Pitcairn Island is located in the South Pacific, and it’s so tiny that it only has 48 people living there. It seems like a small slice of heaven on earth, but it would depend on who you ask. Although the island has no gay people at all, they have legalized marriage equality, and gay couples can get married on the island if they want to. Island Legalizes Gay Marriage. The island had planned on releasing this information to the general public via social media, but they were having technical difficulties doing so.
Now that they have legalized gay marriage, anyone who wants to visit the tiny island, they can go there and get married in a beautiful tropical setting. The island is 3000 miles from New Zealand, and it doesn’t even have its own airport. All of the island is extremely beautiful and quaint, and About.me implies that it is still making strides that many places which are several times bigger have not made. States in the USA still have yet to legalize gay marriage, so why has this tiny island that’s unheard of, legalized it?
Many may say that the island is trying to get more tourists, but even if that’s the case, they are still making a great statement. An island that has no homosexual at all, they’ve chosen to accept them with open arms, whether they are getting married or not, so what about the rest of the world?
In most areas of the world, people are described by their national status. Yet, in the United States, people are labelled with terms like “Caucasian-American,” “African-American,” “Indian-American,” et cetera. One of the current Republican presidential hopefuls, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, emphasized his problem with these labels during a campaign speech on Wednesday, June 24th:
Jindal stated that we are all “Americans” and that people in the U.S. should not be identified by their “origin, ethnicity or wealth.”
Although some people online took his comments to mean that he does not have pride in his heritage as a son of Indian parents, many political experts, historians and journalists agree that the strange way in which Americans label themselves should be considered as outdated as flying a Confederate battle flag. After all, one of the biggest reasons that divisions over race still exist in the United States is because there is so much emphasis placed on people from different ethnic backgrounds presenting themselves as a combination of their ethnicity and American status rather than as simply “Americans.”
People in several ethnic groups, especially many African-Americans, Irish-Americans and Asian-Americans, feel that it is absolutely necessary for these labels because it empowers them and raises them above their previous status in this country. MarketWired and Brad Reifler say it is fairly obvious that instead of promoting ethnic and national pride, these labels place too much focus on dividing Americans by their differences.
Anastasia Date, a premium international dating portal, is the next generation of modern romance. As society becomes more mobile and the internet breaks down cultural barriers, developing relationships across borders has become an exciting and viable option for many single men tired of the stressful American dating scene. With approximately six thousand marriages a year, the company takes great pride in its success rate in finding love interests for their clients abroad.
Founded in 1993 by a Russian woman in an international marriage of her own, the company began as a specialty tour operator shuttling American men to meet Russian women after the Wall collapsed. After ten years of steady growth, CrunchBase indicates that Anastasia Date entered the online world and soon expanded their Eastern European focus to embrace complementary websites featuring Latino, Asian, and African beauties. With the recent launch of free mobile apps for iTunes and Google Play, Anastasia Date’s cutting-edge dating service allows interested parties a streamlined, effortless way to browse profiles, share photos, and engage in live chats from their choice of over 20,000 women abroad.
To further encourage burgeoning relationships, the online dating portal provides multiple additional services. The website has links through which flowers and gifts can be sent to preferred matches. Anastasia date holds tight to their roots as a romance tour operator by continuing to organize yearly social activities on 3 different continents. Since cross-cultural conversations can frequently slip into lifelong relationships, travel, lodging and translation services are also available for individuals, should clients of anastasia date wish to meet their potential life partners face-to-face.
With over twenty years focused on supporting international dating, Anastasia Date continues to lead the pack in facilitating overseas connections. Currently, over 4 million users in 110 countries take advantage of the service to seek beyond national borders for that one beautiful, exotic, perfect match. According to Lawrence Cervantes, Anastasia Date’s CCO, the company strives to keep in step with the evolving world of online dating “so that Anastasia Date can match the lifestyle of our users.”
Earl Holt is the leader of the group that inspired Dylann Roof’s acts last week. The group, the Council of Conservative Citizens, has been noted as giving generous donations to numerous GOP candidates in this year and previous years. Many of those GOP candidates have made the decision to give the money that was donated back to the group. They in now way want to accept money from a group that is connected to what happened in Charleston last week. Senator Rand Paul and Senator Rick Santorum have decided not to give the money back. Instead of returning the money to the pockets of those individuals involved, the two men want to take that money and donate it to the Emanuel AME Church where the heinous acts were committed. The money will go to helping and healing the hurt community instead of inspiring other individuals to follow in Dylann Roof’s footsteps. While many have commended the men for returning the money, there are just as many people who are questioning their motives. Would the candidates have returned the money had the incident in Charleston not happened? Are candidates going to vet every single donation that comes through their doors to make sure that racially biased individuals are not contributing to their campaign? The return of these donations have raised many concerns and questions amongst US citizens. According to Twitter, the only important aspect is knowing that Emmanuel AME Church will recieve the donations to help heal their congregation.
The Japanese have a high regard for a lot of things. The people of Japan believe that all life is sacred, but for some reason the whaling industry in Japan does not honor their ancient tradition of respecting all life. Japan has been hunting and killing whales for decades. In 1982, the International Whaling Commission under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling stopped commercial whaling, but a number of countries issues permits to themselves in order to hunt whales for scientific purposes. Nexbank and James Dondero suggest that Japan is, indeed, one of those countries.
Japan set up the New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean to hunt whales in those waters, and has plans to hunt 333 whales every year for the next 12 years. The IWC wants more information from Japan because there is no reason to hunt that many whales for medical research. The Japanese use whales for other purposes. Since 1987, Japan has hunted more than 10,000 whales for research.
The IWC says whale hunting countries violate animal rights, and they must be stopped. Japan must stop its whale hunting practices or face serious fines, according to the IWC.
US Labor Secretary Robert Reich has some concerns about the direction of the American economy Reich a professor from Berkeley also has his feelings about educating our kids. Recently he released a video as part of a project with a group he is active in called MoveOn.org in which Reich described the educational system as “squashing passion for learning, eroding the love of teaching and grinding up generations of young people”. Not only is he voicing his opinion on the subject but also offering sound proposals to reinvent the American education system, taken from his agenda “10 ideas to save the economy”. Reich has talked about the nation’s education challenges in his book ‘Aftershock’ as well as in his film of 2013 called ‘Inequality’ for all. Capital & Main, speaking with Reich last week about his views reportedly asked him to speak on how our country has failed its kids. According to Shaygan Kheradpir, Reich’s position is “Education is not the only answer but it is definitely necessary”. Our children are failing because this society’s priority is not about the wellbeing of our kids. If we do not invest in our children we are not investing in our future. funds spent on building and maintaining prisons and other things not necessary, if put into the school system we would need less prisons and can build more businesses to employee all of the learned and prepared students. Producing uneducated children into the world is like gnawing at your own foot and then trying to walk.
A shooting occurred in Charleston, South Carolina overnight. The incident occurred around 9pm at the predominately black Emanuel AME Church during a group bible study. According to police, a shooter entered the church and started shooting. When police arrived to the scene, they found eight lifeless victims inside of the church. Others were transported to area hospitals to be treated for their injuries.
Police were unable to capture the shooter when they arrived on scene. However they have suspected a white male in his early twenties. Given the nature of the crime, police have classified this as a racial hate crime. Residents in the area have been placed on high alert as the man is suspected to be on foot close to the crime scene.
Many people gathered together to share their condolences about the incident. Prayer circles were formed near the scene of the crime. One of the victims was Rev. Clementa Pinckney. He was the church’s pastor as well as a state senator. Church’s across the area have come together to support the victims and their families after this heinous crime. They are expected to hold a prayer vigil for the victims today at noon.
The church has a rich history which could have fueled the shooters racial bigotry. Church co-founder, Denmark Vesey played a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1800s says the investment firm Madison Street Capital. Police are not certain the motives of the shooter can be directly linked, however are moving forward classifying this as a hate crime.
Earlier today Donald Trump announced that he will be running for the presidency. He has said before that he was thinking about running, but has now made it official. He joins a long list of other Republican hopefuls who hope to gain the White House in 2016.
Many people are discounting him already. With a net worth close to 9 billion he is said to be out of touch with too many working class Americans. However, Trump is more popular than the media want to give him credit for being. His hope of turning the country back on track to its once great status, resonates in the hearts and minds of many voters. People want this country to be great again and he might just be the man to make it happen.
His wealth will be used against him. He will be mocked and laughed at by those on each side of the aisle. What those people do not want to admit is that his wealth could also be used to propel his presidential bid onward. He represents a dream. That if your work hard enough, you too will be able to reap the rewards one day. Sure, he is a businessman, but unlike other hopefuls Donald Trump has no problem admitting that.
Reality star, businessman, real estate mogul and now presidential hopeful, where will he go next and should it really be in office? Only time will tell says campaign analyst Cláudio Loureiro Heads.
The simple approach to campaigning being undertaken by Democratic Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has seen the lead of favorite Hilary Clinton cut despite the huge difference in spending and backing from big business. Three new polls have been published that show the large leads Clinton enjoyed in most states with early voting in the primaries have been cut as Sanders uses town halls and face to face meetings to set out his socialist strategy, according toPolitico. In New Hampshire Sanders has made the biggest inroads with the Independent Senator polling 32 percent compared to Clinton’s 44.
According to Twitter, Sanders has recently been reported to have been enjoying something of a surge in people attending his meetings, which included a number of sold out meetings in Minneapolis and around the country. However, despite the surge of support and Sanders cutting the gap between he and the former Secretary of State in Iowa and South Carolina Clinton is expected to win the nomination. Barring a collapse of her campaign Clinton expects to poll over 50 percent of the Democratic vote in Iowa and South Carolina if the initial polls prove correct.
Edward Snowden was adamant when he said the secrets he took from NSA would never be compromised by any counter-intelligence operation. But it appears Snowden underestimated the hacking capabilities of China and Russia. Both countries now have the names of US and British spies and plan to weed them out of their countries in typical spy fashion.
No one is sure what that weeding out process will entail, but it’s safe to say anyone spying for the US or Britain are in danger. Both Britain and the US are taking steps to get their operatives out of those countries.
Snowden took 1.7 million files from NSA, and most of them have not been released to the public. Some US officials say Snowden’s actions has severely damaged the United States and Britain. But others say Snowden did those countries a favor by releasing classified documents that proved the US was spying on Americans, and the leaders of other countries. That information has forced NSA to change the way the agency spies on Americans and other countries. In other words, James Dondero understands that the NSA hasn’t stopped spying; they just changed the methods they use to spy.