I am seeing this story getting traction all over the place using similar rhetoric. What the FDA proposed was removing artificial trans fats from the "generally recognized as safe" category. Which seems reasonable since it is not generally recognized as safe any longer. This isn't some kind of government over reach this is simply using new science to update the classification of a food additive which is really nothing new.
While I agree with you about excessive control in some IT departments I have to say your example is not the best. Casino security is well known to be extreme. Your boss should not be surprised in the least that there was this level of security. Honestly it would be surprising to me if there were not screen captures of the entire session that the user was logged in as administrator just to keep the Security Officer happy. Anyone who works in a casino that doesn't have to strip down to their underwear at the beginning and end of every shift is lucky.
The gratuitous description of his file structure makes me think there is a small typo in the write up. I believe they actually caught him with a huge stash of Child Object Porn.
Step 1: Continue to push songs like "Call Me Maybe"
Step 2: People stop downloading the crap you are releasing
Step 3: ???
Step 4: Profit!
And I have never been incompetently cut off by someone driving any model of VW
Someone has never driven in a college town. Even the smallest colleges have more than a few young drivers more worried about their makeup and hair than where their New Beetle is headed.