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  • She Told the Truth: Clarence Thomas is a Scumbag   1 day 4 hours ago
    Quote mdhess:

    As a matter of fact I had read that article by Chris Hayes but it was worth a reread.

    Regarding gay porn I personally don't find porn appetizing as it cheapens the most intimate of human tactile and emotional connections. I probably wouldn't hang out here so much if I was your typical gay dude instead of a geek :) But I won't pretend to be an innocent child who's never seen any of it. From what I've seen I don't think that generally there is quite the same construct. No doubt there are many of the same crude and exploitative genres to it but in male on male fantasy there is not necessarily the distinct role of one as dominant over the other. Not that such doesn't exist but it could be that in one role an "actor" is "dominant' while in another role he is "submissive." Or perhaps in the very same role he is both. There is not the generalized assumption that you get with a heterosexual situation that this one will be dominant and that one submissive. So, regarding your question specifically I'm sure that there is an audience for "slut shaming" and degradation and insult but I don't think it's as mainstream as it seems to have become in straight porn. You'll forgive me if I don't delve into it to find out however a quick google search for "problem of degradation in gay porn" didn't yield any academic results regarding gay porn specifically but did give some suggestions for some gay degradation pornos I could watch.


    Thanks for that! My key conclusion would be this: whatever one's sexual tastes, material exists out there to satisfy. No matter how obscure, or marginalized, or contrary to the mainstream one's fantasies may be, you can be sure there's a market out there ready to absorb your money or your time. But DynoDon's links criticizing Gail Dines ignore the fact that she and Robert Jensen focus on MAINSTREAM, HETEROSEXUAL porn —what the majority of heterosexual men who watch porn are watching now— without denying that the more uncommon genres of pornography, such as feminist erotica, which most men who watch porn are not watching, do exist. Dines and Jensen are interested in what heterosexual men watch and that the mainstream porn industry produces, because that's where the damage is done to women and society, given that a larger percentage of men watch it and bring it home in their relationships with women, or in their lack of relationships with real women (since habituating to violent pornography renders them incapable of such).
    Quote mdhess:

    I'd say that, regarding this topic, much consideration should be given to what affect this type of porn has on young post pubescent men vis a vis young women (or other young men) they will soon be entereing into relationships with. In that regard considering young gay males I think that any sexual imagery is extremely titillating whereas heterosexual males will have already been exposed to quite a lot of sexual imagery and will probably be more prone to follow avenues that lead them to ever more salacious material. I have no evidence to support that, it is just a hunch and it's been a long time and much has changed since I was a naive young man.


    Yes, the hetero pornography industry must relentlessly up the violence and degradation, apparently, according to reports from industry owners, because guys, having become habituated to certain images, need ever more shocking images and sounds in order to get off. It's getting so bad, it won't be surprising when snuff films go mainstream.

    I'm definitely not interested in returning to the Victorian age, to puritanism and the like, but one wonders if, somewhere along the way toward liberation, we haven't rendered the young incapable of authentic, awesome passion. Now that anything goes, how much is gone? Well, Cole Porter didn't know the half of it. ;-) (Douglaslee, talk about great rhymes!)

  • "Cops Gone Wild"   1 day 5 hours ago
    Quote Palindromedary:
    Quote antifascist:I knew it! Deputy Adam Lin was in Afghanistan for 10 months in 2007 as a sergeant in the military police.
    You knew what? That same old video still doesn't show what happened so it is really not proof of anything one way or the other. It does not show whatever the guy did or did not do when he was between the cars. So...You knew what? And yes Deputy Adam Lin was in Afghanistan in 2007....that's what...about 8 years ago? So, how many other people has he shot since then? You'd think that if he had PTSD or something that he would have shot someone else much earlier.

    You are jumping to conclusions. I never said anything about PTSD. I did say that local police departments are becoming more and more militarized. Part of this militarization process has been the hiring of military veterans. The trend has been increasing and as more veterans move into department administrations, they hire even more veterans since that perceive them as more qualified. There are numerous programs that give veterans special priority for hiring as police officers along with grants for the hiring department itself. Statistics on the percentage of officers that are veterans is known, but is not made public so this is completely hidden from scrutiny.

    Quote Palindromedary:Cops don't just shoot people unless the people give them a reason to shoot them.

    You are begging the question. There are a number of cases in which officers have been charged and convicted of murder, assault if the victim survives. Sean Groubert for example shoot Levar Jones as he reached to show his license as ordered by the officer.

    Quote Palindromedary:One reason would be if the person was running away, as it appeared he was doing on that bike...trying to avoid the police.....cutting across someone's lawn to the front of those cars parked in the driveway (was that his house? did he live in the house next door? Why did he get off the street when that cop car came up behind him? He was acting suspicious! It was a drug-infested trouble area where lots of shooting occur and the police knew this guy was a known perp by priors he had. They were following him because they suspected him of doing something illegal. That's the cop's job to look for suspicious people who they suspect of committing crimes. So, the guy was acting very suspiciously and then he reached into his waist band or pocket for something that could have been a weapon...according to the cop...and we don't know because it doesn't show that on the video.

    The video does show the stopping of Stephens and there was no probable cause. I just quoted court decisions Mims (1992), Nonnette (1990), Fredirick B. (1987), Hollway (1985), Wilkins (1986) in post #346 as examples that reject the justification of a "high crime area" to stop citizens. Stephens was not a known perp to the officers involved. He wasn't even accused of a crime.

    Quote Palindromedary:For all we know, from that video, space aliens shot him before the cop got to him.

    Circumstantial evidence pretty much rules out space aliens.

    Quote Palindromedary:Yes, the video shows the cop pointing his weapon at him after the guy was shot but that video really shows nothing, no "proof" of much of anything. Again, most cops don't just shoot people unless they have a very good reason....like self-defense!

    You are making the same circular argument again. Stephens had no weapon. He had committed no crime. There was not good reason to stop him, much less to shoot him. Officers do commit murder. And police officers even commit torture, rape, and murder as in the case of a young girl named Corinna Mullen in 1987 by the Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Police Department Lieutenant Billy Fields.

  • “Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations   1 day 5 hours ago

    It was an allusion to Jim Morrison and the Doors and triggered by my realization that I had just crossed over into level 10 of this blog. No real significant meaning there, really! Sheer nonsense! It's like looking at a clock and seeing 2:22 or 1:11, or 1:23, or even 11:11 .... I've even seen it happen right down to the seconds.... like 11:11:11. Thank goodness I don't have an atomic clock that displays fractions of a second! I'm wondering if I'll ever see 6:66? funny how that seems to happen so often, though. And then, there are often other occasions of perceived synchronicity that could tend to muddle one's brain. It would be nice if it worked to improve my chances for the lottery! But, it hasn't so far. ;-}

  • FDR's letter a synopsis on today's Republo-fascist GOP   1 day 5 hours ago
    Quote ImprobableTodd:

    LS, the GOP's primary interest in Social Security is how to redirect all those hundreds of billions per year their way. Bush wanted to privatize it, thrusting all that money into the stock market. Today's GOP wants to cut benefits to the infirm and elderly (Medicaid), raise the retirement age, and take that money and more and put it into top tier tax cuts disguised as "death tax" relief. Ending inheritance taxes, as the GOP has proposed, will take HUNDREDS of BILLIONS out of America's justifiable tax revenue.

    So, are you OK with all of that, LS? If some but not all, which?

    Todd,

    If tax dollars in involved, it's not private. If they do want to redirect it, which I also oppose, you are conceding that they want to keep it.

    I want to repeal Social Security. The next best option would be to pay current retirees and let anyone under some arbitrary age, say 40, out of the program.

    Money doesn't go "in" to tax cuts. cutting taxes just means leaving the money where it is. It is NOT an expenditure.

  • FDR's letter a synopsis on today's Republo-fascist GOP   1 day 5 hours ago
    Quote ulTRAX:
    Quote LysanderSpooner:

    Today's GOP accepts most of the New Deal.

    ROTF... not the ideological leaders on the far right that have increasing influence over the GOP.

    http://www.thenation.com/article/rolling-back-20th-century

    But then I'm sure you applaud their efforts to decivilize rat-eat-rat capitalism.

    Name me one elected GOP representative or Senator, not named Ron Paul, who has called for the repeal of the New Deal.

  • Zimbabwe Tobacco Farming 13 Years On - Bloomberg   1 day 5 hours ago

    Just for the MDC supporters who still say there are no economic sanctions against Zimbabwe:

    (NEWZIMBABWE, THE SOURCE) Tobacco exports spur DHL Zimbabwe’s expansion
    25/04/2015 00:00:00
    by The Source

    COURIER service provider DHL Zimbabwe says an increase in tobacco exports to Belgium following the European Union (EU) easing of sanctions on the country has spurred growth in volumes, and necessitated the company’s expansion.

    The EU last November lifted a 12-year old trade restriction on Zimbabwe, leading to an improvement in relations and trade.

    Managing director, Jeff Phiri on Thursday told The Source that the lifting of sanctions by the EU had heightened trade between Zimbabwe and EU, with global cigarette maker, Phillip Morris its main client.

    “Tobacco shipments to Belgium have grown significantly and we are happy to be part of that growth,” he said.

    “Phillip Morris is a big player in the tobacco industry and we have had a number of local players trading with them.”

    Belgium is one of the biggest buyers of Zimbabwe’s tobacco, importing 22,6 million kilogrammes of tobacco last year worth $104 million. This year it has so far purchased 426,230kg worth $2 million.

    The tobacco sector is projected to produce up to 195 million kg this year.

    The logistics group at the beginning of the year said it planned to increase its footprint around the country by opening an additional 500 retail points before year end, has since revised its target to a 1,000 outlets.

    BACKLINK: Economic Sanctions Against Zimbabwe and JPMorgan Chase's Ownership Of Anglo-American De Beers

  • FDR's letter a synopsis on today's Republo-fascist GOP   1 day 5 hours ago

    While the CORPservatives dance to the billionaires' tunes, the unflappably loyal self-described conservatives proudly parrot simplistic and over-generalized talking points while consistently voting against their best interests time and time again.

    They are the Nero-Cons, happily playing their violins while the planet slowly percolates. Ignorance, in due time, will not be bliss.

  • Corporations outspend taxpayers in Congress...   1 day 5 hours ago

    SHFabian -- All labor unions are against the TPP. Card check would cure this problem.

  • Corporations outspend taxpayers in Congress...   1 day 5 hours ago

    sunshine susie -- If you withhold all taxes, the billionaires would be glad to take over.

  • Ted Cruz Spends Evening with Two Prominent Gay NY Businessmen   1 day 6 hours ago

    Why would Bruce Jenner be the LGBT posterboy any more than any transgender person? The only difference between his relevency as a transgender person and the relevency of any other transgender person is our national fixation with celebrity. And why is being Republican the same way Ken Mehlman is a Republican an issue or relevent to the story? And what is it about being a member of the LGBT community and also being a Christian that makes you think it's an affront to the LGBT community? My husband is a Christian. That paradigm only exists in your own right-wing reinforced torment. There is no LGBT handbook that forbids or endorses ideology or religious expression. LGBT activists don't abhor Christianity or Christians, they abhor bigotry.

    Too bad if the story offends you. Take that up with the "pro-Isreal no matter what" community, not the LGBT community. There's just no pleasing you conservatives -- you bash us even when we use your sacred tea-party "free-market" principle of letting the market decide so don't lecture me about tolerance.

  • She Told the Truth: Clarence Thomas is a Scumbag   1 day 6 hours ago

    I think something funny is going on....when I tried to click on DynoDon's first link in #29....this one: http://www.redgarterclub.com/AJK-Multisite/blog/2011/02/23/why-gail-dine... I get a notification that it was being blocked by opendns. In fact, I've noticed this happening before when clicking on some links.... always being blocked by opendns. I wasn't using my ISP dns, either. I found that all I had to do was to change my dns settings to a different dns ip number in my internet access settings and I could then go, unhindered, to the sites I had previously been blocked from. It looks like someone is trying to censor our internet. Like, maybe, someone is trying to play NetNanny!

    I know that the opendns is a known "safe" domain name system site that a lot of people, especially parents who believe it to be a "safe"-porn filtering site, like to use. But I wasn't using opendns. It just started happening recently. Just the other day, I changed my dns ip number because opendns was doing this...so I was ok for a while... testing it out with the same sites I had previously been blocked from...and with the new dns...I was ok for a while...it opened those same sites that were blocked before.....but then it started happening on the new dns ip numbers. I thought that the Earthlink browser, which goes through frequent updates, was at fault at first but doing an about:config and a search shows no references to opendns...still doesn't mean that it isn't embedded there somewhere...like with an ip number only. It could be my ISP, even though I am not using my ISP's DNS.

    Just wondering if anyone else has been having this problem. Were you able to click on that first link that DynoDon gave in #29? If you click on a porn site*, do you get blocked by opendns?

    *probably not a good idea unless you have some safeguards...like a sand box or virtual memory like VMWare, etc. and can permanently delete whatever crap might try to get into your system....or if you find such things offensive. ;-}

    In case you don't already know...in Windows 7 for example:
    Click on Start/Control Panel/Network and Sharing Center/Local Area Connection/Properties/Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4 (to highlight it)/Properties/Use the following DNS server addresses: Then enter a known DNS server IP number in Preferred DNS server addresses and another one in Alternate DNS Server (optional). You can also go further by clicking on Advanced/DNS and Add more DNS server addresses if you want..but that is optional too. It just ensures that if you lose the primary DNS servers, it will choose, in order, one of the other default ones.

    Normally, the Obtain DNS serve address automatically is set to use your ISP DNS server. But sometimes they are not very reliable or are slow.

    You can also go to https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm and download the free dns benchmark test (takes only about 5 seconds to download and then click on it after it is downloaded in order to run the test. It tells you what is the best DNS servers, for your computer/location/configuration, etc. Some DNS servers will try to shunt you off to some commercial web site or may be unsafe and some are slow as molasses and rife with problems which makes for very slow internet. So this test tells you the fastest and most reliable, etc. And all you would have to do is to plug those DNS server ip numbers towards the top of the list. In many cases, it is not mandatory that you use your ISP DNS servers.

    Note: grc.com is the web site of Gibson Research Corp and is run by Steve Gibson who has had a long running weekly Security internet show cohosted by Tech TV's Leo Laporte. The show is called Security Now and you can listen to the podcasts and read the transcripts. https://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm

    On a MAC: go to How to change DNS Servers on a Mac
    http://www.opennicproject.org/configure-your-dns/how-to-change-dns-serve...

    note: I don't think opennicproject is related to opendns but I don't really know. It looks like it is not: http://www.opennicproject.org/

  • Republican Neocon Hillary Clinton Running for President   1 day 6 hours ago
    Quote Antifascist:All the signs of a stalking horse cannidate...

    Hillary Clinton Said to Hire Corrupt Former Wall Street Cop as Campaign CFO

    What stalking horse? A picture says more than words. That is the former head of the bank which funded the creation of Royal Dutch Shell, and nationalized and then privatized British Petroleum.

    I think it is pretty obvious who Hillary Clinton represents.

  • SA v. SS: Paul v. Cruz   1 day 6 hours ago

    According to the Daily Kos, a well-known Republican in South Carolina who was arrested for domestic abuse which apparently took place while driving, in the state which has the highest rate of domestic violence against women of any, previously said that anyone in the U.S. with ebola should be executed.

    Your use of the world "Implodes" is confusing, as is the rest of your sentence.

  • TPP   1 day 6 hours ago

    Art, you might want to check out the list of people that sit on the President's Export Council. These are the people that have influence over policy, and I would suspect the key drafters of the bill in the first place, since it is all been negotiated in secret and kept from public view - one might expect a little cynicism towards secret economic negotiations that effect 2/3 of the worlds economy, but the eternal optimist like yourself makes a person wonder if ignorace is truly is bliss.

  • Ted Cruz Spends Evening with Two Prominent Gay NY Businessmen   1 day 6 hours ago

    This was an event reported in the NY Times, not some idiotic rumor.

  • She Told the Truth: Clarence Thomas is a Scumbag   1 day 6 hours ago

    We should care about the opinions of small time bloggers and pushback from industry flacks why? I don't form opinions based on what the opinions of others are (i.e. the Fox news model). But thanks

  • She Told the Truth: Clarence Thomas is a Scumbag   1 day 6 hours ago

    As a matter of fact I had read that article by Chris Hayes but it was worth a reread.

    Regarding gay porn I personally don't find porn appetizing as it cheapens the most intimate of human tactile and emotional connections. I probably wouldn't hang out here so much if I was your typical gay dude instead of a geek :) But I won't pretend to be an innocent child who's never seen any of it. From what I've seen I don't think that generally there is quite the same construct. No doubt there are many of the same crude and exploitative genres to it but in male on male fantasy there is not necessarily the distinct role of one as dominant over the other. Not that such doesn't exist but it could be that in one role an "actor" is "dominant' while in another role he is "submissive." Or perhaps in the very same role he is both. There is not the generalized assumption that you get with a heterosexual situation that this one will be dominant and that one submissive. So, regarding your question specifically I'm sure that there is an audience for "slut shaming" and degradation and insult but I don't think it's as mainstream as it seems to have become in straight porn. You'll forgive me if I don't delve into it to find out however a quick google search for "problem of degradation in gay porn" didn't yield any academic results regarding gay porn specifically but did give some suggestions for some gay degradation pornos I could watch.

    I'd say that, regarding this topic, much consideration should be given to what affect this type of porn has on young post pubescent men vis a vis young women (or other young men) they will soon be entereing into relationships with. In that regard considering young gay males I think that any sexual imagery is extremely titillating whereas heterosexual males will have already been exposed to quite a lot of sexual imagery and will probably be more prone to follow avenues that lead them to ever more salacious material. I have no evidence to support that, it is just a hunch and it's been a long time and much has changed since I was a naive young man.

  • Ted Cruz Spends Evening with Two Prominent Gay NY Businessmen   1 day 7 hours ago

    How wonderfully tollerant of them.

    It will be interesting to see how the gay/ LGBT community will recieve their new posterboy Bruce Jenner who announced he is a Christian AND a Rebublican. Oh!, how that must have smarted.

    He might even own a gun.

  • Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders! What a combo for our country!   1 day 7 hours ago
    Quote polycarp2:

    I'd like to see Sanders (who defines himself as a democratic socialist) run for Pres. with Socialist Councilwoman Sawant (Seattle) as his running mate. http://www.seattle.gov/council/sawant/incomeInequality.htm

    Dream ticket for sure.

  • She Told the Truth: Clarence Thomas is a Scumbag   1 day 7 hours ago

    You're an adult are you not? The fact that she referrenced the book is most certainly relevant as it was a very widely accepted and even celebrated work in popular culture and is exemplary of the kind of normalization of the sort of degredation of women being discussed. This topic may be too intense for the sensibilities of some but not all of us turn away in horror and prefer that ugly realities be couched in pleasantries or academically neutered abstractions.

  • Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders! What a combo for our country!   1 day 7 hours ago

    A vote for any Dem or Repugnant is a vote for more of the same...put on fast-track.

    I'd like to see Sanders (who defines himself as a democratic socialist) run for Pres. with Socialist Councilwoman Sawant (Seattle) as his running mate. http://www.seattle.gov/council/sawant/incomeInequality.htm

    Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

  • TransPacific Partnership; or “why is Thom confused about this?”   1 day 7 hours ago

    Somebody said something about a "booming" stock market at election time to support the thesis of the thread but may I point out that a booming stock market means little or nothing to the vast majority of us and we know it. Following the collpase in '08 the stock market recovered and thrived for years while people were still losing jobs and homes.

    And re Chris Mathews -- I nearly got sick to my stomach when I heard him talk about all the nice clothes people have to choose from now that we have free trade. I suppose if you travel in his circle you see nothing but people dressed nicely but out here in the real world ordinary people who once used to dressed nicely in well made clothes and shoes now look like schlubs all dressed in the same Walmart crap everyone else is dressed in.

  • She Told the Truth: Clarence Thomas is a Scumbag   1 day 7 hours ago
    Quote Zenzoe:

    Nothing like missing the point, failing to comprehend the problem, ignoring a a sick, societal syndrome. Oye.

    Zenzoe, you introduced this trash - "Fifty Shades of Grey" - to the discussion. I didn't consider it to be either appropriate or relevant to the discussion as the (reportedly) cheap and vulgar book - and the movie based on it - was the product of one woman's crude imagination while the majority of its fans appear to be women who seem to have been entertained, titillated and perhaps sexually aroused by them.This great popularity of the book(s) and the movie has surprised me, particularly their popularity among women. I'd like to know why that is. Surely society, if it wished, could learn something from this phenomenon. Society in general might well benefit from that learning.

    There exist scholarly, well researched and carefully written treatises on male mistreatment of women. I would have preferred references to them rather than to crude, unlearned but popular trash.

  • Killing of Africans a nationwide epiphenomenon   1 day 7 hours ago

    Not surprising given how neoliberalism continues to drive people off of their land and into desperation, migrating to wherever in hopes of finding a job.

  • TPP   1 day 7 hours ago

    And, BTW, the idea that the public will get to see what's in the deal before it's done is just a PR stunt. It will still be left to Congress to give it an up or down vote and then be signed after another comment period which means that Congress members will be left only to decide whether their loyalty is to their constituency or their potentially lucrative post congressional career. History judges that position to be nothing but dangerous for the public.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/business/obama-fast-track-pacific-trade-deal.html?_r=0

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Corporations outspend taxpayers in Congress...

You may be surprised to learn that we spend about $2 billion dollars a year on our dysfunctional Congress. However, it's even more surprising to learn that corporate lobbyists spend even more to buy off our federal lawmakers.