April 13th, 2009

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If it's a political scandal, it has "-gate" attached to it. If it's an Internet scandal, it has "-Fail" attached to it. And Amazon has fucked up royally. They have removed the rankings from material deemed "adult," which in reality means stuff dealing with homosexual themes. It also appears that they're not discriminating against anything pornographic, as long as it's hetero porn, and gay men are getting hit harder than lesbians (that came out wrong....). suricattus's LJ has been a pretty good link clearinghouse for the whole mishegoss, so check her out (which you should do anyhow, as she is cool and her LJ is almost as cool as she is).

Now Amazon's trying to say that it was a "glitch," which is a pretty specific glitch, if you ask me (though nobody did).

This has been all over teh intarwubs today, and I spent most of the day at my parents' and doing Census stuff, so I haven't kept up with everything, but I will be watching very closely over the next few days to see how Amazon responds to this. They've gotten a lot of my money over the years, but they won't get another cent if this nonsense continues. They have every right to do as they want with their privately owned corporation, but I in turn have every right to cease to patronize them for being bigoted fucknuts.
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AmazonFail Part Deux

Well, it's looking like this might not be a deliberate action on Amazon's part but rather could be a hack of some sort. Certainly, if it was a targeted action by bigoted schmucks, they picked the right time to do it: on a weekend (Amazon's still a 9-5 business, even though they sell on the Internet, which is 24/7) that's also two major religious holidays, thus guaranteeing that the company will be running on a skeleton.

But, as ever, incompetence and/or stupidity is a far more likely reason than malice. That's usually the case, y'know, always.

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Schott's Miscellany 12 April 2009



Seven angels who stand in the presence of God:


Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
Robert Frost (1874-1963)
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    "O Mary Don't Your Weep" by Bruce Springsteen
geek patrol

on a Monday....

The Plan For Today:

1. Get syringes and insulin for Marcus, as we're out of both.

2. Go to one of the buildings in my cavassing area to double-check something, then meet my supervisor to figure out how to enter it (as the info in the HHC is contradictory).

3. Script Farscape: D'Argo's Lament #4.

4. Join the rest of the Geek Patrol for our theoretically-bi-weekly-but-really-just-once-in-a-while-because-we're-all-so-frapping-busy gatherings.
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AmazonFail Part Trois

As is often the case, Patrick Nielsen Hayden is a voice of reason in the cacophony of knee-jerkitude that is the Internet. Here, he waxes eloquent (and sensible) on the subject of the AmazonFail nonsense.

tehdely has an equally eloquent and sensible discussion of the issue.

I freely admit to having some knee-jerkitude of my own, but Amazon's too important a place to be subject to this kind of bullshit, and they need to not have this kind of thing happen. Or, as Patrick so eloquently put it:
If you don’t think this kind of clusterfark is entirely possible, you probably haven’t worked in a large organization. I don’t mean any of this as special pleading on Amazon’s behalf (although, full disclosure, obviously they’re one of Tor’s largest customers, so you may dismiss my views if you so desire). I just find it implausible that Amazon would want to alienate GLBT readers and their friends, who form an enormous and valuable segment of both their customer base and (surely) their own organization. Indeed, I suspect that dozens of Amazon executives and PR professionals will be having hurried meetings in Seattle this Monday morning, and that consumption of antacids at those meetings will be at an all-time high.

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    "This Land is Your Land" by Arlo Guthrie
Simpsons KRAD

wow, do I feel more secure....

A tale of airport security, as reported by Pete Abraham on the LoHud Yankees blog, as overheard while heading from Kansas City to Tampa-St. Pete:
Meanwhile, I just went through the security line. The woman in front of me had a container of yogurt in her bag. The TSA officers found it and confronted her.

“What is this, yogurt?” she was asked.

“Yeah, I forgot I had it. Sorry,” the woman said.

“You can’t bring this on the plane,” she was told.

“I know. I’m sorry,” the woman said.

“Do you surrender the yogurt?” she was asked.

Do you surrender the yogurt? Now there’s a sentence I had never heard before. Thankfully, she surrendered the yogurt and nobody had to taser her. Because clearly when the terrorists strike again, it’ll be via yogurt-wielding Midwestern women.
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