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This is the jackass who got all the LGBT books banned from Amazon -- UPDATED

brutal_honesty: Amazon removed its customer-based report

UPDATE: Best guess is that this guy is flat out lying.

Essentially he automated a process to report books as offensive, which Amazon's system reacted to by hiding the books from sight.

Amazon removed its customer-based reporting of adult books yesterday. I guess my game is up! Here's a nice piece I like to call "how to cause moral outrage from the entire Internet in ten lines of code".

I really hate reputation systems based on user input. This started a while back on Craigslist, when I was trying to score chicks to do heroin with. My listings like "looking to get tarred and pleasured" and "Searching for a heroine to do the paronym of this sentence's lexical subject" kept getting flagged. The hypocracy of the gay community disgusted me. They would flag my ads down but searching craigslist for "pnp" or "tina" reveals tons of hairy dudes searching for other hairy dudes to do meth with. How is homosexuality and meth okay but heterosexuality and heroin bad? So I decided to get them back and cause a few hundred thousand queers some outrage.

I'm logged into Amazon at a far later date and see it has a "report as inappropriate" feature at the bottom of a page. I do a quick test on a few sets of gay books. I see that I can get them removed from search rankings with an insignificant number of votes.

I do this for a while, but never really get off my ass to scale it until recently.

April 08, 2009

The Gathering Storm -- Christians upset over equal rights

The Gathering Storm

In the words of Will Smith, "Shit just got real."

April 06, 2009

High court lets Abu-Jamal's conviction stand

The Associated Press: High court lets Abu-Jamal's conviction stand
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mumia Abu-Jamal has lost his bid for a new trial in the killing of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981. The Supreme Court said Monday it will not take up Abu-Jamal's claims that prosecutors improperly excluded blacks from the jury that convicted him of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld Abu-Jamal's conviction but held his death sentence invalid. The appeals court said it would not second-guess state court rulings rejecting Abu-Jamal's claims of bias in the composition of the jury. The high court considered only the conviction. The state has separately asked the court to reinstate the death sentence, but the justices have not acted on that request.

Conspiracy of silence about Portugal's successful drug decriminalization

The Raw Story | Portugal's drug decriminalization 'bizarrely underappreciated': Greenwald
Champions of harsh drug criminalization laws as the best solution to curbing drug use will be chagrined to find that Portugal’s eight year history of decriminalization has led to lower drug usage rates. According to a new report entitled, “Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies,” while drug use across the European Union has risen steadily since 2000, Portugal, which has the most liberal drug laws of any country, has actually seen its prevalence rates decrease in various age groups since it decriminalized all drugs in 2001. Prevalence rates measure how many people have consumed drugs over the course of their lifetime. “I think it’s bizarrely underappreciated what’s been done in Portugal,” said Salon writer Glenn Greenwald, who authored the report.

Associated Press thinks we're gonna pay them for thier content

Maybe we should? Actually, I think it would be a good idea. The Associated Press is nothing more than an agreement between newspapers to share resources. It and other wire services are the backbone of our newsgathering infrastructure. If print newspapers are gonna up and die on us, saving the wires may be essential. Associated Press Seeks More Control of Content on Web - NYTimes.com
Taking aim at the way news is spread across the Internet, The Associated Press said on Monday that Web sites that used the work of news organizations must obtain permission and share revenue with them, and that it would take legal action against those that did not. A.P. executives said they were concerned about a variety of news forums around the Web, including major search engines like Google and Yahoo and aggregators like the Drudge Report that link to news articles, smaller sites that sometimes reproduce articles whole, and companies that sell packaged news feeds. They said they did not want to stop the appearance of articles around the Web, but to exercise some control over the practice and to profit from it.

FBI links long-haul truckers to hundreds of serial killings

FBI database links long-haul truckers, serial killings - Los Angeles Times

The FBI suspects that serial killers working as long-haul truckers are responsible for the slayings of hundreds of prostitutes, hitchhikers and stranded motorists whose bodies have been dumped near highways over the last three decades.

Federal authorities first made the connection about five years ago while helping police link a trucker to a string of unsolved killings along Interstate 40 in Oklahoma and several other states. After that, the FBI launched the Highway Serial Killings Initiative to track suspicious slayings and suspect truckers.