Human Trafficking

Another good article:The Vatican on the Human Slave Trade.

There is a Russian film called Lilja 4-ever, about a Russian girl who gets tricked into going to Sweden, only to become a sex slave. It’s a poignant introduction to the widespread practice of abducting girls and selling them, which happens to thousands of women a year all over the world–specifically from Eastern Europe. Protection Project said in 2001 that more than 2 million women and children were sold into the sex trade every year.

Last year, Lifetime did a special on the topic called Human Trafficking. You can visit the website to see clips from the movie, which raised a lot of awareness about the subject.

Last month, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced almost $8 million in additional funding to create 10 new anti-trafficking task forces. The Trafficking in Persons Report by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons said:

“In the 2004 Report, we used U.S. Government data that disaggregated transnational trafficking in persons by age and gender for the first time. This data shows that, of the estimated 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children trafficked across international borders each year, approximately 80 percent are women and girls, and up to 50 percent are minors. The data also demonstrated that the majority of transnational victims were trafficked into commercial sexual exploitation.”

Click -n- Kill

There is a guy who used to work in my office (before my time) who would spend his slow days hunting online.

YES.. you heard me right. Hunting. Online. This revelation called for some investigating into this so-called sport.

A guy named John Lockwood started an online hunting service so that disabled people could hunt. He hooked up a gun and a computer and all you needed was a mouse to get a big kill.

That’s right folks, you can (or could) kill an actual warm-blooded animal with the click of a mouse and a Texas hunting license.


Writing New Songs

1. I think the new Killers CD is good – Sam’s Town. The two tracks I like most are “Bones” and “When You Were Young” – interestingly… their singles.

2. Saw Babel. Heavy on emotion, light on depth and context.

3. Rumsfeld Resigns

And a beautiful quote from Hayden‘s song “Don’t Get Down” – please listen to it.

“Write a song
All your old ones don’t mean a thing if you don’t sing
Any new ones”

The Betrayal of the Breakfast Bar

As a faithful fan of breakfast bars, I bought some this weekend on my massive grocery trip. I decided to try something new (I usually go with Nutri-Grain Muffin Bars, Banana Nut- delish), and I picked out Smart Start Healthy Heart Bars, in Strawberry Vanilla.


This morning, I innocently took a bite at my desk. On first bite, I was a bit disgusted, as I don’t like overly sweet things.

My criteria for a delicious breakfast bar:
-moist, but not sticky
-doesn’t taste like candy
-doesn’t cause tooth decay
-goes well with yogurt

Now, that list may seem simple to satisfy. Unfortunately, after a few bites of my Heart Smart bar, I realized that it just wasn’t up to par. And so, I decided to check the label.

Iron: Check
Calcium: Check
Vitamin A: Check

Well the problem didn’t seem to lie in the nutritional facts table. So I moved on to ingredients, where I discovered THE PROBLEM.

Ingredients: Oat bran, rice, corn syrup, sugar, fructose…

Now, in a breakfast bar–which by definition must be good for you and a nice “heart healthy” way to start your day– should not have THREE of its top five ingredients be sugar variants. Big Problem.

Since when does Heart Healthy mean “Kill your Pancreas!”?

Wal-Mart, Moving, and Skillz

Here’s an interesting article about Walmart moving more people to part-time.

I got 105 WPM… What you got?

Moving was Accomplished. I now have a great new apartment and a fun new roommate, and a new bed and dresser. I actually got to unpack my stuff. Sorry for those of you who had to visit me in the Virginia MESS.

preston the guitar-playing fool
And, BY THE WAY. I saw John Kerry tonight. And not only did I see him, I was close enough to touch him. That is DC baby!