The story is from the Infinite Loop blog on Ars Technica, complete with dramatic clip art. The human rights violation in question concerns a Dutch MacBook Pro owner who'd posted a Flickr photoset with pictures of his melted MagSafe connector. (The MagSafe connector, you'll remember, is a new feature of the MacBooks, designed to safely disconnect from the laptop if you trip over the power cord). After the so-called "helpful" Apple technical support contacted the owner, and allegedly replaced his laptop "as soon as possible," the company asked him to remove the photos from Flickr until they could investigate the issue. He "happily" complied with their request.

If that story of customer service doesn't send shivers down your spine, then you aren't paying attention. Commenters on Flickr and various blogs were quick to point out that the craven coward was in league with Corporate Apple Big Brother, selling out the public's right to know for nothing more than a shiny new computer. His response to the innocents at risk of having their new computers burst into flames the moment they come into contact with cat urine? Three chilling words: "I don't care."

The Infinite Loop post also calls "censorship" on Apple's decision to remove comments from the product page for its ridiculously overpriced iPod leather cases. Don't even try to argue with the people shaking their tiny fists in outrage, with nonsense like "it's only censorship when the government imposes restrictions, not an individual or corporation in a privately-owned forum."

These people know their rights! Or at least, they have a nebulous understanding of something they overheard once out of context in a high school civics class. And that nebulous understanding of a mis-applied concept is enough to fuel pages of righteous indignation!

Image of "Tenspeed and Brownshoe" from the Jeff Goldblum fan site.