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California The First State To Require Pet Stores To Sell Only Rescue Animals


Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday cemented California’s status as the leading state on animal welfare by signing into law AB 485, a bill that makes California the first state to ban the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet stores, unless shelters or qualified rescue organizations supply the animals. Pet stores will have one year to transition to a more humane model by choosing to sell only pet supplies and small animals, or begin working with qualified nonprofits to place homeless animals into new homes. The HSUS and a large coalition of groups backed the bill, which was sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation.Under the new legislation, all dogs, cats, and rabbits sold in pet stores must come from animal shelters or non-profit rescue organizations by 2019.

Any pet store owner who does not comply will be fined $500 for each animal in violation of the law.

MDC calls this law AB 485 “BULLSHIT” ,  blocks all of California’s pet lovers from having access to professional, licensed, and ethical commercial breeders, This is not good for Californians or their companion animals.”

Total BS. There are no restrictions on prospective pet owners going directly to breeders. They’ll probably spend the same amount of money at a breeder that they’d spend in a pet store, only they’re more likely to get a well-bred, healthy animal rather than a “product” from a mill. And anyone who wants a purebred can also contact breed rescues. I see nothing but win here – except for those who want to keep those awful animal mills operating.

The law will work to reduce the mass-breeding of pets in “puppy mills” and “kitten factories,” where they often face abuse and unhealthy living conditions, supporter said.

“This is a big win for our four-legged friends, of course,” Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, who wrote the bill, said. “But also for California taxpayers who spend more than $250 million annually to house and euthanize animals in our shelters.

“I am very grateful for the strong support we received from animal-lovers across the state and from Social Compassion in Legislation, the bill’s sponsor,” he said.

“This landmark law breaks the puppy mill supply chain that pushes puppies into California pet stores and has allowed unscrupulous breeders to profit from abusive practices,” Bershadker said.

The bill had faced criticism from the American Kennel Club and California Retailers Association.

“AB 485 blocks all of California’s pet lovers from having access to professional, licensed, and ethical commercial breeders,” Sheila Goffe, vice president of government relations for the American Kennel Club, told the LA Times. “This is not good for Californians or their companion animals.”

Free Tuition

stanfordStanford University will provide free tuition to parents of students who earn less than $125,000 per year — and if they make less than $65,000, they won’t have to contribute to room and board costs either.
Students are still expected to pay $5,000 toward college costs from summer earnings and working part-time while enrolled in college.
The announcement is an expansion of Stanford’s old financial aid policy, which previously applied to students from families making less than $100,000 per year.
Most universities can’t afford to offer such generous financial aid to their students. But they could draw a lesson from the plan’s simplicity.
How Stanford’s financial aid works;

If a student’s parents make less than $125,000 per year, and if they have assets of less than $300,000, excluding retirement accounts, the parents won’t be expected to pay anything toward their children’s Stanford tuition. Families with incomes lower than $65,000 won’t have to contribute to room and board, either.

Students themselves will have to pay up to $5,000 each year from summer earnings, savings, and part-time work. There’s no rule that parents can’t cover their students’ required contribution.

Stanford is much more generous toward middle-class and upper-middle class students than the federal government is. Most students who get subsidized loans and federal Pell Grants come from families making less than $60,000 per year. But it also enrolls an outsize proportion of wealthy students. In 2010, the university’s director of financial aid said the median family income at Stanford was around $125,000.

On the other hand, only 14 percent of entering freshmen got federal Pell Grants in 2012, which typically go to students from families making less than $50,000 per year. Nationally, 41 percent of undergrads received Pell Grants.

Why other colleges can’t do this — but what they can learn

Stanford enrolls a high proportion of wealthy students, who pay higher tuition that helps subsidize lower-income peers. And Stanford is one of the world’s richest universities, with an endowment of $21 billion.

On the other hand, there’s something that every college could emulate about Stanford’s policy: it’s incredibly simple and straightforward.

Middle-class students know even before they apply to Stanford what they’ll have to pay to attend, whether they’ll be able to afford it, and how much they’ll have to borrow. At most colleges, the amount a family is expected to pay doesn’t show up until after students have applied, been accepted, and filled out financial aid paperwork. That’s partly because many colleges are stretching their financial aid budgets and don’t know what they’re dealing with until students have been admitted.

But legislators are trying to make federal financial aid, at least, more transparent, by allowing students to use older tax data when filing the FAFSA. That would allow students to find out how much aid they qualify for up to a year before they start college. Researchers have proposed even earlier notification for students from poor families — letting them know as early as eighth grade that they could qualify for a federal Pell grant.

Most colleges can’t match Stanford’s generous financial aid commitment. But they could at least try to duplicate its simplicity.

Source: vox

Still Life with Oil

Guess where this magnificent beach is and what do you think is going on?


The pretty white bags on the left beneath the colorful umbrellas hold precious oil globs gathered by lovely protective white suit covered bodies from head to toe.  


Yes, this is Americas Santa Barbara where the white sandy beach has been violated, the water the sand, the birds, the sea life have been violated.  It is bad enough that the many thousands of miles away from Fukushima, Japan California cant stop the radiation that has spread throughout the Pacific affecting marine life along the whole west coast, but this is the second time this has happened to the beach and community of Santa Barbara.


Would the oil that the Santa Barbara broken pipeline carried, that spilled over one hundred thousand barrels into the sweet green Pacific, be able to pay the cost of the cleanup?


Thank you Big Oil and all the minions that are stuck like quick sand to the nipple of Black Gold.  You have raped the mother to produce a slice of todays life like a plague.  

You get the Picture?

Settlement for a Beatdown

MDC shares a west coast police brutality case that is similar to a beat down by the NYC Parks Department. A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a newly reached settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow confirmed the settlement in an emailed statement Wednesday night and an attorney for Marlene Pinnock confirmed the terms for The Associated Press.

The settlement came after nine hours of mediation in Los Angeles.

Marlene Pinnock, 51, will be getting $1.5 million in settlement with California Highway Patrol.

Pinnock’s attorney Caree Harper says they wanted to make sure the 51-year-old Pinnock could have financial stability for the rest of her life and wanted to make sure that Officer Daniel Andrew would not be an officer any longer.

The July 1 video of Andrew punching Pinnock by the side of a freeway was captured by a passing driver and spread widely on the internet and television.


Where to Live ?


Where do America’s wealthiest hang their ridiculously expensive hats? After working hard all day to purchase the universe, where do they relax in a gold-plated Jacuzzi?

Not in New York. Or San Francisco. Or Beverly Hills.

According to the Higley 1000, many of the country’s richest residents live in neighborhoods off the beaten path. Increasingly, some of these areas are more racially diverse.

Newport Beach, Calif.

In the heart of the O.C., two neighborhoods in particular make the Higley 1000 list: Pelican Hill, ZIP code 92657, with its ocean views, and Cameo Shores, ZIP code 92625, with access to private beaches. The average income here is about $550,000, and in Pelican Hill, nearly 1 in 4 residents is nonwhite.

East Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

This area of historic luxury apartment buildings has been declared a historic landmark. To live here, in ZIP code 60611, you’ll need an average income of nearly $600,000. Ethnically, it’s still overwhelmingly white. African-Americans are the second-largest ethnic group, at a mere 2.5 percent.

Near Washington, DC

Shocker, several of the wealthiest neighborhoods are in suburbs of the nation’s capital. Money + Power = America. There’s Swinks Mill Road, an exclusive area of high-end homes in McLean, Va., 22102. Next door in Maryland, two areas of Potomac make the list—Carderock and Potomac Manors (a neighborhood made up of 42 custom-built homes). Wealthiest of all is a neighborhood in Bethesda called Bradley Manor, ZIP code 20817, where incomes average $599,400 and where over 3 percent of the population is now African-American, 5 percent is Latino and over 8 percent is Asian.

Coral Gables, Fla.

High-end homes dot a 15-mile stretch of Old Cutler Road south of Miami, including ZIP code 33157. Here, Latino residents are close to becoming a majority—47.7 percent, compared with 47.9 percent whites.

And the richest of all

The wealthiest neighborhood, according to the list, is the appropriately named “Golden Triangle” in Greenwich, Conn., ZIP code 06830. According to Forbes, this is home to some of the nation’s richest Americans, people who put the “green” in Greenwich. Average incomes here top $610,000 a year.

“The relatively large number of Latinos found around the Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Conn. (12.9 percent) is interesting,” Stephen Higley wrote in his report, adding that incomes around the country club are roughly the same across ethnic groups. “Evidently this subset of Latinos have found the keys to the kingdom that is Greenwich.”

Higley sifted through U.S. Census data and census area subdivisions where the mean income was more than $200,000 to create his ranking of the richest neighborhoods.


Food Costs Rise with No Rain


MDC says, the drought in California will spike your grocery bill.

The rest of the nation is extremely dependent on the fruits and vegetables grown in California.

Just consider the following statistics regarding what percentage of our produce is grown in the state…

-99 percent of the artichokes

-44 percent of asparagus

-two-thirds of carrots

-half of bell peppers

-89 percent of cauliflower

-94 percent of broccoli

-95 percent of celery

-90 percent of the leaf lettuce

-83 percent of Romaine lettuce

-83 percent of fresh spinach

-a third of the fresh tomatoes

-86 percent of lemons

-90 percent of avocados

-84 percent of peaches

-88 percent of fresh strawberries

-97 percent of fresh plums

Maybe it’s about time we all start bonding together and starting backyard gardens.

California Water Crisis


It boggles the mind that the fifth largest economy in the world, the leader in technology and agriculture is unable to figure out how to have enough water without sucking the Sierra Mountains, and the Colorado River of it’s magnificent water supply.

What happened to that little body of water called the Pacific Ocean?

Technology has delivered to the driest reaches of the earth water with ships anchored off coasts that specifically desalinize seawater.

Along the California coast one sees rigs pumping oil and gas eyesores tolerated by citizens and run by huge corporate interests partnering with the government of California. .
Water has always had different interests fighting to control its supply. “Chinatown”, the classic movie highlighted the dirty politics surrounding water delivery.

Now that the drought has reached its third anniversary there hasn’t been a single voice heard here on the east coast nor from the burnt out west coast that ever mentioned water desalinization.

It’s okay we here on the east coast are fighting the battle over our mighty fabulous water against determined big oil to frack our land ensuring we too will one day have no choice but to find our own technology and desalinization plants if BIG OIL has its way.


The Fire Dog


MDC says, you have to read this.

A Northern California couple might be able to blame this one on the dog.

Authorities say sun refracted off the dog’s shiny water bowl and ignited a fire at Terry and Shay Weisbrich’s Santa Rosa home on Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was quickly put out, but it left a hole in the siding.

The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reports that a fire department engineer helped discover the dog bowl’s role in the fire.

Rene Torres returned the bowl to its original position during his investigation of the fire’s cause. He found it concentrated light right on the area of the home that was charred.

The Press Democrat says the couple’s dog, Toby, had a replacement bowl by the evening.




MDC is just re-informing on Blueseed. Our original post was written back in 2011, and just recently CNBC jumped on the new startup. A little late, but we are here to inform and educate.

A genius startup called Blueseed recently announced that Paypal founder Peter Thiel has offered to help secure financing for a visa-free floating city off the California coast. This environmentally-sensible “Googleplex of the Sea” will provide living and office space for exceptional entrepreneurs and techies who are unable to work legally in the United States because of archaic immigration policies. Who can apply? Basically anyone who has a passport and wishes to add to a “culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and fruitful collaboration”.

Blueseed’s venture aims to incubate ideas generated by foreign nationals who otherwise face mountains of legal battles to get a foot in Silicon Valley, and they aim to do it in style. The vessel will be parked approximately 12 nautical miles off the California coast in the contiguous zone and will be overseen by all the relevant border control authorities as necessary. Rooms will accommodate 1-4 people, and residents will have unlimited access to internet and gym services, food and medical facilities, and various kinds of entertainment.

And here’s the best part. The startup has committed to finding sustainable solutions for waste disposal and water management, and is searching for clean tech companies interested in floating alternative energy generation projects so that this city will not have an undue impact on the marine ecosystem in which it will be parked.

At most, interested tenants will need to secure a B1 business or B2 tourist visa, but other than that, they will be free to work and play as though they were on home ground. Rent will start at $1,200 a month, which in San Francisco is pretty much a steal!


Farmer Dylan Ratigan


MDC shares the future of hydroponic farming and you won’t believe where former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan has been.

Ratigan left MSNBC in the middle of last year, having spent eighteen years in New York City and “the chaos surrounding the hollow political debates permeating America’s media and politics,” as he put it on Wednesday in his first blog post since June. In the same post, Ratigan filled people in on his life since. He’s gone all in for high-yield hydroponic farming.

He learned about the topic from an Iraq war veteran and his wife, who were guests on Ratigan’s show last June and discussed, as Ratigan now puts it, “how they were bootstrapping their way to operate a high-yield hydroponic organic farm that uses 90% less water and produces three times as much food.” Ratigan decided to join their cause.

“Since I left MSNBC and dylanratigan.com last June, I first started working with these inspiring visionary veterans on the phone, and then in person to expand their dream and help turn it into a reality,” Ratigan wrote. “The process alone has restored meaning and purpose in my life, my health and spirit have taken on a renewed vitality and, because of my time with you, I have had the opportunity and privilege to literally put my money where my mouth is.”

Ratigan went on:

Last Fall, I moved from NYC to north San Diego County, just outside of the Camp Pendleton Marine Base, to work full-time with Colin and Karen Archipley at their hydroponic organic farm, “Archi’s Acres.” After realizing how impressive their ideas and effectiveness are, I decided to invest the money that I earned for writing Greedy Bastards (which when combined with a loan from Whole Foods) to build a 30,000 square foot “farm incubator” that can serve as the prototype for job-creating, water-saving, food-producing, veteran-led hydroponic organic greenhouses nationwide. We’ve even enlisted Major General Melvin Spiese and his wife Filomena to join us in support of our mission to make this program more diverse and robust enough to build it into a nationwide network.

Source : Eric lach and google pics