February 16, 2003
Subject: Remove your PicoSearch Account From: PicoSearchAfter having read the "prohibitions" in the above link I was driven to think that this search engine service should rename itself to "Pious-Search." Apparently it's run by some group of over-zealous Jerry Falwell-butt-kissing fundamentalist assholes:
You shall be prohibited from using (and this Agreement shall automatically terminate if you use the Product in connection with) any of the following materials, content or activities:
(a) Nudity, pornography, or sexual material of a lewd, lecherous or obscene nature and/or intent or that violates local, state or national laws;
(b) any material that violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others, including, without limitation, copyright or trademark rights (this includes "WAREZ" (copyrighted software that is distributed illegally), "mp3" files of copyrighted music, copyrighted photographs, text, video or artwork);
(c) any material that is threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, vulgar, obscene, profane, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, including posting private information of another person;
(d) content that promotes, encourages, or provides instructional information about illegal activities including, without limitation, hacking, cracking, or phreaking;
(e) any software, information or other material that contains a virus, "Trojan Horse," trap door, corrupted data or any other harmful or damaging component; and
(f) content containing hate propaganda, hate mongering, swearing, or fraudulent material.
Mmmm-kay..., whatever .
To be fair, I agree with the prohibitions where illegalities are concerned for the sake of covering their candy-asses. As for the prohibitions which are simply based on the fact that some people might be offended by it, I heartily say, FUCK YOU! As if these clueless fucks haven't pulled their heads out of their asses and taken a good look around to see for themselves, the Internet is rife with content that is offensive to some, and yes, I know that my site offends some people. While I don't agree with everything that people say under the permission of free speech I do recognize that this right granted to me as an American citizen allows me to express my opinions on my own site (such as my opinion about Puke-o Search). To them and anyone else who doesn't like my site I say, "deal with it, fuckwit, and if you don't like it, then don't fucking read it! Case closed!
While I know the buttnuggets at PicoSearch are not out to attempt regulating the content of the Intenet itself, I still resent the fact that my account was terminated because my site contains vulgar and profane material (gee, duhhh, like other sites don't?), which I presume was the reason my site was found to be in violation (although the bastards didn't even have the decency to actually cite which of their incredibly anal prohibitions I supposedly violated!) I'd encourage boycotting these overly moralistic morons by not supporting their advertisers, but then, who the hell supports web advertisers anyway?
For now this means that my site has no convenient means for searching its contents. The easiest solution, I suppose, would be to just sign up with another third-party search engine service and look for one whose policies aren't so goddamned conservative that they only comply with the moral standards of the people who were alive in the 19th century. Ultimately, I would like to have a self-contained search engine on this site but unfortunately I don't have the programming know-how to do this. If there is someone out there who can recommend a good way to set up a search engine without needing to know the ins and outs of CGI, Perl, Java, etc., I'd appreciate hearing from you.
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