Report: ‘Torrents’ of porn in Vatican City

Pollen attacks a helpless vehicle in DeKalb County. (Photo courtesy of wife)

Pollen attacks a helpless vehicle in DeKalb County. (Photo courtesy of wife)

April 10, 2013:

  • Thou shalt not uTorrent: Someone in Vatican City  is downloading porn, according to file sharing experts. TorrentFreak.com, perhaps not the most reliable source, alleges to have analyzed what the good folks in the tiny, pope-ruled nation are downloading and some of it is copyrighted porn. The IP addresses resolve to “Holy See (Vatican City State)” and some of the more spicy titles, such as “RS77_Episode01,” are confirmed to be naughty, say TorrentFreak editors. There’s only 800 or so people living in Vatican City, but there’s no way to know exactly who is responsible for the downloads. It could be a randy tourist or  multi-gigabyte misclick. Porn is popular everywhere, but like Cubism in the early 20th Century, that doesn’t make it right. A Religious Institute survey of clergy suggests 20 percent of religious leaders have visited a sexually explicit website, probably for research, and 16 percent rather not talk about it.  In 2012 it was reported that porn sites are among the most visited in Muslim countries, where it is illegal.
  • High-flying PR: The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s precision flight team, has cancelled its 2013 season due to budget cuts. The good news? This gives us another chance to show a video of former local news editor Steve Beatty losing consciousness while riding shotgun in a $24 million F/A-18. Which got me to thinking … what do the Blue Angels cost taxpayers? That fact is missing from the news stories I saw. I was able to find this document, which says the U.S. Navy costs about $41.6 billion a year and the Blue Angels required $40 million (page 6) for 70 shows in 2012. That’s $570,000 per show, not including the cost of the planes.
  • A doctorate in hard knocks: American professors are poorly paid, according an MSNBC article.  A salary survey by the American Association of University Professors finds 76 percent of college and university teachers are not tenured and the median pay for “adjunct” professors is $2,700 for a three-month course. Adjunct professors generally do not get health insurance or retirement benefits. “There are PhD’s working as adjuncts and living in poverty, on food stamps, etc.,” an adjunct professor who lives and works in California wrote to NBC News. “She is a poet with a master’s degree.”
  • Cuba, land of the jailed: You’ve probably heard about the Florida parents that hogtied granny to kidnap their own children, and you likely know they sailed to Cuba aboard a small boat. Cuban authorities promptly detained the parents and shipped them back to the U.S. Why was Cuba so helpful? “They don’t want these crazy people down there,” said former FBI Agent Gregg McCrary. Joshua Hakken, the dad, was reportedly “acting bizarrely” in Louisiana while attending an “anti-government” rally and speaking of a “journey to Armageddon.” That’s when he lost his kids. Six months later, in a bid to avoid excessive government interference in his life, he fled to Cuba. That’s what’s crazy. Law enforcement types say Hakken would have been located no matter where he went because he has a big mouth. “He has strong views and he’s going to want other people to hear them,” said former FBI Agent Mary Ellen O’Toole. “You can’t change your personality.”
  • Our hip-hop man (and woman) in Havana: In other Cuba news, U.S. Marco Rubio is asking the Obama administration to explain why celebrities Beyonce and Jay-Z were given permission to celebrate their 5th anniversary in the communist island nation. I wondered that too after reading the Treasury Department had OK’d the trip to promote “people-to-people” contact in Cuba. The Florida senator, who is of Cuban ancestry, said, “U.S. law clearly bans tourism to Cuba by American citizens because it provides money to a cruel, repressive and murderous regime. Since their inception, the Obama Administration’s ‘people to people’ cultural exchange programs have been abused by tourists who have no interest in the Cuban people’s freedom and either don’t realize or don’t care that they’re essentially funding the regime’s systematic trampling of people’s human rights.” The upset Republican even tweeted “99problems&dictatorsareone,” a reference to a Jay-Z song. On the other hand, some may argue a law that tells Americans where they can and can’t spend their money when they are no longer in the U.S. is repressive.
  • A penny duplicated is a penny taxed: Federal government, which unlike Georgia is not required to operate under a balanced budget, is apparently wasteful. Colleague Jamie Dupree reports the Government Accountability Office, which seems similar to the Congressional Budget Office, told Congress [see GAO's full report] that duplication of federal services costs taxpayers millions. Three agencies report on catfish inspection ($14 million), for example. One small agency, the National Technical Information Service, sold $1.5 million in federal reports to other agencies, but the data is available for free online. Dupree said the NTIS website is selling a $35 electronic copy of the 2013 Economic Report of the White House. A “special CD” was selling for $50 and a printed version costs $99. The exact same report is available for free download at the Government Printing Office. “The $95 billion in overlap identified in this report, combined with the $200 billion in overlap identified in GAO’s previous two reports, could easily cover the costs of sequestration,”said U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.
  • Achoo: The pollen is getting really bad! (See photo)

19 comments Add your comment

ATL Born and Raised

April 10th, 2013
11:31 am

“some may argue a law that tells Americans where they can and can’t spend their money when they are no longer in the U.S. is repressive.”

Irony, thy name is Republican.

PMC

April 10th, 2013
12:20 pm

It’s beyond time to end the embargo with Cuba.

Whatever we were supposed to be accomplishing the last 40 years didn’t work.

marcus

April 10th, 2013
12:47 pm

probably kiddie porn if it was down at the vatican.

marcus

April 10th, 2013
12:52 pm

What a bunch of crap, that whole Vatican City junk. For centuries men and women around the world have supported this institution of thieves and liars. The Vatican is a bunch of priviledged crooks who prey on the vulnerabilities of their servants. More illicit sex has gone on there than at the world’s largest brothels. The inhabitants live like and are worshipped as if they were gods themselves. They are no more holier than there servants. People are finding out the truth about you Vatican City, that you rule by fear and persecution.

HCCynic

April 10th, 2013
12:53 pm

Oh my…

The shock!

The horror!

Who would have ever thought such could happen? (crickets)

Say, neighbor, can you pass me a tissue? I’ve got something on my keyboard

TNCEM

April 10th, 2013
12:54 pm

Ah yes, the Catholic religion. The religion of hypocrisy.

Read It

April 10th, 2013
1:10 pm

If the Roman Catholic Church really wanted to help the poor and end suffering it would divest itself of all that gold and artwork.

Nowhere in The New Testament does it say a “Pope” or leader is needed to rule The Church here on earth, nor is there any mention of Mary being anything other than the very human mother of Christ. Praying to Mary or bowing down to her likeness or image is idol worship.

dc

April 10th, 2013
1:39 pm

looks like all the posters above missed the “might have been a tourist” comment…not a surprise, since they obviously are dieing to convict the Catholic church if at all possible.

And I suspect many of them are the first to scream out “don’t judge!!”…..

Mick Dee

April 10th, 2013
1:46 pm

Oh now you’ve done it. Badmouthing cubism?

Move to the suburbs, buddy. You can’t handle anything past Monet.

Dick Waters

April 10th, 2013
1:46 pm

These guys aren’t allowed to do it. So they want to watch Nick Manning? I’d rather them do that than kidnap little choir boys. PAY FOR YOUR DOWNLOADS POPE!!! The Silicon Valley is hurting

Billy

April 10th, 2013
1:48 pm

DC, read “Fox’s Book of Martyrs.” Doesn’t take a PhD to understand what the CC is all about. Nowhere in the Bible does to require unmarried priests, but the CC decrees the deed, and then you have a zillion homosexuals in authority around children. I know that the above info is correct, because it’s probably grown men looking at young men. If not, it’s men looking at women, because they should be married. The Bible says as much, to allow marriage, because of “immorality” otherwise. Plus, let’s not forget that wonderful Inquisition; you infallible idiots made enemies of Jews and Arabs for centuries, not to mention multitudes of others, and not to spread the supernatural message of God through Christ, but the same old BS: politics, money, and sex. Congrats; you thought you could post a snide rebuttal, but most people already know all about the CC. That’s why it will decline in membership from here on out, because despite your professed relationship with Peter, there’s absolutely nothing g-dley about you hyper traditionalists AT ALL. Enjoy your pointless Latin Mass…

Growing Old Quickly

April 10th, 2013
1:58 pm

@Marcus; About the only thing I agree with you on is “They are no more holier than there servants.” We all are sinners and need forgiveness and mercy.
About your other comments/tirade, what are you basing your opinions on? Do you have documents of the number of instances of sex in the Vatican and the brothels? I am not Catholic, and think some of the acts committed by priests are horrific, but don’t put the entire group into that category.

Bumper

April 10th, 2013
3:10 pm

I could not care less that Beyonce and Jay-Z are tripping around Cuba (Cuber). It is beyond absurd that the U.S. and Cuba are still fighting this silly cold war 50+ years after the fact.

JAWJA

April 10th, 2013
3:46 pm

My purple truck is looking awesome with all the yaller hilites; no use to wash til it’s over. Please God let it hurry up and be over. Speaking of God, organized religion is truly disorganized. Just live by the Golden Rule, let the preachers go out and get a real job.

Old Fogie

April 10th, 2013
4:52 pm

When are we going to stop catering to a few thousand Cuban expatriates who had their property expropriated? I’d like to be able to buy a good Cuban cigar, but if I did I’d be locked up. We allow people who day-dream about a return to power in their native country to run our foreign policy.

C

April 10th, 2013
5:35 pm

Somebody get ATL Born and Raised a dictionary and help her understand the difference between irony and hypocrisy.

Pellaz

April 10th, 2013
6:35 pm

So, Federal agencies and departments might be overlapping their work and costing us taxpayers billions in wasted outlays? NEVER! Who’d a thunk it? Pull the other leg, why doncha!

Anyone who’s been paying attention would know that former Sen. Jim DeMint listed numerous examples of such government waste — with graphs and charts — on the floor of the Senate chamber. Of COURSE there’s a lot of waste…but no-one wants to bell the cat, and that’s why DeMint resigned his seat in disgust.

captainlefty

April 10th, 2013
7:30 pm

So the Blue Angels performance “costs” $570,000 per show? Do you know their show in Pensacola Beach each summer generates over $2 million for the local economy? How about the economic impact of the mega shows like the one in San Francisco, or the impact here in Atlanta when over 100,000 attend? What about the private stunt performers at shows? Are they now out of a job due to this BS sequester?

pb

April 11th, 2013
5:45 pm

Hey marcus,

Get over your hatred of the Catholic Church. It does not help elevate your “spirit”, and doubt Catholics really care or believe that Vatican has more “illicit sex than world’s biggest brothels.” That quote makes me want to laugh. Good entertainnment, though.