UK Pornography Censored Today

Sexually-Dominant-Woman-01Pornography produced in the UK was quietly censored today through an amendment to the 2003 Communications Act, and the measures appear to take aim at female pleasure.

The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 requires that video-on-demand (VoD) online porn now adhere to the same guidelines laid out for DVD sex shop-type porn by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC).

Seemingly arbitrarily deciding what is nice sex and what is not nice sex, the board has banned the following acts from being depicted by British pornography producers:

  • Spanking
  • Caning
  • Aggressive whipping
  • Penetration by any object “associated with violence”
  • Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of  if consensual)
  • Urolagnia (known as “water sports”)
  • Female ejaculation
  • Strangulation
  • Facesitting
  • Fisting

The final three listed fall under acts the BBFC views as potentially “life-endangering”.

While the measures won’t stop people from watching whatever genre of porn they desire, as video shot abroad can still be viewed, they do impose severe restrictions on content created in the UK, and appear to make no distinction between consensual and non-consensual practices between adults.

“There appear to be no rational explanations for most of the R18 rules,” Jerry Barnett of the anti-censorship group Sex and Censorship told Vice UK. “They’re simply a set of moral judgements designed by people who have struggled endlessly to stop the British people from watching pornography.”

More worryingly, the amendment seems to take issue with acts from which women more traditionally derive pleasure than men.

“The new legislation is absurd and surreal,” Itziar Bilbao Urrutia, a dominatrix who produces porn with a feminist theme added to Vice UK. “I mean, why ban facesitting? What’s so dangerous about it? It’s a harmless activity that most femdom performers, myself included, do fully dressed anyway. Its power is symbolic: woman on top, unattainable.”

In a piece for The Independent, award-winning erotic film director Erika Lust said that she believes “we need to rethink what is offensive or dangerous and what is, in fact, normal human nature, and remember that it’s more important to educate than regulate.”

This article was originally published today in the Independent and written by Christopher Hooton. Reprinted here because the Indi website is impossible to use it is so full of advertising.

The Other Thing That is Happening on Thursday

25-658x440On Thursday, September 18, Jens Voigt will attempt to break the hour record as a final tip of the hat to the sport that has defined him for nearly three decades.

With recent drastic changes to the rules governing the hour record, here’s what you should know before Voigt hits the boards.

What is the hour record?

As of May of this year, the hour record is defined as the farthest distance ridden in exactly one hour using a bike and position that are legal under the UCI endurance track regulations in place at the time of the attempt. Simplified, Voigt will ride a setup that would be legal in a modern pursuit event.

Riders start from a dead stop, held up by the same device used in pursuit events on the track.

Voigt will have to beat Ondrej Sosenka’s distance of 49 kilometers and 700 meters, a record that was set using old rules, on an old-school bike. More on that below.

The attempt will take place at the velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland. The hour record must take place on a closed velodrome.

How long will it take him?

Probably about an hour.

Kidding aside, hour attempts usually feature a year-long (or longer) preparation period. Equipment and training all need to be dialed. Voigt’s short lead-up is quite unique.

Where can I watch?

Eurosport will be broadcasting the attempt at 7 p.m. local time in Europe, or 1 p.m. Eastern in the United States. No North American broadcaster has bought rights to the event, so if you want to watch live you’ll have to find a live stream online. While VeloNews would never condone watching pirated video streams, they can be found on a variety of websites.

The other option is to head to Switzerland. Tickets are still on sale.

What happened to the Athlete’s Hour and Best Human Effort records?

For years, the UCI recognized two different hour records. The Athlete’s Hour, also called the Merckx Hour, was performed aboard heavily regulated equipment in a very specific position.

In essence, the Athlete’s Hour placed an equipment and position freeze around the late 1970s. Any rider seeking that record would ride a bike similar to the one ridden by Eddy Merckx in his record-setting 1972 ride.

Another record, called the Best Human Effort, placed very few restrictions on the bike and position used. The exceptionally fast “superman” positions of Graeme Obree and Chris Boardman fall under this record.

When rumors of an attempt by Fabian Cancellara began swirling earlier this year, the Athlete’s Hour was still on the rulebooks, and Cancellara would have tried to beat this record. For more on what that record looks like, read up here.

In May, the UCI hit the reset button on the hour record. Both the Athlete’s Hour and Best Human Effort were scrapped in favor of a single hour record with regulations in line with modern UCI track rules. That means that as UCI track cycling rules change, so will the rules for the hour.

Why does Voigt only have to beat Ondrej Sosenka? What about Chris Boardman? Tony Rominger? Graeme Obree?

Chris Boardman held the Best Human Effort record with an incredible 56.376 kilometers before it was formally scrapped. But because he performed that record on a bike that is not currently UCI legal, his record does not stand under the new rules.

Voigt needs to ride farther than the farthest distance ever achieved using a bike and equipment that are currently UCI-legal. Since UCI-legal track bikes of the 1990s would not be legal today, the only attempts that qualify were performed under the Athlete’s Hour rules. In other words, Voigt only needs to ride faster than riders on drop bars, spoked wheels, and skinny, non-aero frames.

Rominger, Obree, and others all broke modern UCI rules in some way. Rominger, for example, used wheels that were drastically different in size, which is no longer legal.

Can Jens Voigt do it?

Absolutely. Voigt may not be one of the top time trialists of this era, but he’s no slouch, and the aerodynamic advantages he will have over Sosenka make it very likely that he will set a new record.

Expect to see him ride in the 51-52 kilometer range.

How long will he hold the record?

The VeloNews crystal ball is a bit cloudy at the moment, but if one of the big names in time trialing — say, Fabian Cancellara, Tony Martin, or Bradley Wiggins — takes a real swing at the record, Voigt would likely lose it. He’s said that much himself, but even if he’s only the record holder for a year, that’s quite a way to say goodbye to the sport.

If Voigt was serious about hanging onto the record for any great length of time, he would likely make his attempt at altitude, where aerodynamic drag is decreased slightly. The preferred track is near Mexico City; that’s where Merckx set his record in 1972.

How hard is the hour record attempt?

They call it “the longest hour” for a reason.

To borrow a bit from a piece I wrote earlier this year, when it appeared that Cancellara would attempt the Athlete’s Hour:

Eddy Merckx described being afraid to move, to blink, lest it throw off the rhythm, or cause the lapse in concentration that could be the distinction between success and failure. Nothing, not a thing, can be allowed to grab the focus, break the concentration. It’s the ultimate test of not only the body but of the mind.

“It’s not possible to compare the hour with a time trial on the road,” Merckx said, after setting the record in 1972. “Here it’s not possible to ease up, to change gears or the rhythm. The hour record demands a total effort, permanent and intense, one that’s not possible to compare to any other. I will never try it again.”

What will Voigt ride?

Voigt will ride a modified frame from his sponsor, Trek. It is based around the company’s Speed Concept time trial frame, but with modified rear dropouts to accept a narrower 120mm track wheel.

With no hills or wind to contend with, Voigt’s bike will have no brakes and will be a fixed gear. He will likely run a 54-tooth chainring and 14-tooth rear cog. A fixed gear is marginally more efficient than a derailleur setup as it removes the drag produced by both the articulation of the chain through the derailleur pulleys and the friction inside the pulley bearings themselves.

Trek can’t make huge modifications to the frame without running afoul of the UCI’s frame approval program, and the timeline for this attempt has been too tight for a purpose-built frame. That presents a few technical issues, as road bikes and track bikes are built with very different chainlines. Voigt will ride a standard Dura-Ace crankset with a 54-tooth chainring, which sits further outboard than a traditional track chainring. As a result, Trek and Shimano have collaborated to build special cogs that sit further outboard as well, to keep the chain straight.

Voigt will run front and rear disc wheels. This change alone presents a massive aerodynamic advantage over the riders on Athlete’s Hour setups.

Voigt will also ride with an SRM power meter, just as he does on the road. Track riders can’t look at their power during events, and it’s not clear whether Voigt will be allowed to pace with power, or be forced to leave the computer under his saddle.

Can he use other aero equipment?

Yes, he can use anything that is UCI legal. The UCI recently changed position rules to allow tall riders (over 190cm) to stretch out a bit more, so Voigt has adjusted his position accordingly. He is apparently now faster than ever in the time trial bars.

Trek had Voigt do aero testing in June and used that time to select both hardgoods and items like his skinsuit and helmet.

Why did Cancellara back out?

Cancellara was widely rumored to be working on a record attempt, but scrapped that plan when the UCI changed the rules. It seems he was more interested in comparing himself directly to the likes of Merckx and Boardman (who rode 49.441 kilometers when he attempted the Athlete’s Hour).

Frankly, given the aerodynamic advantages conferred upon the first rider to attempt the record under the new rules, Cancellara likely didn’t see it as much of a challenge.

Trek’s Simon Thomson told VeloNews that “Fabian is focused on the world champs as the main goal for the rest of this year and will assess from there if an attempt at the record is viable in the winter or spring amongst his classics ambitions.”
Borrowed from VeloNews. Thanks guys!

Apple Watch. Why I Need One.

applewatch-550x310While I watched the Apple guys present their new baby last night I asked my self the question “How am I going to justify my purchase of an Apple Watch?” The answer is simple, I need it for work.

I need it for work because I am in the marketing business, people look to me for inspiration, for indications of trends, for a nod in the right direction. People, customers, look at me and need to know I am connected to the cutting edge of communication technology.

Wearing my Apple Watch will say “I know where my watch is at” and “I am an early adopter” and “I love good design” and “I live an integrated life”. When I tap it, stroke it, twiddle it or talk to it I am clearly cool with technology. When it buzzes quietly on my wrist I will know your calling.

Most of all, when I wear my Apple Watch I will be demonstrating technologies that you need to be adopting.

Millions of iPhone users will connect their Apple Watch to their phone and ultimately to their networks and share information that has never been so freely shared before. Apps will be developed to enable interactions in new ways, ways that did not exist before the Apple Watch. While I watched the presentation I thought to my self, “a remote for my iPhone camera”, and like magic it was presented to me. A heart rate monitor, movement sensors that know what I am doing and record my cycle to work or my walking the dog. Most importantly it will seamlessly collect the data and put in the right place, in the right format and present it to me in a typically Apple, beautiful way.

My Apple Watch will “Just Work” with all my other Apple products and in common with all other Apple devices I will not need a manual to operate it. The intuitive interface will both respond to my tentative prods in a positive and informative way and educate me in new ways to manipulate my new device.

I need an Apple Watch because it is a new medium never available to marketing people before. The newly created real estate, those few square milliliters on your wrist, will become some of the most desirable pieces of advertising space in the world.

The battle to be on your wrist begins here. Partner with me and I will supply the data.

If You Could Define Your Marketing Goals In Just 2 Words, What Would Those Be?

linkedin-for-professional-networkingThis is not the first time I have written about LinkedIn and I should state my position before I go any further. I dont like it.

LinkedIn sells itself as a business-oriented social networking service. It was founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003. The guys who run it say it is mainly used for professional networking.

Fair enough, but whats your definition of a professional, business-oriented person? Focused, educated, wise, thoughtful, attentive, pedantic and so you should go on. A professional, business-oriented person should be all these things and should always know the purpose of being in business;

To make money.

Personally I can not conceive of another reason to be in business but I do accept there are a few other reasons you might choose to be in business such as a love for a particular discipline or a simple desire to be your own boss. There is nothing wrong with any other reason you might choose but when presented with the following question;

If you could define your marketing goals in just 2 words, what would those be?

I would expect every respondent to say; Make Money

What was actually posted follows and in the opinion of this reporter reveals nearly no business focus from these professional, business-oriented people. Almost without exception these responses are driven by ego, not business. The building of networks, KPI’s of “number of connections” is worse than worthless, it is an investment of time and money in “brand me” Lets get to those responses;

  • Gaining exposure
  • personal and connected
  • Conversation starter
  • Genuine conversations
  • Reach all
  • effective communication
  • Maximum outreach
  • Build Network
  • Stand Out
  • more profit
  • Business Objective
  • brand humanity
  • magnetic sponsoring
  • Influential exposure
  • Give Value
  • find customers
  • Prosumer and personalized
  • draw attention
  • Meaningful Conversion
  • Awareness connections
  • Make money
  • Inform and Connect
  • Precision GEO-Targeting
  • new customers
  • Good visibility
  • Gainful employment
  • Build business

Some respondents could not even answer the question in the terms requested [two words]

  • sensing others mistakes and learning to do better…quality and not just quantity
  • Succeed so I can help and share with as many as I can, or come across
  • help all those i can and pray for those i can’t
  • My company offers all of the above and I still have trouble getting business owners to be responsive to the words free or no cost on any platform

Guys and girls, members of LinkedIn, please, focus. Stop building networks and start building business!

The Prague Ratter Story

The Prague Ratter has a long documented history which goes back very nearly 1,000 years.

This little dog allegedly became popular due to the small size, it is fast moving and has a highly developed sense of smell which enabled it to hunt and kill rats and mice (hence its historic name “Ratter”).

The Prague Ratter enjoyed a life in the royal courts and early documentation shows them being given as a gifts to European rulers. Later, however, this little dog became almost extinct until its rediscovery occurred just thirty years ago.

Throughout history the interest in particular breeds inevitably will rise and fall according to fashion. The Prague Ratter was no exception to this but 1969 when it had almost been forgotten an article was published in a magazine in Prague called PES. The article was titled; “Restore the glory for the Prague Ratter – where had this breed that was once so popular in Prague, now gone?”. The article was enough to spark a new interest in this dying breed. In practice the decision to revive the breed was not easy and the possibilities of a new breeding program were carefully considered for a long time.

The breeders studied the papers of the recently deceased Czech canines – Otto Charlie, Teodora Rotter, DVM.Fr.Dvoracek and others that had found their way into publications in the twenties, thirties and onwards. They also studied historical data which confirmed the existence of the Ratter in Bohemia.

The Polish chronicle, ‘Galla Anonyma’ states that the Polish king Boleslav II-Bold (1058-1080) “took in his kennel 2 Ratters who came from Bohemia”. The author writes of them: “In the veins of our dogs not only Polish blood circulating, but purely Slavic blood, blood donation”. Because the king of Poland valued this gift, it can be assumed that it was a royal gift to Prince Vladislav II.

French historian Jules Michelet wrote in his book, “Histoire de France”, about a living gift given to him by the Czech king and Emperor Charles IV on his visit to France in the autumn of 1377. In September of 1380 the bequeathed and dying Charles V passed on to his twelve year old son two ratters.

Documentation on Emperor Rudolf II states: Rudolf II (1576 – 1611) always found comfort in the middle of a pack of hunting dogs and ratters. Of his original four dogs offspring had grown to eighteen ratters. This was an excellent example of his breeding work.

The tragic defeat in the battle of White Mountain in 1620 resulted in the decline of Czech political, cultural and social life for three centuries. During this dark period we saw a departure of the Prague Ratter. When Prague castle lost its importance, the little ratlíček descended from royal heights and now belonged to the common people. He lived and vegetated into the next centuries with hardly a mention.

Attempts by prominent canine experts such as Theodor Rotter and Otakar Karlik to restore a breeding program and collect documentation failed because they could not find animals with the six generations of history.

In neighbouring Germany Adolf Hitler was rising to power and in 1938 invaded the Czechoslovak state. Later, in the fifties, Thoedor Rotter lost all his property and thus all his paperwork on the Ratter.

It wasn’t until the eighties new attempts to restore the Prague Ratter began.

Todays representatives of this breed are the result of the breeding reconstruction programme by Czech breeders under the leadership of Mr. Findejs

The Nature of the breed

Prague Ratters are small but restless dogs, both gentle and affectionate. They are suitable for just about every family, though keep in mind, such small bones are fragile and they can be prone to bone disease if exposed to a cold and unforgiving climate. They are firmly loyal to their Master and will, if introduced early, form a good relationship with older children. Because of their fragile bones, we can not recommend this breed to a family with small boisterous children.

Although these little dogs are very friendly and affectionate, they can be shy of strangers, especially men. Prague Ratters tend to be curious and mischievous, which makes them very entertaining company. They are highly intelligent and so very receptive to good training. They tend not to be yappy dogs but have a large bark when they feel the need to guard their territory.

Although this is a very versatile little dog, the claims of breeders who say it is suitable for infirm people who are unable to walk them is quite wrong. Whilst Prague Ratters don’t mind lounging on a comfortable sofa and love the creature comforts or even a lap, there is nothing they enjoy more than a long walk or joining in a dog training agility class.The Ratter is nimble, agile and very fast and so daily exercise is necessary.

Prague Ratters generally live 13 to 15 years.


When fully grown, at the withers a Prague Ratter will measure around 20-23 cm and weigh around 2.6kg. There will be variations to this. My PR who was DNA tested, measures a whopping 30cm and weighs 3.2 kg. They have a compact body with straight back, short loins and belly slightly tucked up. The tail is set high tapering to a point, although they are often clipped. The front legs are straight and parallel and the back legs are well muscled as seen in other sprinting dogs. Paws are cat like. Movement is flexible, quick and easy. The head is pear shaped with a pronounced stop and the skull is well rounded. Dark medium sized eyes that are slightly convex and set wide. Ears should be solid, have a triangular shape and although the original dogs had fairly floppy ones, breeders are now selecting for ears that stand up. The coat is short, tight and dense with a good polish. More recently we are seeing longhaired Ratters. Colors are black and red and tan above the eyes, around the nose and throat, (most common). Others are lilac and fawn, blue.

Due to the Ratters small constitution and fine coat, it struggles in cold and hot climates. Extra coats will be required in winter and protection from the summer heat is a vital.


This story was originally written for the web site

Flight MH370

MH370Flight MH370 had two passengers on board who were travelling on stolen documents.

This statement rattled around in my head for hours before I realised the problem with that information. Given that the plane had vanished along with all on board, how could they know that two passengers had used stolen documents?

Interpol say they had known about the stolen documents for two years, they were all stolen in Thailand. The airlines are responsible for checking travel documents. It seems they did.

By the time the plane went missing they knew about the two people travelling illegally and yet they had let them get on the plane.

  • How could this be? – Simple, the passport checks didn’t come back until after the plane had taken off.
  • Surely this must be a mistake, it must be a freak occurrence? – No, When an Air India plane crashed in Mangalore in 2010 en route from Dubai, with the loss of 158 lives, 10 fraudulent passports were found.
  • How can this happen? – Easily, airport security has been compromised to improve turn round of aircraft. If the airlines had to wait for the travel document checks to come back they would not earn as much.

It seems everyone knows about this security compromise, except the people at risk.

The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances

imageWith tensions rising in Crimea and pro-Russian forces controlling the peninsula’s main airports, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on Russia to “not violate the Budapest Memorandum.” So what is the “Budapest Memorandum” and what does it have to do with Crimea?

What exactly is the “Budapest Memorandum”?

The “Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances” is a diplomatic memorandum that was signed in December 1994 by Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

It is not a formal treaty, but rather, a diplomatic document under which signatories made promises to each other as part of the denuclearization of former Soviet republics after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Under the memorandum, Ukraine promised to remove all Soviet-era nuclear weapons from its territory, send them to disarmament facilities in Russia, and sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Ukraine kept these promises.

In return, Russia and the Western signatory countries essentially consecrated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine as an independent state. They did so by applying the principles of territorial integrity and nonintervention in 1975 Helsinki Final Act — a Cold War-era treaty signed by 35 states including the Soviet Union — to an independent post-Soviet Ukraine.

Which principles in the Helsinki Final Act, reiterated in the “Budapest Memorandum,” are relevant to the current situation in the Crimea?

In the “Budapest Memorandum,” Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States promised that none of them would ever threaten or use force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine. They also pledged that none of them would ever use economic coercion to subordinate Ukraine to their own interest.

They specifically pledged they would refrain from making each other’s territory the object of military occupation or engage in other uses of force in violation of international law.

All sides agreed that no such occupation or acquisition will be recognized as legal and that the signatories would “consult in the event a situation arises which raises a question concerning these commitments.”

Is there anything legally binding about the “Budapest Memorandum” regarding Russia’s obligations to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity?

“That’s actually a much more complex question than it may sound. It is binding in international law, but that doesn’t mean it has any means of enforcement,” says Barry Kellman, a professor of law and director of the International Weapons Control Center at DePaul University’s College of Law.

“The ‘Budapest Memorandum’ follows the Helsinki Final Act and essentially reiterates its provisions. There are confidence building measures and then a host of other broader obligations – primarily negative obligations. Don’t interfere.”

Kellman concludes that there are a host of other sources of international law that oblige Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity — including the provisions of the CSCE treaty and the UN Charter.

Original report by Ron Synovitz, RFE/RL

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