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One of the Popes Wrote an Erotic Book

The following is the second chapter from my book 50 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know, published in 2003.

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Pope Pius IIBefore he was Pope Pius II, Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini was a poet, scholar, diplomat, and rakehell. And an author. In fact, he wrote a bestseller. People in fifteenth-century Europe couldn’t get enough of his Latin novella Historia de duobus amantibus. An article in a scholarly publication on literature claims that Historia “was undoubtedly one of the most read stories of the whole Renaissance.” The Oxford edition gives a Cliff Notes version of the storyline: “The Goodli History tells of the illicit love of Euralius, a high official in the retinue of the [German] Emperor Sigismund, and Lucres, a married lady from Siena [Italy].”

It was probably written in 1444, but the earliest known printing is from Antwerp in 1488.… Read the rest

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Oz Banker Caught Porn-Surfing on Live TV

It’s about a minute into the clip on one of the background computers. That’s definitely not a financial spreadsheet : ) Lester Haines writes on the Register:

An employee of Sydney’s Macquarie Bank probably isn’t in line for a fat payrise after he was caught on live TV closely analysing something a bit more scintillating than the Lucky Country’s interest rates:

According to net experts, at least one of the photos in question is Orlando Bloom’s squeeze Miranda Kerr. The Victoria’s Secret Angel is a local lass made good, and is rarely seen dressed in more than her underwear, which makes her the pin-up of choice among Sydney’s hardened bankers.

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Mom Defends Soldier Accused of Having Child Porn

Via Chicago Breaking News Center:

An Illinois National Guard soldier in Afghanistan has been charged by the U.S. Army with possessing child pornography over pictures of a young relative his mother says she sent him.

Terri Miller of Galesburg says she sent her son, Specialist Billy Miller, pictures of the little girl to help him get over his homesickness.

The pictures show the child in a swimsuit playing a wading pool and sitting on a truck. In one, the girl is wearing a swim suit and part of her buttocks are exposed.

The Army says Miller will stay in Afghanistan until his court martial. His unit came home last August. Miller faces jail time, if convicted.

Terri Miller says the pictures are innocent.

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New Airport Scanners Break UK Child Porn Laws

So now terrorists have incentive to get even younger? … lan Travis writes in the Guardian:

The rapid introduction of full body scanners at British airports threatens to breach child protection laws which ban the creation of indecent images of children, the Guardian has learned.

Airport Body Scanner

Privacy campaigners claim the images created by the machines are so graphic they amount to “virtual strip-searching” and have called for safeguards to protect the privacy of passengers involved.

Ministers now face having to exempt under 18s from the scans or face the delays of introducing new legislation to ensure airport security staff do not commit offences under child pornography laws.

They also face demands from civil liberties groups for safeguards to ensure that images from the £80,000 scanners, including those of celebrities, do not end up on the internet. The Department for Transport confirmed that the “child porn” problem was among the “legal and operational issues” now under discussion in Whitehall after Gordon Brown’s announcement on Sunday that he wanted to see their “gradual” introduction at British airports.

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The Revenge of a Booted Fox News ‘Talking Head’

Rachel MarsdenVia Valleywag:

It’s hard to say what made Rachel Marsden turn on her benefators in right-wing media. True, she was escorted by security guards from her former job as co-host of Red Eye, a sort of late-night lockup for the truly hard-core lunatic fringe within the crazyhouse that is Fox News. But that hardly soured her on the network; she later emailed us saying she’d “always been a big fan of” Fox News chief Ailes, “and am always honoured to be asked to contribute to anything this great man has built.” Fox’s flagship shouting head Bill O’Reilly, meanwhile, was “a real man … awesome … a straight shooter, and one of my favourite people in the biz.”

However, Marsden sure has no love for Fox News now:

I was a “talking head.” I’m not a big fan of the term. “Talking head” implies the presence of a brain, which isn’t always the case. The American cable news network from which I was sprung mostly selected their female talking heads for their tits and legs. I guess nicknaming them “talking tits” or “talking legs” would be overdoing the obvious. It would also totally bust the trailer trash viewing majority who watch the network as the closest thing their old lady will allow them to get to porn.

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Porn Causes Tsunamis and Earthquakes

untitledThe interesting PZ Myers writes on Pharyngula:

Powerful stuff, that porn. The Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information (who must be very smart to have a title like that) has determined that recent natural disasters in his country are a consequence of the ubiquity of pornographic DVDs. His logic is something like this:

1) it is a fact that one can easily buy porn in local markets, and

2) it is a fact that the Padang earthquake killed over a thousand people and that the Aceh tsunami devastated an entire region, therefore

3) it is a fact that the two are causally related.

Well, point 3 is a little shaky, but 1 and 2 are so strong it must make up for the absence of a causal relationship. Right? Right?

Anyway, you must all now unplug the internet and go through your magazines and DVDs and dispose of anything that might stir the wrath of gods.

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