And yet, despite antitrust ruling after antitrust ruling, the world is still run by 1 percent of the 1 percent. These select few people have more money and more power than a trillion Tony Montanas, and absolutely nobody is trying to stop them.
Even the pirated stuff. Considering that roughly 35 percent of all downloads are deposits into the stroke bank , it can be truly said that MindGeek holds the keys to the online kingdom. There's a very good reason their offices are all white. Continue Reading Below Advertisement Since , MindGeek then called Manwin has established an absolute foothold in the pirated porn business, allowing any anonymous dick to upload any anonymous dick they want to any website in the MindGeek dugout.
And they own a LOT of them. You just made MindGeek even richer, because they own all those sites , plus about a hundred more. All of which are tabbed on your computer, right now. Continue Reading Below Advertisement So how is it that MindGeek has avoided the fates of Napster and Pirate Bay, despite basing a huge part of their fortune on the distribution of copyrighted material?
Well, the answer is pretty simple -- MindGeek also owns the movies people are pirating. See, in addition to a nine-figure loan they got from some shadowy Wall Street investor, the company grew so rich hosting ill-gotten porn that they went out and purchased every actual porn studio they could get their hands on.
They even had a working relationship with Playboy, back when that actually mattered. So they profit off the movies being filmed, and then profit off the films being pirated. It's a double penetration of profit. Continue Reading Below Advertisement Unfortunately, this arrangement isn't so great for the people actually making the porn, since their videos are all owned by the same company pirating their content and thus getting around that pesky little problem of having to pay them anything.
But they can't say a goddamn thing about it, because to do so would risk angering their bosses and lose them any chance of making any money for their videos. So any actors and actresses under the MindGeek umbrella basically have two choices -- keep their mouths shut and hope that Vivid Video signs them, or go back to serving mozzarella sticks at T.
Friday's for less money than it costs to drive to work. Continue Reading Below Advertisement So, why aren't any officials speaking out about what sounds suspiciously like a monopoly? Nobody wants to touch it. No presidential candidate is going to start yelling about how the hardcore porn industry needs more regulation, although there is no denying it would be a pretty bold platform. This is because, among other things, their surveillance tactics have been ruled unconstitutional , but they get to continue doing whatever they want, because terrorism.
You see, despite what some knee-knocking appeals court says, every bit of electronic surveillance the NSA conducts on private citizens is totally legal in the name of protecting this great nation from secret threats.
Just ask their bosses at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court , if you can find them. And if you ask the NSA, they suddenly uncover a hundred different reasons to waterboard you. Continue Reading Below Advertisement The FISC was founded in to combat the rash of illegal Russian spies who were making it hard for illegal American spies to do their job properly. It operates from a small office -- there are 11 judges, and their terms of service in the FISC last for seven years.
And each one of them is appointed to their position by no less than the chief justice of the Supreme Court. He hires these judges all on his own, without any supervision or fellow justices getting in the way to ensure he doesn't accidentally appoint a violent sadist.
The main job of the FISC is to hear requests from the government for permission to wiretap, monitor, bug, or otherwise snoop on whatever target they deem sufficiently shady. Except they probably won't -- out of the 33, requests to spy that the FISC received from the year of its inception to , they rejected 11 of them.
Reality stars hear the word "no" more than the government does. Those minuscule upticks in and are when the FISC put their foot down and made the agencies eat their vegetables a whole eight times. Continue Reading Below Continue Reading Below Advertisement Thanks to the "I'm drunk, do whatever you want" parenting style of the FISC, the NSA has total power to pull flagrantly unconstitutional bullshit , such as keeping and using information that was "inadvertently" acquired.
Basically, if the NSA happens to accidentally record a conversation that they didn't have legal permission to record, they have the right to hang on to that conversation anyway and use it as evidence, which is basically the worst thing to happen to warrants since Nirvana.
They can also hold on to information obtained during attorney-client conversations, which kind of makes having a lawyer seem completely pointless if anything you tell them can be recorded and used against you in your trial. That's like asking for a warrant after you've already started searching someone's house.
Furthermore, none of their rulings are published -- they just make their decrees and scurry back into the darkness. One FISC judge defended this practice by explaining, " It's difficult for a judge to summarize the work of another judge. It's a way harder quiz than it should be.