|Cache||The people of California — even the liberals who won’t admit it — deserve better than this.|
|Cache||College athletes are currently in the national news spotlight as California recently passed a bill that could allow for student...|
Plummeting abortion rates in California expose the pro-life industry's fraudulent use of statistics. See American RTL's article, Abortion Regs Don't Work, Say Cal's Falling Rates. Bob also discusses the New York Times joining right wing conspiracy nuts like Alex Jones in the mutual paranoia, with the newspaper's column claim there's a good chance that conservatives will rise up with their guns to keep Donald Trump in the White House even if he loses the election. And briefly, Bob notes that the NFL still has trouble filling seats, appropriately so since their cave-in to the racist Black Lives Matter / hate the cops / blame everyone but the real killers protest.
|Cache||US Representative Devin G. Nunes filed a defamation and common-law conspiracy complaint Monday against Politico reporter Ryan Lizza and Hearst Magazines in federal court in Iowa. In the suit, the California Republican claims that a 2018 article Lizza wrote for Esquire called “Devin Nunes’s Family Farm Is Hiding a Politically Explosive Secret,” was a “scandalous hit piece” that […]|
|Cache||“Two states! We want two states!” shouted Stocktonite Stephen Malkmus on Pavement’s debut album, Slanted and Enchanted. Twenty-six years later, the vision Malkmus outlined (“There’s no culture! Forty million daggers!”) has finally collapsed for good. On Sunday, the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) approved […]|
California book trade association dissolves amid acrimony; riots feared was first posted on October 3, 2019 at 12:26 am.
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|Cache||Some people are surprised to find out Pismo beach has beavers. Not me. They’ve been bemoaning and complaining about them for years. The very most beaver-friendly ranger of the bunch offers a talk entitled “Beavers: Adorable Wildlife or Destructive Pests?” Um, can I pick neither? Well, it looks like they have decided to make a little lemonade with their lemons. Discover the beaver’s physical adaptations, their role in our country’s westward expansion, why they were hunted, and their local history. Search for evidence of their activities during a short walk. Dress for wind/weather with comfortable shoes. Bring insect repellent and water: binoculars a plus. Meet at Oceano Dunes Visitor Center, Guiton Hall meeting room, Oceano Campground, 555 Pier Ave, Oceano. Moderate walk, 0.5 miles, 2 hours Gee that sounds fascinating. Dress up in a beaver coat and put on goggles while a ranger tells you about their adaptions. Then tells you how they were all killed for their fur and not native to California anyway. Can we take a hike to see some of the damage they caused too? Look Timmy, this culvert was flooded by beavers and we had to rip the dam out with a back hoe! And look, this beautiful tree was eaten by those destructive monsters! Sigh. Beaver education ain’t what it used to be! I found this lovely image on reddit the other day, it has a strange gaming community origin but I think we should just pause to enjoy its wistful beauty: posted by Demiansky. Song of the Eons is the game. The creator notes: Ancient legends recount High Beaver civilizations damming rivers as great as the Nile or the Ganges, resulting in Beaver Lakes capable of supporting a continent’s worth of population in great beaver cities the size of the Aral Sea. Read more…|
|Cache||Angela Yee from University Covenant Church in Davis, California brings us this great use of fabric. (Originally posted September 2011) Angela visited her local fabric shop. She grabbed some semi-sheer green and blue fabric, and some panne velvet in other colors (a textured velvet). She and the team added some griff clips on the fabric and draped it […]|
|Cache||Sam McGovern from Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California brings us this stage design that’s so fresh and so clean. (Originally posted October 2011) Sam and his team started by collecting 30 Ikea end tables they had from previous events. They stacked them up and covered the backs with a sheet of plywood that they mounted […]|
Chronicle AM: Marijuana Arrests Increased Last Year, CA Psilocybin Decrim Init Filed, More... (10/1/19)Cache
Marijuana arrests nationwide increased last year despite spreading legalization, a California psilocbyn decriminalization initiative has been filed, and more.
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Marijuana Arrests Increased Again Last Year Despite More States Legalizing, FBI Data Shows. According to the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Reports released Monday, the number of marijuana arrests in the US last year was 663,367, a slight increase over the 659,700 pot arrests tallied in 2017 and the 653,249 tallied in 2016. This despite the fact marijuana is now legal for adults in 11 eleven states and medical marijuana is legal in 33 states. Before 2016, marijuana arrests had been declining for roughly a decade.
California Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative Filed. A group of activists calling itself Decriminalize California has filed a psilocybin decriminalization initiative with state officials. The group has submitted ballot language to the attorney general's office and is now awaiting approval for an official title and summary. Once that is completed, activists will have 180 days to come up with 625,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November 2020 ballot. The initiative would decriminalize "personal possession, storage, use, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution in personal possession amounts without profit, transport, and consumption of psilocybin mushrooms" by individuals 18 and older.
ONDCP Releases Data on Coca Cultivation and Production in Peru. On Tuesday, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released the results of the annual US Government estimates measuring coca cultivation and potential cocaine production for the Republic of Peru. The estimates found that cultivation "remained elevated" at more than 125,000 acres, up slightly from 2016 and 2017, but still below the recent record of about 180,000 acres in 2013. "The ongoing coca cultivation in Peru and across the Andean Region of South America remains a significant threat to the United States. As part of the Trump Administration's whole-of-government approach to the addiction crisis, we will continue to support our partners in Peru to curb cultivation and production in critical growing regions. We are committed to bringing those who profit off the international drug trade to justice to help accomplish our goal of saving lives," ONDCP Director Jim Carroll said.
|Cache||SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pharmacists in California will be able to dispense HIV prevention pills to patients without a doctor’s prescription after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday that supporters say will greatly reduce the spread of infection. Advocates of Senate Bill 159 say that California is the first state to authorize pre-exposure prophylaxis, also called PrEP, and post-exposure prophylaxis, known as PEP, without prescriptions. California is already considered a leader in HIV/AIDS prevention, they say. PrEP is a once-daily […]|
Il primo aereo completamente elettrico, l’X-57 Mod II, è arrivato al Armstrong Flight Research Center della NASA in California ed è ora pronto per sottoporsi a test rigorosi. Gli aerei X sono gli aeromobili utilizzati dall’agenzia per testare e valutare nuove tecnologie. La NASA prevede di sottoporre a test il sistema di propulsione elettrica di […]
The California Workers’ Rights Bill Is a Start, but We Need a More Radical Approach to the ‘Gig Economy’Cache
|Stronger rights for Uber and Amazon workers are essential. But we must also address the economic context that makes insecure work a reality.|
Great article from Chemical and Engineering News (by Britt Erickson) on the chemistry angle around the mysterious vaping illnesses, with this unusual tidbit about agents other than vitamin E acetate that may be responsible for the problem:
Thickening agents are common in illicit THC cartridges, but they are rarely added to legal products where testing for potency is required, says Jeffrey Raber, cofounder and CEO of the Werc Shop, a California-based cannabis contract manufacturing and testing firm.
“THC concentrates are known to be thick and viscous when they are high potency,” Raber says. So when street dealers dilute illicit products with various agents to maximize profits, those products are typically less viscous. Consumers can visually detect the viscosity of the product by turning the cartridge upside down. If a bubble goes from the top to the bottom quickly, it usually means that the product has been cut with something, Raber says. Dealers mask that visual test by adding a thickening agent, so the bubble doesn’t move from the top to bottom as fast, and consumers think they are getting a high-potency product.
The illicit cannabis market “is out of control and concerning,” even in states like California where recreational cannabis is legal, Raber says. In California, the cannabis black market is estimated to be 3 to 4 times the size of the legal cannabis industry, he notes.
One source of the black market problem is that California requires testing of final finished cannabis products, Wise says. If a product fails the test, more often than not, it doesn’t get thrown away. Instead, it enters California’s black market and is then distributed to states where cannabis is illegal, she says.(Out-of-spec product being reworked for sale? Say it isn't so!)
In a similar news, I found the Mayo Clinic study (covered here by the New York Times) to be interesting, since they did not visually detect signs of lipoic pneumonia, as would be expected if it was vitamin E acetate causing the problem. Rather, the physicians explained it this way:
“All 17 of our cases show a pattern of injury in the lung that looks like a toxic chemical exposure, a toxic chemical fume exposure, or a chemical burn injury,” said Dr. Brandon T. Larsen, a surgical pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. “To be honest, they look like the kind of change you would expect to see in an unfortunate worker in an industrial accident where a big barrel of toxic chemicals spills, and that person is exposed to toxic fumes and there is a chemical burn in the airways.”
The injuries also look like those seen in people exposed to poisons like mustard gas, a chemical weapon used in World War I, he said.I find Dr. Larsen's speculation a little confusing, i.e. do pathologists have visual markers for the various types of chemical injuries to the lungs? (They must have, right? I mean, do acidic burns look different than basic (say, ammonia burns), etc., etc?) There can't be just one visual presentation of lung tissue damage from chemicals, can there?
I confess to be very confused as to what exactly is causing the vaping illnesses, and I would really like chemists to get involved to determine what exactly the bad actor (or actors) is/are.
A movie theater at a shopping center in Huntington Beach, California is forced to cancel the screening of the Joaquin Phoenix-starring movie due to security concerns.|
|Cache||West Oakland twice struck out landing the Wayans Brothers, who were going to build a movie studio thing on the old Army Base until they realized their children's "fun zone" would be right next to toxic emissions from giant container ships. Woops.|
Now the neighborhood has finally landed a development from a TV star, albeit on a slightly smaller scale and a lot more healthy: Tanya Holland, who previously hosted "Melting Pot" on the Food Network and ran the kitchen at Le Theatre in Berkeley, is opening Brown Sugar Kitchen next month at the former home of Triangle Cafe at Mandela and 26th.
The concept is "cooking with soul" using "locally grown, organic and seasonal ingredients whenever possible." Wines are from African American California vintners -- and from the South of France. There will be microbrews -- and Blue Bottle Coffee.
Think of soul food combined with formal French training. The recipes in Holland's cookbook should give you some idea.
Holland is doing a cooking demo Friday night at the Museum of California (in Oakland).
More in my Business Times update: Food Network star to open West Oakland restaurant (free link)
|Cache||SF Chronicle, August 2003, following attacks on chef Laurent Manrique of Aqua:|
Jardiniere's Traci Des Jardins ... said she will discontinue her signature foie gras and see how customers respond. Although she, like many chefs, wonders if her restaurant will be the next target, Des Jardins says her decision is not about fear. Ever since she visited a foie gras farm in 1995, Des Jardins said she's been "haunted by the image of those ducks."Jardiniere menu, November 2007:
***And from the Jardiniere New Year's Eve menu (PDF) for later this year:
Terrine of Foie Gras
Jardinier's opera-loving customers, it would appear, are quite fond of foie gras, and not particularly concerned with Traci Des Jardins' traumatic, terrifying nightmares.
|Cache||Not only do California chefs have to buy truffles with worthless American dollars, but it's pretty much no use even trying, according to my awesome chef tipster writes:|
Truffles. Theoretically this is their time. There was no late-summer rain in Piemonte, or most of Italy for that matter and so there are no truffles. Some are popping up in the March, Tuscany, Umbria, northern Campania and Lazio, but they're weak and ridiculously expensive. I've got about the best truffle connection you can get and I'd have to pay 2700/lb for little fucking marbles with precious little perfume. I was in Rome two weeks ago and had some - they were ok, but hardly worth it. After three days of packing, traveling and getting into the states, they'll be pointless and most people will probably have to help them along with truffle oil and other such tricks. ... So far, this is a bad year.
The little ones seem to work well enough in special cheeses and macarons, but point taken!
Aldi adds to the popular slightly sweet and manufactured tasting California red blend category with their Intermingle Red. A blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from California. The Intermingle Red Blend is available exclusively at Aldi and sells for just $6.99. From the bottle: Experience a convergence of character where vigor, passion, and grace […]
The State of California issued its own Bill of Rights in 1849 with a strong defence of property rights (1849)Cache
The State of California issued its own Bill of Rights in 1849 with a strong defence of property rights (1849)
|Cache||NEW YORK – With President Donald Trump under siege on Capitol Hill, a federal judge dealt him a setback on another front Monday and ruled that New York City prosecutors can see his tax returns for an investigation into matters including the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a Playboy centerfold.
U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero emphatically rejected Trump's attempt to keep his financial records under wraps, calling the president's broad claim of immunity from all criminal proceedings "extraordinary" and "an overreach of executive power" at odds with the Constitution.
For now, at least, the tax returns remain beyond the reach of prosecutors. The president's lawyers appealed the judge's ruling to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which put the matter on hold while it considers the case on an expedited basis.
At issue is a request from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. that Trump's accounting firm turn over eight years' worth of his business and personal tax returns dating back to 2011.
Vance, a Democrat, is investigating payments made to buy the silence of Daniels and model Karen McDougal, both of whom claimed to have had affairs with the president.
"The Radical Left Democrats have failed on all fronts," Trump fumed on Twitter after the judge's ruling, "so now they are pushing local New York City and State Democrat prosecutors to go get President Trump. A thing like this has never happened to any President before. Not even close!"
The district attorney's office declined to comment.
The investigation is unfolding with Trump already facing a fast-moving impeachment drive by House Democrats that was set off by his attempts to get Ukraine's leader to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.
Trump's lawyers have said that Vance's investigation is politically motivated and that the request for tax records should be stopped because Trump is immune from any criminal probe as long as he is president.
The judge swept that claim aside as overly broad.
"As the court reads it, presidential immunity would stretch to cover every phase of criminal proceedings, including investigations, grand jury proceedings and subpoenas, indictment, prosecution, arrest, trial, conviction, and incarceration," Marrero wrote. "That constitutional protection presumably would encompass any conduct, at any time, in any forum, whether federal or state, and whether the President acted alone or in concert with other individuals."
The judge said he couldn't accept that legal view, "especially in the light of the fundamental concerns over excessive arrogation of power" that led the founding fathers to create a balance of power among the three branches of government.
Trump has steadfastly refused to make his tax returns public, breaking a tradition set by presidents and White House candidates decades ago. He has also gone to court to fight congressional subpoenas issued to his bank for various personal financial records, including his tax returns. That dispute is also before the federal appeals court.
In yet another effort to pry loose Trump's tax records, California recently passed a law requiring candidates for president or governor to turn over five years' worth of returns, or else they cannot appear on the state's primary ballot. A federal judge blocked the law this month, saying it is probably unconstitutional.
Vance began his probe after federal prosecutors in New York completed their investigation into payments that Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged to be made to the two women to keep them silent during the presidential race.
Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence for crimes that included campaign finance violations in connection with the hush money.
Trump was never charged, though prosecutors said publicly that he was aware of and directed the illegal payments. Justice Department policy has long been that sitting presidents cannot be charged criminally.
Grand jury proceedings and records in New York are secret. If Vance gains access to Trump's returns through a grand jury investigation, that doesn't necessarily mean their contents will be disclosed publicly.
It is unclear what Trump's returns might have to do with the criminal investigation or why prosecutors are reaching back as far as 2011.
But the long reach of the subpoena might stem in part from testimony Cohen gave to Congress early this year when he asserted that Trump overstated his wealth to financial institutions before he became president.
Cohen turned over copies of financial statements he said the president provided to Deutsche Bank during a 2014 effort to buy the Buffalo Bills. The statements showed Trump's net worth soaring from $4.55 billion in 2012 to $8.66 billion in 2013.
Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this story.
|Cache||Pharmacists in California will be able to dispense HIV prevention pills to patients without a doctor's prescription after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday that supporters say will greatly reduce the spread of infection.|
|Cache||A California man who goes by the nickname "Big Cheeze" has admitted to defrauding concert promoters and investors of more than a half-million dollars.|
|Cache||Californians will vote next year whether the state should issue $15 billion in bonds for school construction and modernization projects.|
For sale is a Colt Service Model Ace in .22 Long Rifle. In 1978 Colt returned the Ace Service Model to its line-up in an updated version with Gold Cup sights and cosmetics. These were made from 1978 to 1982, and serial numbered in the range of SM-14001 to SM-43830. A few late guns had the serial number with a letter rather then S.M. Approximately 30,000 were made. The Service Model Ace had a floating chamber and an "SM" prefix, while the true "Ace" was a blowback and had no prefix and were a tribute to the Pre-WW2 and WW2 Colt Service Model Ace. Pistol is in 98+% condition. No idea who did the engraving. It is not factory done and I have not lettered it to prove that. But it is tastefully done (in my opinion) and makes for a beautiful piece you can shoot or use as you “BBQ” gun! The grips are real Sambar Stag that haven't been imported since 1996 into the U.S. The box and paperwork are original but the box is numbered a few hundred lower than the pistol. The 2 original Colt mags have different markings. It’s hard to capture the beauty of this pistol in photographs. Much better in the hand.
$1,000.00 plus actual shipping or 6% VT sales tax in Vermont ONLY. I do NOT charge over my cost to ship! Email me at email@example.com or call Shawn at 802-316-1020. I take USPS money orders, discreet Paypal gift, or credit cards plus 3.5% of the total. I am an 01 FFL. Must go to an 01 FFL or better (NOT C&R eligible). I WILL sell to California. I am all set up to do so. Please go to my website, www.dogfacesupply.com , and scroll all the way down to learn the actual California C&R FFL laws.