Friday Not-So Fun: Sandblasting Wonderland
So, this is the spot where typically I write some suggestive text accompanied by a bounty of hot, sexy pics.
But not today.
Due to Google’s new policy prohibiting pornographic images, I have decided to forgo my usual fun and spend the next few weeks scrubbing Wonderland Burlesque up by removing such content.
I do so, under duress and with a great deal of uncertainty.
You see, I find Google’s new policy to be rather vague. This is a poorly considered, badly written piece of policy work which leaves this blogger with all sorts of questions.
Example: Let’s say I do remove all I consider pornographic? Does this apply to images only, or will my text be scrutinized and demeaned unsuitable? Does this rule apply to sex acts and erect penises only, or does it apply to all penises? Is side butt allowed? Is the image of two naked men embracing or kissing with only side butt showing and no penises in sight allowed? What about jock straps or erections or penises whose outlines are clearly visible, but are, in fact, concealed by some type of covering?
Well, you get the idea. It’s a slippery slope.
They also issue this policy, but say nothing about the mature classification itself. Is that going away? Do I have to make my blog family friendly? Or am I allowed to discuss and share adult oriented material that does not cross the line into pornography?
Umm… where IS that line, exactly?
And, again, this brings into question whether the text that I have shared will be allowed (some of my stuff… well, a lot of my stuff is rather, ummm… explicit).
Am I wasting my time here? I’ve already scrubbed up my past 76 posts. Gotten rid of all those nasty penises, dripping erections, etc. I have been moving in that direction anyway due to the rules over at google+ and because I just haven’t been feeling quite so hyper-sexual these days (something that happens when you find someone who truly makes you happy).
But, again… am I wasting my time? Is the hammer going to come down no matter what I do?
I have written the good people at Google, asking some of the above questions, but I doubt I will receive an answer because – WE NEVER DO.
I have written to them numerous times asking what is wrong with the whole manage my blogs thing (I really would like to unfollow some folks).
- BREAKING NEWS -
There is a possibility that Google has had a change of heart. I need to read that email, but, according to my bud whkattk, Google has received a ton of feedback and will now drop the new policies and, instead, rigorously enforce their current policy.
Their current policy? Ummm, also rather vague, if I remember. But I will give it a read.
So, ummm… as Emily Litella used to say…
Update: I just checked my email and have no such notification from google. So? Not sure.
Some men have it all going on… and Raheem?
Nothing melts my heart like some old school, quiet fire R&B.
A 2008 Grammy Nominee, Raheem DeVaughn has been around since 2005 and he simply keeps getting better.
It was easy to miss this one. ‘Outerspaceship’ was released as part of an EP featuring various artists, called ‘Home’; most of which I can live without, but this track is the exception. The music is as sensual and comforting as the title is off-putting and misleading. Give it a listen and you will see what I mean.
Turdscooter of the Week
This honor is long overdue. Mr. Giuliani (Who is, what? A former Mayor, occasional cross-dresser, and, now, marginal celebrity wannabe?) shoots off his mouth and Fox News is only too happy to lick the toe of his suede, thigh-high, fuchsia boots.
Rudy routinely makes the kind of headlines that make me sick to my stomach: sensational, narrow-minded sound bites broadcasting absolute garbage. Simply google this man and his habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time blazes forth with an obliviousness that is as calculated as it is idiotic. In terms of political stupidity, only Donald Trump rivals this man.
Last week, he questioned President Obama’s Christianity and his love of America. Is it just me, or would you agree that since a black man became President, the proverbial white gloves have come off in relation to treating that office with dignity and respect? It’s like open season.
Previously, Rudy ignited a shit storm when sharing his views about black on black crime and the racial make-up of police forces. He then accused President Obama and other black leaders of stoking the anti-police sentiment that has hit code red since the uprising in Ferguson, MO. He also intimated that teacher unions are to blame for violence in the black community.
The thing is: who the hell is Rudy Giuliani? How is he relevant?
Why should I care what comes out of his mouth?
Because news/talk shows need fodder and Rudy can be counted on to deliver something that pricks up the ears of liberals and reasonable, logical people. And – most importantly - he’s an easy guest to book.
Because the man has nothing else going on.
This is why I think he should consider, given his cross-dressing past, giving J. Edgar Hoover a run for his money, and take up drag full-time. Who knows? Maybe there would be a spot for him on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’?
Although, Ru tends to not take clowns seriously…
And, oh, yeah… Rudy boy is definitely that.
So, let’s all wrap a beaten feathered boa around our necks, put on a pair of hilariously oversized shoes, and paint our faces with a smile as a means of saluting Wonderland Burlesque’s Turdscooter of the Week, royal ass-clown, Rudy Giuliani.
‘Salt’ and ‘Transpose’
Christo Bowman, Gavin Bennett, Miles Morris and Ray Libby are members one of my favorite up and coming bands, Bad Suns. Hailing from Los Angeles, their debut, ‘Language & Perspective’ was released in 2014, with Huffington Post placing on their year-end ‘Best Of’ list.
Two of their songs, Transpose’ and ‘Salt’, have gotten plenty of play on my iPod. Both display incredible pop chops and irresistible hooks, bringing to mind the edgy, danceable new wave sounds of Duran Duran. Also of note: their 2013 single, 'Cardiac Arrest'.
Expect more from these guys.
What about WordPress?
Does anybody know anything or have any experience with it?
Considering moving Wonderland there....
This is their Mature Content Policy. Any red flags?
We do permit mature content on WordPress.com, including text, images and videos that contain nudity, offensive language, and mature subject material. However, blogs that contain such content must be marked as Mature in our system.
If you are publishing a blog that you expect will contain content that is intended for mature audiences, we ask that you provide us the courtesy of reporting your own blog by using the Report this content option in the blog menu of your Toolbar. (Hover over the site name next to “Reader” at the top of your site or dashboard. The link is at the bottom of the drop down menu.)
A blog that is marked as Mature is excluded from public areas of the WordPress.com service. This means:
- It is not eligible to be featured in Freshly Pressed
- It will not appear in the Reader or other tag listings
- It will not appear in Top Blogs listings, recent posts, or related posts listings on other blogs
- The blog’s users cannot use that URL as a link in their WordPress.com Forums profile
Mature blogs and their owners are permitted to utilize all other aspects of WordPress.com. We do not suspend blogs solely for the presence of mature content and there are no interstitials or other “age gates” on WordPress.com.
However, there are limitations to the mature content permitted on our service. Please don’t:
- Post sexual materials that can be considered pornographic, such as images or video of explicit sexual acts or close-up images of genitalia;
- Post links or ads to adult-oriented affiliate networks, such as pornography site signups;
- Post links, text, or images promoting or advertising escort or erotic services;
- Post images of extreme violence or gore without associated context or commentary;
- Post images of child pornography;
- Post content that promotes pedophilia, such as blogs with galleries of images of children where the images, content surrounding the images, or the intent of the blog is sexually suggestive.
Blogs found to be hosting the above material will be suspended. In cases of child pornography, we will report all incidences to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and fully cooperate with law enforcement.
If you have found a site on WordPress.com that is hosting mature content, please use the Report this content option in the blog menu of your Toolbar and select “This content should be marked as mature” to report it to us. If you do not have a WordPress.com account, you can report the site using our complaint form. Our staff will review the blog’s content and take action as necessary.
Got this email today: What are the rest of you going to do?
Dear Blogger User, We're writing to tell you about an upcoming change to the Blogger Content Policy that may affect your account. In the coming weeks, we'll no longer allow blogs that contain sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video. We'll still allow nudity presented in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts, or where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content. The new policy will go into effect on the 23rd of March 2015. After this policy goes into effect, Google will restrict access to any blog identified as being in violation of our revised policy. No content will be deleted, but only blog authors and those with whom they have expressly shared the blog will be able to see the content we've made private. Our records indicate that your account may be affected by this policy change. Please refrain from creating new content that would violate this policy. Also, we ask that you make any necessary changes to your existing blog to comply as soon as possible, so that you won't experience any interruptions in service. You may also choose to create an archive of your content via Google Takeout (https://www.google.com/settings/takeout/custom/blogger). For more information, please read here (https://support.google.com/blogger?p=policy_update). Sincerely, The Blogger Team (c) 2015 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043
Friday Fun: What Would Happen If We…?
What would happen if we kissed?
Would your tongue slip past my lips?
Would you run away, would you stay?
Or would I melt into you?
Mouth to mouth, lust to lust
The room is spinning out of control…
- from ‘What Would Happen’ by Meredith Brooks