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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)

It's the Most Hated Time of the Year

T-Minus 10 days until Christmas Break! Although I am excited for Christmas, I am not excited for the next week and a half. My welcoming week of hell begins tomorrow -YAYAY. I have an Art final tomorrow and a math quiz. The following day I have my Psychology final and my recitation. And my english portfolio is due on Friday. To be honest, it’s hard juggling my homework and finding time to study. Here are some helpful tips on how to survive the next two weeks:

1. Make a to-do list on your phone or on your computer ( I always feel very productive when I checkoff the little box)

2.  Drink LOTS & LOTS of tea! I personally love cinnamon tea.

3. Study in a quiet place ( like your room or kitchen ) 

4. Make a Spotify Playlist with motivational music 

5. Make sure you give yourself breaks 

6. Make sure you get enough sleep 

Head-to-Toe Assessment Check Off

I didn’t stress too much over this check off. It involved memorizing about three pages of information about how to do a complete review of systems for a head-to-toe assessment: general appearance, EENT, respiratory, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and abdomen. I managed to memorize the pages word for word, and I felt really prepared. While waiting outside the door to go in, I got super nervous, but I still knew that I had the material down and would be okay. Once in the room, I went first before my lab partner/best friend. So, I’m going through the assessment with no problems, and then I’m stopped just before I would have gotten to the second page of the check off if I were reading it. My lab partner had to reposition herself so my instructor could see everything from a side-view. My train of though was thrown off a bit, but I regained composure and continued like it was no big deal. I finish the assessment thinking that I did a great job and remembered everything word for word. HOWEVER, my instructor is like “you have two minutes left, think of what you missed because it’s pretty big.” And I’m like OH DANG! So, I start going through the whole thing again in my head, and then I realize – I completely skipped over the whole musculoskeletal system! Thank god my instructor lets her student go back and assess or say something that they have missed because I probably would have failed if I didn’t remember that I forgot a whole system.

What matters is that I passed! However, I literally could not believe that I had done that. My lab partner and I ran through the whole thing 4 times before going up, and I had it down perfectly. Then, I got into the room and nerves got the best of me, and I forgot an entire system. I remembered everything eventually, but it just goes to show that not everything will go your way no matter how much preparation you’ve done.

It never gets easier; you just get stronger.