> Feel free to not download or strip the non-free bits.
Which is exactly what the announcement is--a version you can download with non-free bits removed.
> Which, of course, will turn a whole lot of your hardware into bricks.
That is incorrect, actually. Most devices don't draw from non-free software in the kernel. The linux-libre kernel will run 100% fine on many systems. Wifi is the big exception--often (but not always) that requires uploading non-free firmware.