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The End Of Porn Plots

The NY Times takes note of the internet’s effect on porn production as studios now mostly create three minute vignettes suitable for net viewing. The pornographic movie industry has long had only a casual interest in plot and dialogue. But moviemakers are focusing even less on narrative arcs these days. Instead, they are filming more short scenes that can be …

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What Is A Family?

Idaho local news discusses the recent decision by a water park not to extend the family discount to a gay family because they “aren’t real.”

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Get Back In Line

If you paid Fly Clear the $199 annual fee so that you could avoid airport security shakedowns, you and several hundred thousand others are screwed. A major vendor that fast-tracks fliers through airport security for an annual fee of $199 will end operations tonight, according to its website and a former employee, leaving hundreds of thousands of customers in the …

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Pay Up Or Go To Hell

Saying that putting the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) logo at the top of their stationery “portrays the debtor as a sinner who is going to hell” and therefore violates the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, one debt collection agency is suing another and has filed a federal class action suit to force the removal of the logo. The agency …

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E Coli: Nestle Recalls Cookie Dough Items

Nestle has ordered a recall of all its Toll House cookie dough products after some customers contracted E. coli from eating the raw dough. In a statement, the FDA said there have been 66 reports of illness across 28 states since March. About 25 people have been hospitalized, but no one has died. E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium …

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Today: NGLCC Rings Closing Bell At NYSE

Representatives of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will ring the stock market’s closing bell today in recognition of Pride Month. The market closes at 4pm. For one special day, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce®, NYSE Euronext, NGLCCNY, Members of Congress, other LGBT advocacy organizations, and corporate champions will gather at The New York Stock …

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The Vendor-Client Relationship

Oh man, does this ever ring true – especially if you’ve ever worked in advertising. (Via – See My Briefs)

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McDonald’s Settles “Faggots” Complaint

McDonald’s has settled a complaint brought by the ACLU on behalf of five gay customers who were verbally abused by a restaurant staffer at a Louisville, Kentucky outlet. Nine months after an employee at a McDonald’s restaurant in downtown Louisville called a group of gay customers a series of anti-gay slurs, the American Civil Liberties Union announced today that McDonald’s …

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Circuit City Closedown Begins

Circuit City has begun their shutdown with 155 stores receiving notice over the weekend. No new stock will be delivered to the affected stores which will immediately begin “selling off” remaining items. Product warranties will be honored at other locations (although nobody knows how long the presently unaffected units will remain open). On Friday the New York Stock Exchange warned …

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Silicon Valley Stands Up For Equality

A broad coalition of Silicon Valley tech companies have formed “Silicon Valley Leaders Says No On Proposition 8” and will publish a full-page ad in tomorrow’s San Jose Mercury-News urging opposition to Prop 8. The honorary co-chairs of “Silicon Valley Leaders Say NO on Proposition 8″ include: Brin; Bill Campbell, Chairman, Intuit; David Filo, Founder, Yahoo; Chuck Geschke, Founder and …

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94% Of Fortune 500 Protect Gays

The Equality Forum reports that 471 of the nation’s 500 biggest companies now include sexual orientation in their employment discrimination protections. That number represents a massive improvement from 2003 when only 323 companies did so. Almost half of the remaining non-compliant companies are headquartered in Texas. Those companies are on the chart to the left, ranked by annual revenue. It …

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Coffee And Donuts

Some outfit called the Center For An Urban Future has conducted what it’s calling the first ever count of all retail chain outlets in NYC. You’ll have to embiggen to see the chart. The chain with the most outlets in Manhattan is, unsurprisingly, Starbucks. Most in all five boroughs: Dunkin’ Donuts. The complete list (PDF) includes all chains that have …

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Tivo Joins With Gay Haters?

In the most bizarre promotional pairing in recent memory, Tivo has apparently partnered with rabidly anti-gay group Focus On The Family for a Father’s Day contest.Jeremy at Good As You opines: Okay, so what we have here is a group that fights day and night against gay fathers teaming with a national brand on a contest honoring dads. Tivo is …

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And The Overhead Bins Get More Crowded

Thrilling news. Five of the six major airlines in the United States plan to start charging coach passengers as much as $25 next month to check a second bag, the latest move in their quest to offset high fuel prices. But while the airlines, and even some industry specialists, say they expect the fees will primarily affect leisure travelers, business …

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Damage Control

Interpublic Group (IPG), the parent company of global ad agency McCann-Erickson, has issued their own apology for the Hanes ads, saying the work was done without their approval is order to compete in India for a local advertising award. The apology appears on a single-post blog created by IPG titled Apology 4 Fake Hanes Ads. Fake local print ads were …

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Bankruptcy Roll Call

Things are getting very grim for the nation’s retailers, which is no surprise to anybody who has seen the graveyard of empty storefronts dotting the malls. Bankrupt retailers: Sharper Image, Levitz, Fortunoff, Lillian Vernon, Linens ‘n’ Things, Wickes, Harvey Electronics, Bombay, Domain. Wobbly retailers: Best Buy, J.C. Penney, Lane Bryant, Lowe’s, Office Depot, Foot Locker, Zales, Ann Taylor. Some of …

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Anti-Gay Photog Loses Case In New Mexico

Elaine Huguenin, the New Mexico photographer who refused to work a lesbian wedding, has been found guilty of discrimination by the state’s Human Rights Commission and ordered to pay $6600 in attorney fees and court costs. The case has outraged both libertarians and conservatives. From The Volokh Conspiracy : I haven’t seen any written statement of reasons, but the order …

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Out & Advocate Sold To Here Networks

PlanetOut has announced the sale of Out and Advocate magazines to New York-based gay cable channel Here Networks for $6M cash, payable in monthly installments beginning this month. PlanetOut will retain Gay.com and PlanetOut.com, a mere fraction of its formerly sprawling holdings which included adult magazine publisher Spec Pubs and gay cruise company RSVP. Last month PlanetOut put Expedia in …

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Court Rules Websites Cannot Ask Your Sexual Orientation

In a case involving Roommates.com, the U.S. Court Of Appeals has ruled in an 8-3 vote that internet businesses cannot ask the sexual orientation of clients, saying that it was no different than asking someone in person or by phone if they are Jewish or black. “If such screening is prohibited when practiced in person or by telephone, we see …

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