Senator Stevens calls for a Porn rating system

ARS Technica:

Ratings systems work fairly well, when people pay attention to them and follow the guidelines. People don’t take their preschoolers to see R-rated movies like Silence of the Lambs, and you don’t buy “Adults Only” videogame titles like Leisure Suit Larry for an eighth-grade graduation present. There comes a point, however, where ratings become pointless. Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) has arrived at such a point with his suggestion that porn sites receive ratings.

I thought it was a joke when I first saw the headline myself, and the punchlines are obvious: “this site is rated A for…” Unfortunately, Sen. Stevens isn’t joking. During a committee hearing on the Child Online Protection Act last week, he put the adult entertainment industry on notice that if it didn’t come up with a rating system, Congress would do one for them.

I have an idea. Let’s come up with a ratings system for stupid ideas that come out of Congress. We can rank them on a scale from “idiotic” to “fucking stupid” and they can carry recommendations like “mildly amusing” and “may cause brain damage”.

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