Tuesday, August 4, 2009


After a few years of Blogger service, I'm switching over to WordPress. Check out Gershom's Journal (formerly known as The Nog).

See you on the other side.

Slavery No More

Let me know if you're interested in going.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A good weekend

... might look like this:

[L to R: dinner at Oggi's; home for firepits and s'mores]

[L to R: surfing at HB (Bolsa Chica) with Jeff]

[L to R: brunch with Jeff at Longboard; cycling back along the PCH]

[L to R: getting ready to go; sunset over the mountains; Vegas in the distance]

[L to R: food, food, food; all from the Wynn Buffet]

[L to R: excited to be in Vegas (finally); the Bellagio; view from our hotel room]

[L to R: outlet stores in Primm; back in Orange; sunset over Pasadena]

Human trafficking videos

Sex trafficking:

Ukraine - US

Nigeria - Italy

Nigeria - Denmark




UN Office of Drugs and Crime PSA

MTV PSA, featuring the Killers - "Goodnight, Travel Well"
60-second version

Full-length version

Also: Sex trafficking in Nepal

Human trafficking in the products we buy:

MTV PSA, featuring Radiohead - "All I Need"

"Tony's Chocolonely" - human trafficking in the cocoa trade

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

My niece is a teenager!

Happy birthday, Aimee!

Love, Uncle Jus.

[back in 2002, when she wasn't almost as tall as me]

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A little bit on human trafficking

There are an estimated 27 million people in modern day slavery around the world.

Between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80% are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors.

Around 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the US from overseas and enslaved every year.

About the same number are murdered in the US every year, but while the national success rate for solving murders is about 70% (11,000), in 2006 only 111 were charged and only 98 were convicted, which is less than 1% of all human trafficking cases nationwide.

An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year.

[All info taken from the US State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report, apart from the last entry, which was from UNICEF UK Child Trafficking Information Sheet, January 2003.]