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Shopping: Black Gunn and The Take...

1974 UK action crime drama by Robert Hartford-Davis, both once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray

Link Here 21st April 2019
The Take is a 1974 UK action crime drama by Robert Hartford-Davis.
Starring Billy Dee Williams, Eddie Albert and Frankie Avalon. BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for its X rated cinema release in 1974. Uncut and 15 rated for 1990 VHS. Uncut and PG rated in the US.
Black Gunn is a 1972 UK / USA action crime thriller by Robert Hartford-Davis.
Starring Jim Brown, Martin Landau and Brenda Sykes. BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1973 cinema release. Uncut and 18 rated on home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2019 Mill Creek Entertainment RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 16th April 2019

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A knock-down, drag-out, take-no-prisoners double feature - starring Billy Dee Williams and the notorious Jim Brown.

THE TAKE - Meet the brother with a badge on the take who takes on the mob and wins both ways.

BLACK GUNN - When the man comes up with mob violence, it's time to Gunn him down.



Shopping: Black Moon Rising...

1986 USA action thriller by Harley Cokeliss, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray

Link Here 20th April 2019
Black Moon Rising is a 1986 USA action thriller by Harley Cokeliss (as Harley Cokliss).
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton and Robert Vaughn. BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for the 18 rated cinema release and VHS. Uncut on 15 rated DVD
UK: Passed 15 uncut for infrequent strong violence and language:
  • 2019 Arrow Video Special Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 15th April 2019

Promotional Material

Buckle up for ride in the Black Moon, a sleek, high-tech supercar, powered by hydrogen and capable of speeds of over 300mph!

Tommy Lee Jones (Rolling Thunder, Under Siege) stars as Sam Quint, a master thief working for the government who hides a computer disc loaded with evidence of corporate crime in a prototype supercar, the Black Moon. When a gang of thieves steal the car, Quint seduces their leader, Nina (Linda Hamilton, Terminator), to get to the disc. But in order to reclaim his property, Quint and Nina must break into an impenetrable skyscraper and take down Ed Ryland (Robert Vaughn, The Delta Force), the head of a dangerous stolen car syndicate...

A fast-moving, hydrogen-fueled action thriller written by John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing), Black Moon Rising has earned admiration from cult movie audiences for its thrilling chase sequences, pounding synth score, and slick direction courtesy of Harley Cokeliss (Battle Truck, The Glitterball).


  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original 35mm interpositive
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed PCM 2.0 stereo audio and alternative 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New audio commentary by Lee Gambin, author of Show Me: The Making of Christine
  • Black Moon Ascending, a new interview with director Harley Cokeliss
  • Thief in The Night: Producing Black Moon Rising, a new interview with producer Douglas Curtis
  • Sound of Speed: Composing Black Moon Rising, a new interview with composer Lalo Schifrin and film music historian Daniel Schweiger
  • Carpenter s Craft, a new video essay on co-writer John Carpenter s screenwriting career by author and critic Troy Howarth
  • Making Black Moon Rising, an archival documentary featuring behind the scenes footage and cast and crew interviews
  • Alternative Hong Kong version scenes, a presentation of selected scenes from the Hong Kong theatrical version with a different score and sound effects
  • Theatrical trailer and radio spots
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kieran Fisher


    Extract: Worldwide censors...

    Facebook, Google and co seem to be pooling their resources to create a shared database of images, files, URLs and website links that should be blocked from being uploaded by users

    Link Here 20th April 2019

    In the aftermath of the horrific mosque attack in New Zealand, internet companies were interrogated  over their efforts to censor the livestream video of Brenton Tarrant's propaganda.

    Some of their responses have included ideas that point in a disturbing direction: toward increasingly centralized and opaque censorship of the global internet.

    Facebook, for example, describes plans for an expanded role for the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, or GIFCT. The GIFCT is an industry-led self-regulatory effort launched in 2017 by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube. One of its flagship projects is a shared database of hashes of files identified by the participating companies to be extreme and egregious terrorist content. The hash database allows participating companies (which include giants like YouTube and one-man operations like JustPasteIt) to automatically identify when a user is trying to upload content already in the database.

    In Facebook's post-Christchurch updates, the company discloses that it added 800 new hashes to the database, all related to the Christchurch video. It also mentions that the GIFCT is experimenting with sharing URLs systematically rather than just content hashes --that is, creating a centralized list of URLs that would facilitate widespread blocking of videos, accounts, and potentially entire websites or forums.

    See the full article from wired.com



    Shopping: The Karate Kid...

    1984 USA family action drama by John G Avildsen, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray

    Link Here 19th April 2019
    The Karate Kid is a 1984 USA family action drama by John G Avildsen.
    Starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC category cuts were required for a PG rated cinema release in 1984. It was later rated 15 uncut for VHS and 12 uncut for DVD. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
    • 2019 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 16th April 2019

    Promotional Material

    From Academy Award®-winning director (1976, Rocky) John G. Avildsen comes the highly entertaining, coming- of-age classic that will leave you cheering! Starring Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki "Pat " Morita in his Academy Award®-nominated performance (Best Supporting Actor, 1984) as Mr. Miyagi. There is more to karate than fighting. This is the lesson that Daniel (Macchio), a San Fernando Valley teenager, is about to learn from a most unexpected teacher: Mr.Miyagi (Morita), an elderly handyman who also happens to be a master of the martial arts. So when he rescues Daniel from the Cobra Kai, a vicious gang of karate school bullies, Miyagi instills in his young friend the importance of honor and confidence as well as skills in self-defense, vital lessons that will be called into play when a hopelessly outclassed Daniel faces Johnny, the sadistic leader of the Cobra Kai, in a no-holds-barred karate tournament for the championship of the Valley. UHD Release Celebrate the 35th anniversary of th



    Is it safe?...

    Is your identity data and porn browsing history safe with an age verification service sporting a green BBFC AV badge?...Err...No!...

    Link Here 19th April 2019
    Full story: BBFC Internet Porn Censors...BBFC: Age Verification We Don't Trust
    The Interrogator :

    Is it safe?

    The BBFC (on its Age Verification website)...err...no!...:

    An assessment and accreditation under the AVC is not a guarantee that the age-verification provider and its solution (including its third party companies) comply with the relevant legislation and standards, or that all data is safe from malicious or criminal interference.

    Accordingly the BBFC shall not be responsible for any losses, damages, liabilities or claims of whatever nature, direct or indirect, suffered by any age-verification provider, pornography services or consumers/ users of age-verification provider's services or pornography services or any other person as a result of their reliance on the fact that an age-verification provider has been assessed under the scheme and has obtained an Age-verification Certificate or otherwise in connection with the scheme.



    Shopping: Keoma...

    1976 Italy western drama by Enzo G Castellari, cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray

    Link Here 18th April 2019
    Keoma is a 1976 Italy western drama by Enzo G Castellari.
    Starring Franco Nero, William Berger and Olga Karlatos. IMDb
    Uncut and X rated for 1976 cinema release but later cut for a horse fall on 15 and 12 rated home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    Promotional Material

    A strikingly original spaghetti western with a unique elegiac tone, Keoma truly is a one-of-a-kind classic of its genre...

    The legendary Franco Nero (Django, The Fifth Cord) stars in the titular role as a half-breed gunfighter who returns from the killing fields of the civil war to find his hometown riddled with the plague, its inhabitants terrorized (with the help of Keoma's own estranged half-brothers) by tyrannical gang leader Caldwell (Donald O'Brien, Zombie Holocaust). Keoma's father (Willian Berger, Sartana in the Valley of Death) welcomes his prodigal son s return, but when Keoma saves a vulnerable pregnant woman (Olga Karlatos, Zombie Flesh Eaters) from Caldwell's thugs, the stage is set for a violent confrontation. With the help of his father and his friend, the freed slave George (Woody Strode, Spartacus), Keoma prepares to take a savage revenge on Caldwell and his gang.

    Directed with immense flair and virtuosity by veteran Enzo G. Castellari (who channels Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone in equal measure), Keoma is an epic film of Shakespearean and biblical proportions, which boasts compelling performances and thrilling violent action. Truly epic in scope, Keoma is considered by many to be one of the greatest spaghetti westerns. The film is presented here in a stunning new restoration with a wealth of informative and entertaining new extras.


  • New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
  • Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
  • The Ballad of Keoma, a new interview with the legendary star Franco Nero
  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, a new interview with director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Writing Keoma, a new interview with actor and writer Luigi Montefiori AKA George Eastman
  • Parallel Actions, a new interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci
  • The Flying Thug, a new interview with actor Massimo Vanni
  • Play as an Actor, a new interview with actor Volfango Soldati
  • Keoma and the Twilight of the Spaghetti Western, a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
  • An Introduction to Keoma by Alex Cox, an archival featurette with the acclaimed director
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Simon Abrams and Howard Hughes


    Shopping: The Last Temptation of Christ...

    1988 USA / Canada drama by Martin Scorsese, once controversial, just released on UK Blu-ray

    Link Here 17th April 2019
    The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 USA / Canada drama by Martin Scorsese.
    Starring Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel and Barbara Hershey. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb
    Moralist campaigners claimed that the cinema release should have been banned on grounds of blasphemy. The BBFC consulted clerics who did not consider the film blasphemous so passed it 18 uncut for 1988 cinema release and 1999 VHS. Some local authorities banned the cinema release despite BBFC's findings. The film has been rated 15 uncut for home video since 2001. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, gore, sex, nudity:
    • 2019 Sony/Criterion RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 15th April 2019

    Promotional Material

    Based on Nikos Kazantzakis' novel about Christ's last days on Earth --,The carpenter Jesus of Nazareth, tormented by the temptations of demons, the guilt of making crosses for the Romans, pity for men and the world, and the constant call of God, sets out to find what God wills for him. But as his mission nears fulfilment, he must face the greatest temptation : the normal life of a good man.

    The Last Temptation of Christ, by Martin Scorsese is a towering achievement. Though it initially engendered enormous controversy, the film can now be viewed as the remarkable, profoundly personal work of faith that it is. This fifteen-year labour of love, an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis's landmark novel that imagines an alternate fate for Jesus Christ, features outstanding performances by Willem Dafoe, Barbara Hershey, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton and David Bowie; bold cinematography by the great Michael Ballhaus; and a transcendent score by Peter Gabriel.


    • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack by supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay
    • Audio commentary featuring director Martin Scorsese, actor Willem Dafoe, and writers Paul Schrader and Jay Cocks
    • Galleries of production stills, research materials, and costume designs
    • Location production footage shot by Scorsese
    • Interview with composer Peter Gabriel, with a stills gallery of traditional instruments used in the score
    • PLUS: An essay by film critic David Ehrenstein.



    Get a VPN or fill your boots now! There's 3 months left for unhindered porn downloading...

    The government announces that its internet porn censorship scheme will come into force on 15th July 2019

    Link Here 17th April 2019
    Full story: BBFC Internet Porn Censors...BBFC: Age Verification We Don't Trust
    The UK will become the first country in the world to bring in age-verification for online pornography when the measures come into force on 15 July 2019.

    It means that commercial providers of online pornography will be required by law to carry out robust age-verification checks on users, to ensure that they are 18 or over.

    Websites that fail to implement age-verification technology face having payment services withdrawn or being blocked for UK users.

    The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the new laws. They have confirmed that they will begin enforcement on 15 July, following an implementation period to allow websites time to comply with the new standards.

    Minister for Digital Margot James said that she wanted the UK to be the most censored place in the world to b eonline:

    Adult content is currently far too easy for children to access online. The introduction of mandatory age-verification is a world-first, and we've taken the time to balance privacy concerns with the need to protect children from inappropriate content. We want the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online, and these new laws will help us achieve this.

    Government has listened carefully to privacy concerns and is clear that age-verification arrangements should only be concerned with verifying age, not identity. In addition to the requirement for all age-verification providers to comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standards, the BBFC have created a voluntary certification scheme, the Age-verification Certificate (AVC), which will assess the data security standards of AV providers. The AVC has been developed in cooperation with industry, with input from government.

    Certified age-verification solutions which offer these robust data protection conditions will be certified following an independent assessment and will carry the BBFC's new green 'AV' symbol. Details will also be published on the BBFC's age-verification website, ageverificationregulator.com so consumers can make an informed choice between age-verification providers.

    BBFC Chief Executive David Austin said:

    The introduction of age-verification to restrict access to commercial pornographic websites to adults is a ground breaking child protection measure. Age-verification will help prevent children from accessing pornographic content online and means the UK is leading the way in internet safety.

    On entry into force, consumers will be able to identify that an age-verification provider has met rigorous security and data checks if they carry the BBFC's new green 'AV' symbol.

    The change in law is part of the Government's commitment to making the UK the safest place in the world to be online, especially for children. It follows last week's publication of the Online Harms White Paper which set out clear responsibilities for tech companies to keep UK citizens safe online, how these responsibilities should be met and what would happen if they are not.



    Shopping: Emmanuelle 2...

    1975 France romance by Francis Giacobetti, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray

    Link Here 16th April 2019
    Emmanuelle 2 is a 1975 France romance by Francis Giacobetti.
    Starring Sylvia Kristel, Umberto Orsini and Frédéric Lagache. IMDb
    Cut for X rated cinema release in 1982. Less cut for 18 rated VHS and uncut on 18 rated DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2019 KL Studio Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 9th April 2019

    Promotional Material

    Her name evokes visions of lush sensual discovery and the extremes of forbidden ecstasy! The incomparably beautiful Sylvia Kristel (Private Lessons) is back as Emmanuelle, in this equally successful and erotic sequel to the 1974 smash hit. She returns to her husband Jean (Umberto Orsini, Violent City) in Hong Kong and proceeds to have several extramarital affairs with the likes of her lover Christopher (Frédéric Lagache) and a trio of bathhouse masseuses (including Laura Gemser, Black Emanuelle). All the while, she introduces the young Anna-Maria (Catherine Rivet) to the pleasures and subtleties of carnal love. Music by Francis Lai (Rider on the Rain).

    Special Features:
    -6 Radio Spot
    -U.S. and International Trailers
    -Trailers for Emmanuelle and Goodbye Emmanuelle



    European livelihoods laid to waste...

    Link taxes and censorship machines pass the final stage of European legislation

    Link Here 16th April 2019
    Full story: Copyright in the EU...Copyright law for Europe
    The EU Council of Ministers has approved the Copyright Directive, which includes the link tax and censorship machines. The legislation was voted through by a majority of EU ministers despite noble opposition from Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Finland, and Sweden.

    As explained by Julia Reda MEP, a majority of 55% of Member States, representing 65% of the population, was required to adopt the legislation. That was easily achieved with 71.26% in favor, so the Copyright Directive will now pass into law.

    As the image above shows, several countries voted against adoption, including Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Finland, and Sweden. Belgium, Estonia, and Slovenia absta ined.

    But in the final picture that just wasn't enough, with both Germany and the UK voting in favor, the Copyright Directive is now adopted.

    EU member states will now have two years to implement the law, which requires platforms like YouTube to sign licensing agreements with creators in order to use their content. If that is not possible, they will have to ensure that infringing content uploaded by users is taken down and not re-uploaded to their services.

    The entertainment lobby will not stop here, over the next two years, they will push for national implementations that ignore users' fundamental rights, comments Julia Reda:

    It will be more important than ever for civil society to keep up the pressure in the Member States!



    An unprecedented attack on press freedom in Australia...

    Mass prosecution of media companies and staff who alluded to the conviction of George Pell when the court demanded secrecy

    Link Here 16th April 2019
    Full story: News Censorship in Australia...Government reforms on news media censorship

    In an unprecedented attack on press freedom in Australia, 23 journalists and 13 media outlets have been hit with charges relating to the child sexual abuse trial of Catholic cardinal George Pell. The accused include Australia's two biggest newspaper companies, Rupert Murdoch's Nationwide News and the former Fairfax group now owned by broadcaster Nine, as well as leading newspaper editors and reporters.

    The media and reporters are accused of abetting contempt of court by the foreign press and of scandalising the court by breaching a gagging order, despite none of them reporting on the charges involved or mentioning Pell by name. The court had banned all reporting of the case pending a second trial that was later cancelled.

    Some foreign media, including The New York Times and the Washington Post , reported Pell's conviction in December, while local media ran cryptic articles complaining that they were being prevented from reporting a story of major public interest.

    Matthew Collins, representing the accused media at the first hearing on the matter today, said such wide-ranging contempt charges had no precedent in Australian legal history. Collins added that a guilty verdict on any of the charges would have a chilling effect on open justice in Australia. He insisted that the contempt allegations lacked specific examples of how any of the accused news companies or journalists actually breached the gag order when they never mentioned Pell or the crimes for which he was convicted.



    Shopping: Emmanuelle...

    1974 France drama by Just Jaeckin, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray

    Link Here 15th April 2019
    Emmanuelle is a 1974 France drama by Just Jaeckin.
    Starring Sylvia Kristel, Alain Cuny and Marika Green. IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC until 18 rated DVD in 2007. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    See the extensive censorship history at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Emmanuelle

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2019 KL Studio Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 9th April 2019

    Promotional Material

    Her name evokes visions of lush sensual discovery and the extremes of forbidden ecstasy! She is Emmanuelle, and this classic and its two sequels changed the look and feel of erotic cinema forever. Upon arriving in Bangkok to join her diplomat husband, Emmanuelle (Sylvia Kristel, The Nude Bomb) meets Bee and Mario and embarks on a voyage of sexual discovery. As she pursues the stunning Bee (Marika Green, Pickpocket), Mario (Alain Cuny, La Dolce Vita) initiates her into sexual refinements that make her an expert in the art of love. The Emmanuelle trilogy spawned dozens of copycat erotic films for years to come, but none of them equaled the success and acclaim of the original three starring Kristel.

    Special Features:
    -TALKING ABOUT EMMANUELLE - Interview with director Just Jaeckin and producer Yves Rousset-Rouard
    THE JOYS OF EMMANUELLE - with star Sylvia Kristel, director Just Jaeckin and producer Yves Rousset-Rouard
    Trailers for Emmanuelle, Emmanuelle 2 and Goodbye Emmanuelle



    Does destroying the livelihoods of parents protect the children?...

    ICO announces another swathe of internet censorship and age verification requirements in the name of 'protecting the children'

    Link Here 15th April 2019
    This is the biggest censorship event of the year. It is going destroy the livelihoods of many. It is framed as if it were targeted at Facebook and the like, to sort out their abuse of user data, particularly for kids.

    However the kicker is that the regulations will equally apply to all UK accessed websites that earn at least earn some money and process user data in some way or other.  Even small websites will then be required to default to treating all their readers as children and only allow more meaningful interaction with them if they verify themselves as adults. The default kids-only mode bans likes, comments, suggestions, targeted advertising etc, even for non adult content.

    Furthermore the ICO expects websites to formally comply with the censorship rules using market researchers, lawyers, data protection officers, expert consultants, risk assessors and all the sort of people that cost a grand a day.

    Of course only the biggest players will be able to afford the required level of red tape and instead of hitting back at Facebook, Google, Amazon and co for misusing data, they will further add to their monopoly position as they will be the only companies big enough to jump over the government's child protection hurdles.

    Another dark day for British internet users and businesses.

    The ICO write in a press release

    Today we're setting out the standards expected of those responsible for designing, developing or providing online services likely to be accessed by children, when they process their personal data.

    Parents worry about a lot of things. Are their children eating too much sugar, getting enough exercise or doing well at school. Are they happy?

    In this digital age, they also worry about whether their children are protected online. You can log on to any news story, any day to see just how children are being affected by what they can access from the tiny computers in their pockets.

    Last week the Government published its white paper covering online harms.

    Its proposals reflect people's growing mistrust of social media and online services. While we can all benefit from these services, we are also increasingly questioning how much control we have over what we see and how our information is used.

    There has to be a balancing act: protecting people online while embracing the opportunities that digital innovation brings.

    And when it comes to children, that's more important than ever. In an age when children learn how to use a tablet before they can ride a bike, making sure they have the freedom to play, learn and explore in the digital world is of paramount importance.

    The answer is not to protect children from the digital world, but to protect them within it.

    So today we're setting out the standards expected of those responsible for designing, developing or providing online services likely to be accessed by children, when they process their personal data. Age appropriate design: a code of practice for online services has been published for consultation.

    When finalised, it will be the first of its kind and set an international benchmark.

    It will leave online service providers in no doubt about what is expected of them when it comes to looking after children's personal data. It will help create an open, transparent and protected place for children when they are online.

    Organisations should follow the code and demonstrate that their services use children's data fairly and in compliance with data protection law. Those that don't, could face enforcement action including a fine or an order to stop processing data.

    Introduced by the Data Protection Act 2018, the code sets out 16 standards of age appropriate design for online services like apps, connected toys, social media platforms, online games, educational websites and streaming services, when they process children's personal data. It's not restricted to services specifically directed at children.

    The code says that the best interests of the child should be a primary consideration when designing and developing online services. It says that privacy must be built in and not bolted on.

    Settings must be "high privacy" by default (unless there's a compelling reason not to); only the minimum amount of personal data should be collected and retained; children's data should not usually be shared; geolocation services should be switched off by default. Nudge techniques should not be used to encourage children to provide unnecessary personal data, weaken or turn off their privacy settings or keep on using the service. It also addresses issues of parental control and profiling.

    The code is out for consultation until 31 May. We will draft a final version to be laid before Parliament and we expect it to come into effect before the end of the year.

    Our Code of Practice is a significant step, but it's just part of the solution to online harms. We see our work as complementary to the current initiatives on online harms, and look forward to participating in discussions regarding the Government's white paper.

    The proposals are now open for public consultation:

    The Information Commissioner is seeking feedback on her draft code of practice Age appropriate design -- a code of practice for online services likely to be accessed by children (the code).

    The code will provide guidance on the design standards that the Commissioner will expect providers of online 'Information Society Services' (ISS), which process personal data and are likely to be accessed by children, to meet.

    The code is now out for public consultation and will remain open until 31 May 2019. The Information Commissioner welcomes feedback on the specific questions set out below.

    You can respond to this consultation via our online survey , or you can download the document below and email to ageappropriatedesign@ico.org.uk .

    lternatively, print off the document and post to:

    Age appropriate design code consultation
    Policy Engagement Department
    Information Commissioner's Office
    Wycliffe House
    Water Lane
    SK9 5AF



    Would you stake your identity on a 10 quid free bet?...

    Age verification will become full identity verification for online gambling sites from 7th May

    Link Here 15th April 2019
    Age verification for online gambling is set to evolve into full identity verification from 7th May 2019. The other big change is that all verification will have to be completed prior to any bets being placed. Previously age verification was required only when people tried to withdraw their winnings. There were many complaints that gambling companies would then inflict onerous validation requirements to try and avoid paying out.

    I would hazard a guess that the new implementation will quash an awful lot of the TV end media adverts that try and get new members with a small joiners bonus. Now it will be a lot more hassle to join, and maybe there will be less interest in trying out new websites just to get a free introductory bet.

    Here is an example explanation of the new rules: see article from eyesdownbingo.com



    Shopping: Cold Sweat...

    1970 France / Italy / Belgium action crime thriller by Terence Young, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray

    Link Here 14th April 2019
    Cold Sweat is a 1970 France / Italy / Belgium action crime thriller by Terence Young.
    Starring Charles Bronson, James Mason and Liv Ullmann. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1971. Later it was passed 'AA' uncut for 1973 cinema release. The film was passed 15 uncut on home video. The film is MPAA PG rated and uncut in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
    • 2019 KL Studio Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 9th April 2019
    • 2019 KL Studio Classics Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

    Promotional Material

    Screen legend Charles Bronson (Rider on the Rain, Mr. Majestyk, Breakheart Pass) is Joe Martin, a quiet American living the quiet life in the South of France renting boats to tourists. He's happily married to Fabienne (Liv Ullmann, Persona) and has a twelve-year-old daughter named Michèle (Yannick de Lulle). But this quiet man has a past... Ten years before, Joe (then Moran) escaped prison with four other convicts, Captain Ross (James Mason, The Man Between), Whitey (Michel Constantin, Violent City), Fausto (Luigi Pistilli, For a Few Dollars More) and Katanga (Jean Topart, Trap for the Assassin). After witnessing the sadistic ex-mercenary Katanga brutally kill a cop, Joe abandoned his accomplices and left with their getaway car. One night, his peaceful life comes to an end, when the four men re-appear and kidnap his wife and daughter asking the seasoned ex-military Joe to get involved in a shady smuggling operation to save his family's life. Beautifully shot by Jean Rabier (Les Biches, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and wonderfully directed by James Bond veteran Terence Young (Thunderball, The Rover). Based on the novel Ride the Nightmare by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) and co-starring Jill Ireland (Assassination).

    Special Features:
    -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -Car Chase Promo Trailer



    Leaks plugged...

    Julian Assange of Wikileaks has been arrested in London

    Link Here 14th April 2019
    Full story: Wikileaks...Wikileaks whistle blowing and state secrets
    Wikileaks was a whistle blowing website that shone a light on how governments of the world have been running our lives. And it was not a pretty sight.

    Julian Assange who ran Wikileaks, is surely a freedom of speech hero, however he broke many serious state secret laws and has been evading the authorities via diplomatic immunity afforded to him by the Ecuadorean embassy in London. This has now been rescinded and Assange has been duly arrested. He is now in serious trouble and will surely end up being sent to the USA to answer the accusations.

    It is hard to see that the prosecuting authorities will be convinced by ethics or morality of the ends justifying the means.

    Maybe its best to let the BBC report the current situation. See article from bbc.com


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