“Downtown Bangkok has finally stopped smoldering, but a curfew is still in effect after anti-government protesters looted and burned downtown for over two months. The shaky calm has both Thai officials and millions of men all over the world asking: Is it safe enough for sex tourism yet? Thailand’s sex trade, which pumps millions of dollars into the Thai economy, has taken a big hit since the protests began this spring. Thailand was once paradise for these men—among them fetishists and pedophiles—but the spell has since been broken. No one really wants their exotic intercourse interrupted by machine-gun fire or beer runs inconvenienced by police checkpoints, although some are, of course, willing to live with it if that’s what it takes. Frustrated sex tourists are now being forced to cancel their vacations or wait it out in their cheap rented rooms until the party starts up again.”
Wall Street Career
Todd Harrison optioned out of a two-decade ascent toward the upper echelons of Wall Street leadership to found Minyanville, a website dedicated to financial education and related projects, such as the Ruby Peck Foundation for Children’s Education which supports learning through creative education.
Harrison finished as Vice President after a seven-year stint (1992–1998) on the worldwide equity derivative desk at Morgan Stanley, went on to become Managing Director of Derivatives at The Galleon Group, and completed his Wall Street career as President of the $400 million hedge fund, Cramer Berkowitz, and writer for TheStreet.com. He became CEO of the Minyanville internet media company founded in 2003.
The Other Side of Wall Street: In Business it Pays to Be an Animal, In Life It Pays to Be Yourself (2011: FT Press) was written by Harrison to relate the story of how and why he left a lucrative career in trading and finance to create a company dedicated to informing both Wall Street professionals and the general public about the complexities, trends and harsh realities of the stock market.
Harrison has appeared on Fox, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV and in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, Worth, Fortune, Barron’s, Dow Jones MarketWatch, New York and Canada’s National Post, and contributed articles to various market-related publications.
Numerous academic institutions, such as Harvard University, Syracuse University, New York University, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, have hosted Harrison’s lectures and presentations. He was featured in the 20th anniversary documentary of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.
In 2008 Harrison received an Emmy Award from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for serving as executive producer of Minyanville’s World In Review, television’s first animated business news show.
Minyanville & Ruby Peck Foundation
Minyanville Media, Inc. has four business lines; dot.com properties include Minyanville, which produces and curates original content that is syndicated throughout the web, including Yahoo Finance, MSN Money, and AOL Money and Finance. MV Professional Products licenses content to enterprise partners and provides a suite of subscription products for consumers. Minyanville Studios produces original content, both for it’s flagship website and for third-party enterprise clients. MV Gaming consists of a massive multi-player online game. Minyanland.com is geared toward the financial education of 8-12 year-old children.
Since its inception, the Ruby Peck Foundation for Children’s Education has provided grants to support projects such as Junior Achievement of New York’s entrepreneurial education program, New York’s Children’s Aid Society and music programs sponsored by the organization Little Kids Rock. The Ruby Peck Foundation raises money through individual and corporate donations, and its annual “Festivus” party, a combination Wall Street get-together, holiday party and rock concert, held annually in December.
^ Your Trading Edge, UK, Nov/Dec 2011
^ West, Melanie Grayce, The Wall Street Journal, January 17, 2012
^ Braverman, Edmundo (2011) “Book Review: The Other Side of Wall Street”
^ Business Insider, June 27, 2011
^ SmartMoney, June 24, 2011
^ MediaPostNews, February 10, 2010
A minion is a follower devoted to serve his/her master relentlessly.
How does this man, who gives an opinion of being seemingly upset about the decline of Bangkok sex trafficking (which includes “fetishes and pedophilia“) the owner/operator of a website “game” geared to the specific age (8-12) of PEDOPHILES?
Child grooming refers to an act of deliberately establishing an emotional connection with a child to prepare the child for child abuse. Child grooming is undertaken usually to carry out sexual abuse and other child exploitation like trafficking of children, child prostitution or the production of child pornography. Currently child grooming occur through the use of internet.
In the U.S. child grooming is considered a federal offence pursuant to 18 USCS 2422.
The provision of the section reads as:
(a) Whoever knowingly persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any individual to travel in interstate or foreign commerce, or in any Territory or Possession of the United States, to engage in prostitution, or in any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.
(b) Whoever, using the mail or any facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce, or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States knowingly persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years, to engage in prostitution or any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 10 years or for life.”
As much as I love the concept of “Minyanville”, I can’t fathom the idea of sending my child(ren) off to an online “world” that may be run by a pedophile. The site admin would have access to these childrens’ daily lives, and know which child(ren) are most vulnerable to becoming a pedophile’s prey.
The reputable foundations that support Minyanland may not even be aware of what this company’s agenda really is. The company’s owner may not even have a sexual offense because he has been able to fly under the radar. My mind goes to horrible scenarios that this website may be a front for.