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Monday, 18 June 2018

Nobody Likes It: California Moving to Eliminate Daylight Savings Time


On Wednesday, the California State Senate approved a new law… innocuously titled Assembly Bill 807… that could lead to the elimination of Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the Golden State. According to the author of the bill, California Assemblyman Kansen Chu of San Jose, the biannual practice of moving the clock back and forth one hour is now unsuitable, given the state’s current energy consumption data. According to SFGate, Chu said:

We have so many electronic gadgets and air conditioning and you name it. Back in the 1940s, when they [went] home, they pretty much retired, but nowadays, energy consumption in the evenings is actually higher than in the day-time. Eliminating the much-hated twice-a-year practice could help save money on electricity bills and even save lives.

According to statistics, heart attacks and strokes increase during periods directly after the switch, as diurnal humans struggle to acclimate with a sudden and biologically-arbitrary time change. Chu observed according to SFGate:

Studies show that work-related accidents and traffic accidents actually increase the week after we change the clock.

If California voters approve the measure during the upcoming November general election, it’d generate a new bill that must first pass both houses before a newly-elected governor can sign it into law. The Florida House and Senate passed similar bills. Arizona and Hawaii also don’t recognise the necessity of shifting the clock back and forth every six months.

18 June 2018

Sputnik International



Saturday, 10 February 2018

Only in America… Girl Scout Sells Over 300 Boxes of Cookies Outside California Pot Shop


Last week, a Girl Scout chaperoned by her parent sold over 300 boxes of cookies over the course of several hours near a San Diego marijuana dispensary. Brilliant business acumen? Bad parenting? It depends on whom you ask. The nine-year-old sold 312 boxes of Girl Scout cookies out of a wagon near a legal marijuana dispensary in just two three-hour-trips on Wednesday and Friday. The girl’s father requested that both he and his daughter remain anonymous. The dispensary, called Urban Leaf, thoughtfully promoted the sales of Girl Scout Cookies on their Instagram account. It posted:

Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today until 4 PM! Have a friend that wants to #tagalong? Bring them with… shopping is more fun with friends anyways.

“GSC” is a marijuana strain flavoured with tastes said to be similar to those used in Girl Scout cookies. Girl Scouts San Diego clarified that scouts can sell from wagons if they have a parent or guardian present. ABC 10 News reported that Alison Bushan of Girl Scouts San Diego said:

So if that’s what they say they were doing… then, they were right within the rules.

However, it’s against Scout rules to set up a booth directly in front of a business. Bushan said:

From a sales standpoint, she’s done all right, but I know that some of my friends have sold 600 boxes just on Sunday walking their neighbourhood. So, there are many ways that girls are being great entrepreneurs.

When Pot is Legal Peace Prevails: Violence Drops in States With Legal Marijuana

11 February 2018

Sputnik International


Saturday, 16 September 2017

16 September 2017. A Thought from John Muir… Needful in This Time of Corporate Buccaneering Rapine


In a day when the Trump slimesters are looking to rape our natural heritage for the sake of the Almighty Dollar, let’s listen to a man who put Almighty God in front of profit and greed…


Monday, 12 October 2015

Bernie Sanders Surges in California Poll

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A Field Poll released on Wednesday shows that Hillary Clinton, the putative front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, saw a dramatic drop in support among likely California primary voters since May as rival Bernie Sanders surged. Less than half of likely Democratic voters in the June 2016 presidential primary in California, 47 percent, now say they’d vote for Clinton. According to the survey, a scandal over her use of a private email server whilst she was US Secretary of State damaged her candidacy. A Field Poll conducted in May found that 66 percent of likely primary voters supported Clinton, First Lady during the administration of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and later US Senator from New York State.

Meanwhile, the poll showed that self-styled socialist Sanders, so far Clinton’s most prominent challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination, since May climbed from single-digit voter support among California voters to 35 percent. Mark DiCamillo, the Field Poll’s director, said that California appeared to be in accord with voters nationally, where Clinton’s approval ratings suffered under the weight of the email revelations, noting:

I think it primarily has to do with the fact that over the past few months almost all the news voters have heard about Hillary Clinton has been about this email scandal, and not her policy positions. The campaign is pretty much in a defensive mode and that’s never a good thing.

The poll also found less enthusiasm for Clinton as the party’s nominee and that 63 percent of likely voters believed it’d be a good thing if Vice President Joe Biden were to enter the race. However only 15 percent of likely voters said that they’d back Biden in the June primary if he were to enter the race, an apparent contradiction that DiCamillo explained by citing Democrats’ frustration over a primary season that saw their candidates overshadowed by a larger noisier Republican race:

What that says to me is that Democratic voters really would like the opportunity to see their candidate against any and all comers, and Biden would certainly be welcomed into race. That might turn more attention to the Democratic primary.

Field conducted the poll from 17 September to 4 October by telephone in English and Spanish, surveying 1,002 registered voters in California, 391 considered likely to vote in the June primary, according to the Field Poll. The margin of error was plus or minus 5 percentage points.

7 October 2015

Reuters via Jewish Daily Forward


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