It’s a small world after all, especially on the Internet. Iran recently stepped up its censorship of porn. Iran’s national telecom used Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to fake routes for 256 adult websites, in order to block access. It exposed a major problem with the Internet, and how one countries’ policies can have unintended consequence for others who love their porn. It can be a little complicated, but the most basic explanation is that internet service providers look for the shortest pathway to website IP address. When Iran created fake BGP pathways to block certain websites, some service providers mistook them as real, and so users were directed to blank pages for those websites. A surprisingly large number of countries were close enough to seek out the fake Iran pathways, creating a much broader white out for a number of adult websites. While clearly Middle Eastern countries were affected, Iran’s censorship also reached India’s Bharti Airtel, Russia’s RETN, Indonesia’s Telekomunikasi and Hong Kong’s Hutchison, which are all significant ISPs in their respective regions. Slowly the service providers realized the mistake, and within 28 hours, things began to return to normal. But it shows how vulnerable the Internet can be, and how just like that, we could lose porn. So you should enjoy the time you have for the time you have it. Because porn may not always be around. Stock up on external hard drives with terabytes of space and start hoarding.
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Israeli legislators have approved a bill blocking all porn in the state of Israel, unless you specifically request access from your provider. The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation unanimously approved the bill. If you want to access porn online in Israel, you will have to notify your internet service provider either by writing to them, calling them directly or notifying them through their website. From here, the bill to the Knesset (the full legislature) for approval and passage into law. The bill’s sponsor, Shuli Moalem-Refaeli, responded to criticism saying, “This isn’t Iran. As parliamentarians and public leaders, we must put up road signs that say ‘this is how we think society should behave. The average age that children are exposed to pornographic sites is 8. I don’t think it is right for us to leave things like that.” She added, “In the balance between the private individual and society we take a wide view. We are calling to create a society that protects itself from things for which we pay a heavy price. A person who is interested in these sites needs to understand that at the moment Israel is in a process, that he is an individual but part of a whole society.” It may not be Iran, but Israel now joins China, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Kuwait, Mali, Qatar, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, South Korea and Iran in blocking porn.
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Kim Kardashian was on “Recode Decode,” hosted by Kara Swisher, talking about her naked selfies and the continued reaction about her being nude, with a few good points we might add. “My personality has never been, ‘I’m such a feminist and follow me and be naked!’ If you are conservative and that’s how you are comfortable, more power to you. I respect you. You don’t have to look at what I do,” Kim said during her interview. “If I like the photo, and I’m into it, I’ll post it … I just think it looks good. I’m really not trying to cause a reaction.” That is a load of bullshit, of course. Kim is looking for a reaction, and in most instances, one that shakes the very servers of the biggest sites on the Internet.
But in her next response, she couldn’t have been more right. “I truly was baffled when people still cared. They have seen me naked 500 times. The censor bar literally was probably more covered than a bikini. I could not grasp how people were so outraged,” Kim said. And that makes sense to us, who really does care at this point? You have likely seen Kim gargling RayJ’s hog in her “sex tape” so many times you’re sick of it. What difference does another naked Kim selfie really make? Kim doesn’t care, and she said as much. “I have such a thick skin. I’ve been in the business for a longtime, and there’s always been a lot of haters in the work that I do. People used to always say, ‘Don’t read the magazines. Don’t pay attention,’ and it was so hard. I used to say I didn’t but I really still cared. I’m at a point where I really don’t care so it doesn’t affect me.” The short of it, expect more nude Kim Kardashian selfies.
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Print is dead. And it seems publishing nude women in general may be an unprofitable business. The British lad mags have ben dropping like flies. Playboy isn’t doing nudes anymore. And now Zoo is publishing its last issue. What’s a guy to read the bathroom? Maybe everything will be all amateurs, just girls in their bedrooms getting naked and charging $1.50 for pictures on PayPal. We’re not rejoicing in this future that the Internet has brought us too. But like the Jedi and the Force, perhaps the dirty magazine will rise and return once again. For the moment, this is the final farewell for Zoo.
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Just in case you were wondering, well “What the fuck should I masturbate to over Thanksgiving?” Pornhub is giving you a helping hand (no not that kind). While searches are down dramatically over Thanksgiving, people are still searching for porn. According to Pornhub, across the United States, traffic to Pornhub dropped a significant 12.7% on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday November 27, 2014) but increased on Friday (+8.7%), Saturday (+5.6%) and Sunday (+7.8%). Hour by hour, the most significant change happens in the afternoon on Thanksgiving, when traffic drops nearly 40% below the daily average, and stays down until midnight. As for porn search terms, ‘thanksgiving’ increased 3985%, and ‘black friday’ by 2785%, which you would expect. Weirdly, searches like ‘granny’ (+344%), ‘step mom’ (+318%) and ‘step sister’ (+227%) all increasing significantly too. Obviously, there’s a lot going on under the table at some family’s Thanksgiving meals. As to the top Thanksgiving search terms, Pornhub said “we found that ‘Thanksgiving’ tops the list of related terms, but interestingly there were many popular searches relating to the very first Thanksgiving such as ‘native american’, ‘pilgrims and indians’, ‘navajo’ and ‘pocahontas’. Because holiday shopping season also kicks off, we also found increased searches for ‘black friday’, ‘christmas present’ and even ‘walmart’.” Hope that helps you get warmed up for the big holiday.
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