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The Reverse Cowgirl on Max Hardcore's 4-year bid

maxhardcore.jpgvia | The Reverse Cowgirl | To The Max
Last Friday, adult director Paul Little, aka Max Hardcore, was sentenced to 46 months in prison. Back in June, Little had been found guilty on 20 federal counts of distributing obscene material over the internet and through the US mail.... Indeed, Little's porn story is more that of a man who wanted to find out how far he could push the law before it snared him.... Little, armed with a half-crazed grin, a George W. Bush cowboy hat, and a set that consisted primarily of a yellow sofa, appeared hellbent on taking human sexuality to the outer limits. At a time when the Clinton administration was taking a mostly hands-off approach to obscenity prosecutions, and the Wild, Wild West of the Internet meant distribution was easy and censorship was turning into an antiquated concept, extreme porn became the new new thing.
It gets a bit harsh from here on in:
In Max Hardcore movies--"Anal Agony," "Hardcore Schoolgirls," "Max! Don't Fuck Up My Mommy!"--women are verbally and physically degraded in an unprecedented myriad of ways. They are choked, slapped, throat-fucked, penetrated with fists, given enemas, pile-driven, urinated upon, vomited upon, and in some instances instructed to drink from glasses the money shots that have been delivered into their rectums. Most of the time, Little as Hardcore is the perpetrator of these acts. Not infrequently, his scenes are fraught with pedophilia themes, beginning when he stumbles upon his subjects in playgrounds, where they sit alone, in pigtails, talking baby-talk, and sucking on lollipops. Mostly, the sex scenes end with his latest costar a mess and Hardcore triumphant. Even for the most jaded porn watcher, Little's ouevre is over the top. Watching Little's work is less like watching a porn movie than it is akin to witnessing a vivisection. ... In Porn Valley, Little is something of a pariah. ... Little and company, other producers believe, put the entire industry at risk by creating content more likely to be targeted in obscenity indictments. ... In 2005, the Bush administration launched its so-called "War on Porn," forming the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force, a Department of Justice outfit dedicated to pursuing obscenity prosecutions, and the FBI began recruiting for a "porn squad," otherwise known as the Adult Obscenity Squad, focused on "manufacturers and purveyors" of pornography. In late 2005, federal agents raided Little's offices in Altadena, California, but it wasn't until early 2007 that his indictment was unsealed. As it turned out, OPTF Director Brent Ward had found getting US Attorneys to pursue obscenity prosecutions wasn't easy. Consequently, US Attorneys who preferred dedicating their resources to crimes other than obscenity in districts more likely to win the administration obscenity convictions were eliminated.... When it came to Little, prosecutors were gunning for a win. Finally, three years after the OPTF was formed, the Feds got their man.... Yesterday, former lawyer, Salon blogger, and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald, whose First Amendment client list included Matthew Hale, a neo-Nazi who mistakenly attempted to enlist an undercover FBI agent to kill a federal judge, posits the conviction and sentencing of Paul Little as the latest glaring example of Bush administration hypocrisy. According to Greenwald, porn consists of "films featuring only consenting adults and distributed only to those consenting adults who chose to purchase them." Ironically, Little's defense, Greenwald points out, is the same defense the Bush administration has used to defend interrogation techniques used on detainees: "because the acts in question didn't involve the infliction of severe pain, they weren't illegal." In the case of Little's videos, he asserts, "There was no suggestion that any serious violence was ever inflicted or that the adult actors in the film were anything other than completely consensual." In conclusion, he proclaims: "So, to recap, in the Land of the Free: if you're an adult who produces a film using other consenting adults, for the entertainment of still other consenting adults, which merely depicts fictional acts of humiliation and degradation, the DOJ will prosecute you and send you to prison for years." ... Reading Greenwald's post, I wondered if he had ever watched a Max Hardcore movie. I sent him an email, asking if he had. A few minutes later, I received a reply. "No, I haven't. But I read about its content. Why?" I replied: "You should." ... Because if you're going to talk about how far we've come when it comes to porn, if you're going to posit Paul "Max Hardcore" Little as the latest victim of the Bush administration, if you're going to lament one more strike against your First Amendment rights, you should bear witness as to what a porn star drenched in vomit looks like. Otherwise, you're blind when it comes to the hardcore realities of making porn in the 21st century. After all, as the bukkake video producer who squirmed out of the OPTF's grasp once told me: "If people didn't want it, it wouldn't be made." That is, if you didn't want it, they wouldn't make it. In the end, porn is the real American dream, and the dream is all yours.

Today, Iceland ran out of Britain's money.

smh.au.com | Fury over Iceland's money meltdown
Prime Minister Gordon Brown stepped up pressure on Iceland today as Britain battled to add up how many hundreds of millions of pounds of local government cash is caught up in frozen Icelandic banks. "What happened in Iceland is completely unacceptable," he told BBC television. "I've been in touch with the Icelandic prime minister, I've said that this is effectively illegal action that they've taken." He added: "We will take further action against the Icelandic authorities wherever that is necessary to recover the money." The BBC reported that the amount invested by almost 100 British local authorities in Icelandic banks is more than £720 million ($1.87 billion). The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents them, has said it is not yet able to give a precise figure although work is ongoing.
The meltdown in Iceland has sparked a diplomatic dispute between the two countries, with London threatening legal action over depositors' savings. Reykjavik, however, has said the two countries will work together to try and find a solution through official diplomatic channels. Brown announced legal action against Iceland yesterday, but officials could not confirm today if London were pressing ahead with that, or seeking a diplomatic solution.

It is illegal for the European Central Bank to bail out anything.

I know biting from BoingBoing is beat, but **Jack** sent it and the Euro's going tits-up and they quote Roubini, swoon. BoingBoing | Financial Crisis: Who is going to bail out the euro? | Posted by Richard Metzger
Clearly the Fed has every intention of propping up the dollar, but can the same be said of Germany, France, England or Italy when it comes to their common currency? Highly unlikely, as prescient Telegraph reporter Ambrose Evans-Pritchard writes:
"Who in the eurozone can do what Alistair Darling has just done in extremis to save Britain's banks, as this $10 trillion house of cards falls down? There is no EU treasury or debt union to back up the single currency. The ECB is not allowed to launch bail-outs by EU law. Each country must save its own skin, yet none has full control of the policy instruments.
Read on for Roubini:
Think that's scary? Try these tidbits, from Nouriel Roubini's weekly round-up newsletter of September 26th, 2008:
• Daniel Gros, Stefano Micossi: The 'overall leverage ratio' -- a measure of total assets to shareholder equity -- of the average European bank is 35 due to large in-house investment banking operations, compared with less than 20 for the largest U.S. banks. This means that relatively small writedowns on their assets could have a devastating impact on a their capital --> some EU banks have become too big for any one European country to save while an official cross-border crisis management mechanism with ex ante burden sharing is not in place

October 09, 2008

Fist Me This Christmas

Fist Me This Christmas

October 08, 2008

It's not getting there, it's how you get there.

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October 07, 2008

Charlie Rose's guests agree: McCain candidacy deeply and truly fucked

charlie-rose-lg.jpgI don't watch the debates. I watch Charlie Rose's post-mortems. And I just saw some of the brightest jouralistic and historical minds of our times -- Mark Halperin, David Brooks, Al Hunt, David Remnick, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Katty Kay, Valerie Jarrett -- basically assert that the only thing that might prevent the election of Barack Obama is Bill Ayres shooting George Bush in the face on live TV. * Mark Halperin, David Brooks, Al Hunt, David Remnick, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Katty Kay Look up the video tomorrow, whenever they upload it. Toward the end, the verable David Brooks -- charged with making the New York Times appear as conservative as it actually is -- playfully chastized his colleages for elevating Obama right past the presidency and into sainthood. Panicked, Rose used the last 10 seconds to sincerely invite McCain on the show, promising to travel to wherever he may be to give him an hour of PBS's air. That's how badly the crew beat the shit out of old John this evening.

October 05, 2008

Rowling 'makes £5 every second'

rowling.jpg Edited: J.K sez: "Hello, all you authors out there in Fail-land. You're my bitch! Neener, neener!" via | Beeb | Rowling 'makes £5 every second'
JK Rowling is the world's highest-earning author, making more than £5 every second over the past year, US business magazine Forbes has announced.