I am sorry, I am going to talk about pornography again. Of course, if you are not interested, feel free to skip this article. A few people have asked me why I occasionally talk about porn, after all DOMAI is not a porn site. That is true. I know that, you know that. But they don't know that. As has been demonstrated many times (we lost both Paypal and Bitpass as billing providers for example), all nudity-related material, more or less, is regarded as porn by the great unwashed.
And even if this was not so, I would still talk about it, because porn is one of those things that many, many people use, but almost nobody will actually stand up and defend when it is attacked. This makes it a sitting duck in the war against free speech.
A few decades ago the censor-crusaders did not have to make many excuses. Porn was "obscene" and that was that. Nobody argued. Since then porn has been legalized in most of the western world (I think Norway is still an exception), and it has moved out of the shadows. So they can't just say that anymore. What they do now is to say it is to "protect our children".
The latest initiative proposes a 25% tax on online adult-content sales! If it was the first of April, I would not even bother to read about it, I'd be so sure it was a joke. Sadly, it seems to be real.
This proposed bill does not have high chances of going through. But just that fact that it can be proposed and be taken seriously by some people sickens me. It would not "protect" anybody, children or otherwise. It is no more than protection money, similar to what gangsters do. "If you don't pay me, I have force and I will use it".
They can only propose it because pornographers have no friends in high places. At least no friends who will admit so in public. But think about this: who will be next? And next? And after that?
In the unlikely case that such a tax come to pass, it will probably not affect DOMAI, since we are not based in the US. But wrong is wrong. Even if porn actually was a social evil like they say, it would be wrong. But porn, according to all studies, has been shown to lower r-a-p-e statistics where ever it has been legalized and deregulated.
by Maurice Ogden
The scaffold stood by the courthouse side,
And we wondered, whenever we had the time,
And innocent though we were, with dread
Then a twinkle grew in the buckshot eye,
And he stepped down, and laid his hand
And the gallows-frame on the courthouse lawn
And the Hangman stood at his usual stand
And we cried: "Hangman, have you not done
He laughed a laugh as he looked at us:
Then one cried "Murderer!" One cried "Shame!"
And he laid his hand on that one's arm,
That night we saw with dread surprise
Now as wide, or a little more,
And we cried out, "Is this one he
The fourth man's dark, accusing song
The fifth. The sixth. And we cried again,
And so we ceased, and asked no more,
The wings of the scaffold opened wide
For hanging, and so he calls to me
He smiled at me as I came down
And he whistled his tune as he tried the trap,
"You tricked me, Hangman!" I shouted then,
Then a twinkle grew in the buckshot eye:
For who has served me more faithfully
"Dead," I whispered, and amiably
Beneath the beam that blocked the sky