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CNBC Says "Mike South - South is the Nikki Finke of the porn industry. His blog, which is never short on opinion, is a must-read among industry insiders. His style is unique, but he is also a leading agent of change within the industry. There are few fence-sitters when it comes to opinions about South, but no one ignores him."

Recent Comments

  • Here is your code of conduct’s rule #1 (18)
    • Sam38g: Every porn director, owner, producer & agents brag about doing hitting on & fucking the female talent. There is only one company in...
    • Sam38g: Just because you go to the police does NOT mean the DA will file charges. In fact, more than likely NOT. Majority of the time the police...
    • Sam38g: Congrats, very proud of you. If there is violence or verbal abuse on a set, not signing the paperwork will only make it worse. You want to...
    • mharris127: At least during Upper Floor events at Kink people were interviewed and signed a model release directly before leaving the event. Yes, a...
    • Dirty Bob: I guess we both disagree. Try this scenario: You attend an event that is being filmed that also says that, by entering, you are aware...
    • MikeSouth: DB you are incorrect…after speaking with a well known attorney in entertainment law a model release signed prior to shooting the...
    • mharris127: Maybe talent could answer that question definitively but my impression is that most directors and producers don’t fuck the talent...
    • Dirty Bob: Also, you say that “if you sign a model release preemptively then it becomes harder to say no during a shooting ” and that...
    • Dirty Bob: Another way to look at it – let’s say the scene has 5 people involved. Four of them sign a release, but one holds things up...
    • jw: So mharris127 I hope MindGeek will cut all ties with Tony T and CET. And for that matter, every other talent too. Why would anyone want to give...
    • Karmafan: Do producers and agents still use the casting couch to try out new girls that want to be in porn?
    • SabrinaDeep: @BT It’s a dead end road. I don’t doubt that Nikki was assaulted. But I’m not sure either, Same was about the James...
    • mharris127: James Deen, assuming he did half of what he is accused of non-consensually doesn’t have any business in porn. I tend to believe...
    • BT: And, remember what happened – or didn’t happen – to James Deen. Allegations were made. I think most people believed them....
    • Karmafan: Congrats to you Sabrina.
  • Will Adriana Chechik Get Robbed Again At AVN (4)
    • MikeSouth: Yer right Matt but in full disclosure I am still in full control of this site but that may not be the case for long. I am entertaining...
    • mharris127: If they are begging and pleading you to redact the post they should have had enough dignity and morality to respond right there and...
    • MikeSouth: Im normally not one to do this but after a lot of begging and pleading from AVN I am redacting this post until AVN responds (which they...
    • Karmafan: Pierre Woodman said the same thing. When he advertised in AVN he got lots of nominations. Since he stopped advertising he gets 0...
  • Trump Nation in T Minus 9 Days (1)
    • artwilliams: A superpower led by an ill tempered, vindictive sociopath with multiple failed businesses. How bad could it go?

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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. - Confucius

To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge. - Confucius

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. - Confucius

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity. - Albert Einstein

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. - Albert Einstein

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. - Albert Einstein

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once. - Albert Einstein

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. - Stephen Hawking

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. - Stephen Hawking

Just because they make it in your size does not mean you should wear it. - Mike South

I guess you could say I am a Nihilist, but then I don't believe in Nihilism. - Mike South

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! - Dr. Seuss

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. - Dr. Seuss

Adults are just outdated children. - Dr. Seuss

I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly. - Winston Churchill

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. - Winston Churchill

I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. = Winston Churchill

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. - Winston Churchill

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. - Abraham Lincoln

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. - Abraham Lincoln

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. - Abraham Lincoln

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - Abraham Lincoln

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney

All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. - Walt Disney

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island. - Walt Disney

I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known. - Walt Disney

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. - Mahatma Gandhi

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. - Mahatma Gandhi

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. - Mark Twain

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. - Mark Twain

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. - Mark Twain

In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards. - Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them. - Mark Twain

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. - Mark Twain

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. - Mark Twain

I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' - Muhammad Ali

My only fault is that I don't realize how great I really am. - Muhammad Ali

I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others. - Muhammad Ali

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. - Maya Angelou

A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim. - Maya Angelou

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. - Buddha

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. - Buddha

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. - Buddha

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. - Oscar Wilde

Women are made to be loved, not understood. - Oscar Wilde

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. - Oscar Wilde

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. - Oscar Wilde

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. - Oscar Wilde

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism. - Oscar Wilde

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' - Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. - Mark Twain

Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. - Mark Twain

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. - Mark Twain

But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most? - Mark Twain

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. - Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself. - Mark Twain

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. - Mark Twain

Everything has its limit - iron ore cannot be educated into gold. - Mark Twain

I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it. - Mark Twain

It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. - Mark Twain

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning. - Mark Twain

We have the best government that money can buy. - Mark Twain

Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial 'we.' - Mark Twain

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. - Mark Twain

Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved. - Mark Twain

There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce. - Mark Twain

Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run. - Mark Twain

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. - Margaret Mead

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. - Ron White

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is. - Ellen DeGeneres

Children are smarter than any of us. Know how I know that? I don't know one child with a full time job and children. - Bill Hicks

A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice. - Bill Cosby

Weather forecast for tonight: dark. - George Carlin

I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It's chicken and eggs. And I said, I gotta use that one. - Paul Simon

If women ran the world we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days. - Robin Williams

I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with Guess on it. I said, Thyroid problem? - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die. - Mel Brooks

I wanna make a jigsaw puzzle that's 40,000 pieces. And when you finish it, it says 'go outside.' - Demetri Martin

Sexually progressive cultures gave us literature, philosophy, civilization and the rest, while sexually restrictive cultures gave us the Dark Ages and the Holocaust. - Alan Moore

My reaction to porno films is as follows: After the first ten minutes, I want to go home and screw. After the first twenty minutes, I never want to screw again as long as I live. = Erica Jong

I'd love to write some porn, but I don't know if I have the right engines. When I was a young man and I was tempted to write porn, imaginary parents would appear over my shoulder and read what I was writing; just about the point that I managed to banish the imaginary parents, real children would lean over my shoulder and read what I was writing. - Neil Gaiman

A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's: She changes it more often. - Oliver Herford

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it. - Terry Pratchett

You could knock my teeth out and break my nose, and there'd be something funny about it to me. - Chevy Chase

I'm not one to sit here and judge here. But I think it's funny that the people that condemn the adult industry the most are the ones consuming the product the most. - Sasha Grey

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. - Aristotle

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society. - Theodore Roosevelt

I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained. - Walt Disney

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. = Albert Einstein

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. - Henry David Thoreau

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. - Socrates

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. - Thomas A. Edison

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. - Confucius

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. - Ayn Rand

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. - Og Mandino

We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change. - Katharine Hepburn

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. - Winston Churchill

Maybe that's what life is... a wink of the eye and winking stars. - Jack Kerouac

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. - Vince Lombardi

Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. - Bob Marley

I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies. - Pietro Aretino

Girls have an unfair advantage over men: if they can't get what they want by being smart, they can get it by being dumb. - Yul Brynner

Women don't want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice. - Bill Cosby

I owe nothing to Women's Lib. - Margaret Thatcher

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry. - Gloria Steinem

The only really happy folk are married women and single men. - H. L. Mencken

Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him. - Marlene Dietrich

I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore. - Georgia O'Keeffe

When women go wrong, men go right after them. - Mae West

Were there no women, men might live like gods. - Thomas Dekker

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. - Dalai Lama

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. - Albert Einstein

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. - Napoleon Bonaparte

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land. - Desmond Tutu

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. - Galileo Galilei

The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. - Thomas Paine

God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians - you are not like him. - Mahatma Gandhi

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. - Henry David Thoreau

I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her. - Arthur C. Clarke

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. - Karl Marx

Any time scientists disagree, it's because we have insufficient data. Then we can agree on what kind of data to get; we get the data; and the data solves the problem. Either I'm right, or you're right, or we're both wrong. And we move on. That kind of conflict resolution does not exist in politics or religion. - Neil deGrasse Tyson

You sleep around, save peoples lives and do drugs how miserable could you be? - Coed To House MD

It's a basic truth of the human condition that everybody lies. The only variable is about what. - House M.D.

Our bodies break down, sometimes when we're 90, sometimes before we're even born, but it always happens and there's never any dignity in it. I don't care if you can walk, see, wipe your own ass. It's always ugly. Always. You can live with dignity, we can't die with it. - House M.D.

Occam's Razor. The simplest explanation is almost always somebody screwed up. - House M.D.

And humility is an important quality. Especially if you're wrong a lot.... Of course, when you're right, self-doubt doesn't help anybody, does it? - House M.D.

Dying people lie too. Wish they'd worked less, been nicer, opened orphanages for kittens. If you really want to do something, you do it. You don't save it for a sound bite. - House M.D.

I’m yet another resource-consuming kid in an overpopulated planet, raised to an alarming extent by Madison Avenue and Hollywood, poised with my cynical and alienated peers to take over the world when you’re old and weak. Am I scary, or what? - Calvin

Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. - Calvin

History is the fiction we invent to persuade ourselves that events are knowable and that life has order and direction. That's why events are always reinterpreted when values change. We need new versions of history to allow for our current prejudices. - Calvin

The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists. - Ernest Hemingway

Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. - Ernest Hemingway

I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes. - Ernest Hemingway

All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. - Ernest Hemingway

Wars are caused by undefended wealth. - Ernest Hemingway

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucious

An emotional debt is hard to square. - Iceberg Slim aka Robert Maupin/Beck

The aim of law is the maximum gratification of the nervous system of man. - Iceberg Slim

In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy. - Iceberg Slim

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. - Iceberg Slim

The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. - Charles Bukowski

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. - Charles Bukowski

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month. - Theodore Roosevelt

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. - Theodore Roosevelt

The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. - Theodore Roosevelt

In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity. - Hunter S Thompson

'Crazy' is a term of art; 'Insane' is a term of law. Remember that, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble. - Hunter S Thompson

The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. - Hunter S Thompson

If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism. - Hunter S Thompson

By disgracing and degrading the presidency of the United States, by fleeing the White House like a diseased cur, Richard Nixon broke the heart of the American Dream. - Hunter S Thompson

Freedom is something that dies unless it's used. - Hunter S Thompson

I wasn't trying to be an outlaw writer. I never heard of that term; somebody else made it up. But we were all outside the law: Kerouac, Miller, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Kesey; I didn't have a gauge as to who was the worst outlaw. I just recognized allies: my people. - Hunter S Thompson

Objective journalism is one of the main reasons that American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long. - Hunter s Thompson

War is God's way of teaching Americans geography. - Ambrose Bierce

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills. - Ambrose Bierce

Inside every old man is a little boy saying "what the hell happened" - Mike South

"It is wrong to kill people and they kill people so we must kill them." You don't see a problem with that ideology? - Mike South

it’s easier to agree with a crowd of idiots than it is to think for yourself and actually do something that might improve your lot in life. - Mike South