The wildly popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge hasn’t just revolutionized fundraising campaigns, it’s practically reinvented them. As of Thursday, the ALS Foundation has about 41.8 million reasons to thank the slightly masochistic challenge. But California isn’t feeling the love. In fact, the ALS Ice Bucket challenge may be contributing to California’s drought, and some residents are less than pleased.
Of course, the challenge’s cause is a worthy one, and regardless of its faults, the Ice Bucket Challenge has helped the ALS Foundation raise 20 times more this yearthan it did last year. But it comes at a cost — our most precious natural resource, and one that some areas of the country (and many parts of the world) are in desperate need of.
Contributing to a great cause, but I believe the right thing to do with California’s circumstances is to just donate and skip the ice bucket challenge part all together.
Edit: Apparently the article has been disproven (sorry!), but I still think that we should try to save whatever water we can! You can still contribute to the ALS foundation without wasting water.
Gov. Jerry Brown proclaimed a state of emergency following the destructive 6.0-magnitude South Napa earthquake that hit the San Francisco Bay Area Sunday.
The temblor sent at least 87 people to the hospital, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands.
Full story: http://abc7.la/1vA0CuA
Sincerely hope everyone affected by the earthquake is okay.
California’s already bad drought got much worse in the last week, as this dramatic graphic shows.
At the same time, new mandatory statewide water-use restrictions just went into effect. Anyone caught wasting water outdoors could face a $500 per day fine.
Try your best to conserve water! Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth, don’t over water your lawn, install faucet accessories that minimize water usage, etc!
Tech entrepreneur Tim Draper wants to split California into six separate states, and says he has collected enough signatures to put his idea on the November 2016 ballot.
Draper believes that state’s 38 million residents would be better served by smaller governments.
Critics point out this would separate some of the wealthiest and poorest Californians. Under this plan, “Central California” would potentially be the poorest state in the country.
Read the rest: http://abc7.la/W8OgOa
This is getting ridiculous. This is like the what…5th proposal to split up California within the past several years? Someone had something to comment on this that I agreed with: “Quit signing crap you don’t read as you walk out of Walmart!”
Caving under losses, Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. has closed its high-end bakeries in Los Angeles and elsewhere after more than a decade of promoting the cupcakes that tapped the nation’s sweet tooth.
I am so devastated, and I feel terrible for those who are now suddenly jobless. My brother and I have had a fair share of stops here, we loved their cupcakes! I am also fairly shocked to see them shut down so abruptly, since every time I passed by a Crumbs Bake Shop, it was always bustling with customers. Times are changing I suppose. So sad to see Crumbs go.
Update on this post about California’s Redwood tree’s (http://fuckyescalifornia.tumblr.com/post/85336048607)
Just 5 percent of California’s old-growth redwood forest remains, but that hasn’t stopped poachers from targeting the tallest trees on Earth.
Bandits hack off giant chunks of redwood trees, leaving ugly scars and selling the wood to furniture-makers who charge hundreds or thousands of dollars for their work.
Now, after a yearlong investigation, a suspected poacher has been arrested, according to Redwood National and State Parks (NPS).
Read the rest at http://ktlane.ws/1stzV7U
San Diego Fire
Authorities were concerned that hot, dry gusts called Santa Ana winds would set back their efforts since Tuesday morning to contain the wildfire, which improved overnight to 25% from 5%, said Cal Fire incident commander Ray Chaney.
The fire has burned 1,584 acres and prompted an evacuation Tuesday of 5,000 homes in San Diego and selected areas, authorities said. By Tuesday night, those residents had an “orderly return” to their homes, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said.
Poachers Target California Redwoods to Make Black Market Coffee Tables
Bandits have been targeting the 2,000-year-old trees in Redwood National and State Parks for their burls. Found at the bases of trees, the bulbous growths are sold for thousands of dollars and are used to make knife handles, souvenirs, coffee tables, and other items. Redwood burls’ attractive, intricate patterns have made them popular in a burgeoning black market.
Cutting the knotty lumps damages the bark, which protects trees from fire and insect infestations.”
This is such an outrage. The redwoods are a treasure and should be protected as such. They’re magnificent pieces of nature and these assholes want to make them into freaking coffee tables. Are you kidding me.
(Photo: Redwood National and State Parks/Facebook)
The Etiwanda fire raging north of Rancho Cucamonga was just 10% contained Thursday after having burned more than 1,000 acres, officials said.
Pastor Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Chuch, has died at age 84. He was known for picketing hundreds of military funerals because he believed America was too sympathetic to gays.
Phelps’ followers carried signs that read messages like “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates the USA/Thank God for 9/11.”
Read more at http://ktlane.ws/1kMhCcj
"If only the bigotry died with him".