Saturday, November 13, 2010

Censorship on Amazon?

Until I finish the story I'm working on now, this will have to do.

Initially, Amazon had no qualms about selling a e-book titled The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child Lover’s Code of Conduct by Philip R. Greaves II.  A spokesperson was quoted as saying, "Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions."  Due to the inevitable complaints, however, Amazon has since stopped selling it.

Greaves claims that the book is a guide to having a legal physical relationship with a child.  He says he wants to dispel the notion that all pedophiles are murderers and rapists.  He showed his enlightened side by acknowledging that penetration with a child is not OK.  He went on to say, "Kissing, fondling, that sort of thing I don't think is that serious of a problem."  I'm willing to bet there are countless victims of sexual abuse that would disagree.  Not to mention the law.

As for the question of censorship, I would have no problem banning this book from my store or website.  Amazon is a private business and can sell or not sell whatever they want for whatever reason.  Given the author's comments above condoning the fondling of children, I seriously doubt Greaves' book offers ways to maintain a "safe" physical relationship with children.  That's because there is no such thing as a safe physical relationship between a pedophile and a child.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

This Is Why You Should Learn Proper English

This post is not about politics.  It's about stupidity.  How do you expect to be taken seriously when you can't speak your own country's (unofficial) language?  Especially in the example above.  The irony is almost painful.  I'm willing to bet there are countless foreigners who learned English as a second language and know the difference between "our" and "are". 

This guy's spelling is awful, and his math isn't entirely accurate.  If you DIVIDE (not devide) a whole number by a decimal, the quotient is greater than the original number.  When you divide by 0.5, it's like multiplying by 2.  Whatever you do with this guy's wealth and work ethic, please don't spread his stupidity.

More pictures from Pargon's Flickr