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    Iceland seeks ban on Internet porn

    (CNN) -- Iceland is working on banning Internet pornography, calling explicit online images a threat to children.
    '"There is a strong consensus building in Iceland," Halla Gunnarsdottir, an adviser to the nation's Interior Minister, told England's Daily Mail. "We have so many experts, from educationalists to the police and those who work with children behind this, that this has become much broader than party politics.
    "At the moment, we are looking at the best technical ways to achieve this. But surely if we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the Internet."
    Such a step is somewhat surprising among Western nations that, for the most part, champion free-speech rights. But the move wouldn't be unprecedented in the island nation.
    Iceland has had laws banning the printing and distribution of pornography for years, but those laws haven't been updated to include the Web. And two years ago, the nation's parliament banned strip clubs, saying they violate the rights of the women who work in them.
    Iceland would become the first Western democracy to try and block pornography online.
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    Interior Minister Ogmundur Jonasson has appointed committees to study the best methods for keeping young people from seeing explicit images and videos on computers, game consoles and smartphones.
    The options being considered, according to the Daily Mail, include blocking the IP addresses of known porn sites and making it illegal to use credit cards from Iceland to subscribe to X-rated sites.
    "This move is not anti-sex. It is anti-violence because young children are seeing porn and acting it out," Gunnarsdottir said. "That is where we draw the line. This material is blurring the boundaries for young people about what is right and wrong."
    Attempting a total block of porn sites somewhere like the United States, with its legions of public and private portals onto the Web and the millions of software engineers who likely would spring into action to find workarounds, would be nearly impossible.
    But Iceland has a population of 322,000 -- roughly the same as St. Louis, Missouri. That, and its remote location 1,300 miles off of the coast of Europe, would make jamming or blocking Web traffic to certain sites easier, if that was the route the government there chose.
    The move is, predictably, drawing fire from Web-freedom advocates, including some in Iceland who agree with Jonasson on most issues.
    "Since he claimed office as minister, Jonasson has brought forward progressive legislation and has shown that he can be a man of principles and courage. For that, I truly respect him," Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of Iceland's parliament who represents part of Reykjavik, wrote in an editorial for London's The Guardian.
    "But he is way off track in his attempts to place a shield around Iceland in order to 'stop porn' from entering the country."
    A member of the parliament committee studying the issue, Jonsdottir says a porn ban has "near zero" chance of passing parliament and that she's working to find other ways the government can help protect children from Web porn.
    "Introducing censorship without compromising freedom of expression and speech is like trying to mix oil and water: It is impossible," she wrote. "I know my fellow MPs can often turn strange and dangerous laws into reality, but this won't be one of them."

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    If they want to look so progressive they can ban commercial whaling like every other civilized nation has done.

    http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/...cle1211261.ece

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    It seems odd that a progressive and supposedly liberal society is contemplating censorship. Abolitionists of any work sex-related because to them it must be coerced and the women exploited. Sweden has the same feminist driven viewpoint.

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    More jobs for americans! We are the leading supplier of internet blocking technology to despots and morally uptight countries. Well, except for China but they don't export the technology behind their internet "great wall"

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    Yeah I heard about this.

    In a way porn is THE sharpest, pointiest end of the concept of free speech. Sure it can be offensive and vile but it can also be funny, or course erotic and even interesting.

    Adults should be allowed to look at whatever the hell they want, whether it be looking up a historical fact or watching two ladies making out or maybe even a couple of good buddies smearing each other with excrement!. You have a choice and should be allowed to make up your own mind if its appropriate or not.

    kids should not see porn, but if they want to they will.

    Pretty sure most guys in here who were kids prior to the net would have at least seen one porn mag in their journey to adulthood. Hell, I went to a mates place to stay when i was like 12 and his older sister had some friends over and they watched a marilyn chambers movie. My buddy and I were aghast at the fascinating activities shown on this well worn vhs tape purloined from an unknowing parents sock drawer.
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    Apr 14, 2009 – Marilyn Chambers, 56, the onetime Ivory Snow model who became the ... a small role in the Barbra Streisand film "The Owl and the Pussycat" ...
    Apr 9, 2011 – Starring Marilyn Chambers. This is a classic ... You need Adobe Flash Player to watch this video. ... Cult Movies 3: Behind the Green Door 1973 ...
    So Wah, which "classic" was it?

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    Oh jeez, Im not sure alhavel.

    I might go do some "research" and re-watch a few of her films to ascertain the exact film...if i can find any (he says ironically...lol).

    God, I thought she was the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen, doubly so because she was naked and going at it!...lol

    STOP PRESS...nup, I know...it was Insatiable, pretty sure of it.

    Oh and sadly, it looks like she died on my birthday in 2011 (9th April) RIP Marilyn, a true star.
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    She's an Ivory Snow model too, wholesome, and pure.

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    One mans art is another mans porn, good luck finding that line in the sand. Are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist party, comes to mind somehow. Maybe you could stop some really hard core stuff, but thats about it.
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    The United States should ban Internet porn, too. Then watch office worker productivity go up by 200 percent.

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