The Null Device

2000/10/4

Looks like an urban legend may now be true. Russian entrepreneurs of above-average moral flexibility are attempting to convert surplus street children into much needed foreign currency, by producing and exporting snuff films, in which they're tortured and murdered on camera.

Many were lured away from orphanages. 'Children are not locked in,' said Mazurin. 'Anyone can come along and promise them a meal at McDonalds. It doesn't take any more than that."

What's really disturbing is that there is an international market for these videos. (via Ad Nauseam)

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The bizarre world of hypnosis fetishism and mind-control erotica.

The vast majority of mind control fetishists never make their fantasies a reality. For them, it's enough to read and write about it... But Look Deeply, the hypnotherapist, revealed that a handful of people -- including herself -- are taking their mind-control fetish out of the realm of fantasy. These people usually engage in sex play that involves hypnosis, although there are rumors that chloroform and gas fetishists have gotten their hands on the drugs that cloud their minds and get them off too.

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Independent Film Made By Dependent 27-year-old; a spot-on parody of post-Clerks indie slacker film culture.

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Why Microsoft's acquisition of a big chunk of Linux vendor Corel is probably not a good thing.

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Oh great; Eurodance group Vengaboys have released their latest single in mobile ringtone format. Expect to hear it from wideboys' tracksuit pockets everywhere.

Perhaps some sadistic bastard should encode the Smurf Song ("la-la-lala-la-la, la-lala-la-laa") as a ringtone and unleash it on the world. And the rest of the world, upon hearing it, should beat him to death with his mobile phone.

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The street finds its own uses for things: The pornography industry, always at the cutting edge of entertainment technologies (some say that the 1980s boom in video recorders was largely driven by porn) has found ways of making interactive porn for the PlayStation 2 -- without Sony's approval or submitting to the video-game rating system, as they're not technically making games, but rather interactive DVD movies. (via Found)

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