News Updates for Wednesday

We finally figure out the obvious and start buying banks, Gene Simmons buys a record company, and masturbation becomes a healthy ((not to mention natural and zesty)) enterprise in this latest of news roundups for DFE. Lets whip out some stories, shall we?

  • Buying jets with bailout money is for pussies. How about this: take bailout money, then host a conference call filled with influential business leaders and lobbyists to try to break the back of the Employee Free Choice Act. Why not take taxpayer money and then use it to spend on lobbying politicians? And so you can break the bank of the unions that fight for the taxpayers you just bilked?
  • The Obama Administration sees the banking industry sliding farther and farther into trouble and it’s beginning to look more and more obvious that some “nationalization,” or the government buying a controlling interest in distressed banks, may be necessary. As a side note, see Dean Baker for why shareholders of bankrupt banks actually make out quite well in such a scenario. Hint: a few bucks for paper worth nothing is a good thing.
  • Corning expects that of the 3,500 jobs they’re cutting back across the enterprise, 650 of them will be local jobs. Bad news, people. I feel for ya.
  • Peanut butter recalls continue. It was reported last night no less than twelve incidents at the offending company where testing revealed traces of salmonella and they sent the stuff to market anyway.
  • Gene Simmons announced on his website that he’s starting up a new Universal Records company in Canada, eh? Can’t wait to see Gene in full KISS regalia on the Canadian $5!
  • It’s been a long couple months for Toyota. In addition to posting it’s first annual loss in its history, now they need to recall a million vehicles for defective seat belts.
  • Calling all mad hatters! If you thought the salmonella outbreak in peanut butter was fun, get ready for the long-term effects of corn syrup laced with mercury. Yessiree, Bob! Bad news: you may go insane or this may have something to do with the increase in Autism. Good news: you’ll more easily be able to find your way home after you’re diagnosed with mercury poisoning.
  • People are flocking to small business ownership as a way to avoid the layoffs going around right now. Why you would think that selling pizza would be a way to save yourself is beyond me, but interesting, nonetheless.
  • Finally, mixed news for the porn industry: studies show that masturbation among teenagers increases the risk of prostate cancer, yet masturbation among the 50-something set actually decreases it. I guess based on the bell curve, I’m free to whack it whenever I want.

If You Touch it More Than Once, It’s a Stimulus Package

With all the bad news out there right now – Lebanese militants opening a second front in Israel, economic doom and gloom in New York, near-zero interest liquidity trap on the horizon – it’s always nice to know some asshole can find a way to have a good time. In this case, that asshole is the asshole for all seasons, Larry Flint. I love that dude.

I’m sure if I worked with Flint and had to see him every day, I’d hate him. But you’ve got to give some credit to a guy who has the balls to send a letter to the very same Congress that tried to shut him down a few decades ago, demanding that they financially support his entire industry. Yes, it seems that he and the Girls Gone Wild mogul, Joe Francis, have sent a letter to Washington to petition Congress for $5bn in bailout money.

Actually, I’d be curious to find out what the effect of the economic downturn actually is for the porn industry. The normal rule of thumb with all things entertainment is that when the economy sags, movie ticket, CD, video purchases and the like actually go up. The theory is that, since no one’s buying the big ticket items, they have more free cash to enjoy a movie. You would expect that the same would hold true for porn.

Except that porn sites like and (I sense a theme) have made a huge volume of amateur porn freely available on the web, which is cutting into their bottom line, so to speak. And those pay-to-play-with-yourself websites still left out there are monthly fee-based, so I suspect customers seeing climbing credit card bills are taking the opportunity to cancel such accounts.

Oh, no! Does this mean the end of Dee Del-Mar?