Friday, December 31, 2010

ASPCA's Top Adoptions & Best Puppy Mill Rescue Video for 2010

Top 10 Pet Adoptions of 2010
Lyle 
It's heart warming to read about these pets that were rescued from a brutal world where millions are put down each year.  If it weren't for the puppy mills that manufacture too many pets for profit there wouldn't be as great a problem of dog and cat overpopulation.  The ASPCA is at the forefront of rescuing animals from the puppy mills which is why I support them each year (click here to see story of photo on left)

"This year, the ASPCA was able to find forever homes for tens of thousands of companion animals across the country.

Behind each adoption is a unique tale of human-meets-pet, and our hearts were thoroughly warmed by some truly inspiring stories this year. Here are 10 of 2010’s most memorable adoptions—thank you for helping make these happy endings possible!"  www.ASPCA.org


 My vote for best puppy mill rescue video of 2010.

Rather than than post the adoption stories here, that are quite extensive, I thought it best to post photos and links to the stories, so here goes:








Thursday, December 30, 2010

Embezzlers Who Couldn't Wait to Win the Lotto - Part 2

This post isn't about anything other than just your every day kind of people caught up in greed and schemes to get to their employer's money.  A continuation from my Part 1 post a few weeks ago, I post these stories because it seems visitors want to read about embezzlers.  This doesn't mean I'm siding with greedy corporations by any means, it's just that there seems to be a growing desperation of working people to get a piece of the American dream they otherwise couldn't obtain working for another.  

Washington State Man Sentenced For Embezzling $500K

Dale N. Frantz, 46, of Gig Harbor, Washington, was sentenced to five years and eleven months in prison for embezzling more than $500,000 from Auto Warehousing Co., where he had served as chief information officer. According to prosecutors, Frantz submitted fraudulent expense reimbursements and phony invoices for goods and services never delivered to the company. Franz also allegedly conspired with Michael A. Newman, the owner of Florida-based Asyncritus Technology, who submitted false invoices that were paid and where Frantz would take a cut of the proceeds. Frantz' embezzlement scheme spanned about 2 1/2 years from May 2007 to September 2009. He had plead guilty to one count of wire fraud last week. We note that Frantz reportedly was convicted in 1996 in Indiana for embezzlement.  Read story here

Model Train Manufacturer in Missouri Victim of $200K Embezzlement Scheme

Jessica Harris, 30, of High Ridge, Missouri, has been arrested and charged with embezzling more than $200,000 from model train manufacturer, Micro Engineering, Inc., where she had been employed as office manager. According to reports, Harris forged checks for her own benefit over a period of about 5 years. According to her LinkedIn page, Harris is also the owner and co-founder of a arts and crafts business called Cap-itudes! Harris was an 8 year employee of the company.  Read story here

New York Man Indicted Indicted On Charges He Embezzled $200K From VFW

Ralph R. VanAlstyne Sr., 62, of Gloversville, New York was indicted today on charges he embezzled a total of more than $200,000 from three veterans organizations: the American Legion Harold Wilmont Post 137, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Bernard W. Kierney Memorial Post #2077 and the Fulton County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 122, where he held fiduciary positions. The 14 count indictment includes six counts of third-degree grand larceny, one count of second-degree grand larceny, one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, three counts of first-degree falsifying business records and three counts of second-degree offering a false instrument for filing. According to prosecutors, VanAlstyne's scheme spanned nearly 4 years from January 2005 until December 2008. The scheme apparently involved the siphoning of funds from the organizations' revenues from gaming operations. Prosecutors alleged that VanAlstyne shifted funds between accounts in an effort to hide his thefts. Read story and see video here

Illinois Woman Charged In $1.2 Million Embezzlment Scheme

Tammy R. Weart, 52, of Des Plaines, Illinois, has been charged with embezzling some $1.2 million from Specialty Moving Systems where she had been employed as company controller. According to prosecutors, Weart made at least 96 unauthorized electronic funds transfers of monies from company accounts into her own accounts over a period of six years from November 3, 2003 through December 31, 2009. The total amount alleged to have been stolen by Weart is $1,169,632.16. Weart has been charged with theft, financial institution fraud and continuing a financial crimes enterprise. The embezzlement scheme was reportedly discovered by a co-worker who filled in for Weart when she was on a leave of absence.   Read story here

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Nearly $700K

Curtis Philip Pietro, 50, of Hagerstown, Maryland, pleaded guilty yesterday to charges he embezzled at least $691,323.97 from Glessner Alarm & Communications where he had been employed as vice president of finance. According to authorities, Pietro who had been employed by the company since 1986, wrote himself extra paychecks since 2006. Pietro is also alleged to have transferred company funds to his own American Express account since 2004. Pietro pleaded guilty to two counts of theft scheme of more than $500 and five counts each of forgery and uttering. Investigators believe the losses caused by Pietro could climb to as much as $800,000 or more.  Read story here


The really sad part is when many people become filthy rich they start believing everyone's out to get their money while being of lower status and criminal. The line between those who simply work for another as  opposed to those featured in this story is starting to blur.  Guilt by association?  "I'm very wealthy and successful and, because you don't have near the money I have, this makes you a criminal element."  It's class warfare at its worst.

So when every day people such as these begin to set a trend, it affects all of us. 

Source:  FraudTalk Blog

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Notary Public Too Exhausted to Blog - Posts Cat Patty-cake Video

So what does one do when they're so overwhelmingly busy they have no time to do a typical blog article?  They post entertaining cat videos, that's what.  I was so busy yesterday I barely had time to breath and I'm off to a busy start again today. I believe it's all due to the last minute push prior to the New Year. I wish it was always this way.

 I hope visitors enjoy this video. It's really cute. I've put others below it I've marked favorites in the past as well.







Repeats from previous posts a few months ago:  



Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Husband Who Snooped Wife's Emails Charged Under Hacker Law

Some poor dude, Leon Walker, is having a tough time lately.  He's currently facing a trial, get this, for opening his wife's Gmail account to discover she was having an affair!  Not only did he learn his lady was cheating on him, he's going on trial for discovering she was:
"Walker was charged after opening the Gmail account of his wife, Clara, who was married twice previously. Walker found she was having an affair with her second husband, who had once been arrested for beating her in front of her young son from her first husband."  Source
Leon's wife Clara discovered her emails had been read so she went to the authorities.  The prosecutor saw an opportunity to file a case under the an anti-hacking law designed to protect trade secrets.  The defense attorney was dumbfounded:
"I've been a defense attorney for 34 years and I've never seen anything like this," Leon Weiss told the Detroit Free Press. "This is a hacking statute, the kind of statute they use if you try to break into a government system or private business for some nefarious purpose. It's to protect against identity fraud, to keep somebody from taking somebody's intellectual property or trade secrets."
The attorney ended the interview by asking  "Don't the prosecutors have more important things to do with their time?" The Oakland County prosecutor, Jessica Cooper, said Walker broke the law by hacking in to his former wife's account.

I can't help but laugh at this story.  My glass of wine doesn't help matters either.  Once in a great while the tables turn and men get in a pickle.  It doesn't happen very often but when it does, it's hilarious.

Monday, December 27, 2010

New Evidence: Nanothermite In World Trade Center Towers On 9/11

Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth said they have newly analyzed evidence that the World Trade Center Towers were full of a nanothermite material.  Nanothermite is a military grade explosive.  This evidence, along with others the 9/11 commission ignored, including molten steel being found at the base of all three buildings, indicates the towers weren't simply brought down by the planes.  Molten steel couldn't occur under the temperatures caused by the planes. 

Real forensic evidence has come to light; other evidence was overlooked by the 9/11 Commission Report.

Jesse Ventura's 9/11 Conspiracy Program on TruTV About the 9/11 & Pentagon Presents A Good Cause for A New Investigation

There's real forensic evidence now that supports elements within the U.S. government were involved in demolishing the World Trade Center towers.  One of the planes that hit the towers was a windowless remote controlled drone.  As investigated by former Governor Jesse Ventura, there was also another drone that hit the Pentagon destroying the area of where records were kept of the trillions of dollars missing as was reported by Rumsefeld the previous day.

There's also evidence former Vice President Dick Cheney's definitely one of the guilty parties over 9/11.  According to former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Cheney ordered airforce planes to stand down on 9/11.  This is same Cheney who was recently bailed out $500,000,000 by Halliburton from Nigeria's case against him for serious crimes. (See Nigeria Drops Bribery Charges Against Cheney).  Of course, we the U.S. tax payers have contributed to Halliburton's money supply through government contracts automatically granted to it over the past few decades.

There are plenty of gullible brainwashed Americans who believe Cheney's a great American that he was out to protect them from terrorists.  These Americans will ultimately find a way to somehow spin and twist 9/11 into it being the best interests of the United States and world just as the criminal perpetrators do.

It's time to recognize one of the reasons all this evil has been allowed to occur is too many Americans support it by remaining ignorant, neutral or in denial.  It's really quite obvious to many those WTC buildings were demolished.  I've been shocked so many times in observing what politicians are allowed to get away with that I finally realized it's because many Americans hide behind their politicians who want it that way.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Shoplifting Husky Dog Travels 5 Miles for Rawhide Bone

A husky traveled 5 miles from his home to a local store to steal a raw hide bone caught on the store's security video camera!  

The following year the family returned with their dog to the scene of the crime for another holiday reenactment.  


I remember the days of Lassie Come Home when a dog traveled hundreds of miles to return to their owner who was forced to abandon her

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merriam-Webster named Austerity "Word of the Year" in 2010

During a government session, a citizen in Romania horrified onlookers in the chambers screaming out about austerity while leaping off a balcony.  The young man apparently thought jumping face first from a one floor balcony would be the end, but it wasn't.  Witnesses were all aghast and the government speaker was in tears.  Now the man will have to deal with disfiguration since he probably won't be able to afford the kind of medical care he needs to repair his face. 

Man throws himself from balcony in protest of Romanian austerity

For those unfamiliar with the term austerity as defined by Wikipedia:
In economics, austerity is a policy of deficit-cutting, lower spending, and a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided. Austerity policies are often used by governments to reduce their deficit spending while sometimes coupled with increases in taxes to pay back creditors to reduce debt. In 2010 Austerity was named as the word of the year by Merrian-Webster.
Here are some interesting comments on the video:

People are loosing it while the royals are having lavish weddings remember the school board shooting last week in USA the mans wife lost here job economic terrorism is more real than Islamic

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All those evils behind the scene should jump from at least 100th stories building balconies to kill themselves instantly. They enslave us, slaughter us, poison us, and are going to kill us all. They are the evils against humanity and should be in prison for their crimes. May God bless Us all and We as humanity, is on the winning side against these evils. Light will defeat darkness!! Peace and Love for all of you!!

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This guy was at the end of his rope, like the guy in the States who started shooting at a council meeting. I mean, what the f**k are these people supposed to do when they get screwed by their government? I don't condone it, but I can see where they're coming from. Sad.

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Politicians really are heartless assholes. Most of them just sat there like nothing happened. It's all about the cash in their pockets, they couldn't give a shit about people struggling to get by with the bad economy.

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It's not just happening in Europe, its happening all over the world, these banks and multi government corporations are holding the people of the world to ransom, one day the people will stand up, when... i don't know, but i sure hope we aren't too late... soon enuf you wont be able to fart in public without getting a fine, and these criminals in the banking industry and our governments are getting away with far worse corruption and behind close door deals that we don't know about.

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BEFORE JUMPING, THE MAN SCREAMED, QUOTE ''AMERICA, U KILLED OUR CHILDREN FUTURE'' !!!


As trends researcher Gerald Celente often says, "when people have nothing to lose, they lose it."  Sadly, we'll probably be seeing more of this kind of stuff in the future.  In this video Celente discusses austerity and coming revolution.

According to Web of Debt author Ellen Brown in a piece Austerity Fails in Euroland: Time for Some "Definict Easing", austerity has already proven to be a failure in addressing economic woes:
The Greek bailout was supposed to be an isolated case, a test of the European Union's (EU) ability to quarantine an infected member, preventing it from spreading "debt contagion."
 But that was before Ireland failed. Ireland was the poster child for how to conduct a successful austerity program. Unlike the Greeks, who were considered profligate spendthrifts, the Irish did everything their creditors asked. The people sacrificed to pay for the excesses of their banks, but still the effort failed. Ireland was the second domino to fall to an International Monetary Fund (IMF)/EU bailout. On December 17, Moody's Investors Service rewarded it for voting to accept the "rescue" package with a five-notch credit downgrade, from AA2 to BAA1, with warnings that further downgrades could follow.
Spain is rumored to be the next domino poised to fall. If it falls, it could bring down the EU.


Austerity Fails in Euroland: Time for Some "Deficit Easing" - Ellen Brown

Thursday, December 23, 2010

You Can Kiss These Obsolete Things Goodbye

The other day I happened to spot the Yellow Pages delivery man across the street and let the landlady know he was about to dump a ton of obsolete books at the building's entrance once again.  The poor lady's 70 years old and it's hard for her to have to carry the heavy books to the garage where they eventually get thrown away anyway.  Last year I helped carry them for her but this time I did even better cutting the YP guy off at the pass.  

Why do these Yellow Pages get force delivered on people in buildings only to be thrown away you might wonder?  Because people's jobs depend on working for the Yellow Pages in spite of the fact very few people use the book as a resource any longer.  These people are obviously trying to maintain a dying industry.  Turns out there are many similar instances of industries hanging on a thread barely making it.  The reason these threatened industries still exist is many people's livelihoods and futures depend on them.  Regardless, eventually they will all be gone if they haven't disappeared already. 

According to a Staples Store retail clerk I spoke with, the most common questions the store gets is how to obtain replacement parks and supplies for technology that's over 10 years old.  The clerk says the old technology questions come repeatedly from "people of a certain generation".  Apparently some people have a tough time letting go of things.   (Photo: If a grizzly wants your bike, you can kiss it goodbye)

Here are a few once common things that are gone or quickly fading into oblivion as provided from the Huffington Post in an article You're Out : 20 Things That Became Obsolete this Decade

Let's take a look at some of the things and professions that have gradually been phased out over the past decade from 2000-2010. 

Kiss your Yellow Pages goodbye

There was a time when "let your fingers do the walking" meant opening a phone book -- not typing in a search query. Phone books, address books, and the Yellow Pages have been made obsolete, their information transferred from paper onto smartphones, and the web. - Huffington Post


Kiss your Travel Agent goodbye

The Internet's Expediia, etc.,  have pretty much taken over where travel agents left off.


Kiss Book Stores goodbye

All the bookstores are gradually being closed in San Francisco, including the used book stores.  People like me go in and read what's on the shelves but we don't buy.  After we glance over content, we buy on Amazon. Sad but true.


Kiss your VCR/VHS goodbye 

Gone for many long ago, let's face it, this was unattractive technology to begin with.  The VHS tapes took up a lot of space and attracted dust.


Kiss your Landline Phone goodbye

I use Magic Jack and my cell phone.  Why pay for a landline these days?  While many still rely on landlines--especially in areas where cellphone service is spotty--users are increasingly unplugging. As the AP explained, a recent survey found, "In a first for any age group, more than half of Americans age 25-29 live in households with cell phones but no traditional landline telephones." - Huffington Post


Kiss your Wristwatch goodbye 

I used to wear one every day, haven't been for the past two years. I used to love wearing watches too.  "While wristwatches are certainly still a style statement and/or status symbol for many, they've increasingly been replaced by cellphones, laptops, and other gadgets, which tell time and eliminate the need for an extra accessory. A survey by Beloit College of its class of 2014 found, 'Few incoming freshmen know how to write in cursive or have ever worn a wristwatch.'" - Huffington Post


Kiss Paper Maps goodbye

GPS and Internet map services are taking over the map industry for the most part.


Kiss Newspaper Classifieds goodbye 

Craigslist gets fast results and is  free


Kiss Encyclopedias goodbye 

They were stuffy old things.  Wikipedia anyone? 


Kiss CD's goodbye 
Digital music has rendered CD's nearly extinct.


Kiss Film Cameras and film processing goodbye 

Why would anyone still use film unless they're professional die hard photographers?


Kiss Handwritten letters goodbye

No one sends handwritten personal letters anymore, do they?  I don't even write cursive anymore I've been typing for so many years. Today the concept of letter writing even sounds a little strange.

There are many other industries that are quickly fading or metamorphosizing with new technology, including newspapers and magazines, that I'll do another future story on.  Things I'd love to add tot he list are attorneys but I have to do more research to determine if they're on their way out.

Future Goals:
  • Kiss lawyers goodbye (no, kick their asses out the door!)
  • Kiss judges goodbye (they can knock themselves out dealing with petty disputes their industry manufacuteres to bring in money for itself.  After they do, let's replace judges with robots!)
  • Kiss politicians goodbye (let's put them in tar and feather museums of the future)
  • Kiss the office cubicle goodbye (mobile work is the wave of the future)
  • Kiss fax machines goodbye (they require a land line and we have PDF/emails now.
It's time to beam up now.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DNA Genetic Lab Results for $99!

Ever wanted to know the truth about your distant ancestry roots and thousands of years of migration, or the potential health weaknesses  you face due to your particular genetics?  Now you can! A company called www.23andMe.com is offering an introductory $99 spit kit to genotype your DNA along with a one year web account $5/mo special.  The $99 special lasts through December 25, 2010 at which time it will go back to $499.

The website offers valuable information regarding the results of your DNA test and will be updated on-line with new test information each month.  Results include filling in the missing gaps of your ancestral tree to discover its global origins and even tracking ancestral migration while providing your genetic health risks.  Did you know your disease risk is impacted by genetics?  Now you can step up check-ups in coordination with any factors provided in the DNA test results.  This could potentially be a life saving intervention.
Some inherited mutations greatly increase your likelihood of developing certain diseases later in life. For example, one rare mutation tested by 23andMe is associated with a nearly 60% lifetime risk of Parkinson's disease.
This is cutting edge DNA technology everyone should take advantage of as a golden opportunity to learn about themselves and genetic heritage. Think about it, we're the first humans able to access this information ever in the history of mankind!  Of course, there are more in-depth expensive tests but this one still provides plenty of information your average doctor doesn't provide.  Tests results take 6-8 weeks on average.

If you really think about it, this DNA spit kit makes a wonderful Christmas gift for someone too.

www.23andMe.com

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Precipice Of An Ice Age?

The turmoil spreading all over the world with the record breaking extreme ice cold temps has many wondering if we aren't headed towards an ice age.  So many terrifying stories of trapped people at airports, train terminals and even highways in Europe have many spectators spellbound and horrified.  Are these extreme winters here to stay?

Back in January of 2010, an article by David Rose, The Mini Ice Age Starts Here, seemed to really hit the nail on the head.  A subsequent big chill sent many global warmest advocates into a type of silent spiritual hibernation from their warmest mantra.  Who in their right mind could spew such warming propaganda in the face of reality? 
"The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world’s most eminent climate scientists."  - January, 2010
The prediction of an ice age even started way back in 1974.  Back then I was only 14 but I vaguely remember a Time Magazine cover story article Another Ice Age.  In the article Time unleashed a mountain of evidence to support what scientists, at the time, suspected was the onset of a coming ice age. Characterizing its evidence as "telltale signs everywhere", the article went back three decades to summarize statistics and events which pointed towards global cooling.

Following Time's lead, a year later Newsweek Magazine conducted its own investigation with an article  concluding that evidence supporting a coming ice age had begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists were "hard-pressed to keep up with it all."

Now back to the future.  (To my relief because I'd never want to be 14 again, ever!).  In an article posted on the Asian Tribune, The Onset of the New Ice Age, a London journalist writes:
"We are freezing in London and so are the rest of inhabitants all over the British Isles. The first wave of heavy snowfall hit London around midday on Friday, when the hourly weather forecast had indicated just a cloudy afternoon. So, it was a bolt from the blue, for most of the beleaguered residents.

In a matter of minutes, the pavements as well as all the major roads were covered by a thick blanket of snow, which in turn made the walking and driving pretty hazardous. All of a sudden, human activity got into a slower phase as if it was caught up in a peculiar space-time warp."
- Hemantha Abeywardena
It seems the illusion of global warming comes from the ice caps shifting from the north to the south poles.  The global warmest enthusiasts flashed around photos of the north pole ice caps melting while the south pole simply accumulated more ice.  Moreover, the planet Mars has polar ice caps very similar to the Earth's, and guess what?  According to NASA, the Mars ice caps have been melting too.  Turns out the global warmists had omitted relevant facts to create their illusion of warming in order to implement a worldwide carbon tax.  In other words, global warming is a scam designed to create a new tax structure to make people like Al Gore filthy rich who invested in the carbon tax infrastructure.

Try telling people freezing to death all over Europe we're in a global warming trend!  You really know you're dealing with insane people when they begin to spin the facts and say the extreme ice cold weather is due to the warming. Global warmists need to get real.

Monday, December 20, 2010

California Screamin and Mass Exodus

Many Californians are beginning to recognize the condition of their beloved state is in great decline, if not a death spiral.  Many thoughtful, well received articles are popping up everywhere like Missing the California of My Youth by Tim Daniel and Two Californias by Victor Davis Hanson with multitudes of thoughtful comments concurring the dire situation California faces.

As California moves towards what many view as an inevitable collapse, it may well become a death trap for multitudes of people.  Food, water and electricity may become scarce under any number of scenarios including a trigger of high priced and/or shortage gasoline.  Race riots may also break out. As a native Californian of 50 years, I'm preparing for a possible exodus to another state following the lead of some very wise people who read the signs a long time ago.

In his article Two Californias Victor Davis Hanson opens his article with a brutal assessment of a metaphoric schizophrenic state:
"The last three weeks I have traveled about, taking the pulse of the more forgotten areas of central California. I wanted to witness, even if superficially, what is happening to a state that has the highest sales and income taxes, the most lavish entitlements, the near-worst public schools (based on federal test scores), and the largest number of illegal aliens in the nation, along with an over regulated private sector, a stagnant and shrinking manufacturing base, and an elite environmental ethos that restricts commerce and productivity without curbing consumption." - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review
In a well written essay on Pajamas Media's site, Tim Daniel's Missing the California of My Youth sums it all up in one sentence:
"Atlas has shrugged and California has changed – government has ruined this place and I will never forget it." - Tim Daniel
Here are just a few stats to consider. (Please pardon the small font, there's a lot of info here)

The American Tort Reform Association ranks CA the second worst “judicial hellhole” – extremely anti-business.

America’s top 600 CEO’s rank California “the worst place in which to do business” for the fifth straight year (3/2010).  But here’s the interesting part – they think California is a great state to live (primarily for the great climate) – they just won’t bring their businesses here because of the oppressive tax and regulatory climate.
Consider this quote from the survey (a conclusion reflected in the rankings of the characteristics of the state):  “California has huge advantages with its size, quality of work force, particularly in high tech, as well as the quality of life and climate advantages of the state. However, it is an absolute regulatory and tax disaster.”         http://tinyurl.com/CEO-states-rank-2010

California has the 3rd worst state income tax in the nation.  9.55% tax bracket starts at $46,349 for people filing as individuals.   10.55% tax starts at $1,000,000   http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/bp59_es.pdf

By far the highest state sales tax rate in the nation.  8.25%.  7% is next highest (does not include local sales taxes) http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/bp59.pdf  Table #15

California corporate income tax rate (8.84%) is the highest west of the Mississippi (our economic competitors) except for Alaska.      
http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/bp59.pdf   Table #8   -- we are 9th highest nationwide.

California’s 2011 Business Tax Climate ranks 2nd worst in the nation.      http://www.taxfoundation.org/news/show/26806.html

Fourth highest capital gains tax   9.55%    http://www.thereibrain.com/realestate-blog/capital-gains-tax-rates-state-by-state/109/

Highest gasoline tax (averaging 67.4 cents/gallon) in the nation, 4 cents above second place Hawaii (July, 2010).  http://www.api.org/statistics/fueltaxes/   (also highest diesel tax)

California is ranked 14th highest in per capita property taxes (including commercial) – the only major tax where we are not in the worst ten states.  But CA property taxes per home were the 10th highest in the nation in 2008.
http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/251.html   and   http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/1913.html

One of the highest state vehicle license car taxes. 1.15% per year on value of vehicle, up from 0.65% in 2008.
http://tinyurl.com/lrvmtd

California’s 2010 “Tax Freedom Day” (the day the average taxpayer stops working for government and starts working for themself) is the 7th worst date in the nation – up from 28th worst in 1994, but down from 4th worst last year  CA “improved” only because of our state’s soaring unemployment rate – the new tax dodge!   http://www.taxfoundation.org/research/show/387.html 

In 2009, 24 states raised their taxes at least 1% to collect $28.6 billion.  California’s taxes went up about $11 billion – thus we were responsible for about 38.5% of all the state tax increases in the nation.    http://tinyurl.com/2009-CA-Tax-Increase-rank 

California tied for 2nd highest state unemployment rate.  (November, 2010)   12.4%.  National unemployment rate 9.8%.  http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.nr0.htm

California needlessly licenses more occupations than any state – 177.  Second worst state is Connecticut at 155.  The average for the states is 92.http://cssrc.us/publications.aspx?id=7707 

For the 2007-08 school year, the Los Angeles Unified School District spent $29,780 per student.  The district also has the country’s second lowest graduation rate of 40.6%. http://www.calwatchdog.com/2010/08/20/lausd-spends-30k-per-student/

1 in 5 in Los Angeles County receiving public aid. 
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-welfare22-2009feb22,0,4377048.story

California has 12% of the nation’s population, but 36% of the country’s TANF (“Temporary” Assistance for Needy Families) welfare recipients – more than the next 7 states combined.  Unlike other states, this “temporary” assistance becomes much more permanent in CA.            
http://weblog.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/afb/archives/034662.html

California prison guards highest paid in the nation.  http://www.caltax.org/caltaxletter/2008/101708_fraud1.htm 

California is the worst ranked state for tax administration – another anti-business factor. http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/capitolalertlatest/2010/03/cal-rated-worst.html

California now has the lowest bond ratings of any state, edging out Louisiana.  http://tinyurl.com/CA-worst-bond-rating

California, a destitute state, still gives away college education at fire sale prices.  Our community college tuition is by far the lowest in the nation.  How low?  Nationwide, the average community college tuition is almost four times higher than California CC’s.  This ridiculously low tuition devalues education to students – resulting in a 30+% drop rate for class completion.  In addition, 2/3 of California CC students pay no tuition at all – filling out a simple unverified “hardship” form that exempts them from any tuition payment, or receiving grants and tax credits for their full tuition. http://tinyurl.com/ygqz9ls

On top of that, California offers thousands of absolutely free adult continuing education classes – a sop to the upper middle class.  In San Diego, over 1,000 classes for everything from baking pastries to ballroom dancing are offered totally at taxpayer expense.   http://www.sdce.edu

California residential electricity costs an average of 30.1% more than the national average (far higher in San Diego County).   For industrial use, CA electricity is 60.8% higher than the national average (June, 2010).


I'd encourage interested parties to read the comment sections of the two referenced articles for genuine perspectives of native Californians who share their memories of the state's glory years.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Could This Mysterious Pyramid In China Be An Alien UFO Launch Tower?

Visitors may have noticed I haven't been reporting much on UFO and aliens for a while.  The reason is that I believe the surge in UFO sightings and whistle blowers, especially from within the government agencies, have to do with NASA's secret Project Blue plans.  Project Blue Beam is designed to trick Americans and the world into believing aliens are going to attack us much like the Orson Wells War of the World's radio broadcast did back in 1938.  The Blue Beamers allegedly plan on using holographic technology projected out into space.  Regardless, once in a while I come across an interesting story that's obviously not connected with the Blue project.

There's a pyramid in the Western province of China that local legends claims is an alien UFO launch tower that nine scientists are preparing to travel to investigate.

“The pyramid has three caves with openings shaped like triangles on its fa├žade and is filled with red-hued pipes leading into the mountain and a nearby salt water lake,” says China’s state-run Xinhua agency.

At right photo is debris in the high altitude site where thin, crisp air has been long considered an ideal astrological location.


Inside the cave, there is a half-pipe about 40 centimeters in diameter tilting from the top to the inside of the cave. Another pipe of the same diameter goes into the earth with only its top visible above the ground. Dozens of strange pipes surround the opening with diameters ranging from 10 to 40 centimeters. Their structures indicate a highly advanced and completely unknown construction technique.

A homemade video about Chinese Pyramids

Source: www.WeirdAsia.news

Friday, December 17, 2010

RED ALERT: Trader Joe's Prices Rising - Sure Sign of Coming Food Inflation

I've been a loyal shopper of Trader Joes since the 1990's because of their reasonable prices and uniquely creative food selections.  For the first time ever, I've noticed a huge jump in TJ's food prices.  Take for instance like my favorite cereal being discontinued and new choices being in the $3.50 to $3.99 category.  The servings seem meager too, as I now only got 5 bowls of cereal per box.  As many familiar shoppers are well aware,  TJ's is known for its reasonable prices so the 30-40% hike really caught my attention.

I was a bit premature in food storage preparation back in early 2009. Back then I vacuum packaged dozens of chicken breasts, vegetables, ground coffee, homemade granola and beef jerky, and yes, even Trader Joes cereal.  The only problem is I've since devoured it all fearing after a year or more the food would go bad.

As part of my food storage strategy, I also got a food dehydrator I recently sold.  I could hardly believe all the people who answered  my Craigslist ad.   Two women were actually fighting over the dehydrator they wanted it so badly. The buyer later drove out from Napa to pick it up.  What the lady probably didn't realize was the amount of electricity it takes to dry fruits and wet foods is ridiculous that it's probably cheaper to buy it in the store. 

After seeing this Glen Beck video (below) about inflation I've decided to start all over again to vacuum package food right before the prices really skyrocket.  According to Glenn Beck, the inflation could be staggeringly high where a Hershey chocolate bar could cost $15.00.  Beck cited the National Inflation Association as a credible source for potential prices.  Let's hope they're wrong.



One thing I know for sure is Americans won't tolerate their comfort foods being taken from them. There will be crazy riots and heads will definitely roll when food becomes scarce and expensive.  Gerald Celente of the Trends Research Institute thinks a good future investment might be guillotines. 

Gerald Celente on the Alex Jones Show Talks about "Off With Their Heads" Trends


In San Francisco they're closing major supermarket chains owned by Kroger Foods (e.g. Ralphs and Cala Foods).  Many wonder what's going on, where will they get food in San Francisco if this continues.  It's smart to store food prior to people going insane and all the hoarding that will be going on.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Passionate Greeks & Italians Prove They Can Throw a Good Riot

After viewing these intense scary videos, when it comes to a good riot I think the Greeks have it up on the Italians.  The Greeks upstaged the Italians in their having actually attacked a former government official, bitch slapping him round a bit.  At one point you can see blood pouring out the mouth of former Minister for Development, Kostis Hatzidakis's, who was escorted off the property of a luxury hotel.

This guy Hatzidakis probably woke up to a nice Continental breakfast, took a shower, put on a fluffy white hotel robe, had coffee and planned his day only to be met by angry crowds outside that nearly ripped his head off.




  Italians riot demonstrating the passion their famous for around the world. - December 14, 2010


The Greeks really, and I mean really, know how to throw a riot. - December 15, 2010

"Greeks took to the streets for the second day of strikes and protests during the seventh general strike this year against new government austerity measures to reduce the high public debt and budget deficit. Protests are also taking place in France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Czech Republic at the calling of European trade unionists.

The common theme: widespread public discontent against spending cuts and other tough measures European governments are adopting to turn around their sagging economies and prevent the debt crises that have hit Greece and Ireland from spreading further."  European Austerity Measures Draw Protests
My only encounter with riots was in 1992 when Los Angeles was going insane over the Rodney King beating.  I'll never forget how intense it was was.  Cops in riot gear were being pulled from police stations everywhere and the rioters were starting fires all over the city.


This video shows some of the aftermath of the LA riots.  I've heard through word-of-mouth that Los Angeles never really recovered from the days of these riots. They had to call in the National Guard.

Seems these riots are beginning just in time for the holiday season.  If Santa were in Greece or Italy he might have been ripped to shreds!  There's a saying we used a lot in the 1970's when things were more mellow.  Whenever something was real funny we'd say "that's a riot" or "aren't they a riot?"  My have times have changed. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Day in the Life of a Busy Little Bee Mobile Notary

I think mobile notaries are much like little bees buzzing around a community pollinating with their notarial stamps spreading the love through social networking with pleasant conversations in offices or people's homes.  Sometimes things don't always work out as we'd like however such as what happened to me as a busy little bee yesterday.

Rise & Shine Campers - Attorney Needs One Notarization!

Tuesday I woke up early to get to my office to accommodate an attorney who requested I notarize one document for her client.  That's right, one document, a mere $10.  I couldn't believe how self-centered, well yes I could, an attorney could be to summon me to my office for one notarization.  I felt inclined to request she also bring her Quit Claim Deed she mentioned earlier so I could at least make $20. After I headed for the office,  I felt lucky the projected rain held back as I arrived with one minute to spare. As I was about to enter her office, I answered my cell phone.  Ms. Attorney was actually calling me as I entered the room!  I thought to myself, she couldn't wait another couple of minutes?  Geez.  Anyway, fifteen minutes later and Ca-Ching! I made $20.  

Time to Inspect a CEO's Home Retail Software Business
I got home, had breakfast and jetted out for an inspection I had to perform at a retail business, except this time it was at someone's home three miles away. Many times inspection companies call on notaries to go to a new business establishment to take photos and conduct a short questionnaire interview to make sure the business meets a credit card company's qualifications  to accept credit cards.  Usually these retail businesses are nearby but this time it was quite far and full of steep hills for my electric bicycle to handle.  As rain loomed, my Google bike map directions were off leading me in circles so I had to figure out how to get there from guessing.  Meanwhile I worried my electric bike was running low on electricity.

I finally arrived at the home of the CEO of www.Planet9.com, a 3D software company and could tell he was thrilled to see me. In other words, he was very subdued and questioning what the real purpose of it all was.  He was kind enough to offer me a cup of coffee, but there was nothing really to inspect.  It was an internet business!  I was supposed to have snapped some photos inside but felt too uncomfortable.  I was also supposed to have taken a photo of the exterior of the home but I forgot my camera and my cell phone camera wasn't too good so I thought, why not use Google Maps to get the photo of the home? The only problem was Google Maps removes the address on the face of homes and places little cartoon bubbles in photos.

After I uploaded the photo and form, the agency called wanting to know what the "little bubble" was in the photo and why the address was missing on the faceplate of the home.  It was a gotcha moment; I believe my face turned red.  I blew it and had to forfeit my fee. Ca-ching!  I made $0 on the entire effort.   It doesn't happen often, but I got distracted.  I figured at least I burned off a few calories.

Heavy Rain, A Stuck Rear Brake, Ulock Problems and Incorrect Documents!
Next, a previous loan signing where an escrow agent had provided misspelled name on a deed prompted me to offer them a courtesy return to their offices another day at 4:00 p.m.  Right at the time I was leaving on my electric bike, it started to rain fairly heavy so I arrived downtown drenched.  I had trouble with the lock sticking and the rear brake as well to add more anxiety to the day.

When I arrived at their office they weren't even there and I was a little early.  I had anticipated a 5 minute time allotment to notarize.  Once again, the deed was incorrect so I requested the lady email over the Exhibit A legal description.  I waited and what she sent once again was incorrect.  I waited another 10 minutes and the person I was notarizing for was oblivious to my unusual efforts not letting me know why I was waiting so long.  He didn't really thank me, probably because he didn't speak good English.  I got home and my backpack was soaked.  Ca-Ching!  Another $0

Corrupted PDF File & Unusual Borrower Request

After I got home I got a call for a late afternoon loan signing.  Got the PDFs of the loan documents only to find one attachment was corrupted and wouldn't open. The borrower asked me to resend the PDF too.  It's quite unusual a borrower asks to have me email her the documents prior to a loan signing but it all fit into how the day was going so I wasn't too surprised.  When I got to the borrower's home which was only, to my relief, a few blocks away from my home, the signing took the longest ever, 2.5 hours!

The borrower was sweet and offered me ice tea.  We had a nice long chat about everything under the sun as she reexamined the documents.  I learned Janice had lived in her apartment for 37 years and her rent was only $850 for a one bedroom nice flat due to rent control.  Meanwhile, as zen spa music was playing in the background, and I fought to stay awake.  When we were finally done, the borrower offered me chocolate and a persimmon fruit.  Very pleasant experience and I finally got paid to boot!  Caching!  $100  to be paid in 30 days.

Writer's Block After a Long Day Prompted this Article
By 8:00 p.m. I really needed a glass of wine so I stopped by the store after I plugged in my eBike I couldn't think of what to write because I'm exhausted.  I figured I'd write something personal about a unusually tough day in the life of a mobile notary on an electric bicycle in San Francisco.  In spite of the hassle, I'd rather do this kind of work then sit as a prisoner at my desk at a law firm and be taxed to death for their overtime demands.  This way I get fresh air, meet new people, network and get to know a little about those who live and work in my community.

A Challenging Day - There's Always Something to Learn
This was one of the more challenging days where I really had to hustle to make a mere $120.  Better than nothing is what I always say, it's always better then nothing.  I was supposed to have finished up a client's divorce paperwork in my other LDA business today, it will have to wait again yet another day.  

I always felt like a trapped animal when I worked for companies or law firms.  As a mobile notary I feel like a sweet little pollinating bee.