Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Prop 65 strikes again: California may declare coffee a “cancer risk”

A law that is supposed to ensure that people are safe, does nothing of the sort.  Evil and disgusting.  Companies are forced to spend money for no reason and for nothing.  What does this mean for the people?

CA touts itself as being the 9th largest economy in the world.  What happens when there's no one left to buy anything? You will find CA become the last place a company will want to do business there.  When will this happen?  Sooner than you think.

In 1986, California’s Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act) was passed, placing restrictions on toxic discharges into drinking water and required that people be notified who were exposed to carcinogens and reproductive toxins.

While the idea sounded wonderful at the time, the implementation of the rules has created a plethora of warning labels that get ignored and an astonishing number of revenue-generating lawsuits targeting businesses selling products that contain trace amounts of substances unlikely to be harmful, given the dose and the typical use situation of the consumer.

Because coffee contains a trace amount of a chemical known as acrylamide (“known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm”), it may be subject to these warnings and the coffee sellers may be facing fines:

A judge in California will soon decide whether coffee should carry warnings stating that it contains chemicals known to the state to cause cancer.

A long-running lawsuit that claims Starbucks and about 90 other companies, including grocery stores and retail shops, failed to follow a state law requiring warning signs about hazardous chemicals found everywhere from household products to workplaces to the environment.

At the center of the dispute is acrylamide, a carcinogen found in cooked foods such as French fries that is also a natural byproduct of the coffee roasting process. The coffee industry has acknowledged the presence of the chemical but asserts it is at harmless levels and is outweighed by benefits from drinking coffee.

A verdict in favor of the little-known Council for Education and Research on Toxics could send a jolt through the industry with astronomical penalties possible and it could wake up a lot of consumers, though it’s unclear what effect it would have on coffee-drinking habits.

The effect?  ZERO!  ZERO!  ZERO! Millions of dollars spent on NOTHING.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

California Considers $1,000 Fine for Waiters Offering Unsolicited Plastic Straws

So now EVERYONE is a criminal....except the real criminals.  And THIS is the CA you really want?  IS IT?

Calderon, the Democratic majority leader in California's lower house, has introduced a bill to stop sit-down restaurants from offering customers straws with their beverages unless they specifically request one. Under Calderon's law, a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it would face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

"We need to create awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways, and oceans," Calderon explained in a press release.

This isn't just Calderon's crusade. The California cities of San Luis Obispo and Davis both passed straws-on-request laws last year, and Manhattan Beach maintains a prohibition on all disposable plastics. And up in Seattle, food service businesses won't be allowed to offer plastic straws or utensils as of July.

The Los Angeles Times has gotten behind the movement, endorsing straws-on-request policies in an editorial that also warned that "repetitive sucking may cause or exacerbate wrinkles on the lips or around the mouth." Celebrity astronomer Neil DeGrasse Tyson (always up for a little chiding) and Entourage star Adrian Grenier have appeared in videos where an octopus slaps them in the face for using a plastic straw.
What words are there to describe this?  Stupid?  Insane?  Pathetic? Extreme micromanaging?  How far can we go to describe this micro-control of behavior?

CA'ians, is this the sort of State you really want to live in?

GET OUT!  GET OUT!  GET OUT!

"Update: Reason spoke with Voleck Taing, a senior assistant to Assemblyman Calderon, who said they intend to amend the bill to remove the fines."

But, I guess the jail time will still apply...



Friday, January 19, 2018

Apple "Spaceship" new Headquarters....Apple about to peak??

So, I'll refer to a great short article concerning Buildings that were built as testaments to the companies that were at the pinnacle of their power. But then....
(FORTUNE Magazine) – Please listen carefully, Mr. Roark," newspaper mogul Gail Wynand instructs the architect hero of Ayn Rand's 1943 novel, The Fountainhead. "I wish to undertake the construction of the Wynand Building at once. I wish it to be the tallest structure of the city."

Wynand's skyward spirit still animates his fellow media barons. Last month, the massive Time Warner Center grabbed the commanding heights above New York City's Central Park. Directly to the east, Bloomberg L.P.'s telescoping tower is nearing completion. A few blocks to the south, Hearst is topping its 1920s headquarters with a steel-and-glass prism, while the New York Times breaks ground on a giant that will rival Rockefeller Center in height. At 3 and 4 Times Square, Reuters and Conde Nast theatrically announce their presence with a pair of deconstructivist skyscrapers.

Together these buildings announce the dawn of the Media Age--yet the very fact of their construction could indicate that the companies' bright noon has already passed. A quick architectural tour suggests that when trophy buildings go up, companies' fortunes go down. Across the street from the Time Warner Center is the 1969 Gulf & Western Building, which boldly declared the Age of the Conglomerate until its conversion to Trump International Hotel & Tower. Chicago has no Sears in its Sears Tower, no John Hancock in its Hancock Tower, no Ward's in its Montgomery Ward Tower. Many of Houston's landmark skyscrapers--Transco Tower, Republic Bank Center, Texas Commerce Tower--have been renamed for companies that still exist.

Real-life publisher Joseph Pulitzer knew none of that, of course, when his 1890 World Building placed him higher than the spire of New York's Trinity Church and, more important, above the Tribune Tower next door. If he was among the first to tap the power of tall buildings, it was the 1908 Singer Building--whose slender New York tower marked the high point of the sewing-machine company's fame--that was the first trophy skyscraper. "Wherever I went," Frank Woolworth said after a trip to Europe, "[people] asked about the Singer Building and its famous tower." Metropolitan Life Co. would briefly eclipse Singer's 612 feet with its 700-foot clock tower on Gotham's Madison Square. But with the push of a button in 1913, President Wilson illuminated a new Gothic spire whose 792 feet would remain unchallenged until Walter Chrysler entered the picture in 1930: Woolworth had built a tower of his own.

Ego wasn't the only force summoning these structures from the ground. New construction techniques, soaring land prices, and competition for light and air all conspired to push them higher. But the corporate trophy building was above all an identity statement. "This is who we are," it said. "This is why we're powerful." The black-and-gold crown of American Radiator Co.'s New York headquarters glowed like a radiator coil at night. The decoration on American Piano Co.'s 57th Street headquarters was the medal it had won at an 1867 Paris competition--taunting rival Steinway down the block.

The Singer Building didn't survive. Demolished in 1968 to make way for the boxy U.S. Steel Building (now the former U.S. Steel Building), it was also, fortunately, an exception. Under the turbulent gales of capitalism, the glass, steel, and stone of America's pyramids have proved far more durable than the corporate Pharaohs who built them. Intended as symbols of bedrock permanence and power, they survive instead as giant tombstones--many of them beautiful.
And now...the new gleaming powerful  Apple Headquarters:

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When I see this... it makes me sad.  I wonder...when will the For Sale signs or For Lease signs start to pop up? 2024?  2026?  2028?

I can already see Apple employees reading this, saying to themselves "What an idiot. How could he write something like this?  Apple will never go away.  They will always reinvent themselves.:

Reinvent themselves?  I never doubted that.  But....will they reinvent themselves...smaller?

REPORT: Democrats Worry As Wealthy People Flee California Over High Taxes

The gutting of CA continues. I would say we are about to reach or have reached the peak.
The Sacramento Bee reports:

Wealthy exodus to escape new tax rules worries California Democrats

The Republican-backed federal tax bill flipped the tables on a never-ending question for California politicians: Will high taxes lead the state’s wealthiest residents to flee the Golden State for the comparable tax havens of Florida, Nevada and Texas?

Republicans reliably raise that alarm when Democrats advocate for tax increases, like the 2012 and 2016 ballot initiatives that levied a new income tax on very high-earning residents. But now, with the federal tax bill cutting off deductions that benefited well-off Californians, the state’s Democrats suddenly are singing the GOP song about a potential millionaire exodus.

“People with higher incomes pay a lot more money, and some of them may be tempted to leave,” Gov. Jerry Brown said when he unveiled his 2018-19 budget proposal last week. “This was an assault by the Republicans in Congress against California.”…

Democratic state lawmakers are worried because California relies so heavily on the income taxes it collects from high earners to fund government services. The state’s wealthiest 1 percent, for instance, pay 48 percent of its income tax, and the departure of just a few families could lead to a noticeable hit to state general fund revenue.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Christian convert from Iran converting Muslims in Sweden

I for one celebrate whenever someone converts to Christianity.  And in the end, we as Christians no who wins. What we can do is pray for revival and spiritual renewal in Europe to counteract what the Elites are doing to these countries.

Parsan, a convert from Islam to Christianity and mother of two, has emerged as one of the most prominent religious figures in Europe, both because of her unlikely geographic and spiritual pilgrimage and her decision to reach out to Muslims with the gospel -- at great personal risk.

“My life is completely different since coming to Jesus,” said the 47-year-old Parsan, whose memoir, “Stranger No More: A Muslim Refugee Story of Harrowing Escape, Miraculous Rescue and the Quiet Call of Jesus,” was published late last year.
A "meet with Jesus moment" is life altering.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Polish PM sees return to Christian roots as only way to stop Europe’s decline

It is truly amazing that it has come to this in Europe.
During the interview, Morawiecki contrasted Polish culture and traditions with the EU’s values, which require “serious work.” He called Poland “a very proud, important and great nation, which will be even greater” thanks to pro-family and pro-demographic programs, introduced by the ruling Law and Justice party.

Referring to the EU threat to withhold funds because of Poland’s refusal to bow to immigrant quotas, Morawiecki asserted that the country “will not allow this sort of a blackmail.”

Morawiecki reflected, “May God give me enough strength to serve Poland well.” He spoke about the need for prayers and work for all Poles, not only those who voted for the Law and Justice Party.

Morawiecki is a former banker, manager, and lawyer who is fluent in English and German and understands Russian. He has four children. Morawiecki joined the Law and Justice Party in 2016.

Religious Liberty Is Eroding in Canada. Here’s What Americans Should Learn.

We are living in the Post Christian Age.  I wonder if at some point we will be considered the descendants of  "apes and pigs" like Jews are considered.
The Canadian government has unilaterally taken positions on sexuality without the consent of its citizenry, much like the Obama administration’s unilateral decision to reinterpret the definition of “sex” to include sexual orientation and gender identity in Title IX.

But if Americans and Canadians can’t adopt or foster children because they don’t affirm a child undergoing potentially harmful hormone therapies and sex-reassignment surgeries or sexual activity outside of marriage, will the government also begin using this criteria for “good parenting” of biological children?

Will they treat the parenting practices of Orthodox Christians, Jews, and Muslims as suspect if they simply refuse to adopt the latest sexual trends?

Also in Canada, the Supreme Court will soon determine if attorneys who hold orthodox religious beliefs on sexuality are eligible to practice law.

Before Trinity Western University could even open its law school, the accrediting legal societies within Nova Scotia, Ontario, and British Columbia voted not to accredit graduates from the university’s school of law, because the Christian university has Orthodox Christian beliefs about marriage and sexuality.

Trinity Western University is the only Canadian university to have received an A+ grade in quality of education over the past seven years, yet in 2014, the Law Society of Upper Canada labeled the students’ views as “abhorrent” and “not welcome in the public marketplace.”
Well, from what I can tell, if you're Muslim, they'll make an exception....to be "culturally sensitive".

‘Don’t Be Evil’? Google Is Becoming A Police State

Yes...it is.  And it will be their undoing.

The problem is that their motto didn’t define what constitutes evil, so it left an opening for narrow-minded zealots to commandeer company resources in a witch hunt against whatever they define as the forces of wickedness. That’s what has happened at Google, which has adopted a corporate culture of quasi-totalitarian ideological uniformity that it is now starting to impose on everyone who uses its services. Which is, let’s face it, pretty much everyone. For now.

Google’s internal culture has been laid bare by James Damore’s lawsuit alleging employment discrimination. The picture we get is a corporate culture of lockstep ideological uniformity, enforced by censorship, badgering, and blacklisting. Damore furnishes one note from a Google manager in 2015, addressed to “hostile voices.”

I will never, ever hire/transfer you onto my team. Ever. I don’t care if you are perfect fit or technically excellent or whatever.

I will actively not work with you, even to the point where your team or product is impacted by this decision. I’ll communicate why to your manager if it comes up.

You’re being blacklisted by people at companies outside of Google. You might not have been aware of this, but people know, people talk. There are always social consequences.
So, if Google blacklists you...you don't work ANYWHERE.  This is sick and depraved.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Unrest over food shortages spreads through the country

I've purposefully not posted anything on Venezuela. It's at the point where doing so seems exploitive.  But, having said that it still is important that we keep in mind what can happen to a country that is mired in debt, smothering government control and rampant corruption.

This....is our future.  This....is the American future.  It's only a matter of time.
"They're hunting. The people are hungry!" says the narrator of the video, who filmed the incident from his car. Lawmaker Paparoni said some 300 animals were believed to have been killed. Reuters could not verify the information.

Zuley Urdaneta, a 50 year-old vet in Merida, witnessed the looting of a truck along the highway around 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. About two hours later, he said some 800 people converged on a food collection center and proceeded to plunder it.

"They knocked down the gates and looted flour, rice, cooking oil, cooking gas," said Urdaneta. "The police and the National Guard tried to control the situation by giving out what was left."
Is it too late to stop this from happening here?

Yes, it's too late. All we can do now is to try to prevent it from getting worse.

If you think that government is the answer, it's too late for you.

Where is the answer?

The answer is in you.

Take care of your family.  Take care of your own future.  At this point, that's all you can do.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Holy Shades Of Atlas Shrugged! "The Most Awful Transit Center in America Could Get Unimaginably Worse"

There is the scene in Atlas Shrugged where at the very depths of Socialism the coal powered, steam driven passenger train (the last remnants of what was once a Great Society) makes a running start.
Some of the passengers aboard the Comet were awake. As the train started its coiling ascent, they saw the small cluster of Winston’s lights at the bottom of the darkness beyond their windows… A black veil went streaking past the windows at times, dimming the lights: it was the heavy smoke from the coal-burning engine.

…It is said that catastrophes are a matter of pure chance, and there were those who would have said that the passengers of the Comet were not guilty or responsible for the thing that happened to them.
Everyone on the train died. Suffocated.

And now.....now we see the makings of the scene at Penn Station - a set up even more powerful than in Ayn Rand's book.
To get to New York’s Penn Station, every northbound Amtrak passenger makes the last leg of their journey, through tunnels beneath the Hudson River, in the dark. Trust me: They should be glad. One day this autumn, an Acela pulls into Newark, N.J., and a railway spokesman escorts me onto the rear engine car, where we stand and take in the view facing backward. As we descend into one of the Hudson tunnels—there are two, both 107 years old, finished in the same year the Wright brothers built their first airplane factory—a supervisor flips on the rear headlights, illuminating the ghastly tubes.

Our train (unsurprisingly) is operating at reduced speed because of an electrical glitch, which just gives us more time to gawk at the damage. There are eerie, nearly fluorescent white stains on the tunnel walls that look like they were painted by a giant with a roller brush. The pale swaths are remnants of the salt water that inundated the passages five years ago, during Hurricane Sandy. Sulfates and chlorides have been eating away at the concrete ever since, exposing reinforcement bars underneath. “Keep your eyes peeled,” says Craig Schulz, the affable Amtrak spokesman, “and you’ll see some of these areas where there is literally just crumbling concrete.”

As we emerge into the bowels of Penn Station, Schulz points to wooden flood doors above the tunnel entrances. They were installed during World War II to hold back the river if the tubes were torpedoed by a Nazi submarine. In the gloom, the doors look a full century older than their vintage. They seem more suited for a dungeon than a modern rail system like this one—the Northeast Corridor, which runs from Boston to Washington, D.C., serving an area that generates a fifth of U.S. gross domestic product. Before we step off the train, Schulz repeats Amtrak’s mantra: The storm-ravaged tunnels are safe, for now, but the railroad doesn’t know how long it will be able to keep them in service.
When the tunnel collapses and hundreds of people drown....what then?  What is the lesson? Will politicians finally go to jail?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Canada Summer Jobs program will no longer fund anti-abortion, anti-gay groups

THIS is why you should never accept money from the Government.

THEY will decide what you can do and what you can't do.  THEY will decide what you can say and what you can't say.

THEY  will decide if you are evil or good (using absolutely no anchor of morality on which to base this).

It is EVIL.  It is IMMORAL.  It is just NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS.
Now the changes the government is making to the program will require groups applying for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program to sign an attestation stating that their organizational mandate as well as the duties of the job they are seeking funding for respect human rights in Canada.

“To be eligible, applicants will have to attest that: both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights,” reads a PowerPoint presentation created to brief MPs on the new changes and shared with Global News.
Yeah.  HUMAN RIGHTS.  There are no HUMAN RIGHTS except what GOVERNMENT says you can have.  That is why the Founding Fathers made it abundantly clear that the Rights written in the Constitution were not GIVING citizens rights, but just ENUMERATING them.

Rights are GOD GIVEN and CAN NOT BE TAKEN AWAY.  For governments, human rights can be given and taken away on a WHIM.  Today's Human Right is tomorrow's EVIL, as far as they are concerned.


Monday, January 1, 2018

Muslim converts breathe new life into Europe’s struggling Christian churches

I wonder....will this actually turn out to be the salvation of the European church?

“Europeans are wealthy, comfortable, healthy, and powerful,” Kaemingk said. “In short, they don't think they need God.”

But, he added, Muslim immigrants are quite the opposite – they are intensely spiritual. But they are leaving their own religion for a variety of reasons.

Some Muslim refugees settling in European counties may be converting on the assumption that their odds for obtaining political asylum will improve if they are Christian, according to the Guardian. Others may have had an earlier interest in converting but were unable to do so while they lived in the Middle East, where conversions are often prohibited and could make the family a target. Some jihadist groups, including ISIS, target Christians for murder in such countries as Syria and Iraq.

New Polish PM sees return to Christian roots as only way to stop Europe’s decline

It's nice to see a European leader take a stand for Christ.
During the interview, Morawiecki contrasted Polish culture and traditions with the EU’s values, which require “serious work.” He called Poland “a very proud, important and great nation, which will be even greater” thanks to pro-family and pro-demographic programs, introduced by the ruling Law and Justice party.

Referring to the EU threat to withhold funds because of Poland’s refusal to bow to immigrant quotas, Morawiecki asserted that the country “will not allow this sort of a blackmail.”

Morawiecki reflected, “May God give me enough strength to serve Poland well.” He spoke about the need for prayers and work for all Poles, not only those who voted for the Law and Justice Party.

Morawiecki is a former banker, manager, and lawyer who is fluent in English and German and understands Russian. He has four children. Morawiecki joined the Law and Justice Party in 2016.