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Oh dear, here I go again getting up to my neck in what is fast becoming a national joke – the Queensland State election. Look, if it wasn’t so funny I wouldn’t bother but, give me a break, how can you let this latest news – that an LNP candidate has been caught out lying about his involvement and direct ownership of a pornographic website – go by without comment?
LNP leader Campbell Newman said his party will investigate claims by the Bulletin that Gold Coast LNP candidate Mark Boothman ran a soft porn website.
The Bulletin and goldcoast.com.au broke the news of yet another sex scandal involving an LNP candidate this morning.
The Bulletin revealed Mr Boothman is the registrant, administrative contact and technical contact for DarkOsiris.com, before he was preselected to run in the seat of Albert.
From 2003 to 2008 the site featured pictures and videos of naked women and sex scenes. It promoted “hot sex scenes” and had links such as “Control Your Bitches”, “So much porn” and “hot teen”.The website also contained a restricted adult section and a Da Osiris Club restricted to “VIP members”.
… Mr Boothman initially denied involvement with the site when contacted by the Bulletin last night but later said he had carried out design work on DarkOsiris.com “for a TAFE friend”.
(BUT) When he was told the website was registered in his name with his contact details, he admitted he had a connection to it.
He certainly had more than “a connection”. The Bulletin has confirmed that Boothman was the registrant, administrative contact and technical contact for the porno site and that he ran it from 2003 until he was recently endorsed by the LNP for the Gold Coast seat of Albert – a seat the LNP had ‘pencilled in’ as one they would take from the ALP. Maybe not now?
Gee, that makes three seats where the LNP (sorry, the LSD & P party) might yet snatch defeat from the jaws of victory:
1) Broadwater: Two former Broadwater LNP candidates were forced to step down because of breaches of what the LNP described as their party’s strict standards. Last month the party disendorsed its second Broadwater candidate, solicitor Cameron Caldwell, for attending a swingers club four years ago. Mr Caldwell had replaced the party’s original choice Richard Towson, who was dumped after he was caught drink-driving.
2) Ashgrove: Where Campbell Newman himself trails the sitting ALP member following revelations of his dubious dealings with property developers.
3) Albert: And this one’s a cert – it’s too late to replace Boothman!
Someone once told me something about these kind of organisational stuff ups that I’ll never forget. It holds true in so many cases, be it personal, corporate or political:
- Once is an accident.
- Twice is a coincidence.
- Three times is a habit.
You could also add ‘Three strikes and you’re out’.
Well, maybe they’re not out just yet but, the way it’s going, poor little (very little) Campbell Newman – the man who admits he “can’t keep his hands above the waist” – might yet lead the LNP to an inglorious defeat.
Advice to Anna Bligh: Just say nothing. Don’t campaign. Don’t even advertise. Stay home or go on a holiday … and let the LSD & P party destroy itself.
Ah Queensland, controversial one day, a riot the next.
My biggest fans are, to put it mildly, derisive of my “defence” of Abby Winters but this is because they were drawing upon the discovery of a newsletter in my email archive that they had accessed when my email and Blog accounts were hacked. Simply put I think that grown ups should be able to produce and enjoy anything they please as long as all of the participants in the media are adults who are fully consenting. I have also long believed that rather than being a force for evil “porn” has in fact been a great driver of innovation and invention and it seems there has been some more scholarly research that has come to the same conclusion:
Barss’s motivation for writing the book was simple. ”I thought [pornography] is this hugely powerful force that has given us all kinds of tools and toys that we use every day and it seems people are either unaware or wilfully ignore the fact of its influence.”
His priority, as such, was to take an array of innovations, from photography to VCR, cable television to video games, and trace their histories. He established a pattern with each.
”I was researching the origins of photography and with the first photographs the exposure times were too long; you couldn’t take photos of people. But from the moment you could, people took sexual, nude pictures. That’s interesting, it’s important, but it’s left out of many histories of photography. That story is replicated over and over with technology.”
To flesh out the bare facts of dates and data, Barss chased up names and clues that emerged from his research. Not the great stars of the porn industry – although he does land an interview with superstar Jenna Jameson – but rather people who work at the coalface of research and development. He attended pornography conventions in Las Vegas, Barcelona and beyond, where chance meetings led to conversations and introductions; if people in mainstream technology circles were keen to play down the role of pornography in their fields, pioneers in the adult industry were, by contrast, happy to sing their own praises.
In the midst of these vignettes, Barss pieced together the obvious and less obvious factors that make pornography and mass communication technologies such happy bedfellows – from pornography’s capacity to generate astounding levels of revenue and therefore fund further research and development, to the windows it provides opportunistic entrepreneurs to try out new ideas: strippers turned webcam millionaires, businessmen who combine existing technologies with new ventures – vending machines that retail USB flash drives containing adult content – and so on.
It has never ceased to amaze and amuse me that so many so called “progressives” are such sanctimonious wankers who rave on about “free speech”, individual autonomy and personal morality but when it comes to technology they fail to acknowledge that it has been the the porn industry that has given them all of the techno toys and online media that they delight in.
Isn’t that just the most delicious irony?
Could it be for ….. the publicity, Patricia?
I smell a rat with this. Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Blair in south east Queensland, Dr Patricia Petersen, has complained to police that *someone* has hacked her facebook page and uploaded pornographic photos that flash up on the news feed of her 3200-plus Facebook friends.
And the 46 year old Doctor (of philosophy!) and her fellow Greens have been pretty quick off the mark to point the finger at her political opponents:
Dr Petersen said she did not know who was behind the attack, but claimed she had been the victim of a smear campaign since announcing herself as a candidate.
“I’m shocked that someone would do something like this. Sending out pornographic images to people … is morally reprehensible. It is beyond comprehension,” she said.
“I know what it’s like to be in the midst of an electoral campaign – there’s always mud throwing and dirty politics.
“However, this, if it is an act of political sabotage, would indicate that politics within Australia has hit a new low.”
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, when asked if the attack was the work of a political opponent, said it was “likely”.
I dunno why shes even complaining.
Porno Patricia has been an open advocate of free-for-all porn for everyone.
She even wrote an article about it that comes up pretty high in any google search of her name:
Pornography’s legitimate place in society
“I hold that no pornography should be outlawed provided that fully consenting adult actors are employed in its production. My point hinges on the law serving a purpose – to allow individuals to do their own thing, unhindered by those who would prevent them from doing so.”
Do you smell the same rat that I do? There does not seem to be any complaint about porn being “morally reprehensible” in there.
Could it be that Patricia loves porn so much she uploaded it herself and then went to the coppers (and the newspapers) to get herself in the news?
This is all speculation on my part of course and I am in no way accusing her of making a false report to police, lying to the public about who dunnit, painting her opponents as slimeballs and being a fraud.
But I am definitely accusing her of being a stinking hypocrite. She loves the stuff.
(PS: Shes got 3200 Facebook “friends”? Yeah, right)