Tag Archives: California

Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education: SF Forum


Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education: SF Forum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PllIo…
On July 6, 2014 in San Francisco a forum was held titled
Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education.
Speakers included
Kathleen Carroll, fired Commission On Teacher Credentialing, attorney & whistleblower
https://www.facebook.com/CitizensForE…
Rick Baum, member of CCSF AFT Local 2121;
George Wright, retired Professor AFT 1493;
Gray Brechin, UCB Geography Department, author of “Imperial San Francisco”
Sharon Higgins, researcher/expert on privatization of Oakland, CA schools and the Gulen charter chain.
http://charterschoolscandals.blogspot…
Billionaires from the Walton Walmart family to the Gates
Foundation, the Fisher GAP KIPP operation and the Broad
Foundation are spending fortunes pushing charters to loot
public education. The “Common Core” and testing schemes
profiting Pearson Inc. are part of the drive to totally privatize
public education. UC Regent Richard Blum and others with ties
to politicians are also benefiting financially from this transformation.
Politicians in California and nationally are actively supporting
privatization, the “Common Core” and charters to eliminate and
re-segregate our public schools.
At the same time in San Francisco privatizers are seeking to revoke
accreditation of the City College of San Francisco in order to
destroy the unions and privatize the largest community college
in California. This forum looks at how this privatization agenda
is being implemented and what our unions and the labor
movement need to do to fight it.
For further information by Kathy Carroll on this issue:
When Did Teacher Unions Decide to “TURN” Against Collective Bargaining Rights?
http://www.dailycensored.com/when-did…
Full video of UPWA Forum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PllIo…
For more video from Kathy Carroll:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOCjDI…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOCjDI…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56SWb4…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLa6YC…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ux7F7…
For more information
https://www.facebook.com/CitizensForE…
Sponsored by United Public Workers For Action
http://www.upwa.info
Production of Labor Video Project http://www.laborvideo.org

 

this day in the yesteryear: Disneyland Opens in Anaheim, California (1955)


Disneyland Opens in Anaheim, California (1955)

Having welcomed more than 650 million visitors since its opening, Disneyland is perhaps the world’s most famous themed amusement park. Walt Disney’s original plans called for a modest park to be built on eight acres (3.2 hectares) near Disney Studios. A much more ambitious Disneyland opened to invited guests and the media on July 17, 1955, a year after construction had begun. The day’s events did not go smoothly, prompting Disney to later refer to it as “Black Sunday.” What went wrong? More… Discuss

this pressed: U.S. sued for not providing attorneys to children in immigration court - Los Angeles Times


Immigrant childrenU.S. sued for not providing attorneys to children in immigration court - Los Angeles Times.

A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson – Audiobook Full


A Return to LoveMarianne Williamson – Audiobook Full

 

UC Davis MIND Institute Study Finds Association Between Maternal Exposure to Agricultural Pesticides, Autism in Offspring



UC Davis MIND Institute Study Finds Association Between Maternal Exposure to Agricultural Pesticides, Autism in Offspring
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mindinstitute.ucdavis.edu

Source: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
The work was supported by grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences R01-ES015359, P01-ES011269 and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants R833292 and 829338. The study is available free of charge at:  http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1307044/

Mojave Desert


Mojave Desert

The Mojave Desert occupies a significant portion of southeastern California and parts of Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. It is named for the Mojave tribe of Native Americans, who made it their home. It is also home to the world’s largest Joshua tree forest and the third-tallest dunes in North America, the 600-foot-high Kelso Dunes. The desert’s Death Valley, the lowest, hottest, driest area of North America, has recorded some of the world’s highest air temperatures. What is the Mojave’s largest city? More… Discuss

make music part of your life series: Lullaby for String Quartet, George Gershwin, Members of the LA Philharmonic, Feb 10, 2013


Lullaby for String Quartet, George Gershwin, Members of the LA Philharmonic, Feb 10, 2013

Lullaby for String Quartet, George Gershwin, Members of the LA Philharmonic: Mischa Lefkowitz, Violin, Minyoung Chang, Violin, Michael Larco, Viola, Jason Lippmann, Cello, Baxter Concert Series, Whittier, California, February 10, 2013

Dream a Little Dream of Me


Dream a Little Dream of Me

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel 2009.jpg

Deschanel at a premiere for (500) Days of Summer in 2009
Born Zooey Claire Deschanel
January 17, 1980 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Crossroads School
Occupation Actress, singer-songwriter, musician, producer
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Ben Gibbard (m. 2009–12)
Parents
Relatives Emily Deschanel (sister)
Musical career
Genres Pop, folk, jazz
Instruments Vocals, piano, ukulele
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts She & Him

Zooey Claire Deschanel (/ˈz. dʃəˈnɛl/; born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. In 1999, Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her breakout role as Anita Miller in Cameron Crowe‘s 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. Deschanel soon became known for her deadpan and “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” supporting roles in films such as The Good Girl (2002), Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Yes Man (2008), and (500) Days of Summer (2009).[1][2][3] She has portrayed the role of Jessica Day in the Fox comedy series New Girl since 2011.

For a few years starting in 2001, Deschanel performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with fellow actress Samantha Shelton.[4] Besides singing, she plays keyboards, percussion, banjo and ukulele.[5] In 2006, Deschanel teamed up with M. Ward to release their debut album Volume One (recorded under the moniker She & Him) which was released in March 2008. Their follow-up album Volume Two was released in the U.S. in March 2010, with their Christmas album A Very She & Him Christmas being released in 2011 and Volume 3 in 2013. She also often sings in her films.

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news: @HiddenCash


@HiddenCash

A new Twitter trend is sweeping the globe. It started with one anonymous Twitter user with the handle @HiddenCash stashing money in various locations around San Francisco, California, and then tweeting clues to its whereabouts for followers to find, and in days sparked a slew of copycat accounts around the globe hosting similar cash hunts. The man who started it all claims to be a successful real estate investor who is trying to give back with this unconventional philanthropic campaign and inspire a movement of out-of-the-box charitable giving. So far, he seems to be doing just that. More… Discuss

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press this>>>Go Wild: Celebrating the Gila Wilderness Area’s 90th Birthday | Golden Green | The Back Forty | KCET


Looking into the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico.Go Wild: Celebrating the Gila Wilderness Area’s 90th Birthday | Golden Green | The Back Forty | KCET.

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word: aegis


aegis 

Definition: (noun) Protection.
Synonyms: auspices
Usage: Bandits dare not approach me on the roads, as I am under the imperial aegis. Discuss.
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Using the Cloud to Track Migrant Workers and Pregnant Goats – Bloomberg


Employers of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. can have a tough time following the rules. They need to track each employee’s immigration forms, workers’ compensation, labor disputes, health-care options and more. The complex system is partly why many choose to look the other way when workers apply without legal documentation.

Veg Packer, a Mexico- and California-based farm owner employing more than 1,000 workers, used basic Excel spreadsheets to log the information for years. Managers would grumble about receiving e-mails with out-of-date files and missing attachments.

via Using the Cloud to Track Migrant Workers and Pregnant Goats – Bloomberg.

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: Cinco de Mayo


Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May, is a national holiday in Mexico commemorating the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which Mexican troops under General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated the invading French forces of Napoleon III. The anniversary of this event is celebrated not only in Mexico but in many American communities with large Mexican-American populations—especially in the southwestern states of Texas, Arizona, and southern California. The events include parades, patriotic speeches, bullfights, barbecues, and beauty contests. More… Discuss

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Great Compositions/Performances: Béla Bartók – Román népi táncok / Dansuri populare românești / Rumanian Folk Dances



Béla Bartók (1881-1945), Magyarország / Hongrie

- Román népi táncok, Sz. 56, BB 68
- Dansuri populare românești
- Rumanian Folk Dances

GHEORGHE ZAMFIR, nai / pán-pipe / panflute
Studio Orchestra
Tony Britten

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: ALCATRAZ CLOSES (1963)


Alcatraz Closes (1963)

Alcatraz, a rocky island in western California‘s San Francisco Bay, served as a federal prison housing the country’s most dangerous criminals from 1934 to 1963. It became a National Recreation Area in 1972, and by the mid-1990s, it was attracting almost a million visitors a year. Nicknamed “The Rock,” Alcatraz was a symbol of the impregnable maximum security fortress prison. During its 29 years of operation, 34 prisoners attempted escapes, but only three may have succeeded. Who were they? More… Discuss

 

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Abandonment (photos and stories of now: Ghost Towns USA): Widget coming up!


GOLDBELT SPRING
 
NAME: Goldbelt Spring
COUNTY: Inyo
ROADS: 4WD
GRID: 1
CLIMATE: Hot summer, cool winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime
COMMENTS: East/south from Teakettle Junction in Death Valley NP, thru Hidden Valley. Or east on Hunter Mountain Road, likely closed by snow in winter and late spring
REMAINS: Dumptruck, dugout, building remains

The famous Shorty Harris lead the first rush into the Goldbelt Mining District after he discovered gold a few miles south of the area’s namesake, Goldbelt Spring. There was talk of building a town site but, the ore didn’t amount to much so, the talk fizzled. Harris also discovered tungsten here in 1915. In the 1940′s, talc was discovered and mined in various locations. Although no large talc deposits were ever discovered here. There are only flattened buildings now left when only a few years ago there were three 50s era shacks, a dugout and an outhouse. The nearby Calmet Mine has an abandoned ore chute. The spring is marked by a dumptruck, resting forever at this site. As this is the only reliable spring in the area, it was used by the Tuhu band of Western Shoshoni indians, and later by miners (mostly talc and chrysotile asbestos) as a base camp. Before they were removed by the Park Service, non-indigenous feral burros frequented the site, evidenced by numerous skulls and bones that could once be found nearby. None of the local mines was particularly productive and none were major operations. Geologically, chrysotile occurs just north of Goldbelt on the east side of Ulida Flat in a zone of serpentinized dolomite which was altered in contact with quartz monzonite, probably of the Hunter Mountain Pluton. Submitted by: Bill Cook
Goldbelt dwelling, outhouse and dugout
Courtesy Bill Cook

Framed at Goldbelt
Courtesy Bill Cook


Downtown Goldbelt Spring
Courtesy Bill Cook


Goldbelt Spring
Courtesy Bill Cook


Dumptruck at Goldbelt Spring
Courtesy Bill Cook


Shingled outhouse Goldbelt Spring
Courtesy Bill Cook


View to downtown from the spring
Courtesy Bill Cook


Goldbelt leaning. It was gone by our next visit
Courtesy Bill Cook

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California drought: Highway signs urge water conservation.


 

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California drought: Highway signs urge water conservation | 89.3 KPCC


California drought - highway signsCalifornia drought: Highway signs urge water conservation | 89.3 KPCC.

 

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Wilderness Park Downey California My Movie #3_720HD 1.avi (Audio: Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge over troubled water


In case you didn’t visit my YouTube Channel yet:
Wilderness Park Downey California My Movie #3_720HD 1.avi
(Audio: Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water)

This is an edited version of the originally uploaded “Wilderness Park In Downey California”. The main difference is the clips transition, and I think you will enjoy it more this way. Why did I make this movie? Because I believe that our time calls for refocusing on our psyche, on what makes all natural beings live in harmony. In other words I just took the time away from the modern word to look to nature, and rediscover its beauty, empathy, resilience, acceptance, and above all power to restore. It is the intent of the well known “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”, to restore, to build the bridge between the internal, overwhelming at times noise, and the external, harmony in nature.

Happy New Year, And I’ll see you on the trail!

Visit me at https://euzicasa.wordpress.com

Thank you!

 

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Rattlesnake Hilltop (Turnbull Canyon) Puente Hills, California August 3, 2013



Filmed with an “LG OPTIMUS ELITE”, 
It is always a great “Vista Point” from this hilltop, and always a privilege 
to be able to do the walk, which is not as easy as it used to be. Only 1.7 miles from Beverly Blvd. @ Turnbull Canyon Trail, still a uphill road all the way. But the view is so gratifying, and the people around so friendly, that it is worth every moment, every breath…See you there sometimes! Get off your couch and get going!
Must have:
Water, UV filtering glasses, head covering, sunblock lotion, and a positive attitude!
Best exercise, if you are wealthy enough to attend to, is walking, and walking uphill is a perfect Cardio training, not requiring an equipment: Just your legs!

Start today!

I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor)

*****Today I finally broke away from the winter season, and its heavy clothing and hit the trail*****

I thought that republishing the video I made last August, will be inspiring you to start your outdoors fitness program: Remember this is a thing that cannot be delegated! Again: Start today!

 

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LA Opera’s “Noah’s Flood” (“Noye’s Fludde”) by WIlliam Ohanesian


I created this profile of the production of Benjamin Britten‘s “Noye’s Fludde” at the Los Angeles Cathedral on April 19th and 20th, 2013. 

Performance conducted by James Conlon.

 

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A Closer Look – ProPublica: Three Golden Ages of Journalism?


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A Closer Look – ProPublica.

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THE TREATY OF GUADALUPE HIDALGO IS SIGNED (1848)


The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Is Signed (1848)

A border dispute sparked by the US annexation of Texas in 1845 soon led to all-out war between the two countries. Under the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that ended the war, Mexico confirmed US claims to Texas and ceded lands constituting present-day California, Nevada, and Utah, and parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming in exchange for an indemnity of $15 million and US assumption of American claims against Mexico. How did the US’s victory precipitate its Civil War?More… Discuss

 

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CHILLING NEW SPAM NEWS


Chilling New Spam News

We have become inured to news of computers being compromised by malicious software, but how about refrigerators? A California-based security firm has uncovered a network of 100,000 devices, about 25,000 of which were smart devices such as kitchen appliances, home media systems, and televisions, that were infected with malware that used them to send out about 750,000 spam emails. The problem is expected to worsen as more and more vulnerable, web-connected “smart” devices make their way into people’s homes. More… Discuss

 

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FDA to review safety of chemical found in some soft drinks – latimes.com


English: Macro photograph of coca-cola bubbles...

English: Macro photograph of coca-cola bubbles. Deutsch: Makro-Fotografie von Coca-Cola-Bläschen. Japanese: コカ・コーラの泡のマクロ写真。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Soda linked to behavioral problems in young children, study says

FDA to review safety of chemical found in some soft drinks – latimes.com.

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: ENNIS COSBY MURDERED DURING ROBBERY (1997)


Ennis Cosby Murdered during Robbery (1997)

In 1997, Ennis Cosby—son of actor Bill Cosby—was driving to visit a friend in Los Angeles, California, when his car got a flat tire on the highway. As Ennis changed the tire, a man with a gun approached him, demanded money, and shot him in the head. The case remained unsolved until the National Enquirer received a tip linking Mikhail Markhasev—an 18-year-old gang member with a history of racist attacks—to the crime. What shocking thing did Markhasev do while serving his life sentenceMore… Discuss

 

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Erin Brockovich: After Chemical Spill, West Virginians Organizing “Stronger Than I’ve Ever Seen” | Democracy Now!



Erin Brockovich: After Chemical Spill, West Virginians Organizing “Stronger Than I’ve Ever Seen” | Democracy Now!
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ARTICLE: THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT


The San Andreas Fault

Formed around 30 million years ago, California’s San Andreas Fault is a major zone of fractures in the Earth’s crust extending from San Francisco to San Diego. The fault causes several thousand earthquakes a year, but few are serious. It was first identified in northern California by geology professor Andrew Lawson in 1895. After the 1906 San Francisco quake, he discovered that the fault continues through southern California. What city along the fault regularly endures magnitude 6.0 temblors? More… Discuss

 

Dream A Little Dream Of Me – The Mamas & The Papas


Dream A Little Dream Of Me – The Mamas & The Papas

 

The Eagles Hotel California [Remastered] 01 Hotel California


“Hotel California

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
“This could be Heaven or this could be Hell
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them sayWelcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain,
“Please bring me my wine”
He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine”
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say…

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device”
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
Relax, ” said the night man,
“We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! “

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:  

“Hotel California” topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week in May 1977 and peaked at number ten on the Adult Contemporary charts. Three months after its release, the single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing one million copies shipped. The Eagles also won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for “Hotel California” at the 20th Grammy Awards in 1978.[3]

 

In 2009, the song “Hotel California” was certified Platinum (Digital Sales Award) by the RIAA for sales of one million digital downloads.[4]

 

The lyrics weave a surrealistic tale in which a weary traveler checks into a luxury hotel. The hotel at first appears inviting and tempting, but it turns out to be a nightmarish place where “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave”. The song is an allegory about hedonism, self-destruction, and greed in the music industry of the late 1970s.[9] Don Henley called it “our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles[10] and later reiterated: “It’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about.”[11] In 2008,Don Felder described the origins of the lyrics:

 

Don Henley and Glenn wrote most of the words. All of us kind of drove into L.A. at night. Nobody was from California, and if you drive into L.A. at night… you can just see this glow on the horizon of lights, and the images that start running through your head of Hollywood and all the dreams that you have, and so it was kind of about that… what we started writing the song about. Coming into L.A…. and from that ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ came out of it, and ‘Wasted Time’ and a bunch of other songs.[12]

 

The term “colitas” in the first stanza means “little tails” in Spanish; in Mexican slang it refers to buds of the cannabis (marijuana) plant.[13]

 

In a 2009 interview, The Plain Dealer music critic John Soeder asked Don Henley this about the lyrics:

 

On “Hotel California,” you sing: “So I called up the captain / ‘Please bring me my wine’ / He said, ‘We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969.’” I realize I’m probably not the first to bring this to your attention, but wine isn’t a spirit. Wine is fermented; spirits are distilled. Do you regret that lyric?

 

Henley responded:

 

Thanks for the tutorial and, no, you’re not the first to bring this to my attention—and you’re not the first to completely misinterpret the lyric and miss the metaphor. Believe me, I’ve consumed enough alcoholic beverages in my time to know how they are made and what the proper nomenclature is. But that line in the song has little or nothing to do with alcoholic beverages. It’s a sociopolitical statement. My only regret would be having to explain it in detail to you, which would defeat the purpose of using literary devices in songwriting and lower the discussion to some silly and irrelevant argument about chemical processes.[14]

 

According to Glenn Frey‘s liner notes for The Very Best Of, the use of the word “steely” in the lyric, “They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can’t kill the beast,” was a playful nod to band Steely Dan, who had included the lyric “Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening” in their song “Everything You Did“.[15]

 

 

ARTICLE: THE CARSON MANSION


The Carson Mansion

The word “mansion” does not do justice to the castle-like Carson Mansion in Eureka, California. Completed in 1886 and considered one of the highest executions of American Queen Anne architecture, it is perhaps the most photographed Victorian building in the US. The stately residence was built for failed-gold-miner-turned-lumber-baron William Carson, who came to the US from Canada seeking his fortune and, after some initial missteps, found it. What has been housed in the residence since 1950? More…Discuss

 

From National Geographic: Dazzling Time-Lapse Reveals America’s Great Spaces



October 23, 2013—After quitting a comfortable day job, photographer Shane Black spent two months on the road shooting time-lapses of some of America’s most beautiful spots. His “Adventure Is Calling” video is the mesmerizing result, made from about 10,000 of the photos he took.

Read the story behind the video on National Geographic’s StarStruck blog:
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.c…

LOCATIONS

00:00 - Badlands National Park, South Dakota
00:16 - Yosemite National Park, California
00:26 - Zion National Park, Utah
00:37 - Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
00:44 - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
01:06 - Monument Valley National Park, Arizona
01:20 - Marysville, Ohio
01:31 - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
01:58 - Central Florida
02:03 - Flagstaff, Arizona
02:09 - Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho
02:13 - Holbrook, Arizona
02:21 - Marysville, Ohio
02:25 - Monument Valley, Arizona
02:29 - Texas
02:32 - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
02:36 - Bandon Beach, Oregon
02:39 - White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
02:43 - Big Sur, California
02:46 - Santa Barbara, California
02:53 - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
03:26 - Bruneau Dunes State Park, Oregon
03:51 - Zion National Park, Utah
04:03 - Yosemite National Park, California
04:19 - Zion National Park, Utah
04:34 - Monument Valley National Park, Arizona
04:46 - Yosemite National Park, California

PHOTOGRAPHER AND EDITOR: Shane Black (http://www.facebook.com/shaneblackpho…)
MUSIC: “Signaling Through the Flames,” by The American Dollar

The photographer would like to thank Flickr and Coca-Cola for supporting the trip.

Schubert / A. Brendel, 1961: Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 (Op. 15) – The Wanderer –



Wanderer Fantasy” is the popular name for Opus 15 (D 760) in C major by Franz Schubert, written in November 1822. It is a fantasy for solo piano in four movements, which sometimes even in the classical sonata form seem to stand up and form a sonata in their arrangement (which is in the typical order fast-slow-scherzo-fast clear). on the other hand, there is a close relationship between the individual sets, so that the imagination is interpreted as a major Sonata process. Accordingly would be the first sentence of the exposure, the second is a free implementation, the third one (albeit highly varied) recapitulation and the fourth would make the virtuoso coda.

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: EUROPEAN EXPLORER JUAN RODRÍGUEZ CABRILLO DISCOVERS CALIFORNIA (1542)


European Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo Discovers California (1542)

In 1520, Cabrillo, an explorer in the service of Spain, landed in Mexico and joined in the conquests of Mexico and Guatemala. Some 20 years later, he accompanied an expedition up the west coast of Mexico, assuming its command after the death of its original commander. He then proceeded to explore much of the coast of what is now the state of California, becoming the first European to do so. How far north did he get before complications from a broken bone, possibly gangrene, took his life? More… Discuss

 

Memories From Downey with love: The Carpenters – “Top Of The World” (the cold war era looked quite idyllic…but then most past memories are)



Such a feelin’s comin’ over me
There is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky
Got the sun in my eyes
And I won’t be surprised if it’s a dream

Everything I want the world to be
Is now coming true especially for me
And the reason is clear
It’s because you are here
You’re the nearest thing to heaven that I’ve seen

I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
Your love’s put me at the top of the world

Something in the wind has learned my name
And it’s tellin’ me that things are not the same
In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze
There’s a pleasin’ sense of happiness for me

There is only one wish on my mind
When this day is through I hope that I will find
That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me
All I need will be mine if you are here

I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
Your love’s put me at the top of the world

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Carpenters were both born at Grace-New Haven Hospital (now called Yale-New Haven Hospital) in New Haven, Connecticut, to parents Harold and Agnes.[12] Continue reading

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3 (1976 was a good year)



Ottorino Respighi (1879 – 1936)
Ancient Airs and Dances / Antiche arie e danze per liuto
Suite No. 3 (1932)

I. Italiana (0:00)
II. Arie di corte (1:55)
III. Siciliana (8:39)
IV. Passacaglia (12:18)

Sir Neville Marriner
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
1976

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: DELANO GRAPE STRIKE BEGINS (1965)


Delano Grape Strike Begins (1965)

In late 1965, California grape workers went on strike to protest poor pay and labor conditions. Labor leader César Chávez soon took up their cause, and in 1966, he and his followers began a 340-mi (547-km) trek from Delano to the state capitol to raise awareness of the farm workers’ plight. The march began with 75 people and ended in a rally of 10,000 people on the capitol steps. Many Americans rallied to their cause and boycotted table grapes. The strike lasted five years and accomplished what? More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: CHRISTOPHER MCCANDLESS’S BODY FOUND (1992)


Christopher McCandless’s Body Found (1992)

The tragic story of Christopher McCandless begins in southern California and ends in the wilds of Alaska, where the 24-year-old’s emaciated remains were found weeks after he had apparently starved to death while trying to live off the land on his own. His journal, in which he chronicled his 113 days in the wilderness, has shed some light on his final months, including where he sheltered—an abandoned bus—and what he last ate, but much will never be known. What was his final message to the world? More… Discuss

 

RARE “CORPSE FLOWER” BLOOMS IN BELGIUM


Rare “Corpse Flower” Blooms in Belgium

The Titan arum is a sight to behold—and a novelty to sniff. It is one of the world’s largest flowers, as well as one of its worst-smelling. Popularly known as the “corpse flower” for its stench, which is akin to that of rotting meat, it flowers infrequently and only for three days before waning. Thus, for the past few days, people have been flocking to the National Botanic Garden of Belgium to catch a glimpse, and a whiff, of its rare, 8-foot (2.44 meter) bloom. This is the third time since 2008 that the garden’s specimen has flowered. More… Discuss
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604_5pm_full Such a flower “resides” (so to speak) at the Huntington, Library, in Pasadena, California. It is called “Amorphophallus titanum” , name that doesn’t impart any stench :) >>>>>Check them HERE<<<<<

 

Surf City USA_-_Oil- Pastel-Sketch (My Art Collection): Huntington Beach, California


Surf City USA_-_Oil- Pastel-Sketch (My Art Collection)

Surf City USA_-_Oil- Pastel-Sketch (My Art Collection)

California Poppies : Sunday November 27, 2011 at Bolsa Chica Beach


California Poppies: Sunday November 27, 2011 at Bolsa Chica Beach

California Poppies: Sunday November 27, 2011 at Bolsa Chica Beach

Campus Police Chief Put on Leave in Pepper Spray Incident (From The New York Times)


Things are only as important as the importance we’re giving them!

Campus Police Chief Put on Leave in Pepper Spray Incident (From The New York Times)
Campus Police Chief Put on Leave in Pepper Spray Incident (From The New York Times) (click here to read more about this outrageous treatment of out young generation)

The University of California was established in 1868, and moved its first campus to Berkeley in 1873. The San Francisco and Los Angeles campuses followed in 1873 and 1919, respectively. The original UCPD department at Berkeley was founded after World War I. In September 1947, the Regents of the University of California established UCPD as a state law-enforcement agency.

 Authority and jurisdiction

The UCPD is one of several police agencies in California having a state-wide jurisdiction and authority (other examples include the California Highway Patrol, the California State University Police Department, and the California Department of Fish and Game). UCPD officers, like most California police officers, are empowered by section 830.2(b) of the California Penal Code, giving them authority as duly sworn peace officers throughout the state of California.[1] As specified by Section 92600 of the California Education Code, their primary jurisdiction extends to the campuses and properties owned by the Regents of the University of California, as well as lands within a one-mile (1.6 km) radius of those campuses.[2]

Organization

The department consists of ten departments (one for each UC campus),[3] each led by its own chief of police. Unlike other police departments in the state, there is no single chief of the UCPD, however one chief is selected as the department’s central coordinator (currently Chief Pamela E. Roskowski of UCSF). The coordinator is responsible for compiling crime statistics from each campus, as required by the Clery Act, and for ensuring that the various departments are operating within the UCPD’s mission. However, the coordinator does not dictate the day-to-day operations of the department, and each department sets its own Standard Operating Policies.
(Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_California_Police_Department)

Name
Annette Spicuzza
Office
Chief of Police, UC Davis Police Department
Term
2005-present

Annette M. Spicuzza, who took office on May 16, 2005, is the first woman to be permanently appointed to Chief of the UC Davis Police Department. Prior to her employment at UC Davis, she was assistant police chief at the University of Washington in Seattle.

She is now infamous for blatantly lying to media about the circumstances surrounding the police brutality against peaceful protesters on the UC Davis Campus on November 18, 2011. She was placed on administrative leave on Monday, November 21, 2011 pending a review of this incident.
(Source: http://daviswiki.org/Annette_Spicuzza)

Hotel California: The Astonishing Philosophical Poem from The Eagles


Hotel California
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair

Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
’this could be heaven or this could be hell’
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say…

Welcome to the hotel california
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the hotel california
Any time of year, you can find it here

Her mind is tiffany-twisted, she got the mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the captain,
’please bring me my wine’
He said, ’we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine’
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say…

Welcome to the hotel california
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
They livin’ it up at the hotel california
What a nice surprise, bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said ’we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
The stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
’relax,’ said the night man,
We are programmed to receive.
You can checkout any time you like,
But you can never leave!

The lyrics describe the title establishment as a luxury resort where “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.” On the surface, it tells the tale of a weary traveler who becomes trapped in a nightmarish luxury hotel that at first appears inviting and tempting. The song is an allegory about hedonism and self-destruction in the music industry of the late 1970s; Don Henley called it “our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles[7] and later reiterated “it’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about.”[8] In 2008, Don Felder described the origins of the lyrics:

“Don Henley and Glenn wrote most of the words. All of us kind of drove into L.A. at night. Nobody was from California, and if you drive into L.A. at night… you can just see this glow on the horizon of lights, and the images that start running through your head of Hollywood and all the dreams that you have, and so it was kind of about that… what we started writing the song about. Coming into L.A…. and from that ‘Life in the Fast Lane‘ came out of it, and ‘Wasted Time’ and a bunch of other songs.”[9]

The abstract nature of the lyrics has led listeners to their own interpretations over the years. In the 1980s, some Christian evangelists alleged that “Hotel California” referred to a San Francisco hotel purchased by Anton LaVey and converted into the Church of Satan.[10][11] Other rumors suggested that the Hotel California was the Camarillo State Mental Hospital.[12] These claims have been consistently denied by the band.[citation needed]

The term “colitas” in the first stanza of the song is a Spanish term for “little tails” and in Mexican slang it is a reference to the buds of the Cannabis plant.[13]

In a 2009 interview, Plain Dealer music critic John Soeder asked Don Henley this about the lyrics:

On “Hotel California,” you sing: “So I called up the captain / ‘Please bring me my wine’ / He said, ‘We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969.’” I realize I’m probably not the first to bring this to your attention, but wine isn’t a spirit. Wine is fermented; spirits are distilled. Do you regret that lyric?

Henley responded,

“Thanks for the tutorial and, no, you’re not the first to bring this to my attention—and you’re not the first to completely misinterpret the lyric and miss the metaphor. Believe me, I’ve consumed enough alcoholic beverages in my time to know how they are made and what the proper nomenclature is. But that line in the song has little or nothing to do with alcoholic beverages. It’s a sociopolitical statement. My only regret would be having to explain it in detail to you, which would defeat the purpose of using literary devices in songwriting and lower the discussion to some silly and irrelevant argument about chemical processes.”[14]

According to Glenn Frey‘s liner notes for The Very Best of Eagles, the use of the word “steely” in the lyric (referring to knives) was a playful nod to band Steely Dan, who had included the lyric “Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening” in their song “Everything You Did“. (Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_California_(song))

Texas Campaign for the Environment: Walmart Here I Come!




This is such a environmentally sound, way to implement environmental laws!
This is a good model for other states, like California, if there isn’t already a recycling law in place for TV Sets!

Back to Downey: More Photos


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Honorable Del Clawson _ Stateman and Humanitarian
Honorable Del Clawson _ Statesman and Humanitarian
In Memoriam_The Space Shuttle Columbia Crew

In Memoriam_The Space Shuttle Columbia CrewIn Memoriam_The Space Shuttle Challenger Crew


These three monuments are located in the Downey City Hall Plaza.
To their right stands another monument, dedicated to John Gately Downey, The seventh Governor of California and first of foreign birth (born June 24, 1827, County of Roscommon, Ireland).  Fellow the links to find out more about these men, and their influence on the people, land and political and social life of California and the USA.

John Gately Downey - Seventh Governor of California

John Gately Downey - The Seventh Governor of California

The Hummingbird (My Photography Series)


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These photos were taken in El Dorado Park, in early July, this year. I think the tree is pepper tree, but that is only a guess. There is a hummingbird in each one of the five photos taken. It should be easy to find them (unless they flew off the pics after I uploaded them, which is quite unheard of). So, have fun finding the hummingbird in each photo.

Today in History: Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans Exhibition Opens (1962)


Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans Exhibition Opens (1962)

One of the most influential artists of the late 20th century, Warhol began painting in the late 1950s and received sudden notoriety in 1962, when he exhibited 32 silkscreened paintings of Campbell’s soup cans in a California art gallery. The blatantly mundane content of the exhibition ran contrary to the abstract expressionist aesthetic of the time and generated much controversy, establishing Warhol as the leading exponent of the pop art movement. How did the soup cans differ from one another? More… Discuss

June, and still in Bloom: Jacaranda Mimosifolia, El Dorado Park, Long Beach, California


Clicking on the pics, will only make them collosal

Jacaranda Mimosifolia, El Dorado Park, California-June 5-2011

The Blue Jacaranda, Jacaranda mimosifolia more often known simply as the “Jacaranda”, is a sub-tropical tree native to South America that has been widely planted elsewhere because of its beautiful and long-lasting blue flowers. Older sources give it the systematic name Jacaranda acutifolia, but it is nowadays more usually classified as Jacaranda mimosifolia. It is also known as the Black Poui, or as the fern tree. In scientific usage, the name “Jacaranda” refers to the genus Jacaranda, which has many other members, but in horticultural and everyday usage, it nearly always means the Blue Jacaranda.
(Read more about Jacaranda at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacaranda_mimosifolia)

This photo was taken on June 4, 2011, in El Dorado Regional  Park, Long Beach, California

Schwarzenegger fathered child with a staffer


Had you know his tainted conscience: Would you still voted for him, to be intrusted with the highest civic duty, the highest social honor, of being in charge of the governemnt of the State Of California?
It seems that his selfish, narcicistic life (as a body builder), lack of any understanding of Civics, and Government, and poor choice of characters in films, did not made anybody think twice?

I guess people get, what people ask for!

Cats Forever: A Small Token Of Appreciation and In Memory of Helen Sanders


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Yesterday I was visiting the River’s End Cafe, on the beach, at Seal Beach, so I took few pictures of the place. It is one of those places build to remind one of the feel of the past. It is the place to have a bite, like after you a shower on the  beach to wash the ocean and the sand from your overly sun exposed skin: Will that pass for a suntan or a sunburn to your friends at the North Pole? Only time can tell-give it a few hour.
Like I was saying, here I am, taking in the fresh air, and moderate temperature of May, and admiring the architecture of the place, its color, the plants, bushes, and trees, and waiting for a hummingbird to get its lunch from the nectar of one of the flower nature designed especially for them (or may be it is the other way around).
And then I see it the Helen Sanders Memorial Plaque right at my feet, one corner of the ceramic tile broken already. But what about the dream: Was her dream turned activism, and foundation of care for stray cats broken? I thought, since I was there I could remind you of her, and her work.

 

 

The rest is up to you: If you wish to adopt a cat, or donate to the cause of Helen Sanders, visit the website: http://www.helensanderscatpaws.com/

One has to be passionate about something in life: What are you passionate about?