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Wednesday 2 May 2012

Takedown! (Minor Update)

Google via Blogger has deleted the below post due to "allegedly infringing content."  I had noticed that someone was searching for a particular URL on my site, and I didn't know why until now.  I cannot yet view the reason for the takedown (until Chilling Effects publishes it, and then I'll update this) nor do I have any means to challenge it as far as I can see.  It could have been a snippet of fairly-used text, or it may have been an image.  So for now the image will be removed, and the fair use text will remain.  Because you are allowed to quote small sections of a copyrighted text when used for criticism or educational purposes.

Now, I don't want to jump to any conclusions, but who would have reported this as a copyright violation?  My, my, I have no idea.  No idea at all. But I won't stand for this.  Having worked in IP for years, I know what is and what isn't acceptable.  I hereby give permission for everyone to copy this blog post and post it on theirs freely, without attribution or credit.  This post is now public domain and I waive all copyright, while maintaining my moral rights.

The Original Post:

Bruce Guthrie - Epic Hater

Bruce Guthrie is a twat.  I didn't even know who he was until today, but based on his opinion piece in Australia's National Times, he's definitely a dickhead like the Root of All Evil.  Bruce Guthrie is unhappy because smokers "get the best seats" outdoors at restaurants.  Seriously.  Fuckwits like this guy have forced us outside, and then they complain about it. We knew this would happen.  We knew once you banned smoking indoors, it was only a matter of time before people would clamour for an outdoor ban, or a ban in cars, or bans in your home.

So what does Bruce Guthrie have to say?

 Of course, individual restaurateurs can institute bans and some have. Then again, they could simply take up the suggestion put forward by a tweeter this week: smokers should be made to sit inside at restaurants on the sort of balmy days we've been enjoying and outside in chilly winters. That way, non-smokers would always get the best seats.

So, here we see precisely the problem at hand.  Non-smokers are more important than smokers.  Smokers are not people.  In Bruce Guthrie's world, smokers are sub-human.  The anti-smokers treat smokers as if they are Jews in Nazi Germany, or blacks forced to sit in the back of the bus in America's segregated south.  That is the hate they have for people who smoke.  You can dress it up all you like as a health issue, but that's just the window dressing. Pull back the curtains and the black, seething mass of hatred is plain to see if you would only look.

So here's a Pro Tip, Bruce:  Don't go to restaurants, and if you do go then sit indoors if the smoke bothers you.  Also, thank you for letting me know you're a hateful slimy dirtbag of a human being, which is me being kind here.  Smokers are people too.  I would say smokers are better people than you could ever be, because we aren't out to demonise people for their lifestyles.

And, oh, Bruce...?  You might want to pick yourself up one of these if you're going to carry on with your campaign of hate, and it has the added benefit of protecting you from second-hand smoke, dickhead.

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Update 3 May 2012

Just a quick, minor update:  Chilling Effects still hasn't published the takedown, so I still don't know the actual reason.  It might take a while, which is crap to be honest. But here's the e-mail that I received last night, which shows the Blogger URL for the takedown is Australian:


Blogger has been notified that content in your blog contains allegedly infringing content that may violate the rights of others and the laws of their country. The infringing content that has been made unavailable can be found at the end of this message.

The notice that we received, with any personally identifying information removed, will be posted online by a service called Chilling Effects at
. You can search for the notice associated with the removal of your content by going to the Chilling Effects search page at, and entering in the URL of the blog post that was removed. If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain your own legal counsel.

Yours sincerely,
The Blogger Team
I really don't see the American Natural History Museum using the Australian URL for a takedown.  It's possible, though.  Anything is possible.