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:
22. REFUSAL OR DISCONTINUANCE OF SERVICE
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.
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?
I mean, really?
Fuck, at least Obama warned Awlaki that the heavies were coming to get him ...