If you're looking to avoid using systemd, move to a distro that doesn't use systemd. (I think Mint still uses upstart and Gentoo uses openrc.) Otherwise, do the legwork to support the init system you want to use.
I hear that, and it's a good point. Although one should take note that the $32M is only alleged damages, and not the actual ruling. You can sue for any amount, but that doesn't mean the court will see merit in it.
The purpose of laws is almost always separate from the selling points used to sell it. So, even if the bill seems to have good method (i.e. making information public), the intention is purely partisan, and the use will be similarly malicious.
I'm certain that these arrests won't have the desired effect, and I'd venture a bet that they'll foster feelings similar to those of the original tweets - a verbal Streisand effect. I'm confused what the police (and vicariously, those that push for harsh laws pertaining to what may be tweeted) are trying to accomplish here. This isn't good for anyone.
Global average? Oh, I doubt that very much. Perhaps lower than other countries with comparable wealth, or countries in the first world in general -- but the world average? Don't exaggerate / be so alarmist.
From TFA: "Both were charged with aggravated stalking." Not sure why this was omitted from the summary, and only the vague "third-degree felony charges" term used. Combined with the somewhat misleading title, implying that it was only facebook comments that got these girls in trouble, it's disappointing link-baiting.