Monthly Archives: June 2011
Jun 30 2011
Frank McCourt Bouncing Checks – Owner of Dodgers

Just when you thought it couldn’t get anymore convoluted Frank McCourt is now bouncing checks…. are you surprised?

Jun 30 2011
Iowa Select In Deep Trouble For Pig Abuses

Iowa Select one of the nations largest pig factories/ pig farmers is in deep trouble

Mercy For Animals a watchdog group was able to shoot a 2 minute video with cruelty to pigs, confined to small cages where the animals can barely move.

Costco, Safeway, and Kroger have announced that they will not be buying pork products from Iowa Select.


Jun 30 2011
Upgraded my GMail Email Storage to 20gigs @gmail

So I just upgraded my Google Gmail to 20 gigs at a cost of $5 per year.
This is a great way for Google to make some money from gmail users.
The free storage is for 10gigs.

Google storage is shared between Gmail, Picasa Web Albums, and Google Docs. You get extra space in all these services, in addition to your current free quota. Learn more
Jun 30 2011
Open Letter To Jeff Bezos from Danny Sullivan – Affiliates Terminated @affilates @amazon

Open Letter To Jeff Bezos from Danny Sullivan

Amazon strikes again! They terminate every California affiliate because CA now requires Amazon to collect sales tax.

I agree with Amazon that states shouldn’t tax these transactions… or any sales from brick and mortar businesses.

If state’s taxed land values, that would be the fairest method (click here and read the paragraph “a really efficient tax system”)


Dear Jeff–

Thank you for your letter today, informing me that after seven years of being one of your affiliates — and having earned for you about $150,000 in that time — that you “deeply regret” unilaterally terminating my contract with Amazon to be an affiliate. I also especially appreciated the part where you reassured me that this action wouldn’t affect my ability to keep buying from your company. Nice touch.

I deeply appreciate that after so many years of supporting your company, and earning my 4.5% cut over those years (as I figured today, looking at my stats), that you’ve decided that I should be a pawn in your fight with my state. That type of loyalty really makes me want to support you in the future, should you restore your program. It also encourages me to want to continue shopping with you

Click here to continue reading at Daggle…


The comments are closed on Danny’s posting… but you can leave comments here.

It seems that we are left as affiliates with CPC/PPC leads, and those companies that are based or do business in California that already pay tax in the state.

But as some have written, you can setup an LLC in another state that doesn’t have these affiliate nexus laws.

I wonder why and how this legislation made it through to the Gov for signing.  I’ve called both my Assemblymember and Senator to get further clarification, according to the records the AB 153 and AB 155 have not been voted on.  This had to have been in the works for some time, I had heard and read about it months ago, but had no idea that it was being passed this quickly, did it get rolled into the budget? Who are the special interests behind this bill? Big box stores?

There are dozens of affiliate networks/programs following suite because of this action from Amazon.

Perhaps Mr. Bezos needs to stand up to California

Jun 30 2011
GooglePlus Invite – How to Get One @googleplus

GooglePlus Invite – How to Get One @googleplus

Is it possible to get an invite? Yes they are being handed out slowly and controlled. Almost like in the early days of GMail.

So how do you get one? Are there any workarounds?

Mostly you have to know someone that has an account and has invites available to send. That would be those that work at Google and those who have been invited to the early beta.

The invites are apparently being sold online, include ebay.
Here’s a few auctions where the invites are being sold:

Google+ Ebay Auctions

Google+ Invite Plus Tutorial

As soon as we get one here, we will start to invite or readers/friends.

Google just launched its new service: Google Plus (Google+). Right now it’s invite-only and a lot of you may be wanting an invite or looking for ways to invite your friends. So here you go.

Method 1:
1. Create a post.
2. Now add the visibility for that post by typing in email addresses or by adding circles.
3. Hit share.

Method 2:
1. Create a new circle. Add people to that circle by dropping them in from the ‘find and invite’ option.
2. Add an album.
3. Share that album with all the people in that circle.

People in that circle will receive an invite via album sharing request.
Its been said that Google Plus invites are rate limited by hour. So if they can’t click through that first time, they can try again later with same link. (You don’t need to resend it)

Many of you would be getting an error “We’ve temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon.”
Don’t worry. You can try again through the same link some time later. It’s probably because of invites rate limited by hour.

Google just announced that they have closed any more invites for the night.

Get your Google+ now on these for as little as $1

Jun 30 2011
Microsoft Century City Store Opening Today #microsoft

Miki Yomamoto – one of the reps from the

Jun 30 2011
Next Big Thing in Social Media

Twitter: To tell people what you are doing

Foursquare: to tell people where you are

w/ – to tell people who are with

MySpace: – now owned by Justin Timberlake

Facebook: – worth billions, will it start to decline



Jun 30 2011
California Governor Brown Screws Affiliate Marketers by Passing Nexus Laws

California Governor Brown Screws Affiliate Marketers, Small Businesses, Affiliate Networks and others by Passing Nexus Laws.

Governor Brown of California has announced he has secured enough votes to pass his budget, including the Affiliate Nexus Tax and 2 related nexus bills: AB 153, AB 155 and SB 234. The law will go into effect immediately upon signing, and he must sign before July 1st, 2011.

Danger Brown writes about a workaround establishing an LLC out of state, perhaps in a state that doesn’t have tax, like Wyoming.



Jun 30 2011
PGA Golf Robert Garrigus Smokes Pot. Is this a shock?

PGA Golf Robert Garrigus Smokes Pot. Is this a shock?
US golfer Robert Garrigus admits he smoked marijuana during rounds of golf at tournaments.

anyone have a picture of him smoking a joint?

Jun 30 2011
Latin Jam Workout

Latin Jam Workout… located in Reseda
Working out everything, have fun
all different age groups

Jun 30 2011
Sambazon giving away a trip for 2 to Brazil

Our friends at Sambazon are giving away a trip for 2 to Brazil!
HAVE YOU ENTERED YET? For every entry they’re donating $1 to Whole Planet Foundation to fund microlending projects around the world. Enter here and GOOD LUCK!

Jun 30 2011
Amazon vs Governor Brown – Notice of Termination due to New California Law
So here’s the update… guess it has all gone down over the course of one day…
If you live in CA you are no longer able to be a part of the Amazon Associates program.
Hello,Unfortunately, Governor Brown has signed into law the bill that we emailed you about earlier today. As a result of this, contracts with all California residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program are terminated effective today, June 29, 2011. Those California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to,, MYHABIT.COM or Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned before today will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect your ability to purchase from,, MYHABIT.COM or

We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. As mentioned before, we are continuing to work on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available.


The Amazon Associates Team


Jun 29 2011
Vons Re-Opens Store on Colorado/Sierra Madre – Grand Opening Preview Party

Vons Re-Opens Store on Colorado/Sierra Madre

This Thursday, June 30, from 4-8pm.

You’re invited: We’re throwing a special preview part at your new neighborhood Vons Store.
Tour our aisles and discover everything we have to offer. Plus, use your exclusive coupon with your VonsClub Card and get an extra 10% off” when you shop during the party. We’re looking forward to seeing you.
Come and enjoy delicious food sampling throughout the store.

The store also has free wifi, as well as a Starbucks and dry cleaners. Specifically, improvements have been made to the store’s seafood, meat, deli, floral, bakery and even pharmacy, a spokesperson for the company said

Located at 2355 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA

Apparently the store is already open, but celebrations will be held through the day, including the grand opening of the new store, which was totally rebuilt from the ground up.

Experience Jazz performances by

K8 Stewart Experience

Today and tomorrow, June 30 and July 1, 2011.

The store including FREE wifi is a first for a market of this type, perhaps a trend of things to come, as we start to experience wifi anywhere we go.

Jun 29 2011
The Voice Winner: Season 1: Javier Colon

Javier Colon, has taken the title of Season 1 winner of “The Voice.”

“Thank you,” Javier choked out at the end. “I don’t even know where to begin other than to say that the three women behind me are absolutely awesome and it was a pleasure to be here with them.”

Jun 29 2011
iPhone Repair Pasadena iMach

As we continue to search for local service providers of repair services.

Here’s one we have heard great things about, but have yet to try them.

2887 East Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
Neighborhood: Pasadena
(626) 376-3778

and for a special…
10% off $40 or more
Mention our Yelp ad and we will take 10% off your total of $40 or more. Must mention the banner. Cannot be combined with other offers

Jun 29 2011
MySpace Sold for bargain $35 Million – 200 Employees Will Be Left

It may not come as a surprise to some, but MySpace once the internet social media darling has been sold according to reports for $35 million to a Specific Media.

The number of employees will be reduced from the current 400 to 200 and other cost cutting measures will take place as part of the deal.

Amazing that News Corp, paid close to $600 million in 2005 for MySpace and now is selling it for $35 million.

CEO Mike Jones is expected to stay, at least for the time being.

Apparently the focus of MySpace will be on music. Is that enough to keep the company generating revenue? Music was for many years the strength of MySpace.

Update: Justin Timberlake is apparently an active investor in Specific Media and will be taking a active part in the operation of MySpace.

You may remember – Timberlake played Napster founder Sean Parker in “The Social Network,” the Oscar-nominated film about the creation of MySpace rival Facebook.

Jun 29 2011
Energize yourself with Walgreens Brand Health and Wellness products

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Oh, and several bloggers are doing giveaways of some Walgreens Gift Cards. giveaways

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Jun 29 2011
Amazon Notice of Contract Termination Due to Potential New California Law
I just received this email from the Amazon Associates Program. Not a good development for those publishers living in California. Maybe time to move?
Hello,For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of California residents. Unfortunately, a potential new law that may be signed by Governor Brown compels us to terminate this program for California-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers – including but not limited to those referred by California-based marketing affiliates like you – even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.

We oppose this bill because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It is supported by big-box retailers, most of which are based outside California, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that we must take this action.

As a result, we will terminate contracts with all California residents that are participants in the Amazon Associates Program as of the date (if any) that the California law becomes effective. We will send a follow-up notice to you confirming the termination date if the California law is enacted. In the event that the California law does not become effective before September 30, 2011, we withdraw this notice. As of the termination date, California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to,, MYHABIT.COM or Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned on or before the termination date will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect their ability to purchase from,, MYHABIT.COM or

We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. We are also working on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available.


The Amazon Associates Team


Jun 29 2011
Seedscanner: First UK price comparison site for cannabis seeds

Looking at the popularity of the cannabis seeds and its varieties, Seedscanner is offering to the cannabis lovers a place where they can compare the quality and prices of these seeds at a glance across different vendors. Seedscanner’s main aim is to give the people interested in growing cannabis plants the value of their money by presenting them the quality seeds and that too at cheaper rates.

Now as the selling of the seeds has become legalized in the United Kingdom, the need for the people to understand about the different kinds of seeds and to compare their prices has also increased. Seedscanner’s main purpose is to give an overview of the cannabis seed trade on daily basis to the regular buyers enabling them to understand the growing trend in the seed market and fully utilize their buying spree. The best part of the Seedscanner is the fact that they promote the seeds only from the reliable and reputed sellers who have already proved their value. Besides website also provides information on the different kinds of seeds that are suitable for the different climatic conditions and also other information like reviews by the customers and how the cannabis plants and marijuana grown for medicinal values are useful for the people in relieving their pain.

Seedscanner will prove to be the most useful for the cannabis growers in the future too. As the demand for the seeds grows, so will its economic value, and also the importance of need for understanding its different types and its value in economic as well as medicinal terms.

Jun 28 2011
Google Apps Transition

Dear Google Apps administrator

Google Apps accounts are undergoing an improvement, allowing you to give users access to over 60 additional applications from Google. We encourage you to transition your organization’s accounts on your own schedule now.

    There are several advantages to transitioning on your own schedule:

  • Make the change on your own timeline
  • Have time to try the new infrastructure with a subset of your accounts first
  • Use automated mailing lists and email templates to pre-notify your users
  • Get access to over 60 additional applications from Google right away

Start the transition today by clicking the “Get started” or “Transition more users” button in your control panel:

We plan to fully transition your organization soon — including all users that you have not yet transitioned yourself. If you have not transitioned by the week of July 13, 2011, we’ll complete the transition for you.

If you have questions about this transition, we encourage you to explore our Help Center documentation for administrators and for end-users.

The Google Apps Team


Jun 28 2011
Google+ Plus – The Facebook Challenger? Google+ Invite Link

Google+ Plus – The Facebook Challenger?

Does Google have what it takes to eat away at Facebook and take away the hundreds of millions of users who are on Facebook?

What is Facebook missing? Can Google seize the opportunity of social platforms? who will emerge as the leader in the space?

We have more questions than answers right now…. as the Google+ platform is only available in limited release and no date has been set for roll out. You can only get an invite from employees who apparently have 10 invites to distribute.

Are you looking for the best ways to get an invite?

Try this link

Google+ is in limited Field Trial
Right now, we’re testing with a small number of people, but it won’t be long before the Google+ project is ready for everyone. Leave us your email address and we’ll make sure you’re the first to know when we’re ready to invite more people.
Keep Me Posted
Already invited? We’ve temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon.
Jun 28 2011
The Voice Finale – Your Vote Determines The Winner! @nbcthevoice

The Voice Finale – Your Vote Determines The Winner! @nbcthevoice

It is all coming down to your votes America.
Three females and one male singer are performing a new original song that nobody has every heard before.

Dia Frampton (Team Blake)
Javier Colon (Team Adam)
Beverly McClellan (Team Xtina)
Vicci Martinez (Team Cee Lo)

The will be performing a duet as well.

Top 8 Artists will be going on tour, starting in LA.
Sponsored by SPRINT.

Tickets Available Now
July 27 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
July 30 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 2 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre
August 4 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
August 5 Wallingford, CT Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
August 6 New York, NY Beacon Amphitheatre

Jun 28 2011
Twittamentary NYC Beta Screening Jun 30th

We are excited to present a special beta screening of Twittamentary in partnership with our venue sponsor, Wix Lounge, and our media sponsor MusicDish*China. This screening is part of the final round of beta screenings in Asia, Europe and the USA before a premiere later in the year.
Come shape the final version of this ground breaking documentary about Twitter by sharing your comments and feedback.
Twittamentary looks at how live…s connect and intersect within the Twitter community as the real-time web accelerates serendipity. A year ago, Director Tan Siok Siok set out on a whirlwind road trip across America to discover and document the effects of the social media phenomenon, Twitter. She interviewed a wide range of Twitter’ers, from a travel journalist turned “twilebrity” to a homeless woman who uses twitter from the public library, from a stock trader and a prostitute who uses twitter as her personal GPS.

Filmmaker Tan Siok Siok @sioksiok will attend the screening and share her insights on the making of the film.
This event is free to attend, but you must pre-register.

Jun 28 2011
The Wingman 2009 Shiraz Viognier Blend at Trader Joes only $5.99

The Wingman 2009 Shiraz Viognier Blend at Trader Joes only $5.99, was previously $6.99.

The County Fair

90% shiraz, 10% viognier

California 2009

Bumper cars, giant elephants, and cotton candy, these are the glorious sights and sounds of the County Fair.

Our curiously rich and spicy blend gets its dar color and robust crushed raspberry and Bing cherry characteristics from the Shiraz while the Viognier ads a subtle armatic tropical fruit flavor. Enjoy with BBQ, pizza, and pasta in a spicy tomato sauce.

14.3% Alcohol

Sebastopol, California


County Fair Wines

NOTE: We are on a quest to discover some of the finest wines under $10. there are many out there that will surprise you. Then again, your expectations need to be adjusted. Most people are happy paying $10 for a decent bottle of wine.


Jun 28 2011
TePe Mini Flosser – The Best Flosser on The Market

The Tepe Mini Flosser – Made in Sweeden has to be one of the best flossers on the market.

Cleaning between teeth is essential to your daily oral hygiene routine.

Flossing removes food trapped between the teeth and removes bacteria before it has a chance to harden into plaque.

The toothbrush reaches the front, back and biting surface, however cannot reach in between teeth.

With a unique bite plane.

I discovered the TePe at the Natural Products Expo West this past year. My review of this product is that the TePe far exceeds the quality and design of any of the other mini flosser type products on the market.  I highly recommend you try it and see for yourself.

The floss is high quality and does not break as easily as most of the other products on the market. The plastic frame is sturdy yet comfortable to put into your mouth.

For more info visit their website


Jun 28 2011
Panasonic debuts Turn-key Video Production Studio for under $20,000!

Turn-key video
production studio
for under $20,000.

Panasonic's new HDTV PRODUCER

Researching, specifying, purchasing, and setting up professional video equipment to begin producing high-quality, high-definition content can be difficult and time-consuming.
Panasonic takes the worry out of the procurement and setup process with its new HDTV Producer (model HDTVP-2), an affordable, all-inclusive HD/SD video production system. HDTV Producer takes the hassle out of deploying a full-featured video production system, and is perfect for churches, schools, colleges, community media centers, cable access channels, training centers, or any facility looking for an affordable, easy-to-use, all-in-one system.
HDTV Producer’s main components include:

AG-HMC80 AVCCAM HD/SD professional camcorders for video capture (two cameras)

AG-HMX100 HD/SD AV Mixer with MultiViewer for video and audio mixing with digital effects

AG-HMR10 compact AVCCAM Recorder to record up to 4 hours of HD on a single SD card

42″ TH-42LF20 Professional LCD Monitor with 1080p resolution

Plus – Tripods, Intercom, Headsets, Microphone, SD Cards, and all the audio and video accessories and cabling you’ll need to begin producing HD content—right out of the box

An illustrated Set-up Guide that makes it simple for non-technical personnel to go from box to “air” in quickly

Panasonic’s HDTV Producer is the complete, easy-to-setup, easy-to-operate video production studio you’ve been waiting for. And all for under $20,000!

If you have a question, please e-mail us at


Jun 28 2011
Tuesday Dinners at Hm157

Vegan, whole food, organic and local where possible, every Tuesday at HM157 in Lincoln Heights. $10 with RSVP.

Join us for a community dinner! We feed 20-25 people with a five-course menu every week. Our guests are urban homesteaders, artists, musicians, food justice activists and local time bankers.

Every Tuesday at 7:30PM
$10 with RSVP
RSVP on Monday nights

A collaborative project of HM157, Arroyo Time Bank and Echo Park Time Bank. Partners include Winnetka Farms, Pure Vegan Cookbook, Altadena Urban Farmers Market, Shear Rock Farms, Wooley Pockets, Farmlab and David Kiang Photography.

Volunteers $5. Please contact Megan Hobza for more information about becoming a volunteer.


Jun 27 2011
Impermium Corporation

Impermium Corporation
395 Page Mill Road
Third Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Jun 27 2011
SSE Events presents… “The Music Industry Artist Showcase” – Pasadena

SSE Events presents…
“The Music Industry Artist Showcase” –
(Interscope Records & Atlantic Records) –


SSE Events presents “The Music Industry Artist Showcase”. Founder and CEO of SSE Events has worked with many industry giants such as Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Tricky Stewart, Harvey Mason Jr., Hiriam Hicks, Shakesphere, and Emmanuel Officer. This All-star cast have played intricate roles in the success of Usher, Rick Ross, Beyonce, The Dream, T.I., Rhianna, Fabolous, Bow Wow, Ciara, Bobby Valentino, and Mario to name a few. Diahje is now using his talents and gifts to create a format where upcoming artist can showcase thier talents and gifts in front of music industry professionals. Past shows have included reps from Interscope Records, Def Jam Records, Aftermath Records, Akon’s Konvict Muzik, Warner Bros Records, Atlantic Records, T-Pain’s Nappy Boy Records, Jive Records, J Records and Universal Music Group.

For more information, visit the website for SSE Events Music Industry Showcase – (Interscope Records & Atlantic Records).

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Jun 27 2011
@thehuntington – Ranch Lecture: Growing Microgreens at Home

This is a lecture not to be missed.

Ranch Lecture: Growing Microgreens at Home

Ranch Lecture: Growing Microgreens at HomeAug. 30 (Tuesday)

7:30 p.m.   Free

Enjoy the freshest, tastiest salad fixings and save money at the same time. Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms will share tips for propagating, growing, and harvesting a bounty of organic baby greens, whether your home garden is a half-acre of row crops, a cluster of patio containers, or an apartment window sill. Free. No reservations required. Friends’ Hall.


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