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Bono on the difference between Grace and Karma


Resistance & Renewal

Bono_on_Bono_Cover“It’s a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma…

You see, at the centre of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you; an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics – in physical laws – every action is met by an equal or opposite one.  Its clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe.  I’m absolutely sure of it.

And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that “As you reap, so will you sow” stuff.  Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news…

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Holidaze


triangles

triangles (Photo credit: ikarusmedia)

I tried to make some appetizers for a dinner we were going to last night, it did not end well.  Often, I like to buy baked goods rather than make them. The things I bake often turn out, welll…not so attractive.

I found a simple recipe on Pinterest which uses three ingredients: Phyllo dough, cranberry sauce and Brie. *posted below

When I went to the store to buy the only ingredient I didn’t have, the Brie, I sideswiped a car’s back bumper as I left my parking space.

I was tempted to drive away, but I left a note on the car’s windshield with my phone number. It’s in process.

Getting home, I begin my prep by making myself a small cup of coffee.

After everything was laid out, (I am good at making Baklava so I knew how to keep my Phyllo moist) I spilled my coffee over everything. After sopping up my preparation site, I began the process of folding up the turnovers.

Alarmingly, I couldn’t figure out how to fold the dough into triangles.  Even guided by pictures in the recipe, I couldn’t figure it out.

So, back to the computer to look up how to fold a triangle on paper. No help.

I began experimenting as the dough started drying out and cracking while I made peculiar square and odd shaped “pockets” of dough.

After they baked, they were much larger than normal appetizers, and overly flakey.

I fortunately had some crab puff pastries (five) in the freezer which I baked while I dressed.

Why didn’t I just ‘make do’ with them? I honestly thought I could handle the appetizers.

I felt humilated and I was wondering if I should say anything or just present the giant, crappy turnovers and the tiny puff pastries as an ensemble and keep my mouth shut.

Then, my dogs came to my rescue. I took out the crab puffs, and set everything out in a nice serving dish on the kitchen counter while I went upstairs to finish getting dressed.

As I came downstairs to get my coat, I found all the appetizers on the kitchen floor with our two small dogs happily finishing them.

They had jumped up and tipped them off the counter.

In the end, I didn’t have to take my appetizers to our friends, but I felt bad that I had wasted so much emotional energy on the project. This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced a similar tension between wanting to do something that I think I “ought” to be able to do, having it turn out badly, and having (God, circumstances, even dogs) save the day!

All in all, It felt like a giant relief. Will I try again someday? Probably, but, I’ve learned some lessons and I’ll probably not make turnovers.

*Below is the delightful recipe. I varied the ingredients using Mozzarella cheese, Brie, Cranberry sauce (homemade by someone else) Pesto from Italy (a gift) and some hot pepper jelly from a neighboring farm to fill them.  I’m sure they are delicious if they are small and compact.

http://www.cookincanuck.com/2013/12/3-ingredient-brie-cranberry-phyllo-turnovers-recipe/

The Imam and the Pastor


National Church of Nigeria, Abuja

National Church of Nigeria, Abuja (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Abuja National Mosque

Abuja National Mosque (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some friends of ours work with this organization. We’re pretty impressed with their work.

They shared the following DVD with us. Tell me what you think.

St Patrick’s Creed


English: Saint Patrick stained glass window fr...

English: Saint Patrick stained glass window from Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was a little girl, my mother would urge me to wear the color Orange to school on St. Patrick’s Day in rebellion against all the Green!

Yes, it was in direct protest against the Catholic Irish and in defense of William of Orange, 1650- 1702! I talked with several women in my church today who told me similar stories about their mothers, mostly Presbyterians from times gone by!

Surprisingly, in those days, we never heard about the wonderful stories of the real St. Patrick who was taken as a slave to Ireland, escaped and later returned as a missionary to the Pagans. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick

St. Patrick’s Creed:

Our God, God of all mankind,

God of heaven and earth, sea and rivers,

God of sun and moon, of all the stars,

God of high mountains and low valleys,

God over heaven and in heaven and under heaven.

He has a dwelling

In heaven and earth and sea

And in all things that are in them,

He inspires all,

He quickens all,

He is over all,

He supports all.

He makes the light of the sun to shine.

The light of the night and the stars he surrounds,

And he has made wells in the dry earth,

Placed dry islands in the sea,

And stars for the service

Of the greater lights.

He has a Son

Co-eternal with himself, like unto himself;

The Son is not younger than the Father,

Nor the Father older than the Son.

And the Holy Spirit

Breathes in them;

Not separate are the Father

And the son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen

Brick by Brick: Our (Own) Worst Enemies: Why Evangelicals Have to be Able to Criticize Each Other


A bible from 1859.

A bible from 1859. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It takes courage and wisdom to know when to change our long-held beliefs doesn’t it? There are some that we will never change because we are persuaded from our source text, The Bible, that they are right. Others, like slavery, were once thought to be Biblical, and are now considered false beliefs. But, how do sincere Christians really know how and when to make that leap from one strong belief to the opposite belief?  When should we allow peers and culture to influence us?

These questions are best asked in a community of people who think somewhat differently, while valuing and respecting the principles upon which each person bases his/her life.

Questions need to be asked and that is why I think I related to the dilemma posted by David Williams of Inter-Varsity in North Carolina, on his blog “Brick by Brick”. (Read below)

I’ve had people ask me if I didn’t “like” the Church when I’ve spoken up about some of the weaknesses I see in the Body of Christ.

Some of my Christian friends have been hurt when I’ve made negative comments about people who claim to be Christians and then speak out politically in ways that deny the words of Christ.

I try to look for the inconsistency in my life before I criticize other people, but it’s easy to over look things because of stubbornness and pride. That’s why I usually learn from other people’s criticism even when I might not seem to listen at first.

Hopefully.

 Our (Own) Worst Enemies: Why Evangelicals Have to be Able to Criticize Each Other Brick by Brick

Christians, Romney and Deception


Cover of "The Kingdom of the Cults"

Cover of The Kingdom of the Cults

Thanks for staying with me through our move and resettling despite my not writing. We’re in Virginia now, and adore the area where we’re living. It’s called “Horse country” and we’re surrounded by horse and cattle farms and beautiful scenery.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the peculiar “congruence” that has occurred in our country as Christians have become enthusiastic advocates for a Mormon as President, while just a few years ago, Mormonism was clearly considered as a cult by Evangelical Christians.

I remember the days when electing a Catholic as President struck fear (illogically) in the hearts of Evangelical people; Fear that the Pope would exert too much influence on our country.  Before the 2008 election and even now, there certainly has been tremendous fear of Islamic Jihad entering the Oval Office.

Recently, The Billy Graham Association, representing a spiritual leader whom I have always admired for his sensible moderate views, took down from its website, a reference to Mormonism as a cult. What changed? Perhaps someone, possibly Billy’s son, Franklin, did what was necessary to make Mitt Romney more acceptable for voting Christians.

What’s behind this extreme shift in view among Evangelicals who have a history of conservatism?  Now, they stand with the candidate who takes genuinely conservative positions…even if he is a member of a cult. Confusing.

I’ve heard two key phrases repeated often: “We are not electing a Pastor, but a President”and “We are electing the lesser of two evils”. Always, I hear this about voting against Obama and for Romney.

But, why Romney?

Christians used to believe that people in cults were deceived, and if Mormonism is a cult, what has changed? This really troubles me. If Christians are about to choose someone to the highest office in our land who has been deceived in believing in a “cultish” religion (see the link below)… then how easily could he be deceived in other matters? We can assume that he will gather other Mormons around him as spiritual advisers as Presidents of other faiths have done. Consider this.

How did we arrive at this place, where a majority of Christians are clamoring for a Mormon to lead them out of troubled waters? Out of all the possible GOP candidates, how could Mitt Romney rise to the top?

I would suggest two things: Extreme fear and loathing of our current President Obama may have clouded discernment, and the peculiar rise of Romney’s fellow Mormon Glen Beck*, popular pundit formerly from FOX News, and spokesperson for Christian Conservatives has softened Christian attitudes toward Mormonism.

Our nation has had all sorts of Presidents with varying beliefs, including cults such as “Masons”. I don’t fear for our Nation if we choose a Mormon as a President.   But, the important difference is that Christians have chosen so clearly to stand with him and against President Obama, and I believe, for some, it is because of issues that have become idols to them:

Abortion, Gay marriage, Patriotism/ethnocentrism and Economic well-being seem to have taken over as priorities for us, rather than God and His Kingdom.  For Christians, this is the slippery slope, and falling for a candidate simply because he upholds these values is dangerous. It is a good time to consider instead, what are true “Kingdom” values.

We can and must develop a heart of love for Romney and Obama, but pray for God’s wisdom before voting for either one.

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other
than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!”
Galatians 1:8

Here is the website for Walter Martin’s book, “Kingdom of the Cults“. This is the book many of us studied in Bible Doctrine classes to learn the definition of a “cult”.  I’d urge you to read the section on Mormonism.

http://www.waltermartin.com/cults.html

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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