I'm glad I never lived in the dorms. Some days my fellow humans make me cry...

Rutgers, Friends and Family of Tyler Clementi Mourn Suicide

just because I didn't kill myself, doesn't mean I didn't feel like I was dying

This type of shit is unusual in its absence, not in its presence. It's the bullying that all gay, bi and trans kids go through, even now. More if they're fat and/or geek - it's additive, not either/or.

Most turn it inward. Many die by their own hand. Some turn it outward.
For The "Crime" Of Being Old And Gay

Read the article, then read the pdf of the legal complaint, that is even more shocking.

I want to know why the fucking defendants aren't in fucking jail...

Oh, wait, that's right... THEY WERE EMPLOYEES OF SONOMA COUNTY!!! They were just following orders doing their jobs, right?

But hey, gays in California have all the rights that straights do, really - the Catholics and the Mormons said so!

Except when it fucking counts - when we're old or helpless, when the homophobic bigots are the government officials supposed to help. Then gay is the new nigger.

Why aren't there any mainstream stories on this shit? Why is the press paying attention to that failure Palin and the shit she spews? Oh, yeah, that right - the "liberal" media is actually corporate owned right wing propaganda now.
I asked a couple unofficial sources about it. The Seattle PI article is pretty accurate.

It was one of the business people (not a programmer) in France trying to get certain things not to show up on the French "home page" (like the Digital Camera store shows up on the US home page.) They probably have to be "family friendly" in some way too. He probably didn't realize that what he did to "fix" what he saw as a problem on his site was wrong, and would ripple across the world. The reason that the main search was affected is that the search process takes the "adult" flag as just another data input, like the ISBN, author, title, etc. Several people, in Seattle and elsewhere, spent the holiday weekend on-call working on this high severity ticket, trying to figure out what happened.

It really was human error, and I expect that someone got a reaming when he got back from his holiday.

Generally, Amazon's PR types are a little slow to respond, and Amazon never likes to reveal the internals of how it does stuff. It is fairly complex to start with, and even when I tried to get a handle on it from a system flow perspective I got a headache and a data buffer overflow error from my brain.

No policy involved, just someone (maybe more than one for the earlier items) with too much access to muck around with things doing just that without double checking.

However, it is very likely that the long term fix will be a change in how easy it is to mark stuff "adult", and how blithely the search functions take such data as given. Maybe, if we're lucky, they will implement a "safe" search ala Google, so that people who don't want the real world to intrude can have the fun stuff filtered out. But that's just my suggestion.

Amazon has built its reputation on what is called the "long tail" - the stuff that your average bookstore, even a big one like B&N, doesn't stock. That's why they have third party sellers, and used books. They want to help you get what you're looking for, what you can't pick up at the corner store or some brick and mortar chain. That includes GLBT books, Sex and Disability books, Art books, and various sex toys all of which you can't just walk out and buy in small town America, or even big city America. Sometimes their catalog people and buyers are a bit thick (like classifying yarn as "thread" - definitely a non-native English speaker did that one), but they actually try to have the hard to find stuff.

They are not another WalMart. They generally treat their people far, far better than WalMart.
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AmazonFail: An inside look at what happened. I believe this - it checks with what can and has happened, including the stuff about programs being global, plus the trouble ticket type. The catalog stacks for the stores are separately indexed, but books are books the world over.

Just the search part has workers in 5 countries that develop and monitor it. That is smaller than the catalog part.

Not malice, or anti- anything. Just a regular guy, probably working late before a holiday weekend, who fat fingered a checkbox and didn't proofread his submission before he committed it.

So please, go back to buying from Amazon - I still own stock!
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Add your name here! Pro-Prop 8 donors are afraid to have their names public, asking the courts to shield them from the light of day. Your name here will show them that you aren't afraid to have your opposition public.

BTW, my real name is on the list of Anti-Prop 8 donors. I knew it would be when I donated, and I wanted it that way. While I don't blog about contentious stuff under my real name, my money talks for me.
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ravan: (Blog Against Theocracy - tengrain)
( Feb. 6th, 2009 03:12 pm)
... to this post.

Go see, follow links.
ravan: (Blog Against Theocracy - tengrain)
( Dec. 18th, 2008 01:53 pm)
I have been reading articles about prop (h)8, the rule allowing religious bigots to refuse medical services, and now Obama picking Warren to give his invocation, and I'm getting really, really pissed, especially when reading the small minded, nasty "Christian" reader comments.

Will the fucking so-called Christians please realize that:
A) Christianity is not the only religion in this country,
B) Neither is the JCI monotheist religion set an absolute monopoly with the right to govern,
C) The United States has a mother fucking SECULAR government,
D) People here have the right not to be ruled by the fucking Christian bible,
E) The "Old Testament" advocates things which are abhorrent to a civilized society,
F) People who aren't enslaved to their nasty book are sick and fucking tired of being abused in its name,
G) People who don't buy into Christianity don't want to be fucking "saved" or any of that claptrap, and
H) People who aren't Christians have "heard the Word™" and want no fucking part of it.


Does this make it fucking clear?? Do you get the message now?

If you don't believe in gay marriage, don't marry a gay! Otherwise, butt the fuck out, assholes! Take your preacher propaganda prejudices and shove them up your Gawd-fearing asses. The rest of us neither need or want your childish, fear driven, rules to govern our lives.

Freedom of religion means freedom from religion, including yours.

Enjoy your religion and its strictures. It's your right. Wallow in it to your heart's content, but don't try to impose it on others, don't try to justify implementing your prejudices as law via your religion. It's really that simple.

Go ahead and link to this. I want people to get the fucking point.
Please, see and read THIS. I don't feel that a vocal religiously motivated minority should take away or remove rights from anyone.

Proposition 8 is a mean-spirited, malicious, bigoted piece of garbage promulgated by people who are so insecure in their own sexuality, marriage or religion that they want to enshrine discrimination into the California Constitution.
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