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Forget Surfing or Eating Fish for the Next 6000 Years! Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco

By DNA | December 26, 2013


This shocking video was taken December 23rd 2013 with a quality Geiger Counter at Pacifica State Beach (Surfers Beach), California.


Geiger Counter used:

Background radiation is 30 CPM. Near the ocean it’s 150 CPM. The fine mist coming from the ocean waves seems to be what makes the Geiger Counter jump.

Fukushima radiation disaster info:

Massive starfish deaths on West Coast:

We all must come to the realization that swimming in the Pacific Ocean (let alone eating anything out of it) is a thing in the past. And it’s only going to get worse, as it’s unstoppable. This is by far the worst man-made disaster in human history, and our garbage media and government say nothing.


Fukushima is here: ‘ALL Bluefin Tuna Caught In California Are Radioactive’



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2013: The year of Silicon Valley’s half-hearted diversity push


The past year has been fraught with debate about Silicon Valley's inability to match rhetoric about meritocracy with regional employment of women and minorities.

The past year has been fraught with debate about Silicon Valley‘s inability to match rhetoric about meritocracy with regional employment of women and minorities.

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About eight months ago, it looked like 2013 might finally be the year that Silicon Valley business leaders would act to rectify their somewhat sorry records on corporate diversity. It looks like we’ll have to wait for 2014 to see how talk is translated into action.

To break the nagging diversity problem down by the numbers, more than 90 percent of startup founders are men, and 82 percent of founders are white. A recent analysis pitted the most valuable public companies in Silicon Valley against the S&P 100, and researchers found that 98 percent of companies in the S&P 100 have at least one woman director, while only 56 percent of the 150 public tech and life science companies studied can say the same.

Sure, past years have seen rare think pieces on the root causes of minority under-representation in the tech industry. But this year the conversation shifted (briefly) to the more concrete examples of how the continued failure to inject a broader range of perspectives into Silicon Valley business impacts the bottom line. Tech user bases are diverse, and some research shows that executive diversity could boost the bottom line.

So in the absence of improved numbers, perhaps the most relevant development in 2013 is the tech industry’s move toward publicizing concern about a dearth of qualified talent — another factor indicating that Silicon Valley’s over-reliance on white and Asian males may not be sustainable.

While tech spokespeople have been happy to talk about how much they value diversity, in theory, a central fact remains: Data-driven, well-funded Silicon Valley companies still haven’t done much to back up the talk with results.

Beyond one-off corporate partnerships with minority-focused organizations and recruiting efforts with undisclosed budgets, it’s difficult to say what impact, if any, the diversity push during the last year actually had on the makeup of Silicon Valley’s workforce.

A central irony for Silicon Valley in 2013: Though the year could easily be deemed the year of Big Data, it’s a nagging lack of comprehensive workforce data that makes it impossible to evaluate just how stratified Silicon Valley has become — much less to measure any progress on diversity issues. Companies aren’t required to disclose the demographic makeup of their employees, leaving the public with isolated, caveat-filled reports that show Silicon Valley lagging behind the rest of the business world.

Missed opportunity

Amid the noise — a flood of diversity-themed events, long-winded media articles and promotional press releases on the topic of women and minorities in Silicon Valley — a lot did end up happening this year.

In March 2013, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg released her now-culturally-ingrained book on the workplace gender gap, “Lean In.”

The response from the tech industry was swift and, at least at first, emphatic: CEOs like Cisco’s John Chambers professed that their worldviews were altered; designated corporate diversity departments were bolstered or established; the Lean In Foundation created its own social network.

The even more galling lack of racial and ethnic diversity atop Silicon Valley companies — especially for Latinos and African Americans — also became a topic of discussion, though far less often than the gender gap.

But the lame sexist jokes continued. Twitter’s all-male, whitewashed pre-IPO board incited waves of criticism, though the company is far from an anomaly.

The dearth of women and minorities also doesn’t only permeate white collar tech jobs. The number of women in cleantech jobs — covering everything from energy IT workers to electricians — is disproportionately low. Overall income for black and Hispanic Silicon Valley residents, we learned this year, also declined 18 percent and 5 percent, respectively, from 2009 to 2011.

Most disconcerting is the lack of diverse job candidates in the tech talent pipeline — in particular the declining number of women and minorities studying computer science — which does not bode well for future change.

Will persistence pay off?

It’s important to note that there are bright spots in the gloomy realm of Silicon Valley diversity.

By all accounts, progress has been made from past decades, when the overall workforce was much more dominated by white, male executives.

This year alone, we saw wealthy investors experimenting with their portfolios in a bid to advance women. Sheryl Sandberg herself reported a spike in anecdotal accounts of women emboldened to seek better pay for quality work.

To combat the lack of employee data released by Silicon Valley companies, one online effort even seeks to crowdsource information about the number of women working at various tech companies.

Mark Taguchi, a former technology executive, now serves as West Coast managing director of minority professional development group MLT (formerly Management Leadership for Tomorrow). He told me that penetrating Silicon Valley’s tightly-knit tech world remains a challenge for the uninitiated for a simple reason.

“People operate in tribes,” he said. “They have groups of people that they learn to trust, that they work with, that they like.”

Whether that entrenched mentality will continue to win out over Silicon Valley’s professed penchant for meritocracy is the biggest question facing the region heading into 2014.




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Ted Cruz Rand Paul

  • Christie: 47 favorable, 19 unfavorable
  • Bush: 29 favorable, 33 unfavorable
  • Cruz: 24 favorable, 37 unfavorable
  • Paul: 21 favorable, 29 unfavorable

new Field Poll has found that Chris Christie enjoys a very high favorability rating among both California Republicans and all California voters while Tea Party Candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz had among the lowest favorability rating among all potential Republican candidates. The poll also found that half of California Republicans believe the Tea Party’s influence weakens the Republican brand.

The poll, conducted between November 14 and December 2 and sampled 826 registered California voters, found that 47 percent of all California voters have a favorable view of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie while only 19 percent have an unfavorable view. Among Republicans, 59 percent had a favorable view of the GOP frontrunner while 40 percent of Democrats had a favorable view of the moderate. No other GOP candidate had higher than an 18 percent favorability among Democrats. Christie also has a 44 favorable view among independents.

A distant second in the favorability poll was former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Just 29 percent of those polled had a favorable view of George W. Bush’s brother while 33 percent hold an unfavorable view. He did earn 51 percent favorablity among Republicans but just 18 percent of Democrats and 22 percent of independents have a favorable view of him.

Ted Cruz also mustered 50 percent among Republicans but just 24 percent of California voters view him favorably while 37 percent have an unfavorable view of the Texas Senator. Among Democrats, 52 percent have an unfavorable view of the Tea Partier, along with 42 percent of independents.

Rand Paul fared even worse. Just 21 percent of California voters view him favorably and a mere 36 percent of Republicans. Half of all Republicans, Democrats, and Independents said they don’t have any opinion about the Kentucky Senator.

The poll also asked respondents about their views on the Tea Party in general. Just 20 percent of voters believed the Tea Party is having a positive impact on politics while 47 percent believe it’s having a negative impact. Another 65 percent said the Tea Party hurts the Republicans’ chances in the midterms, including 48 percent of Republicans.

(Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore)



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Technology Backlash: Good Old-fashioned Business Success Comes with the Personal Touch

slider-image-JoanneHello? Is anybody there? 

One of the biggest problems sales people face with social media and technology is the lack of real, meaningful contact and communication.  Sure, it’s quick and easy. But when it comes to closing deals, does it really produce the results you need?
Joanne S. Black, author of the new book Pick Up the Damn Phone! , How People, Not Technology, Seal the Deal, is on a mission to help people learn the importance of personal contact.  Her manifesto is simple – to make a real connection and achieve true, meaningful communication, you have to make a personal and even in-person contact. Her goal is to get people to tweet less and talk more to the customers and contacts who really matter.

“It’s easy to get sucked into technology,” she says. “But the personal touch is the best deal maker there is.  Relationships matter more than anything else. The digital world—as great as it is—threatens personal connections. Humans need personal contact with others. Email, texting, social networking—these certainly have a place in business today, but none of them replaces the power of a personal connection.”

Based on years of research and experience, her book describes what she sees are the critical elements for success, particularly in business, where the creation of the powerful personal trust with executives and clients is necessary to produce immediate and long-term mutual economic benefits. Here they are:

  1. Stop Typing. Stop Texting. Get Personal Right Now. Pick up the phone and call. Go down the hall, take a walk, get in your car, take a train, get on a plane, hop on a bus, take the metro, and GO AND SEE THE RIGHT PERSON OR PEOPLE RIGHT NOW.  Make arrangements to see the people you work with face-to face. Go and meet your prospects and clients in-person. Thrash your competition. They are still tapping away on the keyboard. Even in our technology-driven world, nothing replaces a handshake and in-person interaction for both building and maintaining business relationships. Face-to-face meetings aren’t luxuries.
  1. Our Smart Phones Are Not So Smart Everyone looks down at their phones–bumping into people on the street, at networking events, on muni, at restaurants, in bed, at home. Our addiction to technology is bleeding into our personal lives. There’s no conversation. Kids are ignored. When you used to go into a public place, you assumed everyone was in that place with you. Now everyone is somewhere else. No one is talking. No one is connecting.
  1. Are You Spammed? Salespeople think that technology can do their job. They are under the mistaken beliefs, that if they do some research, identify specific trigger events and mutual connections that they can now spam away. It’s like digital snake oil. Executives don’t have “Meet with Salesperson” on the top of their list. They will always take a meeting with a personal introduction from someone they know and trust.
  1. We’re Smarter Than Our Buyers The digital buyer, Buyer 2.0 learns all about us with a click of the mouse. Salespeople are armed with the same tools. Even though buyers may know a lot about us, we know just as much or more about them. Clients don’t usually recognize exactly what they need. We do. Because so much information can be found online, the standard is now higher for sales to add value. Information isn’t knowledge. Knowledge comes from wisdom and experience. Just being tech savvy doesn’t mean you’re smarter than your buyer.
  1. Message to Marketing:  Keep Your Hands Off My Clients It’s up to salespeople to nurture their own relationships—not just with marketing automation, but with one-on-one conversations. Marketing should not be qualifying leads. That’s our job. Not only is generating leads our responsibility, it’s a task you don’t want marketing (or anyone else) doing for you. These are your clients, and you must continue to cultivate these relationships. These are the people who can send you the best, hottest referrals. So marketing–keep your hands off my clients.
  1. Bring In Your Team! Don’t be a lone ranger. If you are the manager, bring your technology experts with you. If you are the technology expert, bring your manager with you! Knock people’s socks off by giving them access to the right people that matter to the solution of their problem.. Show clients that you trust your teammates and that they can trust you. When we share data, strategies, best practices and even people, you make the best impression and win loyalty that lasts for a long time.
  1. There’s No Such Thing as a “Warm” Call.  If you don’t have a referral introduction, your lead is freezing cold—even though you mistakenly think you’ve been able to avoid sounding like a pesky telemarketer. Walk straight into meetings with your ideal prospects—without cold calling or trying to figure out how to bypass the gatekeeper. If you’ve been introduced by a trusted source, these gatekeepers will welcome your call. The secret isn’t duping them (trust me, they’re onto you). Make referral selling your primary sales driver and convert more than 50% of prospects to clients.
  1. Shine the Light! Prove that Live and in Person is the Best! Social networking isn’t the next big thing. You are! It’s not technology, but rather the person using the technology, that sets people apart. Social selling is a great way to expedite the first few important steps in prospecting; researching potential clients and identifying referral sources. Beyond that, it’s not social intelligence we need; it’s relationship intelligence that seals the deal.

It’s people, not technology, that seal the deal. It’s the real thing.

About the Author

Joanne Black is an expert on referral selling—the only business-development strategy proven to convert prospects into clients more than 50 percent of the time. She is the author of the book No More Cold Calling, and a popular speaker who teaches people how to build their referral networks so they can quickly attract more business, decrease operating costs, and ace out the competition every time. Her clients include Autodesk, KPMG, Bank of Marin, California State Automobile Association, Colliers International, Sage Software, and many other companies. She is a member of the National Speakers Association.

She has a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley and a Certificate in Training and Human Resource Development, with Honors, from the University of California Extension.  Joanne lives in San Francisco, California.


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Nobody in California Works Any More

IMG_1591I am so ready to move to the country.

With the interest rates low, the wife and I are thinking very seriously about purchasing a house it lower Washington State near Portland.  I’ve lived in California all my life, and in pretty sure I will miss the weather.

I can buy a Sun lamp.

We live in a cul De SAC,  a two bedroom unit in a triplex.  It might as well be an apartment building.  Nobody works in an office any more.  I can prove it, they are all out in the yards cause its nice out, but good freaking grief!

After my workout this lunch, I went to take some sun in the back patio.  First, there are currently three neighbors working on their homes.  One next door remodeling a bathroom, one across the street repairing to list the house, and another across the  street that has been having their front deck/patio worked on for the past 8 months.  No end in sight.

The next delight comes as the tenant next door opens her slider (literally 5 feet from my head) and takes 5 minutes to coax her new puppy to go potty.  Then the girlfriends next door, after parading up the driveway talking on their blue tooth for a half hour, somehow let their dog escape.  I had to wait a good ten minutes for Dylan to be captured and returned to captivity.  All of this, about 10 feet from me on the other side of the fence.

Forget the nap in the sunshine.

Oh did I mention that its garbage day?  We live in one of those special recycling zones where they have to send a separate truck to pick up the trash, recycling, and greens.

The afternoon holds forth a symphony of lawn blowers as no fewer than three separate gardeners take a total of about an hour and a half rotating internal combustion engines.  God forbid that they ever show up at the SAME FREAKING TIME !

I’m off to Starbucks where its actually relatively quiet.  Dreaming of Salmon Creek, right outside of Vancouver Washington.  Sunshine is highly over rated.




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Public Citizen Applauds Proposed Legislation Prohibiting Exploitation of Minors Through Social Media Advertising, Urges Improvements

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Statement of Scott Michelman, Staff Attorney, Public Citizen

Contact: Scott Michelman (202) 588-7739; Sam Jewler (202) 588-7779

We applaud the introduction today by U.S. Rep. John Duncan of Tennessee of a bill to ban the use of children’s images in advertising on online social networks. The use of minors’ images is a troubling practice that has been occurring for years and is the subject of several lawsuits, including one against Facebook pending in federal court in California. In that case, Fraley v. Facebook, Public Citizen has urged the court to reject a proposed settlement that permits Facebook to continue using children’s images in ads without parental consent.

The legislation proposed today would ban the exploitation of children’s images in this way. Seven states, including Tennessee, already prohibit the use of minors’ likenesses for advertising without parental consent. Rep. Duncan’s bill would extend such protection nationwide.

Although the proposed bill is a step in the right direction, it should be revised in two respects to ensure that state-level protections for minors are not jeopardized.

First, the bill specifies that it does not pre-empt stronger state protections. This provision may have the unintended consequence of suggesting that state laws that provide different or less strong protections are pre-empted. Congress should clarify that no state law is pre-empted except where compliance with both state and federal law is impossible. This change would ensure that existing state protections, including state rights of action, are not displaced by the new legislation.

Second, Congress should allow parents whose children’s images are used unlawfully to bring lawsuits to obtain damages, statutory penalties and orders requiring that the offending images be taken down. Such lawsuits would add a critical deterrent to and remedy for the exploitation of children’s images.


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The Benefits Of Having An External Storage Space For Your Business

file1491321584090 file1491321584090External storage plays a major role for businesses since the growth of commercial documents and other business related files can not be stopped. New sets of business documents are generated each day in every department or in various business operations. Although records are conveniently stored in the computer system of a business, hard copies or paper records are also important. Sadly, managing and controlling the flow of these documents can be quite difficult most especially if the office space is limited. In fact, some businesses often find themselves in chaos and delays with certain business operations because of disorganization and missing documents. This is why investing in a secure external storage space is beneficial to a growing business.

Why You Must Consider Getting Storage Space

If your business involves maintaining stocks of products, then utilizing extra storage space will help you make sure that your stocks are always safe and accounted for. This also includes having to store excess office appliances and furniture, or old office items you do not want to get rid of in case of future use. Having to store unused items at your business property will only lead to wasted space and affect the overall appearance of your office. You will want to ensure that your business appearance is constantly enticing and professional, thus placing stocks and unused office items in external storage will avoid your business reputation from being damaged.

The Benefits Of Having An External Storage Space

The best way to decide if an external storage space will be useful to your business is by learning the benefits that this type of storage space has to offer –

  1. In the event that you plan to move establishments, the storage space can be used to store items in between the old and new properties, while being able to store certain items until they are needed in the new office.
  2. If you want to have your establishment renovated or expanded, the external storage will come handy when storing office furniture, appliances, documents and other office items.
  3. You do not have to worry about important business documents or items being tampered with, stolen or lost, because an external storage space will have 24 hours of security to protect everything.
  4. In times of budget cuts or loss in the business, you can always opt to lease a smaller commercial space while storing important office files in the external storage facility.
  5. It is convenient and efficient to store business products in storage units if you are running an online business from home.
  6. Stocks can be maintained easily each day and retrieved quickly at any time of day.
  7. Having to store archives will be done in a cost effective way.

The Common Features Of External Storage Facilities

Most external storage facilities have high ceiling, secured and spacious rooms where a large volume of items can be stored. While some storage spaces are only available in at standard size, there are other storage spaces offered in different sizes to accommodate the storage needs of everyone for personal and commercial use. These storage spaces are well protected and they are secured with the latest technology for the highest security arrangements. They also offer moving and packing services which you can take advantage of if you have plenty of documents and items to place in storage, but do not have the right type of transportation to bring them to the storage facility.

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Valerie George is a freelance writer specializing in storage services for businesses. She also recommends SYS Storage for the storage needs of businesses.



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