checkoffs

You probably know this page by now, they keep posting incredible bullshit non-stop.

Humanity is doomed and we are taking everyone on this planet with us… Irresponsable, unconscious people are all around us, they are everywhere. It’s very sad and this makes me very angry.


The use of grain for animal feed is an extremely inefficient use of food. Typically, 3 kg (6.6 lb) of grain is needed to produce just 1 kg (2.2 lb) of meat. Protein conversion inefficiencies compiled by Distinguished Professor Vaclav Smil in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba clearly show that depending on animal products for protein is not the most efficient use of resources.  Most of the energy farm animals consume from grains and other sources of food is used for metabolic processes or for forming bones, cartilage, and other non-edible parts (offal), as well as feces.

    In the U.S., 70% of the grain grown is fed to animals on feedlots (“Plants, Genes, and Agriculture” by  Jones and Bartlet)

    The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people—more than the entire human population on Earth (“The Global Benefits of Eating Less Meat” by Mark Gold and Jonathon Porritt)

    Meat is a form of overconsumption and redistribution that increases scarcity.

    Of the planet’s nearly 7 billion humans, roughly 1 billion people are malnourished and 6 million children starve to death every year.

    Feeding half the world’s edible grain crop to farmed animals is not only a grossly inefficient use of protein, it is also a staggering waste of natural resources, requiring far more land, water and energy than cultivating plant foods for direct human consumption.

    Dependence on animal farming also imperils impoverished communities where food and natural resources are already scarce, and families cannot afford to adequately feed or provide water to farmed animals.

    Please learn more about the ways animal farming contributes to global food insecurity and hunger, here.

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    I don’t look athletic. But here we are, end of June, and this year, I have run 150 miles! (You can see my multicolored mile checkoff list) I’m sporting the medals earned for completing 3 half marathons! The sunburn on my arms is from the 8 hours I spent kayaking this weekend. On top of my cardio, I work out 40-60 minutes a day with the squats and sit ups and a dozen other exercizes. I weigh the exact same as I did six months ago. I look the same as I have for years—size 12 with crazy curly hair and a big smile. Athletes do not all look the same.

    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.

    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/