Through The Static

July 29, 2008

Japan’s Booming Sex Niche: Elder Porn

Filed under: OMGZCUTE,Sex,SeXiNeSS,World News — disciplepete @ 12:02 am

Ok folks, I think I’ve found how I want to spend my golden years. Time:

Besides his glowing complexion, Shigeo Tokuda looks like any other 74-year-old man in Japan. Despite suffering a heart attack three years ago, the lifelong salaryman now feels healthier, and lives happily with his wife and a daughter in downtown Tokyo. He is, of course, more physically active than most retirees, but that’s because he’s kept his part-time job — as a porn star.

Shigeo Tokuda is, in fact, his screen name. He prefers not to disclose his real name because, he insists, his wife and daughter have no idea that he has appeared in about 350 films over the past 14 years…the country has seen a surge in demand for pornography that has turned adult videos into a billion-dollar industry, with “elder porn” one of its fastest-growing genres…

…”People of my age generally have shame, so they are very hesitant to show their private parts,” Tokuda says. “But I am proud of myself doing something they cannot.” Still, he says, laughing, “That doesn’t mean that I can tell them about my old-age pensioner job.”

So this next thing kinda blew my mind…they’re talking about how it’s cheaper to produce porn with “mature” women:

A popular young actress can earn up to $100,000 per film, while a mature actress is paid only $2,000.

100 grand per film?? Damn.

 

June 25, 2008

Angry Kids Protest Gas Prices After Mom Cancels Cable TV

Filed under: Economics,Gas,Humor,OMGZCUTE — disciplepete @ 5:56 pm

Fox News:

SALT LAKE CITY – Sadie and Pyper Vance have had just about enough of high gas prices. The sisters are still years away from being old enough to drive, but that doesn’t mean the $4 per gallon price tag isn’t hitting them as hard as anyone else.

Cable TV was one of the family’s budget-cutting casualties, leaving Sadie, 9, and her 7-year-old sister without their favorite cartoons and shows.

“Gas prices are too high,” Sadie said. “I just decided to come and protest so they’d go down.”

The girls marched through downtown Monday chanting and carrying signs made from old campaign signs.

 

June 23, 2008

Brown Peoples Grey Hounded by Border Patrol

Filed under: Immigration,It's Too Punny!,OMGZCUTE,Race,Uncategorized,WTF — bobbleheadedbob @ 5:26 am

Apologies. BobbleBoT’s hard drive has recently been sucked into overdrive and is currently running on pirated battery juice. BATTERY JUICE. Charger not included.

freedom bus

Yay, it’s the freedom bus, yayyyy~! Oh wait. ::ga-DUNK!::

Some people apparently have ethical insomnia. Urgh. ICE needs to invest in some Lunesta. Bleh.

BobbLeBot disapproves.

When Riding the Bus Turns into a Ticket to Jail (Alternet):

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, also known as the Border Patrol, confirms that its agents in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo check the citizenship status of travelers passing through by bus and train every day. These three cities are within 100 miles of the US-Canadian border. But more important than the border zone is the location of these cities on a major transportation corridor linking the Northeast (New York City and Boston) with the Midwest (Cleveland and Chicago). Border Patrol agents use Syracuse’s location as the functional equivalent of the border to police people traveling within the interior of the country.

Agents check for citizenship in the bus and train station — often waiting at the Greyhound ticket counter, or watching people as they disembark for food — and onboard buses and trains already filled with passengers. People who have witnessed or been subject to Border Patrol agents questioning describe two practices: agents explicitly target a group of people or ask everyone on board about their citizenship status.

Ooo, what KIND of peoples? What KIND???

According to reports from the Detainment Task Force, a Northern New York group, people routinely singled out for questioning include those who appear to be Mexican, Central American, South Asian, Asian, Afro-Caribbean, or Middle Eastern. Border Patrol officials deny that the agency racially profiles, insisting that they look for suspicious behaviors and, “question people with blond hair and blue eyes as much as anyone else.” But common understandings of race in the U.S. fuse nationality and ethnicity so that some groups are permanently deemed to be “foreign.”

BROWN people! THAT’s what KIND! As for questioning “people with blond hair and blue eyes as much as anyone else” — BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Humanoids, this is a hiLAirious article. HiLarious! The capacity for ridiculosity never fails to entertain ze bobbLebot.

In July 2007, Tomas and his friend Salvador were driving to a doctor’s appointment. As they pulled out of the toll plaza from the I-90 throughway in Syracuse, a state trooper stopped them. Tomas has a valid U.S. driver’s license and a properly registered vehicle. The state trooper gave no indication of why he had stopped the vehicle, but he did ask Tomas and Salvador about their immigration status and then called Border Patrol agents. “The police officer stopped us because we have Hispanic faces,” Tomas said.

Tomas has had the same experience traveling by bus. Last October he was traveling to Syracuse on Greyhound when Border Patrol agents boarded the bus at the Rochester bus station. “The Border Patrol agents questioned all the Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Asian passengers,” he recalled. “They did not question any of the white passengers except some women who were wearing veils. Border Patrol had dogs with them and checked the whole bus. They even looked in the bathroom.”

A separate incident occurred in December when Tomas was at the Syracuse bus station with another friend. They were speaking to each other in Spanish as they approached the ticket counter where a Border Patrol agent was stationed. “As soon as the Border Patrol agent heard us speaking Spanish, he asked me for my papers,” he said.

BobbLebot doth not know whether to LOL or WTF. Or mebbe BobbLebot should LOLWTF. So many letters!

When Tomas finally boarded the bus and arrived in Rochester, Border Patrol was there as well. “I saw them [Border Patrol] on the platform questioning two Hispanic men. The men gave them permanent resident cards. The Border Patrol agent didn’t believe them. He took the cards and called somewhere else. The men had to wait for twenty minutes.” The two men were eventually released.

Well, gotta hand it to faux-police in uniforms. Cuz there’s nothing like the smell of racial profiling in the morning that motivates them to git off dar arses. I wonder if Brown People = Brain Coffee.

I mean, their work ethic is really commendable. If BobbLebot could have 3 words to describe Border PatroL agents, they would be listed as such:

1) Hard-working
2) Alpha-maLe
3) Jackhammer
2) Merciless

1) InsatiabLe…

ICE

June 4, 2008

U.S. Loses Trade Ruling

Free markets are one of those things often preached and selectively practiced. Al Jazeera:

A World Trade Organisation (WTO) appeal panel upheld on Monday a ruling from December that found that the US had breached trade rules over its subsidies to cotton farmers.

The ruling means that Brazil could now seek one billon dollars in sanctions until the US stops payments to its farmers.

Developing nations, especially in Africa, say the US subsidies lower global prices, squeezing their own poor farmers out of the market.

The US government is estimated to have paid its cotton farmers $2bn to $4bn in subsidies in most recent years.

However, Tony Avirgan from the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit think-tank, told Al Jazeera that the US government is unlikely to comply with the WTO ruling and has shown no inclination it will do so.

May 19, 2008

In Other News: Hello Kitty is named Japan tourism ambassador

Filed under: Humor,OMGZCUTE — Tranimal @ 2:44 pm

AP:

Hello Kitty — Japan’s ubiquitous ambassador of cute — has built up an impressive resume over the years. Global marketing phenom. Fashion diva. Pop culture icon. Now the moonfaced feline can add “government envoy” to the list. The tourism ministry on Monday named Hello Kitty as its choice to represent the country in China and Hong Kong, two places where she is wildly popular among kids and young women.

Officials hope that tapping into that fan base will lead to a bigger flow of tourists into Japan, and closer toward their goal of attracting 10 million overseas visitors every year under the “Visit Japan” campaign.

This is hilarious. It’s almost like that time when Pokemon was so damn popular that it was named “Person of the Year” by Times magazine. WOW.

Doesn’t this make you want to FLOCK to China and Japan now bobblebotbob? It does for me. For sure.

May 16, 2008

Care for a Glass of Toilet Water?

Filed under: Culture,Government,Health,OMGZCUTE,Randomness,Technology — disciplepete @ 8:44 pm

Popular Science:

Officials in Los Angeles said today that they’re going to reconsider a water conservation proposal that won’t just ask residents to change their habits, but calls for recycling wastewater, too.

The plan would place restrictions on watering lawns and washing cars, and it would encourage residents to switch to less thirsty washing machines. But the most controversial part of the initiative would involve recycling water – refilling underground drinking supplies with treated wastewater. Los Angeles has tried this before, but critics forced officials to drop it.

Aww, this reminds me of my late golden retriever. I know he would be down to drink some toilet water. Even if they made it totally safe, it’s probably just knowing that it used to be toilet water that makes people disinclined to drink it.

May 14, 2008

Gaseous Clay: Cost of Oil (and we’re not talking Crisco) Breaks $120 a Barrel

Filed under: Economics,Environment,Gas,Government,OMGZCUTE,Research — bobbleheadedbob @ 6:23 am

This is totally inSANE in the membrane!!!  Remember the good ole days when we FLIPPED out when gas prices broke $2.00 a gallon?  What?  2 dollars a galloN?  You’s talking UNICORNS and CAPRICORNS, Sir Babblebot!  Unicorns — no, my dear readers.  UNOCAL?  Well, that might be another story.

gas pump

Alternet is foretelling a very real present in which we should Get Ready to Spend $6,000 a Year on Gas:

that's jacked up!

Don’t drive a car?  No worries, my self-absorbed friends, this still very much affects YOU. And ME.  Que romantico!

Two years ago a leading economist published a study provocatively titled: “What would $120 oil mean for the global economy?” Answer: a global recession, if the price stayed there for a year.

Now the future has arrived, with the United States and other nations getting a double whammy from both the mortgage crisis and oil futures hovering at $120 per barrel.

future

If oil prices stay stratospheric, the cost of fueling cars and planes could slash US economic growth up to 2.3 percent and global growth by 3.6 percent, says Robert Wescott, former chief economist of the president’s council of economic advisers and author of the $120 oil report.

YAY!  THE FUTURE IS UPON US!  Oh, wait.  Crap.

In 2003, with oil approaching $40 per barrel, the average US family spent about $1,900 (4.8 percent of its income) on natural gas, heating oil, and gasoline. But today at the $120 per barrel level, a family will spend about $6,000 a year or about 15 percent of total annual income, Wescott’s report predicts.

Compared with the oil crises of the 1970s, the US paradoxically is in a bit better, yet also worse, position. The good news is the US economy is less energy intensive — using only about half the energy it did in the 1980s to produce a dollar of economic growth. That should make it more resilient.

Yahoo!  FINALLY, some GOOD NEWS — and no, not the kind I shall be spreading door to door like Jeebus’s salesperson.  Though, it’s a bit difficult to see how $120 a barrel (triple what we saw in 2003), when we’re using only HALF the energy, oh, wait.  It only makes it “more” resilient.  Oh, crap.  I feel a gaseous clay developing in the pit of my bowels.  ::braces herself::

But the bad news is that

Wait, that wasn’t the bad news already?  ::waits:: Okay, I’ll let you finish.

But the bad news is that imported oil has risen to about 12 million barrels a day, about 60 percent of the 21 million barrels the US consumes daily. That financial drain at $120 per barrel is jamming the brakes on the US economy and inflating the trade deficit, economists agree. “The question now isn’t whether we’re going into recession, it’s whether there will be a soft landing … or we have a hard landing,” Ms. Jaffe says.

more of this

Oy(L).

Congress’s move last year to raise vehicle fuel-economy standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020 was a good first step — but not enough, he says.

In today’s slowly unfolding yet serious oil crisis, Mr. Lovins would slash 9 percent of the nation’s oil demand in one year with more than 30 fuel-saving measures. Among them:

Yeah, good luck on THAT one, CaLi-fornia!  That’s like asking a diabetic to stop injecting insulin.

  • Encourage mass-transit use by letting all citizens deduct the cost from their taxes. Require “parking cash-out” so employees can take cash instead of free parking at work.
  • Reduce speed limits to 60 miles per hour for light vehicles, 55 m.p.h. for heavy trucks. Expand HOV-lane use to include alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), hybrids, and all-electric vehicles.
  • This bobblebot has decided to reside in the bowels of her underground lair until the radiation of the next nukyoolar fallout subsides and ADVISES FOR YOU ALL TO DO THE SAME.  This does not look good, Smee!  FLEE!!!  Eep!

    May 12, 2008

    Jacking Up The Price of Porn

    Filed under: Culture,Economics,Government,OMGZCUTE,Sex — disciplepete @ 7:23 pm

    In California, state lawmakers are considering raising the tax on porn. Check it out:

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Strippers and porn stars traveled to Sacramento Monday for a hearing on adopting a tax increase on porn.

    The Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee is scheduled to consider AB 2914, an adult entertainment tax that will be boosted from eight to 25 percent in a proposal to tax strip clubs, porno videos and other adult entertainment.

    Opponents of the bill said the large tax increase constitutes censorship and would make California products less competitive. (NBC11)

    Damn, as if the price of gas isn’t killing me, now this! I’m getting hit hard, folks. Pun intended.

    Also, I’d love to see a pic of the sex industry workers in Sacramento. And I also wonder if this will apply to the internet, and how internet porn has affected the business of the video stores/strip joints over the last decade. Hmm, sounds like I’ve just come up with my Ph.D. dissertation topic…

    May 9, 2008

    Ni-hao Kai-Lan

    Filed under: Culture,Media,OMGZCUTE — Tranimal @ 10:39 am

    A brand new show on NickJr that follows Dora’s bicultural and bilingual footsteps but in CHINESE. It’s too awesome for words.

    And check out how they describe the show on NickJr’s website:

    The show will familiarize the viewing audience with elements of Chinese and Chinese American cultures to promote multicultural understanding in the next generation and goes beyond featuring “culture” as only ethnic food and festivals. Instead, it celebrates growing up in an intergenerational family, having friends from diverse backgrounds, and “habits of the heart” that are Chinese American.

    Check out this clip:

    I LOVE IT!! I love the bridging of cultures and languages. I think these shows for kids really encourage the acceptance and normalcy of speaking languages other than English (and European languages).

    May 6, 2008

    Dozens of Arrests in University Drug Sting

    Filed under: Culture,Education,OMGZCUTE — disciplepete @ 4:10 pm

    NYT:

    SAN DIEGO — A drug ring operating out of San Diego State University was broken up today after a five-month sting operation, resulting in the arrests of nearly 100 people, many of them college students accused of selling drugs to fellow classmates, the Drug Enforcement Administration said.

    The ring apparently operated out of three different fraternity houses and distributed a wide variety of drugs to other students, the authorities said. They said the ring included 75 students and 21 non-students.

    During a raid of the fraternity houses, investigators said they uncovered more than $100,000 worth of cocaine, ecstasy, prescription drugs and marijuana, and several weapons, including a shotgun and four handguns

    Damon Mosler, the chief of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office’s narcotics division, called the operation the largest university-related drug bust in San Diego County history.

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