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Freedom From Terror: MLK JR’s Legacy


“Your father and his brother, the mayor, came into the kitchen with a rope. They said a black man had raped a white woman and they were going out hunting for him. I was terrified.”

Until I was an adult, my mother had told me nothing about her dashing, handsome husband, my birth father.

She asked me not to look for him because he was “dangerous.” I honored her request until I was forty-seven years old, when I searched for and found my father, an old man living in South Georgia.

Mom was a beautiful, small town Northern Pennsylvania school teacher who had spent years caring for her sick mother. He, a charming Southern soldier on leave, had swept her off her feet. They married on a whim. On their honeymoon, he took her to visit his traditional, southern family where she discovered his true identity.

With a flare towards the romantic, mom picked her china pattern, ‘The Georgian’ by Homer Laughlin,  learned to make Southern Biscuits, got on a train back to Pennsylvania and seldom saw the man she married until after WWII.

He returned to discuss divorce, disown me, and disappear. He never appeared in our family story until I found him in his kitchen forty-seven years later.

“I always wondered what happened to you, but I never did anything about it.” sad words from my elderly father, as I sat at his knee bawling.

We spoke on the phone several times and then three months later he died. The end.  Yet my work was just beginning. I needed to forgive the trauma and loneliness, depression and anger that remained in me.

When I read this article, I remembered him again and thought about the terror he was responsible for in that Southern town so many years ago.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/29/1011562/-Most-of-you-have-no-idea-what-Martin-Luther-King-actually-did

Why Not Require a Photo ID to Vote?


ALEC CROW - 21st Century Disenfranchisement

ALEC CROW – 21st Century Disenfranchisement (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

It seems such a simple thing to most of us with money, a College ID, a Driver’s License, or a Passport.  When I first heard about this I honestly thought it was a “no-brainer”.  “Of course people should present their ID’s to vote, how else will they prove who they are?”

As I thought about it, though, I realized how out of touch I was with many people in America. There are people without health insurance, driver’s licenses, or any type of identification.

Here’s a list of states and how much it costs to obtain an ID in each of them:
 http://dmvanswers.com/questions/419/How-much-do-state-ID-cards-cost

I checked the internet to see if it’s possible to get a free ID in order to vote. It is. However: few poor people have access to the internet.  Here’s what I found when I pulled up the website from the

State of Wisconsin as an example:

“Due to the need to provide a birth certificate and/or other documents to receive a DOT-issued ID, individuals should start the process of obtaining a statutory identification well in advance of an election at which they wish to vote.  You may also consult our pamphlet on how to get a free state ID card.”

Below is an example of how this works out for one elderly lady in PA.

http://news.yahoo.com/legal-challenge-pennsylvania-voter-id-law-begins-court-194640777.html

Effectively, this results in marginalizing a large segment of our society; the elderly, the poor, the disabled, many of whom will have no access to their birth certificate, little opportunity or time to access a computer, no child care  or transportation to get to a DMV, or no money to buy an ID.

But what about fraud? Won’t we have illegal aliens voting, and people voting more than once?

I refer you to this excellent article from Pro Publica:

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Voter ID Laws

A local resident casts her vote at a polling station in Sandy Springs, Ga., on March 6, 2012. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

by Suevon Lee
ProPublica, July 23, 2012, 4:51 p.m.

July 24: This post has been updated and corrected.

Voter IDs laws have become a political flashpoint in what’s gearing up to be another close election year. Supporters say the laws — which 30 states have now enacted in some form — are needed to combat voter fraud, while critics see them as a tactic to disenfranchise voters.

We’ve taken a step back to look at the facts behind the laws and break down the issues at the heart of the debate.

So what are these laws?

They are measures intended to ensure that a registered voter is who he says he is and not an impersonator trying to cast a ballot in someone else’s name. The laws, most of which have been passed in the last several years, require that registered voters show ID before they’re allowed to vote. Exactly what they need to show varies. Some states require a government-issued photo, while in others a current utility bill or bank statement is sufficient.

As a registered voter, I thought I always had to supply some form of ID during an election.

Not quite. Per federal law, first-time voters who registered by mail must present a photo ID or copy of a current bill or bank statement. Some states generally advise voters bring some form of photo ID. But prior to the 2006 election, no state ever required a voter to produce a government-issued photo ID as a condition to voting. Indiana in 2006 became the first state to enact a strict photo ID law, a law that was upheld two years later by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Why are these voter ID laws so strongly opposed?

Voting law advocates contend these laws disproportionately affect elderly, minority and low-income groups that tend to vote Democratic. Obtaining photo ID can be costly and burdensome, with even free state ID requiring documents like a birth certificate that can cost up to $25 in some places. According to a study from NYU’s Brennan Center, 11 percent of voting-age citizens lack necessary photo ID while many people in rural areas have trouble accessing ID offices. During closing arguments in a recent case over Texas’s voter ID law, a lawyer for the state brushed aside these obstacles as the “reality to life of choosing to live in that part of Texas.”

Attorney General Eric Holder and others have compared the laws to a poll tax, in which Southern states during the Jim Crow era imposed voting fees, which discouraged the working class and poor, many of whom were minorities, from voting.

Given the sometimes costly steps required to obtain needed documents today, legal scholars argue that photo ID laws create a new “financial barrier to the ballot box.”

Just how well-founded are fears of voter fraud?

There have been only a small number of fraud cases resulting in a conviction. A New York Times analysis from 2007 identified 120 cases filed by the Justice Department over five years. These cases, many of which stemmed from mistakenly filled registration forms or misunderstanding over voter eligibility, resulted in 86 convictions.

There are “very few documented cases,” said UC-Irvine professor and election law specialist Rick Hasen. “When you do see election fraud, it invariably involves election officials taking steps to change election results or it involves absentee ballots which voter ID laws can’t prevent,” he said.

One of the most vocal supporters of strict voter ID laws, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, told the Houston Chronicle earlier this month that his office has prosecuted about 50 cases of voter fraud in recent years. “I know for a fact that voter fraud is real, that it must be stopped, and that voter id is one way to prevent cheating at the ballot box and ensure integrity in the electoral system,” he told the paper. Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to ProPublica’s request for comment.

How many voters might be turned away or dissuaded by the laws, and could they really affect the election?

It’s not clear.

According to the Brennan Center, about 11 percent of U.S. citizens, or roughly 21 million citizens, don’t have government-issued photo ID. This figure doesn’t represent all voters likely to vote, just those eligible to vote.

State figures also can be hard to nail down. In Pennsylvania, nearly 760,000 registered voters, or 9.2 percent of the state’s 8.2 million voter base, don’t own state-issued ID cards, according to an analysis of state records by the Philadelphia Inquirer. State officials, on the other hand, place this number at between 80,000 and 90,000.

In Indiana and Georgia, states with the earliest versions of photo ID laws, about 1,300 provisional votes were discarded in the 2008 general election, later analysis has revealed.

As for the potential effect on the election, one analysis by Nate Silver at the New York Times’ FiveThirtyEight blog estimates they could decrease voter turnout anywhere between 0.8 and 2.4 percent. It doesn’t sound like a very wide margin, but it all depends on the electoral landscape.

“We don’t know exactly how much these news laws will affect turnout or skew turnout in favor of Republicans,” said Hasen, author of the recently released The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown. “But there’s no question that in a very close election, they could be enough to make a difference in the outcome.”

When did voter ID laws get passed — and which states have the strictest ones?

The first such law was passed as early as 2003, but momentum has picked up in recent years. In 2011 alone, legislators in 34 states introduced bills requiring voters show photo ID — 14 of those states already had existing voter ID laws but lawmakers sought to toughen statutes, mainly to require proof of photo identification.

The National Conference of State Legislatures has a helpful breakdown of states’ voter ID laws and how they vary.

(National Conference of State Legislatures)

Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas and Pennsylvania have the toughest versions. These states won’t allow voters to cast a regular ballot without first showing valid photo ID. Other states with photo ID laws offer some more flexibility by providing voters with several alternatives.

What happens if a voter can’t show valid photo ID in these states?

These voters are entitled to a provisional ballot. To ensure their votes count, however, they must produce the mandatory ID within a certain time frame and affirm in person or writing they are the same individual who filled out a temporary ballot on Election Day. The time limits vary: They range anywhere from up to three days after the election (Georgia) to noon the Monday after the election (Indiana).

Are there any exceptions to the photo ID requirement?

Yes. Indigency or religious objections to being photographed. But these exceptions don’t automatically grant a voter the ability to cast a regular ballot: In Pennsylvania and Indiana, voters will be given a provisional ballot and must sign an affidavit for their exemption within the given time frame. For a more specific breakdown of all exceptions, see this state-by-state summary.

Why is the Justice Department getting involved in some cases?

Because of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires that states with a history of discrimination receive preclearance before making changes to voting laws. Texas and South Carolina passed strict photo ID laws in 2011 but were refused preclearance by the DOJ, which argued that these laws could suppress turnout among minority voters.

Texas went to court recently seeking judicial preclearance from a federal district court; a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is expected to issue a decision by the end of the summer. South Carolina heads to oral arguments in the same court in September.

Are there any other legal challenges to such laws currently in the works?

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to prevent the Pennsylvania voter ID law, signed into law by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in March, from taking effect. The lawsuit claims that elderly, disabled, low-income people and the homeless, plus married women who have changed their names, transgender individuals, and students who have photo IDs that don’t list an expiration date, will find it difficult to obtain proper ID before the November election.

In the latest development, the DOJ has now launched an investigation into Pennsylvania’s photo ID law. As first reported by Talking Points Memo, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division sent the state’s chief election official a letter Monday afternoon requesting 16 separate items, including the state’s complete voter registration list, any documents supporting the governor’s prior assurance that “99 percent” of the state’s eligible voters already have acceptable photo ID, any papers to prove the state is prepared to provide registered voters with ID cards free of charge upon oath or affirmation, and any studies that inform state officials of the “demographic characteristics” of residents who lack valid voter ID.

The DOJ letter states it needs these documents within 30 days to evaluate the state’s compliance with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which forbids voting practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.

Have any states attempted to enact strict voter ID laws but so far been unsuccessful?

Yes. In Wisconsin, two judges have blocked enforcement of the state’s photo ID law. An appeal in one case won’t be heard until after the November election. Meantime, Democratic governors in Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire and North Carolina have vetoed strict photo ID bills passed by their Republican-led legislatures last year.

Are there other voter ID laws in effect that ask for but don’t necessarily require photo ID?

Yes. In these so-called “non-strict photo ID states” — Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Idaho, South Dakota and Hawaii — individuals are requested to show photo ID but can still vote if they don’t have one. Instead, they may be asked to sign affidavits affirming their identity or provide a signature that will be compared with those in registration records.

Why has there been such a recent surge in voter ID legislation around the country?

This report by NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice cites primarily big Republican gains in the 2010 midterms which turned voter ID laws into a “major legislative priority.” Aside from Rhode Island, all voter ID legislation has been introduced by Republican-majority legislatures.

Republican figures have championed such laws. For instance, Mike Turzai, majority leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, recently praised the state’s legislative accomplishments at a Republican State Committee meeting last month. “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done,” he said.

A spokesman for Turzai, Steve Miskin, told ProPublica that Turzai was “mischaracterized” by the press. “For the first time in many years, you’re going to have a relatively level playing field in the presidential elections” as the result of these new laws,” Miskin said. “With all things equal, a Republican presidential nominee in Pennsylvania has a chance.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story said Texas went to federal court to challenge the DOJ’s denial of preclearance. In fact, Texas filed a lawsuit seeking preclearance from the federal district court two months before the DOJ announced its decision. Also, some states require a government-issued photo that does not have to come from the federal government as first detailed.

http://www.propublica.org/article/everything-youve-ever-wanted-to-know-about-voter-id-laws

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Who will this law affect? Check this link: National Poverty Center | University of Michigan.

Are these the people who would vote for the Republicans who are proposing this law or the Democrats who are proposing Universal Health Care to cover them?

Sadly, this appears to me to be an attempt to manipulate a law to prevent hundreds of thousands from fulfilling one of their lawfully granted American rights.

Or, maybe the GOP remains simply ignorant and unaware of the needs of the disenfranchised, as I was. That sounds about right.

They still have time to catch up…but this ID Law needs to be defeated.

Guilt By Association?


English: Israel criticism not allowed

English: Israel criticism not allowed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a lot of talk these days about Anti-Semitism. The following article in The Atlantic,  by Robert Wright, addresses the use of this term to prevent any and all criticism of Israel.

Anti-Semitism exists. Neo-Nazis and some Muslims do want to push Israel into the sea. But, to claim that discussion of an entire nation’s politics is immune from criticism is ridiculous.

I’m just now reading Peter Beinart‘s book, The Crisis of Zionism, which discusses the growing awareness of this generation’s Jewish young people who are viewing Israel’s activities with an eye towards justice.  Perhaps there is hope for the Palestinian/Israeli conflict when these young adults come into power.

Neo-McCarthyism – Robert Wright – The Atlantic.

Joe Paterno’s new legacy: The Final Report


“There isn’t any way around it. At best, Paterno went along with the decision of the other three, all of whom will likely be imprisoned for their actions. At worst, he drove it and didn’t care about the kids.”

Here is a very well written report from Louis Freeh’s findings on the extreme negligence behind the child molestation charges against Jerry Sandusky .Read it and weep.

I hope every man and woman in athletic programs will learn from this failure of moral courage exhibited by a trusted leader.

Joe Paterno’s new legacy: Coach turned his back on helpless boys to protect himself and Sandusky – Yahoo! Sports.

Pornography and Video Games? Could They Be Ruining Your Life?


English: World map showing laws of general por...

English: World map showing laws of general pornography (does not include laws concerning of child pornography) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was alerted to this subject by a friend’s Facebook posting below:

‘The Demise of Guys’: How video games and porn are ruining a generation – CNN.com.

Addiction to Pornography(not just talking about Child Pornography)

and Video Games are not just a serious problem for men or Westerners. Click on the map to see that it is easier to obtain Porn in the West but understand that this is a world wide problem affecting women, and children through Human Trafficking, Sex crimes, Murder and Family tragedy.

I feel a little bit like Carrie Nation with her axe/hatchet as I feel a crusade coming on! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Nation

I highly recommend the following Stats for a fuller picture.

Given the statistics, it seems strange to me, that so many people, even in our churches, are apparently keeping this secret (about Pornography) but they are “up in arms” about the dangers of Homosexuality. I fear the dangers of Pornography addiction are much more horrifying.

Interestingly, God seems to have left us these things to figure out on our own.

Or has He?

 1 Corinthians 6:12 in our New Testament says,

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.

It will be worthwhile to think about what we can do to stop this epidemic from becoming worse. One thing for sure, parents can begin addressing it at home with their spouses and young children. Awareness and openness is just a beginning.

Below are some Stats I found. Be advised that this site is connected to an internet filtering advertisement.

http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/internet-pornography-statistics.html

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If you are reading this you have probably unwittingly been directed to an internet pornography site. Almost everyone has. Because the demand is so great pornography, on the internet and in general, is so omnipresent you can scarcely avoid it if that is your aim. Internet pornography statistics may seem to be as incomprehensible as the amount of pornography itself, but certain research and news organizations have taken the time to do the math when it comes to the facts about pornography consumption.

The statistics are truly staggering. According to compiled numbers from respected news and research organizations, every second $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography. Every second 28,258 internet users are viewing pornography. In that same second 372 internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines. Every 39 minutes a new pornographic video is being created in the U.S.

It’s big business. The pornography industry has larger revenues than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple and Netflix combined. 2006 Worldwide Pornography Revenues ballooned to $97.06 billion. 2006 & 2005 U.S. Pornography Industry Revenue Statistics, 2006 Top Adult Search Requests, 2006 Search Engine Request Trends are some of the other statistics revealed here.

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Pornography Time Statistics
  • Every second – $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography.
  • Every second – 28,258 internet users are viewing pornography.
  • Every second – 372 internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines.
  • Every 39 minutes: a new pornographic video is being created in the United States.

Worldwide Pornography Revenues and 2005/2006 U.S. Pornography Revenue Stats

Pornography revenues are not necessarily ranked according to population. China topped the list in 2006 with more than $27 billion in pornography revenues. However, South Korea, only the 26th most populous nation on earth according to the U.S. Census Bureau, is next in line with more than $25 billion in pornography revenues.

The internet is not the most popular form of pornography in the United States. Video sales and rentals accounted for $3.62 billion in revenue in 2006 while internet pornography raked in $2.84 billion. Magazines were the least popular.

2006 Worldwide Pornography Revenues

Country Revenue
(Billions)
Per Capita Notes
China $27.40 $27.41 1
South Korea $25.73 $526.76
Japan $19.98 $156.75
US $13.33 $44.67
Australia $2.00 $98.70
UK $1.97 $31.84
Italy $1.40 $24.08
Canada $1.00 $30.21
Philippines $1.00 $11.18
Taiwan $1.00 $43.41 1
Germany $.64 $7.77 1
Finland $.60 $114.70 1
Czech Republic $.46 $44.94 1
Russia $.25 $1.76 1
Netherlands $.20 $12.13
Brazil $.10 $53.17 1
Other 212 Unavailable 2
$97.06 Billion
Notes 1=Incomplete, 2=Unavailable dataClick here to read Pornography Statistics, News and Facts Around the World
The pornography industry is larger than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink.
2006 and 2005 Pornography United States Industry Revenue Statistics
2006
(Billions)
2005
(Billions)
Video Sales & Rentals $3.62 $4.28
Internet $2.84 $2.50
Cable / PPV / In-Room / Mobile / Phone Sex $2.00 $2.00
Exotic Dance Clubs $2.19 $1.34
Novelties $1.73 $1.50
Magazines $.95 $1.00
$13.33 $12.62
US porn revenue exceeds the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC.

Top Adult Search Requests and Search Engine Request Trends
Internet consumers are most likely to search for the terms “sex,” “adult dating,” and “adult DVD” to access their pornography product of choice. The top 20 search terms also include “teen sex,” “teen porn” and “sex ads.”

Some search terms were divided evenly along gender lines. Statistics indicate the term “sex” was searched for as often by female consumers as it was by males. Men and women differ greatly on other searches. For instance, men performed 97 percent of the searches for the term “free porn.”

Researchers have also broken searches down by location. For example, consumers in South Africa are most likely to search for the word “porn.” Internet users in Elmhurst, Illinois, are most likely in the United States to enter the word “porn” into the search field.

2006 Top Adult Search Requests
Search Term
2006 Search Requests 2006 % Change 2005 % Change Web Pages Containing Keyword (Millions)
75,608,612 7% 40% 414.00
30,288,325 622% 80% 1.40
13,684,718 53% 21% 1.82
23,629,211 -3% 29% 88.80
15,955,566 4% 1% 2.65
13,982,729 36% 25% 2.10
13,484,769 0% 20% 2.42
13,362,995 301% 51% 1.58
13,230,137 382% 40% 0.28
12,964,651 88% 33% 2.07
12,964,651 -10% 54% 2.74
12,065,000 25% 14% 181.00
11,861,035 97% 36% 2.21
9,960,074 76% 21% 2.95
8,502,524 -20% 3% 1.24
7,411,220 71% 40% 1.44
6,641,209 -6% 24% 43.20
6,130,065 7% 38% 1.97
5,487,925 -26% 14% 71.30
4,344,924 21% 33% 198.00
Demographics
Search Term
Male Female <18 18-24 25-34 35-49 50+
50% 50% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
36% 64% 20% 20% 21% 20% 19%
58% 42% 20% 19% 23% 21% 17%
96% 4% 23% 14% 10% 36% 17%
58% 42% 20% 16% 19% 19% 26%
44% 56% 22% 19% 19% 22% 18%
44% 56% 22% 19% 19% 22% 18%
36% 64% 19% 21% 21% 20% 19%
50% 50% 20% 20% 19% 20% 21%
50% 50% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
97% 3% 22% 14% 10% 35% 19%
50% 50% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
50% 50% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
67% 33% 19% 19% 16% 28% 19%
41% 59% 23% 25% 14% 30% 8%
64% 37% 17% 19% 26% 27% 11%
86% 14% 10% 33% 25% 25% 7%
82% 18% 23% 17% 14% 28% 18%
77% 23% 33% 14% 10% 17% 26%
50% 50% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
2006 Search Engine Request Keyword Trends

Top Worldwide Search Requests Top U.S. Cities Search Requests
      1. South Africa 1.  Elmhurst, IL
      2. Ireland 2.  Stockton, CA
      3. New Zealand 3.  Meriden, CT
      4. United Kingdom 4.  Chandler, AZ
      5. Australia 5.  Louisville, KY
      6. Estonia 6.  Irvine, CA
      7. Norway 7.  Kansas City, KS
      8. Canada 8.  Norfolk, VA
      9. Croatia 9.  Tampa, FL
     10. Lithuania 10. Oklahoma City, OK
      1. Bolivia 1.  Elmhurst, IL
      2.  Chile 2.  Meriden, CT
      3.  Romania 3.  Oklahoma City, OK
      4.  Ecuador 4.  Irvine, CA
      5.  Pakistan 5.  Kansas City, KS
      6.  Peru 6.  Tampa, FL
      7.  Mexico 7.  Chandler, AZ
      8.  Slovenia 8.  Norfolk, VA
      9.  Lithuania 9.  Richardson, TX
     10. Colombia 10. Las Vegas, NV
      1.  Pakistan 1.  Elmhurst, IL
      2.  India 2.  Meriden, CT
      3.  Egypt 3. Kansas City, KS
      4.  Turkey 4.  Louisville, KY
      5.  Algeria 5.  Southfield, MI
      6.  Morocco 6.  Newark, NJ
      7.  Indonesia 7.  Oklahoma City, OK
      8.  Vietnam 8.  Norfolk, VA
      9.  Iran 9.  Irvine, CA
     10. Croatia 10.  Chandler, AZ

Internet Pornography Statistics
The amount of pornography on the internet can be difficult to fathom. A total of 4.2 million websites contain pornography. That is 12 percent of the total number of websites. There are 100,000 websites that offer pornography and 1 in 7 youths report being solicited for sex on the internet.

Internet Pornography Statistics
Pornographic websites 4.2 million (12% of total websites)
Pornographic pages 420 million
Daily pornographic search engine requests 68 million (25% of total search engine requests)
Daily pornographic emails 2.5 billion (8% of total emails)
Internet users who view porn 42.7%
Received unwanted exposure to sexual material 34%
Average daily pornographic emails/user 4.5 per Internet user
Monthly Pornographic downloads (Peer-to-peer) 1.5 billion (35% of all downloads)
Daily Gnutella “child pornography” requests 116,000
Websites offering illegal child pornography 100,000
Sexual solicitations of youth made in chat rooms 89%
Youths who received sexual solicitation 1 in 7 (down from 2003 stat of 1 in 3)
Worldwide visitors to pornographic web sites 72 million visitors to pornography: Monthly
Internet Pornography Sales $4.9 billion

Children Internet Pornography Statistics
Access to pornography is available from early on. The average age of a child’s first exposure to pornography is 11. A total of 90 percent of children ages 8-16 have viewed pornography online. Pornographers use many character names that appeal to children such as “Pokemon.”

Children Internet Pornography Statistics
Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography 11 years old
Largest consumer of Internet pornography 35 – 49 age group
15-17 year olds having multiple hard-core exposures 80%
8-16 year olds having viewed porn online 90% (most while doing homework)
7-17 year olds who would freely give out home address 29%
7-17 year olds who would freely give out email address 14%
Children’s character names linked to thousands of porn links 26 (Including Pokemon and Action Man)

Adult Internet Pornography Statistics
Pornography consumers access pornography both at work and at home. A total of 40 million U.S. adults regularly visit pornography websites. Ten percent of adults admit to an internet sexual addiction and 20 percent of men say they access pornography at work.

Adult Internet Pornography Statistics
Men admitting to accessing pornography at work 20%
US adults who regularly visit Internet pornography websites 40 million
Promise Keeper men who viewed pornography in last week 53%
Christians who said pornography is a major problem in the home 47%
Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction 10%
Breakdown of male/female visitors to pornography sites 72% male – 28% female

Women and Pornography
According to statistics, men are not the only ones to access pornography at work. A total of 13 percent of women admit to accessing pornography at work. One in three visitors to pornographic websites are women.

Women and Pornography
Women keeping their cyber activities secret 70%
Women struggling with pornography addiction 17%
Ratio of women to men favoring chat rooms 2X
Percentage of visitors to adult websites who are women 1 in 3 visitors
Women accessing adult websites each month 9.4 million
Women admitting to accessing pornography at work 13%
Women, far more than men, are likely to act out their behaviors in real life, such as having multiple partners, casual sex or affairs.

Top Pornography Production by Country

The United States is the top producer of video pornography. Notable video pornography producers in the United States include Vivid Entertainment, Hustler, Playboy, Wicked Pictures and Red Light District. Brazil comes in second for video pornography production, facilitated by companies like Frenesi Films, Pau Brazil and MarcoStudio.The United States is the top producer of pornographic web pages by far with 244,661,900 pages or 89 percent. Germany and the United Kingdom follow with 4 and 3 percent, respectively.

Top Video Porn Producers
Country Major Producers
1. United States Vivid Entertainment, Hustler, Playboy, Wicked Pictures, Red Light District
2. Brazil Frenesi Films, Pau Brazil, MarcoStudio
3. The Netherlands Erostream, Midhold Media, Your Choice, Seventeen
4. Spain Private Media Group, Woodman Entertainment
5. Japan Soft on Demand, Moodyz
6. Russia Beate Uhse, SP-Company, Dolphin Entertainment
7. Germany Trimax, SG-Video, GGG, VideoRama, Zip Production
8. United Kingdom Hot Rod Productions, JoyBear Pictures, Blue Juice TV, Rude Britannia, Fresh SX
9. Canada Wild Rose Productions, Eromodel Group, Dugmor
10. Australia Pistol Media
Other Notables
Sweden Maxs Video
Italy Adamo Entertainment
Denmark Color Climax Corporation
France Euro Choc, Eil du Cochon, Ragtime, Video Marc Dorce, JTC Video, Colmax, Cadinot
Switzerland Gordi Films, Ikarus
Belgium GM Videos
Romania Floyd-Agency
Portugal Natural Video
Israel Sex Style
Serbia Hexor
Czech-Republic Lupus Pictures, Bel Ami
Top U.S. Erotica Important Cities
Cities Importance
1. Los Angeles Adult Production Companies
2. Las Vegas Adult Stars, Sin City Chamber of Commerce
3. New York Adult Entrepreneurs, Erotica
4. Chicago Playboy
5. San Francisco Adult Websites, Adult Companies
6. Miami/South Florida Adult Websites, Penthouse
7. Seattle/Pacific Northwest Adult Websites
8. San Diego Adult Websites, Strip Clubs
9. Phoenix /Tucson/ Scottsdale Club Jenna, Erotica
10. Hillsborough, NC. Adam & Eve
11. Boulder, CO. New Frontier
12. Pittsburgh DVD Sales
13. Portland Strip Club
Top Pornography Banning Countries
Saudia Arabia, Iran, Syria, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE, Kuwait, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Kenya, India, Cuba, China

Country Porn Pages
U.S. 244,661,900
Germany 10,030,200
United Kingdom 8,506,800
Australia 5,655,800
Japan 2,700,800
The Netherlands 1,883,800
Russia 1,080,600
Poland 1,049,600
Spain 852,800

Adult Video Sales and Rentals
Adult video sales and rentals have increased in general over the years. In the United States 405 million videos were sold or rented in 1992. That number rose to 957 million in 2006.

U.S. Adult Video Sales and Rentals

 

Year $$$ (Billions) Units (Millions)
1992 $1.60 405
1993 $2.10 450
1994 $2.50 499
1995 $3.10 515
1996 $3.90 602
1997 $4.20 675
1998 $4.10 697
1999 $4.05 680
2000 $4.02 703
2001 $3.95 705
2002 $4.04 760
2003 $4.13 800
2004 $4.21 880
2005 $4.28 895
2006 $3.62 957

Hardcore Pornography Titles Released

The number of hardcore pornography videos released in the United States has grown from 1,300 titles in 1988 to 13,588 in 2005. There have been minor peaks and valleys but essentially the growth in production has been steady.

U.S. Hardcore Pornography Titles Released
Year Titles
1988 1,300
1989 1,350
1990 1,340
1991 1,505
1992 2,200
1993 2,400
1994 3,200
1995 5,700
1996 8,000
1997 8,000
1998 9,200
1999 10,300
2000 11,500
2001 10,900
2002 11,700
2003 11,400
2004 12,000
2005 13,588

Internet Pornography User Demographics

Pornography consumers are divided fairly evenly by age but not by income.

Those making more than $75,000 a year represent 35 percent of those purchasing pornography. Another 26 percent of pornography consumers make $50,000-75,000 per year.

Age is not a major factor. Pornography consumers are fairly evenly divided. The 35 to 44-year-old age group consumes the most pornography in the United States (26 percent) and 18-24-year-olds purchase the least (14 percent).

U.S. Adult Internet User Demographics – Income
Income %
Under $15K 6.23%
$15K-$25K 6.59%
$25K-$35K 9.55%
$35K-$50K 16.59%
$50K-$75K 25.58%
$75K+ 35.30%
US Adult Internet User Demographics – Age
Age %
18-24 13.61%
25-34 19.90%
35-44 25.50%
45-54 20.67%
55+ 20.32%

Corporate Profiles of Pornography Producers

Pornography producers vary widely in size and are located around the world. Most companies create more than one product, from magazines to websites to movies. The corporations are profiled here by company and include a cross-section of attributes and in some cases revenue and net income.

Playboy Enterprises (NYSE:PLA)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Founded: 1953
Employees: 725
CEO: Christie Hefner
Properties:  Playboy, Playmate, Spice
Content: 2,800 hours of programming
TV/Movie Networks: 23-US, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, Latin America, Brazil
Network Households: 167.1 Million
Magazine Subscriptions: 4 Million monthly copies
2006 2005 2004 2003
Revenue $331,100,000 $338,100,000 $329,400,000 $315,800,000
Net Income $2,300,000 ($700,000) $10,000,000 ($7,600,000)
New Frontier Media (NASDAQ:NOOF)
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employees 143
CEO Michael Weiner
Properties: Ten, Pleasure, MRG Entertainment, Ten.com, iGallery
Content: 350 hours of programming
TV/Movie Networks: 8
Network Households: 93,000,000 (2006)  80,133,000 (2005)  62,970,000 (2004)
2006 2005 2004 2003
Revenue: $46,851,000 $46,277,000 $42,878,000 $36,747,000
Net Income: $11,283,000 $11,122,000 $10,913,000 ($11,895,000)
Private Media Group (NASDAQ:PRVT)
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Founded: 1965
Employees: 135
CEO: Berth Milton
Properties: Private.com, PrivateSpeed.com, PRVT.com, PrivateHome.com
Content: 2 Million photos, 900 Titles
TV/Movie Networks: 8
Network Households: 28 Million
Distribution: 462 Publications – 2 Million Magazines in 40 countries – 2 Million DVD’s/VHS
60 Million Internet Page Views Per Month
2006 (9 Months) 2005 2004 2003
Revenue: $27,730,000 $32,673,000 $35,612,000 $38,491,000
Net Income: $1,259,000 $59,000 ($837,000) ($570,000)
Penthouse Media Group
Founded: 1965
CEO: Marc H. Bell
Properties: Penthouse, PenthouseStore, SexyJamie, PenthouseCelebs, Variations.com
Distribution: 2,000,000 Magazine subscriptions in 45 Countries – 12 International Editions: US, Australia, Dutch, German, Greek, Hungary, New Zealand, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Ukrainian, UK 30 Million Internet Page Views Per Month, 2.5 Million Unique Visitors/Month
Dennis Publishing
Location: London, UK
Employees: 135
CEO: James Tye
Properties: Maxim, Stuff, Inside Edge, Blender
Distribution: 2.5 Million Magazines – UK and 30 other countries
2005 Revenue: $106,100,000
Net Income: ($300,000)
Vivid Entertainment
Location: Los Angeles, Califorina
Co-CEOs: Steve Hirsch, David James, Bill Asher
Industry: One of the Top Adult Film Producers
2005 Revenue: $100,000,000
Larry Flynt Productions
Location: Beverly Hills, California
CEO: Larry Flynt
Properties: Hustler, Hustler.com
Distribution: 500,000 Magazines
Beate Uhse (Frankfurt Stock Exchange)
Location: Germany and 13 other countries
Founded: 1946
Employees: 1,500
CEO: Otto Christian Lindemann
Properties: beate-uhse.com, sex.de, Sex and Erotica Products
Distribution: Exports to 60 Countries – 5 million items sent each year from 3 million orders
2006 (9 Months) 2005 2004 2003
Revenue: $271,000,000 $369,000,000 $354,000,000 $344,000,000
Net Incom:e $32,000,000 $41,400,000 $34,700,000 $40,800,000

Sources:
Statistics are compiled from the credible sources mentioned below. In reality, statistics are hard to ascertain and may be estimated by local and regional worldwide sources.

ABC, Associated Press, AsiaMedia, AVN, BBC, CATW, U.S. Census, Central Intelligence Agency, China Daily, Chosen.com, Comscore Media Metrix, Crimes Against Children, Eros, Forbes, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Free Speech Coalition, Google, Harris Interactive, Hitwise, Hoover’s, Japan Inc., Japan Review, Juniper Research, Kagan Research, ICMEC, Jan LaRue, The Miami Herald, MSN, Nielsen/NetRatings, The New York Times, Nordic Institute, PhysOrg.com, PornStudies, Pravda, Sarmatian Review, SEC filings, Secure Computing Corp., SMH, TopTenREVIEWS, Trellian, WICAT, Yahoo!, XBIZ

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Israeli PM Netanyahu: “Such behavior does not characterize IDF soldiers.”


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Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - Suicide Bomber Stopped in Gaza (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Israel's Special Forces in Camouflage

Israel's Special Forces in Camouflage (Photo credit: Israel Defense Forces)

I wish this title were true, or even wishful thinking. There are two sides to the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict and this incident illustrates it well.

I’ve heard that at this time when the Palestinians are increasing their efforts at non-violent negotiations and protests, the Israelis are increasing their aggressive behaviors.

As I watched the following short, YouTube clip sent by a Christian friend, several thoughts ran through my mind.

What is Done in Secret?  uL-GmYBNDqY

Sure, the young protesters were there to provoke a response, but they were non-violent. They were present in Israel to call attention to the violence and injustice done towards Palestinians, something seldom seen in the Western press, and not deemed important by American Christians.

That there are real security concerns in Israel is a fact.  The IDF is trained to suspect all Palestinians of the most egregious crimes and behaviors.  They do not differentiate. Imagine an entire nation labeled “Terrorist Killers”! This includes small children, pregnant women, old women and hard working farmers who are Muslim and Christian.

That there is an over diligence and over reaction often to the point of bullying on the part of the IDF and the Government is a well documented fact.

Let’s give the Lt. Col. who over reacted, the benefit of the doubt: PTSD, Family troubles, Stress, Depression, Economic problems may have entered in.  But, consider what happens in similar situations to a lone Palestinian farmer who doesn’t have a camera following him, when he argues with a soldier about the confiscation of his land?

Read what blogger Emily L. Hauser, who left Israel because of their policies toward the Palestinians, has to say.

Israeli PM Netanyahu: “Such behavior does not characterize IDF soldiers.” « Emily L. Hauser – In My Head.

American Holocaust of Native American Indians


Painting For Supremacy by Charles Marion Russell

Painting For Supremacy by Charles Marion Russell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“But we meant well.” I began to squirm as I watched the following short film by Joanelle Romerro and felt those words coming to mind.

An 1899 chromolithograph of U.S. cavalry pursu...

An 1899 chromolithograph of U.S. cavalry pursuing American Indians, artist unknown (Photo credit: Wikipedia),

How do I, as a follower of Christ, respond, when I discover such atrocities done in the pursuit of my country’s Christian purposes?

One thought I’m having is that it is always better to know what is true and live a life of response rather than reaction to it.

How shall we respond?

I can hear some of my race saying it is in the past and “they” should let it go. But, that isn’t ours to say, just as it isn’t the debtors place to forgive the debt, or the abusers place to forgive the abused.

Shall we live in shame, seek justice for war crimes, reparations?

To live in awareness that I am a part of this flawed race brings humility to my soul and motivates me to speak out about injustice and reach out in the small measure of compassion that Jesus has given me.

Native American

Native American (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fact that people in other cultures commit similar murderous behavior when they dominate the Sudanese, Palestinians, Afghans, Syrians, Saudi women, Ugandans and on and on speaks to more than American or Western dominance, but a deeply flawed sense of moral responsibility common to the human race.

I am ashamed to say that in the Western and Israeli context I seem to be hearing it called “Democracy.”

This video takes half an hour and is well worth your time.  Something in me wants to ask that as you watch it, you don’t just judge our country, but also examine your own. I hope its record is flawless.

American Holocaust of Native American Indians (FULL Documentary) – YouTube.