Wednesday, 12 October 2011

New Terms & Conditions

So, today I logged in to Salon for the first time in a couple of days - like I said, even this blog is a "when I have time" affair, and I just haven't had any the last couple a days - and I got the new T&C's and Privacy Policy message.

Fortunately, it worked for me, but it did prompt me to actually go and read the darn things, in full, which was a first.

There's little that is particularly startling or original in them; they're basically pages and pages of indecipherable lawyer-speak vulture gobbledegook proprietary jargonising, most of which could be replaced (were we to live in a sane world) with the words:

"Don't Fuck About - Awright?"

But I have two main points I wanted to make. The first is that precisely this drab corporate button-down bullshit unoriginal quality of them tells you quite a lot about the grey monoculture Harvard Business School mindset that is running Salon Media Group, Inc.

The second is about this bit:

You understand and agree that Salon may, in its sole discretion and at any time, for any reason, terminate your password, account or use of the Site, or prohibit you from accessing the Site, in whole or in part.  You understand and agree that Salon may take any one or more of these actions without prior notice to you.  Should Salon take any of these actions, it may, in its sole discretion, immediately deactivate and/or delete any or all information about and concerning your account.  Any violation of this Agreement may result in restrictions on your access to all or part of the Site and may be referred to law enforcement authorities.

Well, that this 22nd paragraph is not nearly the last of their T&C's is a bit of a clue, but the content itself is despicable. It basically says that you agree that we can assassinate you, any where, any time, for any reason or for no reason, and that if you try to live we'll sic the real heavies on you.

Yeah, nothing at all mercenary in that, is there? Just business as usual for a liberal progressive civil liberties mom and apple pie operation.

Really, Glenn?

I mean, really?

You dont think this might emphasise Morning's Minion's point, that what is wrong with this entire Salon debacle is a microcosmic replay of what is wrong with the whole country?

You know, the whole executive fiat kill anyone anywhere any time for any reason thang that you quite properly rail against on a regular basis?

You wanna make the case that we can trust Salon with this untrammelled power because they're good guys and they wouldn't really do it without good cause?

Really, Glenn?

I mean, really?

Fuck, at least Obama warned Awlaki that the heavies were coming to get him ...


  1. Yeah, I saw that. I reasoned that it didn't matter because they are so fucking incompetent that they'd probably shoot Glenn by mistake.

  2. This is entirely off-topic, but I wanted to respond somehow to the fact that no one has even mentioned Iran's long-promised, and now realized oil bourse in Glenn's most recent article (i.e. counter-move to the petrodollar). I'm done with posting on Salon--but I'd like the PEOPLE who post there to be aware of it, at least:

    Also, when SalonFugly was first introduced, important posts were lost re: the fact that Anwar al-Awlaki is a prominent member of the Awlaki tribe--the powerful tribe that lives on the largest fossil fuel-producing area of Yemen. But more importantly, note that Yemen has (thus far anyway) never allowed foreign control of their banking system.

    It's not only the two most recent major moves by our gov't that should convey, clearly, that stated reasons for why we do anything are lies--it's the fact that every such move for decades fits the same exact pattern.

    The oil-petrodollar pattern, with the natural gas industry and the MIC coming into the equation as only parasites on dying flesh can do. :)

  3. UT Lifeboat: a site to comment on Glenn Greenwald’s articles

  4. to anon:
    I caught that, too. Someone called "A Radical Blackfoot" blogged about the Iranian oil bourse in '05 and made an excellent case for that being the reason that Bush and Cheney were so hell-bent on invading Iran.

  5. Here’s the link to Glenn Greenwald's article of Thursday, 10/13/11 for all those who can’t or currently don’t wish to comment at Salon because of technical difficulties and/or concerns regarding their anonymity or archives, etc. Glenn is working with Salon to resolve such concerns:

    “The LA Times notices the “double standard” on Iran”

    and tiny-fied:

  6. Big News

    I was having trouble commenting here and was suspecting many things. But as it turned out, I had changed my cookies settings to not accept 3rd party cookies and that kept my post disappearing into the aether.

    Could anyone else have this problem? Could that be part of the Salon weird problems? 3rd party cookies?

  7. It could well be related. Mine have been set to accept the whole time and I have had some weird shit happen, but I've always been able to access the site when it is up.

    Nothing like the problems other people have had.