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Uncle Sam Says: Eat More Meat!

Uncle Sam Demands: Eat More Meat!

In his 1932 novel Brave New World,Aldous Huxley imagined a future where people exist solely to support the economy and are conditioned from birth to buy things. Government bureaucrats manipulate the sheep-like citizens with drugs and slogans to make them consume as much as possible. In Huxley’s vision, 26th-century consumers learn that “ending is better than mending” and “the more stitches, the…

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Help Us Find the Person Who Shot Three Sea Otters

In early September 2013, members of our Sea Otter Research and Conservation team recovered three sea otters that had been shot to death near Asilomar Beach, in Pacific Grove. State and federal authorities are actively investigating the fatal shootings, and now they need your help finding the perpetrator.

We and other sea otter conservation groups are offering a $21,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the crime.

Southern sea otters are slowly recovering after being driven nearly to extinction by fur traders in the 19th century. Today, they’re protected under federal law by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Killing a California (or southern) sea otter is a crime punishable by federal and state fines, and possible jail time.

If you have any information about the shootings, contact Special Agent Souphanya of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 650-876-9078. Anonymous reports can also be made by calling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contact line at 703-358-1949, or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife CalTIP line at 1-888-DFG-CALTIP.

Reward contributions have been provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Sea Otter, the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, The U.C. Davis Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center and private individuals.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is providing a portion of the reward money from the California Sea Otter Fund, which is financed by voluntary contributions from state taxpayers. The fund helps support sea otter research and conservation, including the investigation of sea otter deaths and the enforcement of laws protecting sea otters. When filling out your California income tax form 540, look for line 410, labeled California Sea Otter Fund, under Contributions.

Learn more about the California Sea Otter Fund.

CHECK-OFF PLAYLIST

So I have decided that to get my self pumped up/ ready for my skills check offs in lab I am going to make a playlist to get my mind right. So every time before I have a check off I am going to make an EPIC PLAYLIST! Because check offs are the most nerve wrecking thing in the world! So this week is the first check off so I will be making my first playlist!! Yea buddy I think this is gonna help me out so much!! HOPEFULLY or its remediation for me!! 

Thanks to you, things have been going swimmingly for the Sea Otter Tax Fund! Donations on state income tax forms in 2013 total  $307,544. By exceeding the minimum of $273,025, the fund comes back for 2014, providing critical funding to help save sea otters. Check the box on your CA Tax Return—a donation of as little as $5 goes a long way!

Learn more about the tax checkoff

Learn how we’re helping save sea otters

(Jane Smith Photo)

In 1963, workers of the Hilton Hotel (now Plaza Hotel) demonstrated for better wages and working conditions. Hotel and union representatives had negotiated for weeks without coming to an agreement. The topics in discussion were wages, dues checkoff, and overtime provisions. First indication of the labor trouble came months before when the union filed an unfair labor practice charge against the hotel. During the 1960s, El Paso’s economy boomed, also benefiting from low wages. As this image shows, wages were the main reason for the strike. In the photograph, Leticia and Yolanda Abrego assist their mother, Mrs. Maria Garcia Abrego in the Hilton Hotel picket line. The placard reads: “On strike against Hiiton Hotel. We can’t live on $2.50 a day. Hilton is unfair to my Mommy.”

Source: http://digie.org/

Ranchers Rebel Over Beef Checkoff

Two Midwest ranchers turned themselves into activists, launched a shadow corporation, got hauled into federal court and had to hire a lawyer.
All over $1.
That buck, though, divides the beef industry. And may influence what you decide to have for dinner.
Harvest Public Media investigates the accountability of the beef checkoff program.