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OK we know Mindgeek owns Reality Kings
Senior Accountant Global Personals, LLC
Senior Accountant RK Holdings US LLC
QA Analyst & Site Support Global Personals, LLC
Executive Assistant RK Holdings, LLC
Product Manager Mind Geek, RK Holdings U.S. Inc.
All three of these people work or worked for both RK Holdings (Reality Kings) and Global Personals…the company that made the illegal contribution to The FSC. Note this is the SECOND time that The FSC has been exposed for taking illegal campaign contributions from MindGeek/ManWin….they haven’t yet been convicted of this one, but I expect its just a matter of time.
It is no surprise that Mr Escobar would be a senior level company accountant….after all that’s where the money is.
Many thanks to the reader who uncovered this for me….
I’m sorry but at what point does common sense creep into the brain trust of the morons at The Free Speech Coalition?
A few years back The FSC got in trouble for accepting political contributions from foreign based businesses, namely Manwin / MindGeek. The FSC had to return the money…They learned their lesson right? WRONG.
Once again the FSC is facing a complaint filed with Fair Political Practices Commission
In a sworn complaint, Engeran-Cordova alleged the seven companies made seven separate contributions to the anti-Prop. 60 campaign totaling $75,000. All contributions were made on Sept. 2. All the companies have ties to Global Personals, LLC, which business records show is based in the UK, and all are involved in the adult entertainment industry. Six of the seven companies also failed to report their contributions in a timely manner required by law.
It is illegal for foreign companies to contribute to U.S. political campaigns.
In 2015 the state Fair Political Practices Commission fined a similar campaign committee $61,500 in part for taking money from foreign companies. That committee was opposed to Measure B, a proposal eventually approved by voters, to require condoms in porn films produced in Los Angeles County.
The REALLY funny thing is that the total contributions to The FSC Anti Prop 60 campaign is $89,000, that would indicate that all but $14,000 came from this source of funding. Further extrapolation means that US based porn companies have donated a grand total of 14K to stop prop 60. According to numbers published yesterday AHF has spent 1.8M to support Prop 60. I would also point out that the 75K donation from Global Personals doesn’t even begincover Lepews (Eric Leue) salary for this year so far, nor does the total 89K. And why should it? accepting money from non US based businesses for a US political campaign is STRICTLY illegal and he should know that seeing that this is NOT the first Time the FSC has been caught doing this.
The amount of dirty shit that The FSC will do for money seems to have no boundaries.
I have to admit that even I was a bit surprised at this one, almost everyone has come out against Prop 60. I am on record as supportive but admittedly my support is soft, you don’t see any yes on prop 60 stickers on my social media accounts.
I do understand that it gives Weinstein carte blanche to recoup his money if Cal OSHA fails to investigate complaints and truth is I don’t blame him, we have had years to come up with a solution to the STD problem in porn and our solution has been…ignore it and claim it wasn’t our fault.
Despite the articles you have read in the porn press that make it sound otherwise, both parties and almost every major publication is on record as saying that Porn Valley should be using condoms.
And I think therein lies a part of the problem, The FSC has been quick to frame this as a condom law, and it appears that is exactly how the voting public is reading it.
Now the other problem is that the people in porn want you to believe that they are against this law but the truth is that less than one in ten will vote it down.
You read that right, less than one in ten performers will vote against Prop 60. All of those people on twitter that you see flying the No on Prop 60 graphic just isn’t enough, they actually have to go out and register to vote, then actually go to the voting booth and cast the vote. Less than one in ten actually will. I’m told that most of the people who are the most vocal about this aren’t even registered to vote, and yes, I believe it.
Ideally we wouldn’t need Prop 60, we would take care of our performers, but that clearly isn’t the case, nor will it be. Sine we do seem to need something it would have been better if it simply cleared the path for performers to easily sue for required testing, and medical care. As I pointed out I do understand AHF wanting to recoup money they spend taking care of our performers, but pass or fail condoms in porn are a reality.
A LOT of companys have paid OSHA fines this year, James Dean has paid over 75,000, Johanna Angel has been fined, so have many others…The only ones who haven’t been fined seem to be the ones using condoms, like Porno Dan and Wicked. I don’t see this trend stopping…matter of fact I see it increasing. After all that fine paid by James Deen for example paints a big target on his back to get another one, and they will increase with every fine because he is seen as a serial violater.
Efforts by The FSC to replace the condom requirement with Pre exposure prophylaxis has been shot down by OSHA already and even though it has been appealed there is NO chance that OSHA is going to put it’s seal of approval on a regular anti-biotic shot to prevent STIs. The FSC may have tried to back pedal when I shined a light on that but it is all there in black and white.
If I were The FSC I would be more prudent about how I spent my limited resources, condoms is a losing battle…Better to fund a way to digitally remove them than to keep throwing money on a bet you keep losing.
And if you are a performer and you wish to defeat Prop 60…Pay attention…hashtag activism aint gonna do it, get off your lazy ass and vote, if you don’t, the only person you can blame is yourself.
There is a class action lawsuit being worked on by attorneys for the Performers Union. The details are somewhat vague but the gist is that there is an effort underway to sue for royalties on behalf of performers.
It seems to be an effort in futility but you have to remember that this is the same way that mainstream actors ended up getting royalties and residuals….by intervention of the respective Unions.
As my reader Lurking Reader has pointed out “Who will they sue?” and that is a good question. Certainly Vivid, Wicked, Evil Angel and some others would be likely targets, since they have been around a while and are still in business.
But I have to wonder if anyone actually expects to collect anything. I can see a case for no, in that it is simply an effort to bring the idea to the forefront, at a time when there is a lot of re-organizing going on in porn. Almost everyone that has editorialized on Prop 60 for instance has pointed out that they are in favor of condom use in porn, and that performers shouldn’t be responsible for paying for their own testing and treatments. Consider what The Sacramento Bee said about it:
“Producers, not performers, should bear the cost of tests for sexually transmitted infections. And condom use is not too much to ask from an industry that routinely exposes its workers to sexually transmitted diseases, some of which can kill them. That’s why rules mandating protection against blood-borne pathogens on adult film sets have been in effect here since 1992.”
“Regulators are working with the industry and AHF to formulate comprehensive, updated safety regulations. This is beyond overdue, and they need to get busy. Producers and distributors, not performers, also should pay for more meaningful STD testing, as the measure suggests.”
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/election-endorsements/article100921742.html#storylink=cpy
The point here being that Porn Valley is already changing, albeit at the barrel of a gun, so to speak, so adding “points” for performers wouldn’t be such a stretch and the implications would be far reaching indeed.
This class action suit is something to watch but it is in the very very early stages, to my knowledge a judge hasn’t even given it class action status yet, which I think can’t be done until filed, so it has a way to go but it is certainly worth watching.
I have heard all of the arguments for and against a union and in looking into it I found a few things….
Nothing I can think of is more American than baseball, and according to numbers released by AVN (The infamous 14 billion dollar figure oft quoted by Forbes and others) porn is larger in terms of money than Baseball, Football, Basketball and Hockey….combined.
But lets use baseball. In the mid 60’s baseball players made, on average $14,000. Admitted that 19K went a LOT further in those days its the equiv of about 100K today…Not bad. Salaries rose over the prior years but not much.
At that time baseball players were not unionized. Many players and people in general thought that unions had outlived their usefulness and that paying more for players would destroy the industry.
After the players unionized salaries began to increase, in 2010 the average salary was $3,300,000 today the average salary is 4,400,000 dollars.
Now think about all the people involved in major league baseball, thats a pretty big business….but by Porn Valleys own accounting baseball is a smaller business than porn.
The average performer salary in porn these days is less than 50,000.
So COULD unionization improve the lives of performers? The answer of course is yes, it certainly could.
I used baseball as an example but you could also contrast it with Hollywood (Mainstream movies) or pretty much any other industry you like and you will find similar outcomes.
Putting aside the current issues with the Performers Union and the growing pains there performers standing together could indeed change the entire industry, for the better. Along with higher pay comes greater expectation, better Directors, potential endorsements, insurance, workplace conditions and in the end a better product. It makes the industry harder to break into but that would be a good thing, specially right now, when we have more performers than we have movies.
There is a move afoot, by the Union, with lawyers attached to file a class action suit for royalties on the behalf of performers. If that succeeds or even makes it into the courtroom it WILL change the biz in a BIG way, far more than Prop 60, and I think in the end, in a far better way than Prop 60. (more on this in the future.)
Despite the aforementioned growing pains the Union seems to be making some progress in much the same way that Unionizing Hollywood and baseball did.
Note I have used the word “could” here not “will” or “would” and therein lies the end result. Will performers come togetherin a manner that unionization would/will improve their lives? Well that’s up to y’all.
One of the things about this site is that when a topic comes up it often raises other concerns and people tell me things, particularly when that topic is MindGeek.
Now I am sure that it comes as no surprise to anyone out there that MindGeek has been the topic of many conversations over the years, it seems everyone want to know more about them.
Yesterday I was reminded of a story that was being done by one of the worlds largest and most respected US based newspapers. It was an investigative piece that I found out took over 30 months.
So what happens 30 months later? It seems this newspaper is SOLIDLY in the Hillary Clinton camp and they have chosen to bury the piece until after the election, and maybe for good.
So you are probably thinking the same thing that I am….What could be in it…I am told by a source connected the newspaper that while “investigating the worlds largest porn company” they found ties to a controversial email server, An equally controversial “foundation” and direct ties to terrorism.
All of that is pretty explosive stuff and This particular paper is in the anybody but Trump column, so the story got quashed.
Now how much of this is verifiable by me? Pretty much none, I knew they were doing the story, the whole reason I am writing this is that the source is rock solid AND in a position to know.
I am being vague about the whole thing in the hopes that the editors at the paper will reconsider.The people of this country do have a right to know particularly when it comes to our candidates, and if only 10% of what I have been told is true there are a lot of questions that need to be answered.
I am sure that many of you are doing what I did…shaking your heads in disgust but thinking yes, I could see this being true….THAT is exactly why that investigative story needs to come out BEFORE the election.
More if and when it develops
From A reader
don’t know what is going on over at Twistys but that site is in big trouble. Lots of movies don’t play, lots of photo sets are not showing up. Lots of links do not work and lots of paying members are livid about what is happening. Watching movie clips and seeing “Media offline” showing up LOL. WTF is that? That has something to do with the editing right? I have been a member for years and Twistys has gone from being one of the most respected & celebrated glamour/nude websites to one of the most despicable excuses for an adult site in the industry. I guess we have Mindgeek to thank for that right? Whoever is running that operation should be fired. I wonder if Mindgeek’s other sites are in chaos like this? Might be a sign of trouble????
heres some of the messages left on twistys Forum
The names of almost 800,000 registered users of porn site Brazzers have been exposed in a data breach.
The account details were taken from forums associated with the site on which porn fans discuss favourite scenes and performers.
It is thought attackers stole data using vulnerabilities in the vBulletin software used to run the chat forum.
Brazzers said it had taken measures to stop fraudsters re-using login names found in the list.
MindGeek admittted the breach was because they weren’t properly applying patches and updates to the VBulletin software they use for the forums.
The bigger issue in this is that most people use the same logins and passwords on every site that they are members of, I mean face it who could remember all the different ones if they didn’t use the same ones over and over. So now you can bet there will be a fresh round of paysites being logged into, ripped and posted to tubes and file lockers. Thanks MindGeek…..
I swear I don’t make this shit up…and let me be straight in that I HIGHLY doubt that Jayden James has ANYTHING to do with this…..Now read on.
I was contacted and asked if I knew anything about Jayden James, to which I answered not really. Well it seems this guy is sold on the idea that Jayden has a very large inheritance coming her way, millions of dollars, but her conservative family insists that she has to get married to get the inheritance, and out of the blue she picked this guy, who if he marries her for show, will get half.
OK have y’all finished laughing yet……Thing is this poor sap is serious in his belief that this is legit….Something about a fool and his money comes to mind.
Again I have no doubt that Jayden knows nothing about this and is no way involved, but it is funny and yall feel free to crack on the dude…..He is convinced that I am wrong.
I hate to say this but some of y’all are just dumb as bait.
If you read the papers last week you may have noticed last week that The European Union on Tuesday ordered Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in unpaid taxes from Apple.
My sources at MindGeek tell me that the higher-ups at MindGeek are nervous, because they used some of the same tactics in Ireland to avoid paying taxes. It is my understanding that as with Apple, Mindgeek had the blessing of the Irish government.
You can pretty well bet that The US government won’t jump to Manwin/MindGeeks defense the same way they have Apples.
I don’t normally write about things I watch on TV or Movies or music or whatever, but I have to make an exception for this one.
I found it quite by accident. Its a show on Showtime called “Roadies” and it’s about life on the road with a fictional band, from episode 1 it jumped out at me. part “This is Spinal Tap” and part “Almost Famous” it is ALL original and it is obvious that the writers and show creator Cameron Crowe, get it.
If you are like me, a rock and roll purist, if you get either the alt version of Dylans calssic “Tangled Up In Blue” or Lowell George’s eternal classic “Willin”, “Roadies” is going to strike a nostalgic chord in you. It has moments that will give you chills in pretty much every episode. Like porn, Rock and Roll has mostly sold out, “Roadies” is a trip back for those of us who never got disco, or it any of its bastard tekno cousins, for those of us to whom the words meant something.
I think Lester Bangs and Hunter S Thompson would approve….If You know who those guys were, Watch “Roadies” You’ll Thank Me.
First off sorry for the last few days, I have been enjoying the summer and taking a break….scuse it y’all.
If I had any idea that Eric Leue might actually be something that resembles an honest human being he has proven himself otherwise.
He is now claiming that Prop 60 is AHFs last chance, after that they are dead in the water if it fails… and of course begging for money. Let me assure you that Prop 60 is NOT AHFs last chance and that AHF can and will break the FSC if The FSC continues to fight in this manner…There is no way on earth The FSC or even the entire industry can withstand a financial war with AHF….And you can bet Lepew knows it, as does Weinstein.
He is also claiming that anyone who shoots porn without a condom, anywhere ob earth can be sued in California if someone in California can access the video on the internet. I would hope that he isn’t really that stupid but maybe he is, certainly some performers believe it. I could write a book on all the reasons this isn’t true.
What he isn’t talking about at all is his recommendation to use Doxycycline as a PreP for STIs….imagine that…He knows that turd won’t float in the biz…..But if he gets his way……thats what will happen.
I don’t care how you vote on Prop 60, I have problems with it either way but when you do vote on it know what itis that you are voting for or against, don’t believe a bunch of lies made up in order to con people into giving money to the FSC….Remember out of every dollar you give OVER HALF of it goes straight into Eric’s pocket as his salary….So he has to get the donations coming in, or he doesn’t get a paycheck. So if you wonder what is his motivation to come up with this bullshit…there you have it.
My recommendation to The FSC….get out of testing altogether, you should be dealing with 1st amendment issues not health issues, there isn’t one single person associated with the FSC who is qualified even at the most basic level to advise on health issues.
I understand that many of you are against Prop 60 and I respect that but what I don’t understand is why all the denial, why performers would believe that The FSC would never lie to them when they have SO many times in the past. It’s easy to go along with the crowd when they tell you what you want to believe, thats human nature but I have never lied to you guys and I won’t start now.
After some work i found where this came from, it seems that there was a LIMITED study done that suggested that a daily dose of the antibiotic would prevent several STI’s, incidentally the very ones that plague the industry
“A daily dose of the antibiotic doxycycline may be effective as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis, aidsmap reports. Publishing their findings in Sexually Transmitted Diseases, researchers conducted a pilot study of 30 HIV-positive gay men and transgender women who had contracted syphilis at least twice since being diagnosed with HIV. They were randomized either to take 100 milligrams of doxycycline each day for 36 weeks or to receive financial incentives for remaining free of sexually transmitted infections.”
“The participants received testing for the three STIs at weeks 12, 24, 36 and 48, when they also completed questionnaires about their number of recent sexual partners, condom use and drug use.
Those who took the antibiotic PrEP were 73 percent less likely to have contracted any of the three STIs by week 48 as those in the financial incentive group. Due in part to the small number of participants, the reduction in risk had a very wide estimate range, however: 17 percent to 91 percent.
The researchers concluded that their findings support the development of a larger trial to test the effectiveness of antibiotic PrEP for STIs.”
The source is here https://www.poz.com/article/PrEP-STIs-26818-6445
It should be noted that the study is limited and that the recommendation was that more definitive studies be done.
Eric Leue is very in touch with the gay community and that is how The FSC found this study and Lepew (Eric Leue) suggested that this prep treatment could be used to reduce the high STI rates in performers.
In Petition 560 which the FSC sent to Cal-OSHA He presents The FSC intention to make this a part of the industry solution:
You can read it all for yourself The official OSHSB page for FSC’s Petition 560 is available here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/petition-560.html
Where The FSC Officially states
“So far this research shows great promise and the petitioners recommend to include such advances in the standard.”
For those that may not understand The FSC are the petitioners so in fact it reads
“So far this research shows great promise and the Free Speech Coalition recommend to include such advances in the standard.”
It doesn’t get much clearer than that.
Now in the event that you haven’t read anything about the overuse of antibiotics in the last ten plus years , doctors are more and more resistant to prescribing antibiotics unless they are really needed because this overuse is causing antibiotic resistant strains of diseases, one of which is Gonorrhea. I couldn’t find anyone in the medical community that endorsed using regular doses of Doxycycline to prevent STIs. That is understandable, it is a very very bad idea.
If you are a female in the industry and you use hormonal birth control (the pill) it is an even worse idea because Doxycycline interferes with the brith control pill, making it less effective.
You can read that here https://www.drugs.com/doxycycline.html
“Doxycycline can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while using doxycycline.”
The whole thing is a hair brained idea based on a limited study that never intended to suggest that using antibiotics as a preventative measure for STIs would be a good idea. LePew ran with it.
Rest assured OSHA is NOT going to rule in favor of this petition, no matter how many porn chicks parade themselves up, open their mouths and prove to everyone in the room that they haven’t read The FSC petitions, or if they did, they clearly did not understand what they were reading.
Remember, pass or fail prop 60 will not mean that you don’t have to use condoms, condoms are still the law and that isn’t going to change. If Prop 60 fails the only thing it means for performers is that it will be more difficult for a performer to make a director pay the medical expenses.
The money being spent by The FSC on this would be way better spent on a system to remove the condoms from the video via special effects, it actually isnt even that hard to do. I am not sure why the industry doesn’t seem to see that.
And lastly why is The FSC even involved in this issue at all, the last place the FSC should be influencing policy is performer health and safety, they have NO expertise in this area. If y’all think back you may remember that FSC advisory board….where are they now? Where do they stand on this pre exposure treatment idea?
I would like to think that todays performers are intelligent enough to see these things for what they are but I am clearly wrong. I don’t care where you stand on Prop 60 and thats the Gods honest truth, what I do care about is that you understand what it is you are voting for or against and in that area itis VERY clear that most performers simply do not have a clue, they believe what they are told by the FSC or Brad Armstrong or whomever, these being the very people that would have to pay your medical bills if Prop 60 passes, so ya they dont want it to pass, they would rather you have to pay for your testing and your medical bills when you catch an STI on their set and they didn’t allow you to use a condom.
I look at the FSC sheep testifying before Cal OSHA and I cant help but wonder how people who have obviously not read the FSC proposals can be so supportive….and so misinformed….
I think maybe the best thing OSHA could do is let the FSC win on their proposals….I don’t think Julia Ann (whom Ilike a lot) or Ela Darling are going to be very happy when they learn that now they have to pay for a shot of Doxycycline every two weeks if they want to work.
And I noted the harping about performers privacy…and citing poor Joanna Angel….ummm Joanna Angel is being fined by OSHA as a producer NOT a performer, her personal info became a matter of pu8blic record when she started her company, Corporate filings as well as 2257 info are public record, prop 60 has nothing to do with that.
Of course the FSC won’t win because as has been pointed out numerous times a state con not adopt a lower standard of safety than the federal standard and 560 and 160 (The FSC proposals) are MUCH lower.
Performers are simply too ignorant of what is really in the FSC standards, I mean I can’t imagine even the dumbest performers allowing themselves to be injected with a wide spectrum antibiotic every two weeks….much less paying for it out of their own pockets, but if The FSC is successful that is what will happen, I’d love to see Eric LePew selling that ….
For Gods sake would y’all wake the hell up?
Finally, I have been trying to explain to some family and friends that common core math is actually a better way.
They have no problem that I am an atheist, that I fully support the rights of two adults to marry whomever they please, that I would never vote for Hillary OR Trump, they can accept that, but to suggest that the old way of memorizing “times tables” and such is a poor way to teach math….OH MY GOD it is like trying to explain prop 60 to porners.
Both are like trying to explain philosophy to your dog, they look at you with this blank stare, then they open their mouth and illustrate that they didn’t understand a word you said.
I don’t want this to be a referendum on common core math, or prop 60
My point is that in both cases people cling to what they want to believe even though if they were simply smart enough to educate themselves they might understand it. Understanding it doesn’t mean you change your mind but at least you can put up an intelligent argument as to why you are for or against it.
One classic example was a mom whowas against common core and said “some kids just naturally get math and some don’t” SMFH…..Common core is for those that DON’T have a natural ability to understand math.
Be it common core or Prop 60 it comes down to the fact that people resist change because it requires them to learn something, it is far easier to refuse to learn and stand with a group of idiots than it is to educate yourself and decide for yourself.
One thing for sure, I am done trying to explain Common Core AND Prop 60 to people who don’t want to know the facts.