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Whale Tail Apr01

Whale Tail

Animal Issues – Reports of whales being entangled in fishing traps and lines are becoming more common, and sadly, if not freed, the beautiful mammals often die. One migrating gray whale in Southern California was saved from this fate after rescue workers freed it from debris wrapped...

Responding to Criticism Mar18

Responding to Criticism

Human Rights – Uganda’s government is not too happy about all the attention that has been stirred up by the recent Kony 2012 campaign, and has taken to the internet and social media to set the record straight about the “false impression” people have gained about the...

Sustania Mar14

Sustania

Environment – The Sustania project, an initiative pushed forward by former California Governor (and muscled action star) Arnold Schwarzenegger and European climate chief Connie Hedegaard, is hoping to present, through clear, understandable design, what the future might be like using...

Iowa Gags Whistle Blowers Mar08

Iowa Gags Whistle Blowers

Animal Rights – Freedom of speech has been curtailed in Iowa, at least when it comes to undercover footage of cruelty and abuse to animals at meat and animal processing plants, and the massive farms which produce genetically modified crops across the state. The “American Heartland Bill,” or File 589, was recently passed by both the Iowa Senate and House. The bill effectively cuts protections for researchers who visit farms undercover and film abuses or dangerous conditions. It classifies such work as “agricultural production facility fraud.” The “American Heartland Bill” is waiting to be signed in...

Takei Educates Trump Mar07

Takei Educates Trump

LGBT Issues – Despite being voted off “Celebrity Apprentice” by the show’s main attraction Donald Trump, openly gay Star Trek Veteran George Takei proved he is not at all a sore loser. In fact, Takkei who came out publicly within the last few years, hopes to change...

Hoot Shoot Mar03

Hoot Shoot

Animal Rights – The Obama administration is continuing with its plan to save the spotted owl by shooting its rivals. The larger, more aggressive barred owls are, apparently, not quite as important. The hope is that through a system of culling barred owl populations and allowing logging...

Dolphin Antics Feb28

Dolphin Antics

Animal Issues – The antics of a mega-pod of dolphins off the coast of Dana Point California was captured in an astounding video. Normal dolphin pods are between 16-20 dolphins, however the one captured in this breath taking clip is estimated to have nearly 2000 of the mammals. Watch the...

NOH8 On The Hill Feb27

NOH8 On The Hill

LGBT Issues – With all of the negative political campaign rhetoric floating around lately in regards to LGBT rights, it’s often easy to overlook the fact that some politicians actually believe in equal rights for everyone. Earlier this month, ten members of congress stood up for...

UFW Star Power Feb24

UFW Star Power

Celebrity Charities – Actress Eva Longoria joins the elite company of entertainers, public officials, dignitaries, and Hispanic national leaders as Honorary Co-Chair of the United Farm Workers for their 50th Anniversary celebration. The group is led by Helen Chavez, wife of founder Cesar...

Murderous Monk? Feb18

Murderous Monk?

Animal Rights – The Hawaiian monk seal species found itself under siege by one of its own when a 400-pound sociopathic seal named KE18 went on a violent rampage that left two seals dead and wounded at least 11 more, many of them helpless pups. Scientists believe that the seals, which...

One Step Closer! Feb07

One Step Closer!

Civil Rights – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has determined Proposition 8, the 2008 measure voted in by Californian voters to ban same-sex marriage, unconstitutional. There is no doubt this will be appealed to either a larger panel of the Circuit Court or straight to the U.S....

Off-Shore Colonies? Feb06

Off-Shore Colonies?

Just Weird – California based Seasteading Institute has some cool new plans to create the worlds first off-shore colonies. These “floating cities” would be self-governing, self sustaining, and could one day be home to millions of people. “There is no one kind of...

Waiting… Feb04

Waiting…

Civil Right – A federal appeals court will make a ruling tomorrow on whether or not the Proposition 8 ban on same sex marriage in California is “constitutionally valid.” “We are very hopeful that the 9th Circuit will rule in favor of fairness and equality, once and for...

Benefit Concerts To The Rescue! Jan31

Benefit Concerts To The Rescue!

Celebrity Charities – Benefit shows certainly have their place in rock and roll history – The Concert for Bangladesh, Live Aid, Farm Aid, The Concert for New York City, to name just a few. But 2012 may have already established itself as the year of the benefit show, as major acts like Jay-Z, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, My Morning Jacket, and The Swell Season have all announced major headlining shows where proceeds will be donated to the band’s favorite causes. Check out some of the concert info and charity specifics below. Artist: Jay-Z Dates: February 6 at 8pm and February 7 at 9:30pm Venue: Carnegie Hall, New York City,...

Adam Levine Backs LGBT Community Jan26

Adam Levine Backs LGBT Community

LGBT – Singer Adam Levine’s promiscuous sex life might be the talk of the tabloids, but once again, he’s championing for the love lives and marriage rights of others. The frontman for pop-rock group Maroon 5 just told the media that he and the band would change the location of their Grammy after party because the original place does not support LGBT rights. The anonymous owner of the unnamed establishment was apparently a vocal and strong financial proponent for the infamous Proposition 8, which invalidated and illegalized all marriages not between men and women in the state of California in 2008. Levine explained to...

Slavery Footprint Jan03

Slavery Footprint

Human Rights – California based musician, Justin Dillon, is leading a social media campaign to inform citizens about the prevalence of slavery and slavery-fueled goods in our society. Dillon, recently given a 200k grant from the State Department, has created a website that estimates a...

Tea Party Charm Dec23

Tea Party Charm

Social Issues – Delusional former Tea Party candidate for local California office, Jules Manson, recently called for the assassinations of President Obama and his daughters via Facebook. The threats prompted public outrage and a visit from the Secret Service. According to several...

Aloha Lawsuit Dec22

Aloha Lawsuit

Civil Rights – Honolulu – On Monday, two California ladies slapped a Hawaiian bed and breakfast with a lawsuit for denying them service because they’re gay. The Aloha Bed & Breakfast sounds inoffensive, but taking a look into the investigation, the joint openly...

Car Jacking Dec14

Car Jacking

Social Issues – In an interesting move, a man in Whittier, California stole a Hummer limo, and was driving around in his birthday suit while leading the police on a chase. Of course, no one knew he was naked until he decided to abandon his Hummer and run away on foot. And that’s...

Voiding Personhood Dec13

Voiding Personhood

Civil Rights – Oh, multibillion dollar conglomerates, always confusing excessive amounts of cash with free speech – Let Los Angeles spell it out for you. The LA City Council voted to support a measure for a constitutional amendment that would state that corporate giants are NOT...

Shitty [to] Parents Dec13

Shitty [to] Parents

Civil Rights – A new Palm Beach truancy court is devising plans to lower the state’s absentee rate for children by punishing… the parents? Florida laws states that parents of children (under the age of 16) cannot let their kid miss 15 days of school within a sixty day...

Paying Restitution Dec12

Paying Restitution

Human Rights – North Carolina is pondering whether or not to pay restitution to the estimated 7,600 victims of its eugenics program, which operated in the southern state from 1933 to 1977, as a legitimate means of keeping “welfare rolls small, stopping poverty, and improving the...

Hamburglar vs S.F. Dec03

Hamburglar vs S.F.

Social Issues – San Francisco is instituting an attempt to ban the Happy Meal by making it illegal to entice young consumers with the promise of a toy included with their meal unless said meal meets a stringent list of nutritional requirements. Sound complicated? It is, and...

Natalie Wood Nov24

Natalie Wood

Social Issues – Following the release of “Natalie, Goodnight Splendour,” an account the premature death of Natalie Wood during Thanksgiving 1981, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has announced the case has been reopened. “Recently sheriff’s homicide...

Animal Overhaul Nov15

Animal Overhaul

Animal Rights – The release of a disturbing video by the Humane Society of the United States, has spurred an ongoing overhaul of the state’s animal welfare laws that reached the U.S. Supreme Court this past week. Images of “the struggling milker, prodded with a forklift to...

Fur-ocious Nov11

Fur-ocious

Animal Rights – West Hollywood leaders granted a final approval to the historic ban on the sale of fur clothing within city limits. The itty-bitty City Council of the municipality located tightly between Hollywood and Beverly Hills cast their 3-1 vote with one abstention to approve the...

The California Gulag Oct04

The California Gulag

Reports of widespread abuse in the Los Angeles jail system are being reported by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). One inmate alleged “he was forced to walk down a hallway naked after sheriff’s deputies accused him of stealing a piece of mail. They taunted him in Spanish,...

Going and Saving Green Sep24

Going and Saving Green

A business consortium containing the likes of Lockheed Martin and Barclays bank plans to invest $650 million over the next several years to slash the energy consumption of buildings in the Miami and Sacramento areas. Proponents of the plans are describing it as “the most ambitious...