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CA Drought Database.....Who uses the most/least

The historic drought is making average residents think twice every time they turn on the tap, despite the weekend rain. But there is nothing average about the way Californians consume water: A little-known state database that measures water use in every community shows huge -- sometimes shocking -- differences between California's water sippers and guzzlers.

In steamy Sacramento, where half of the homes still don't have water meters, residents use 279 gallons a day per capita -- almost triple the 98 gallons that residents of foggy San Francisco use. Palm Springs, land of big desert lawns and verdant golf courses, gulps down a staggering 736 gallons a day per person, five times as much as residents of San Jose and Los Angeles.

READ MOOORE: http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_25090363/california-drought-water-use-varies-widely-around-state

Career switch: From pot busters to pot protectors..

Craig Kloppenberg spent three decades on SWAT teams devoted to arresting pot dealers and eradicating their growing operations.

But now, he and his partner, Joel Smith, also a former law enforcement official, help protect pot producers as compliance consultants for nearly a dozen marijuana operations in Colorado.

They are just two of the thousands of new job and business opportunities that accompanied the state's legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use.

(Read more: Marijuana refugees face real estate challenges)

Kloppenberg and Smith's services are vital, as owners who are found not in line with standards and procedures can face fines, or have their licenses suspended or even revoked.

"If you could make more money, give a better life to your family, why not?" Kloppenberg said. "I believe it's going to be very lucrative."


It's Official! I AM the "Undecided Voter" in 2016.

Lavish me with praise, follow my every move. Watch me talk out of both sides of my mouth at the same time. I against taxes and for good roads! I am all for law and order but hate government! Yes sireeee, I am the guy for everyone.

I am the undecided voter. Buy me drinks.

My Restaurant: No religous nutjobs, no square heads, no NRA members, no wingtips

No FOX (not really the) News viewers and No DITTOHEADS!

Richard Petty: Danica will win 'if everybody else stayed home'

Another member of the Petty family apparently doesn't think much of Danica Patrick's driving ability.

Richard Petty, the "King" of NASCAR who holds the all-time record with 200 wins, told the website Wheels.ca that Patrick was only capable of winning if no other cars were on the track.

"Only) if everybody else stayed home," Petty told the site during an appearance at the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto.

Petty's son, TV analyst and former driver Kyle Petty, said Patrick was "not a race car driver" last year and never would be because she was just a "marketing machine."


House Republicans Attempt To Take Control Of California Water

By now most people have probably heard that California and other western states are facing what could be the worst drought since Europeans first arrived on the scene. There is simply not enough water to go around and choices are going to have to be made among the various competing interest. The main battle line is being drawn between agricultural interests and environmental use. Congressional Republicans are using their legislative artillery on behalf of agribiz.

California drought produces thirst for water and political solutions

Big dams, bitter feuds and some political bombshells surface in a California water bill slated for lickety-split House approval next week.

One new dam would be authorized for the Upper San Joaquin River. Another would get a green light to store Sacramento River water at a new Sites Reservoir. The existing Shasta Dam, already the state's seventh largest, could grow taller.

And all of that takes only one technical sentence, on page 20 of a 68-page bill the House is set to approve within days. There's much more, in a bill whose rapid acceleration through the Republican-controlled House is spurred by California's drought, as well as the forgoing of traditional congressional hearings and oversight.


Nominate the Grateful Dead to receive The Kennedy Center Honors in 2015 celebrating their 50th Anniv


And the Kennedy Center itself, look to the right for the nomination process: http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/honors/

What a long strange trip it still is......

50 years. THE BEATLES....(Where was you?)


The first time I ever heard them, I was being babysat by a girl about 8 yrs my elder, Rachel Self. I was about 8 at the time. She had just received her drivers license and we were driving along the road (Roseville road between Madison and Walerga), myself, Rachel and a couple of my friends. We were listening to the radio and all of a sudden Rachel SHH'd us all and turned the radio as loud as it would go.She started singing along and by the time the song was over she had to pull the car to the side of the road. She was apoplectic.My parents never listened to music outside of what I would call "White people's religious music"...., so I was a sheltered kid. I had no idea that music could have that effect on people. ESPECIALLY GIRLS!Later that week, Rachel again babysat us on a Sunday evening. I really liked that because I could watch one the forbidden shows in our house, The Ed Sullivan show. My parents hated The Ed Sullivan Show, rock and roll and just about everything, so we never ever got to watch it. A bunch of Rachel's friends came over to watch the show with her. Teenage girls all over the place. They all sat eagerly for the Beatles. The brought a record player over, and played the 45's over and over the whole night. I can't tell you when they came on in the show but when they finally did come on it was pandemonium. The girls all screamed, fainted and swooned. I had never seen anyone act this way. These girls were flipping out. No longer were they demure girls, but they were freaking animals! All they talked about the rest of the night was The Beatles and who they were going to marry. Who was going to do what to whom and the pros and cons for each member of the band.All I knew was, this music really got these girls going, going like nothing else. It changed them. It made their little teenage panties wet and I think it was the first time I was aware of sex.I also knew that I wanted to be a Beatle. or something like one. Just like every teenage or pre-teen in America.So we bought Beatle boots. we pegged our pants. We all begged our parents to buy us guitars.(Mine would only allow me to play a pedal steel, it was not a Rock and Roll instrument). We bought Beatle wigs. Suddenly everything that we had been taught and told by our parents was wrong. Totally wrong. Here were these mop topped kids, having fun, pranking on everything in society and we loved it. Our parents hated it. Some passionately. Mine would not let me see the films (I had to sneak out my window, put on my pegged pants, wig and boots stashed in the bushes and meet up with my friends the night they opened). My parents did not let me have any of their music or wear any of the clothes. My dad was always "They are laughing all the way to the bank" and all that.Of course that just made me rebel even more. No longer could my parents tell me what to do, what to wear, what to listen to. i was going to do it no matter what and there was nothing they could do about it.It became a constant battle. I wanted to play music. I wanted to see music. They caught me sneaking out to go see the Beatles at Candlestick park and grounded me forever. It made no difference that I did not have tickets, I was going anyway. All them girls were going and I had a plan all worked out to get to the City via Greyhound and sneak in. (something I later did at the 'Stick all the time thanks to my planning for the Beatles show)..

(for great reading about the Beatles at the Cow Place be sure to read The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test and the description of the teenage beast)

I think, to this day, that the single most important moment in music history was the day Bob Dylan got the Beatles high. POOF! they went from "I wanna Hold Your Hand" to "crawled off to sleep in the bath" and rock and roll became literate (and well, everyone else started getting high too). For me in the beginning, it was too much. I was so young and so pop oriented that I fell off The Beatles and loved other bands, but then, I started to get it (no coincidentally, not long after I got high for the first time). Over the years those songs have been at the background of a lot of great stories and remind me of a lot of people every time I hear em.

Glad to have seen all but John. George on his ill received tour at the Cow Palace among the most disappointing shows I ever saw (Rock and Roll maaaaaaaaaaaaaan!) Seen Sir Paul a number of times and I love it. I so wish once I could see a show where he does not play "Those songs' but plays the catalog though. There is so much more than the classic rock songs there that would be cool to explore. Love his tribute to George and John in the show, really makes you cry. The Ringo show is always a ton of fun. Saw Joe Walsh in one configuration.

Those guys played the music of my life.

What happens if marijuana is legalized?




"Sage Kotsenburg... hot!" From a female friend on FB today....

We are talking a woman in her fifties, one I would consider progressive.

Is this wrong? Had I made a "Female athlete.... Hot" statement would that be offensive?
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