Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Supremes Rule!

Does Justice Scalia read my blog? (See my comments concerning Grimm's Fairy Tales and Grand Theft auto on June 14). 

I doubt it. But in the 6/27/2011 opinion of the Supreme Court, striking down California's law against  'the sale or rental of “violent video games” to minors', the good Justice sites similar concerns... and comparisons.

From the opinion....................
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California’s argument would fare better if there were a longstanding tradition in this country of specially restricting children’s access to depictions of violence, but there is none. Certainly the books we give children to read—or read to them when they are younger—contain no shortage of gore. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, for example, are grim indeed. As her just deserts for trying to poison Snow White, the wicked queen is made to dance in red hot slippers “till she fell dead on the floor, a sad example of envy and jealousy.” The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales 198 (2006 ed.). Cinderella’s evil stepsisters have their eyes pecked out by doves. Id. , at 95. And Hansel and Gretel (children!) kill their captor by baking her in an oven. Id. , at 54.
High-school reading lists are full of similar fare. Homer’s Odysseus blinds Polyphemus the Cyclops by grinding out his eye with a heated stake. The Odyssey of Homer, Book IX, p. 125 (S. Butcher & A. Lang transls. 1909) (“Even so did we seize the fiery-pointed brand and whirled it round in his eye, and the blood flowed about the heated bar. And the breath of the flame singed his eyelids and brows all about, as the ball of the eye burnt away, and the roots thereof crackled in the flame”). In the Inferno, Dante and Virgil watch corrupt politicians struggle to stay submerged beneath a lake of boiling pitch, lest they be skewered by devils above the surface. Canto XXI, pp. 187–189 (A. Mandelbaum transl. Bantam Classic ed. 1982). And Golding’s Lord of the Flies recounts how a schoolboy called Piggy is savagely murdered by other children while marooned on an island. W. Golding, Lord of the Flies 208–209 (1997 ed.).

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So... Mastercard/Visa desire not 'sully' their reputation by abetting the sale 'non consensual' material. Well, it seems much adolescent fare can be subject to their rather broad net.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Irony

Lulu is where my most extreme stuff is offered. Stories which do not meet the criteria of Pink Flamingo.

So the irony is rather amusing... that the Lulu books remain readily available and the prudes of MC/Visa have vanquished the more mainstream acceptable material.

Sites still offering my stuff

MC/Visa has not bullied every purveyor of books.

A Google search offered these web sites,


http://www.mobipocket.com/en/eBooks/AuthorDetails.asp?authorId=15762&authorName=Bellows%2C+Chris


http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b?ie=UTF8&node=154606011#/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D154606011&field-keywords=chris+bellows&rh=n%3A133140011%2Cn%3A%21133141011%2Cn%3A154606011%2Ck%3Achris+bellows


http://ebookstore.sony.com/author/chris-bellows_97684


http://www.ebookmall.com/ebooks-authors/chris-bellows-ebooks.htm

http://www.a1adultebooks.com/



http://www.adultebookshop.com (In the UK, prices in pounds)

http://www.bdsm-books.com/ (not yet listed, but soon)

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

'Ship of Remorse' passes muster

In viewing the Pink Flamingo site, it seems all my books (some 34? not sure of the number) do not pass the Mastercard Visa criteria except for 'Ship of Remorse', a Fem/fem forced lactation story (hope the MC/Visa reviewers enjoy THAT theme).

So, whereas I have endeavored to write and entertain readers over the many years it seems I must now write for MC and Visa.

But why should I be upset? I can read my stuff any time. It's you readers who are out. No more freedom of choice. You can buy anything you want as long as MC/Visa approves.

Not sure how MC/Visa are going to approach the likes of Lulu. Probably over 1,000,0000 publications listed there, mainly bad poetry as the founder of Lulu has suggested. So start your search MC/Visa...

And why are the main stream websites excluded from this mandate? Does Amazon have a little too much putdown power to be toyed with in this manner?

Have to make a decision on 'Tagged'. It was due to be published beginning of July.

More absurdity

Other than advocating the overthrow of the U. S. government using force or violence, I am unaware of any topic about which one cannot legally write. This remains a democracy.

So envisioning this internet hunt by Mastercard/Visa dweebs is amusing but also rather disturbingly sad.

Perhaps a book burning is next...

There was a nice bonfire in Nazi Germany a few years back...

From the editors at Pink Flamingo...

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Dear Authors,


1. I’m writing to update you on the changes at Pink Flamingo occurring since my notice to you last week regarding the necessary changes to the website. You’ll want to read through the entire letter.

First, let me thank you all for the many emails you’ve sent over the last week. We really appreciate all your encouragement and support. My staff here, along with a few great friends who stepped in to help, have done a terrific job with a change that has been very difficult for us all. It’s tough seeing so many great books disappear from the site, and personal too, as over 30 of my Lizbeth books have been removed.

To clear-up any misconceptions you may have regarding the need for this change. This DOES NOT affect any content going into the mainstream market, which means subjects of abduction, kidnap, coercion, even slave worlds are perfectly fine in this venue. This DOES NOT affect content sold at the large ebook and paperback retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, etc. Also, many of the large Adults Sites you see on the Internet are not affected, as they have already dealt with the Credit Card/bank issues with site content, and have obtained credit card funding through European or off-shore channels.

Regarding the changes to the website:

1) The site changes are nearly complete. Many books have been removed, however, some have just been “turned off” temporarily so that we can tweak the write-ups before we have them go “live” again.

Please check your own titles, and if there is any book that you regard as consensual that is not appearing on the site, please let us know right away. Obviously we want to keep up as many books as possible.

2) We are working with a Credit card broker, who deals specifically with obtaining credit card funding for Adult Websites. He has advised us on the necessary changes, including the “message” that we post to the website. We wish we could speak more directly about the titles that have been removed, however, we’re specifically advised, until the site has been reviewed, NOT to directly mention the affected titles on the site. We’ve tried to work around this by suggesting customers contact us through email and our toll free number. We’ll have a notice on the site shortly, reminding customers of the many places where they can find our ebooks.

1. Banks will do “spider” searches that crawl the site for specific keywords and offending language. Some banks will also physically look at the site, though the process of how this is done, is not altogether clear.

Once the review is over, we expect that we’ll be able to ease up some, and even restore some of our titles. For the time being we are being very cautious.

4) Going forward.

* FESS Many of you already know about our Free Erotic Story Site (http://www.freeeroticstoriessite.com)

Since this is a noncommercial site, we’re free to post excerpts and book write-ups for the nonconsensual titles, and give specific ordering instructions for theses books. We need to make a few changes on this site, but we expect to start posting excerpts and info there starting this week.

* New Website. As soon as we can get it done, we’ll be creating a new website for the nonconsensual titles. Initially, we’ll accept echecks, and possibly Paypal. Paypal has some content restrictions, but we understand that these are mainly for DVDs. Other sites have been okay with selling books.

* New vendor: We have also begun sending all the affected titles to a1Adultebooks.com (also known as BDSM-books.com), another ebook vendor who will accept, in fact welcome, our nonconsensual content. (Our consensual bdsm will also being going to this site.)

We have several other new vendors who have been mentioned to us, and we’ll be checking these out, and hopefully uploading ebooks to them as well. If there is a site you are aware of that is currently selling Nonconsensual bdsm, feel free to let us know so we can check it out.

* Author guidelines: I am working on these now, and they should be ready tomorrow 6/21. We’ll email them to you once they are ready.

* Publishing Non-consensual titles: We are still committed to publishing this content, and it’s perfectly legal to do so. We’ll have new guidelines for nonconsensual books coming within a week. We still have the option of immediately releasing ebooks versions to the greater “Ebook World” (Kindle and all the rest…), and paperbacks to our regular customers who we mail regularly with updates and new releases. We’ll also have the books listed on the free story site. As soon as we have our new site ready to go, any new release will be featured as we do with any new Pink Flamingo title.

1. 5) A New PF Author contact

We have a new Submissions Coordinator, a staff position created about a month ago. Fiona Thomas is working closely with me on submissions, editing, book production and author support. Some of you have already worked with her, but you can all expect to hear from her from time to time regarding your books.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mastercard/Visa influencing your taste in reading

I just received this note from the publisher of much of my stuff....

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Dear Author,

We are writing to advise you of recent and significant changes in the credit card rules affecting the adult industry, including Pink Flamingo Publications. Recently, in order to “protect their brand name” the credit card companies, Visa, Mastercard etc. have ordered US domestic banks to require certain content and products be removed from adult websites. They are targeting specifically “criminal” activities that include rape, abduction, kidnapping, basically any means of coercion and nonconsensual activity.

What this means for Pink Flamingo

In order to offer credit cards for the purchase of products on our website, books that include nonconsensual content will be need to be removed.

These changes are targeted specifically toward adult sites. Sites like Amazon Kindle, Sony, Barnes & Noble etc remain unaffected. The ebook business at these sites remains strong, and almost all of the targeted content is on ebook websites throughout the net.

The following changes in the PF site will be taking place starting today:

1) Nonconsensual books will be removed from the site. (we have plans for the continued marketing of these titles… read on)

2) All excerpts will be removed, and relocated to our free story site, which will be revamped for this purpose: http://www.freeeroticstoriessite.com

3) All Bondage DVDs have already been removed from the site

4) Some cover images may need to be temporarily removed, or new covers made

4) Write-ups will be reviewed and tweaked for all books remaining on the site. We’ll endeavor to keep as many on the site as we can. We understand that search spiders will be scanning the site for offensive “key words”.

5) For the time being, all unpublished nonconsensual books under contact and in the submission process will be placed on hold. We’ll contact each individual author about the status of their book or books, and options for publication.

6) Our writer’s guidelines will change to reflect these new content rules, which we will make available later this week.

Sales of Nonconsenual books

Pink Flamingo remains committed to selling this content. These titles will remain available in paperback, and for now, all ebooks for these titles will need to be purchased at other websites. We will immediately send print and email notifications to our customers advising them of the changes in ordering, and giving them complete contact information. Note: These books can still be purchased with a check or money order, as they always have been.

Once the changes to our main PF site are complete, we will create an ecommerce “echeck” website where these titles can again be purchased on line.

Also, we will continue to upload these titles into all the available internet systems, including two independent ebook distributors in the UK: Adult Ebook Shop (where much of our catalog already appears), and BDSM-books (a new vendor). This is a US domestic issue. There’s been NO mention of the new credit card rules affecting non-US websites.

This is obviously a significant change in our business. It’s not the first time that there has been a conservative backlash against this industry; we’ve weathered several in our 17 years. Pink Flamingo Publications is on solid financial footing, and while this will affect us in the short term, we will be aggressively working to promote all our products in every available venue. We’re fortunate that so many of our books are listed and selling well at various ebook sites throughout the Internet.

While the credit card companies have every right to deny their services for purchasing certain products, we consider this a free speech issue and a form of censorship. While this does affect a portion of our offered books, it is by no means all. We have a strong business in consensual erotic themes, and we will continue to publish and sell these books.

I know that many of you will have questions and comments for us. We welcome your feedback, and will answer each of your emails as we have time. However, please bear with us this week, as my staff and I work to make the necessary changes on the site.

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This fascinates. Does not every crime novel/movie have some form of 'non-consensual' activity in the plot.

Does any character 'consent' to be killed in a murder mystery?

How much nonconsensual activity takes place in the bible? Will Mastercard/Visa permit crucifixion scenes?
This seems to set a chilling precedent for Visa and Mastercard.

Will they next restrict the use of credit cards for other things... political donations, controversial religious causes, abortion/anti-abortion causes, gun control/NRA?

Once they start down this path, where will it take them?