Amazon censors glbtq books

Amazon rank: Amazon sales rank has been stripped from books deemed too gay, even where not sexually explicit, as part of an "adult" policy to keep them out of bestseller lists. Yet hetero porn (the deathless Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds) survives.



Too much caffeine + seclusion + agitation + nuclear missiles = ?

This is not what I want to read about nuclear missile installations (whatever day it is):

According to wire reports, the remote facility temporarily moved to Defense Condition (Defcon) 3 in the pre-dawn hours, but quickly backed down from that posture. An airman at the installation who asked not to be identified blamed the mishap on "way too much caffeine" consumed by occupants inside the secluded underground control room. The airman said the facility's lead engineer became agitated and inconsolable after watching an Internet broadcast of Sunday night's hard-hitting 60 Minutes expose' on the Conficker worm entitled, "The Internet is Infected."




OK, that's all I have to say.



Vice splice

I hereby ordain that film critics should start using this new term I made up for the way the camera in movies about the twentieth century emphasizes shots of people smoking in a place it's no longer legal (like an airplane or an office cubicle), or drinking or smoking while pregnant. (In case it's not obvious: after not seeing a movie in a theater in a very long time,* I recently saw Revolutionary Road and Frost/Nixon.) Dazed and Confused may have done it first and definitely most flamboyantly....

*Speaking of things not done in a very long time, I am trying to revive this blog. We'll see if it works.


More good news for coffee drinkers





Roland Burris makes bid to swap dignity for chance to become future trivia question

That about says it. Though I'm impressed with the Clintonesque, lawyerly, "depends on what the meaning of is is" logic of why it's fine to accept the nomination.



ABCs of the financial crisis

I am making an ABC book of the financial crisis and I need some help determining which is the best word for each letter of the alphabet. Anyone have an opinion on which A is the best?

AAA (credit rating)

AFFINITY FRAUD (what Madoff engaged in by cheating mainly Jews)





OR, anyone have any other suggestions?



Obama Took My Bus Stop From Me

As of Thursday, the bus stops on 51st St. at Greenwood and at University Aves. have been "permanently" removed, and there's a rather ostentatious police blockade preventing traffic from entering the 5000 block of Greenwood. I wonder how long they'll let traffic go by at all? I guess this is what being the party's official nominee brings with it. So much for public transportation a block away from my house!

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