Wired censored but still offering subscriptions

Dear Wired,

Thank you for participating in the SOPA blackout today. I am glad that a large publication such as yours is showing solidarity with those of us who are worried about government censorship. However, one little thing. Yes, you blacked out the news and content on your site, yet you proceeded to leave — un-censored — the subscription advertisement, the “Subscribe to wired and get tablet access included”, the Twitter and the Facebook Like button(s)!

Wired Censor Image

I understand the Twitter and Facebook Like button(s). It is good to allow people to spread the word about your stance on this issue. However, you have a big red “Uncensor This Page” button. You might have chosen to leave your subscription ads censored as well — at least until I chose to click “Uncensor This Page”.

Marketing department not in line with Editorial department?


Jann Gobble

Take THAT, Target!

Emmer, Megastore Target’s presumptive choice for Governor of Minnesota, is trailing Democrat Mark Dayton by a little over 1% this morning, with 92% of all votes cast.

You know, I have long said that corporate funds have no place in politics. Corporations are just groups of people formed into an entity. Individually those groups have freedom of speech and can donate to elections. I have no idea why, when combined into a corporation, the Supreme Court has decided they must have yet ANOTHER amount of money with which to back a candidate. People can only contribute a certain amount to a campaign. That, I guess, is what bugs me. Why do people get limited with respect to donations to campaigns, but corporations (again, just a GROUP of people) have no limits.

Regardless, let’s hope this lead (as of this post, Dayton’s lead is a bit over 9500 votes) holds out. It may warn corporations not to dabble in politics. They will not listen, but it may be a harbinger of things to come.

I have held true to my boycott of Target since the donation to the group that funded Emmer was announced. I have actually saved money not shopping at Target. I used to buy all my items at Target because everything was convenient and in one place. I have since learned that savvy shopping at CVS and Lucky/Safeway grocery stores saves me more money overall. As for the things I cannot buy at CVS or a grocery store? Amazon Prime works wonders!

Apropos Advertisement While Searching for Prop 8 Decision on Google News

Found today in the AdSense column for Google News when searching for information on Prop 8.
Do ya think Target was buying ad space for any “Gay Phrase” they could think of (probably due to the press coverage of the “Gay Boycott of Target”?)

Look at the right hand column…last entry in sponsored links!
Extra creepy ‘cos this “Word Buy” Target used seems to indicate that they ARE FOR Prop 8…although it is just a badly thought out word-buy on AdSense.
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