We all live in a lovely liberal world where others' views and opinions are given equal weighting and their views are supported by the law. Well, unless David Blunkett decides otherwise. But there are just some things that you don't want to become mainstream - and gay porn is one of them.
That hasn't stopped Australia's biggest telecoms company Telstra however. The Oz equivalent of BT sent millions of teenagers to a gay porn star's tribute site when it put a link to the pages of the Pop Idol winner down-under.
Casey Donovan, the sweet, if fat, female singer has her website at www.caseydonovan.com.au. Casey Donovan, the well-hung and dead male porn star lives on at www.caseydonovan.com. You can see how you might get confused and Sydney's Daily Telegraph and Melbourne's Herald Sun newspapers did just that as well, to the fury of mothers nationwide.
"We are a family-friendly company," said a Telstra spokesman, conveniently ignoring the pictures of a naked man with his tackle hanging out and the invite to buy a "all-male f*ck flick" online. The spokesman thoughtfully added that adult subscribers could still access Mr Donovan's adult site however.
More gay porn
And if that wasn't enough, "cybercriminals" - whatever the hell they're supposed to be - have been accused of uploading gay porn pics to screens in the Italian Senate.
Yes, we know what you're thinking - when did you ever hear about a politician with a deviant sexual attitude? But this is different, this is Italy apparently. And it was a hack, we're told. The system was infected with the Rbot worm and this handed over control to a hacker with a funny line in graphic images of man love.
It is especially ironic then that only last week Rocco Butiglione, Italy's candidate for European Union Commissioner, was unceremoniously kicked out after calling homosexuality a sin. Not only that but Senate vice-president Dario Mattiello was also fired after he was pictured at a gay night spot in Rome.
Was this an activist strike-back in the heart of government or is there a Senate sysadmin trying to come out the closet? Who knows?
And frankly who cares when you get to blow the head of JFK in a new super sniper game? Inevitably, the ability to take part in one of the most traumatic experiences in American history has stirred up some anger, but we say get back and to the left.
Of course, what a lot of people don't realise is that Oliver Stone's JFK film was in fact a bigger fabrication than anything before or since. The film states that Lee Harvey Oswald was a poor shot and that it was impossible to fire off as many shots as he did, as accurately as he did, with the rifle that he had. In fact, Oswald was a crack shot, the time given in the film was wrong and it is perfectly possible to fire the shots in that time with that level of accuracy.
Stone's "magic bullet" scene again is a nonsense since he assumes JFK was sat directly behind and at the same height as the man in front. And the famous "back and to the left" is in fact only logical from a lay-man's point of view: in reality the head can do pretty much anything when hit with a bullet. Plus of course, the exit wounds demonstrate that JFK at no point was hit from the front.
But, hey, why take our world for it when you can whack in a CD and shoot the randy ex-president time and time again while watching the little brain pixels fly in the air?
Next month: See if you could have done better than John Hinckley Jr and have a crack at Ronald Reagan outside a Washington hotel.
A little piece of pishtory
With the IT world moving so fast, the question has to be asked: are we keeping a historical document of this amazing pace of innovation?
Unfortunately, yes. A switch used when the London Internet Exchange (Linx) was created just ten years ago is to become an exhibit at the Science Museum in South Kensington, London, we are told.
Yep, to celebrate its tenth anniversary, Linx has decided to have a big party and, er, stick a knackered switch in a glass case. It is a Catalyst 1200, originally given to Linx by Pipex. It has eight 10-megabit ports and was once connected on a ring with another Catalyst 1200 and a Cisco 1100.
Can anything be more exciting? Can the Science museum expect visitor numbers to rocket as millions of everyday citizens seize an opportunity to check out this astounding piece of Internet history? Or has Linx and the Science museum merely confused history with the obsolete?
Following the same criterion, you could almost take equipment of out its factory packing and stick it straight into the museum without using it. We applaud the idea behind it, but we're afraid that it - as with all the other stories here - is pointless nonsense.
And more of it next week...
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