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Monday, April 20th, 2009 | Author:

I’m looking at the South African banking system (partly a result of watching the Zeitgeistdocumentary”) at, after finding my bank implicated most with regards to the SA-Banking Competition Commission wikileaks scandal, I’m putting serious consideration into switching banks.

What ethical banks are out there right now? I’ve even looked into Sharia (Islamic) banking because of their strict ethics laws but even there I’m looking at even more unknowns. I’m not Islamic and I have nothing against funding pork-related activities.

On that note, do you know if your bank has a code of ethics? If they’re public, where can we see these ethics codes?

Tell me about service levels I haven’t heard of before and which bank you believe deserves to handle my money.

magbahagi
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 | Author:

Further to the previous post regarding Amazon, there is chatter from inside Amazon indicating that it was aglitch”. Someone in their French staff miscategorised contentanythingsexualhad itsadultbit switched on.

This would explain why social text books on sexuality and books for the disabled were affected. They’re also stating that there is in fact, no newadultpolicy. PR screwed up royally by not having a straight answer. Was it a glitch? Was it a policy change? Are you going to change your mind tomorrow?

They’re fixing (or have probably fixed) the missing rankings. This still begs for further recourse. I think its funny how they can blame a French staffer. Maybe its a language barrier thingI can’t be sure. On a serious note, I also think its odd that there exists in the first place a feature for censorship which they have no policy for.

What say ye?

They’re still paying dearly. There are already new definitions online for Amazon rank. hehehe.

More at Science Blogs.

magbahagi
Monday, April 13th, 2009 | Author:

I believe very strongly that everyone has a right to keep to their own ideals and that those ideals are sacrosanct. Everyone deserves that level of respect and I extend that to include the idea that we’re not limited to heterosexual relationships. Nobody has the right to censor or belittle these ideas. Just to be clear (in case any chicks who think they have a shot with me get doubts), I’m into girls. 😉

I have some lesbian friends who I accept as they are. I don’t judge them because of their way of life and that they don’t date according tonatural laws”. [bad joke] Heh, the only thing I sometimes jab at them is that they’re not very productive for society… [/bad joke]

Amazon most definitely doesn’t seem to be showing any respect for them though: In a fail move, Amazon has implemented anadult filteringpolicy. The result of which is that they have removed the search rankings of many (if not all) LGBT-themed publications while leaving many non-gay titles untouched. Titles with explicitly gay erotica have rightly been removedhowever everything even down to Heather has two Mommies have been stripped. WTF? Its a children’s book!

Yet, adult toys, Playboy: The Complete Centrefolds, Ron Jeremy: Hardest Working Man in Showbiz (male porn star), Traci Lords: Underneath it all (female porn star), The Complete Assholes Guide to Handling Chicks, and other equally adult titles has been left untouched.

Utterly disgusting.

Frankly, even if the execution of this were done correctly, they’re still not doing it right. It should only affect the public search rankings. Once they’ve fixed this mess, I still want Traci Lords in my logged-in search results. Whoops. Did I say that out loud? 😛

To keep up, go see Jezebel.

magbahagi