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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Amazon cracks down

Sam Harris‏ @SamHarrisOrg
Just learned that @Amazon deactivated my affiliates account, saying: "This decision is final and not subject to appeal."

The larger concern, of course, is if Amazon will start denying its retail channel to authors and booksellers. On the other hand, it's good to see that Amazon, unlike Wikipedia, doesn't appear to be prone to playing favorites with its rule enforcement.

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65 Comments:

Anonymous ECONOMICS 101 May 09, 2017 3:26 PM  

Wow, you mean Amazon will stop offering intangible products from unverified suppliers now that they are worth nothing that any busker anywhere on the internet could offer. AND AFTER YOU ADVISED YOUR ENTIRE AUDIENCE TO ENGAGE IN PIRACY IN VIDEO MESSAGE? IT'S A FUCKING MYSTERY!

Blogger Guitar Man May 09, 2017 3:38 PM  

Are you talking to yourself, John Galt?

Anonymous Shut up rabbit May 09, 2017 3:38 PM  

Who is John Galt?

Blogger Student in Blue May 09, 2017 3:39 PM  

I'm missing the entire story, what rule did Sam Harris break?

Anonymous Econ 201 May 09, 2017 3:42 PM  

Anybody seen Laffer? wth

Blogger Duke Norfolk May 09, 2017 3:45 PM  

Student in Blue wrote:I'm missing the entire story, what rule did Sam Harris break?

I can only assume it's his criticism of "extreme" Islam (I have no faith that he'll make it the rest of the way to the truth on this). But maybe something else?

Blogger SmockMan May 09, 2017 3:51 PM  

You aren't supposed to say shopping at amazon supports me so use this link. It's against TOS.

Anonymous 105 Augusta Ct May 09, 2017 3:53 PM  

Welcome to the comment section you created, faggot. This is your own personal hell. Like a metal album cover you created out of you own hubris. THIS IS THE DETRITUS THAT IS LEFT.

Blogger Antony May 09, 2017 3:55 PM  

Apart from his criticism of Islam - recently he did an interview with Charles Murray, author of :the Bell Curve" - which will probably not have endeared himself to SJWs ; https://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/forbidden-knowledge?utm_source=Sam+Harris+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7b52eb3d22-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f1c2a2c9db-7b52eb3d22-206766045&mc_cid=7b52eb3d22&mc_eid=30755a2e45

Anonymous Lame failure May 09, 2017 3:56 PM  

These are your idiot folowers. Bathe in their ignorance and fucking disappear. YOU WERE CALLED FOR CHRIST. GOD DAMMIT. You know, that Jew? who couldn't eat pork or he'd destroy the universe? I'm sure you doing it is fine though.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 May 09, 2017 3:58 PM  

All of these demonetization actions are largely because of economic contraction. The more political outlets will target their political opponents first, but others will soon experience it.

Anonymous p-dawg May 09, 2017 3:59 PM  

@3 Romans 4:4
Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.

Anonymous Yep May 09, 2017 4:03 PM  

Yes, Economics is totally a real subject, and not just sociology coated with a sheen a statistics so you can bullshit people with an IQ lower than 120. CAPITAL IDEA. Economics is totally a real subject. It isn't gender studies for the cast of Revenge of the Nerds at all.

Anonymous Insipid Handegg May 09, 2017 4:03 PM  

Do you like this quagmire of your own devising? Millions of petards thrust from the floor of this manmade filth to thrust their razor sharp blades through your back, hoisting you on waves of regret and Chianti laced hypocrisy!

Blogger tz May 09, 2017 4:04 PM  

My only concerning thing with Amazon is that they banned the Confederate Battle Flag because it was "offensive", but I haven't seen anything since then.
They're mercenaries, not ideologues, but still avoid controversy.

Anonymous Looking Glass May 09, 2017 4:04 PM  

Amazon has actually been pretty big about preventing people from shilling the affiliate service, as I've seen them smack around some pretty big websites & youtubers at times. So it may just be a case of rule enforcement. Obviously, one can never truly assume that in our current environment, but they've got enough deniability because Amazon actually has enforced their policies outside of political context for a while.

Also, it smells funny in here.

Anonymous Faceless May 09, 2017 4:14 PM  

We all love a good villain's monologue, but, please deliver us from mixed metaphors confusing a petard, which is an explosive, for a sword, which everything seems to think a petard is.

Blogger BassmanCO May 09, 2017 4:15 PM  

@16 Looking Glass, it does smell like poop in here all of a sudden. Have to remind myself to let the sanitation department deal with it.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 09, 2017 4:15 PM  

It smells like.... the inside of an EPA office building.
It smells like integration.

Anonymous Joseph May 09, 2017 4:15 PM  

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A18&version=KJV

Anonymous Roundtine May 09, 2017 4:16 PM  

Looks like he violated the TOS: "Apparently, you can't say that your Amazon Affiliates account helps support your blog or podcast."

Anonymous Joseph May 09, 2017 4:17 PM  

No protected information in God's law. What law do you follow?

Blogger Emmanuel Mateo-Morales May 09, 2017 4:20 PM  

"Sam Harris‏ @SamHarrisOrg
Just learned that @Amazon deactivated my affiliates account, saying: "This decision is final and not subject to appeal." "

And not a single fuck was given that day...

Anonymous Insipid Handegg May 09, 2017 4:22 PM  

My brother Spoon...I mean John Galt speaks truth, Trans-Italian fraud of an Alt-Right leader! The pork that courses through your veins will bring Trichinosis to plague your flaccid, soccer playing muscles! Haven't you seen The Thing???

Anonymous Steve May 09, 2017 4:22 PM  

Apparently, you can't say that your Amazon Affiliates account helps support your blog or podcast

This seems sensible from a brand protection POV.

Anonymous BBGKB May 09, 2017 4:28 PM  

It smells like.... the inside of an EPA office building.It smells like integration.

foot assessment on homeless black

Anonymous See me, hear me, smell me May 09, 2017 4:32 PM  

Aye brother!

Anonymous WinstonWebb May 09, 2017 4:41 PM  

Whose turn is it to clean the litterbox?

Anonymous fop May 09, 2017 4:44 PM  

"Amazon has determined that your existence here is purposeless, meaningless, and devoid of free will, therefore we are deleting your account. This decision is final and not subject to appeal."

Anonymous Insipid Handegg May 09, 2017 4:50 PM  

BAM Books and knowledge are merely physical accretions of your thought energy! READ IT

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 09, 2017 4:52 PM  

It smells like ...

...Affirmative Action
...a mediaeval garderobe
...a McDonald's bathroom in downtown Portland since the City decided to allow mentally ill drug addicts to camp on the sidewalks.
...6 million Syrian Refugees

Anonymous Insipid Handegg May 09, 2017 4:52 PM  

WAFFLE HOUSE ISSUES PAY RAISES FOR ALL MY HOMESLICE BROS

Anonymous Street Preeecher May 09, 2017 4:55 PM  

THE VFMS ARE MOCKING GOD.
DO NOT MOCK GOD
GOD IS NOT MACKED
LEVIvTICUS 11:19 CONMEMNS YOU ALL!!!

Blogger Lovekraft May 09, 2017 5:02 PM  

Who let the autistics in here?

Blogger Lovekraft May 09, 2017 5:03 PM  

#BuildThatWall

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( don't trifle with me, son. i'm a professional, certified 4th degree black belt in the ancient Hebrew martial art of Kibitz Maga ) May 09, 2017 5:03 PM  

*scratches head*

denigrates books, music, videogames and movies as Fake News and 'not products'.

cites the movie adaptation of a book from Youtube.

it's a winner!

Blogger JCclimber May 09, 2017 5:15 PM  

BBGKB wrote:It smells like.... the inside of an EPA office building.It smells like integration.

foot assessment on homeless black


Yeah, that'll teach me to read this on my lunch break. Unfortunately I knew exactly what you were referring to with that comment.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 09, 2017 5:18 PM  

Oh Lord, not that clown.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 09, 2017 5:20 PM  

Some pretty good stuff guys. "I'm a stabbb himmmme", I admit I laughed

Blogger JCclimber May 09, 2017 5:21 PM  

I find it interesting that when one of the main atheists are referenced in a post, how many autistics find their way to this blog.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 09, 2017 5:21 PM  

http://baseballzen9.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/snidely-whiplash.jpg
Not the best likeness, but it's hard to find good portraitists out here in Northern Alberta.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 09, 2017 5:23 PM  

JCclimber wrote:how many autistics find their way to this blog.
Pretty sure this one verges from "autistic" to "psychotic break"

Anonymous Snidely Whiplash May 09, 2017 5:36 PM  

Does anybody have a dead dead who body is in a mosuleum? I'll pay to suck their dick. Up front travel costs.

Blogger John Galt May 09, 2017 5:37 PM  

Well this is is a comment thread of insane weirdos talking to themselves.

Anonymous Snidely Whiplash May 09, 2017 5:38 PM  

*Dead Dad.

Blogger John Galt May 09, 2017 5:38 PM  

Totally makes more sense.

Anonymous Rorschach May 09, 2017 5:39 PM  

There is no control at the inlet of of memory hole. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3lsJmwNO40&ab_channel=RandomMovieScenes

Blogger Positive Dennis May 09, 2017 5:47 PM  

I am an amazon affliate and had no idea this was a rule.

Blogger Matthew May 09, 2017 5:48 PM  

I go to see a movie in a theater for the first time in 10 years, and look what happens while I'm gone.

Blogger Student in Blue May 09, 2017 5:49 PM  

Pretty sure this one verges from "autistic" to "psychotic break"

That's no verging, that's an outright breakthrough.

OpenID basementhomebrewer May 09, 2017 5:52 PM  

Student in Blue wrote:Pretty sure this one verges from "autistic" to "psychotic break"

That's no verging, that's an outright breakthrough.


Yep, never been there, but not sure why they get the idea that not taking their meds will work out well for them.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 09, 2017 5:52 PM  

♫Standing on the corner, watching all the 'tards go by.♫

Anonymous John Galt May 09, 2017 6:01 PM  

"I go to see a movie in a theater"

How was it?

Blogger Benjamin Kraft May 09, 2017 7:45 PM  

Pffft. Hahaha.

Blogger Benjamin Kraft May 09, 2017 7:46 PM  

Well, Galt, it didn't have the proper name "Atlas" anywhere in the title, nor did you give a hyper-redundant ninety minute lecture at breakneck speed at the end.

You tell me.

Blogger Matthew May 09, 2017 7:56 PM  

John Galt wrote:"I go to see a movie in a theater"

How was it?


Purty good.

Blogger James Dixon May 09, 2017 7:57 PM  

> I go to see a movie in a theater for the first time in 10 years, and look what happens while I'm gone.

Sure you were Matthew. We know all about your secret mission: https://tempestinateardrop.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/finality_20_exit_sdloe_smaller.png

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( don't trifle with me, son. i'm a professional, certified 4th degree black belt in the ancient Hebrew martial art of Kibitz Maga ) May 09, 2017 8:31 PM  

53. John Galt May 09, 2017 6:01 PM
How was it?


oh, you know, Fake News from a dying medium of no value.

Anonymous Yep. May 09, 2017 8:57 PM  

To weaponize this, what you do is to report enemy websites that are also in violation of that Amazon rule. Or any other.

Blogger DeploraBard May 09, 2017 9:02 PM  

Vox could have monetized this blog years ago. I respect that he used it to build his own group of followers and products. The way forward is not through a giant tech company that can digitally censor your footprint and affect your financial well being. Have to be stronger and more resilient to rapid changes.

Blogger YIH May 09, 2017 9:26 PM  

About damn time! He should have done it right after 12pm EST, 20/1/17. NOT ''winning''.
He needs to start winning again. He said: ''You're going to get tired of winning!''
It's sad that I had to pull the handle of a slot machine to keep ''the wicked witch of the west'' out of the White House...

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 09, 2017 10:00 PM  

YIH wrote:About damn time! He should have done it right after 12pm EST, 20/1/17. NOT ''winning''.
Says the man who has never even thought about how to go about turning around a vast bureaucracy.

Anonymous Mr. Rational May 10, 2017 12:36 AM  

@34  If you revile them, do not expect them to be your weapons ever again.

Anonymous Jack Amok May 10, 2017 1:38 AM  

I go to see a movie in a theater for the first time in 10 years, and look what happens while I'm gone.

that's pretty much what work felt like for me today.

Last week too.

Blogger The Aardvark May 10, 2017 9:33 AM  

It smells like...screeching.

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