More American Gun Violence,
and The Glamorization of Madness
by Bob Yunger
Stephen Paddock, the Law Vegas shooter and local resident, retiree, professional real estate investor with an estimated personal net worth of 5 million dollars, gambler, former mail carrier, I.R.S. agent and accountant, killed 59 people from his large thirty-second floor Mandalay Bay corner suite. Another 500 or more ended up wounded or injured. More may eventually die of their wounds, hard to say. Many will likely succumb to an early demise down the road due to the trauma and depression of disability resulting from being shot. But let’s not give Paddock full credit as a gunman for all 500+ injured. Those hurt from being trampled by other concert goers don’t count as much, and some just fell as they ran, twisting an ankle or hitting a knee or spraining a wrist. So let’s say Paddock wounded half with his bullets. Add that to the 59 killed and you have an estimate of 309 struck. He was shooting for about 10 minutes. Some say 9, others say 11. That’s about one victim every two seconds. And we know from the recorded audio on video that he took breaks. Still more reason to marvel. Wow. Modern firearm technology is mightily efficient. That one man could dispatch such damage in so short an interval is nothing short of breathtaking. Good job NRA. Good job!
People should stop describing Stephen Paddock as a “madman” and a “psychopath”. His actions in Vegas were sociopathic and that of a baddy but fully thought-out and rational. He exhibited careful planning throughout his life and then even at the end, at the last, when he saw he was going to get caught, he demonstrated he knew the gravity of his act by killing himself as a way of escaping paying for his crime. These were the actions of a full-on asshole, but not someone who had lost his mind. He knew right from wrong and appreciated full well the consequences of his deeds. He was a 64 year-old, angry, retired, rich asshole who took care of his girlfriend, had lots of success in very competitive businesses, possessed plenty of governmental licences and endorsements, yet got tired of this world and wanted to make a notorious exit while taking out lots of other people with him. The tragic part is that in our society, given his social status and the current laws, he had plenty of means to do it, and do it SPECTACULARLY.
Where To Go In Sin City Once You’ve Lost Your Money
print review by Reviewer Rob
DTLV Approx. 5×7”, similar to the Urbanist in San Diego, only more low-budget printing. I like it. This free hand-out guide is a colored xeroxed style folded info sheet of local happenings around the very hip and artsy Downtown “Arts District” which is still affordably cool and not yet too hipstery or upscale to be unattainable to the normal budget. It’s Las Vegas, after all. If you want to be a high roller you can go to the Bellagio or several other places that cater to the whales and oil barons. This is for the cool crowd that like the kitch and appoachability of real art shows and off duty strippers waking up at the corner coffee shop. Wear your sunglasses. The sun will be bright. [dtlv.com] RR
But this town offers lots of opportunities for both.
Las Vegas Character & Characters
One thing I’ve noticed here that is pretty courteous is that the ordinary people under-30 that you meet on the street tend to call you “sir” in Las Vegas. Well, except for the strippers. Haha jus’ kidding dewd. I have them call me “Daddy”. Lol jk.
Above is a pic I shot last night of a taxidermied bobcat prop in the Photo Bang Bang studio, the rentable workspace of the heavily bearded Curtis Joe Walker. More on him layer. Cool cat!
Downtown Power Is Where It’s At
Coming out to Vegas this time solely to do some prospecting was so worth it if only for the sheer fact that the hotel I’m staying at (not pictured) has amazingly fast internet. Their wifi is so powerful I’m able to download a dozen gigs per hour. This is making my hosting account migration to cPanel a LOT easier. Thanks, Las Vegas! All the hookers and blow is just gravy!
So, in January 21– 24 Reviewer Magazine went to the Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas to ask: “When was the golden era of internet porn and today how can individual webmasters make quick and easy money starting out in adult entertainment?” Yes yes, we all know ten years ago porn was said to be a four-billion-dollar a year business annually worldwide and now struggling pornstars are doing half-price lap dances at titty bars. Okay maybe it’s not that bad yet. Porn sites still exist and charge membership fees. But what gives?
At AEE 2015, Nina Hartley (Boogie Nights) said “nichification” is what’s funding modern porn. New companies find a specialty niche to fill. I also heard about niche-marketing in a panel discussion that included Joanna Angel. A guy sitting next to her said he’d “made lots of money by micro-niching.” Among the examples he gave were tan-line sites and “crack-humping” where the male actor achieves climax by frottage from humping a girl’s buttcrack without penetration. But he spoke in the past-tense. So what about the big-money days of before free tube sites like PornHub and xHamster? “If this business was still controlled by the mob like it was back in the 70’s legs would be broken!,” said Will Ryder (Not the Bradys XXX) emphatically, his eyes narrowing. Free tube sites stealinging content are still sore points few talk about and why many see industry profits as drying up. “In the future all porn will be free. The big sites will be paying royalties,” said Ryder, who told me he began working porn in the early 1980’s. The fall in small company profits began in 2003 when credit card companies made porn a “high risk” business transaction. Tom Hymes of the Free Speech Coalition gave some background on why higher VISA fees are required from adult entertainment companies for a merchant account. In 2003 Paypal stopped processing porn transactions and other companies began levying the annual VISA fees of between $750 and $1000 for a porn account. “In all fairness, there was abuse of the card services by members of the industry,” Hymes said, notably by “Israeli companies” by overcharging members and not closing accounts when asked. Rather than VISA cracking down on single offenders everyone had to pay. The easiest way to get paid for self-producing content now is through Clips4Sale.com and paying their 40% per-transaction fee. A 40/60 split may sound high but even at this percentage thousands of members pull in boatloads of dollars annually. Plus Clips4sale earns “$250,000 a-month” through banner advertising on its site, said owner Neil Orkin, adding that content-wise studios “can do anything as long as it’s legal.”