Adam Sandler in Egypt and Israel

Adam Sandler in Egypt and Israel and the 80 lashes of movie director Enad El-Dighaidy.
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 The  movie,”You Don’t Mess with the Zohan”, see here and here  starring Adam Sandler stirs up the ban ponds in Egypt and other Arab countries. It is hard to believe that in the era of web 2.0, when there is no hidding from the Internet-torrents-P2P and other media resources, that a ban can conceal a movie in the unseen unheard or unspoken. 
Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler

Now the ‘Zohan’ is a ludicrous movie about a Mossad agent.The whole storie is about laughing and having fun at the expense of-and in some way, ridiculing the Israeli intelligence establishment:

…”Pic, in which Sandler plays a former Mossad agent who escapes to New York and ends up working in a Palestinian-American woman’s hair salon, has been banned by censors in Egypt, Lebanon and the U.A.E.

‘Zohan’ has already been released in Israel through local distrib Matalon, where it has been one of the year’s biggest hits bringing in over 200,000 admissions. ‘There wasn’t any controversy over the subject matter,’ says company topper Amnon Matalon. ‘Israelis like to laugh at themselves.’

While censorship has eased slightly across the Arab world in recent years, a number of subject matters remain taboo. Anything attacking religion is generally a no-no everywhere in the region, while sex is a problem in the more conservative Gulf states, although not an issue in socially liberal Lebanon. The country, for example, was the only Arab country to allow the theatrical release of Sex and the City.” see here

Adam Sandler and Emmanuelle Chriqui
Adam Sandler and Emmanuelle Chriqui

Well to ban a movie about the Israeli-Arab conflict, even though the film’s makers insist it is not biased and claiming: “We’re equal opportunities offenders.” is nothing new. But look at what is really going on in Egypt on this very issue of religion, sex and politic.

I quote here from the article “The curse of the Hesba lawsuits” ( from the Libanaise site Menassat):

“Egyptian courts are being flooded these days with so-called ‘Hesba’ lawsuits targeting outspoken writers, film makers and poets. According to Islamic law, anyone can file a Hesba lawsuit if they believe God has been insulted. But some suggest that money, fame and political repression play an equally important part in the recent rise of Hesba cases.”

So not only Israeli movies are targetst of bans and other harrassements . Egyptian domestic art makers are ‘welcome’ victims of the same stratagems.

…”The latest figure to get tangled up in the murky waters of Hesba law suits is movie director Enad El-Dighaidy, whose film, Diaries of a Teenage Girl, has attracted the wrath of an attorney affiliated with Egypt’s ruling NDP party.

The unnamed lawyer is said to have vast experience in Hesba lawsuits and has asked the Sheikh of Egypt’s highest religious council, Al Azhar, to punish the female director with 80 lashes for defaming the country.

Sources told MENASSAT that the same lawyer has sought similar punishment against an Egyptian actress who appeared unveiled in a film”….see here forthe full article.

What in the plot of the ‘Diaries of a Teenage Girl’  upstiers the ‘imagination’ of the Hesba lawsuiters: 

Tunisian actress Hind Sabri and director Inas al-Daghidi
Tunisian actress Hind Sabri and director Inas al-Daghidi
        …”Inas El Deghidi, one of the most fearless directors in Egyptian cinema today, tackles issues affecting Egyptian women in a populist and non-doctrinaire manner. Her film takes us into a girl ‘s private life of boys, parties, friends, and more boys. The tragedy in the film starts with premarital sex, which leaves girls unsuitable for marriage. Hymen restoration is one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery performed in Egypt—everybody does it, but nobody talks about it. Breaking this code of silence brought El Deghidi condemnation from Egyptian moral pundits, but also popular success. Tunisian actress Hind Sabri stars as the innocent Gamila, who imagines herself Cleopatra seeking love from her Antonio. Her wild, spoiled friend Nancy schemes to destroy them. Behind this romantic teen melodrama, El Deghidi encodes a critique of the whole system of sexual relations in Egyptian society. “Egyptian society does not permit women love, emotions or errors. The man has all the rights. I want to deal with this paradox.”—Inas El Deghidi. (115 min) see here.
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Western audiences will find the teenage girl’s dreams sweet, romantic and a little callow. Ah, youth..But in Egyptian cultural currency this is indeed worth 80 lashes.. For more of this ‘currency’ see here

Emmanuelle Chriqui ("Zohan" with Adam Sandler)
Emmanuelle Chriqui (

 

 

 

Hamas ‘Freeing’ Gaza from Porn Sites

Is it not an impossible request to ban pornography, sex and voyeurism by simply issuing a ban? Even in Gaza ruled by the Hamas,not every one will welcome the ban. A part of Gaza’s population is basically similar to the West Bank population. A town like Ramallah, more open to the world, can be considered by many Gazans as an example of how a better life is possible, and among other things, a free internet is maintained and available. Will bans, of any sort, not induce ‘hackers’ to bypass them? Only if the Hamas will threatened surfers with unsupportable penalties have they a chance to succeed. But for the more ‘Western’ inclined Gazans, perhaps ’emigrating’ to the Western Bank..is not an impossible solution, reminding me of “The escape from LA” movie, starring Kurt Russel.
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Here is the ban news:
…” ‘Islamist group Hamas has told the main Palestinian telecoms company to block access to pornographic Internet sites in the Gaza Strip, a Hamas government official said on Monday.”….The aim of the move is to protect the Palestinian community from cultural pollution and to protect the young generations from the misuse of the Internet through viewing pornographic sites,’ Hamas government spokesman Taher al-Nono said…’An Internet provider in the Gaza Strip, which Hamas seized in June after routing President Mahmoud Abbas’s secular Fatah forces, estimated that about 400,000 Gazans surf the Web and said almost half of them were aged 18-35.’…’Attacks against video stores and Internet cafes have increased over the past two years. Some of the attacks had been claimed by radical Muslim groups who say such places run contrary to Islamic values.’ “…see more.
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It turns out that issuing a ban in Gaza has no influence on the Israeli internet providers.
Israeli owners of sex sites report, I quote..” The Israeli-Palestinian conflict apparently does not disturb and even encourages Arab internet users from consuming kosher Hebrew porn. Operators of a number of porn sites report that between two and 10% of their users arrive from Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority. Some websites even go as far as offering services in Arabic.”….” The most popular video clip among Arabs, ‘Code name: Deep investigation,’ is described as ‘a parody dealing with the Vanunu affair with agents investigating the affair using erotic means’. “…” Nothing seems to stop the porn-consuming Saudi, not even technical difficulties: ‘In many places Israel is blocked, at times the entire suffix ‘.co.il’ is blocked. Users connect through proxy servers and reach us that way,’ he said”…see here the full article.
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So Gazans know how to satisfy themselves not only with the Sex, lies and videotapemovie. Maintaining myself a blog, (not porno or any related subject), I see every day entries from the Gaza strip and the West Bank on my blog.
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Now if the Hamas ban will succeed, what shall be with the fate of private porno sex and future sex extortions in Gaza? From a “Jerusalem Post” article “Fatah-Hamas mired in tawdry accusations”, Hamas and Fatah are accusing each other of sex scandals homosexual relations, sex orgies etc.
Here are a few quotes,..”The alleged “sex scandals” are said to have occurred in the Gaza Strip, which fell into Hamas’s hands in June.”…” Some of them had individual sex, while others preferred group sex. Some of them paid money for sex, while others performed sexual intercourse with males in front of their wives.”….” The sex allegedly took place in hotels, clinics and private homes – in some cases with a picture of Yasser Arafat hanging overhead.”..
And here a few Fatah accusations against the Hamas sex scandalls, I quote ..”According to Fatah, a Hamas imam was recently caught having sex with a male minor in a mosque basement. In another incident, according to Fatah, a senior member of Hamas’s armed wing, Izaddin Kassam, was expelled from his refugee camp after he was caught having sex with a male colleague in a vehicle. And according to a report on a Fatah-controlled Web site, a Hamas man was caught naked together with his neighbor’s wife in her bedroom”…see here for the full article.
Now, as always, a ban, even in Gaza, has his pros and cons. Each reader can decide for himself what are his preferences.
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Smoking Ban the “Art of Smoking”

 The Art of Smoking
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Customers desert smoke-free restaurant (Fri Jan 18, 2008)
I quote,..” Beijing’s first smoke-free restaurant chain faces going out of business after its customers deserted it in droves after the ban was enforced, state media reported on Friday.”..”Beijing authorities had written to 30,000 restaurants asking them to put smoking bans in place, but not a single one had taken up the suggestion, the paper said.”..see more.
This is a good introduction tho the awakening smokers ‘Resistance Mouvement’ against the smoke ban,  engulfing most western countries and make the smokers a cast of unwanted peoples by the non-smokers and of Most Wanted people by the police authorities. Well the human ingenuity has more than one trick up his sleeve.
Here are some strategies.
 I quote from Germany…”Refusing to face reality, some pub and club owners have even tried to turn their establishments into member-owning smoking clubs, like Hamburg’s Association for the Preservation of Smoke Culture and Advancement of Tolerance.”
…”The owner of the Mouse Trap pub in Schleswig-Holstein has lodged an application to turn it into a church. ‘I consider the burning of tobacco to be a religious practice,’ said Dirk Bruckner, who already boasts around 400 followers.”…
…”Indeed, another quirk in the law, allowing smokers into establishments with separate rooms, has led to an explosion of creative solutions, from no-smoker tunnels now being mass-produced out of plaster cast to mobile smoker rooms, complete with DJ and sofas, which are touring the city picking up disgruntled smokers.”…
…”One campaigner went as far as to issue a T-shirt bearing a yellow star of David along with the word ‘smoker’, comparing the ‘persecution’ of smokers to that of Jews under the Nazis. The outrage of Jewish groups led to its withdrawal.”…see more.
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Smokers Magen DaviD
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Here is another funny subversion.
I quote …”A restaurateur in Lower Saxony has refused to be deterred by the state’s new ban on smoking in bars and restaurants: He has sawed three holes in the wall so patrons can smoke “outside.”…”With the “smoking point,” customers can put their heads through the large hole in the middle and one hand through each of the two smaller side-holes. The patrons can then legally enjoy a cigarette without having to leave the comfort of the inn.”…see more.
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Smoking Point
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Smoking With the ban
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Smoking Point
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 You may also invoke smoking in the Name of Art, I quote…”A Lyon, le Café 203 se proclame “café fumeur”
“I consider myself a resilient in times of peace,” said Christophe Cedat, owner of Cafe 203″…” Beyond the bravado against this Act “public health” is an “act of artistic déliquance” that the Cafe 203 proposes to do. The smoldering ashtrays are accompanied by a few words: “Smoking, you participate in an act of delinquency that can also be viewed as a work of art. You leave the imprint of your addiction to tobacco, to be fixed forever.” see more here, (in French).
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Smoldering ashtrays Art
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Cafe 203 ashtrays art
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  It has been said that smoking is great after sex, but to enjoy this situation you have to be a smoker.. and if you are not, don’t you feel great after sex? well the non-smoker  obviously feel great but the ‘miserable’ smoker  need not only to make sex and smoke, he needs his cigarettes with his beer, his work, his reading a book, his being together with his friends, his moods, with his whole life.
 The Smoking Ban made justice with the non-smokers and by the same token create an Achilles Heel by not providing a compromise for the smokers. Remember the alcohol prohibition in the USA?  Well here is an anlysis made by Mark Thornton  in 1991, named “Alcohol Prohibition Was a Failure”. I quote..”The lessons of Prohibition remain important today [perhaps also today January 2008, my words]. They apply not only to the debate over the war on drugs but also to the mounting efforts to drastically reduce access to alcohol and tobacco and to such issues as censorship and bans on insider trading, abortion, and gambling”…see more here.
And here are some happy smokers:
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Smoker one
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Chicha smoker
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Happy women smoker
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Happy smoker Harry Potter
Is Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) a happy smoker?
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.This story has also being published on NowPublic. I add here the comments by  NowPublic editors and contributing members.
 

good stuff: Great story, thanks korzac.  I almost posted this story myself before I happily saw yours.
Personally, I’m glad whenever I hear about further restrictions on smoking.  I can remember years ago when I would always come home after a night out just reeking of smoke–I had to wash everything I was wearing.  I’m thankful that’s not an issue anymore in Vancouver, as establishments have been smoke-free for several years now.

Call me a Puritan, but I say the less public smoking the better. 

  I myself am not a smoker. As a kid I didn’t succeed to inhale smoke and to enjoy it. Many of my friends did it. So, without much regrets., I am not the Malboro Man. The point is that a policy of total Prohibition encourage his violation. Smokers will find their ways to smoke, as the post shows. In Tel Aviv it is quite a shock, smokers don’t know how to cope with the situation. But time is the best remedy for any tragic love.
 Thanks for the comment and the flag.

I’d like to see that one particular image removed – how about it someone – please? Other than that, it was a good series of articles to bring to NowPublic.
     ~  Swan

  Swan, I understand your position. But you have to understand my position. As a kid I was wearing the Magen David star with the inscription ‘Jude’, (in Belgium). I know exactly what it means. I do not think that hiding under the label ‘Symbol’ is useful. For me the Magen David is the real thing. It is a better policy to show and know what other do than to be surprised again.Thanks for the comment.

MPs and some municipalities backed off and installed smoking rooms for Veterans, figuring if they lived this long, it would only be a few years before they died anyways. What really got me going as an analyst at the time were “Special Interest Groups” who were up in arms, as per usual over allowing veterans to have smoking room, because they did not get their way and went to the media to overturn this decision.One thing I despise are Special Interest Groups and their Junk Science Polls, which stated Smokers were clearly the minority in this country, with only 1 in 10 being smokers,yadda, yadda, yadda. So ban cigarettes and increase the sin taxes for smokers and drinkers. The Liberal Government of course listened, becauselets face it, the Liberal run governments both provincial and federal and municipalities rely on Special Interest Groups input in the false sense they speak for all Canadians. We had Liberal MPs stomping on American flags with a flaccid Liberal Prime Minister doing nothing. All this from anti american info garnered from Canadian Special Interest Groups and Government Lackeys who listen.  Apparently they have never heard you should respect the office for they were elected by the people they represent, though you do not have to respect the person, per say.  Liberal did neither. Anyways so as not to go off topic.  I will stick to smoking bans.  Ottawa decided to agree with Special INterest Groups and this junk science poll and enforce smoking bans on hotels and bars, unfortunately, Junk Science and Special Interest Groups forgot to take into account in their polls that foreign tourism and their millions of dollars, a large number of these foreign tourists from Europe love their smokes, so in the end, businesses all over Ontario, bordering either the USA or Quebec and suffered when tourist saw non smoking in the hotel rooms and bars, yet businesses along the border and Quebec heavily advertised they allowed smoking, so guess where the tourists and their dollars went? Tourist went across the bridge to the states or to Hull, Quebec Hotels and did a booming Hotel and restaurant and bar business as the non smoking ban wasn’t in effect there until years later,  Ottawas Non smoking restaurants, bars , hotels and other public establishments were in an uproar as they lost business, or went bankrupt, as tourist season hit Americans,Asians, Canadians and Europeans would arrive at the Ottawa International Airport and head straight to Hull, Quebec, along with their tourist dollars. This played out pretty much the same in Canadian border towns.  Eventually Ottawa and border towns weathered the storm of the smoking ban and customers slowly came back to Ottawa especially once Quebec enforced the non smoking ban. But Ottawa and border towns still lost considerable amounts of business in the millions, of which some businesses never recovered. Funny thing is, Special Interest Groups and their Junk Science Statistics said Smokers were the minority, certainly belies what Ottawa, canadian border towns in Ontario and Hull,Quebec business owners state in their revenues certainly dispute that fact.

Oh yeah, reason why I know this as fact in case some dispute my account. I was with Revenue Canada in the Ministers Office, the millions and millions of money made and lost by these businesses for half a decade crossed my desk for review.

So with smokers quitting, sin taxes and business revenues collected by the government were reduced, the government wisely decided to get their lost revenue back somehow thanks to Special Interest Groups, hence raise taxes for everyone in Canada.  Though Health costs in Canada went down due to the smoking bans considerably, Taxpayers certainly did not see a reduction in Health premiums. In ending, The government will always get their pound of flesh, regardless, and they never give refunds.

And I am also a non smoker, for anyones info. Like I said, I only deal in facts. Special Interest Groups, deal in their own interests and no one elses.   The government wins either way.

Barry, the economic angle of the smoking ban, influencing  the direct daily income of many people and in many cases causing real tragedies, as you cleverly describe, only shows that the ban lack an equilibrum machanism to restore some normality to the smokers, non-smokers and their relevant relations as friends customers etc. What is planned without ‘planning’ finally finds his own ways as your comment and  my above post shows.Barry thanks for the comment and the flag.

good stuff:korzac, I like this story. It’s good stuff. I went to New York one week ago, and because of the Smoking ban, all smokers are smoking on the street. and I thought…then.. what is the point of smoking ban if non smokers are still able to smoke indirectly? and it is even worse on the street instead of certain indoor places like bar, cafe.. but I agree with Rob.. the less smokers the better.

Thanks for this great job!

chung sungwoo, I am not sure the number of smokers will really decrease. The tobacco establishment will do his best to prevent it, and the smokers, despite the warnings on the Cigarette packets and other tobacco packaging, continue to smoke with ‘serenity’.  Thanks for the comment and the flag.

Sex, Dolls, Robots, Love and Marriage

 Doll Kiss

 Artificial intelligence researcher David Levy at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands recently completed (Oct 12, 2007) his Ph.D. work on the subject of human-robot relationships. 

His work reminds me of “The Caves of Steel“, from Asimov, where Elijah Baley, the human detective, and R. Daneel Olivaw his number 2 robot detective, preludes in 1954  the story of an human-robot relationship  bearing a great likelihood to what Levy to day proposes … (I quote) “In his thesis, “Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners,” [he] conjectures that robots will become so human-like in appearance, function and personality that many people will fall in love with them, have sex with them and even marry them…”It may sound a little weird, but it isn’t,” Levy said. “Love and sex with robots are inevitable.”
 

  To day, (I quote), “There are companies that already sell realistic sex dolls, “and it’s just a matter of adding some electronics to them to add some vibration,” he said, or endowing the robots with a few audio responses. “That’s fairly primitive in terms of robotics, but the technology is already there.”..

  An article from Reuters, “Japan’s lonely hearts turn to dolls for sex, company” provide further insight. (I quote).”Real love is hard to find for one Japanese man, who has transferred his affection and desires to dozens of plastic sex dolls.
When the 45-year-old, who uses a pseudonym of Ta-Bo, returns home, it’s not a wife or girlfriend who await him, but a row of dolls lined up neatly on his sofa.
  Each has a name. Ta-Bo often watches television with his toys before bathing them, powdering them so that their skin feels more human, dressing them in lingerie and then taking them to bed.
  “A human girl can cheat on you or betray you sometimes, but these dolls never do those thing. They belong to me 100 percent,” says the engineer who has spent more than 2 million yen ($16,000) over the past decade on the dolls
  “Sometimes it takes too much time before I can have sex with the person I meet. But with these dolls, it’s just a matter of a click of the mouse. With one click, they are delivered to you.”, see more here.

Dolls

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  Now Levy…” argues that psychologists have identified roughly a dozen basic reasons why people fall in love, “and almost all of them could apply to human-robot relationships. For instance, one thing that prompts people to fall in love are similarities in personality and knowledge, and all of this is programmable. Another reason people are more likely to fall in love is if they know the other person likes them, and that’s programmable too.”…

  This may be the remedy for lonely man and women by letting them ‘buy a women’ embodied in “dolls”, programed to their special affinities and in the future with new legislation to married them and live in a new family form.

(I quote)…”My forecast [says Levy] is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots,” …” “Massachusetts is more liberal than most other jurisdictions in the United States and has been at the forefront of same-sex marriage,” Levy said. “There’s also a lot of high-tech research there at places like MIT.”,
 

  And finally, possible pro and con of getting married to a robot are perhaps,
(I quote)…”In a marriage or other relationship, one partner could be jealous or consider it infidelity if the other used a robot,” Levy said. “But who knows, maybe some other relationships could welcome a robot. Instead of a woman saying, ‘Darling, not tonight, I have a headache,’ you could get ‘Darling, I have a headache, why not use your robot?’ “, see here.

doll lipstick

Dolls

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The last three pictures are sculptures and  come from here.

Sex doll

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I published this story on NowPublic and add here the comments by  NowPublic editors and contributing members.
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good stuff:It would be really awkward to get the Blue Screen of Death during a robot wedding ceremony…
 … This may be the case because  “A Cobbler goes Barefoot”…Thanks for the flag.

This highlights how much we all need affection and closeness, even if it’s a “pretend” closeness.
Barbara, we always look with admiration at the technology involved in making a robot, but you put your finger on the main point, human closeness or quasi-human-closeness (robots) is what we strive for.  

good stuff:korzac, Yet another Good stuff flag.

I watched an television show “Sin City” where all the rage in Japan are “Comfort houses” in Japan that cater to bashful Japanese gentlemen whose fantasies are to have sex with dolls similar to these, though not as robotic, but just as acrobatic.   These dolls, prices ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 dollars US are dressed in various outfits ranging from French Maid to Schoolgirl uniforms and the price for an hour with your Latex beauty? About $200.00 an hour and up depending on your taste and fetish. For that price it was stated to one customer sitting on the bed beside his latex horizontal schoolgirl that you could hire a real live prostitute next door, to which the sheepish twenty something customer responded in some unintelligable gibberish as he caressed his prostrate willing “Love Doll”, indicating to the Sin City interviewer that perhaps this interview was over. Apparently sanitization is not an issue as removable clothing, wigs, mouth pieces and various orfices are are removed/replaced or just flushed out and sterilized, leading many paying and willing Clients to believe ‘Sloppy Seconds” are a thing of the past. 

I tried to find the Sin City Show on Google without success. What I did find below is a MacLeans link for Japanese Love Dolls and the growing trend to Sex without Mutual Intimacy. What a warped world we live in today, and there are actually Live people willing to pay for all this! see here.

 I thing that with all the rush around us in this effervescent society, some people want to find, if only for one hour, a quiet non-committed place where they don’t have to explain anything and where nobody ask them question, where they feel close only to themselves and to the silent doll…I would call it ‘Self Intimacy’…Barry thanks for the flag.BTW, there are more extreme stories. look at this link, this storie is not so far from the Futurama picture… it his here, to day!

This story also coincides with Fox Television’s Futurama where Timetraveler Fry from the 1990’s is stuck a 1,000 years into the future and realises he can build his own Fembot, and being a Lucy Lui fan from the 1990’s enjoys his fantasy to the fullest.  Will it be long before these inventors start building robotic celebrity dolls for a emotionally challenged public?  They probably already have.
jordan super-editor-copy.jpg jordan  at 13:55 on October 28th, 2007
It’s already happened! Not robots, but virtual celebrity, anyway. In 2000, producers created a virtual popstar. It’s only a small step beyond consensus-scripted, lip-synch-driven boy bands: the human element is only for packaging anyway. Reminds me of Norman Spinrad’s old-school classic Little Heroes.Still, though, we’re talkin’ about actual, full-on robots here. I’ve suspected Madonna for a while now: being that energetic onstage for more than 30 years is just not human!The future is here– and it’s available at strip malls. 

Makes one wonder what goes on in the minds of men.  Why go plastic when real women are fantastic.  Oh wait, latex boob jobs, silicone lip implants, plastic surgery, fake hair, extensions, coloured contact lenses,  liposuction, makeup with glue-on eyelashes and nails, teeth veneers for that hollywood fake smile to go with the fake tan. Aw Crap…Okay, fine I will reiterate then, “Real women” are “Quasi moto Fantastic”.
 default-member.jpg mrjones  at 23:01 on November 3rd, 2007
I think sex dolls are going to be a huge market in the future as sex dolls become more lifelike. The real questions is will they be more affordable so the masses will have a chance to own a sex doll and not just a select few.

Great article, indeed. I think, sex dolls are, as the name suggests, dolls for sex and that’s it. Their existance is no doubt important for some men and… under some circumstances. Personally, as a woman, I have nothing against sex dolls rarely used, and for sex release, purely. However, men shouldn’t reject real women in favour of sex dolls, since sex dolls and robots have nothing to do with intimate relationships, love and marriage. Unfortunately, the demand of sex dolls grows each day, and it means that men want to avoid the reality. The behaviour of these men is somewhat unhealthy, at least in my opinion.

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 The Movie ‘Lars and the Real Girl’presenting a funny and affectionate story… I quote…”Lars and the Real Girl is another really different film, especially different for up-and-comer Ryan Gosling… . Gosling plays the extremely troubled Lars, who is so lonely that he resorts to buying a sex doll online. After he introduces ‘Bianca’ to the family, he keeps adding on little details here and there about her life and everything, and the whole town just plays along. The premise and script are especially good, along with the fun little cast and a really funny ending. This is just such a cute and easy movie to like, and at times you even feel like the doll is alive. Lars and the Real Girl never disappoints—it’s one of the best and strangest films I’ve seen all year.”….see more here

 

Lars and the Real Girl

Lars and the Real Girl in the Dnning Room

 

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My ‘DailyComics Dream’,  brings every day a new episode. The ‘Dreams’ where dreamed and reinvented on the storyboard. The written part tells the story. The black and  white drawings obey no conventional comics rules, and live in a world  from Francis Bacon to Art Spiegelman’s ‘Maus’.