Does billionaire Jeff Bezos care about kids?
Out in Colorado there is a very sick man. Philip R. Greaves II [known as ‘Ray’] is a 47-year old retired ‘nurse’ who had lots of time on his hands. He wrote a book for perverts, “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure” and was going to sell it as an e-book on Amazon.
Thank God some alert citizens got wind of it. Amazon has pulled the book, at least for today. Just yesterday the $24 Billion corporation was defending their decision to market it.
At one level we can see this story as the ongoing conflict between our 1st Amendment right of “free speech” vs our right and our duty to protect children from predators.
What kind of people would buy such a book – other than child predators?
Certainly Jeffrey Preston “Jeff” Bezos – the 46 year old wizard Princeton grad who founded Amazon understands this. He’s worth $12 Billion.
Certainly Thomas J. Szkutak – Amazon’s CFO [20 years at GE] understands this.
So if they understand that by selling this garbage to child predators they are aiding and abetting them, – to the point that any victim may have direct legal recourse to them for damages, why would they ever sell such a book?
Profit? Attention? Publicity? Liberal dogma? Bezos has given a lot of $$ to über-liberal Senator Maria Cantwell.
Here’s my thought. Some 31,200 people work at Amazon. I’m pretty sure that most are honest, decent, hardworking folks. Just on raw averages I’d doubt that any more than a random one or two are child sex perverts. But somewhere in the upper ranks of Amazon, somebody put profit and publicity before common sense and child safety.
Amazon was hiding behind jargon:
“Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable,” the company said in a statement to TechCrunch.com. “Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.”
So if Bezos and Szkutak can’t or won’t root them out and fire them, we should all fire Amazon.
It’s already the Christmas shopping season, books are a thoughtful gift. Buy your books through another source. Leave Amazon high and dry with their Mister Greaves. Let the Amazon stockholders bite the bullet. Szkutak just sold 6,850 shares of stock in August; – maybe he saw this coming?
Amazon currently enjoys 65 million customers per month. It will take more than just NOT BUYING from them to make your feeling felt. Give them a call or send them a note: WA Tel. 206-266-1000
1200 12th Ave. South, Ste. 1200
Seattle, WA 98144-2734
Tell them to clean up their act!
/s/ Iron Mike
Old Soldier, – Still Good for Parts!
UPDATE! Monday 5 August 2013 Billionaire Jeff Bezos suddenly bought the Washington Post for $250 Million – cash. Amazon not involved. That $250 Million represents an 87% DROP in VALUE over the past 10 years.
Sale occurred just six (6) days after Obama visited an Amazon facility in Chattanooga…