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Nov 2012 15

by Lee Camp

Okay, I’ll be honest. The Trans-Pacific Partnership sounds boring. It sounds really boring. I’m talking, really, REALLY boring. Like painting your grass so that you can watch the grass grow and the paint dry at the same time –– THAT kind of boring! But I will make it very NOT boring. And it will affect your life. So those are two reasons to not find it boring.

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Nov 2012 15

by Daniel Robert Epstein

“It’’s funny, you do a dramatic role, and for a couple of years after that, people think that’s’ all you do.” – Tim Robbins

From talking with Tim Robbins about his film, Code 46, it seems like he did not have the easiest time acting in it. But I think he would do it all over because he has great respect for the director, Michael Winterbottom. But then again Robbins gets to respect his directors because many of them are some of the most brilliant ones ever. From The Hudsucker Proxy with the Coen Brothers to Frank Darabont on The Shawshank Redemption to of course his Oscar winning role in Mystic River. With his choice of roles it is obvious that Robbins is an intelligent and charismatic person. Meeting him in person can be intimidating because he must be 6 foot 5 with the loud booming voice of a director.

Code 46 is a very interesting film with strong science fiction themes done on a low budget. Robbins plays an official who is investigating a woman [Samantha Morton] who creates fake passports but he soon falls in love with her without realizing she has the same genetic code as his mother.

Read our interview with Tim Robbins on SuicideGirls.com.

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Nov 2012 14

by Jen Friel

I’m a domme. My specialities are objectification and humiliation, and I’m slightly sadistic. Have I mentioned, that I look like Mary Suzy Sunshine, and I got into all of this accidentally via a half joking tweet.

Yep, that happened.

Earlier this year I tweeted that I was seriously considering dating a guy with a foot fetish just so I could get a foot rub after my morning jog. Having always been a natural leader, domination didn’t seem like that far of a stretch –– but not having any idea what I was getting myself into, I first decided to check out the scene with the help from a buddy of mine who is a “switch.”

I need to know what I am going to be doing to these people so I need a first hand experience, I said on the phone to him one day. Not a problem, he said. Come over and we can try it out. He then dominated me, and I dominated him (read more about that here) and I immediately discovered this was something I was meant to do.

Domination was so much like running a business, and after running my own website for the last 2.5 years at that point –– the rest seemed gravy. Next, I started accepting my own slaves (I currently have 6), and after each session I would then return to working and back to writing.

I remember one day in particular getting an email from a friend of mine that I was doing business with at the time. “Everything ok?” she asked in reply to a message I sent. “Your email was extremely curt and you sounded pissed off.”

I started laughing out loud hysterically.

“Yes,” I admitted. “I emailed you after a session, and I was ‘in the zone.’”

“Oh, okay,” she replied back. “Just checking, it wasn’t like you.’

I then thought about what she said: It wasn’t like me?

Being a domme gave me an enormous amount of freedom to be completely in control and to be the person I had always wanted to be. If being a domme came so naturally to me, certainly there had to be something outside of the scene that maybe I just wasn’t willing to accept.

Having grown up the perpetual black sheep, and the one that always got picked on, I ended up as an adult becoming a people pleaser. But I wasn’t pleasing anyone in that email, I was just being me. Domination is helping me in business, I thought. People are noticing that I am more direct and more demanding. (However, there is a fine line between being direct and being a douche.) For the first time in my life I was genuinely starting to come into my own skin.

Wow, I thought, who knew having slaves would help me as an entrepreneur?

Here are some of my observations:

1. Sponsors are like subs.

My business is solely run off of advertisements and sponsorships. I am a corporate sponsored minimalist and lifecaster, so my job is to create the content that acts as a vehicle to sell shit. (Obviously, I only take on products or services that I believe in and know I can sell.) While I am in control over who I accept, and the actual creation and execution of the campaign, at the end of the day it’s always about the sponsor or about the advertiser. If something isn’t working, I have to quickly pivot and change directions. Dudes, subs are the same way. A sub and I will email back and forth asking what he would like out of the scene, but it is my job to create it and to execute, watching him as closely as possible and pivoting if he’s psychologically not in the same place I want him to be.

2. It’s the little things.

What makes me successful as an entrepreneur is the fact that I don’t miss a trick. I am extremely observant. When it comes to strategy or general execution of a campaign, I have genuinely thought about ALL of the ways I could socially engineer something and I don’t miss out on an opportunity to place a link, or enhance a potential conversion for a client. It’s the same when I’m domming. When it comes to my slaves, I don’t just place the mask or collar on them –– I allow them to sniff the leather first reminding them of the place they are in and the fact that I am in control. When I put on my shoes, I don’t just walk about the house in them, I will blindfold the sub and place the weight on my feet to adjust the volume of my heels as they clink on the floor. For the sub to truly “get off” (psychologically not sexually), I have to notice ALL of the details and remain extremely observant at ALL times.

3. Be real.

In my business, I have to, have to, have to, keep it real. I am 9 times out of 10 probably too real, but it resonates with my audience which then allows my brand to grow while at the same time catching the attention of even more sponsors. If I’m not real, and constantly keeping the integrity of the brand in check – I’d die. I’d lose my readers, which will result in a loss of advertisers, and then I am back to working a 9-5 that I will no doubt hate and want to blow my brains out from. And to be successful as a domme, I also have to be real. I know very much my bottom lines of what I am into and what I am good at in domination. If you want to be called a sissy, if you want to be hit with a riding crop and called worthless –– I am your jam! If you’re not into those things, however, the dynamic could never work. Before I even consider taking on a slave, I have them outline exactly what they are looking for. I will then send them a response back with what I am into so we can see if there is some common ground. If, like in business, I didn’t understand my bottom lines or didn’t clearly articulate exactly what I am into I would fail as a domme which will then leave my slaves unhappy which would result in me not being able to dominate.

Funny how many common denominators there are to such seemingly random experiences. Now if you’ll excuse me, I better get back to the slave massaging me right now. This feels yummy…

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Nov 2012 14

Discordia Suicide in Afternoon Addiction

  • INTO: Sunny days, foam baths, piercings and tattoos, photography, art, long hair and silky skin, bondage, forests, strange dreams, dirty jokes, horror movies, asphyxiation, androgyny, traveling, flirting, and Sega Mega Drive Diablo II.
  • NOT INTO: Sickness, envy, and meat.
  • MAKES ME HAPPY: Summer, sex with someone you really care for, beer, butterflies in stomach, bites, being home by dawn, chocolate, loud music, Jägermeister, and Dark-Hunter novels.
  • MAKES ME SAD: Animal cruelty, when the bad guy dies at the end of a movie, feeling powerless, lies, delayed flights, distances, and people with closed minds.
  • HOBBIES: Dancing, reading, drinking, trashing around, and sleeping with my cat.
  • 5 THINGS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Emotions, music, hygiene, friends, and imagination.
  • VICES: Cigarettes, but I’m quitting – since 2005.
  • I SPEND MOST OF MY FREE TIME: With the ones that make me happy.

Get to know Discordia better over at SuicideGirls.com!


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Nov 2012 13

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Nov 2012 13

GoGo Suicide in The Twelfth

  • INTO: Direwolves, beards, mermaid hair.
  • MAKES ME HAPPY: Jezzy Blackwater.
  • HOBBIES: Bookworming, movie and music geeking.
  • VICES: Milk and cookies

Get to know GoGo better over at SuicideGirls.com!


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Nov 2012 13

by Sandor Stern

Regarding Your Lexicon…

I love words –– not simply because they have been the primary source of income throughout my career but when chosen well, I love the sound in my ear and the arrangement of letters on my page. I love them for context and intention. They are the primary source of primate communication. That is why I am so puzzled by your lexicon that twists and turns established meanings into contexts and intentions that are far removed from origins.

Let us look at some together.

DONATION – a gift usually to a charitable cause. We also give donations to non-charitable causes like political parties. People give $5, $100, $1,000 in support of the shared political viewpoint they hope will win the election. But what about gifts of millions of dollars? Are they gifts or investments? When the oil billionaire Koch brothers give tens of millions of dollars towards the election of an administration that favors more oil drilling in the USA, is that a donation or an investment? When casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson makes a multimillion dollar gift to elect an administration friendly to his casino interests in the USA and off shore, is that a donation or an investment? On the flip side, when trade unions offer millions of dollars to their political allies is that donation or investment? Aren’t the unions wanting an administration that favors the workers? Yes, the aim is the same for billionaires and unions; elect an administration that will further their interests.

But the purpose is so very different.

The billionaires act to increase their personal wealth; the unions act to directly improve the wages and working conditions for millions of citizens in their organizations and indirectly improve those conditions for nonunion workers by raising the bottom line. As I’ve written in an earlier blog –– what’s better for the economy, a billionaire buying one Bentley or 99 workers each buying Fords?

When individuals like Bill Maher (and there were many of them) give a million dollars to an administration –– is that an investment? How? What does he gain? He is offering money to an administration that seeks to increase his personal income tax. He is actually donating against his own best interests. He is donating for what he perceives is the good of the country. That for me is the established meaning of the word –– donation.

JOB CREATORS – self explanatory, right? The idea behind this shibboleth is that businessmen create jobs and that if the government increases their personal income tax they will have less money for job creation. Let’s be factual –– businessmen do not create jobs. Business, not men, creates jobs; and business is driven by a demand for goods and services. What sane businessman would hire workers if his business did not require it to meet product or service demands? The past five years have revealed the fallacy of the job creator label. The demand for goods and services has been poor and in order to create profits the “job creators” have been cutting back on expenses through hiring non-union workers while avoiding overtime pay, pension and health benefits by assuring their employees work less than 40 hour weeks. That reduction in payroll effectively takes spending money out of workers’ hands and reduces the demand for goods and services: a Pyrrhic Victory in the end. These are your so-called “job creators.”

On the flip side, the rant that “government does not create jobs” echoes from the far right. In fact, government is less dependent than the private sector in the demand for goods and services for job creation. Aside from the millions of workers in municipal, county, state and federal jobs, how about those jobs that government directs towards private enterprise? How about those companies that supply the armed forces? How about those companies that are hired to build roads, bridges, subways? Do you think that The Army Corp of Engineers has its own manpower to fix the structural disaster of Hurricane Sandy? Do you take your own trash to the city dump? Do you wash the street outside your house or investigate the burglary that stripped your home of valuables or the fire that destroyed it?

ENTITLEMENT – the dictionary meaning is “to furnish with proper grounds for seeking or claiming something.” It’s that simple –– “proper grounds.” Somehow you have twisted the meaning of the word so it has a connotation of getting something for nothing. And now both Social Security and Medicare are derisively viewed that way. Folks, this is not charity or welfare. “Proper grounds” involves citizens paying for these government administered plans through a lifetime of hard work. Those payments entitle you to reap the promised benefits. If you pay for auto insurance and crash your car, are you not entitled to have the insurance pay the cost of repair? If you pay for life insurance, is your beneficiary not entitled to collect? How about your payments for health insurance or house insurance? How about your payments towards your personal pension? All of these plans entitle you to the benefits offered. If you don’t pay a Social Security payroll tax of 6.2% (4.2% last year thanks to Obama’s tax cut) to match your employer’s contribution of another 6.2%, you will not receive Social Security benefits. If you do not pay a Medicare payroll tax of 1.45%, you will not receive Part A Medicare benefits unless you pay a premium of over $450 a month. And if you want to add Medicare Part B to your coverage, you will pay a monthly premium of $100 to $250 depending on income. These are the “proper grounds” for entitlement and there is nothing demeaning about it.

WELFARE – the dictionary meaning is “concern with the improvement of disadvantaged social groups.” Medicaid is one example of a helping hand from the government dispensing your tax dollars. But before you start screaming for the demise of Medicaid look at the requirements needed to receive that money. Your maximum monthly income cannot exceed $500 and your total assets excluding home, car and personal possessions cannot exceed $2000. Do you know anyone who earns $500 a month and owns a home and a car? I don’t think so.

On the other hand, you don’t scream about another helping hand the government dispenses. How about billions of dollars in “welfare funds” to oil companies like Chevron and Shell and agriculture corporations like Monsanto that earn billions in profits every year? Those welfare funds were originally intended to help small oil companies and farmers with the costs of oil drilling and produce competition. Now that money goes to the major corporations that lobby successfully to keep the welfare funds pouring into their coffers. So are these the “disadvantaged social groups” your party favors? That’s a far cry from a helping hand to a person with a monthly income of $500.

BIG GOVERNMENT – we know “big” and we know “government” but what exactly is “big government”? What exactly warrants your derisive hostility? Is it the size –– as in the number of people employed? Is it the intrusiveness –– as in regulations?

If size is your issue -–– the claim that federal employment has grown over the past years is not true. According to statistics from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management federal employment has actually declined by 2 million since the 1960’s. With regard to your cry to reduce it even more better be careful what you wish. People without jobs are people without spending money. Not only will the demand for goods and services drop but the cost to the government in unemployment benefits and various welfare benefits will rise while government takes a hit from a reduced base of personal income taxes. That is a lose-lose situation.

As for government intrusiveness –– you need to explain to me why a government is bad because it regulates banks, insurance companies, mortgage companies, drug companies, food suppliers –– and any other business that directly affects the well-being of every citizen. And please explain to me why your fury over the intrusion of federal regulations does not extend to your desire for government intrusion in your bedroom (contraception, abortion, same sex marriage) and the workplace (gender equality with equal pay for equal work).

Just asking.

Your inquisitive friend,

Sandy

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