Out of the Blue

You may have noticed the Amazon banners we used to have are now missing. Yup, we were thrown out of their affiliate program again. This time the reason was: "Purchases resulting from Special Links on your Site have been for personal use, resale, or commercial use, or have been made by your friends, relatives, employees, contractors, or business relations." I told them that I am 100% baffled by how this could be the case, but they were unimpressed, and denied by appeal without further explanation. This is not the only surprising such penalty the site has suffered lately, as we also had our YouTube channel deleted by Google last year. It was explained this was due to a copyright complaint from a rights holder, I pointed out that 100% of the videos there were submitted by the publishers or developers of the games they promoted, and did not even receive a response. As someone who strives to color inside the lines at all times on an internet rife with sleazebags, scammers, and liars, these are very frustrating developments. But it does not seem there is anything else I can do about them. Oh well.

Paranoid Links: Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.
Play: Bullet Force.
Artifacts by Laber.
Link: Inside Skinwalker Ranch, a Paranormal Hotbed of UFO Research. Thanks Digg.
Stories: A deadly virus is spreading from state to state and has infected 15 million Americans so far. It's influenza.
Nearly half of Americans didn’t go outside to recreate in 2018. That has the outdoor industry worried. Thanks Slashdot.
Super Bowl Ad Thanks Veterinarians Who Saved Dog's Life. Thanks RedEye9.
Science: New Nerve-Growing Method Could Help Injured Soldiers and Others.
Soap: How Much Cleaner Does It Actually Make Your Hands? Thanks Max.
Astronomers Have Caught a Star Literally Dragging Space-Time Around With It. Busted! Thanks Max.
Scientists Mix Pig and Human Genes to Create Hybrid 'Skin' That Can Help Burn Survivors. Needs moar bear. Thanks Max.
Images: An official parody from id - Doom.
NFL Animated! Mic'd Up - Super Bowl Special.
Beethoven “Moonlight Sonata” for Old Elephant. I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying!
Follow-ups: Delta to replace uniforms many employees call 'toxic.'
DOD tester’s report- F-35 is still a lemon.
Can Face Masks Prevent Coronavirus- Here's What Medical Experts Say. Thanks Max.
Desperate Chinese resort to using FRUIT as face masks. Tabloid. Thanks Max.
The Funnies: Savage Chickens.