Last Judgment:
People will love themselves more, love money more, and love pleasure more. ... Wickedness will increase.

From:  "jagbir singh" <>
Date:  Tue Jan 4, 2005  6:11 am
Subject:  Re: Shri Mataji: "It means the Last Judgment has begun with full force."
—- In, "jagbir singh"
<adishakti_org@y...> wrote:
> In various places throughout the Bible we are told that these
> "last days" will not be good times for mankind. ... People will
> love themselves more, love money more, and love pleasure more. ...
> Wickedness will increase.

Millions 'live in modern slavery'

Some 12.3 million people are enslaved worldwide, according to a major report.

The International Labour Organization says 2.4 million of them are victims of trafficking, and their labour generates profits of over $30bn.

Porn Nation
By Jan LaRue

America's alabaster cities are saturated with pornography from sea to shining sea. It's big business, and it's not confined to the"dirty" bookstores and peep shows in the sleazy part of town. Porn is piped into homes, hotels, and corporations in every metropolis and hamlet via cable and satellite television, dial-a-porn, and cyberspace—and unfiltered Internet access brings it into public schools and libraries, to America's children.

A recent article in the New York Times Magazine makes some comparisons to show how the $ 10 billion-a-year pornography business has become one of the most flush and vigorous in America: It's bigger than the combined revenues of all the professional football, baseball, and basketball franchises. It's greater than the take at all the nation's movie box offices.

Porn apologists say it has no adverse impact on society, while critics charge that there are consequences for America's economy, morals, public health, and safety.

The late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote: "There is a long-recognized legitimate interest in regulating the use of obscene material in local commerce and in all places of public accommodation. ... The States have the power to make a morally neutral judgment that public exhibition of obscene material, or commerce in such material, has a tendency to injure the community as a whole, to endanger the public safety, or to jeopardize the right of the states and the Nation ... to maintain a decent society.”

This article focuses on obscene, hard-core pornography, which the Supreme Court ruled in 1973 (in Paris Adult Theatre 1 v. Slaton) is not protected by the First Amendment and is illegal under federal and most state laws. In that case, the Court cited"A few plain examples"of material that may be found obscene: "Patently offensive representations or descriptions of ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated. Patently offensive representations or descriptions of masturbation, excretory functions, and lewd exhibition of the genitals.”

Hard-core sexual material sells because it titillates. Porn earnings are estimated at $ 10 billion to $ 14 billion a year in the United States (the lower figure is according to Fortune magazine) and $ 56 billion worldwide. Forbes magazine breaks down the global profits this way: adult videos,$ 20 billion; sex clubs, $ 5 billion; magazines, $ 7.5 billion; phone sex, $ 4.5 billion; escort services, $ 11 billion; cable, satellite, and pay-per-view TV, $ 2.5 billion; CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs, $ 1.5 billion; Internet (sales and memberships), $ 1.5 billion; novelties, $ 1 billion; and others, $ 1.5 billion.

Porn is big business for organized crime, as noted in the 1986 Final Report of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography. But today, with the allure of immense profits, corporate giants such as General Motors (owner of DirecTV, which offers X-rated channels) and AT&T have brought the respectability-starved porn industry to Wall Street. Nonetheless, the decision by AT&T to offer hard-core porn on its digital tier of pay-per-view cable television has resulted in the filing of a proxy resolution by a coalition of religious investors that controls 1.6 million shares of AT&T stock. The resolution requires the company to explain why it's carrying the Hot Network, which AT&T admits will provide XXX-rated material.

"I'm not a weirdo or a pervert—it's not my deal," says Bruce Biddick of Centex Securities, a stock underwriter in La Jolla, California. "I've got kids and a family. But I can see as an underwriter going out and making bucks on people being weird. Hey, dollars are dollars. I'm not selling drugs. It's Wall Street.”

Hotel chains, including Marriott and Hilton, make more money from pay—per-view pornography—about $ 190 million a year—than from snack and drink sales in minibars.

"Porn doesn't have a demographic; it goes across all demographics," says Paul Fishbein, the 42-year-old founder and editor of Adult Video News, the trade publication for the"Adult" industry.”There were 11,000 adult titles last year versus 400 releases in Hollywood. There are so many outlets that even if you spend just $ 15,000 and two days-—and put in some plot and good-looking people and decent sex—you can get satellite and cable sales. There are so many companies, and they rarely go out of business. You have to be really stupid or greedy to fail.”

Adult Video News claims: "The largest credit card company makes up to $ 35 million per month off of e-porn.”American Express, however, stopped accepting charges at Web porn sites because chargeback rates are too high due to disputed charges by customers. Visa and MasterCard impose fines on sites that fail to keep rates within 1 percent of total monthly transactions.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the New York State attorney general filed suits last August against scores of porn Web sites for billing thousands of Web users for supposedly free services and for billing other consumers who have never visited the sites at all.

Last year, an FTC task force began investigating complaints of Web pornographers' "page-jacking"And"mouse-trapping"—when an Internet user is directed, through deception, to a Web site and trapped there by disabling his computer's Web browser. Last February, the FTC announced a court settlement with an e-porn company doing just that.

Porn's new availability has stirred many people's craving for it to the level of an addiction, a type of psychological disorder. In a Fortune article," Addicted to Sex: Corporate America's Dirty Secret," Patrick Carnes, a nationally recognized expert in sexual addictions, said: "Most of my patients are CEOs or doctors or attorneys or priests. We have corporate America's leadership marching through here.”

Stephen Pesce, a New York City psychotherapist, agrees: "The sex down on Wall Street is unbelievable, with the prostitution and the porn.”

Cybersex compulsive is a term coined in a recent study to define at least 200,000 American adults who visit sex sites at least 11 hours per week. According to researchers Al Cooper, David Delmonico, and Ron Burg, writing last year in the journal Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity," This is a hidden public health hazard exploding in part because very few are recognizing it as such or taking it seriously.”

Other psychology experts see many American men's yen for porn as signaling a huge and growing problem in their relationships with the opposite sex, a trend that could result in yet more divorce and sexual abuse.”Constant bombardment by images of buff, sleek, airbrushed, ideal women is giving rise to a new mental disorder among men: the centerfold syndrome," psychologist Gary Brooks told a meeting of the American Psychological Association in 1996. This is resulting not from any increase in the circulation of porn magazines—with their steamy centerfold photos—but from the vast upsurge in X-rated material on cable, videocassette, and the Internet.

Porn Nation


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