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Sir Richard Branson has claimed Spain could help solve its economic woes — by legalising cannabis.
The Virgin boss, 61, said tax from sales of the drug would resolve some of the country’s problems and “help lift its head.”
Billionaire Branson also praised a Spanish town’s “great idea” to allow cannabis to be cultivated for cash to pay off debts.
The people of Rasquera agreed in a referendum to rent municipal land to a cannabis smokers’ association.
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4309868/BRANSONS-DRUGS-PLEA.htmlSir Richard Branson has claimed Spain could help solve its economic woes — by... more
"Current TV’s UK MD claims that its likely closure will “leave a huge gap in the market,” as it lines up a documentary called Shed Your Tears and Walk Away as its final premiere feature on the Sky platform before going off-air on March 11.""Current TV’s UK MD claims that its likely closure will “leave a huge... more
In the first episode three sets of parents confront the fact that their underage daughters are sexually active.Fourteen-year-old Cheshona recently lost her virginity. She and her mum Danielle pride themselves on their trusting relationship. Now, Danielle has to decide whether to let Cheshona's 18-year-old boyfriend spend the night in Cheshona's bedroom. Fifteen-year-old Hannah lives in Surrey with her mum and three older brothers. Hannah has been waiting for the right moment to tell mum she's no longer a virgin. When she finds out, the consequences are unexpected, but not unwelcome. Fourteen-year-old Hannah lives in London. Although she's still a virgin, she's begun experimenting sexually with both boys and girls. Mum Sarah wonders if her liberal parenting style might be responsible for her daughter's behaviour.In the second episode we meet a close-knit community of young families in south Wales, where the mums and dads are concerned that their underage teenagers have started having sex too young.Thirteen-year-old Christopher has been having sex with his girlfriend, despite his mum's best efforts to stop him. Will a heart-to-heart about her own teenage experiences encourage him to slow things down a bit? Fifteen-year-old Angharad's parents have just discovered she's recently lost her virginity, and they've grounded her. But they can't keep her indoors forever, and have to decide whether or not she should start taking the contraceptive pill.
These two episodes are part of our Kidsploitation Season.
Network premiere: Episode 1 Monday 12 September 10PM, Episode 2 Monday 12 September 11PM. In the first episode three sets of parents confront the fact that their underage... more
I received a very apologetic email from someone who I will allow to remain nameless at SF Weekly that for a whole ten minutes yesterday I was declared the winner of Best Local Politics Blog. This person apologized for their mistake which is why I am leaving their identity anonymous, but said that I am in the top three run off candidates for the position.I received a very apologetic email from someone who I will allow to remain nameless at... more
A man who was being deported from the UK slashed his throat soon after boarding a Virgin flight to his native Jamaica at Gatwick Airport last night.
The man apparently managed to smuggle a small razor on board, which he managed to hide from cabin staff a source told Sky News.
The flight was held on the ground and has now been cancelled and delayed until later today.
The man was being returned to Jamaica after overstaying his visa.
He is currently being treated in hospital for his injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.
The UK Border Agency said an investigation has been launched.
There were 449 passengers and 17 crew on board the Virgin Atlantic plane and those who witnessed the incident have been offered counselling.
Emergency services are understood to have glued shut the wound on his throat.
The airline said: "The safety and welfare of our crew and passengers is Virgin Atlantic's top priority.
"All passengers on board the plane have been provided with hotel accommodation, refreshments and meals until the flight departs on Tuesday."
Source: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Illegal-Immigrant-Slashes-Throat-After-Boarding-Flight-To-Jamaica-At-Gatwick-Airport/Article/201106316015506?lpos=UK_News_Second_Home_Page_Article_Teaser_Region_1&lid=ARTICLE_16015506_Illegal_Immigrant_Slashes_Throat_After_Boarding_Flight_To_Jamaica_At_Gatwick_AirportA man who was being deported from the UK slashed his throat soon after boarding a... more
Today I Learned (TIL) Did you know that sharks can get pregnant even without a male,scientists in Northern Ireland explain why she gave birth even without being anywhere near a male?Today I Learned (TIL) Did you know that sharks can get pregnant even without a... more
Couple Seduces, rapes, and kills female women.
This is 2 yrs old but still thought people should know.
Posting from an iPod sorry if this looks terrible...Couple Seduces, rapes, and kills female women. This is 2 yrs old but still thought... more
The ginger haired radio icon has just picked himself up the lastest piece of Italian finery, the Ferrari 458 Italia...
http://www.fueltopia.co.uk/profiles/blogs/chris-evans-drives-a-ferrariThe ginger haired radio icon has just picked himself up the lastest piece of Italian... more
Sex trafficking simultaneously exploits both the best and the worst aspects of globalization. The champions of globalization tout the growing ease of conducting business across national borders. Sophisticated communication tools and relaxed banking laws make it possible to exchange assets internationally with ease. Virtual enterprises can operate everywhere and nowhere, making themselves known only when and where they choose.
Organized crime syndicates take advantage of these tools to create more efficient overseas networks. Although most trafficking originates with local operators, they deftly connect to an international sex industry looking to fill slots in brothels, massage parlors, strip joints, and lap dance bars.
A club owner in Chicago can pick up the phone and “mail-order” three beautiful young girls from eastern Europe. Two weeks later a fresh shipment of three Slavic girls will be dancing in his club. Though a number of quasi-independent traffickers were likely involved in moving the girls, the operation would appear seamless to the Chicago client.
The critics of globalization point out that capital flows wherever it can most easily exploit cheap labor. The owners of capital will abandon a specific location quickly once one of two conditions occurs: (1) the assets it exploits are depleted, or (2) those assets can be obtained more cheaply in other markets.
Sex trafficking also manifests itself in this form. Over the past three decades, the prime area for recruiting sex slaves has shifted rapidly from one zone of economic depression to another. In the 1970s, traffickers targeted girls from Southeast Asia “above all Thailand and Vietnam” as well as the Philippines. After ten years or so of mining in Asia, traffickers shifted their focus to African girls from Nigeria, Uganda, and Ghana flooded the international sex bazaars. In the mid-1980s and spilling over into the early 1990s, Latin American girls from Brazil, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Central America (especially El Salvador and Guatemala) became the favored pool.
Traffickers move opportunistically to prey on vulnerable populations. In the 1980s, the trafficking of girls out of eastern Europe hardly registered on the radar screen. Following the economic and political collapse of the Soviet Union, that situation changed dramatically. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that roughly a quarter of a million females were trafficked within Europe alone “from East to West” since 1991.
Even within eastern Europe, the prime recruitment zones for trafficking shift rapidly to exploit opportunities. In 1992, the vast majority of trafficked victims came from Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia. By the mid-1990s girls in those markets had been depleted, so traffickers started targeting Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Moldova. After the turn of the century, the prime recruitment zone shifted to central Asia “Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan” and Georgia.
Wherever the greatest profit can be extracted, there the traffickers move. In an impassioned speech delivered in Brussels, European commissioner Anna Diamantopoulou aptly characterized the “ruthless efficiency” of these modern-day traders in human property:
“They know their business inside out and respond to changes in the market with a speed unmatched by even the most competitive corporations. Their expertise and ability to exploit the market are surpassed only by their disregard for human life. Women are bought, sold and hired out like any other product. The bottom line is profit.”
Children Are Not Prostitutes
Young boys and girls in every city on the globe today are forced to serve as sex slaves. Sex traffickers target twelve- to seventeen-year-old children as their choice candidates. The johns who pay regular visits to brothels prefer adolescents above any other age group. Looked at from the cold perspective of a slaveholder, adolescents also have a longer shelf life. Any older and they start to lose their youthful appeal. Any younger and they may draw the attention of law enforcement authorities.
Because sex trafficking masks itself as prostitution, the general public does not feel outraged. The children are perceived to be criminals or sexual deviants or at best victims of their environment: desperate for survival, the kids “choose” to sell their bodies for profit.
The real criminals hide in the shadows. An illicit network of traffickers, pimps, recruiters, brothel owners, and johns preys on vulnerable kids and forces them into a life of sexual commerce. Once the inner workings of that criminal network are exposed, common sense prevails. Of course a child would not volunteer for the repeated trauma of ten (or more) grown men penetrating their bodies every evening. We have a word for exploiting minors that way: rape.
It should be noted that the same mechanisms of financial bondage and violent intimidation that enslave children are practiced on females of all ages. Adult “prostitutes” too can recount shocking testimonies of pimps locking them in closets, flogging them with coat hangers, and forcing them to service a staggering number of clients. The pimps quite explicitly refer to these women as “my property” and will attack anyone who acts to compromise their control.
Much more important stuff at the link:Sex trafficking simultaneously exploits both the best and the worst aspects of... more
Tuesday's edition of my twice a week talk show.Watch
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In today's show :
Good family news.
Jumping out of trees.
On one knee.
A little bush.
He forgot to ask her dad.
Jumping & running around.
My face on your suitcase.
A bit of a pep talk.
Surely not from British Airways or Virgin Atlantic.
Teachers torture children.
Naughty school boys.
A great big wide thing.
I am here to be blamed.
Beleive in the unbeleivable.
Concern for Gwen.
Another cat probably wants to move in.
Made for each other.
I have been compared to a used Ford Escort.
Mummykins must sleep.
Keeping an eye on the little birds.
WWW.UNITEDKINGDOMTALK.CO.UKTuesday's edition of my twice a week talk show.Watch the show here on CURRENT TV... more
PitchTV was started by Richard Branson to help budding entrepreneurs get the word out of their business idea. I submitted a pitch of one way to create long term positive change to the political world map through creation of an optional inter-cooperative global nation practicing true democracy.PitchTV was started by Richard Branson to help budding entrepreneurs get the word out... more
Today, Virgin Galactic’s first commercial spaceship successfully completed her maiden voyage. However, even at $200,000 per ticket, how are we supposed to believe this nascent industry will become sustainable?
http://wallstcheatsheet.com/breaking-news/if-terrestrial-airlines-cant-survive-how-will-galactic-airlines/?p=8554/Today, Virgin Galactic’s first commercial spaceship successfully completed her... more
Volunteers are awarded a trip to the Virgin Mobile Freefest, a music festival raising money and awareness for youth homelessness. Sir Richard Branson of Virgin encourages social change and activism during this time of economic challenges. Attendees donate money and time towards homeless youth for entry into the free festival. Virgin Unite focuses on the cause by benefiting StandUp For Kids, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and other organizations. This video follows the journey of two volunteers whose service and generosity led to a free trip across the country to see bands such as Blink 182, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, The Bravery, Public Enemy, and more. (Music Credit: Girl Talk and Michael Cheever)Volunteers are awarded a trip to the Virgin Mobile Freefest, a music festival raising... more
It has been five years since SpaceShipOne screamed its way into the history books as the first privately built and financed manned craft to reach space. While that roar from the ship's rocket engine has long since dissipated, the aftershocks from its suborbital space shots are still being felt.
Today, at the Mojave Air and Space Port all appears in readiness for the combined test flights of WhiteKnightTwo and the sleek two-pilot, six-person SpaceShipTwo - the world's first passenger-carrying suborbital spaceliner. This outing is backed by British entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic company. Like SpaceShipOne, the new SpaceShipTwo is designed to be carried to a high altitude by a mothership aircraft where it can launch on suborbital trips.It has been five years since SpaceShipOne screamed its way into the history books as... more
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON THE VIRGIN "FANTASTIC JOURNEY" COMMERCIAL. THIS IS WHAT A PERSON'S BRAIN LOOKS LIKE WHILE WATCHING THE COMMERCIAL FOR VIRGIN MOBILE. This video shows the reaction--of the axial, sagittal planes--of a subject's brain while watching the "Fantastic Journey" commercial for Virgin Mobile. *Red means activating.THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON THE VIRGIN "FANTASTIC JOURNEY" COMMERCIAL. THIS IS... more
Chris Martin does stand-up comedy at Cafe Diem in Richmond, VA August 3, 2009. He covers the tragic death of the Taco Bell Chihuahua, what would Jesus drink, "Copts" and "Cops," Obama's beer summit and Cash for Drunkards.Chris Martin does stand-up comedy at Cafe Diem in Richmond, VA August 3, 2009. He... more
August 15 marks the end of the Blessed Virgin Mary's earthly life and the assumption of her body and soul into heaven.
We all have read about the many sightings of the Holy Mother over the years, but what do you do when an image of her miraculously appears in a glass you once used for coffee? Share it with others!
With the recent downturn in the economy many of us are in need of a miracle. Then again, we're always in need of miracles, or at least in need of proof that miracles are possible. What is a miracle?
Many people that have seen this glass in person, have described themselves as getting chills and having the hair on the back of their necks stand up. Others have commented on the bluish hue (aura) that can be clearly seen surrounding the image.
What else can YOU see in the photo?August 15 marks the end of the Blessed Virgin Mary's earthly life and the... more
Current's Kinga Philipps hops on a Virgin -- airplane -- to hang with Richard Branson and drink some bubbly on the airline's maiden flight from LA to NYC. Nice gig if you can get it.Current's Kinga Philipps hops on a Virgin -- airplane -- to hang with Richard... more