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Friday, January 20, 2006

New operations in the War on Porn.

We do tend to forget about some of the various wars being waged around the world at the moment. Bloodshed in the Congo and the war on poverty never attract as much interest as the West's latest forays, though we can at least be assured that the first of those is being prosecuted with especial zeal. Things happen even when the media aren't looking.

Add the War on Porn to the list. News leaks out every once in a while, but no-one takes much notice. Well, perhaps you should. Have a glance at the latest operation in the war.


The Bush administration, seeking to revive an online pornography law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, has subpoenaed Google Inc. for details on what its users have been looking for through its popular search engine.

Google has refused to comply with the subpoena, issued last year, for a broad range of material from its databases, including a request for 1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period, lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department said in papers filed Wednesday in federal court in San Jose.


I'm sure you're all mightily reassured by that: Echelon clearly isn't as efficient as we feared.

Google isn't even a party to the lawsuit - the US government just wants to know what a lot of people are looking at. And to establish a worrying precedent. This 'law' isn't about child porn, by the way. Just the regular, (and for the moment) perfectly legal stuff. One fateful evening, while monitoring a disliked neighbour, John Ashcroft typed Sexico instead of Mexico into Google. Cue emotional and spiritual trauma. Followed by repression. And now we have a war on porn. Yay.

I wouldn't fret too much, porn fans. If this war is conducted at the same high standards we've come to expect, you can sleep easy tonight. Or in the morning. Or whenever you're done.

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6 Comments:

  • I regret to say that as a public servant I am an unwilling party waging the war against porn. We have internet filters on the computers in my library, yet somehow people find their way around them, and unfortunately I must tell them to cease and desist because it is against our policy. Yet, contradictorily, we keep a running subscription to Playboy. (Just the articles. And no, I am not in jest.)

    By Blogger dpineapple, at Sat Jan 21, 02:51:00 a.m.  

  • Hehe. It does seem odd to be looking at internet porn in a public library, in all fairness. Do the Playboy issues get called up regularly? I know Trinity has subscriptions to practically every publication from the UK - I've always wondered how often copies of 'Bizarre', say, get requested.

    By Blogger Martin, at Sun Jan 22, 08:26:00 p.m.  

  • You'd be surprised at how many people DO ask for Playboy, Hustler, etc. And the Newspapers and Print department downtown certainly doesn't lack in nudie pictures. You can even check these out. We were having trouble with our filters the other day, and you just wouldn't believe . . .

    By Blogger dpineapple, at Mon Jan 23, 12:21:00 a.m.  

  • My friend Eric's girlfriend is really possessive, jealous and insecure, and she threw him a tantrum the other day, because his dad loan him so porn DVDs. She doesn't want him to watch porn at all. I guess she leading her own War on Porn!!! LOL!
    ;-)

    By Blogger Sonia, at Wed Jan 25, 10:25:00 p.m.  

  • I really hope libraries don't bother subscribing to the Daily Sport. Charming British "newspaper". (Substitute news for gravity-defying boobs.) Popular with skinhead goons in their mid-teens.

    Sonia, I think she's a right to be insecure. :P I mean, wouldn't you get a little worried if a guy was asking his dad for his well-worn porn collection?! That's too much 'like father, like son' for anyone's palate! Let's just hope there's no home movies in there....



    And that, my friends, is what's known as a conversation killer.

    By Blogger Martin, at Fri Jan 27, 09:39:00 p.m.  

  • Well... knowing her, I don't think she's right. She's the kind of girl who flirts with guys every chance she gets and goes to parties without her boyfriend, but if her boyfriend wants to do something with his brother and his dad, she gives him shit. Basically, she wants to do anything she wants, but she wants him to stay home and wait for him, which I don't think is right at all. And him, he's so in love and pussy-whipped that no matter what his brother and dad say to him, he still let her treat him like shit.

    So my advice to him is watch those porn and have some godamn fun! LOL!

    By Blogger Sonia, at Fri Jan 27, 10:10:00 p.m.  

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