A View of the C

Funny – Inappropriate – Edumacational

Amazon Fail – A Glitch Perhaps?

amazon-failI’m not sure exactly how I feel about this. On the one hand, I think that if a true “glitch” was made people shouldn’t overreact. But on the other hand, I don’t understand HOW a glitch like that could be made without some sort of mis-categorization, which would be pretty disgusting. Did this happen to other “types” of books, other “categories” of books, etc.?  I’ve included a summary of what happened down below, but I’ve also heard that when someone types in “homosexual”, it will show up with “How to prevent your kid from being a homosexual” types of books – and again, maybe all books related to that topic should in fact be listed, as much as I hate that those books are even available. And after having read the below and the article in its entirety, it seems to be flat-out discrimination, which infuriates me. Especially coming from a company in my own back yard, in a city that in general is very loving and tolerant of diversity. So, I ask the obvious: WTF Amazon?

For those just waking up to the scandal, here’s what happened: Amazon has a policy of removing books labeled as “adult” from its sales rankings (which by itself could discourage sales). This, in turn, has a ripple effect of removing books from elsewhere on the site, such as in search results and “related books” listings. The Amazon system is proprietary, so it’s hard for outsiders to determine the full implications of such a removal. Anecdotal evidence from authors searching for their banned books returned wildly different results at different points over the weekend, but it was clear that if allowed to go unchecked, the “adult” label would have a severe impact on sales—if the readers can’t find it, the readers can’t buy it.

What kinds of books received this “adult” label? Erotica with gay themes (but not heterosexual themes), rape survivor advocacy and rape culture criticism, and feminist missives were among those suddenly labeled adult material. Soft-core hetero porn (such as Playboy centerfold calendars), hetero-themed sex toys and anti-gay screeds were left untouched. Let the maelstrom begin. 

April 13, 2009 Posted by | Commentary, Did you know? | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Does This Thong Make My Butt Look Big?


December 6, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Fitness, Funny | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


President Bush said Saturday that Americans may have cause this Labor Day weekend to start worrying less about the nation’s – and their families’ – economic health.

“There have been some recent signs that our economy is beginning to improve,” Bush said in his weekly radio address.

Among the positive signs that Bush referenced was a report Thursday that the overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, rose by 3.3 percent in the April-June quarter. This surprised analysts and was a significant rebound from growth of just 0.9 percent in the first quarter of the year. Most credit was given to the $93 billion in economic stimulus payments the federal government has sent to households since May.

However, other economic news this week showed that right after that second quarter, in July, consumer spending slowed to a crawl and personal incomes plunged.

With few stimulus payments still to go out, some economists worry consumer spending will continue to falter. Since it accounts for two-thirds of economic activity, that could send economic growth tumbling again in the second half of the year, particularly given rising unemployment, a continuing credit crisis and the deepest housing slump in decades.

Democrats, including presidential nominee Barack Obama, are calling for the government to pass a second stimulus package to guard against that.

But Bush has resisted, expressing concern about the impact on the budget deficit and insisting the rebate payments will continue to support the economy in coming months.

He praised the impact of the current stimulus package in language that suggested he remains opposed to another.

“The economic stimulus package that I signed earlier this year is having its intended effect,” the president said. “Many Americans who received tax rebates are spending them. Businesses are taking advantage of tax incentives to purchase new equipment this year. And there are signs that the stimulus package will continue to have a beneficial impact on the economy in the second half of the year.”

Still, despite his optimistic outlook, Bush took care to express sympathy with those grappling daily with pocketbook worries.

“There are families across our country struggling to make ends meet,” he said. “There is an understandable concern about the high price of gas and food. And many Americans are worried about the health of our housing and job markets. I share these concerns about our economy.”


August 31, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Politics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment