Google image ban for a middle finger?

Only months after blogging about how Google is banning images using a particular gesture (the middle finger), it turns out that the image of my wife on our wedding day is also too hot for Google to handle. I’ve repeatedly uploaded new versions of the same image as a kind of silent protest…

Here are a couple of shots of what I have come across. The first being that the image gets flagged by Google as it does not meet Google’s policies for safe sharing. Guns and violent imagery, lingerie photos, etc are fine on Google by the way.
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I requested a review as I thought that perhaps another Google+ user had flagged my image, and that Google would see the humour in the photo. They reviewed the image. Here’s what I got back…

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You can see that not only did they reject my review, they have permanently disabled the photo from being shared with anyone.

This is ridiculous. There is a serious problem with our current state of social media. Facebook banning breastfeeding pictures, Google banning gestures, Twitter banning GIFs.

They are our moral police. George Orwell was a modern day prophet. 1984 is here.

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I stumbled upon an article today about how some bloggers are getting their profiles pulled from Google+ over showing their middle fingers! Really?

I hate censorship. I really do. I truly believe that education is the answer to cure racism,  bigotry, gay bashing, etc…You breed more problems by banning images and conversation. Having said that, what the hell is wrong with flipping the bird? Nothing.

Techcrunch is making the case that people should first change their profile pics to a middle finger gesture. It was easy for me to do, as you may well be aware, I am proud to show off my beautiful bride in my header image. So I changed my Google+ profile too!

What do you think about social media companies banning and censoring content on their own services? There has been huge revolts on Facebook for banning breastfeeding pics. Who makes them…

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A Small Collection of Images this Week

I have been away for a week or so, and haven’t been keeping up to date on my RSS feeds. In the meantime, here are a few images I have stumbled upon. Enjoy!

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The Simpsons and ‘M’Apple.

I have been an Apple user for about 4 years now, and have been an advocate for switching very shortly there after. I am even part of a local Mac User Group. Very nerdy…Though the OS is quite a bit better than Windows, their machines look great, they aren’t hit with viruses and Malware etc…, there are a few things that bug me about Apple. Their insistence on using DRM(digital rights management), the need to run iTunes to make iPods functional, and not allowing users to be able to transfer music from their iPods to other machines they own. Apple has crappy support for Linux as well. There is a whole culture around Apple, known as the Cult of Mac.

The Simpsons tackle a whole bunch of Apple-isms in one of their latest episodes. So, I will add my bit of trolling, and post a couple of parts for you. More than likely they will get taken down by Youtube, so watch them while you can!

Got to love the Simpsons. They never get old!

Truth in Advertising. Telling it like it is!

I am not a big fan of Corporate “double speak”, as many of you know. It is very Orwellian(1984)In fact, after some corporate “presentations”, I get grumpy…Sorry 😉 So, I need to lighten up and laugh a bit. Here are some truth in advertising pictures!

[Some of the pics From » If Advertisements Were Truthful]

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All this “truth” may freak out some of the conservatives! It may turn some of them into zombies…Go John McCain!! Not.

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Evolution on other planets

People have been looking to the skies for, well as long as eyes and humans have been around…alienigenaWe have also been wondering whether life exists on other planets. Other than the alien abduction theories out there(oh, brother…), scientists are trying to come up with sensible theories as to what creatures look like on far away worlds.

Sky Whales & Pagoda Forests -Is Evolution Possible on Planets Beyond Our Solar System? | The Daily Galaxy: News from Planet Earth & Beyond:

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On a similar vein, but on our planet, evolutionary biologists are suggesting that over time evolution is making organisms on earth more complex. Kind of makes sense to me…Not to be confused however with creatures of greater complexity being ‘better’. Because we all know that bugs and bacteria rule the world…;)

Science Centric | News | Evolution drives animals to become increasingly more complex:

One of my favourite novels was George Orwell’s 1984. It is a scary look to the future that over time has become more and more accurate. Here are the “Top 10 Most Depressing Quotes”

Top Ten – Top 10 Most Depressing Quotes from Orwell’s 1984 – Top 10 – Big Brother – Thought Police: “”

Wired is asking a tough question. Should an Astronomer be allowed to date an Astrologer? IMHO, I think that if the sex is good, and it doesn’t effect his or her work, then go for it! Most scientists are more of the nerd type and don’t get much action, but I generalize…

Should Scientists Date People Who Believe in Astrology? | Wired Science from Wired.com: “”