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  • Grumpy Cat Wins $710,000 Verdict for Copyright, Trademark Infringement Against Beverage Maker

    01/28/2018 11:52:03 AM PST · by Pelham · 18 replies
    IPWatchdog ^ | 01/27/2018 | Steve Brachmann
    On January 23rd, a jury verdict entered in the Central District of California awarded $710,000 in damages for trademark and copyright infringement to Grumpy Cat Limited, the entity holding the rights to the Internet cat celebrity Grumpy Cat. The lawsuit targeted the sale of unlicensed coffee beverages marketed under the Grumpy Cat name by a Los Angeles-area beverage company. The complaint filed in December 2015 notes, the firm entered into a license agreement with Grenade Beverage in May 2013, which granted Grenade limited rights to the copyrights and trademarks covering the cat’s name and image to develop a line of...
  • Chesty The Bulldog charged with sexual harassment after humping numerous legs

    12/23/2017 11:00:15 PM PST · by Pelham · 26 replies
    Duffleblog ^ | Dec 16, 2017 | CharlieMike
    MARINE BARRACKS WASHINGTON, D.C. — Cpl. Chesty XIV, also known as Chesty The Bulldog, has been removed from his primary duties as the official Marine Corps mascot following multiple charges of sexual misconduct, sources confirmed today. There were several cases involving accusations of leg humping, unsolicited face licking, and one claim of lewd sexting. “I always suspected Chesty was letting his fame go to his head,” said Pfc. David Trimbull, a member of the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. “We all heard rumors, but the command made it perfectly clear they wanted us to keep quiet.” In 2016, a story...
  • Fast Moving Brush Fire in Santa Paula CA

    12/04/2017 8:50:47 PM PST · by Pelham · 43 replies
    KTLA Los Angeles ^ | 12/4/2017 | Tracy Bloom
    Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for hundreds of home as a wind-driven brush fire quickly grew to 2,500 acres and was spreading rapidly in the Santa Paula area Monday evening, Ventura County authorities said.
  • #Canyon Fire

    09/25/2017 9:21:23 PM PDT · by Pelham · 39 replies
    twitter ^ | 9/25/2017 | various
    pictures, news, videos, maps of the large brushfire in the Santa Ana Canyon connecting OC with Riverside
  • Raid on Gibraltar: How the U.S. Patent System was Rigged Against Independent Inventors

    09/17/2017 12:36:55 PM PDT · by Pelham · 48 replies
    IP Watchdog ^ | September 17, 2017 | Pat Choate & Joan Maginnis
    For decades, individual inventors were granted 25 percent or more of all U.S. patents. This creativity was the foundation of dozens of new industries, thousands of new companies and millions of new jobs. Yet beginning in the early 1980s, their portion of granted patents begin to drop like a rock in free fall. By 2015, individual inventors received only 5.8 percent. A decline so great and so fast has profound consequences and is not an accident or fluke. A useful place to begin the examination of this decline is a 1998 interview of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates who was asked,...
  • Carjacker convicted after his DNA is found on cigarette in the recovered car

    05/02/2017 7:05:14 PM PDT · by Pelham · 13 replies
    OC Register ^ | 5/2/2017 | Kelly Puente
    SANTA ANA A carjacker from Orange has been sentenced to three years in prison after authorities identified him through DNA he left on a cigarette in the recovered car. Gary Munoz, 30, was arrested, charged and convicted in less than two months, thanks to the county’s RAPID DNA program, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a Tuesday statement. On March 9 at about 3:30 p.m., Munoz approached an idling car in a parking lot off of Imperial Highway in Brea, prosecutors said. A woman was in the passenger seat while the driver was out looking for an ATM...
  • San Onofre State Beach shark attack victim Leeanne Ericson 'fighting for her life'

    05/02/2017 6:17:16 PM PDT · by Pelham · 12 replies
    ABC 10 News ^ | 5/2/2017 | J. Ong
    SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A woman attacked by a shark off San Onofre State Beach over the weekend remains hospitalized and is "fighting for her life" at a local hospital. On April 29, Leeanne Ericson was swimming when a shark bit her. Her mother, Christine McKnerney Leidle, said on a GoFundMe page set up for her daughter's medical costs that the shark "tore her right back leg from her glute to her knee." Leidle told 10News her daughter's boyfriend, who was surfing in the immediate area, quickly came to her aid and put her on the surfboard to get her...
  • Collapse: The End of Society Simulator

    03/05/2017 8:02:24 PM PST · by Pelham · 35 replies
    Tom Clancy's The Division ^ | March 2, 2017 | BETC Paris
    This is an online video simulator "To reveal just how quickly a disease, in this case smallpox, can spread, designers have created a simulator that shows how the world could collapse in less than a month. "It imagines you are 'patient zero' and shows how the disease would spread rapidly through your locality, infecting and killing your neighbours."
  • Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union January 7th, 1954

    01/23/2017 7:05:55 PM PST · by Pelham · 6 replies
    Eisenhower Archives ^ | January 7th, 1954 | Dwight Eisenhower
    It is a high honor again to present to the Congress my views on the state of the Union and to recommend measures to advance the security, prosperity, and well-being of the American people. All branches of this Government -- and I venture to say both of our great parties -- can support the general objective of the recommendations I make today, for that objective is the building of a stronger America. A nation whose every citizen has good reason for bold hope; where effort is rewarded and prosperity is shared; where freedom expands and peace is secure -- that...
  • How a driver racked up a $49,000 toll roads bill

    09/07/2016 7:55:50 PM PDT · by Pelham · 51 replies
    OC Register ^ | Sept. 6, 2016 | TERI SFORZA
    Our protagonists are not without blame. But the baby was 9 months old, the husband was off to war in Iraq and the wife somehow overlooked the simple fact that her debit card number had changed. Sherri Hutton kept driving Orange County’s toll roads, her FasTrak beeping – unaware that it was no longer linked to any bank account. And so the violations piled up. For six months. More than a decade ago. Each pass through the toll plaza digging the hole deeper – and she passed through toll plazas more than 300 times. With penalties and late fees, the...
  • 5 reasons O.C. homes cost triple U.S. prices

    09/04/2016 10:05:19 AM PDT · by Pelham · 50 replies
    OC Register ^ | Sept. 3, 2016 | JONATHAN LANSNER
    Once again, my math shows one Orange County house costs roughly what three median-priced American homes do. Yes, plenty of real estate affordability benchmarks exist. One I track is a personal concoction that paints a simple picture: the ratio of the median selling prices of existing single-family houses in Orange County to the same measure nationwide, according to the National Association of Realtors. In 2016’s second quarter, Orange County median price was a record high $742,200. That’s the third highest among the 178 markets surveyed by the Realtors group. Nationwide, pricing hit $240,700, also a record. This means local homes...
  • Little Saigon slaphouse culture blends gambling, meth

    09/04/2016 9:51:11 AM PDT · by Pelham · 6 replies ^ | Sept. 3, 2016 | CHRIS HAIRE
    LITTLE SAIGON – Las Vegas casinos employ a deceptive bargain: They offer free drinks to gamblers, knowing the booze will impair judgment and loosen wallets. The latest incarnation of underground gambling in Little Saigon takes a harsher tack – free meth. Gambling has long been endemic in the Vietnamese American community in Orange County, a thinly veiled cultural touchstone. Friends and family gather at houses to win one another’s money during the Lunar New Year. Indian tribes’ casinos set up booths at Little Saigon festivals to lure potential customers to their establishments. For years, the so-called bikini coffee shops in...
  • Young writers explore common ground between Muslims and Latinos

    08/22/2016 6:54:18 AM PDT · by Pelham · 12 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | Aug. 21, 2016 | JESSICA KWONG
    In Orange County, Latinos making up the majority of Santa Ana’s population are neighbors to the Muslim Americans in Anaheim’s Little Arabia. The project is a grassroots movement to unite the two cultures by rewriting their identity and challenging stereotypes such as racial profiling. ....The teenagers ....stayed engaged as they heard commonality after commonality – including that Muslims also fear deportation when their visas expire. ....the teenagers got to work on their assignment, writing poems on how their community has crossed borders... “I will do it all for mi familia, for mi gente para que vean que estamos presente,” said...
  • Up from Globalism

    08/17/2016 6:05:37 PM PDT · by Pelham · 3 replies
    Harper’s Magazine ^ | January 2010 | Alan Tonelson
    For decades, America’s economics and business elites have been confidently assuring their countrymen that the alarming decline of the U.S. manufacturing sector was nothing to worry about. Dying industries and mass layoffs represented a great human tragedy, of course, and manufacturing boasted a long, distinguished history, but in the grander scheme of things all that misery and dislocation was for the best. The demise of manufacturing simply heralded the rise of alternatives better suited to modern circumstances—chiefly, the spectacular progress of information technologies and the impressive advances in the psychology and mathematics of finance. American leaders, the Establishment insisted, should...
  • Usain Bolt stopped the interview to hear the U.S. anthem

    08/16/2016 7:36:26 PM PDT · by Pelham · 16 replies
    You Tube ^ | Aug 29, 2012 | N/A
    a golden oldie of Usain Bolt from 2012
  • UCI economist Peter Navarro a key Trump defender

    08/14/2016 8:35:26 AM PDT · by Pelham · 1 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | August 13, 2016 | MARGOT ROOSEVELT
    In the towering glass and steel lobby of UC Irvine’s Merage School of Business, a small media scrum – two television correspondents, two cameramen, a producer, a newspaper reporter and a photographer – laid in wait last week for Donald Trump’s ubiquitous economic champion. It had been a crazy few days for 67-year-old UCI professor Peter Navarro, what with nonstop interviews on CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, NPR, “Fox & Friends" and a shouting match with Chris Matthews on “Hardball.” Was he enjoying the limelight? “No,” he insisted, as he wound up a three-hour session with “PBS NewsHour,” a...
  • After anti-Israel protest at UCI, both sides frustrated, demand action

    07/18/2016 8:05:44 AM PDT · by Pelham · 4 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | July 17, 2016 | Roxana Kopetman
    On the night of May 18, a group of about 10 Jewish students gathered at UC Irvine to watch “Beneath the Helmet,” a film about young Israeli soldiers. Outside, another group of students, as many as 50 by some estimates, gathered to protest the screening, saying the movie glorifies the Israeli army, which the protesters view as occupiers. Shouting, “Long live the intifada!” and slogans against Israeli settlers in the West Bank, the protest eventually brought a response from UCI police. Two months later, the confrontation continues to draw attention from people around the world who believe long-running tensions at...
  • Jun 23 The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech

    07/05/2016 5:39:23 AM PDT · by Pelham · 12 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Jun 23, 2016 | Kimberley Strassel
    The Left, once the champion of civil liberties, is today orchestrating a coordinated campaign to bully Americans out of free speech. For nearly 40 years, Washington and much of the American public have held up disclosure and campaign finance laws as ideals, and the path to cleaner and freer elections. Yet, as Kimberley Strassel argues and details through first-hand accounts, both campaign finance are disclosure reform have been hijacked as weapons against free speech and free association, becoming one of the most powerful tools of those intent on silencing their political opposition. Through scare tactics and overreach, harassment of conservative...
  • How the U.S. Patent Office Got So Screwed Up

    06/22/2016 6:37:22 AM PDT · by Pelham · 19 replies
    Popular Mechanics. ^ | Jun 21, 2016 | By Scott Eden
    Once a haven for innovation, over the last two decades the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been rocked by the velocity of technological change and roiled by "patent trolls." Could it be that the biggest impediment that innovators now face is the very system that was created to protect them? Starting in the early 2000s, the rights and protections conferred by a U.S. patent have eroded to the point that they are weaker today than at any time since the Great Depression. A series of Supreme Court decisions and then the most important patent-reform legislation in sixty years, signed...
  • Dobbs: Speaker Ryan is a tool for the Democrats

    06/19/2016 12:26:07 PM PDT · by Pelham · 22 replies
    Fox Business ^ | June 14 2016 | Lou Dobbs
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