Saturday, November 29, 2008

Welcome to Pedo Central

At least, that is evidently the opinion of the net nanny at the Marriott Residence Inn, Woodlands, TX— which, Madeline tells me, blocks access to the 'crawl because it is "harmful to children".

Certainly we appear to get under the skin of some folks, judging by the bleats of outrage that pop up in the comments now and then. The occasional post may have ticked off a parent or two. But harmful to children?

Apparently so. Because upon this 'crawl, you can find entries containing the word "pedophilia".

I have to thank the stalwart bastions of the Marriot for bringing this to my attention, and also for awakening my own inner activist. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to lodge a complaint against that seething den of virulent antiSemitism, B'nai B'rith.

I think I saw the word "holocaust" on their website a while back...



Anonymous Madeline said...

In retrospect, I shouldn't have been surprised: Texas ain't exactly subtle.

November 30, 2008 12:15 AM  
Blogger SpeakerToManagers said...

I was going to make a snarky remark about Texas, but I'm ambivalent about the place. I know some really good people who live in or come from Texas. On the other hand, I wouldn't alive there on a bet. And on the gripping hand, sad to say, that attitude is hardly unique to Texas these days. I've been thinking we should change the name of the country to the United State of Fear.

You know what's weird? The netnanny at work has no problem with the crawl, but randomly won't let me see some Making Light threads, and blocks some sites with useful work information. I guess I should expect irrational fear to produce irrational prohibitions.

November 30, 2008 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Software isn't as good as the human eye at eliminating false positives?


Seriously, though, the only thing dangerous to children on this blog is the cynicism, or possibly, the willingness to present intuitions as common sense or generally agreed upon scientific fact. Besides, the prose is so dense, there are few photos, and no naked breasts, so I can't imagine a kid lighting here any more that 12 seconds.

And Texas, well, Texas is its own universe.

November 30, 2008 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Madeline -

The pastor just wants to make sure that when the lightning bolts start a-flyin', God can suss out which cities are which.

The nearby towns of Sodomton and Gomorrahville have a big statue of a vibrator and and a fist giving heaven the finger just outside their city limits?

Better to make the cross is 150 feet high, in case the Lord isn't wearing his specs that day.

- bec_87rb

December 1, 2008 3:29 PM  
Blogger Seth said...

All the more reason for the headcheese revolution to begin...NOW!

Or maybe someone can at least figure out how to take the brain out of a quadrapulegic and sit it in a tank of goo and just farm it out for low rent ultra-parallel analog processing.

That'd be sweet eh?

December 18, 2008 3:34 PM  
Blogger Strannik said...

Well, the Jackson HInds Library system blocks access to the site as well categorizing it as pornography.

January 5, 2009 6:58 PM  

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