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What for? They already think we are all dumb enough to let ourselves first be locked into a nice enclosure and then happily watch ads while eagerly waiting to 'adopt' everything their marketing throws at us at the first opportunity.
"I don't know, extraterrestrial?" "You mean like from space?" "No, from Canada."
If software development were a circus, we would all be the clowns.
I'm winding down on a big refactoring project and have had some free time on my hands. The question was, how do I spend it? Well, glad you asked! I've heard a lot about 'fake news' these days and I started digging around. One thing led to another and before long I came across an article stating that Amazon has quietly shelved all books relating to the Holocaust that do not promote the traditional view I learned. Low and behold, it was true. To find out what the brouhaha was about I looked for one of the books that was dropped. It is titled "Debating the Holocaust - a new look at both sides" by Thomas Dalton. To see what all the fuss was about, I found an online copy and started reading it. Well now, I've only just gotten through the first chapter, I must say it makes a number of very intriguing points, raises some very interesting questions but, from what I've read so far, does not offer anything that resembles 'hate literature'. I'll keep reading and see what else it offers. The question is, did Amazon cave in to 'special interest groups' and this is another example of how our civil rights and liberties are slowing being distorted and curtailed? Stay tuned, I'll let you know once I've finished the book.
Perhaps you don't comprehend that hate literature is, as often as not, wrapped up in honey. Essentially, build a large background of subtle denials. Then use them to reference one another to prove their point.
That, however, now leads right back to your post - perhaps the concept of fake news is. in actuality, your posting this as though said books were suppressed. That, alone, goes a long way to qualify as hate speech of its own. Just say "they" are suppressing some secret truth or taking away some right. "Special Interest Groups" - who are you bullshitting with that line? Who could you possibly mean? Nod. Wink. Wink. Perhaps your jackboots need some polish?
Your post, in it's special way, isn't up to the standards of the Soapbox. There, at least, we stand up and scream aloud!
Lighten up and stop taking yourself so seriously. My original comment was intended as a light hearted banter on finally having some free time, the evils of fake news, Amazon and what certainly is my very first conspiracy book - without having your heated breath on my neck. Looks like RyanDev was bang on the money when he said this can easily get inappropriate. Now is a good time to bow out. Enjoy your day.
To answer the question : no. Amazon is a private entity and as such can choose what they want to sell. We do not have the right to tell them what they can and can not sell. This means our rights and liberties have not been distorted or curtailed in the slightest in this case.
Yesterday, I spent the morning looking for the book. When I tried Amazon.com (and Amazon.ca - for us Canadians, eh?) I received a notice that "the URL was not available" and to go to the main page. I could order the book from Barnes and Noble as well as European web sites but then found an online copy at archive.org. Anyways, I'll give it a read - if only to tick off Balbos.
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