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12-19-14  08:54am - 2 days Influences (3 Posts) - #2
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Flash Gordon, the 1980 movie, had Ornella Muti as Princess Aura.
Ornella was a fantastic looker (face and body) in her prime.

She's still great looking, today.

12-09-14  12:12am - 12 days Sorry for my sudden absentee departure, guys . But I had no choice (22 Posts) - #16
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Capn, you're right. It's seems like a while since messmer has posted. I hope he's doing all right, and that he's too busy to visit this site.

12-05-14  04:03am - 16 days Sorry for my sudden absentee departure, guys . But I had no choice (22 Posts) - #3
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It's funny. I woke up this morning thinking that graymane had recently disappeared from the site, without any notice.
Then I read that you were cut off from the internet.

Happy to hear that you are OK.

11-27-14  01:07pm - 24 days Happy Thanksgiving. (4 Posts) - #4
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Happy Thanksgiving to all. Including Canadians, Europeans, and other people who don't normally celebrate this holiday.

10-07-14  08:43am - 75 days Same-sex marriages now legal, but it still takes a male and female to produce kids. (1 Posts) - Original Post - #1
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Same-sex marriages now legal, but it still takes a male and female to produce kids.

Oct 3, 2014
Japan
Japan Zoo Discovers How Not to Breed Hyenas



Zookeepers in Japan have learned that–without a female–one plus one is always two, never three or more.

Staff at Maruyama Zoo in the northern city of Sapporo spent years trying to get two spotted hyenas to reproduce with zero success only to find that both animals were male.

Hyenas Kami and Kamutori arrived as “a couple” at the zoo from South Korea in October 2010 and were put in the same cage for breeding in 2012.

The zoo said in a statement that the two animals never showed any breeding behavior and were very often fighting.

“They remained confrontational, leaving bite marks on each other,” one of the zookeepers told Japan Real Time.

Eventually the zoo decided to verify the sex of the hyenas when Kami, which was believed to be the female, failed to show any signs it had reached reproductive age.

According to the zoo, it is extremely difficult to determine the sex of a hyena from its external genitalia. It was only able to reach a conclusion after Hokkaido University conducted ultrasound examinations and hormone checks.

The zoo said that while it was surprised by the results, it had never ruled out the possibility that both hyenas were male given that the two animals never really got along.

Kami and Kamutori are now housed in separate cages. The zoo said it is considering getting a female spotted hyena and relaunching its breeding efforts.

According to the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums, there are seven zoos with spotted hyenas in Japan. Of the 16 spotted hyenas at the zoos, 10 are male. Kami and Kamutori are the only ones at the Sapporo Maruyama Zoo.

09-17-14  05:30am - 95 days Usenet (22 Posts) - #20
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If you cancel your old credit card, and a new credit card is issued to you from the same bank, new charges to the old credit card should not carry over to the new card card.

That is the reasoning behind cancelling an old credit card.

The credit card company might allow some charges to flow through to the new account, but that is at the discretion of the card company.

If you talk to the credit card company, tell them you don't want that specific charge to be allowed on your new credit card account.

And that should be the end of it.

As long as you don't give the usenet biller your new credit card account numbers, you should be fine.

The usenet biller can charge the old credit card, but any future charges to the old credit card number should not be honored or processed. Because the old credit card account was closed. That's what they mean by closing an account.

08-02-14  09:29am - 141 days Should PU add a thread labelled RIP for good porn sites that have bit the dust? (28 Posts) - #11
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I don't know if JustineJoli.com is dead or not.
There's a site http://clips4sale.com/justine-joli-s-clip-store
which seems to have a lot of Justine Joli vids and photos.
But this would be an expensive way to collect her material.

I met her once at Glamourcon in the Los Angeles area (the Playboy sponsored event that has former Playmates appearing) several years ago.

Cute girl.

07-31-14  07:23am - 143 days Should PU add a thread labelled RIP for good porn sites that have bit the dust? (28 Posts) - Original Post - #1
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Should PU add a thread labelled RIP for good porn sites that have bit the dust?

I just noticed that JustTeens site has died.
Or maybe I noticed it earlier, but am at an age where I tend to forget things.
Anyway, the site had a lot of nice photosets of very attractive models.
Are those photosets now lost to us if we haven't download them to our hard drives?

If so, seems like a waste of assets that should have value.
I mean, some of the photos were worth looking at.



Just my thoughts. But I'm assuming that porn is still have a hard time recovering from the financial downturn that started several years ago. Maybe the tube sites are partially to blame. Or other factors. Whatever. I am a porn user, not in the industry, so have a very limited access to details about the porn industry.

Maybe PU could retain a thread on some of our favorite sites that have died.

05-18-14  07:09pm - 216 days Upcoming Movie Thread (1202 Posts) - #1215
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slutty wrote "a significant portion of the American population that believes man walked with dinosaurs".

Has slutty seen the Godzilla movie?

Doesn't he realize that men crawl on their hands and knees when Godzilla is roaming the streets?

Written by an American who is proud to report that the Godzilla beast was destroyed by American ingenuity and armed forces.

(I haven't seen the movie yet, but I assume that Godzilla was destroyed. Because he is definitely not an American citizen. Although he might be a citizen of Japan. Because those people are weird. Something I learned from watching Japanese porn with the pixelated pictures.) Edited on May 18, 2014, 07:22pm

05-07-14  03:24am - 228 days Sites Not Listed On "The Best Porn" (720 Posts) - #676
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zemani is no longer listed at PU.

I wish that instead of removing sites, that PU would instead still list the site, with a brief notation that the site is no longer listed for the following reason: (however you want to word the reason, such as site no longer active, or does not meet listing requirements for PU, or whatever That would give PU members more information on why the site is no longer listed).

But zemani is still active, as far as I can tell.

There was a brief time when they were not updating with new photo sets or videos, but they are now currently updating again.

And I believe they are still accepting memberships.

A nice site, softcore erotic, in the style of metart, femjoy, mpl studios.

12-30-13  01:46pm - 356 days Upcoming Movie Thread (1202 Posts) - #1191
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I rented 2 Guns from Red Box. Thought it was a good movie. Not great, but good. Offhand, I can't think of a single Denzel Washington movie that was really bad.

12-22-13  01:26pm - 364 days Upcoming Movie Thread (1202 Posts) - #1184
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Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are friends and colloborators. And Johnny Depp is probably friends with Helena Bonham Carter, who is Tim Burton's girlfriend, fiance, wife (some sites say they are married, other sites say they are not married), and the mother of his two children.

So Depp and Helena Bonham Carter have appeared in numerous films together:

The Lone Ranger
Alice in Wonderland
Sweeney Todd
Dark Shadows
Corpse Bride
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Alice in Wonderland was the film I enjoyed the most out of those listed.

I haven't seen The Lone Ranger. I'm waiting for when it comes on cable.

09-26-13  04:05am - 451 days All Good Things Must End ! (19 Posts) - #13
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Sorry to see you go, Cybertoad. You were a friendly, helpful presence here. Hoping that you will drop by the new PU site whenever it's finally up.

09-13-13  11:08am - 464 days riginstudio.com another site that seems to have died. (14 Posts) - Original Post - #1
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riginstudio.com another site that seems to have died.

I tried to look over RiginStudios.com preview page, and the site doesn't come up.

Is this another site that has disappeared?

The downturn in porn seems to be taking down some sites with good or excellent photo archives.

If those archives disappear, it seems a waste of assets that have real value.

09-11-13  09:53am - 466 days the future of pornusers...a couple mockups to get your head spinning (102 Posts) - #56
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I think that in trying to make a fresh start, you helped to reduce participation in the PU site.

A free start may work out, but the old PU (current PU) site was a friendly place to visit, and to see what other people had to say.

Maybe you are hoping that the fresh design will attract more new members than any older members that will drop out?

It seems that you are throwing out the baby with the bath water. Maybe that is necessary, from a technical standpoint, because you say it's just too complicated bringing over all the reviews and threads from PU to the new site.

But my feeling is that you are throwing away a lot of the history, meaning, and relationships that PU had created.

Yes, PU was a business, but it was also a place for PU fans to gather and socialize and smooze.

Will the new site work out? I wish you well, but it will take a while to succeed in making it as good as PU used to be.

09-05-13  12:16pm - 472 days Batwoman not allowed to marry her girlfriend, says DC Comics. (4 Posts) - Original Post - #1
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Batwoman not allowed to marry her girlfriend, says DC Comics.

I stopped reading comics when I was still in my teens, many years (decades) ago.
But now I find I have almost no clue as what is happening to characters I grew up with, like Batman and Superman.

And there are many new characters I never even heard of.

Batwoman? I knew there was a Catwoman. But never knew that Batman had a cousin (or some non-related person that took on part of the Batman name).

And now I read that Batwoman will not be allowed to marry her girlfriend.
Batwoman, a lesbian? Does that mean that Batman is a closet gay?
And what was Batman's real relationship to Robin, anyway? I thought Robin was cute. Did Batman also think Robin was cute, or was there a deeper meaning to their relationship, that was hidden from public view back in the 1960s, that might now be exposed?
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'Batwoman' Creative Team Quits After DC Comics Nixes Lesbian Marriage Story Line
Business InsiderBy Melia Robinson | Business Insider 47 minutes ago



"Batwoman" comic writers say DC Comics prohibited a wedding between the female superhero and her girlfriend.
The co-writers of "Batwoman" are leaving DC Comics at the altar.

In a blog post late Tuesday, artist JH Williams III and writer W. Haden Blackman announced their split from DC alleging that it prohibited their female, openly gay superhero from getting married.

"In recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series," Williams and Blackman wrote.

They cited a number of "eleventh-hour" changes that included, "most crushingly," instructions to never show Batwoman tying the knot with fianc Maggie Sawyer.

"Batwoman" relaunched in 2011 as a five-part series telling a new origin story for the female Caped Crusader.

The comic follows army brat Kate Kane who is expelled from West Point after rumors surface saying she is a lesbian. She briefly meets Batman and embarks on a mission to protect Gotham City from a growing contingent of supernatural criminals.

batwoman maggie

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Batwoman's fianc, Maggie Sawyer, is a policewoman in Gotham City.
Since its start, the comic has served as a pillar of LGBT advocacy. In the ground-breaking Issue 17, Batwoman proposed to girlfriend and policewoman Maggie Sawyer. It marked the first lesbian marriage proposal in mainstream comics history, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

She isn't the first gay character.

DC's Green Lantern came out of the closet last summer, and Marvel's Canadian superhero Northstar and his boyfriend got hitched in a 2012 issue of "The Astonishing X-Men."

According to Comics Alliance, Batwoman's origin was inspired by the U.S.'s "controversial real-life policies concerning homosexuals serving in the armed forces."
a brief encounter with Batman inspired Kate to embark on a crime-fighting mission to clean up the streets using gear stolen from the military - See more at: http://www.dccomics.com/characters/batwo...sthash.W3Cm4Vpn.dpuf a brief encounter with Batman inspired Kate to embark on a crime-fighting mission to clean up the streets using gear stolen from the military - See more at: http://www.dccomics.com/characters/batwo...sthash.W3Cm4Vpn.dpuf a brief encounter with Batman inspired Kate to embark on a crime-fighting mission to clean up the streets using gear stolen from the military - See more at: http://www.dccomics.com/characters/batwo...sthash.W3Cm4Vpn.dpuf

The character ultimately belongs to DC Comics, so when Williams and Blackman felt cornered, they walked.

"We felt that the series and characters should always be moving forward, to keep changing and evolving," the co-writers said in their blog. "Were both heartbroken over leaving, but we feel strongly that you all deserve stories that push the character and the series forward."

Williams responded to an outpouring of support from fans on Twitter, and addressed the marriage refusal on DC's part.

@andykhouri Not wanting to be inflammatory, only factual- We fought to get them engaged, but were told emphatically no marriage can result.
J.H. Williams III (@JHWilliamsIII) September 5, 2013

He clarified that DC is not "anti-gay marriage," but anti-wedding.

@andykhouri But must clarify- was never put to us as being anti-gay marriage.
J.H. Williams III (@JHWilliamsIII) September 5, 2013

Gail Simone, a fellow DC writer, made her best guess as to why DC would keep Batwoman and Maggie apart, tweeting:

@GailSimone @theJohnChihak Gail is right, but it still should not be a story to be avoided, but embraced fully.
J.H. Williams III (@JHWilliamsIII) September 5, 2013

The pair seemed to be referencing DC's recent editorial moves to sever relationships between super-couples, including Superman and Lois Lane, the Flash and Iris West, and Green Arrow and Black Canary, according to Comics Alliance.

Other "Batwoman" changes DC allegedly ordered: ditch plans for Killer Croc's origins, alter the original ending of the current story arc, and abandon long-standing plot lines that "compromised the character and the series."

Williams and Blackman's last issue, #26, hits shelves in December.

08-29-13  11:17pm - 478 days Porn is dangerous in North Korea. Or shoot your ex-girlfriend if you don't like her. (11 Posts) - #7
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graymane, no apologies needed. I'm glad we both thought the news so stupid and unbelievable and cruel that it should be posted in the forum threads.

08-29-13  03:17am - 479 days Porn is dangerous in North Korea. Or shoot your ex-girlfriend if you don't like her. (11 Posts) - Original Post - #1
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Porn is dangerous in North Korea. Or shoot your ex-girlfriend if you don't like her.

Kim Jong-un's Ex-Girlfriend 'Shot by Firing Squad'

Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad on Aug. 20, reports said Wednesday.

Sources in China said singer Hyon Song-wol as well as Mun Kyong-jin, head of the Unhasu Orchestra, were arrested on Aug. 17 for violating North Korean laws against pornography and were executed in public three days later.

The victims of the atrocity were members of the Unhasu Orchestra as well as singers, musicians and dancers with the Wangjaesan Light Music Band.

They were accused of videotaping themselves having sex and selling the videos. The tapes have apparently gone on sale in China as well.

A source said some allegedly had Bibles in their possession, and all were treated as political dissidents.
Left: This screen capture from North Korean Central TV shows North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un clapping during a concert in Pyongyang on Aug. 8.; Right: Hyun Song-wol sings during a concert in Pyongyang on Aug. 8. Left: This screen capture from North Korean Central TV shows North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un clapping during a concert in Pyongyang on Aug. 8.; Right: Hyun Song-wol sings during a concert in Pyongyang on Aug. 8.

Kim met Hyon about a decade ago, before either of them was married. But he was later ordered to break off the relationship by his father Kim Jong-il and she married a soldier. Since then there have been rumors that the two were having an affair.

Kim's wife Ri Sol-ju was also a member of the Unhasu Orchestra before she married him. Whether she had any hand in the executions is unclear. The Unhasu Orchestra and Wangjaesan Light Music Band have apparently been disbanded due to the latest scandal.

"They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on," the source said.

The source added that all of the families of the executed appear to have been sent to prison camps under North Korea's barbaric principle of guilt by association.

Hyon was a singer with the Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble, which is famous for revolutionary and propaganda songs and one of North Korea's most popular bands.

Mun won first place in an international competition in Hungary in 2005 and was decorated by the North Korean state.

Kim Jong-un was last year seen at a performance that featured Disney characters and versions of Western songs, stoking hopes that the young leader is more open to ideas from overseas, but that was apparently a misreading.

A source said, "Kim Jong-un has been viciously eliminating anyone who he deems a challenge to his authority." The executions "show that he is fixated on consolidating his leadership."
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08-26-13  07:51am - 482 days It appears that Zemani is no longer updating. (2 Posts) - #3
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I think a better option would be to keep the listing active, but with a note that the site is no longer updating.

That way, if someone uses PU/TBP to check on the Zemani site, they will get a better idea of what is happening at the site, instead of seeing that the Zemani site is not listed or covered by PU/TBP.

When you enter Zemani in the search box at PU, the response currently is:
0 sites found for Zemani.
No results found.

But the Zemani site page is still active on the Internet.
And it is apparently still accepting membership payment.

Someone who signs up for the 3-month or 12-month option would probably feel cheated, once they realize the site is no longer updating.

08-26-13  07:32am - 482 days Pay Pal Porn now approved for use ?? (15 Posts) - #15
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I don't know if you can use PayPal to pay for a Porn site membership, but I think that in general, many credit card companies are leery of letting their customers pay for memberships to Porn sites or their billing companies.

Last night, I tried to pay for a membership to 18XGirls.
Both SegPay and CCBILL reported the transaction could not be completed when I used a Mastercard.
The transaction was approved when I switched to a Visa Card.

The funny thing is, I have used that Mastercard for payments to CCBILL before, but each time, I had to contact the credit card company to state that the transaction was approved. The Mastercard was blocked in each case for possible fraudulent activity until I contacted them, last night, and on other occasions when I used it to authorize a CCBILL payment.

But last night, I couldn't use that Mastercard to make a CCBILL payment. And a block was placed on the account until I contacted them this morning, to say that I recognized the charge--even though the charge was not approved. Edited on Aug 26, 2013, 07:38am

08-24-13  10:52pm - 483 days It appears that Zemani is no longer updating. (2 Posts) - Original Post - #1
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It appears that Zemani is no longer updating.

It appears the last updates were back in May 2013.

A nice site, a lot of lovely models, nice photography.

Softcore teen/early-twenties models in the style of Metart.

Maybe Metart Network could take them over, because the site has a backlog of photosets that are worth saving.

08-20-13  06:20pm - 488 days Upcoming Movie Thread (1202 Posts) - #1181
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messmer, I've seen all the Bourne movies.
I think I even saw the made for TV movie with Richard Chamberlain and Jaclyn Smith back in the 1980s, though I hardly remember any details from that film.

The Jason Bourne novels, written by Robert Ludlum (who died before the Matt Damon movies came out), are far different from the Matt Damon movies.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the first Matt Damon Bourne movie.
Like you, I was bothered by the "shaky camera effect" that was displayed in the next two Matt Damon Bourne movies.

The Bourne Legacy does not star Matt Damon.
It stars Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz.
Both of them are fine actors.

But I didn't enjoy it anywhere near as much as I did the first Matt Damon Bourne movie.

Actually, they are using the title, "The Bourne Legacy", as a marketing gimmick, to help sell the movie.

The movie itself has very little direct connection to the Bourne movies with Matt Damon.

If you can see the movie for free, I think it's worth watching. As long as you don't expect a masterful movie. It's a good, commercial movie, not great, but OK.

I don't think there is a huge amount of "shaky camera work" in this movie. Certainly not like there was in the 2nd and 3rd Matt Damon Bourne movies.

The love story between Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz isn't as effective or compelling as the relationship Matt Damon had with Franka Potente.

And you don't root for Jeremy Renner in the same way you were involved in the Matt Damon character. Matt Damon just seems as someone you just bond with, far more than Jeremy Renner.

The Jeremy Renner movie is a pale imatation of the original Matt Damon/Jason Bourne movie.

But if the movie is free, or even a $1 rental from Redbox, it's a better choice than a lot of the other movies that are out there.

08-20-13  05:51pm - 488 days Upcoming Movie Thread (1202 Posts) - #1180
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Legendary Writer Elmore Leonard Dead at 87

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Elmore Leonard the novelist whose works have been turned into countless TV shows and movies died Tuesday from complications he had from a stroke. He was of 87.

Leonard had suffered the stroke last month and had been recovering in a Detroit-area hospital. Leonards long-time researcher, Gregg Sutter, told the Detroit News that Leonard was home and surrounded by family when he passed.

Sutter had previously told the paper Leonard had been hard at work on his 46th novel.

His works were adapted into movies such as Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma, Jackie Brown, Get Shorty and the TV show Justified.

08-14-13  01:16am - 494 days Upcoming Movie Thread (1202 Posts) - #1175
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Bruce Willis shows his softer side in A Good Day To Die Hard.
He bonds with his son. I never knew he had a son until this movie came along. Willis and his son, a chip off the old block who is a CIA agent.

I liked the first few Die Hard movies. But this one seems to have lost the freshness. Kind of boring, in spite of the many explosions and bad guys getting killed. No real bad guys stand out, just cardboard characters whose sole purpose seems to be to get wiped out by the heroes.

08-08-13  02:53am - 500 days Upcoming Movie Thread (1202 Posts) - #1174
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Steve Spielberg is a franchise.
I mean his production company is everywhere.
He is far more than just one of the most famous directors alive.
He is a major force in TV, producing many of the most famous series being made.
He is also, or his production company is, behind a lot of the movies being made.

He was a producer, and his production company was involved, in making Super 8.

He's also executive producer of the Transformer movies, with your and my favorite Michael Bay. (By favorite, I mean Michael Bay has an eye for pretty ladies. .)

08-07-13  07:18am - 501 days Upcoming Movie Thread (1202 Posts) - #1172
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Personally, I've enjoyed Joss Whedon films more than JJ Abrams. I guess I mean Serenity and The Avengers. I liked them better than the JJ Abrams films I saw: Star Trek, Super 8, Mission Impossible 3.

08-06-13  11:14am - 502 days Still saving and collecting downloads? Does it make sense anymore? (23 Posts) - #8
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Cybertoad, do you use the fee (lite) version of Xplorer2 or the paid version?

I've never used either version. But would like a better program than my Win7 search box to look at files on my PC.

And $30 for the paid version seems cheap, if it saves me the hassle of trying to find files/photos that my Win7 search box can't seem to find.

08-06-13  05:17am - 502 days Still saving and collecting downloads? Does it make sense anymore? (23 Posts) - #5
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The price of hard drives keeps dropping every year. And the storage capacity keeps increasing.

So, although we might complain about needing to buy "expensive" hard drives, hard drives are truly an amazing bargain.

Does saving porn on hard drives (or other media) make sense?

Depends on what you mean by sense.

Why do people spend millions of dollars on buying some paintings?

Wouldn't an enlarged photograph of the painting (or a poster) work as well? And save millions of dollars?

People like to collect. I think that for most people, the fun is in hunting/looking for new porn material, and storing it on their hard drives. You say to yourself (silently, not for public consumption), Wow! That's mine!

My guess is that very few of us who collect actually view our collections all that much. Maybe once in a while. But we spend far more time looking for new porn, than we do viewing it once it's in our collection.

Supposedly, man is a rational animal. I suspect that is theory someone thought up to make us look good. So we can feel proud.

A lot of what we do, does not make sense, if you analyze it from a cost-effective basis.

If collecting porn gives you pleasure, and you can afford it (money-wise, time-wise, etc.), then go for it.

If you think it's a stupid waste of time, then don't do it.

But if you had a collection of 400 or more porn DVDs, then you must have gotten some satisfaction from owning them. Even if you didn't have the time to watch many of them more than once.

You say your porn collection is about 3.5 TB. You can buy 1 hard disk drive for about $150, and store your entire collection on it. The price of hard drives is minimal, compared to the price you pay for memberships to porn paysites. Unless you are getting your material from tube sites, which are famous for the poor quality of their porn.

08-02-13  04:48pm - 506 days Is the PU Newsletter dead? (27 Posts) - Original Post - #1
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Is the PU Newsletter dead?

I just realized that it's been a while since I received the PU Newsletter.

I know that Rick said a few months back that there would be some changes.
Was stopping the PU Newsletter one of those changes?

I used to drop by the PU site at least once a day, to read reviews, comments, threads, whatever.

When PU announced they would stop the raffle, I wrote that it probably wouldn't make much difference, because most people would still visit the site and still contribute.

Well, I was wrong.

In a few short months, PU has either gone to sleep, or possibly died.

If TBP site is still generating adequate revenue, that's great. There's no way any of us PU members have a clue how the TBP site is doing financially.

But judging from the posted activity at the PU site, it seems obvious that this site has declined.

If the staff doesn't make some changes, and soon, then PU will become that ghost town that Rick joked about.

That would be a shame.

It used to be an interesting place to visit.

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Even if Disney lost $135 million on the Lone Ranger, you wouldn't know it from the stock price.
There are more Pirates movies coming, plus Star Wars, plus whatever.

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I wasn't expecting it, but it seems like this site has suddenly gotten a lot sleepier since the raffle ended.

I'm sure that Rick and maybe some other staff members have access to stats that bear that idea out.

Has the revenue generated by the PU site dropped severely as well?

If true, maybe you should think about bringing the raffle back, in one form or another.

Or bringing out the planned changes immediately, even if they are not completely polished.

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I don't really understand the mechanics of trying to block internet access to porn sites.

skunk lives in the UK, and he says that using a mobile or proxyspy would bypass any internet restrictions.

Is it really that simple?

And what is proxyspy?

If it were that simple, what about China's censorship of the internet?

Wikipedia says:
Internet censorship in the People's Republic of China is conducted under a wide variety of laws and administrative regulations. In accordance with these laws, more than sixty Internet regulations have been made by the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC), which have been implemented by provincial branches of state-owned ISPs, companies, and organizations.[1][2] The apparatus of the PRC's Internet repression is considered more extensive and more advanced than in any other country in the world. The governmental authorities not only block website content but also monitor the Internet access of individuals.

China is not using all those resources, spending millions of dollars (hundreds of millions?) on censoring internet access for something that can be bypassed by using a mobile phone or some proxyspy program.

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Another article on Britain's ban on internet porn.

Wondering how much of a hit internet porn sites will feel after this goes into effect.

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No porn please, we're British


Published: Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 6:57 AM ET
By: Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com





As U.K. Internet surfers prepare for major changes to the availability of online porn, U.S. adult entertainment companies are scrambling to determine the potential consequences on their bottom lines.

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday that the U.K.'s four biggest Internet service providers will automatically block access to porn sites for both new and existing connections, unless users specifically request that the filters be disabled. The new measures are expected to be in place before the end of the year.

"Young people have always been curious about pornography and they have always sought it out," Cameron said in a speech. "But it used to be that society could protect children by enforcing age restrictions on the ground whether that was setting a minimum age for buying top-shelf magazines, putting watersheds on the TV, or age rating films and DVDs. But the explosion of pornography on the Internetand the explosion of the Internet into children's liveshas changed all that profoundly. It's made it much harder to enforce age restrictions and much more difficult for parents to know what's going on."

Forecasting the economic impact of the action on the porn industry isn't proving easy. Globally, porn is a $97 billion industry, according to Kassia Wosick, assistant professor of sociology at New Mexico State University. At present, $10 billion to $12 billion comes from the United States, but it's harder to determine how big a percentage the U.K. represents.



A 2006 study by Nielsen NetRatings, however, found Britain to be the world's fastest growing pornography marketwith almost 40 percent of the country's male population visiting porn sites at least once a year.

That's due in part to the country's already stringent policies on adult content. (Television is restrictive about what can be shown and adult DVDs sold are often censored versions.) For people wanting to see hardcore porn, the Web is often the best option.



"It's going to hurt the big boys," said Ogi Ogas, author of "A Billion Wicked Thoughts," a pop psychology book. "They're going to feel it. It will probably help places like Tumblr and such, where amateurs are free to publish whatever they want. Corporations are going to suffer."



While no one is willing to project specific financial losses, most agree that the company most likely to be affected by these restrictions is Manwin, which controls the Brazzers and RealityKings collection of websites as well as several adult "tube" sites (think Youtube for porn).

"It will be very easy to block these tube sites," said Ogas. "Those account for the vast majority of people's online porn use."

U.S.-based porn companies say they're bracing for a potential hit, but won't know how big a disruption it will be until a few details about the opt-in process for viewing adult content online are made clear.



"I'm not sure what you're going to see when you go to those sites now," said Michael Klein, president of LFP Inc., which owns and oversees the Hustler empire. "The only sites you're affecting are the ones who already have [age verification] precautions in place. ... When you type in Hustler.com, are you going to see a page saying 'enter your credit card'? [If so,] that's going to have an impact because people have no idea what they're buying. ... The U.K. is just one portion of our business, but I'm sure it will have some impact."

Adult holders of existing accounts will be asked directly by the ISPs if they'd like the filters added to their accounts over the next 18 months, the government said. That, essentially, will require customers to not only verify their age, but also confirm that they'd like the ability to watch porn online.



And having to make that declaration could be costly for the industry.

"Obviously people are not going to want to do that," said Robert Rosen, a porn publishing veteran and author of "Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography". "People just don't want to come out in public and say 'I want to look at porn'. A lot of people who do look at porn are inhibited, shy people."

The U.K. is hardly the first country to ban online porn. Last year, an Egyptian court ordered that all X-rated websites be blocked. China and Saudi Arabia also have mandated filters on their Internet connections. Officials in Iceland, a largely liberal country, proposed a ban earlier this yearthough the movement seems to have lost steam after the country's ruling party lost control in recent elections.

And in India, ISPs were ordered to block 39 websites serving up porn earlier this monthfollowing a petition from the country's Supreme Court to establish a ban on online porn. (Government officials stopped short of a complete ban, saying they didn't believe such a thing was possible.)

That may, in fact, be an accurate assessment. Porn, like nature, tends to find a way.



While Cameron warns that access to online porn is "corroding childhood," Rosen notes that children have always found a way to circumvent rules meant for their protection.

"If kids want to look at pornography, they usually figure out how to do it," he said.

Ogas agrees. For "A Billion Wicked Thoughts," he and co-author and fellow neuroscientist Sai Gaddam did an extensive study of online pornography to determine how the area of the brain that generates sexual desire and arousal workedand were amazed at how widespread it was.

"I can tell you from our research, we went through and tried to identify every piece of porn onlineand it is an impossible task to try to filter it all out," he said.

By Chris Morris, for CNBC.com.

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Dennis Farina dead at 69


1:44 p.m. CDT, July 22, 2013

Dennis Farina, a Chicago native and police officer who turned to acting, has died at 69 in Arizona, his publicist said today.

Farina, best known as detective Joe Fontana on the long-running TV series "Law & Order," suffered a blood clot in his lung, publicist Lori De Waal said.

Farina was an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, a detective who moonlighted on Chicago theater stages and in small movie roles. In the 1980s he was on the NBC television series "Crime Story."

He became a full-time actor much in demand for feature films ("Midnight Run," "Saving Private Ryan," "Get Shorty," "Snatch"), TV movies ("The Case of the Hillside Strangler," "Empire Falls") and TV series ("The In-Laws," "Buddy Faro").

He then became one of the stars of "Law & Order," playing tough, nattily dressed Detective Joe Fontana.

Farina was born on Feb. 29, 1944, the fourth son and youngest of the seven children of Joseph and Yolanda Farina. The father was a doctor, the mother a homemaker, and they raised their kids in a home at 549 W. North Ave. in an area that was then a working-class neighborhood with a broad ethnic mix predominated by Italians and Germans.

He went to school right around the corner from his home, at St. Michael's Elementary and St. Michael's Central High School.

After graduating from high school, Farina decided to "get the Army out of the way" and served three years before returning to Chicago. He worked for a while at the South Water produce market until, on the advice of his older brother, a lawyer, he joined the police force and studied criminal justice at Truman Junior College.

The actor is survived by his three sons, six grandchildren and the love of his life of 35 years, Marianne Cahill.

Funeral services are pending.
Tribune staff reporter Rick Kogan, Reuters and the Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.

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Oops. I just read that "quim" is an old English word for "cunt". And that Loki was using to to refer to Naatasha, the Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson.

Supposedly, the word was allowed in a PG 13 movie because the term is archaic, and obviously an American audience wouldn't know what it means.

But it seems the people at Mervel are pretty proud of their inside joke, because Loki (actor Tom Hiddleston) used the expression, "Silence, you mewling quims", to greet the audience at the San Diego Comic Con.

But if asked to explain what a quim is, the people at Marvel might say it's just an odd term of disrepect, or even deny that it has any sexual meaning at all.

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I've decided to become a Loki-ite. My hero, after being vanquished by the Avengers in Part 1, is now coming back in all his glory in Thor: The Dark World.

You can't keep a villain down. Not in comic book history, anyway.

"Silence, you mewling quims." What a great line. What a great character.

What is a quim, anyway?
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Comic-Con: Marvel Announces Avengers 2′ Villain & Title: Age Of Ultron
By MIKE FLEMING JR | Saturday July 20, 2013 @ 7:13pm PDTTags: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Joss Whedon, Marvel Studios, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World
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In the final moments of Marvels rousing panel at Hall H, Marvel chief Kevin Feige brought out Joss Whedon, who showed a very early teaser of the sequel The Avengers and revealed that the film will be called Age Of Ultron with a May 1, 2015 release date. Marvel Comics aficionados might know that the title and the baddie Ultron are the subject of 10-issue limited series comic book crossover storyline published by Marvel Comics that involves the return of Ultron and his conquest of the earth. Ultron and his Sentinels should prove a worthy antagonist for the Avengers and it looked like all will be back though there was no mention of Vin Diesel, who is rumored to be in line to play The Vision. The comic series was published between March and June 2013 and features a storyline by Brian Michael Bendis. Artist Bryan Hitch provided the art for issues one through five, and Brandon Peterson for issues six through eight. Other artists who contributed to the series include Carlos Pacheco and Joe Quesada, the latter of whom drew part of the final issue.

After DCs announcement earlier today that the sequel to Man of Steel would be a Superman/Batman team up, the pressure was on for Marvel to top that bombshell during their own Hall H Comic Con panel. Marvel delivered with the announcement of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it wasnt just Avengers news that electrified the assembled throngs of fanboys and fangirls. Marvel put on a highly theatrical presentation that featured never before seen footage of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as some of the most elaborate fan service seen at this years Comic Con courtesy of Loki actor Tom Hiddleston.

Related: Official: Superman Sequel Will Feature Batman

After a brief introduction from panel moderator Chris Hardwick and Feige, Hiddleston came onstage dressed in character as Loki to present new footage from Thor: The Dark World. Silence, you mewling quims, a scenery chewing Hiddleston said, referencing The Avengers most notorious line of dialogue. Delivering a speech based heavily on his lines from the blockbuster, Hiddleston exhorted the crowd to shout his name. The Thor footage included scenes previously seen in the recent teaser, but mainly offered a much expanded look at the films larger scope. It was small on actual plot details but demonstrated that Marvel intends to keep doing what has worked for them for the last 5 years.

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I realize this is just a comic, or maybe a fantasy, but if Batman fights Superman, how can anyone expect Batman to win?

Batman certainly expects to win the fight, but I suspect that Batman is more than a little crazy. Or maybe he's just pumped full of the bullshit that professional wrestlers are when they proclaim they are the greatest, and will defeat any opponents.

Batman, a mortal human, against Superman, an alien creature with superpowers. Unless Batman is loaded with Kryptonite weapons, then how does Batman stand a chance of winning?

Maybe if Superman ties both hands behind his back, and promises to only use 1 finger in the fight, and not to use his super-strength or any of his other superpowers, then Batman might stand a chance.
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Batman Set to Join Superman for Man of Steel Sequel in 2015
By Matt McDaniel | Movie Talk 5 hours ago


Henry Cavill's Superman will team up with Batman in 2015.

Superman took flight again this summer in "Man of Steel," which has so far taken in over $280 million in the US and over $620 million worldwide, making it the #2 movie at the box office for 2013 ("Iron Man 3" sits securely at the top spot). Naturally, Henry Cavill is set to step into the character's red boots again, but at the Comic-Con today, there was surprising news that he'll be joined by another caped superhero.

Batman will team up with Superman in the next movie, The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times confirmed Saturday morning. "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David Goyer (who also worked on "The Dark Knight" series) will return for the film expected to be released in 2015. Christian Bale, however, is not expected to return as the Caped Crusader.

There was speculation that Warner Bros. would follow "Man of Steel" with a "Justice League" movie that would bring together all of the major heroes from the DC Comics world, including Wonder Woman, but that has been pushed back. Instead, they will follow the Superman/Batman team up with a movie for the super-speedy hero The Flash in 2016, and follow with "Justice League" in 2017.

SUPERMAN'S SUITOne has red shorts. The other does not. Because, apparently, in 2013, we just can't take the red shorts seriously any more at least according to Zack Snyder.

This will be the first time the two biggest names in DC Comics will share the big screen, but it almost happened once before over a decade ago. After the embarrassing "Batman & Robin" in 1997, several reboots of the Caped Crusader were proposed, including "Batman vs. Superman." Director Wolfgang Petersen ("Air Force One") was attached to a script by "Seven" screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker that would have pitted the two against each other, but that project was eventually scrapped for Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins."

Batman and Superman, who partnered up in the comics under the title "World's Finest," will have another superhero team to watch out for when they hit the screen. Marvel's "The Avengers 2" has already been announced to open that same year on May 1, 2015.

UPDATE: Director Zack Snyder officially announced that Batman will indeed appear in his follow-up to "Man of Steel." He revealed a logo for the movie that combines Superman's "S" shield (yes, we know it's not an "S") with the Bat-symbol, which notably looked different than the one in Christopher Nolan's trilogy. They also used a quote from Frank Miller's groundbreaking graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns" where Batman and Superman engage in a fight to the finish. Batman says, "I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you." So we can assume that the two icons won't be getting along in the new movie. Henry Cavill is definitely returning, as are Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, but Batman has yet to be cast.

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I think that 3D TV is an idea whose time has come and gone.

Disney recently announced the discontinuation of its ESPN 3D channel by the end of 2013.

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Burglar turns out to be a 19 foot python.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/...e&lite=obnetwork


Australia crime puzzle solved: Culprit was 19-foot python


CAIRNS, Australia Police were mystified by a chaotic crime scene including a hole in the ceiling and a smelly pool of vomit-like liquid until they found the culprit was a 19-foot python.

The massive snake, weighing in at 37 pounds, was captured a day after a suspected break-in was reported at a charity store in Queensland in northeastern Australia.

"Its head was the size of a small dog," Police Sgt. Don Auld said Wednesday.

Before they found the python, investigators' working theory was that a human burglar with an appetite for destruction and a serious illness had gone on a rampage inside the St. Vincent de Paul store in the small town of Ingham.

"We thought a person had fallen through the ceiling because the roof panel was cut in half," Auld said. "When they've hit the floor, they've vomited and then staggered and fallen over. That's what we thought anyway."

Police now suspect the python entered the store through the roof, which was damaged in a cyclone two years ago.

The animal then plummeted through the ceiling, knocking over dishes, clothes and other items, before relieving itself on the floor. It somehow managed to hide from officials until staff spotted it lying alongside a wall the next day.

The Associated Press

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Pat, you can stop holding your breath.
It was announced back in January of this year that Johnny Depp had signed for the new Pirates of the Caribbean 5, to be released in 2015.
Supposedly, Depp will be paid $116 million for the role.
That should keep him from having to eat at McDonald's for the next 2 years, unless they name a Johnnny Depp burger in his honor.

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July 9, 2013, 4:56 p.m. EDT

Lone Ranger may cost Disney $100 mln write-down

By Maria LaMagna, MarketWatch





NEW YORK (MarketWatch) After a disappointing opening weekend, Walt Disney Co.s The Lone Ranger has evolved from an action-packed story of a masked hero to a cautionary tale about films with big budgets and undefined target audiences.

The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who previously teamed up for a run of Pirates of the Caribbean success, brought in just $48.9 million in its first five days in theaters.

Analysts called that a bleak number, given the films production costs, which are estimated to have been between $215 million and $250 million.

Wunderlich Securities had predicted the film would bring in $60 million in its first five days.

Now Disney DIS +0.36% is expected to take a write-down of $100 million or more on the movie in the fourth fiscal quarter, according to analysts.

The company is slated to report its third-quarter results on Aug. 6.

Investors have shrugged off the disappointing opening weekend of The Lone Ranger. Disneys shares, in fact, have gained more than 1% this week to trade above $64. They are up 30% in 2013.


Disney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Some have blamed the weekend letdown on timing. Although the July 4 weekend is typically lucrative, The Lone Ranger debuted along with the Steve Carell and Kristen Wiigvoiced hit Despicable Me 2, which brought in a record $142.1 million in domestic gross proceeds during the five-day weekend period.

Universals Despicable Me 2 did so well that it seemed to tap into all demographics, according to Paul Dergarabedian, the president of the box-office division at Hollywood.com, and surely overlapped with The Lone Ranger audience despite their genre differences. Everybody loves the minions, not just little kids, he said. Theyre intriguing characters.


Those who saw The Lone Ranger were decidedly older: 68% were over 25, while 24% were over 50 and only 16% of the audience was younger than 18.

This more mature audience, perhaps familiar with the classic Lone Ranger character from the 1930s radio show or the 1950s television show, had to adjust to Bruckheimers style, Dergarabedian said, and it just didnt seem to work.

Its one thing to have fun with big action movies, but, when you have something like a western, its tough to tinker with the formula, Dergarabedian said. It appears, in light of The Lone Ranger, that the diehard fans dont like that, and the younger audience isnt that into westerns anyway, he said.


Bruckheimer has produced several recent films for Disney that performed poorly, including G-Force, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Sorcerers Apprentice.

But fingers of blame were also directed at Depp.

Outside of hits such as the Pirates franchise and Alice in Wonderland, Depp has starred in a number of box-office disappointments, including The Rum Diary and Dark Shadows.

The Lone Ranger got an average 4.7/10 rating on Rotten Tomatoes, despite a B-plus CinemaScore. Critics said it was too long (at 2 hours and 29 minutes) and the script was bland.

The criticism is reminiscent of another recent Disney flop, John Carter, which resulted in a $200 million loss for the company. Yet even after John Carter, shortly after which thenWalt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross resigned, Disneys stock barely moved. The movies write-down was 6 cents a share, and Disney shares traded at around $41 at the time.

Analysts have predicted a similar result from The Lone Ranger.

David Miller, an analyst at B. Riley who covers Disney, said in a note that he thinks postLone Ranger, Disney will see a write-down of 4 or 5 cents. Firm numbers will not be known for 10 to 14 days, he said, because Disney does not reveal negative costs on its films.

Miller cautioned it could be premature to predict any write-down at all; Disney may wait to see how the film does overseas first.

Lazard Capital Markets said Disney could face a $190 million writeoff, while Wunderlich Securities estimated $150 million.

Disney will weather the hit, Dergarabedian said. For every John Carter or Lone Ranger, theres a Monsters University or The Avengers.

This isnt going to break Disney, he said. Theyre a large enough company, and the film division is just a part. Im not worried about Disney long term.

Still, The Lone Ranger looks set to leave Disney with a lot of ground to make up. Every studio is going to have its hits and flops, but when you have budgets over $200 million, you have to take a very careful look, Dergarabedian said.

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I am now watching Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Now I will never be able to trust the US government ever again.

They have lied to us, again and again.

They keep secrets from us, while spying on friends, allies, US citizens, and everyone else they can spy on.

The US was not the first to land on the moon. There were aliens before us. And the US government found proof, and keep it hidden.

Never believe what the government tells. They are professional liars.

My thanks to Michael Bay for exposing this evil truth.
And to Shia LaBeouf, my hero, for saving us from the evil robots. Edited on Jul 08, 2013, 10:41pm

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I just saw The Hunger Games.
I thought it would be like the Twilight moives, with sparkly vampires and shirtless werewolves.

But I was wrong.

This is a much more entertaining film.

There are also some fine actors in the film: Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland.

Jennifer Lawrence gives an outstanding performance.

Highly recommend this movie, it's not just for teenage girls.

07-04-13  10:26am - 535 days Are there crazies in real life, or do they only exist in the movies? (15 Posts) - #7
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I'm not saying that crazies were only invented recently.
What I'm saying is that they seem to more common in today's world versus a50 or 60 years ago.

Part of the change might be that information is more widespread and accessible. But it's more than just that.

Celebrities or priests molesting children have probably happened throughout history. But now, instead of being hidden or swept under the rug, it's reported in the news and the internet.

So we are more aware of these things happening.

But the mass murders, as an example, seem to be more common today.

Somebody getting a gun and shooting people at random. That happens every few years. 50 or 60 years ago, that was rare. Not something that happened every few years.

But a lot depends on where you are focused. In Africa, they have been mass killings for many years. Those stories don't get the attention that shooting in America or Europe get.

Is the world a darker place than it was 50+ years ago?

You had Hitler. You had Stalin. Both of them killed (or were responsible for) millions of civilians dying, because of some plan they had to create a better world.

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Yes, it's the same woman. And now she's convicted and sentenced to prison for life.

I don't do a google search for these articles. I read the entertainment news, and when I see a strange-looking article heading, I sometimes click on it.

And that's why I sometimes post these "news" articles here.

I mean, I know there are crazy people out there, and it shouldn't shock me no matter what they do, but I keep on being surprised.

I sometimes wonder if their craziness might rub off on "normal" people.

Or maybe "normal" people, if you go down deep enough, aren't really that normal after all.

What ever happened to the world being safe, and you could trust people?

When I was a kid, we didn't have these types of horror stories about mass killings or random killings so often. But in today's world, parents teach their children to be suspicious of strangers, to report any behavior that might be suspicious or odd, to be on guard.

There's less trust, and it's sometimes warranted. Edited on Jul 04, 2013, 01:01am

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Are there crazies in real life, or do they only exist in the movies?

California woman sentenced to life in prison for cutting off ex-husband's penis and tossing it into the garbage disposal.

The article does not say if she turned on the garbage disposal, and flushed the remains down the drain.
Or was the ex-husband able to get the severed penis back?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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(Reuters) - A judge sentenced a Southern California woman who cut off her estranged husband's penis and tossed it in the garbage disposal to life in prison with the possibility of parole.


Catherine Kieu, 50, was convicted by an Orange County jury in April of aggravated mayhem and torture following the July 2011 assault on her ex-husband.

Kieu drugged her former spouse before tying him up and severing his penis with a knife. She then threw it into the garbage disposal unit.

An attorney for Vietnam-born Kieu argued at trial that she had suffered sexual abuse as a child which left her with post-traumatic stress. She was remorseful about the attack, he said.

After the sentencing hearing, the victim - identified only as "Glen" - said he wished Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey could have given Kieu more time behind bars, City News Service reported.

"Deep down inside I was hoping for a stronger sentence, but given the restraints of the law this is what he had to do," he said.

"There may be a situation where I can be happy, but whole? Never ... I've got a long ways to go."

(Reporting by Tim Gaynor in Phoenix; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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07-01-13  12:35am - 538 days Pay Sites For Main Stream Movies? (5 Posts) - #4
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You can rent or buy movies from Amazon. Obviously, the price for buying a movie is higher than for renting it.

If you do buy the movie, you can have it stored on the cloud at Amazon, or you can have it downloaded to your computer or some other device.

Normally, it is cheaper to buy a DVD copy of a movie, instead of buying a copy to download. It doesn't make sense, to me, but that's usually the way they are priced.

And the DVD usually has better features: Closed-captioned, choice of languages, choice of audio track, sometimes a feature on how the movie was made, etc.

The download copy doesn't have any of those extra features that the DVD might have.

06-26-13  11:15pm - 542 days Upcoming Movie Thread (1202 Posts) - #1155
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Originally Posted by lk2fireone:


If Will Smith won't be in the Independence Day sequels, who's going to bother going to see those movies in a theater?
Director Roland Emmerich has made a big mistake, thinking that Will Smith, at $50 million per movie, is too expensive.
Will Smith is a proven box-office Megastar. And he's worth every penny of $50 million.


I was trying to be ironic, or facetious, when I wrote that Will Smith is worth every penny of $50 million.

You spend that kind of money on a single actor, and it's a real gamble that the movie will make money.

I don't have anything against Will Smith, he's just like a lot of other Hollywood superstars who are making many millions of dollars per picture, and they want as much as they can get, which is part of human nature. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are billionaires, but they are still interested in making even more money.

I liked Will Smith in Ali (the Muhammad Ali movie). But he doesn't do a lot of serious characters.

At one time Jeff Goldblum was hot: The Big Chill, Silverado, The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Jurassic Park 2.

But his popularity or stardom seems to have vanished. I don't know why, it is something that just happens with actors.

06-26-13  07:18am - 543 days Upcoming Movie Thread (1202 Posts) - #1153
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I doubt that the Sopranos will be resumed.
James Gandolfini played the lead character.
Without him, the show, even though full of other interesting characters, would be very different.
I doubt the creator of the show was thinking of resuming the show before Gandolfini's death.
And now that Gandolfini is dead, it would be a real stretch if they tried to make new episodes.

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