Tuesday, 24 February 2015

google (despicable craven bastards)

Blogger
To
me


Today at 8:10 PM
Dear Blogger User,

We're writing to tell you about an upcoming change to the Blogger Content
Policy that may affect your account.

In the coming weeks, we'll no longer allow blogs that contain sexually
explicit or graphic nude images or video. We'll still allow nudity
presented in artistic, educational, documentary or scientific contexts, or
where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking
action on the content.

The new policy will take effect on 23 March 2015. After this policy comes
into force, Google will restrict access to any blog identified as being in
violation of our revised policy. No content will be deleted, but only blog
authors and those with whom they have expressly shared the blog will be
able to see the content that we've made private.

Our records indicate that your account may be affected by this policy
change. Please refrain from creating new content that would violate this
policy. We would also ask you to make any necessary changes to your
existing blog to comply as soon as possible so that you won't experience
any interruptions in service. You may also choose to create an archive of
your content via Google Takeout
(https://www.google.com/settings/takeout/custom/blogger).

For more information, please look here
(https://support.google.com/blogger?p=policy_update).

Yours sincerely,
The Blogger Team

(c) 2015 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA


I plan to follow where this goes in the next few weeks, but if Google persists, then it will be me who closes the blog down. I refuse to make any changes to it.

In the meanwhile, Google needs to be challenged by what it considers to be 'artistic'.

Art is one of the few things in this world that should never be subject to regulation. It is indefinable, and whether one person likes and another one doesn't like a thing, that is the state of their mind. Accusations of obscenity have risen countless times in the past, and have been vanquished historically as a result.

Google doesn't have a moral, cultural or legal right to decree what it observes as not being artistic. It was quite happy at one time to set up a procedure where those who didn't wish to proceed to a blog could do so, and has now introduced a policy where it appears to be taking some sort of righteous moral stance. That's a position that could be challenged, but such is its power and the machinations behind that decision, probably nothing will be done.

Yet, that is wrong. Google is essentially a search engine, and as Blogger, is absolutely not in a position to be an arbiter of what it determines to be artistic or not.

We await Google's reasons for taking this position.

In the meanwhile,  'Please refrain from creating new content that would violate this policy'.

Well, fuck you, you charlatan empiricists.


Sunday, 22 February 2015

brave new world

A woman who forced six newspapers to change their stories after making "inappropriate" references to her transgender status has been appointed to a committee on editorial standards.
Dr Kate Stone, 45, from Cambridge, made the news after she was nearly killed by a stag in the Highlands in 2013.
The Press Complaints Commission upheld her concerns about several articles.
Several papers included details of her personal life.
Dr Kate Stone
She complained to the PCC that the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Scottish Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph and Daily Record had made "irrelevant" references to her gender.
The PCC upheld her complaints and agreed the newspapers' reports had been intrusive.
'Change the landscape'
She has now been appointed to a committee of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), which was set up in September as a replacement for the Press Complaints Commission.
The editors' code of practice "sets the benchmark for... ethical standards" within the newspaper and magazine industries.

Monday, 16 February 2015

music...ravel's bolero (torvill and dean)


music...ravel's bolero (flash mob in homage to torvill and dean)

















The British. You've gotta love 'em.

gone

















Lesley Gore, 68.

Just another piece of me gone.

Friday, 6 February 2015

cock

Bored? Time to bring on some cock.

There you go...