Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

from the some-speech dept

This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is Thad with a sentiment I think we all share:

A time will come -- not right away, not all at once, but hopefully within the next year -- when each of us manages to go a full day without thinking about Donald Trump.

That's a happy thought to hold onto.

In second place, it's Uriel-238 responding to the very late statement by a lawmaker that, when it comes to Trump's nonsense, "Republicans are sick of this shit":

The rest of us were sick of it in 2017.

For editor's choice on the insightful side, we start out with an anonymous comment about Trump's renewed calls for repealing Section 230:

Twitter could hold a lottery with 1st prize the honour of pressing the ban key on @realdonaldtrump
They could make enough money from that to cover the loss of Trump associated advertising!

Next, it's JMT with an all-purpose response for people moaning about free speech on social media:

Start your own damn website and say whatever the hell you want. That's "Free Speech" on The Internet. Just don't think you can do that on my website, Mike's website, or Twitter's website.

Over on the funny side, our first place winner is David chiming in on a thread about the Tennessee state representative who wants congress to ignore the Supreme Court ruling on flag burning, and specifically in regard to the suggestion that, given his past attempt to amend the Constitution to cite the will of "Almighty God", he probably thinks he's doing God's bidding:

No upright fundamental Christian would admit to letting himself get bossed around by a Jew.

In second place, it's Thad again, this time passing along a link regarding that same rep's constitutional nonsense:

Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be

For editor's choice on the funny side, we start out with Pixelation responding to our post about 5G paranoia getting dumber:

That's because 5G causes brain damage!*

*I suppose I should add.../s

Finally, it's David with a complaint on last week's comment post:

Know what's worst about the "funniest, most insightful" weekly?

I clearly see that some people voted for me. And at the end of the race, their votes don't count. But nobody even bothers to ask me whether I'll be conceding gracefully and leave my keyboard at the end of the week.

That's all for this week, folks!

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    Pixelation, 6 Dec 2020 @ 4:14pm

    "A time will come -- not right away, not all at once, but hopefully within the next year -- when each of us manages to go a full day without thinking about Donald Trump. "

    I hadn't thought about him all day until I read this, you insensitive clod.

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    Great_Scott (profile), 6 Dec 2020 @ 4:27pm

    Will Cable News got the way of Local Newspapers?

    It's going to be interesting to see what happens to media interaction rates once Trump isn't sucking all the air out of the room.

    I'm wondering if the news will suffer in the transfer back to normality.

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    • identicon
      Michael, 7 Dec 2020 @ 6:50am

      Re: Will Cable News got the way of Local Newspapers?

      When are you expecting that to happen? If you think Trump not being in office is going to stop him from continuing to flood Twitter, you have not been paying attention.

      In fact, he's about to have a lot more free time...

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        Thad (profile), 7 Dec 2020 @ 8:31am

        Re: Re: Will Cable News got the way of Local Newspapers?

        I'm sure there will still be news coverage of Trump tweets.

        But I suspect there will come a time when it's no longer every day.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 6 Dec 2020 @ 4:29pm

    Darn Jews

    "No upright fundamental Christian would admit to letting himself get bossed around by a Jew."

    No upright fundamental pro-life fascist would allow the elimination of any life (which begins with the first toast at the bar) at all.

    But if someone is on death row, hey, bring out the firing squad, and shoot their asses dead. Immediately. Cancel all these automatic appeals. Appellate courts and the SCOTUS have important things to do so no time to deal with PIDDLY things like human lives.

    Just kill them all. Let God sort it out. Just not pre-born babies.

    Ehud
    P.S. I hear tell Jesus was a Jew. I guess he didn't get converted to Christianity before the Romans killed him. Not going to win any friends going further with this thread... but which hell or heaven is he in?

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      ECA (profile), 7 Dec 2020 @ 2:05pm

      Re: Darn Jews

      I love telling the REALLY WHITE, Christians a few interesting things.

      1. the bible was created from the JEWISH VERSION of the bible, yep they had it first.
      2. Unless Christ was a REAL bastard and his mother rapped by a roman, the odds are, by the local area born, He isnt White.
      3. reading his life and times you might get the feeling he was JUST doing his job as a jewish priest. Even trying to get the Church back on the rails. And you would be right.
      4. Love the idea that White people wonder the word claiming lands, then sending in the religious Zealots, that declare 'We are right you are wrong, our god is better then yours, or we will kill/enslave you." And then we enslave them anyway. Wonderful religion.

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    Dach (profile), 6 Dec 2020 @ 11:17pm

    The movie strikes me as another Rorschach test, Like Sandman.

    If you saw the film prior to the Netflix ad campaign, you probably saw a film which used imagery disturbing to the average individual to make a point about the effects that sexualization of women in media has on children. You probably perceive that the actual volume of sexualized imagery being employed is minimal in comparison to the run time.

    If you saw the ad campaign first, you probably saw an overly sexual depiction of underage girls far in excess of what was needed to make the point trying to be made. It was smut for pedophiles and nothing more. https://www.facetimeapp.net/facetime-for-pc/

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    Mike, 7 Dec 2020 @ 9:55am

    Twitter won't ban him

    Twitter could hold a lottery with 1st prize the honour of pressing the ban key on @realdonaldtrump
    They could make enough money from that to cover the loss of Trump associated advertising!

    Not going to happen because Twitter cannot predict how much engagement will be lost from banning him. Their leadership's worst nightmare would be to have Gab or Parler suddenly announce that Trump is there, unfiltered and have several million of his followers move over. That's enough of a user base to start a very credible challenger to something like Twitter which only has a about 300M-350M total users and is used by only a few % points of Americans.

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      That One Guy (profile), 7 Dec 2020 @ 11:26am

      No. Please. Come back.

      Their leadership's worst nightmare would be to have Gab or Parler suddenly announce that Trump is there, unfiltered and have several million of his followers move over.

      Not a problem, even if that did happen they'd come crawling back to more civilized platforms in short order either because they still have some semblance of decency(not likely if they're a Trump cultist, but you never know), or because it's no fun being a raging asshole if you can't 'own some libs'.

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        Mike, 7 Dec 2020 @ 11:40am

        Re: No. Please. Come back.

        Not a problem, even if that did happen they'd come crawling back to more civilized platform

        Twitter tolerates behavior that is borderline to outright illegal. I've reported accounts in the past for doing things like doxxing people and urging their followers to commit criminal acts against them. After the person deleted the tweet(s) they got their account back. You do that on Gab or Parler, you're done. Permabanned on the spot.

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          Mike Masnick (profile), 7 Dec 2020 @ 11:47am

          Re: Re: No. Please. Come back.

          You do that on Gab or Parler, you're done. Permabanned on the spot.

          1. Yeah, right.
          2. So... you're saying that Gab and Parler are even more strict in moderating, after the entire premise behind both is that they would be less strict? Fascinating.

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            Mike, 7 Dec 2020 @ 12:35pm

            Re: Re: Re: No. Please. Come back.

            There was at least one famous example of that happening on Gab that I can remember: Weev crossed the line once and got banned immediately for incitement to violence. No second chances, pissed off a lot of Nazis. It was hilarious watching them cry "muh free speech" and then get pointed to the Gab ToS that explicitly stated that what he did was a bannable offense.

            So... you're saying

            So what you're doing here is trying to pull a bait and switch where you conflate moderating and banning borderline to completely illegal speech with mass moderation of perfectly legal speech that just pisses people off.

            That said, I generally agree with your public posts on Parler and how they're full of shit about being a genuine free speech site. So far, they seem to be nothing more than "Twitter, if it were run by the center-right."

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