I rode my bike 550 miles and back to visit my friends Lindsey (Lovehands) and Al this weekend, but more on that later, time to catch up.
First things have been quiet on the manwin front mostly until Friday when manwin was served with a suit for patent violations regarding their popunder adds in most of their free sites.. Thats all fine and dandy but I expect a BIG BOMB to drop on Manwin soon…stay tuned.
Just an observation but if there are two bigger attention whores than Farrah Abraham and James Deen I am uncertain who they are….these two should marry. Throw Steven Hirsch into the mix and you have the Trifecta of attention whoring.
I noticed Mister Marcus actually commented here in a couple of threads, gotta give him credit for thick skin at least….That and not playing the race card all the damn time.
Im following up on the letter from Peter in a bit.
10. The bartender told me I wasn’t drunk anymore
9. I thought I faked the breathalyzer test
8. That was a false positive from when I was drunk last week
7. Lexington Steele told me breathalyzers are racist
6. Its embarrassing but not as embarrassing as the fact I drive a Hyundai
5. I wasn’t driving it was a little blonde white girl named Karma and she got out and disappeared
4. AHF set me up
3. It’ll all be ok the FSC is handling my defense
2. The APHSS Test said I wasn’t drunk
1. It’s all a ploy by Steven Hirsch at Vivid to get more PR for my comeback video
TMZ actually broke the story. Mister Marcus was arrested last night in Hollywood for DUI. He was pulled over in a Hyundai Elantra around 2:30 AM after cops noticed the car weaving all over the road. He failed the breathalyzer and was arrested and is still in custody.
I find it sad, because it seems one of the best places to get porn news now is TMZ. What’s up with that?
AVN is pretty much following the pattern of everything else Manwin takes over. They take something that is a fairly well known (and even somewhat respected brand), very quietly take it over, put people nominally in charge, and let it go. They hire people to do the virtual version of making sure the neon sign outside works all the time, and to polish up the outside of the building to make it look legit and active, but inside there is little but empty virtual offices. The actual work, the support, the accounting, the business… it all happens in one of Manwin’s tax shelter havens. Nothing happens where it happens, if you know what I mean.
The result is that the properties degrade from the inside out. The neon sign glows brightly, the facade of the building is perfect, the lawn is mowed. Inside there is 1 guy trying to fake being an entire company. In the case of AVN, it appears that they take the approved news releases, and run them more or less verbatim. AVN may not be getting ads, but someone, somewhere is making bank off of getting this stuff in print. Meanwhile, this one poor guy is trying to make the magazine go, and it’s not working out well.
At some point, the facade crumbles, and instead of seeing a business inside full of people working, we discover that the thing is rotted from the inside out.
Manwin has taken over many decent online brands (Twistys, example) and totally killed them. They are in the process of doing the same with Nastydollars, using cheaper eastern European filler content, getting rid of their “contract” stunt cocks, and so on. 37 sites in the program, but barely 10 of them seem to update anymore. Babes is the same thing, started with a big flurry and now all but ignored. It gets new content, but almost no promotion. The account reps on these programs generally are poor to VERY poor, interested only in getting placements for their ads and not worrying about anyone making money. It’s not hard to see that they are working to drive traffic, not specifically sales.
Anyway… when you wonder what is up with AVN, it’s just that past actually buying these things and integrating them into their “money management” system, Manwin doesn’t appear to have a clue on how to maintain them. Without the tube sites driving traffic, they likely would have run out of cash a long time ago.
Now reading his post about “it’s a bird, it’s a plane it’s superbug…Not” on AVN would lead one to believe that Gonorrhea is not becoming antibiotic resistant. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Now that particular strain claimed to have been found in Hawaii is a hoax BUT Gonorrhea has been increasingly anti-biotic resistant for years and a superbug like the one found in Japan that was reported to have jumped to Hawaii that is resistant to current treatments is very much coming.
I would strongly suggest Mister Kernes to stick to writing what he knows about….Oh wait that would leave him unemployable. Mark, it’s one thing to be stupid, it’s quite another to expand that to recklessness. Bottom line I wouldn’t publish you on mikesouth.com if you paid me….
From the CDC:
Gonorrhea is the second-most commonly reported STD in the U.S., according to the CDC. It is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium, and has been treated with antibiotics like penicillin since the 1940s. But over time, genetic mutations have increased the bacteria’s resistance to penicillin, necessitating higher doses until the 1980s when several strains of gonorrhea resistant to penicillin and tetracycline antibiotics became widespread in the U.S.
Doctors then moved to using fluoroquinolone antibiotics to treat gonorrhea in the 1990s and early 2000s, but resistant strains popped up in East Asia and the United States. By 2007, about 5 percent of U.S. cases resisted the antibiotics, leading the CDC to no longer recommend them. This left cephalosporins as the only remaining antibiotic recommended for treating gonorrhea.
Following the pattern, strains resistant to cephalosporins began appearing in East Asia in the early 2000s, and eventually strains resistant to the cephalosporin Ceftriaxone made their way to Japan, France and Spain by the end of the decade. In a 2011 issue of MMWR, the CDC warned doctors to look for cephalosporin-resistant strains and report any cases to health officials.
Now in the latest report, CDC researchers said cephalosporin-resistant strains of gonorrhea might be emerging in the United States, with increasing rates being seen especially in men who have sex with other men (MSM) living in the western United States.
“The development and spread of cephalosporin resistance in N. gonorrhoeae, particularly ceftriaxone resistance, would greatly complicate treatment of gonorrhea,” wrote the CDC researchers, who added the previously recommended treatments can’t be routinely prescribed either.
That’s why they’re calling on doctors to “prevent a return to the era of untreatable gonorrhea.” Doctors should ask patients for their sexual histories, screen sexually active MSM and high-risk women for gonorrhea at least once a year, if they have it, treat them with a newly-recommended treatments which include cephalosporins and different antibiotics like azithromycin and doxycycline.
“Experience and current data suggest that public health actions outlined in this report provide the best chance of averting the unfavorable outcome of multidrug-resistant gonorrhea,” they wrote.
Todays posts were written yesterday and auto posted using wordpress at a specific time. I was at the doctor till about 2pm my time so I get back and check the site and apparently theres quite a stir, but for the wrong reasons.
I didn’t really intend to out anyone, I missed a second reference in the letter, my bad but the truth is it isnt about the girl involved and it isnt about the guy.
I’m gonna make a statement here, remember it while you read the rest of this. People believe what they want to believe regardless of the facts.
Some people are upset that the girl was prostituting, got news for yall to the majority of the world if you are in porn you are a prostitute….no difference. If you dont like that perception sorry thats the way it really is. I don’t agree but that doesn’t make it less so. If you weeded out all the girls in porn who escort and do it bareback you wouldn’t have enough performers to keep one company shooting.
Some people are upset that Peter used a prostitute bought by his friend or whatever big deal…every guy who ever got laid paid for it in one way or another.
You see this isnt about her or him
How many times have you seen it said by the FSC and their ignorant sycophants that “We have a testing system in place that works for us” or “we are the most tested workforce on earth” or “you are more likely to get an STD from picking up someone in a bar than you are from a porn performer”
You have heard it dozens of times in the battles over the local and state condom laws. They simply arent true, none of them and this incident illustrates that vividly
The dumbest idea of all is that this is some cock-a-mamie thing that AHF put out there to help their case…HELLO…They have a rout going, theres 30 seconds left in the game and AHF has the ball at the 50 yard line, do you REALLY think the people that engineered this whole condom law thing are dumb enough to take a chance like that? It’s a lock that AB332 is gonna pass without this letter. What the letter illustrates is how we as an industry are missing the point which explains why we cant mount a viable defense.
So you have porners hearing what they want to hear, AHF hearing what they want to hear what, exactly do you think the California Assembly is going to hear?
The FSC has propped up a rag tag coalition of mostly former performers and started this thing called The Adult Performers Coalition for Choice. At first it sounds like it’s a pretty good thing until you realize that there is no “choice” in it. If they were promoting a condom neutral, performer choice platform i would support it 100%. They are not. They Don’t want you to even have the choice to use a condom just as AHF doesn’t want you to have the choice not to use a condom.
Funny thing though…many of the names on that list were condom users for at least some of their porn career including Julie Meadows and Nina Hartley but the real surprise to me was to see Jessica Drake’s name on the list. Jessica works for a condom only company, why would she want to take the choice to use condoms away from other performers? She has to use condoms.
Word to whatever moron came up with the name of this idiotic thing. Don’t use the word choice when choice has nothing to do with it. If you want performers to help you should be honest with them and not bullshit them, they get lied to enough by the FSC and that bunch.
I’m willing to bet you don’t get many performers signing up for this…..
AB332 IS going to pass because nobody in porn will address the issues it raises seriously.
I got the following email that was send to several bigwigs at AHF. You can bet your ass it’s gonna be used to pass it. now I know you may all say he shouldn’t have done that, she shouldn’t have done that blah blah blah BUT the one key point in here that hits home like a beacon is this part:
“It all happened because I decided that the porn industry’s testing procedure would keep me safe, even though I was just what they call a “civilian”. They claim that the diseases that come into their business are contracted by people like me but it’s not true.”
My name Peter. First, I would like to commend you on your fight to bring mandatory condoms to the Porn Industry. I would like to tell you my story. I am a married man for over 10 years. About one year ago my wife and I decided to take a break and see other people. This trial separation lasted only two weeks but it forever changed my life. I have a friend who works in the porn industry and he told me, don’t worry, I will take care of you. He booked me a girl through an agency called The Luxury Companion. The girl’s name was A… C….. My friend paid for her to spend the night with me. I picked her up and we went out to dinner. We had a great time and ended up at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. My friend had apparently bought me a full package with Ms. Take A Chance so I decided to use it. That night we had sex. She told me she was a pornstar and regularly tested so I figured it would be safe to have sex without protection. I know I was clean because I had been married for the past 10 years and only been with my wife and have had regular physicals where I have been tested for all STD’s. Long story short, we had a full night of unprotected sex and said our goodbyes in the morning. I never expected to even think about that night again for as long as I lived. A few weeks later my wife and I reconciled and went to therapy to improve our marriage. A few months later my wife started developing a rash in her pubic region. I took her to the doctor to find out she had been infected with Herpes and Syphilis. I got tested also to find out that I had the same diagnosis. Our family was devastated. It all happened because I decided that the porn industry’s testing procedure would keep me safe, even though I was just what they call a “civilian”. They claim that the diseases that come into their business are contracted by people like me but it’s not true. This girl ruined my family’s life. I came clean to my wife about what had happened and she left me.
Please feel free to use my story however you see fit and good luck with AB332. You have a lot more support than you think.
Lets talk about AVN. There was a time when AVN was the 800 lb Gorilla in this biz. I can’t speak to the internal politics there very much because I really don’t know. What i do know is that Paul Fishbein was well liked in the industry and that he had juice, serious juice. Oaul was a master politician, he could hold people together. Everyone advertised in AVN even though by the time AVN reviews of a movie came out the movie had already been in stores for 3-4 months. AVN was the central clearing house for porn info to the mainstream media as well.
I remember thinking when AVN sold that the future probably didn’t look so good for them. I think Paul was wise to get out when he did. AVN was losing relevance rapidly because the porn market was going to hell, there was simply too much porn out there and it was (still is) free. Porn companies were failing left and right, the days where the demand was high and the supply was low had gone now demand is as high as it ever was but supply is cumulatively higher than it ever has been so the balloon burst.
Left holding the string is Theo. When AVN sold I started looking for anything on Theo Sapoutzis and Vasilis Kailis, the new “owners” I couldn’t find much, just a lot of connections to malware sites. Later on I learn that Vasilis Kailis also owns a large file locker (Piracy site) and has direct ties to just about every scam and scumbag in adult internet, including loose ties to Manwin via a character named Constantine Luchian. At this point Theo insists that Kailis was just a “nominee Director” as he was for all the other nefarious companies he was associated with. Theo and I had always had a good relationship, at least I thought so. We talked regularly, met when our schedules permitted and he seemed genuinely interested in moving AVN ahead and even to cleaning up the industry. he assured me that the real owners had no association with Manwin or with anything that would be or had ever been harmful to the industry. I know one thing, when the dirt started coming out on Vasilis Kailis all traces of him were quickly removed from AVN. VERY QUICKLY.
But who are the real owners and why do they feel the need to hide behind a nominee Director? Theo says they dont want an association with porn but now that I think about it it seems pretty clear that what they really dont want is for porners to know who they are. Now at least in my mind that means that they were somehow involved in piracy, simply because there is no other reason porners would care who they are. maybe AVN really does have ties to Manwin, maybe Manwin does own AVN, it would make sense, manwin was buying up lots of diverse stuff back then….agencies, testing labs, internet properties…it only makes sense that they would want a media outlet and AVN was the biggest and best.
Theo hasn’t talked to me in a while now, he hasn’t returned any of my calls lately, maybe I pissed him off who knows….It seems to me that AVN is in deep trouble right now, having dwindled to less than 25% of the advertising pages it once had and losing credibility rapidly for not reporting any hard news in the industry. How much longer can it last? When I look at the ads in the latest issues I do the math and I can’t imagine any way that AVN could be turning a profit.
And speaking of Theo, he too is a good politician, good at telling people what they want to hear for sure. But at this point he appears to be just that, a politician and he tells you what you want to hear but lacks either the power or the real motivation to actually get anything done. he doesn’t strike me as an owner, he strikes me as the front man.
Whatever the future for AVN it looks grim, as it does for the rest of the industry. I recall Peter Clemenza in “The Godfather” who said “These things gotta happen every five years or so, ten years. Helps to get rid of the bad blood.” Well porn never had a shake out and a lot of old school porn guys are saying this was a long time coming and in the end it’ll be a good thing, gets rid of the guys who didn’t really have their hearts in it anyway and once the dust settles the ones left will make money again.
Will AVN survive it or is the paper tiger in it’s death throes?
Lylith LaVey MikeSouth.Com’s Person of the Week
This is a new thing I am going to do to give some credit to the people who are working for positive change in the industry. There probably won’t be one every week, but when someone is worthy they will get it. If you have a nominee, email me and tell my why they deserve it.
The very first one goes to Lylith LaVey. When most of the people in this biz would have just shrugged it off and chalked it up to typical scumbags in porn, Lylith said no. Not me. I will stand up for what is right. When Mister Marcus exposed her to syphilis, presenting a faked test and working when he knew he was infected Lylith did what everyone he exposed should have done, she filed suit. Now in a just world and in any other business Mister Marcus would have been arrested for what he did but since the city of Los Angeles wasn’t going to make him face the facts, tell the truth and admit he was wrong, Lylith LaVey stood up and said I will do it! In doing so she struck a blow for every performer who has been lied to, manipulated and fucked over on a set.
Now Mister Marcus has hired himself a real douchebag of an attorney named Martin Cutler who claims….and I quote:
“In my 24 years of practicing law, I have never seen a more frivolous case against a defendant than this one. There was an assumption of risk in the case of the shoot. She’s a porn actress — she knew what she was getting into.”
So in Mister Cutler’s fucked up mind when you get into porn and your partner doesn’t disclose that he/she has an STD then it’s your tough luck for being in porn, I mean what did you expect from these scumbags? Well Mister Cutler, I for one hope that Lylith LaVey and her attorney hand you and Mister Marcus your fucking scumbag asses.
I am proud to make Lylith LaVey the very first Mikesouth.com person of the week and you should be proud of her too!