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Sometimes there just aren’t words to describe the stupidity
This is your FSC Executive Director Diane Duke. Sometimes there are just no words to describe the stupidity of these people. Seriously. This is the Executive Director of a so called lobbying association who had no clue that AB332 was automatically going into suspense status, so she spent money to have people show up and testify at a hearing where testimony isnt allowed. She then proclaimed it a victory for the FSC that AB332 went into suspense status, a required status for a bill like this.
She makes fun of photos of Isadore Hall but Methinks she should consider her own conduct in public and stop worrying about Assemblyman Halls.
Hey Diane I will bet you TEN TIMES the amount in that photo that AB332 passes the Assembly….Wanna bet?
Porners is this REALLY the person you want representing your interests in Sacramento? Seriously? She does nothing but bring shame to this industry. It;’s time to defund the FSC and start over with something that has a chance to work.
Send Diane Duke back to whatever hole she crawled out of.
First I just found this when it was posted to GFY, I didn’t participate in it’s making but it is accurate on in it’s message. What it should illustrate to people is how miserably we failed in fighting AB332 and why.
Just when we collectively give out more awards than there are movies being made every year another awards show throws its hat into the ring. Paul Fishbein is heading up a company called X3sixty. X3sixty is a media website for the industry. In some senses it’s a good idea but in this case it simply falls flat. It has lots of video clips of porn people interviewing each other and mindless dreck of that nature. There is nothing interesting, controversial or newsworthy about it, but I digress.
X3sixty has announced that it is going to have….ugh….an awards show. Just what we need, we certainly don’t give out enough awards to each other in this biz. This one has a big head start on all the others though, it’s owned by Paul Fishbein. Fish as he is known is a masterful politician who previously owned and ran AVN.
Now what is curious to me is how AVN was all over this in terms of promoting it when it would likely be the main competition to the AVN Awards. Maybe the AVN Awards was not a part of the AVN purchase and this is a co-effort to supplant their own awards show.
As for X3sixty unless they do something with substance I don’t see this taking off. The only thing it has going for it is that they have hired Adella to do the PR.
It is obvious that Dianne Duke, Karen Tynan (the FSC’s hired gun) and much of the adult industry press and blogo-sphere have no clue what the suspense file is.
Hired gun Karen Tynan made an ignorant statement about the AHF not even being in Sacramento for the Appropriations Committee hearing because, “they knew they didn’t have the votes.” This statement alone is proof that she is completely ignorant of routine procedure in the State Assembly. And this is who is being paid to fight the battle for a multi billion dollar industry.
There is a reason the AHF wasn’t there, and that is, they know how the legislature works. Nothing to do with any votes.
EVERY bill with an appropriation of over $150,000.00 AUTOMATICALLY goes into the suspense file. It has absolutely nothing to do with having votes, not having votes, or killing the bill, it is automatic procedure. The FSC and their hired gun, Karen Tynan did not even know this. That is why just seeing them show up let the Assembly know what they are dealing with, a bunch of hot air filled buffoons. Imagine the chuckles in the halls of the assembly when they saw all these buffoons and stooges there to ‘testify.’
Not to mention, who did the adult industry send to speak on their behalf, just a guy who was recently arrested for cocaine possession and illegal discharge of a fire arm. This is the best the multi billion dollar industry could come up with. It is getting pretty obvious that FSC is “in it to lose it.”
To the adult industry, you have people who have no clue as to how the legislature works leading the battle for you, along with a couple of stooges who will dutifully read their scripts, and in the process make not only themselves, but the whole industry look like a bunch of retards, and at that, the FSC is a rousing success.
I got the new issue of AVN and as usual there are good pieces in there by Corey Silverstein and Nate Glass. These guys are both very consistent and accurate and are the only reason to read AVN really.
The reviews are fluff and the ad pages are more internet than traditional video these days.
The one thing that really got me though was a bit about piracy by Clyde DeWitt. I always liked Clyde but like AVN he has fallen so far out of touch as to almost be embarrassing. He did an article on piracy and bit torrents sites….he completely discounted tube sites (probably because Manwin is an advertiser) and he didn’t even appear to know what a file locker is.
Bit torrents? Does anyone even bother to steal porn via bit torrent sites anymore? Come on Clyde I expect better from you. Of course I expect better from AVN too but that isn’t likely to happen either….
There seems to be a lot of confusion about Alexa Ranks and what it means. Mr. Ross tried incorrectly to point out that he has more traffic than you do. Let me explain Alexa so that even people in porn can understand it:
Your Alexa Rank is simply a snapshot of where your site finishes in the world wide race for traffic. Google for example finishes first with an Alexa Rank of 1, Yahoo is fourth with a rank of 4, twitter is twelfth with an Alexa Rank of 12.
Now lets look at the porn “news” sites
Yours, mikesouth.com, is 73,570 Meaning that of all the websites in all the world Alex believes that there are 73,569 with more traffic than you
Gene Ross at adultfyi has 77.585
Lukeisback is 100,402
avn.com is 26,051
xbiz.com is 24,267
and KylieIreland.com who claims to have 500,000 views a month is 2,662,549
You clearly outrank Gene Ross, but you outrank him by more than you think. Gene requires and extra click to read every article and Alexa factors that in because a visitor spends more time and clicks more pages on his site than on yours. if you both had identical traffic adultfyi would rank significantly better than you, just because of that.
When you claimed that it is easy to “game” Alexa you are correct, if you look at xbiz.com and avn.com it is clear that their Alexa Ranks are artificially good, they don’t get that much more traffic than you and adultfyi.
Alexa is also good for initially validating claims, Kylie Ireland claims in the Public Service Ad that she did that she gets a half million views a month. Given her Alexa Rank there is no way that statement can possibly be true, or even anywhere near true.
When Cindi Loftus tries to sell her site, lukeisback.com, for 50K a look at her Alexa Rank says it probably isn’t worth that but it could be, that is when you ask to see the server logs, the ad revenue and any contractual commitments she has from advertisers.
Now let us take a look at www.gfy.com, with an Alexa Rank of 4,410. Does that sound too good to be true to you? It is and here is why. Alexa bases their rank largely on visits to a site by people who have Alexa installed on their browser, they figure that a certain percentage of all surfers have Alexa and from that they derive the rankings, if you don’t have the Alexa installed your visit doesn’t count much to Alexa. So what is gfy? it is an adult webmaster forum and almost all of the visitors are adult webmasters and they have Alexa installed on their browsers the result is they get a disproportionate amount of visitors that have Alexa.
It is relatively easy to make your Alexa Rank artificially good, I won’t tell how because that isn’t the point, What is not easy is making your rank artificially bad, as in the case of Ms Ireland, if she has half a million visitors a month there is no way she can make her Alexa Rank that bad.
All of of this taken into consideration you really do have very respectable traffic on mikesouth.com. Keep up the good work my friend.
Yes you read that right. I thought long and hard about this one, obviously, but I have always believed in giving credit where it is due, good or bad. I gave Rob a lot of credit for the bad things he did back in the day, I called him names, I was confrontational and he wasn’t exactly in the Mike South fan club either. But those days are gone. Rob and I had contact about a month ago and it was civil, adult even on both sides, he didn’t apologize nor did I but we certainly showed deference to each other.
Once off parole and free to remake himself Rob wasted no time. he saw, as I do, that porn was being taken over by people who don’t even much like us. The happy go lucky, good natured attitude of most porn people was exploited and Rob Black started calling things the way he sees them, and surprise surprise he and I were saying many of the same things.
I believe Rob wants to take the biz back from Manwin and the FSC and he is putting it on the line to do so when he probably could have sucked up to Manwin and gotten a job as a director for one of their sites. Instead, in typical Rob fashion he goes off and takes it over the top, but that over the top is getting him a lot of attention and it has revitalized Gene Ross’s site, which like Lukeisback has done, was falling off the radar.
I don’t agree with everything Rob says, nor he with I but if we were just alike one of us is unnecessary. Like myself Rob is opening a lot of peoples eyes, people in the industry and agree or even like him or not, he is making people think and that is always good, specially for porners.
never in a million years did I think I would be writing this post….Keep going Rob, God Bless ya man.
My buddy Jaybird posted some old pics on facebook yesterday that brought back some fun memories of the Tampa Shows from many years ago. Porners aren’t doing anything extraordinarily stupid so I figured we’d take look back at 12 years ago.
Mike South, Tim Case, Felicia Fox, Cori Love Not sure who the middle girl is
Mike South and Julie Rage, wonder whatever happened to her
Mike South race car, the girl on the car is Anna Malle
The more I look at things right now the less sense they make. There’s so much about porners that I will never understand. Consider this; Piracy is the single biggest problem our industry faces, hands down. Tube sites have decimated our customer base and have forced many people out of business. Everyone in porn agrees on that, me, Rob Black, AVN, The FSC, Vivid, Digital Playground, Wicked, Jules Jordan…all of us say the same thing.
The face of piracy in 2012 is Manwin, they own 8 of the worlds largest tube sites, they built their entire empire on pirated content and yet…who owns Digital Playground? Manwin. Whose DVDs did Jules Jordan Distribute? Manwins. Who runs Wicked’s web sites? Manwin. Who owns the FSC? Manwin. Who owns APHSS? Manwin. is there a Manwin connection to AVN? yes I believe there is without a doubt.
How is it that Manwin has made their way directly into our house and are even welcomed by many? Simple. they threw around money. It was paltry sums by comparison but hey porners are whores by definition and we have proven ourselves to be cheap whores at that.
Any other industry would have shut them out.
I actually had a guy contact me from one of the Industry only forums trying to sell me his services while listing Manwin and pornhub as two of his clients. I’m like HELLO? Do you not know a damn thing about me? But he was undeterred and he continued telling me how great he must be because Manwin companies use his company. pretty clear he has never read my site, nor does he have a fucking clue who I am or what I do….
Who’da ever thought I would find myself agreeing so much with Rob Black….or is he agreeing with me? regardless that was unforeseen, but Rob and I both have the same ideas in mind, we want to take back this industry. Who is with us?
Last weeks letter from Peter raised quite the stir, some think it’s fake some think it’s real but very few people really took it for what it was…a really good warning.
Alex Chance went out of her way to go get tested to prove she didn’t have Syphilis so it couldn’t have been true and must have been someone trying to exact revenge on her or whatever. AVN of course fawned all over that part of the story but you didn’t read word one about the original letter there or the implications of it until Ms Chance took them her test results.
Alex Chance never denied being an escort on TheLuxuryCompanion, even having admitted to it, it just became all about the STD’s
I even had one guy who works in the biz apparently as crew telling me that I should be helping the FSC to win the fight against AB332, apparently he misses the point….I AM trying to help them…Admittedly to no avail. he says if it passes he will hold me responsible for him not being able to feed his wife and kids…As if my cheering for a monkey trying to play chess will have any effect other than to excite the other monkeys.
He is following the “hazmat suit”, “we have a system that works”, “fax your assemblyman” crowd and he will blame me if they fail…sorry bro but if you are that stupid maybe you deserve to lose your job, I hear McDonalds is hiring, that doesn’t require much thought.
The solution is actually pretty simple and we had the ability to implement it and ward this legislation off ages ago..but we didn’t
1. Condom neutral, period
2. Companies carry workers comp insurance as required by law
3. companies pay for testing as required by law
4. (this is the tougher one but not as tough as fighting AB332) Get the STI situation in porn under control. Expand testing, close loopholes that allow performers to cheat the system and start weeding out the performers that wont comply
Pretty simple really…and Measure B and AB332 would never have happened. We were told back around 2006 to do it or they would do it for us, we didn’t and they are.