and the courts don’t do what he wants, or when the press criticizes him.
Good ol’ Alphabet Masnick, shillin’ for Google by [checks notes] lambasting Google over its decision to shut down Google Reader.
On that same post, one commenter insisted that they hate the idea of an RSS reader having social integrations because they don’t care what others are reading or want anyone to know what they are reading. An anonymous commenter won second place for funny by spotting the problem with that assertion:
And yet here you are, giving us your opinion about what you just read.
Verizon’s media acquisition strategy has been less “Go90” and more “Go 90s.”
And finally, we’ve got an anonymous suggestion for Kim Dotcom:
Perhaps Kim Dotcom needs to legally declare himself
a macaque monkey, then he can get PETA to fight for ever on his behalf……
once they’ve established the copyright of all the files, of course.
That’s all for this week, folks!