It is on the Internet so it must be fucking true…….

Did Phillip Morris Just Release a New Marlboro Marijuana Cigarette?

Is Big Tobacco already making moves into the marijuana business? Well, a story from Abril Uno might make you think that. When the website ran the story “Phillip Morris Introduces Marlboro Marijuana Cigarettes,” the Internet exploded and hundreds of thousands of people shared the link on social media.

“Phillip Morris, the world’s biggest cigarette producer, announced today that they will join the marijuana legalization bandwagon and start producing marijuana cigarettes,” the article boldly stated. Marlboro M would be a major move by the multi-million dollar company and potentially signal big business’s embrace of marijuana.

Only one problem: It’s a fake news story from a fake news website.

In case you missed your ninth grade Spanish class, “Abril Uno” translate to “April First,” a.k.a. April Fools’. If that didn’t tip you off, maybe some key lines in the article should have given you an idea that this was too good to be true.

“Norcik added that they have begun contacting former drug lords in Mexico and Paraguay, currently the largest marijuana-producing countries in the world, for the possibility of setting up a distribution ring across the North and South American continents, to streamline the supply lines.”

Yeah, not happening, don’t believe it.

But some people really wanted to believe, and a few doctored images circulating the web didn’t help quash the rumors.

Even though the life of legalized marijuana in the U.S. is still in its infancy, it’s not that crazy to think that a huge company like Philip Morris would make a move into the ganja game.

This past December, Bill Phelps, a spokesman for Philip Morris USA, maker of Marlboro, was very vague when asked about the possibility of the company’s move into the marijuana business.

“We have a practice of not commenting or speculating on future business,” Phelps said, adding “tobacco companies are in the business of manufacturing and marketing tobacco products.”

Marijuana business has already been killing it in Colorado, but we’re probably still a while away from big business marijuana and Marlboro M — so don’t hold your breath, in fact, just inhale … that’s the point.

Read more here:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/marlboro.asp

Pentagon: ‘We’re in combat’ in Iraq

The Pentagon conceded Wednesday that U.S. troops are in combat in Iraq after days of dancing around the characterization following the first death of U.S. service member in the campaign against ISIS.

“We’re in combat,” Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Wednesday. “I mean, of course, this is a combat zone. There’s a war going on in Iraq, if folks haven’t noticed. And we’re here and it’s all around us.”

The comments came after Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler was killed last week in a raid to free hostages held by ISIS. They are in stark contrast to President Barack Obama’s insistence last summer that “American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq” while announcing the decision to assist Iraqis fighting ISIS.

 




Defense Secretary Ashton Carter also acknowledged later Wednesday that “there are American troops in combat every day” in Iraq, but he hedged his statement by saying that the overall U.S. role in Iraq is not to carry out a combat mission. Rather, he said, the U.S. mission to train and support local forces that does involve a combat aspect.

While the U.S. conducts aerial bombing raids against ISIS and sometimes carries out Special Operations ground missions, U.S. military personnel in Iraq are largely charged with training and advising Iraqi forces and are not directly embedded with those forces when they engage ISIS on the ground.

READ: Is the U.S. back in combat in Iraq?

Still, Carter was unequivocal that Wheeler — a Special Ops soldier — died in combat.

“Of course he died in combat. That’s what happened,” Carter said Wednesday during a news conference.

On Friday, however, he was more equivocal, emphasizing that Wheeler’s activities were not indicative of the U.S. taking on a combat stance in Iraq.

“It doesn’t represent assuming a combat role. It represents a continuation of our advise-and-assist mission” for Iraqi security forces, he told reporters.

Carter has said that the American public can expect to see more Special Forces raids on the ground against ISIS.

When pressed further on his comments, Warren, the Army spokesman, was unflinching in his assessment — noting that there’s a reason why U.S. forces serving in Iraq receive imminent danger pay, combat patches and carry guns.

“You know, our aviators are conducting combat air patrols, I mean, that’s the name of the mission, combat air patrol. So, of course it’s combat,” he said. “You know, they are conducting combat — when you’re a pilot and you strike an enemy target with thousands of pounds of bombs, that’s aerial combat.”

Warren added, “It’s a dangerous place, you know. We’ve had a man killed, we’ve had men — personnel wounded. That’s going to continue to happen.”

This after our president bragged how he got us out of IRAQ and blaming Bush.

It could happen to just about anyone I guess…….


Actor Sam Sarpong takes his own life

 

TV presenter June Sarpong has paid tribute to her brother Sam, who died after jumping off a bridge, saying his passing “is a loss for the world”.

Sam Sarpong, a 40-year-old model who was born in London and lived in Pasadena, California, died on Monday after officers spent seven hours trying to talk him down, local police said.

June Sarpong, who has presented shows for Channel 4, said: “I love my brother very much. Sam was an amazing human being. His passing is a loss for the world.

“I’d ask anyone who is going through tough times to seek help. Please talk to someone.”

She went on to say: “My family and I are in a state of shock, please allow us to grieve in private. Thank you for all your messages of condolence.”

The case is being investigated as a possible suicide, Los Angeles County coroner’s office said, but added that the official cause of death would not be known until the results of toxicology results come through.

He had modelled for Tommy Hilfiger and acted in television series Bones.

Earlier this year he posted a picture of himself with his sister, a panellist on ITV’s Loose Women who recently appeared as part of the campaign to keep Britain in the EU, which he captioned: “with my Supastar sis June”.