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The Dream Team vs. Dream Team 2012

19 Nov

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The friendly and competitive “back and forth” between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan about the prospects of this Olympic Squad against the famed Dream Team of 1992 poses the obvious question, ‘Could Dream Team 2012 beat the original Dream Team?’ Both rosters are full of extremely talented and skilled athletes. Both teams had a transcendent player who was fresh of a title run. And both squads display a selflessness on the basketball court that allows them to play incredible basketball. But, who would win if these teams ever faced each other head to head?

“It’d be a tough one, but I think we’d pull it out.”

Kobe Bryant

“For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done.”

Michael Jordan

“Other than Kobe, LeBron and Kevin Durant, I don’t think anybody else on the team makes our team.”

Charles Barkley

“I think we could probably beat that team by 25.”

Scottie Pippen

The statisticians seem to be closer to Kobe’s argument rather than being in agreement with the original Dream Team. According to AccuScore, a sports statistics system that simulates 10,000 games to find the winning percentage of teams that face each other, the original Dream Team would only win 53.1% of the time against the 2012 team by an average margin of only one point. The Daniel Myers’ Advanced Statistical Plus/Minus says that there is not a significant difference between the 1992, 1996, 2008, and the 2012 Olympic squads, though the 1992 group does rank higher in their quantitative evaluation. By every newer form of evaluating competition, the teams are fairly evenly matched. But, in the ’92 Olympic games, the original Dream Team won its matches by an astounding average of 43.8 points per game. The closest game was a win by 32 points over Croatia in the gold medal game. However, the competition that they faced was not nearly as close to the challenges that face this year’s squad. There were only 5 active National Basketball Association players lacing up for the other teams in the 1992 Olympics. In 2012, twenty-five NBA athletes will be playing against the USA team. Teams like Brazil and France boast 4-5 NBA guys. The expansion of the game of basketball across the globe means that the level of competition will be higher than ever in these Olympics. So, who would win position by position?

Point Guard:

Magic Johnson, John Stockton vs. Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook

Premier Showdown:

Paul – 18.7 ppg, 9.9 apg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 spg
Johnson – 19.5 ppg, 11.2 apg, 7.2 rpg, 1.9 spg

Magic Johnson, John Stockton, and Chris Paul are the only pure point guards in this group despite Williams and Westbrook becoming premiere floor leaders in the NBA today. In fact, Westbrook may have actually passed Paul in star power over the last few seasons with the injuries to the Clipper’s star, but Paul is still the most valuable point guard on the 2012 team. The overall speed and athleticism of the current Dream Team would overwhelm the 1992 point guards in the open floor, but the vision and leadership of the original Dream Team could compensate for some of the athletic advantage. The other equalizing factor is the sheer size of Magic Johnson. Because he is a full 6’9″, the Dream Team would surely post him against any of the three guards. And, double teaming him in the post with his vision would be like giving away two or three points with this team.

Advantage:

1992

 

Shooting Guard:

Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler vs. Kobe Bryant, James Harden

Premier Showdown:

Bryant – 25.3 ppg, 4.7 apg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 spg
Jordan – 30.1 ppg, 5.3 apg, 6.2 rpg, 2.3 spg

Michael Jordan has the advantage against any individual player in the history of the NBA except Wilt Chamberlain. His scoring, assists, rebounds, steals, and field goal percentage are all higher than Kobe’s. Kobe has a better long range shot, but Jordan has better athleticism and interior scoring. With the shortened three point line, Kobe would have no hope of slowing Michael Jordan. James Harden is the downgraded version of Drexler. He is good in the open floor, Drexler was great. Neither is great at creating their own shot in the half court, and both are better as a complementary player than as the lead guy. Harden was the perfect complementary player to Durant and Westbrook in Oklahoma City and a great scorer in Houston. But, Drexler was the man in Portland. And, when he played second fiddle to Olajuwon in Houston he won a championship. Drexler would use his elite athleticism to outplay Harden in the complimentary role. The 1992 shooting guards measure higher than the 2012 ones.

Advantage:

1992

 

Small Forward:

Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullin vs. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Andre Igoudala

Premier Showdown:

James – 27.7 ppg, 7.0 apg, 7.1 rpg, 1.7 spg
Pippen – 16.1 ppg, 5.2 apg, 6.4 rpg, 2.0 spg

LeBron James is the most physically talented player to ever play in the NBA. He is a better athlete than Wilt Chamberlain. He is a better athlete than Dr. J. He is a better athlete than Michael Jordan. And, there is no one that could handle him on the block. LeBron is the only man in NBA history to average 26 ppg, 6 rpg, and 6 apg for his career. Larry Birds number are comparable, but he does not have the size or speed to match LeBron on the block or in the open court. Realistically, Pippen would have the task of slowing James. Scottie Pippen is as quick laterally as anyone in NBA history. He would suffocate LeBron James on the perimeter. However, Coach K is smart enough to move James into isolation plays in the post where he would overpower any guard or small forward. And then, Durant and Carmelo are right behind him. They are two of the purest scorers in the league today. Carmelo has a fully developed inside outside game (he hit 10 threes in USA’s game against Nigeria), and Durant has the most unstoppable pull-up jumper since Bernard King. People think that Bird and Mullin would be shut down by the athletes of 2012, but they know how to use picks and move without the ball. They would score against 2012, but they would be completely outmatched on the defensive side of the ball, even in zone defenses.

Advantage:

2012

 

Power Forward:

Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Christian Laettner vs. Blake Griffin, Kevin Love

Premier Showdown:

Love – 17.3 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 0.5 bpg, 0.6 spg
Barkley – 22.1 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 0.8 bpg, 1.5 spg

Believe it or not, Kevin Love’s numbers are eerily similar to Barkley’s at this point in his career. But, Love has not been nearly as dominant as Barkley was at that point. Both Barkley and Malone played a different kind of basketball under the rim. They were physical and intimidating using their knees, elbows, and backsides to bully defenders under the basket. Neither Griffin or Love would be able to slow either of these players. Love may get some easy buckets with the short international three point line, but Barkley actually lead his Olympic team in three point percentage because of the shorter line. The 1992 squad has two of the top three power forwards in NBA history. If you consider Tim Duncan to be a center and not a power forward, then Malone and Barkley are numbers one and two. 2012 did not have a chance here.

Advantage:

1992

 

Center:

Patrick Ewing, David Robinson vs. Tyson Chandler

Premier Showdown:

Chandler – 8.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.4 bpg, 0.5 spg
Ewing – 21.0 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 1.0 spg

Tyson Chandler is a defensive specialist who uses a strong base and good positioning to stop opponents from scoring. He is good off the weak side of the defense and good on the ball, but he is in over his head on this one. He is facing the only man in NBA history to place in the top ten in 5 statistics in the same season, David Robinson. He is facing one of the toughest centers in NBA history in Patrick Ewing. Chandler is facing two of the best shot blockers in history, and he is fairly limited on offense. Chandler would be annihilated by these two.

Advantage:

1992

 

Skills:

The 2012 team is a very skilled group. The entire team other than Tyson Chandler are relatively position-less (in a good way). LeBron, Williams, Igoudala, Carmelo, Kobe and Durant can all play two to three positions on the basketball court. Everyone on the team can handle the basketball well for their position and quite a few can create their own shot. But, there is a distinct difference between being able to get a shot, and being able to make a shot. That is where the skills differ between the Dream Team 1992 and 2012. The original Dream Team could shoot the basketball. Every member of the Dream Team shot 50% from the field in at least one season during their NBA careers. The Dream Team boasted two members of the 50/40/90 club (Larry Bird, Chris Mullin, and Kevin Durant achieved 50% from the field, 40% from the three point line, and 90% from the free throw line in a single season), and one of those two players achieved the marks multiple times (Bird). Bird and Mullin were two of NBA history’s greatest shooters, and both shooters managed to regularly score 25+ points per game over multiple seasons, despite a relatively low amount of low post opportunities, specifically with Mullin. The 2012 team only has one member of that prestigious club, Kevin Durant. The entire 1992 Dream Team understood the importance of movement without the basketball. They did not need to dribble and create to score the basketball. These finer points are what separates them from the 2012 Dream Team.

Advantage:

1992

Athleticism:

Though the 1992 team has a few elite athletes with Jordan, Pippen, Drexler, and Robinson, the 2012 team is a squad completely composed of good to elite athletes. The 2012 team is stronger and quicker on the perimeter and the speed of the game has changed. Though the first Dream Team averaged 117 points per game in 40 minutes of play (which means that they could run), the edge in athleticism has to go to the 2012 team. Every member of the 2012 team is an above average athlete and some like LeBron, Igoudala, and Griffin are freakishly athletic. 2012 is bigger, stronger, and more agile as a whole.

Advantage:

2012

 

Intangibles:

The 1992 Dream Team wins the intangibles category hands down. The competitiveness that was shown between Magic and Jordan, and Barkley and Malone in practice was legendary. They refused to play together because they wanted to face the best competition that they could every time they stepped on the practice court and prove to themselves and the world who was the best at their position. They pushed each other every day during the Olympics, and bonded every night after workouts. And, the other intangible was knowing how to win basketball games. The entire 1992 team made the right basketball plays despite being the stars of their NBA teams. There were no egos on the court. When a player was open for a shot, they got the basketball. Period. There were no wasted dribbles or wasted motion. Every member of the Dream Team was fundamentally sound, and almost every member of the original Dream Team eventually made it to the NBA Finals. The only two who did not play in a Finals game were Chris Mullin, who never had an inside presence on his Golden State teams, and the lone collegian, Christian Laettner.

Advantage:

1992

Synopsis:

There are some numbers that the computers could not weigh into their calculations when comparing these teams. At the time of their inception, the 1992 Dream Team had 9 Most Valuable Player Awards and 12 NBA titles; they went on to gain a total of 15 MVP’s and 23 championships overall. The 2012 team has 5 and 10, respectively. The original Dream Team had 11 first ballot Hall of Fame players. Outside of LeBron, Kobe, and Durant, no one else on this team is a lock for the Hall of Fame. The 1992 Dream team has two of the top three scorers in NBA history, two of the top three passers in NBA history, two of the top three power forwards in NBA history, two of the top ten centers in NBA history, and two of the best shooters in NBA history playing together. This team has the best scorer in history getting the ball from the best distributor in history backed up by the possibly the best PG by the statistics. The original Dream Team was stacked.

So, could the 2012 Dream Team beat the first incarnation of itself? After all, a few days ago Dream Team 2012 just played one of the best Olympic basketball games in history. They scored 156 points, hit 29 three pointers, and beat the Nigerian squad by 84 points, all feats that no team, including the original Dream Team has ever accomplished. The answer to the question is simple. No. LeBron and company would not have a chance against the original Dream Team. They were too skilled, too accomplished, and too talented. The 1992 squad would destroy Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, and whomever the 2012 coaching staff put on the floor against them. The backboards would be owned by Barkley, Malone, Ewing, and Robinson. The inside scoring that would come from put backs alone would be daunting, but you also have four of the best low post scorers in NBA history on the Dream Team, without counting Jordan who also scored in the low block and from the top of the key. The original Dream Team is the best basketball team that was ever assembled, and no other basketball team would ever come close to challenging them. Like Scottie Pippen said, they would win by 25 easily.


Porn Is A Deal with the Devil

18 Nov

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Everyone thinks that they are special as a child. Children are told that they are individuals and that their uniqueness will eventually make them prosperous if they plan and try hard enough. Kids think that they will rule the world because their parents tell them so, and thus, some people chase those dreams until the end of their lives looking to find fame and fortune at all costs. For women with daddy issues the quickest way to those dreams may seem to be the pornography industry. However, a career in porn is the worst decision that most of these young, naive women can make. For every adult entertainment superstar that makes millions of dollars by branding themselves properly and making all the right business decisions, there are literally hundreds of thousands of women who make one to three adult films and ruin the rest of their lives. The porn industry notoriously uses these women for huge profits and then spits them back into the harsh world that forced into the industry.

The porn industry generates in excess of $50 billion dollars per year. The money from the sex film industry is larger than the combined revenues of professional football, basketball, and baseball. However, the performers are not doing the lion’s share of the earning even though they are definitely doing all the “hard” work. In any good business, the labor force only earns 10% of the profit, and porn is no different. Female performers earn more than guys with the industry standards for actresses starting at $750 and reaching $1200 per scene according to Exclusive Adult & Mainstream Model and Talent Management (Male performers work harder, perform in more scenes, have to “get it up” and finish on command, and make the least money in the industry at $50-$450 per session). However, their yearly earning averages of $70,000 to $240,000 (depending on how popular they are, the kind of work that they take, and how often they work) do not compare with the amount of money that executives make despite the toll that a career as a sex worker takes on the performers physically and mentally.

The average female porn star starts working in films at eighteen and lasts roughly one year in the business. Most porn actresses have only the first year of their adult life to earn a quarter million dollars, and then they are out of the business for good. A select few actresses last three or more years in the industry and make millions of dollars, but their opportunity for earning at a high rate ends soon after they turn 25 and the new crop of starlets replace them. They are then forced out of porn, to live off their savings for the rest of their lives. Since upwards of 46% of people in adult entertainment regularly use drugs and alcohol or do not live the most stable lifestyles, the majority of adult entertainers have squandered most of the money that they have earned in the industry before they retire from it. They leave the sex game with exactly what they had when they entered it, nothing.

Porn starlets strip, make appearances at adult conventions, and sometimes escort just to survive. Mary Carey, a porn star who ran for Governor and received 10,000 votes retired from porn, but was forced back into it by a heroin addiction. Because of their past as sex workers, former porn actresses can not get regular 9-5 jobs. Media outlets are littered with stories of former porn stars who lose their jobs working as teachers or nurses because of their sketchy past. The industry uses these women up and then sends them into the real world uneducated, emotionally ill-equipped to enter the workforce, physically battered, and without the financial resources to live after they leave. Porn is fueled by drugs and alcohol. People have to self-medicate in order to do porn, then have to self-medicate to deal with the ramifications of a life in porn.

And, the harsh physical implications of a career in porn are just as brutal as the pending financial hardships. Female porn stars face a myriad of daunting illnesses both when they are active in the adult industry and once they leave. Female porn stars are subjected to degrading and violent scenes. They are slapped, choked, and manhandled throughout entire scenes depending on their directors, their costars, and the type of film. Some are spit upon and berated. Though it is considered acting, directors like Max Hardcore and even the more mainstream Brandon Iron have been accused and indicted of sexually assaulting their female employees in scenes. Those scenes make lasting impressions in the psyches of the actresses who participate in them, and some women never recover from the experience emotionally. Even the women who only perform in mainstream scenes face inherent dangers in their films. Active actresses in pornography are susceptible to life threatening urinary tract infections every time they perform. Their male counterparts have to possess at a least 7 inch penis just to enter the industry, and their members can reach 14-18 inches in some extreme cases. Vigorous sex, as in the norm in adult movies, and a large phallus usually means a few days of recovery for actresses. Several actresses have had their perineum ripped from rough sex, and a few have been torn from their vagina to their anus. The ensuing infections can cost them their lives. There are several stories of torn anal cavities and prolapsed rectums (a prolapsed rectum is when the rectum falls out of the anus) from anal sex. Some scenes encourage them. And then, there are the sexually transmitted diseases.

Though pornography is a very lucrative business, the circle of people who get continuous work is relatively small, so STD breakouts are fairly common. An outbreak of syphilis brought the community of Van Nuys (Van Nuys is also known as Porn Valley) to a screeching halt in 2014. One actor supplied falsified documents – porn actors and actresses have to show negative test results for disease before being able to perform – and had sex with multiple actresses, and it stopped all production for nearly a month. Severe work stoppages happen about once every two years in the porn industry, and HIV outbreaks have stopped the industry on multiple occasions. According to quite a few popular entertainers in pornography, any person that works in porn for more than a few months has herpes, and 70% of the sexually transmitted infections that occur in the porn industry happen to women. Actresses in porn leave the industry with lifelong reminders of the harsh consequences of their time in the business.

The next step is often suicide.

The emotional trauma from a career in pornography destroys the lives of the people involved. The life expectancy of porn stars over the last 20 years is 37.43 years while the life expectancy of the average American is 78.1 years. The incidence of suicide in porn stars is significantly higher than the number of suicides in the general population too. Porn stars, especially female ones, often meet tragic ends. The chart below shows how devastating a career in pornography can be for the performers.

Stage Name Real Name Cause of Death Year of Death Age
Megan Leigh Michelle Maira Schei Suicide by self-inflicted gun shot wound 1990 26
Tony Bravo Michael Pietri AIDS 1990 31
Leo Ford Leo John Hilgeford Motorcycle accident 1991 34
Keith Anthoni Thom Plaski AIDS 1991 39
Lee Ryder Darras Robert Pyron AIDS 1991 31
Artie Mitchell Artie Mitchell Murdered by brother 1991 45
Nancee Kellee Kelly Jean Van Dyke Suicide by hanging 1991 33
Heaven St. John Dorothy Lee Perrins Cancer 1992 48
Tim Kramer Douglas Murrell Cooper AIDS 1992 34
Al Parker Andrew R. Okun AIDS 1992 40
Chanel Price Teri Price Drug overdose 1992 35
Lisa de Leeuw Lisa Trego AIDS complications 1993 45
Rod Phillips Gregory Leslie Patton AIDS complications 1993 32
Scott Bond N/A1 AIDS 1993 30
Clint Lockner Charles Romanski AIDS 1993 50
Tom Farrell N/A Hit by a car while standing on the side of the road 1993 22
Stasha Rolando Angelo Leukemia 1993 24
Scott Taylor Scott Taylor Hampton AIDS 1994 40
Jeremy Scott Troy Andrew Meyers AIDS 1994 32
Glenn Steers Rick Sommers AIDS 1994 36
Joey Stefano Nicholas Anthony Iacona Drug overdose, HIV positive 1994 26
Savannah Shannon Michelle Wilsey Suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound 1994 23
Cathy Stewart N/A Unknown 1994 38
Jack Baker John Anthony Bailey Cancer 1994 47
Joe Simmons Thomas Williams AIDS 1995 30
Jon King N/A AIDS 1995 32
Pierce Daniels Russell Wallace AIDS 1995 36
Lon Flexx David Lee Anderson AIDS 1995 30
Ben Barker Rick Steven Sanford AIDS 1995 43
Jon King John Nelson Gaines AIDS complications 1995 32
Krysti Lynn Shawna Kristi Yager Went off the road while traveling at 100mph and fell into a 150 foot ravine 1995 24
Alex Jordan Karen Elizabeth Mereness Suicide by hanging 1995 27
Cal Jammer Randy Layne Potes Suicide by self-inflicted gun shot wound 1995 34
Rene Bond Rene Ruth Bond Liver problems 1996 45
Richard Locke Richard Holt Locke AIDS 1996 55
Christian Fox Christopher John McLaughlin Suicide by drug overdose 1996 22
Steve Fox Rommel Eugene Hunt Suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound 1997 31
Matt Gunther Steven Matthew Laing Heart attack 1997 33
Lee Baldwin John Francis Mallette Heart attack 1998 36
J. D. Ram David Perry Heroin overdose 1998 28
Wendy O’Williams Wendy Orlean Williams Suicide by self-inflicted gun shot wound 1998 48
Trinity Loren Joyce Evelyn McPherson Drug overdose 1998 34
Kim Kitaine N/A Drowned 1999 29
Sparky O’Toole Donald Keith
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AIDS 1999 31
Joe D’Amato Aristide Massaccesi Heart failure 1999 62
David Morris N/A Drugs 1999 47
Ole Soltoft N/A Undisclosed 1999 58
Lolo Ferrari Eve Valois Prescription drugs 2000 37
Jon Vincent Jeffrey James Vickers Heroin overdose 2000 37
Kyle Mckenna Russell Charles McCoy Suicide by drug overdose 2000 31
Bruce Seven N/A Complications from stroke and emphysema 2000 53
Leslie Glass Leslie Fisher Cancer 2000 36
Ted Roter Peter Balakoff Undisclosed 2000 70
Teri Diver Teri Diver Prescription drugs 2001 29
Brett Ford N/A AIDS 2001 31
Lynx Dyan N/A Cancer 2001 25
Amber Sexxxum N/A Undisclosed 2002 31
Shaun Michelle N/A Undisclosed 2002 49
Elisa Bridges Elisa Rebeca Bridges Heroin and Meth overdose 2002 28
Mike Henson Kenneth Seymour HIV+ and overdosed on Heroin 2002 38
Sophie Roche N/A Suicide 2002 23
Naughtia Childs Megan Serbian Jumped off a balcony while high on drugs 2002 29
Linda Lovelace Linda Boreman Car accident 2002 53
Devon Renfro N/A Brain aneurysm 2002 21
Bobby Astyr N/A Lung cancer 2002 64
Jay Anthony Jay Anthony Suicide 2003 27
Karen Dior Geoffrey Gann Cirrhosis of the liver and AIDS 2004 37
Rebecca Steele Jeanette Dee Rogers Drug overdose while suffering from AIDS 2004 42
Johnny Rahm Barry Rogers Suicide by hanging 2004 39
Lea De Mae Andrea Absolonova Brain cancer 2004 27
Taylor Summers Natel King Murdered after shooting an adult scene 2004 23
Russ Meyer N/A Pneumonia/Alzheimer’s Disease 2004 82
Chloe Jones Melinda Dee Jones Liver failure due to alcohol and drug abuse 2005 29
Eva Lux Leticia Lynn Blake Heroin overdose 2005 32
Juliette Jett N/A Heroin overdose 2005 28
Camilla De Castro Alessandro Caetano Kothenborger Jumped, fell or pushed from her 8th floor apartment 2005 26
Karen Lancaume Karine Bach Suicide by drug overdose 2005 32
Brittney Madison Stacey Pfeiffer Car accident 2005 21
Tim Barnett Bradford Thomas Wagner Suicide by hanging while in jail on rape charges 2005 37
Jasmine Grey Michelle Grayshaw Car accident 2005 21
Lance Heywood Rex Hickok Suicide by jumping off a building 2005 40
Julie Robbins Brandy Koonts From over 95% of her body being burned during a car accident 2005 26
Patrice Cabanel N/A Heart failure 2005 48
Candy Barr Juanita Dale Slusher Pneumonia 2005 70
Barry Knight N/A Heart attack 2005 59
Devon Barry N/A Undisclosed illness 2005 28
Ursula Cavalcanti Patrizia Grazzini Cancer 2005 39
Michael Lennox N/A Undisclosed 2005 37
Yumika Hayashi N/A Became drunk and choked to death on her vomit while asleep 2005 35
Angela Devi Angela Shunali Dhingra Suicide by asphyxiation 2006 30
Anna Malle Anna Hotop Car accident 2006 38
Kirby Scott Joseph Myska Drug overdose 2006 44
Jon Dough Chester Anuszak Suicide by hanging 2006 43
Andy Dill Timothy Leon Chanaud Meningitis 2006 43
Clarissa Doll Clarissa Dana Biere Suicide 2006 26
Kristian Brooks Jason Kanarr AIDS 2006 35
Johnny Rey N/A AIDS and testicular cancer 2006 42
Austin Black N/A Liver cancer 2006 38
Candice Rialson N/A Liver failure 2006 54
Michael Morrison Milton Owen Ingley Natural causes after going blind 2006 60
Rocky N/A Cancer and AIDS 2006 26
Kitty Fox Alice Janette Hergett Complications from stroke 2006 64
Sheridan N/A Car accident 2006 20
Lori Michaels N/A Heart defect 2007 38
Joe Romero N/A Complications from HIV 2007 40
Haley Paige Maryam Irene Haley Possible murder, small amount of drugs found upon autopsy 2007 25
Kent North Ben Grey Drug overdose, possibly a suicide 2007 35
Lynden Thomas N/A Asthma attack 2007 25
Danny Dukes Daniel Salas, Jr. Heroin overdose 2007 33
Brett Mycles Robert Christopher Sager Heart attack induced by use of steroids 2007 29
Cody Foster Shawn L. Sumner AIDS complications and liver cancer 2007 36
Chico Wang Inkyo Volt Hwang Suicide by drug overdose 2007 38
Zoey Zane Emily Irene Sander Murdered 2007 18
Vanessa Freeman N/A Murdered by prostitution client 2007 30
Haus Weston Haus Weston Heart attack 2007 29
Danny Roddick Matthew Freitas Apparent drug overdose 2007 31
Anna Alexandre N/A Car accident 2007 27
Tiffani DiGivanni N/A Suicide 2007 21
Anastasia Blue Elena Behm Undisclosed 2008 28
Lolly Pop Mary Besesti Federica Heart attack 2008 37
Cole Ryder N/A Cause of death unknown, originally reported as a staph infection 2008 36
Missy Maria Christina Overdose of prescription drugs 2008 41
Jean-Daniel Cadinot N/A Heart attack 2008 64
Sasha Gabor Samuel Guttman Heart failure 2008 63
Buck Adams Charles S. Allen Heart failure 2008 52
Henri Pachard Ron Sullivan Cancer 2008 69
Marilyn Chambers Marilyn Ann Taylor Natural Causes 2009 56
Jack Wrangler John Stillman Lung disease 2009 62
Steve Pierce N/A Undisclosed 2009 44

The world of pornography is completely ruinous to the lives of female performers. Though there is an initial boost in income and recognition for new starlets in the industry, the physical and mental abuse, the drugs, and the STI’s, cause a quick deterioration of the quality of their lives. And, at the very moment that most actresses hit the peak of their earning potential in porn (usually around the first year mark), they are forced out of the business by producers looking for the next big thing. The women who enter porn looking for a lifelong career are misguided and naive. Unfortunately, they choose to isolate themselves from “moral” society, and thus decimate any chances of earning money in a 9-5 job and surviving in the future. Women considering entering the pornography industry should look for a different occupation, unless they want a shorter, destructive path to failure.


Do Not Divorce Her!

19 Sep

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This article was originally posted on May 20, 2011. Because of the great response that we have had about this article at AnswersFromMen.com we have decided to post it again for our readers. You are welcome.

Your wife has not been the same person since the two of you married six years ago. Before you were married, she cooked breakfast and dinner for you, cleaned the house so diligently that you could eat a meal on the toilet seat, washed and ironed your clothes, and had hours of spontaneous, vigorous sex with you. Before you got married, your life was a dream. You proposed to her because you could not imagine finding anyone that could satisfy you the way that she did mentally, emotionally, and physically. Now, after six years of marriage, you both buy and eat breakfast and dinner separately, you dry-clean all your clothes, your house looks like what is under the toilet seat, and occasionally she will will let you dry hump her for 5 minutes if you both do not fall asleep first. She nags you about miniscule things that you forget to do. She nags you when fail to meet her lofty standards of excellence. She even nags you when do things right. The situation looks dire. You are suddenly living your worst nightmare. You feel like you are wasting away the good years of your life with a woman that does not appreciate or understand you. You are drowning in this marriage. You just had a baby and neither of you are sleeping the entire night. You thought that having a child would bring you closer together; instead it just exacerbates the problems that you already had and this marriage is quickly becoming more than you can handle. Your wife barely resembles the fun-loving girl that you married long ago, and you have finally decided that a split might be the best thing for you, her, and the baby. But, you should not be hasty in planning your escape. Divorce is not nearly as simple as it seems. In theory, you would just file some notarized papers saying that you and your wife have irreconcilable differences, a judge would then authorize the split, and you and your wife would become your ex. Divorces rarely end that simply and there are many options to consider.

Money poses one of the biggest problems while still in a marriage and with ending one. To file for a divorce, you first have to retain a lawyer which will you cost you at least $1,000-$2,000. Then, you have to wait for the court to receive the papers, which will take a few weeks to process, and wait for your wife to be served the divorce papers, which could take a few more weeks. Next, you have to wait for your wife to retain a lawyer so that you can work out the details of the split. If everyone resolves their end of the divorce quickly and amicably, then, in total, the divorce can be settled in a few months. However, divorces almost never end quickly and positively. In general, a divorce propagates a fight over custody, property, and businesses which all equates to a fight over money. There is alimony, child support, and losing half of your acquired gross worth facing you after a divorce. The law favors women in all of these cases. If you moved your wife out of a trailer park into your mansion without signing a pre-nuptial agreement, then you are responsible for raising and maintaining her standard of living. Since, she has grown accustomed to living in posh surroundings, you have to keep her there with alimony. On top of that, if you have children together, then there are provisions made for that in child support, though it often ends up being a separate allowance for your ex-wife. Finally, you will lose the house that your family has lived in for the duration of your marriage. Financially, divorce has too steep a price to pay if your wife shows no mental instability and did not have an affair.

Emotionally, you are probably still attached to your wife despite the constant bickering that leads to divorce. In fact, people that argue with each other constantly, care deeply about one another or they would not take the time to engage their partner. Contrary to popular belief, the opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference. Only a large collection of fun experiences and good memories can convince two people to commit their lives to one another, thus the emotion that presently is pushing you apart can be re-directed into positive behaviors. The woman that you married is still buried within the woman that lives with you; you just have not seen the best parts of each other in a while. Focus on dating again and finding time to be intimate, both emotionally and sexually. Fully recovering from a break-up, on average, takes about half of the time spent in the relationship. That means splitting from a woman after 6 years would take 3 years to get over. That time could be better utilized tweaking and fixing the relationship. There is also a toll on the children. The parent that leaves the house, ultimately becomes the villain. Since woman are awarded custody in most cases, that means the man is often seen as the parent that abandoned his family.

Finding another woman that shares your desires and fits your lifestyle becomes increasingly difficult as you get older. In a marriage, your goals, likes and dislikes, and everyday living shift to accommodate your spouse and children. You are regularly exposed to different things by your wife and kids, so naturally you expand and contract your list of wants accordingly. With a divorce, those wants change again. You have to re-define who you are without the person with whom you were going to spend your life. Those trips that you secretly enjoyed taking her to go antiquing are no longer a priority. Your old buddies may become more prevalent in your life again, and the next woman that you date will have to adjust to that. In addition to that, you will have to accept that any woman that you date will not be the equivalent of your ex. She may fulfill you completely, but your new relationship may function in stark contrast to the way that your old marriage did. A divorce means a lot of uncomfortable adjustments.

Divorce is not as viable an option as people may consider it to be today. It costs an inordinate amount of money, people are not prepared for the full taxing of emotions that it brings, and the succeeding relationship will not provide the same type of fulfillment that the original did. If you decide to marry a woman, then you and your partner should also decide to work through your problems like adults. Divorce is the worst option and should almost never be considered.


Police Do Not Serve the Public

18 Sep

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The idea that the police department actually protects and serves the general public is a myth. The police force does not serve the people even though the tax-paying public ultimately pays their salaries; the police department serves the city government. With the exception of the S.W.A.T. team, they do not solve crimes and bring criminals to justice. They harass the people that pay them with unwarranted traffic tickets for an assortment of minor violations while generating revenue for the city. The police do help citizens; they macerate and exploit them with fines while offering paltry assistance to those that need their help the most.

Most policemen are not spending their days trolling through cold cases that have been sitting on their desks for months as the television executers and government would have you believe. They are not on the streets arresting the criminal element in an effort to clean up the streets and protect citizens. The police force has no interest in catching criminals to help neighborhoods. They are busy watching law-abiding citizens in an attempt to stabilize revenue for the city. There is no money in taking drug dealers off of the corners. The money that is seized in their arrests is evidence for the drug-dealing trial. It will sit in the far corners of a sealed room until the drug dealer’s court case arrives. Once it has served its purpose in the criminal courts, it will be shipped to federal holdings, never to be used or seen again by the city. Catching local criminals is a fruitless endeavor for the city. Yes, it looks good when the occasional drug bust flashes across the television screen, but it does not support the needs of local government. Drug busts are for publicity not finances.

The city gets its money from you. Officers sit out of plain sight and near deserted stop signs to make money off of you. They wait and watch you to see if your car stops, where it stops, and for how long it stops. If you fail to meet any of their subjective requirements, then you get a ticket. Police officers sit on the side of long straightaways with radar guns constantly checking to see how fast your car is moving. If your car is moving too fast, then you get a ticket. The tickets that are issued for speeding are generally within 5-10 mph of the speed limit. This means that the difference of speed that the average recipient of a ticket is going is not significantly faster than the average driver. Therefore, speed traps are designed to make money for the city, not to regulate traffic. Speed does not cause accidents. Carelessness does. It is far more advantageous financially for your local police to prey on your driving errors than to locate a legitimate reprobate target, gather the appropriate information of his criminal activity, gain a warrant, and then arrest him. Your local police force, instead of targeting criminals, is targeting you. Why risk injury apprehending a known criminal, when they can take a little money from each of the residents in a neighborhood for committing an infraction that cannot be proven unlawful.

This type of blatant disregard for the tax-paying public is absolutely repugnant. The behavior of the police force in regards to its citizens is perverse, and it has to stop. Law enforcement is regularly antagonizing the very people that they are supposed to protect. When “justice” ignores the real law breakers in society and punishes the innocent what recourse does the innocent have?