Congressman dies of rare disease
Congressman Bob Matsui, who was recently elected to a 14th term in Congress, has died due to a rare stem cell disease. Matsui, who was one of the leading opponents of President Bush's plan to eliminate Social Security, was the ranking Democrat on the Congressional subcommittee on Social Security.
David Dreier doesn't like free speech.
The California Congressman
and the Republican Party have filed a felony federal complaint
against one of their own
, which could possibly lead to jail time, all for opposing the incumbent. Apparently, spending a million dollars
wasn't enough. More coverage of Dreier here and here.
This is an odd way
to find out about an earthquake in California.
in a free market. Southern California
is being gripped by crippling strikes by transit workers
and grocery clerks
-- both over health care -- that has stranded thousands of mostly poor commuters across Los Angeles and is expected to sap millions from the local economy.
As a person who can't drive due to a visual disability, I am personally effected by the MTA transit strike (that is rumored may last several months). State employees are not allowed to strike. Shouldn't that also be the case for essential services, such as public transit?
9th Circuit Court blocks California Recall Election
because six counties would be using outdated punch-card ballots. Perhaps the court should have paid a visit to the
Black Box Voting
web site to look at all the problems surfacing with the Electronic Voting machines.
What Made Gas Prices Spike So Sharply in California?
One hint, it has something to do with greed and the ability to arbitrarily raise one's profit margin.
The oil refineries decided that they weren't making quite enough money so they decided to gouge California by nearly tripling their profit margin to $.69 a gallon.
My response is to say I'll vote for which gubernatorial candidate that's going to go after the corporate greedheads who seem to think its perfectly acceptable behaviour to bleed people because they can.
Are you listening Arnold
California senior driver pressed the accelerator instead of the brakes ?
For 2nd time
in 2 months a 85-something driver hits accelerator instead of breaks, this time there where no deaths only 4 serious injuries ? What can be done about this ? Are you scared to walk down the street, afraid a senior driver might kill you ?
Save Our State: Vote Terry Tate.
(NYT/rr) Remember the Reebok Superbowl ad
featuring the "office linebacker"? Well, that actor just entered the California governor's race. As the bumpersticker says, "Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?" Name your pick for next has-been to get on the ballot...I smell Kato
The Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, California takes the impeachment question
directly to the local street and neighborhood and asks the following question on it's marquee. What is an impeachable offense? Lying to wage war? Or lying about sex? Across the country billboards and marquees
have been commonly used
(original link from Buzzflash)
What's wrong with this teacher's comments?
A Pasadena HS teacher circulated a letter with his complaint that African American students at the school are the reason for bad behavior and low test scores. He's now suspended...rightly? More inside...hoping to keep this civil, too...(thanks to Jim Romenesko)
This LA Times article
will get you clued in to some recent developments. But what is the most responsible course of action to deal with the Salton Sea?
It's part of a complex hydrologic system
and has a pretty unusual history. To me, this seems one of the best reminders that ecological issues are among the trickiest we face.
Jaw-drop-inducing link of the day
The federal government spent $62 million on a building to store and treat low-level radioactive waste at a California nuclear weapons laboratory, then decided the structure wasn't secure enough. So where is the waste kept now?
... Right outside the new building, under tents.
Man, I need to go back to college!
Berkeley students go to strip clubs and play "The Match Game" in a male sexuality class.
because of a possible Miranda
violation. Sure, Miranda serves a (good) purpose but are the scales of justice tipped a little too much in favor of the accused when the entire chain of evidence can be discarded
because of a confession of a possibly
IBM gets the bill
for less-than-standard advertising methods supporting Linux. The city of San Francisco yesterday quashed some of the warm, fuzzy feelings associated with the Linux operating system when it reached a settlement with IBM that calls for the vendor to pay $120,000 to compensate the city for damages caused by a "guerrilla" marketing campaign centered on Linux.
The crimes they are a'changing.
This comes from the daily police log of The Union newspaper Grass Valley/Nevada City, CA. Surveillance cameras (and apparently not very effective ones) were stolen while mystery powders kept the cops hopping.
A California judge has ordered parents to pay $3,500 in monthly child support to their 50-year-old son
LA is the number-one relocation city for fleeing San Franciscans.
Has the world turned upside down? The L.A. Examiner
has the summary. And the complete story can be found, for now, on the LA Business Journal
Another right wing rant about California's predicament.
By one of my favourite right wing ranters. But I never knew about this...
Energy woes continue in CA
and now it looks like there may be a more serious push to consider price caps. But what if that doesn't happen? I've been thinking about this a lot lately and wondering what we as consumers can do. And I came up with this sort of crazy idea that I can't seem to shake: What if we all just stop paying our electric bills? Is this an appropriate form of protest? Would it be immoral? Would it be possible? And most importantly, would it make a difference?
SoCal MeFians take note:
The Tahara Project Gala Fundraiser is coming up June 16 at the El Rey Theatre. Lots of amazing dancers raising money to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation.
Pre-bankruptcy bonuses at PG&E
The corruption in California couldn't be any more obvious to me.
Ah-nuld for Guv?
Right on the heels of Mr. Schwarzenegger musing on his political future
the (left-wing controlled?) press reveals all his dirty laundry. Coinicidence? You tell me...
This time it's for real: A Stage Three Power Emergency
has been declared in California this evening.
Rolling blackouts are expected, especially in Northern California. If MeFi goes down tonight, this is why. Nothing like government intervention disguised as "deregulation" to muck up the works.
Dotcom Yuppies Gone Home.
As dotcoms crash and burn, real estate prices start to drop.
Who can say that's a bad thing?
Deep Springs College
is a small cult of undergraduate males in Nevada. They claim to be smart, but I know better.
They sell eggs, milk, and T-shirts,
and attend seminars. Showing their sensitive side, some of the students have posted thoughts on changing the "historically male" institution to permit women
. (via a little bird.)
My God! California has both a heart
and a brain
"I'd rather take a hot stick in the eye then deal with your bureaucratic nonsense. "
I'm interested in hearing from people in the MeFi community who think the University of California at Santa Barbara is correct
in not publishing Chris Brown's profanity peppered 2 page disacknowledgement
from his masters thesis.
POWER ALERT: SF and SJ, CA.
If you, or your website, are located in the *other* bay area :-), you might want to know that The California ISO (the people who run the grid) have declared a power emergency
and the City of Palo Alto Utilities, among others, has implemented rolling blackouts
Again, if you host in this area, this may result in intermittent outages to your site; you might wish to post a notice to that effect, so that regular visitors don't get worried.
Get the petition.
They need one million signatures before April 20 to get it back on the November ballot. If you're in California, print out the petition and start drumming up support today. It's not so often you get a second chance like this. Show the country that California does indeed, rock.
Prop 22 looks to be passing in a landslide. I thought we were better than this (the Vote2000 site
is a great resource though).
I bought 3 Quick Picks for the Lottery
this week, thinking that if there were any balance in the universe I'd be due for a big payoff...
If SuperLotto was High/Low, I'd have nailed it. I got one
. 5 number for lotto x 3 quick picks = 15 potential correct numbers.
I got ONE
On the upside, I'm still due
. Touch me now, I'm jam packed full of luck potentiality...
For those of you in Southern California, Jesse Berst is speaking this Friday.
Great, I hope I don't forget to bring my gun filled with "shut-the-f*ck-up" bullets
. Hmm, on second thought, I better bring an extra box.