We now interrupt our regularly scheduled programming about infertility, hormones, Other People's Children, home decor, cooking, and other things that strike our fancy for an important public service announcement.
If you receive a comment from one "sheldonhillyer" that is just a hyperlinked series of dots, DO NOT PUBLISH IT and DO NOT CLICK ON THE HYPERLINK. It's some sort of por.nography. And wouldn't you know that the filters on my work computer, which seem to block things entirely at random, wouldn't block it, so I had to look at a picture of some sort of contorted female in a th.ong (or something) for about 1.5 seconds before I realized what I was staring at and shut the window. I should not have clicked a hyperlink from an unknown commenter. Obviously. HOWEVER...
HOWEVER, I have a small point to make here. I think por.nography is evil, harmful, hateful, and wrong, and I have no tolerance for any opposing viewpoints, from whatever religious, moral, or philosophical background (you can have them, and I'll respect you, but I don't respect that opinion). As far as I am concerned, this is not a Catholic thing, it is a human being thing. That being said, I am a practical person and I am aware that the por.nography industry exists. It's an in-demand commodity, and many have argued that it is the pure form of laissez-faire capitalism (to which I would reply that nobody ever actually reads Adam Smith's book, but that is neither here nor there). But my understanding of por.nography is that por.nographers exist to make a profit. Thus, all the filth lurking on the interenet, kazaa, wherever (both legal and illegal) is for sale. There are bootleg and homemade things available for free (especially the illegal stuff, I believe), but all these websites that are set up exclusively for por.n require payment to view the filth that I would probably pay some money if I never ever had to see again, even by accident.
Which brings me to one of life's inscrutable mysteries: por.n spam. By all logic to which I have ever been exposed, there is no reason why any por.n purveyor would ever sneak porn into the view of the unsuspecting, or force it on the unwilling. Mr. Hillyer, you pig, if you exist, obviously you know I don't want to view your garbage, or that hyperlink would have read "see h.ot nu.de g.irls!" rather than "......................................." But if I don't want to see it, then I'm not going to pay you to see it, and if I'm not going to pay you to see it, then why on God's creation would you go to the effort of (or go to the effort of designing a bot for the purpose of) sneaking it into my comment box where I might naively think it was some interesting material on the subject (infertility) that I blog about?!
I recognize that my latest profile change - which amuses me greatly - might have made me a bigger spam target (and I will mull over whether it's worthwhile to make some changes on that basis), but NOTHING will explain to me the rationale for por.n spam.
KEEP YOUR N.AKED PEOPLE TO YOURSELF.