Friday, February 17, 2017

Gate House News bought by the Japanese


So instead of having the revenue stay in this country, we will now be sending it to Japan. It's all about revenue not journalism. They assure the President that they will grow jobs. Hard to imagine since most papers have forced to reduce staff from declining revenue and competition from the web and social media. No wonder Rick Holmes, the opinion editor left the MWDN. 

 
http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2017/02/16/did-trump-prompt-softbank-to-buy-gatehouse-medias.html

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

DEA removes factually inaccurate information from web site


From MJbusiness.com

Americans for Safe Access claimed partial victory over the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration when it announced the federal agency had removed “factually inaccurate information” and “damaging misinformation” regarding cannabis from its website.

 The DEA removed information from its site that included “claims that cannabis was a gateway drug, caused irreversible cognitive decline in adults, and contributed to psychosis and lung cancer,” according to a news release Monday by ASA, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting medical cannabis.

The DEA made the change after ASA filed a legal challenge over the agency’s website last year under the Information Quality Act.

 Spring 2017 MJBizCon“The DEA’s removal of these popular myths about cannabis from their website could mean the end of the Washington gridlock” regarding scientific information about marijuana, Steph Sherer, ASA’s executive director, said in the release.

However, Americans for Safe Access claims the DEA is continuing to spread misinformation about marijuana, though the group did not offer specifics.

Correcting misinformation is paramount, the ASA argued, especially given that newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he believes cannabis is a gateway drug and can cause long-term psychological damage to consumers.

“These beliefs are verifiably false,” ASA wrote in a letter delivered to the DEA on Monday. “Allowing Mr. Sessions to make law enforcement decisions based on biased, out-of-date information does a tremendous disservice to ASA’s members and the American people at large.”

Perhaps the removal of propaganda from the DEA web site will help persuade the new administration to let States who have already passed MJ laws not enforce federal MJ prohibition.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Modern Day Slavery.. "I am Jane Doe" the film


 While we pay tribute to Black History Month and the struggles to end slavery of Blacks in this country. An equally hideous and open slavery still exists in America.. the buying and selling of young women into the sex trade. We were fortunate to see a documentary about this subject on Friday night. The producer shows the legal struggles to shut down a web site called back page.com. They interview the parents of children and the children themselves who have been forced into prostitution and who have been returned home. These traumatized children, some as young as 12, who have been raped thousands of times at the hands of their pimps. Much of this illegal behavior is perpetrated by the greed of business through the internet. The film highlights the legal battles being waged in our highest courts, to no avail. The owners of back page, who started out as a voice of investigative freedom have been praised for their work in the past. But as time went on, they grew to depend on the hundreds of millions of dollars of ad revenue, much of which is the selling of sex with minors. It's one thing to run an ad for an escort service for adults but a entirely different story when minors are being bought and sold to multiple pimps.

This film should be shared with parents and school age children alike as the film shows, seemingly normal good kids from good families have been affected by the legal slave trading.


Have a look at the trailer

http://www.iamjanedoefilm.com/

Monday, February 6, 2017

Super Bowl Ads

Is it me.. or did most of the ads, at 5 Million for 30 seconds, make you wonder what the product or service was? Some, like the Busch ad made a statement about immigration, sounded appropriate, given the new administration. I get that. But unlike the years where people spoke about the ads for weeks after, most of the ads were not very funny and I have no idea what some of the companies do, like 84 lumber. Although according to the WSJ, social media was flooded with comments, I still didn't get many of the ads. I wonder how much we would all pay for products and service if the companies didn't spend 5 million per 30 seconds. And if nothing else, the game itself overshadowed any of the commercials, undoubtedly, the best game I've ever witnessed.