Saturday, August 31, 2013

Just Funny!




Hardware Stores Are Experiencing A Boom In Rope Sales Thanks To A Certain Erotic Novel

Business Insider

The New York Post is reporting that hardware stores in NYC have seen an increase in rope sales over the past several months — and it's not because men are suddenly conquering their to-do lists. Women are flocking to these stores to purchase rope, apparently because of the popularity of hit erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.


 “Oh, we’ve been selling rope to women,” Clifton Kahn, owner of Lexington Hardware, told the Post. “I’d say tenfold more rope than usual in the last six months. The women are definitely buying, and it’s still continuing." Lexington Hardware has been selling a lot of "soft cotton" rope — the kind you use for a clothesline, which costs $5 for 50 feet.



The novel has encouraged women to explore their kinky sides with materials used in the novel like rope, riding crops and handcuffs. NYC's Babeland has seen its sales of kinky toys increase 30 percent and an 81 percent increase in traffic to its website, the Post reports. There are also Fifty Shades of Grey bondage kits online, if somebody feels too embarrassed to purchase one in stores. Or just check into the San Francisco hotel that's now offering a package based on the book.

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We Are What We Are (2013) - "Somos lo que hay"

Director: Jim Mickle

When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important meat on the table. These newfound responsibilities are even more daunting, however, when you live in the city and happen to be a family of cannibals.

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It’s EPIC!!! – The First Review for Nastragull: Hunted on the Amazon


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5 STARS It's EPIC !!!
By GAVIN SMITH on August 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
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The second part in this awesome story had me from the first page to the last. I have never had goose bumps from reading a book, until I read Hunted. When I finished the last chapter I was shocked. The entire story has become a mystery for me and I have found numerous messages/passages and codes bedded into the story – I think? There was one particular passage in the middle of chapter 10 that was really creepy, not sure why? For being a science fiction story there is something, almost troubling realistic about the Nastragull saga. Wilen have an extraordinary ability to capture his audience unlike no other author. The story is action packed and it moves faster and faster like a roller-coaster ride. The characterizations are superb with as many strong women as men, something I find unusual. There wasn’t as much romance in this part as I prefer but it wasn’t needed. There is no doubt in my mind that Nastragull will be the next big thing in sci-fi and Hollywood should really take a closer look to this epic adventure. If you like a great story with action and adventure, then Nastragull is it!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Hollywood Studios Win Massive Hotfile Lawsuit

According to the MPAA, this is the first time that a US court has ruled that a cyberlocker can be held liable for copyright infringement.

A Florida federal judge has handed down a huge ruling, determining that Hotfile is liable for copyright infringement. The lawsuit led by the Motion Picture Association of America on behalf of its member studios was a path-breaking and controversial one when it was filed in February, 2011. It represented an attempted strike against the burgeoning popularity of cyberlockers. The particular one in question was alleged to be storing thousands of copyrighted movies and television shows. During the lawsuit, Hotfile was charged with enabling copyright infringement "on a mindboggling scale," and deemed "more egregious" than Napster, Grokster and Limewire and "indistinguishable" from Megaupload.
What made the case one to watch from a legal standpoint was the argument by Hotfile, one of the top 100 trafficked sites in the world, that it had safe harbor from copyright liability and had no vicarious liability for what users were doing. The dispute gave U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams an opportunity to address the kinds of questions that have come up in the Supreme Court's Grokster decision, as well as Viacom's dispute with YouTube and Universal Music's dispute with Veoh. Namely, what kind of knowledge and control is necessary before an Internet Service Provider has a legal duty to clean up copyright infringements on a network. 
Unfortunately, the ruling hasn't been made public. It is pending redaction, and we hear that Judge Williams will be releasing it in 14 days. 
In the meantime, the MPAA is cheering the outcome. 
 “This decision sends a clear signal that businesses like Hotfile that are built on a foundation of stolen works will be held accountable for the damage they do both to the hardworking people in the creative industries and to a secure, legitimate internet,” said Senator Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the MPAA. “We applaud the court for recognizing that Hotfile was not simply a storage locker, but an entire business model built on mass distribution of stolen content. Today’s decision is a victory for all of the men and women who work hard to create our favorite movies and TV shows, and it’s a victory for audiences who deserve to feel confident that the content they’re watching online is high quality, legitimate and secure.”
What led the MPAA to target Hotfile of all cyberlockers is up for debate, but our guess is that it had something to do with Anton Titov, a foreign national residing in Florida who is a co-defendant in the case for running Hotfile. Unlike many other cloud-storage cyberlockers, here was one being controlled on American soil.  
In asking for summary judgment, the MPAA also said that "no other early pirate services had the temerity actually to pay its users to upload infringing content," a reference to Hotfile's "Affiliates" program. 
During the case, Titov put up a fight. 
He not only vigorously contested the massive copyright lawsuit by pointing to the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, but he filed counterclaims against Warner Bros. for allegedly abusing his site's anti-piracy tool. The basis of the allegation was that the studio was given a "Special Rightsholder Account" that enabled it to delete or disable files that were believed to be infringing, and that Warners had "betrayed that trust" by causing the deletion of thousands of files "when in fact Warner had no right to do so."
But evidently, Judge Williams saw enough in the MPAA's allegations to award them a victory on summary judgment. The judge also found Titov personally liable, according to the MPAA, and rejected the defendant's defense under the DMCA.  
According to a brief excerpt made available, the judge found that "Hotfile was successful in large part because it did not control infringement activity on its system." 
That certainly raises some provocative issues. We'll have more when the ruling is released.  

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Director: Don Scardino
Writers: Jonathan M. Goldstein (screenplay), John Francis Daley (screenplay)
Stars: Steve Carell, Luke Vanek, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde
Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas Strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerrilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show is starting to look stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act - both onstage and off - if only Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Harvard To Approve BDSM Sex Club - Called Harvard College Munch

Harvard University, home to the best and the brightest, now has an official club for the kinkiest.
Harvard College Munch for the BDSM set will be approved as a student organization on Friday, the Crimson reported. 
The expected go-ahead by the Committee on Student Life will entitle Munch to meet for lunch or dinner on campus, promote gatherings on school grounds and apply for grants from the school's Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisors organization, the paper said.
Once an informal gathering for like-minded individuals to discuss their proclivities in the bedroom without fear of being judged, Munch now has "institutional support" to provide reassurance for its members, its anonymous founder "Michael" said in the story.
One member told the Observer that she had been hit with a riding crop, a belt and canes in a private Munch get-together. "Floggers are my favorite," she said. There is historical precedent. The Iowa State University student government funded a bondage club in 2003, calling it a triumph for diversity, one publication reported.
Now S&M clubs are increasingly popular at elite institutions as "50 Shades Of Grey" climbed the bestseller list, the Observer said. Columbia, Tufts, MIT and Yale have them, though the story did not say whether they were officially recognized. Assault cases from within some groups have sprung up as well, the paper said.
But one Munch member told the Crimson that the club could provide a haven for those who engage in BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism) after they have been scarred by sexual abuse or other trauma.
Harvard spokesperson Jeff Neal told The Huffington Post that the college does not endorse the views or activities of any independent student organization.
The Huffington Post  |  By Ron Dicker Posted: 11/29/2012 5:38 pm EST Updated: 11/30/2012 3:54