Monthly Archives: September 2015
Sep 30 2015
Los Angeles Magazine The Food Event Oct 18, 2015 #TheFoodEvent @LAMagFood
 

Celebrating 10 Years of Tastiness

Join LA Mag at our 10th annual epicurean extravaganza featuring celebrity chefs, top L.A. restaurants, and wine, beer, and spirits tastings.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18
2-5 PM

Venue and Host Partner:
Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu
Home to Malibu Family Wines
Producers of Saddlerock and Semler Wines

Los Angeles Magazine's The Food Event 2015

Join LA Magazine at the 10th annual epicurean extravaganza featuring celebrity chefs, top L.A. restaurants, and wine, beer, and spirits tastings.

2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of Los Angeles magazine’s The Food Event. If you can believe it, there will be even more food, chefs, spirits, wine, and beer than
ever before!

Saddlerock Ranch
31727 Mulholland Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Buy tickets

Sep 29 2015
2015 38th Annual FESTIVAL OF THE AUTUMN MOON GALA USC Pacific Asia Museum #pacificasiamuseum
 

USC Pacific Asia Museum

38th Annual FESTIVAL OF THE AUTUMN MOON GALA

to benefit the USC Pacific Asia Museum

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101
5:00pm -10:00pm

Purchase Tickets

(code: PAM)

Art lovers, donors, and collectors from throughout Southern California will gather to support USC PAM and the arts. This year’s theme, “Celebrating the Future and Honoring the Past,” highlights the upcoming special exhibition Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in 15th Century China, opening February 2016, and commemorates two key Museum leaders who passed away this year: founding board president Margaret “Peg” Palmer (1915–2015) and founding director Lennox Tierney (1914–2015).

All proceeds benefit the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s exhibitions and programs.

Latest Update:
The USC Pacific Asia Museum is pleased to announce that celebrated classical pianist Rueibin Chen will be the featured performer at their 38th Annual Festival of the Autumn Moon Gala on October 3, 2015.

Rueibin Chen‘s distinguished career as a renowned pianist has earned him a reputation for technical brilliance, immense energy, and intense artistic expression. He was the opening soloist at the 2010 World Expo in China, performing the “Yellow River Concerto,” which critics hailed as the best performance of the iconic piece in its history. In 2014 he performed with Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and earlier this summer he performed with Orange County’s Pacific Symphony at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. The Boston Globe has said, “He plays with the white-hot energy, steel-fingered power and athletic virtuosity.” A Chinese Austrian born in Taiwan, Chen won a total of eighteen medals in various international piano competitions—five of them gold—before the age of twenty.

Ticket Information:

Purchase Tickets (Code: PAM)

Click here for Gala sponsorship form.

For more information, contact Sandra Chen-Lau, Chief Development Officer, USC PAM: 626.449.2742 ext. 33

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the USC Pacific Asia Museum operations and arts programming.

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Sep 29 2015
Job Fair Ontario Airport Oct 20, 2015
Sep 29 2015
38th Annual Orange County Home and Garden Show Free VIP Pass Oct 3-4, 2015
 

38th Annual Orange County Home and Garden Show Free VIP Pass Oct 3-4, 2015

VIP FREE  2 Day Pass to the Home & Garden Show!
(value $6)

PLUS

VIP 2-FOR-1 DISCOUNT COUPON TASTE OF HOME COOKING SCHOOL
(VALUE $25)

The Taste of Home Cooking School is Saturday Only at 3:00pm. Every attendee to the cooking school receives a FREE Goodie Bag valued at over $75!

38th Orange County Home and Garden Show Taste of Home Cooking Show

The 38th Annual OC Home & Garden
October 3-4, 2015
The OC Fair & Event Complex
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa CA 92626

Saturday10 am – 7 pm/Cooking School 3 pm; Sunday10 am – 5 pm

Products and Services Represented:
The world of Kitchens and Baths; Gardens and Landscaping; Windows and Doors; Painting your home inside and out; home-based business opportunities; products and services to make your life easier and more fun! PLUS The Taste of Home Cooking School, hourly prize drawings where you could win just by “Standing on a Number”, and Every attendee gets a FREE $25 Wyckes Furniture Gift Card as part of their $100,000 giveaway! The first 200 each day get a FREE Kitchen Knife ($10 value)

Sep 29 2015
Tesla Model X Launch Live Stream 8pm PST Sept 29, 2015 @TeslaMotors #modelx
 

Tesla Model X Launch Live Stream 8pm Sept 29, 2015

As of 8:15PM PST the stream had not started yet.
As of 8:23PM PST the stream has not yet started.

 

Tesla will be launching production of the Model X.

Watch here:

 

The all-new Mercedes GLC is the SUV the world has been waiting for – all will be revealed this November.

 

very cool to watch this indoor production test track in Europe.

 

 

 

Sep 29 2015
SoCal Innovation Forum Oct 3-4, 2015 Los Angeles
 
SoCal Innovation Forum
October 3-4, 2015
@ University of Southern California

SoCal Innovation Forum (SIF) is hosting an influential cross-border forum integrating Chinese and American resources in Southern California’s entrepreneur community. The SIF event will feature top ventures and entrepreneurs, and celebrate LA tech, entertainment and startups with panels, keynotes, mixers, and more. The goal of SIF is to connect the best of China and LA’s entrepreneur ecosystem, including VCs, startups, and talents.

Highlights include:

  • 10/4: All-day startup showcase, skill training workshops and panels
  • Panel Topics: FinTech, Incubator, SAAS, Content, Investor
  • Fireside Chat and Keynote Topics: Breathe local, think global. The sharing economy and technology.
USE discount code “SIF2015LIKE” or the below link to get $25 off registration!
REGISTER NOW
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVENT
Sep 29 2015
JPL Open House Oct 10-11, 2015 #JPLOpen @NASAJPL
 
JPL's open house event JPL's open house event
Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, 20159:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

No tickets or reservations required.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, invites the public to its annual Open House on October 10-11, 2015. The event is free of charge and takes visitors on a “ride” through the wonders of space. Highlights include a life-size model of Mars Science Laboratory, demonstrations from numerous space missions; JPL’s machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built; and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration.Vehicles entering NASA/JPL property are subject to inspection. Visitors cannot bring these items into NASA/JPL: weapons, explosives, incendiary devices, dangerous instruments, alcohol, illegal drugs, pets, all types of skates including skateboards, Segways and bicycles. No bags, backpacks or ice chests are allowed, except small purses and diaper bags. Drones are not allowed to fly over NASA/JPL under any circumstances.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, invites the public to our annual Open House on October 10-11, 2015. The event takes visitors on a “ride” through the wonders of space. Highlights include a life-size model of the Curiosity Mars rover; demonstrations from numerous space missions; JPL’s machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built; and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration.

The event and parking are free. No tickets or formal RSVP required. We recommend coming early for the best parking and shortest lines.

Be sure to follow us @NASAJPL on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #JPLOpen.

Post photos and videos on the Facebook Open House event page at: http://www.facebook.com/events/694670457270411/

> View the 2014 Open House Map Guide

Sep 29 2015
California Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Assembly Bill 210 Off Peak Hours Use of Carpool Lanes
 

California Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Assembly Bill 210 Off Peak Hours Use of Carpool Lanes

Gov Jerry Brown has vetoed AB 210, where carpool lanes on the Ventura Freeway and Foothill Freeway would be available during non-rush hours to all commuters, much like is currently done in Northern California.

The reason why Gov. Brown vetoed this bill is someone confusing, Brown was wrote:

I continue to believe that carpool lanes are especially important in Los Angeles County to reduce pollution and maximize the use of freeways.

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 210 without my signature.

The bill limits the 24/7 carpool lane controls on specified segments of the 134 and 210 freeways in Los Angeles to the hours of heavy commuter traffic.

I vetoed a nearly identical bill last session. I continue to believe that carpool lanes are especially important in Los Angeles County to reduce pollution and maximize the use of freeways. Therefore, we should continue to retain the current 24/7 carpool lane control.

Sincerely,
Edmund G. Brown Jr.

 

Is this not working in Northern California?

Considering how bad traffic can get in Southern California it seemed to make sense to allow all drivers to utilize the carpool lanes during off peak hours, when the lanes are underutilized. It seems logical to allow the use of these lanes during non-peak hours.

Perhaps Gov. Brown was confused.  And now we hear that Assemblyman Mike Gatto, from Los Angeles who received unanimous vote in the State Senate, 34-0.  You can read more here on AB 210.

With AB 210 carpool lanes would not be diminished in value they would be better utilized by allow those with the proper permits to use the carpool lanes.  If Gov Brown vetoed because of the confusion, just think of what the toll lanes do to motorist, that seems like a nightmare for commuters who may want to use the HOV TOLL lanes, with the hybrid pricing model where occupants determine how much you pay.

Sep 29 2015
Artisanal LA Fall Show – October 10th & 11th, 2015 Promo Code @artisanalla
 

Poster with Sponsors

A complete schedule can be found on the website under Programming leading up to the event.

Attendees can download the Artisanal LA app which will be available at the iTunes store on October 1st.
Attendees can also download the guide from the website prior to the event.  http://artisanalla.com/programming/

Some Fall Show highlights include:

* 150+ artisan makers to shop with more than 50 making their debut at the event

* Dozens of workshops, expert led panels, speakers, author book signings and demos

* Come Hungry! Expanded food offerings in the Patio Truck Stop with food trucks and tents and more Café selections

* Free hands-on workshops, crafts and activities

* Pop-Up Urban Farm & Garden Classroom featuring Sow Swell, Heartbeet Gardening and Sanctuary at Soledad

* Coffee Lounge hosted by Solid Coffee Roasters

* Beautiful seasonal floral displays from Birch and Bone

* Local artist installations and hands-on screen printing

* Local Art Gallery hosted by downtown’s Ren Gallery

* Modern Milk & Cookies Corner featuring Califia Farms

* Coffee  + Toast Pairings with Lavender & Honey and M. Greenwood Jams

* Hosted beverages from Boxed Water is Better and Social Booth Co photo booth

* Surprise giveaways

* Family friendly Kids Craft Zone and Family Lounge for nursing moms

* NEW: Artisan Dinner on Friday, October 9th from 6-9:00pm (more details coming soon)

Artisanal LA Online 

Web www.artisanalLA.com

Twitter @artisanalLA

Instagram /artisanalLAFacebook /artisanalLA

Pinterest /artisanalLA

Fall Show Sponsors

Whole Foods, Sow Swell, Indie Pas, Los Angeles Metro, The Social Booth Co., Birch and Bone, Califia Farms, Ace Hotel, Boxed Water, Ren Gallery, Lula Mae’s Lula School, Solid Coffee Roasters, and Maker’s Kit.

Use promo code ALAPAS15 to save $3

Buy Presale Tickets Here

 

 

CHECK OUT VIDEOS OF OUR PAST SHOWS…

2014’s Fall Show here.

2013’s Fall Show here.

2013’s Spring Show here.

THE FINE PRINT + FAQs

*This is an all ages, family friendly event. Children 12 and under free with a paying adult.

*Sorry, Fido. This is a food event no dogs are allowed.

*The event is indoors and outdoors and comfortable rain or shine.

*Come hungry! We have many prepared food options for all tastes.

*Tickets are transferrable between attendees but NOT refundable.

*Non pre-sale tickets are $15 at the door.

*We accept cash at the door and have ATMs onsite. Exact change is appreciated!

*More details including directions and parking, a guide to our makers, a complete programming schedule and more can be found on our website and through our app available on iTunes beginning 10/1

Sep 29 2015
Altadena Best Fest – Sat Oct 3, 2015 @AltaBestFest
 

ART • MUSIC • FOOD • CRAFTS • SURPRISES

Saturday, October 3, 2015

SAVE THE DATE

9 am to 5 pm
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Mariposa + Santa Rosa Avenues • Altadena

Get more info on the website for The Altadena Best Fest.

MAP

The Altadena Best Fest 2015
Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Mariposa St., between El Molino St. & Santa Anita Ave., Altadena 91001
Free event
For complete info, visit AltadenaBestFest.com

BENEFITING THE ALTADENA LIBRARY FOUNDATION

Join the community at the first annual Altadena Best Fest!  Bring the entire family for a day of fun that will help the Altadena Library. A few highlights:

  • Area schools will conduct performances and demonstrations.
  • Kiwanis Club of Altadena/Crown City will serve their traditional pancake breakfast right on the street beneath the beautiful deodar trees.
  • The Salon, a juried art show for fine arts and hand-crafted creations.
  • Altadena’s own Funky Junk Farms will exhibit restored vintage recreational vehicles with all the trimmings.
  • Free craft activities for children, including “fairy gardens” to take home.
  • Arts and crafts booths reflecting outstanding workmanship and creativity.
  • Local food vendors and your favorite food trucks.

The Altadena Best Fest, and we’d like to recognize our many sponsors who have helped bring you this wonderful community event! Thanks go out to Pasadena Now, Altadena Now, Webster’s Community Pharmacy, Meredith M, Hoopla! Emporium, ATTIRE Los Angeles, DiMadeline & Company, Andy Gump, Tender Treasures, Pasadena Waldorf School, Two Cat Studio, Light By Kane, PaulaLJohnson.com, John Moran Auctioneers Inc., the United Teachers Of Pasadena, Altadena Academy of Music, Hughes Estate Sales, Jean Robert Salon, Modern Auto Technology, Brand Orbit,Tina Wallin Photography, and the Washington Medical Group!

Sep 29 2015
Google Pixel C enterprise-level tablet to compete with iPad Pro & Surface #pixelc
 

Google announced a new enterprise-focused tablet on Tuesday, the Pixel C, in an attempt to compete with Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) enterprise-grade 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) Surface Pro.


Pixel C has a screen that measures 10.2 inches diagonally. It will retail for $499 when it hits stores shelves later this year, versus $799 for the iPad Pro. The tablet will run Android Marshmallow and come compatible with a detachable keyboard, which can be purchased separately for $149.

More info on the Google Pixel site.

Sep 29 2015
Celebration of National Coffee Day #coffeeday
 

Celebrate National Coffee Day, September 29, 2015

Happy National Coffee Day!
Get caffeinated up with coffee freebies and promotions today:
– Krispy Kreme: Free coffee and free donut

National Coffee Day – September 29, 2015

Take your much needed coffee break on Tuesday, September 29th. Get a FREE Original Glazed Doughnut and a FREE 12 oz cup of coffee (at participating US locations).

Ahhh… enjoy the aroma of it all. You deserve it, you’ve earned it. Locate your coffee break retreat and you’ll be on your way to a treat brewed for you.

Are you a Krispy Kreme Rewards Member? Get double points with purchase on Tuesday when you purchase any coffee drink. Learn more at KrispyKremeRewards.com.

– Dunkin Donuts: Free coffee for DD Perks
– Coffee Bean: Half off selected iced coffees

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Before you go, enroll in DD Perks* (it’s free) on 9/29 & you’ll get a coupon for a free beverage after completing enrollment & three more free beverage coupons in subsequent weeks.1 Happy runnin’.

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Sep 28 2015
NASA Discovers Evidence of Flowing Water on Mars
 

NASA Discovers Evidence of Flowing Water on Mars

 

 

Sep 24 2015
Pope Francis Speech to Congress Transcript/Text – Sept 24, 2015 #popeinus
 

A historical event with many hot topics covered. Pope Francis addressed United States Congress.
References to “The Golden Rule” and “We will be judged”.

Mr. Vice-President,

Mr. Speaker,

Honorable Members of Congress,

Dear Friends,

I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility.

Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility. Your own responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country, by your legislative activity, to grow as a nation. You are the face of its people, their representatives. You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics. A political society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk. Legislative activity is always based on care for the people. To this you have been invited, called and convened by those who elected you.

Yours is a work which makes me reflect in two ways on the figure of Moses. On the one hand, the patriarch and lawgiver of the people of Israel symbolizes the need of peoples to keep alive their sense of unity by means of just legislation. On the other, the figure of Moses leads us directly to God and thus to the transcendent dignity of the human being. Moses provides us with a good synthesis of your work: you are asked to protect, by means of the law, the image and likeness fashioned by God on every human face.

Today I would like not only to address you, but through you the entire people of the United States. Here, together with their representatives, I would like to take this opportunity to dialogue with the many thousands of men and women who strive each day to do an honest day’s work, to bring home their daily bread, to save money and — one step at a time — to build a better life for their families. These are men and women who are not concerned simply with paying their taxes, but in their own quiet way sustain the life of society. They generate solidarity by their actions, and they create organizations which offer a helping hand to those most in need.

I would also like to enter into dialogue with the many elderly persons who are a storehouse of wisdom forged by experience, and who seek in many ways, especially through volunteer work, to share their stories and their insights. I know that many of them are retired, but still active; they keep working to build up this land. I also want to dialogue with all those young people who are working to realize their great and noble aspirations, who are not led astray by facile proposals, and who face difficult situations, often as a result of immaturity on the part of many adults. I wish to dialogue with all of you, and I would like to do so through the historical memory of your people.

My visit takes place at a time when men and women of good will are marking the anniversaries of several great Americans. The complexities of history and the reality of human weakness notwithstanding, these men and women, for all their many differences and limitations, were able by hard work and self-sacrifice — some at the cost of their lives — to build a better future. They shaped fundamental values which will endure forever in the spirit of the American people. A people with this spirit can live through many crises, tensions and conflicts, while always finding the resources to move forward, and to do so with dignity. These men and women offer us a way of seeing and interpreting reality. In honoring their memory, we are inspired, even amid conflicts, and in the here and now of each day, to draw upon our deepest cultural reserves.

I would like to mention four of these Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.

This year marks the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the guardian of liberty, who labored tirelessly that “this nation, under God, (might) have a new birth of freedom”. Building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in a spirit of subsidiarity and solidarity.

All of us are quite aware of, and deeply worried by, the disturbing social and political situation of the world today. Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred and brutal atrocities, committed even in the name of God and of religion. We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind. A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetrated in the name of a religion, an ideology or an economic system, while also safeguarding religious freedom, intellectual freedom and individual freedoms. But there is another temptation which we must especially guard against: the simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil; or, if you will, the righteous and sinners. The contemporary world, with its open wounds which affect so many of our brothers and sisters, demands that we confront every form of polarization which would divide it into these two camps. We know that in the attempt to be freed of the enemy without, we can be tempted to feed the enemy within. To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place. That is something which you, as a people, reject.

Our response must instead be one of hope and healing, of peace and justice. We are asked to summon the courage and the intelligence to resolve today’s many geopolitical and economic crises. Even in the developed world, the effects of unjust structures and actions are all too apparent. Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples. We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of fraternity and solidarity, cooperating generously for the common good.

The challenges facing us today call for a renewal of that spirit of cooperation, which has accomplished so much good throughout the history of the United States. The complexity, the gravity and the urgency of these challenges demand that we pool our resources and talents, and resolve to support one another, with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience.

In this land, the various religious denominations have greatly contributed to building and strengthening society. It is important that today, as in the past, the voice of faith continue to be heard, for it is a voice of fraternity and love, which tries to bring out the best in each person and in each society. Such cooperation is a powerful resource in the battle to eliminate new global forms of slavery, born of grave injustices which can be overcome only through new policies and new forms of social consensus.

Here I think of the political history of the United States, where democracy is deeply rooted in the mind of the American people. All political activity must serve and promote the good of the human person and be based on respect for his or her dignity. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance. Politics is, instead, an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share, in justice and peace, its goods, its interests, its social life. I do not underestimate the difficulty that this involves, but I encourage you in this effort.

Here too I think of the march which Martin Luther King led from Selma to Montgomery fifty years ago as part of the campaign to fulfill his “dream” of full civil and political rights for African Americans. That dream continues to inspire us all. I am happy that America continues to be, for many, a land of “dreams.” Dreams which lead to action, to participation, to commitment. Dreams which awaken what is deepest and truest in the life of a people.

In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants. Tragically, the rights of those who were here long before us were not always respected. For those peoples and their nations, from the heart of American democracy, I wish to reaffirm my highest esteem and appreciation. Those first contacts were often turbulent and violent, but it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present. Nonetheless, when the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past. We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our “neighbors” and everything around us. Building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mind-set of hostility in order to adopt one of reciprocal subsidiarity, in a constant effort to do our best. I am confident that we can do this.

Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War. This presents us with great challenges and many hard decisions. On this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities. Is this not what we want for our own children? We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal. We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

This Rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us. The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.

This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty. Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.

In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints.

How much progress has been made in this area in so many parts of the world! How much has been done in these first years of the third millennium to raise people out of extreme poverty! I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost. At the same time I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope. The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes. I know that many Americans today, as in the past, are working to deal with this problem.

It goes without saying that part of this great effort is the creation and distribution of wealth. The right use of natural resources, the proper application of technology and the harnessing of the spirit of enterprise are essential elements of an economy which seeks to be modern, inclusive and sustainable. “Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving the world. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the area in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good.” This common good also includes the earth, a central theme of the encyclical which I recently wrote in order to “enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.” “We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.”

In Laudato Si’, I call for a courageous and responsible effort to “redirect our steps,” and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity. I am convinced that we can make a difference and I have no doubt that the United States — and this Congress — have an important role to play. Now is the time for courageous actions and strategies, aimed at implementing a “culture of care” and “an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.” “We have the freedom needed to limit and direct technology”; “to devise intelligent ways of… developing and limiting our power”; and to put technology “at the service of another type of progress, one which is healthier, more human, more social, more integral.” In this regard, I am confident that America’s outstanding academic and research institutions can make a vital contribution in the years ahead.

A century ago, at the beginning of the Great War, which Pope Benedict XV termed a “pointless slaughter”, another notable American was born: the Cistercian monk Thomas Merton. He remains a source of spiritual inspiration and a guide for many people. In his autobiography he wrote: “I came into the world. Free by nature, in the image of God, I was nevertheless the prisoner of my own violence and my own selfishness, in the image of the world into which I was born. That world was the picture of Hell, full of men like myself, loving God, and yet hating him; born to love him, living instead in fear of hopeless self-contradictory hungers”. Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions.

From this perspective of dialogue, I would like to recognize the efforts made in recent months to help overcome historic differences linked to painful episodes of the past. It is my duty to build bridges and to help all men and women, in any way possible, to do the same. When countries which have been at odds resume the path of dialogue — a dialogue which may have been interrupted for the most legitimate of reasons — new opportunities open up for all. This has required, and requires, courage and daring, which is not the same as irresponsibility. A good political leader is one who, with the interests of all in mind, seizes the moment in a spirit of openness and pragmatism. A good political leader always opts to initiate processes rather than possessing spaces.

Being at the service of dialogue and peace also means being truly determined to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world. Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.

Three sons and a daughter of this land, four individuals and four dreams: Lincoln, liberty; Martin Luther King, liberty in plurality and non-exclusion; Dorothy Day, social justice and the rights of persons; and Thomas Merton, the capacity for dialogue and openness to God.

Four representatives of the American people.

I will end my visit to your country in Philadelphia, where I will take part in the World Meeting of Families. It is my wish that throughout my visit the family should be a recurrent theme. How essential the family has been to the building of this country! And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement! Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life.

In particular, I would like to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young. For many of them, a future filled with countless possibilities beckons, yet so many others seem disoriented and aimless, trapped in a hopeless maze of violence, abuse and despair. Their problems are our problems. We cannot avoid them. We need to face them together, to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions. At the risk of oversimplifying, we might say that we live in a culture which pressures young people not to start a family, because they lack possibilities for the future. Yet this same culture presents others with so many options that they too are dissuaded from starting a family.

A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to “dream” of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King sought to do; when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work, the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton.

In these remarks I have sought to present some of the richness of your cultural heritage, of the spirit of the American people. It is my desire that this spirit continue to develop and grow, so that as many young people as possible can inherit and dwell in a land which has inspired so many people to dream.

God bless America!

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/pope-francis-speech-to-congress-transcript-text-video-214016#ixzz3mfUUhtiq

Sep 24 2015
Airplane Lands on Streets in Irvine California Video
 

Airplane Lands on Streets in Irvine Video


Small airplane landed on Red Hill Avenue, Irvine.

Sep 23 2015
Anheuser-Busch InBev to Acquire Golden Road Brewing @goldenroadbrew
 

Anheuser-Busch InBev to Acquire Golden Road Brewing.

5410 W San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Phone:(213) 542-6039

Los Angeles based Golden Road Brewing has grown fast, and has apparently been a target for some time.
The craft beer industry is growing at the fastest rate ever and big corporations are paying attention. According to the Brewers Association trade group, the craft beer category accounts for $19.6 billion in retail sales last year and 11% of total beer sales.

Budweiser parent Anheuser-Busch InBev has acquired five breweries since 2011, those include Chicago’s Goose Island, Blue Point Brewing, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing and Washington’s Elysian Brewing.

Earlier this month Lagunitas Brewery sold 50% stake To Heineken.
And Millercoors acquired a majority stake in St. Archer Brewing.

Golden Road launched in 2011, and sells about 45,000 barrels of beer. Making it the largest craft brewery in Los Angeles. Golden Road will no longer qualify as a craft beer.

Details are not available, but we imagine this is a great payout for Meg and Tony who founded Golden Road.

It is hard to say what this will really mean to the local brewpub, but we know that hardcore beer drinkers may start to look elsewhere to support smaller craft brews.

Andy Goeler, CEO of craft at AB InBev is featured with Meg from Golden Road.

Golden Road has grown 100% since opening. Retail stores include Costco, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Ralphs and Vons

Meg touches on Golden Road opening in Anaheim and Grand Central Market.

Stone Brewing remains one of the largest craft breweries in the country, ranked as number nine, with revenues over $137 million and 1,100 employees, and plans top open in Germany with a $25 million facility. Earlier this month Greg Koch, CEO of Stone Brewing stepped down.

This is the video posted on the acquisition.

 

Here’s the press release:

St. Louis — Anheuser-Busch today announced it will acquire Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing. The deal will enable Golden Road to bring more of its fresh, canned beer to the brewery’s local market and to introduce its unique hop-forward beers to more consumers. The partnership will build on Golden Road’s commitment, since 2011, to bring fresh beer to the market in the most sustainable way possible.�

“The energy and passion of the beer community is what drew me into this industry and with Golden Road we wanted to help develop the craft beer market in L.A.,” said Meg Gill, ‎president and co-founder at Golden Road Brewing. “Our team worked hard to build Golden Road from the ground up and we are proud of the growth we’ve achieved in such a short time. California is an exciting and competitive market for beer and I see endless opportunities in partnering with Anheuser-Busch and their incredible distribution network to bring our beers to more people.”�

As the largest craft brewery in Los Angeles County, Golden Road expects to sell approximately 45,000 barrels of beer in 2015 and can be found in more than 4,000 retail locations. With a brewery focused on draft and can production, a pub in Los Angeles and a new tasting room downtown. Additionally a new tasting room, opening in 2015, second production brewery and pub in Anaheim will be operational by the forth quarter of 2016. Its core brands – Point the Way IPA, Wolf Among Weeds IPA, Golden Road Hefeweizen and 329 Days of Sun Lager – represent 95 percent of volume. Along with the core beers, Golden Road brewers are constantly experimenting with the freshest ingredients through a collection of rotating, seasonal and limited-edition brews, most notably the Custom IPA Series, a line-up of diverse, hop-forward IPAs.�

“Golden Road’s commitment to making great beer, their pioneering spirit and the passionate beer culture built within the company is what appealed to us,” said Andy Goeler, CEO, Craft, Anheuser-Busch. “Their focus on giving back to the community and impact on the Los Angeles craft market in four short years makes Golden Road a strong addition to our craft portfolio.”

Golden Road Brewing will join Goose Island Beer Company, Blue Point Brewing, 10 Barrel Brewing and Elysian Brewing as part of Anheuser-Busch’s High End Business Unit’s portfolio. Anheuser-Busch’s partnership with Golden Road Brewing is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter of 2015. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Golden Road Brewing

In 2011 by beer enthusiasts Meg Gill and Tony Yanow founded Los Angeles, California based Golden Road Brewing to bring fresh beer to the local market in the most sustainable way possible. Golden Road is committed to engaging and supporting the growing community of socially-minded beer enthusiasts. The brewery currently distributes its beer in California, Nevada and Arizona. For more information, check out www.goldenroad.la or be social at fb.com/goldenroadbrew and @GoldenRoadBrew on Twitter and Instagram.

About Anheuser-Busch

For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America’s most-popular beers. Starting with the finest ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s family of growers, every batch is crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company’s beers lead numerous beer segments and combined hold 46.4 percent share of the U.S. beer market. Budweiser and Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita were named Brands of the Year for the Beer and the Spirits, Malt Beverages and Wine categories, respectively, by Ace Metrix® in 2014. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 16 local breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.9 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company’s largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and five other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.

Sep 23 2015
Wearable Tech and IoT LA 2015 Pasadena Tech @gizworldconf
 

Wearable Tech and IoT LA
Gizworld
Monday, September 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM – Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7:30 PM (PDT)
Pasadena, CA

2 Day – ALL Access (Expo + panel discussions + keynotes + networking) (Expires 09/28/15)

Get your ticket now, discounted compliments of Gizworld and ColoradoBlvd.net.

Colorado Blvd.net. Here’s a special promo code that gives Colorado Boulevard community a substantial discount on passes. Click here for details.

Last year we brought you LA’s first Wearable Tech conference in July 2014 with speakers from great companies like Misfit Wearables, Pebble, AT&T, along with olympic athletes like Dick Fosbury..You also had a chance to see a trainer wolf on stage wearing a GoPro camera.

We are now back in 2015! Join us at our 2 day IOT conference for an exclusive first look at emerging domestic and International Wearable Tech and IoT startups! Meet Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and tech companies, athletes from major LA teams, top scientists and researchers, OEMs, VR/AR startups, robotics startups, smart toy startups, connected car vendors, smart home vendors, drone vendors, working on technologies for wearables and IoT devices that will change the world. Participate in hands on workshops, watch panels with top thoughts leaders, VCs, rapid-fire pitches from 30+ top wearable computing and IoT start-up companies, live demos and network at Wearable Tech & IoT LA.

To view the ful agenda please visit: www.gizworldconf.com/la

Confirmed speakers include:

      • Dustin Wish – Senior Product Engineer,  Samsung’s Milk VR services platform
      • Joe Rogowski, NBAPA (NBA Player Association) Director of Sports Medicine & Research
      • Gary McCoy, Director of Sports Science and Performance, Catapult (global leader in athlete analytics, working with 500 major sports teams (NBA, NFL, MLS, NHL..) globally.
      • Gabe Grifoni, CEO and Co-Founder, Rufus Labs
      • Paul Robbins, Director of Elite Performance, STATS LLC
      • Matthew Borzage, co-founder of SynTouch, creator of the world’s most humanlike tactile sensor.
      • Julian Sarmiento, Visual Effects and Special Projects Supervisor, Mirada Studios
      • Ashley Crowder, CEO, VNTANA
      • Stacy Morris Bamberg, CEO, Veristride
      • Sugath Warnakulasuriya, entrepreneur, strategic advisor and investor
      • John Underkoffler, CEO, Oblong Industries; and former science advisor to hollywood movies like Minority Report, The Hulk, Iron Man.
      • Jose Bohorquez,  PhD, Co-Founder & CEO, Skulpt 
      • Emmanuel Itier – Hollywood movie producer
      • Charles Michael Yim – CEO,  Breathometer (Winner of Shark Tank TV Show)
      • Sky Christopherson, World’s record holder in cycling, Olympic athlete (1996), entrepreneur, documentary filmmaker
      • Jon Healey, editorial staff, LA Times
      • Nadeem Kassam, CEO, BioBeats (Founder of Basis Now an Intel company)
      • Barry Sandrew, PhD, Founder & CEO, Augmented Vision Works (AVW)
      • Corey Herscu, President, Herscu & Goldsilver
      • Dr Sonia Sousa, CEO and Co-founder, Kenzen Inc
      • Carla Brenner, Director of Business Development, Breathometer
      • Ellen Leanse, Innovator, Change agent, Leadership strategist
      • Erick Miller, Entrepreneur, investor.
      • Myriam Joire, Tech advisor, Former Chief evangelist at Pebble, Former Senior Mobile Editor at Engadget
      • Ed Cho – Marketing manager – IOT,  Cisco
      • Guy Bendov, CEO, Side-kick Games
      • Takuro Yoshida – CEO,  LogBar inc / Ring
      • Kayvan Mirza, CEO,  Optinvent
      • Oliver Starr –  Professional wolf trainer & Chief Evangelist, Pearltrees
      • Julien Blin – Managing Director & CEO, Gizworld
      • And many more coming from the Silicon Valley, Israel, Canada, Europe and Asia…..

Go book your ticket now!

 

Sep 23 2015
Amazon Prime Discounted Membership 1-Day Only $67 vs $99 Friday Sept 25, 2015 #amazonprime
 

Amazon, on Friday will sell subscriptions to its annual loyalty program for $67 in honor of this year being the 67th year for the Emmys.

Amazon Prime membership includes free two-day shipping and free same-day delivery in select markets, plus the ability to stream movies and TV shows.

Celebrate Transparent winning 5 Emmy Awards with a $32 savings

On Friday, September 25, from 12:00am ET to 11:59pm PT, we are offering new members a special price of $67 (normally $99) for the first year of Prime.
Sep 23 2015
Pope Francis Visits the US 2015 Schedule #popeinus
 

What a great morning, when Pope Francis visits the White House in Washington.

Flag for Vatican City:

Flag of the Vatican City.svg

Pope Francis will speak at the White House. What he says will have an impact.

Pope Francis is 78 years old, and he gets around.

He was in Cuba earlier before arriving to the US.

The Pope is the leader of 2 billion Catholics around the world.

The official program of the White House.  20,000 people have been invited to the White House ceremony.

Hundreds of thousands if not millions will line up along the route to see the Pope.

With a busy schedule.

Security is very tight for his visit.  Only the 3rd Pope to visit the US.

Here is the Pope’s schedule for the next few days:

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

9:15 Welcoming ceremony at the South Lawn of the White House
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]
Courtesy Visit to the President of the United States of America
11:30 Meeting with the Bishops of the United States of America at St Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]
16:15 Holy Mass and Canonization of Blessed Fr. Junipero Serra at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]

Thursday, 24 September 2015

9:20 Visit to the Congress of the United States of America
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]
11:15 Visit to the Charitable Center of St. Patrick Parish and meeting with the homeless in Washington, D.C.
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]
16:00 Departure by plane for New York
17:00 Arrival at JFK Airport in New York
18:45 Vespers with the Clergy, Men and Women Religious at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]

Friday, 25 September 2015

08:30 Visit to the Headquarters of the United Nations
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]
11:30 Interreligious encounter at the Ground Zero memorial in New York
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]
16:00 Visit to “Our Lady, Queen of the Angels” School and meeting with children and families of migrants in New York (Harlem)
18:00 Holy Mass at the Madison Square Garden in New York
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]

Saturday, 26 September 2015

08:40 Departure by plane for Philadelphia
09:30 Arrival at the International Airport of Philadelphia
10:30 Holy Mass with the Bishops, Clergy, Men and Women Religious of Pennsylvania gathered at the Cathedral of Sts Peter and Paul in Philadelphia
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]
16:45

Meeting for Religious Liberty with the Hispanic community and other immigrants at the Independence Mall in Philadelphia
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]

19:30 Festival of families and vigil of prayer at the B. Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]

Sunday, 27 September 2015

09:15 Meeting with bishops taking part in the World Meeting of Families gathered at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]
11:00 Visit to detainees at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]
16:00 Holy Mass concluding the World Meeting of Families at B. Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia
[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]
19:00 Greeting to the organizing committee, volunteers and benefactors at the International Airport of Philadelphia
19:45 Farewell ceremony
20:00 Departure by plane from Philadelphia for Rome/Ciampino

Monday, 28 September 2015

10:00 Arrival at Ciampino Airport in Rome

 

Sep 23 2015
EPA claims VW running Clean Air scam with diesel engines
 

EPA claims VW running Clean Air scam with diesel engines

Over $18 Billion and over 400,000 autos are involved.

Now VW is being sued for these claims and executives at Volkswagen are scrambling to make things right.

EPA says the “clean diesel” vehicles are spewing as much as 10-40X more nitrous oxide than is legally permitted under the Clean Air Act.

Investigations are ongoing at EPA and in California as “defeat devices” uncovered that evade clean air regulations.

More information on EPA’s Notice of Violation.
More information on CARB’s In-Use Compliance Letter.

Could other auto manufacturers be next? Could Nissan be doing something similar with its Nissan LEAF? Actually Renault is partnered with Nissan, and Renault was part of a similar case.

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