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  • SPCA Seizes 44 Dogs From Central Saanich Home

    VICTORIA – They fill kennel after kennel at the Victoria SPCA; miniature poodles, 35 adults and nine puppies, some only a few days old. Many of the dogs are covered in feces and matted fur. “A lot of them are in deplorable condition. The matting, the nails, it’s pretty bad so we’re having vets look at them, getting the mats out, and getting x-rays to find out who is pregnant and how pregnant” adds Stone. If you’re interested in adopting one of the dogs taken from this home Wednesday, you can’t just yet, and may not ever be able to. They don’t belong to the SPCA and the owner says he wants them back.

  • Jared Loughner Left Social Media Hints

    The police have named a suspect in the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, Jared Loughner. A person under that name has a YouTube account that includes suggestions of anti-government political views. “You don’t have to accept the federalist laws,” the video above says; It also insists on the gold and silver standard, talks of revolution, and suggests that the government is imposing “mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.” Loughner also “favorited” just one video on YouTube, which shows the burning of an American flag and is accompanied by an anti-government screed. Watch Video ›

  • The McRushmore

    In case you ever wondered what would happen if you combined a McRib, Filet-O-Fish, Southern-Style Chicken Sandwich, and bacon and cheese Angus Deluxe, here’s your answer: The McRushmore, four meats rolled into one monstrosity of a sandwich. Ernest Wilkins of RedEye Events and Kevin Pang of Chicago Tribune made and taste tested one so you don’t have to. As for whether Ernest would ever eat another one, his answer: “Two words: Hell. and No.” View Image ›

  • Super Slow Motion Natalia

    “Another one of my “less is more” clips, one take, one lens, one light. (we shot three takes and one was just amazing and I left it pretty much in sequence, just cut the blinks and yawns out) Edited in Ae and slowed down with Twixtor to 20%, shot at 720/60p with the Panasonic Gh1 and my new Nokton 25mm f0.95 at f2.8, my new mono led and a couple of reflectors. Glidecam 4000. Enjoy! If you like what you hear: http://nineleaves.org/album/nine-leaves-the-instrumentals” Watch Video ›

  • Top 4 Places to Visit in Costa Rica in a Week

    This is the custom itinerary I created for our Costa Rica Trip in August 2009 - it’s action packed but there is plenty of time to rest up, eat, and futher explore the area on your own. This itinerary takes you in a circle touching base in Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, then some Rest & Relaxation Time in Manuel Antonio, ending off in San Jose. Full Itinierary is at Costa Rica in a Week View Image ›

  • 1 Pug & 1 Frug Bug = 1 Cute SlideShow

    A little slideshow I compiled featuring Sushi the PUG and Mocha the FRUG BUG and Marcel the 19 year old (Human Years) Lion Dog featured in the end in his Deadmau5 Sweater. If you don’t know what a FRUG BUG is, a FRUG BUG is a French Bulldog, Boston Terrier, Pug mix. The music in this show is “You’ve got a friend in me” (from Toy Story) by Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman Watch Video ›

  • Infographic: The Power Structure of a Mexican Drug Cartel

    This remarkable chart teaches volumes about how fear works, and why the notorious Michoacan drug family is so unstoppable. This is surely one of the most remarkable infographics we’ve ever posted. Created by social scientist Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán, it documents the organizational structure and almost limitless influence of Mexico’s Michoacan drug family. And it teaches you a great deal about why, exactly, the family is so hard to combat — and why its power seems so pervasive. The infographic itself details various wings of the Michoacan cartel — or La Familia as it’s better known — alongside various government agencies. (The short hand for the acronyms: Anything starting with “FUN” is a Michoacan drug cell; those starting with “NAR” are government drug agencies.) The arrows show links between each one, meaning they’re sharing information. But what’s most interesting is that the size of the bubbles shows how much information each cell of the organization is able to share: We’re not quite sure how accurate the information is or how it was gathered, but what strikes you is that the group is far from centralized. Instead, it’s extraordinarily diffuse, much like Al Qaeda, for example. And that in turn surely contributes to the fear the organization sows — it’s power must seem limitless in Mexico precisely because its influence, even when small, is always very close at hand, due to the prevalence of tiny, even autonomous cells everywhere you look. The diffuse nature of the organization, and its web of contacts, means that if you’re a Mexican living near one of their power bases, there’s literally no where you can turn without meeting La Familia’s influence. Moreover, as documented before, each of the cells is independent enough that you never know if you’re crossing the path of some new menace with every interaction. You can never be sure if by pleasing one branch, you’re offending another. And that type of uncertainty is the very nature of fear itself. But perhaps the most sobering part of this chart is that it even exists. The fact that it’s possible to know so much about the organization while simultaneously being totally unable to stop it speaks volumes about the nature of Mexico’s drug problem. via @cliffkuang View Image ›

  • Starbucks Stores in New York Now Accepting Mobile Payments

    Starbucks has seen sufficient success with its Starbucks Card Mobile payment pilot program in select San Francisco, Seattle and Target stores that its ready to extend the program to nearly 300 company-operated stores in New York City and Long Island. Starbucks Card Mobile for iPhone and BlackBerry lets users pay for their coffee by holding up the 2-D barcode on their smartphone to the scanner at the counter. The application allows customers to manage and reload their Starbucks Cards as well. Customers have responded positively to the mobile payment option, Starbucks reports. “We’re seeing more and more customers using their smartphones as their mobile wallets,” says Brady Brewer, vice president Starbucks Card and Loyalty. “We’ve heard from our customers on My Starbucks Idea that they want a faster, more convenient way to pay.” The ultimate goal of the program is to get customers to trade in their physical Starbucks Cards for the digital variety — it’s a time saving exchange for the customer and a cost saving exchange for the company. Already, one in five of all in-store transactions are paid for via Starbucks Card (mobile or physical), and more than $1 billion will have been loaded on to cards by year’s end. The extension of the mobile payment pilot comes on the heels of the reveal of Starbucks Digital Network. Mobile is an increasingly important avenue for Starbucks. The company reports that more than 50% of all logons to its free in-store WiFi are made via mobile phone, and that of its smartphone-carrying customer base, 71% have an iPhone or BlackBerry device.

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