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13-year-old Girl Scout has more smarts about legal cannabis than Congress ever will

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Looking to drum up some new business, 13-year-old Girl Scout Danielle Lei and her mom set out for a San Francisco medical marijuana clinic on Monday, armed with boxes of Tagalongs, Dulce de Leches and other cookie varieties she and other scouts sell annually.

Any patients at The Green Cross with the munchies didn’t stand a chance. In two hours on President’s Day, Danielle sold 117 boxes outside the clinic — people gobbled up all her Dulce de Leches and blazed through the Tagalongs. According to her mother, Carol, that’s 37 more boxes than what she sold during the same two-hour period outside a small Safeway the next day.

Carol said her two middle-school-aged daughters have sold Girl Scout cookies outside a medical marijuana clinic before, though this was the first time they stopped by The Green Cross. She usually has them set up shop at various points around San Francisco so they can learn about different environments while earning some cash. Plus, Carol figured this might be a good way to start a conversation about drugs and how some use marijuana as medicine while others just get high.

The Green Cross was on board as soon as Carol called to ask for permission to sell cookies outside, and employees at the clinic bought plenty of cookies themselves, too.

“It’s no secret that cannabis is a powerful appetite stimulant, so we knew this would be a very beneficial endeavor for the girls,” Holli Bert, a staff member at The Green Cross, told Mashable in an email. “It’s all about location, and what better place to sell Girl Scout cookies than outside a medical cannabis collective?”

Sounds to me like Danielle’s mom has more smarts than the average politico, as well. She uses the opportunity to raise money for the Girl Scouts, educate her daughter – and face down the moralizing silliness that infects our society.

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Written by Ed Campbell

February 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Octopus hates paparazzi

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The 56-year-old Warren Murray was diving off Bluefish Cove in Carmel, Calif., earlier this month, with his friend David Malvestuto, 34, when he apparently got a bit too close to an eight-foot-long octopus. The two divers were just trying to capture some of the coast’s remarkable underwater sea creatures on film, but this octopus didn’t appreciate the attention.

The octopus swam quickly toward Murray and latched onto his camera. But when the Redwood City resident started snapping pictures and the flash went off the tentacled creature quickly scooted away. Luckily, his diving partner Malvestutu captured the brief skirmish on video.

I can imagine the octopus complaining about gentrification of the neighborhood – what with fancy cameras and all.

Written by Ed Campbell

February 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

Pic of the Day

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Less than a hundred miles from the rim of the Hoover Dam, just outside of Las Vegas at the edge of dusty San Bernardino County, sits a symbol of how the sun will some day provide copious amounts of electricity for entire cities. This is Ivanpah, the world’s largest operating solar farm, which uses 347,000 mirrors (173,500 heliostats) and three huge 450-foot towers to harness the sun’s heat to generate electricity.

Katie Fehrenbacher dissects the founding and future of the Ivanpah solar farm in the Mojave. And Google as one of the investors gets a few moments of identification in the field of heliostats.

Written by Ed Campbell

February 15, 2014 at 2:00 am

Where’s the beef? Unsound, unwholesome and unfit for human consumption…

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It all ends up looking like this

A California meat company has issued a recall of some 8.7 million pounds of meat as it was processed from “diseased and unsound” animals.

The Department of Agriculture”s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) revealed that the said meat was processed and sold without federal inspection.

Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp. has recalled the meat that was sold in the form of beef carcasses and boxes of beef oxtail, liver, cheeks and tongue in four U.S. states; California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.

The recalled products were produced from in the first week of January and had pack sizes ranging between 30 pounds and 60 pounds. The Beef carcasses and boxes carried the establishment number “EST. 527″ inside the USDA mark of inspection…

“The products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce,” the FSIS said.

The recall has been categorized as ‘Class 1 level’ which is considered to be the most serious and indicates that the product in question has the potency to cause “serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

We keep being told we have the safest, healthiest food in the world. That is – unless you apparently shop at Walmart, Kroger, Brookshire’s, and on and on. Sometimes, I think those low price value meats make it to store shelves because some chain store executive figures the profits are larger than the lawsuits from survivors!

Of course, if state and federal officials performed the tasks we entrust them with – we might stand a better chance of a long and healthy life.

Written by Ed Campbell

February 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

California hospital caught dumping homeless patient

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Rescue Mission still maintains “dump cam” to track hospitals jettisoning patients

A Montebello hospital accused of dumping a homeless patient on skid row will pay a $250,000 fine and face new protocols rather than face civil and criminal charges, according to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office.

Officials at the 224-bed Beverly Hospital in Montebello last year allegedly had the patient driven to skid row — long a magnet for the region’s most vulnerable citizens — without any prearrangement with a shelter to take the patient in.

The settlement, announced Friday, marks the first time in several years that a hospital has been caught dumping a patient without adequate medical care illegally on skid row.

Seven years ago, city prosecutors began aggressively pursuing criminal and civil cases against medical facilities that drop off homeless patients at shelters. Los Angeles police reported seeing hundreds of patients, sometimes still in hospital gowns, appearing on downtown streets.

The city forced several large hospital and chains, including Kaiser Permanente, to pay massive civil penalties and agree to tough new regulations…

In 2005 and 2006, patient dumping on L.A.’s skid row grabbed national headlines with images of mentally ill patients in gowns and another holding a colostomy bag being dropped off in ambulances, taxis and vans.

After a few years hiatus, shelter workers and police officers report seeing the signs of patient dumping again in the last year — including a surge of people wearing medical wristbands from hospitals…

For nearly a decade, the Union Rescue Mission has operated “dump cams” outside its shelter and the LAPD has publicly vowed to arrest anyone caught leaving patients outside a shelter without an arrangement for the handoff.

Existing protocols and procedures are nothing more than a game that many of the biggest hospitals work at avoiding in the name of profits. And don’t kid yourself, some of the worst thugs in the “healthcare industry” are only concerned with profits. It works just like cost-plus military contracts. If your profit is calculated on a percentage of cost, then, you inflate costs to increase profits.

The medical-industrial complex follows the guidance long established by the military-industrial complex. Screw consumers, screw the government and taxpayers by inserting artificially inflated costs at every possible opportunity. Lobbyists, pimp politicians, are paid to justify the expense, counter any challenges to accounting lies. Insurance companies collaborate in the whole process to guarantee their own share of the pork pie.

Dumping homeless patients is just another procedure for tidying up the books as far as some hospital administrators are concerned. All they require is plausible deniability.

Written by Ed Campbell

January 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Latest US drone strike – a US Navy guided-missile cruiser

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Safety record? A BQM-74 washed ashore in the Philippines after crashing off Guam

The guided-missile cruiser struck by an aerial-target drone during a training exercise off Ventura County returned to San Diego on Sunday for assessment and repair, officials said.

The Chancellorsville was struck on its port side by an BQM-74 series drone. Two sailors suffered burns.

The ship returned to San Diego under its own power…

Navy specialists are examining the extent of damage to the ship. Other technicians are investigating the possible cause of the drone malfunction.

The drone, controlled from Point Mugu, was being used during a routine exercise meant to test the ship’s radar system’s tracking ability. The test was not designed for the ship to shoot down the drone

Navy officials did not have any immediate records of any similar accident in which a drone struck a ship.

Not even footnotes about hitting any other nation’s ship either.

OTOH, you have to wonder if they were trying to shoot down the drone – and the drone won?

Written by Ed Campbell

November 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm

California SWAT copper shot in the leg. With his own gun. Still in the holster. By a schoolkid.

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We want all 6-year-olds face down on the floor!

A Lodi Police SWAT officer had a Glock 35 with a flashlight in his thigh holster at a children’s reading event when a boy managed to pull the trigger and shoot the officer.

“It doesn’t have an external safety or anything like that,” said Lt. Sierra Brucia with the department. “The gun functioned how it was supposed to. When the trigger was pulled, the gun went off.”

The officer was showing off the department’s SWAT truck, vest and other gear at a children’s event called Reading Roundup on Aug. 24.

“A small child, witnesses tell us was 6 to 8 years old, was able to walk up to the officer and was able to pull the trigger.”

The bullet hit the officer’s leg. He was taken to the hospital for a minor injury and released…

“Hopefully, speaking to the child and the child’s parents to find out how they were able to get access to the officer’s gun, what the child’s intent may have been—we don’t know if it was accidental or unintentional.”

Police say because the gun was in a holster to accommodate the attached flashlight, the trigger was more accessible.

Shows you how safe you really are if you’re armed and hanging out with schoolchildren.

Written by Ed Campbell

September 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

First new natural antibiotic in decades discovered in Pacific Ocean

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A new antibiotic that is effective at killing anthrax and superbug MRSA bacteria could be a weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance – and terrorism.

Anthracimycin, a chemical compound derived from the Steptomyces bacteria, was discovered in the ocean off the coast of Santa Barbara in California. Its unique chemical structure makes it a new addition to the antibiotic family that could pave the way for new drugs…

“The discovery of truly new antibiotic compounds is quite rare,” said William Fenical, Professor of Oceanography and Pharmaceutical Science at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, who led the research team.

“It’s not just one discovery,” he said. “It opens up the opportunity to develop analogues – potentially hundreds. Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin in the 1928 and from that more than 25 drugs were developed. When you find a new antibiotic structure, it goes beyond just one.”

The team has openly published their findings in the German applied chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie for pharmaceutical companies and governments that may be interested in starting research and development (RND) programmes.

RTFA not only for detail about this discovery. There is a chunk of interesting discussion about growing antibiotic resistance, the narrow approach to developing new products constraining big pharmaceutical corporations.

Thanks, Honeyman

Written by Ed Campbell

July 29, 2013 at 8:00 am

Freedom to marry returns to California

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Kris Perry and Sandy Stier married by AG Kamala Harris

Same-sex marriages were set to resume in California on Friday, after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a surprise order lifting an injunction preventing the unions.

The order came in response to an opinion released Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court that effectively killed a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages in the state.

Within moments of the ruling, couples, officials and activists began to converge on San Francisco City Hall, where unions were due to resume immediately.

On my way to S.F. City Hall,” tweeted the state’s attorney general, Kamala Harris. “Let the wedding bells ring!”

Harris arrived with her arm around a key lawyer in the case, as the couple at the heart of a case challenging the state’s ban waited eagerly for their marriage license to be issued…

The 9th Circuit had been expected to wait 25 days before lifting the injunction so the Supreme Court would have time to release a formal order. But the judges decided to act instead on Friday, a move that would allow the marriages to begin in advance of Gay Pride weekend.

“The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately,” the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling.

Lotta happy people in California, tonight. I imagine a few gay couples from here in Santa Fe may be on their way to San Francisco for the weekend.

Especially since our state’s attorney general is a 2nd or 3rd generation political hack who wouldn’t make waves if he jumped into the bathtub. He wants to be governor so bad he can taste it. And he has the courage and leadership qualities of a blue-tailed skink.

Written by Ed Campbell

June 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Driver attacks Walmart shoppers after crashing into store

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A Walmart store erupted into chaos and at least four people were hurt Sunday when a man rammed an Oldsmobile Cutlass through the entrance, then attacked an employee and shoppers with a blunt object, police said.

At 11:15 a.m., the unidentified driver in the red, two-door Cutlass Salon struck two other automobiles in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot, at 777 Story Road, in East San Jose and then crashed through the pharmacy and market entrance and continued a few dozen feet until colliding into a beer display. After leaving his car, he picked up an object inside the store and assaulted people, seriously injuring at least one, said San Jose Police Officer Albert Morales…

The assailant, described as a man in his 30s, was tackled and tied up by bystanders, according to one shopper who did not want her name used. Police said the driver was arrested and is being treated at a local hospital. As of Sunday afternoon, police had not identified him, Morales said, and would only say his injuries are not life-threatening

Paramedics treated the injured and placed them in ambulances. Police cordoned off the parking lot…

Police did not identify the victims, nor their conditions.

Or the nutball.

Written by Ed Campbell

April 2, 2013 at 8:00 am

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