Only 8 million people need to die to ensure that decabillionares don't become mere billionaires.
One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is an economic policy.https://t.co/QuP4iNSEbD
— TrillionDollarCoinHat (@Popehat) March 23, 2020
PHOTO: President Donald Trump and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Joshua Roberts/Reuters
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft today got a court date stemming from multiple prostitution charges. Read the rest
Ken "Popehat" White, a former US Attorney turned criminal defense attorney, notes that the Republican outrage about "flipped" prosecution witnesses is awfully self-serving (given that Trump's bagman Michael Cohen and hushup capo David Pecker have both seemingly turned state's evidence), they have a point, as countless black and brown and poor defendants have discovered in their journey through the American justice system. Read the rest
A game of cornhole at the Douglas County Fair in Georgia led to a dispute between players, reports WSB-TV in Atlanta--a dispute that escalated into a fists-flying brawl at the Foxhall Resort.
Alex Cannon was standing so close, he nearly had to duck while filming the chaos.
Cannon told Channel 2 Action News he is always up for a game of cornhole. He just never knew it could be a 'contact sport.'
After the dispute over the score, Cannon said someone threw a beer then someone else threw a punch. He told us the lesson he learned is: "Alcohol and beanbags do not mix."
In New York today, a judge ordered Michael Cohen to reveal the name of a third client, someone who didn't want to be named. It's Sean Hannity. Read the rest
Make No Law is a just-launched podcast hosted by Ken "Popehat" White (previously), a former Federal prosecutor who writes some of the best, most incisive legal commentary on the web; the first episode deals with the oft-cited, badly misunderstood "fighting words" doctrine and its weird history in the religious prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses (my sole complaint is that he didn't work in E. Gary Gygax). Read the rest
The latest stupidospheric controversy in Donald Trump's America is Donald Jr's hard-to-parse claims of attorney-client privilege; Junior told Congress to go fuck themselves when they asked him to testify under oath about a meeting he had with his father about Russian interference in the 2016 elections, saying he didn't have to answer them because his lawyer was present and thus the conversation was privileged. Read the rest
Home security company ADT had an offer its website users couldn't refuse: never criticize the company or its products.
Customers accessing the "My ADT" service were challenged to agree to new terms and conditions, among which was "Will not disparage ADT, ADT's products or services, or any of ADT's affiliates or their products of services."
"The answer is NO, and I'm quitting your service and going to a competitor," wrote customer Matt Weeks on Twitter. "If you don't want bad reviews, try better prices and service, not this kind of shady legal garbage."
After the online backlash, the company promised to remove the provision for users...
Thank you for sharing your concerns, we believe we have taken necessary steps to correct this issue. We hope that you continue to be a part of the #ADTfamily, please let us know if you would like to discuss this further and we will give you a call at your earliest convenience. pic.twitter.com/6p5EMFMkzh
— ADT (@ADT) December 3, 2017
...but somehow managed to make it worse, insisting that the disparagement clause still applies when "linking to our website."
Attempting to legally control who can and cannot link to a website (and what they can say about you) is a legal theory with a sad and futile history, and it never seems to accomplish anything but attracting brutal criticism, much of it from lawyers who know better.
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Wait a minute @adt. It’s your position that we may not link to your website if we disparage it or you?
This morning, Twitter covered Ken "Popehat" White's profile page in balloons to celebrate his birthday. This afternoon, it suspended his account for posting screenshots of threats he'd received from another user.
The ranting missive, from a far-right lawyer in Texas whose threatening Twitter postings White had earlier mocked, promises such hatred and cruelty that White will want to kill himself or flee to "escape my wrath."
But it was White's response that fell afoul of Twitter's mysterious rules on posting personally identifying information—even when such information is disclosed and widely publicized.
Twitter is a private company. It has every right to suspend me or kick me off, however foolish its reason. It's got the right to free speech and free association. My rights have not been violated. I am not a victim. When you use a "free" service like Twitter and Facebook, you're buying into the policies and attitudes they pursue, for better or worse. Want a platform with no dumb policies? Create one or pay for one.
For the moment, I doubt this reflects an evaluation by anyone at Twitter that "it's okay for a deranged bigot to threaten people on Twitter but not okay to publish his threats." Rather, this is part of the inevitable result of automating responses to abuse complaints. Now, if Twitter reviews this, and thinks that's the right result — well, that would be something else again.
Twitter is still where the abusive can rail on and on before they get canned, while anyone with an earnest interest in using the site in good faith must adhere to vague, unhelpful policies in how they deal with all that trash. Read the rest
In the wake of CNN threatening to out a critic if he does not limit his speech in the future, former federal prosecutor and First Amendment champion Ken White has published an eminently sensible post about the incoherence of the present moment's views on free speech, and on the way that partisanship causes us to apply a double standard that excuses "our bunch" and damns the "other side." Read the rest