"I hope to inspire everyone and ask, where is our march? Where are our petitions? Where the fuck are our minds? I know there are a few petitions out there that I have signed, but it's not enough." -Sasha Grey
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Saturday, January 26, 2013
Food, Sex, Power: Drunk in the Desert! AVN AEExpo 2013 and Measure B
Please share this clip with Democratic Party activists in your area, and pornstars and adult industry people with Democratic tendencies, it's time to start showing up at the meetings of your local Democratic party unit and figure out how to get representation, make motions and resolutions to keep porn in America safe and legal!
I am at the 2013 AVN Adult Enntertainment Expo today, and attended this session, The Many Benefits of Multimedia (AEE/ANE). I recorded the beginning in HD for television, but when I heard youtube and censorship coming up on the talk I switched on my cheap, old $100 camera that I can actually edit and upload video from here with.
Joanna Angel mentions RSS a day before its co-author Aaron Schwartz commits suicide
The following video on social media updates by pornstars shows you how prevalent the RSS (RDF Site Summary or Rich Site Summary) technology is today - it was the basis of twitter...
Aaron Schwarz was involved in its origination as a 14 year-old. News of his death spead quickly this morning on twitter. He committed suicide, unable to face the reality of closed information systems and essentially a life sentence for jail-breaking academic journal articles he believed should be freely available to all humans via the internet (see EFF tribute, among others)
In any case. even pornstars use these freely available protocols and technologies created by a hacker (used in its rightful, creative, ingenious sense) community that created and maintains the open internet. So let's be careful with overly aggressive copyright and patent infringement lawsuits and criminal penalties, or we will even further depress the intellectually and culturally liberating power of the internet even more than such setbacks as the USA PATRIOT ACT, Acacia internet streaming patent trolling and others that I've rambled and railed against these past 8-9 years...
7)Attacks by social conservatives and religious fanatics on sexual freedoms, denigration of sexual minorities can be smacked down - but in the case of ballot measures it takes hard work and a willingness to start initially awkward conversations with large numbers of potential voters.
In Minnesota, a cynically motivated constitutional amendment to enshrine discrimination against gays in the state constitution was rejected by voters. The originators of the amendment put before voters hoped to mobilize conservative voters.
Disgraced former MN GOP Vice Chair and state senate staffer Michael Brodkorb said Republicans were concerned about firing up voters for the 2012 elections, and discussed a variety of possible amendments before settling on a measure that would ban same-sex marriage.
The constitutional amendment was defeated in MN by a massive volunteer effort making lots of personal, one on one conversations that humanized a traditionally maligned population. The framing and psychology was important and shifted the narrative from religious edicts to the common human desire for love and partnership that even religioous, conservative heterosexual couples could identify with:
It occurs to me, after my experience volunteering on the successful Vote No campaigns in Minnesota, that a similar strategy could be employed to undo the damages of the bizarre political scapegoating and exploitation of pornstars in the 2012 election
Rush Limbaugh's loss of numerous sponsors after his attacks on Sandra Fluke in March 2012 was another example of this troubling strategy of the GOP and social conservatives and an encouraging, just public response.
6)War and the corruption of the military industrial complex impairs our ability to deal with other threats to the country. Globally and domestically increasing militarization prevents the full fruition of democracy and civilization, causing us to ignore growing threats to all of humanity - disease, pollution, hunger, climate change and systems failures. Fears of terrorism and any hint of challenges to the obvious and unquestioned superiority of American military forces are used to erode the freedoms the military supposedly protects in its involvement in unceasing foreign occupations, drone strikes and other operations. American arms exports are used as an excuse to quietly redeploy US forces to Iraq... and cozy up to human rights violators around the world. The Petraeus sex scandal opens the door to apparently corrupt CENTCOM and special forces culture in Florida. The US lead military regime change in Libya was ultimately destabilizing and lead to he first death of a US Ambassador in many decades.
5)High (native, not invasive) plant diversity is needed to maintain ecosystem services and ongoing mass extinction threatens humanity.
"Arid, semi-arid, and dry-subhumid ecosystems (called hereafter “drylands”) constitute some of the largest terrestrial biomes, collectively covering 41% of Earth’s land surface and supporting over 38% of the global human population... These ecosystems are also highly vulnerable to global environmental change and desertification"
"the quality and quantity of ecosystem services depend largely on ecosystem functions"
"increased plant species richness may enhance the services provided by dryland ecosystems"
"such richness may be particularly important for maintaining ecosystem functions linked to carbon and nitrogen cycling, which sustain carbon sequestration and soil fertility. Because land degradation is often accompanied by the loss of soil fertility, plant species richness may also promote ecosystem resistance to desertification."
"The consistent effects of species richness on multifunctionality over and above those of climate and of abiotic factors highlight the importance of plant biodiversity as a driver of multifunctionality in drylands."
"The positive relationship between species richness and multifunctionality found is consistent with experimental results obtained in temperate grasslands and in microbial, biological soil crust, and aquatic communities. Collectively, these results suggest that the correlation between species richness and multifunctionality may be a general pattern in nature that reflects a cause-and-effect linkage."
4)Occupy-inspired direct democracy and direct action remain essential. The partisan deadlock and our irresponsible representatives in D.C. - unable to complete the work of the 112th Congress - show a continuing need to create new, nongovernmental methods/processes for people to meet, agree and work to solve their collective problems with local materials at the neighborhood and village level.
3)Last summer's severe US drought shows need to change agriculture. We must mobilize to ensure food security for humans has higher priority than feeds for livestock and industrial process (So end corn & ethanol subsidies!)
2)Hurricane Sandy showed vulnerability of many of the internet's biggest ISPs and exchanges - as well as the vulnerability of people who reside in densely populated coastal areas - to rising sea-level and extreme weather caused by climate change. People and high technology jobs will have to migrate inland.
1)Reversing Citizens United must be the number one priority of our elected leaders in 2013. Without reasonable constraints on electioneering spending by corporations and the 1% - tackling the critical issues outlined above is not possible.
Sasha Grey narrates resume including porn fantasy roles for PSA on wage gap
Sasha Grey narrates her porn-fantasy resume: "When I turned 18, I left high school, and I decided that I wanted to pursuit different career opportunities... I worked as a secretary, as a teacher, ...I worked as a waitress. As a nurse - I actually made more than the doctors. Within a year, these jobs not only brought me respect, but also a lot of money"
"I liked really dirty things! I've been hung upside down, and tied-up, and had a twelve inch dildo stuck in my ass, with my mouth gagged. I am proud of this. It's something I chose to do. Who I am... I'm Sasha Grey"
Porn is probably the only industry in which females are paid more for their work then men are.
According to A XBiz news release: Posters and flyers with the words “Close the wage gap, become a porn actress’” tattooed on a woman’s lower back will also be distributed by zij-kant.
What can you do to improve the plight of children in armed conflicts?
Invisible Children have aroused in you a true desire to help children in conflict, but on examination of Invisible's financials, lack of commitment to nonviolence, or 'stealth evangelism' you are uncomfortable with helping them organize or in making a financial contribution to their media and lobbying campaign.
Don't let your compassion wither... there are worthwhile NGOs and agencies making a real difference with real programs in the field, that have high professional standards and diverse staff with appropriate training and experience
Make a firm and steady resolve that you will donate time and/or money to creating more peace and prosperity in the lives of child survivors of armed conflict. Give yourself a few days to do research and to draw up a budget so you know what you can afford to commit. 1 to 10% percent of income is usually what people sacrifice to worthy charity in traditional yoga (see suggestion #4), and in many other spiritual traditions, to keep selfishness, greed & ego in check and/or to please the Creator.
I am going to find a simple pleasure that I can give up this month and donate to UNICEF instead.