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Beautiful underwater photography of seals in La Jolla Children’s Pool – save the seals!

Camera in tow, Jana Morgan and a few friends dove in and looked around. Her images expose a mesmerizing world of green sea grass and a community of marine mammals that seem blissfully ignorant of the debate that rages on land about how to split the cove’s sand between people and animals. – UT San Diego

 

Photos by Jana Morgan, see more.

 

A great move by the photographer, but I don’t need the photos. I am a full supporter of the seals on this one. By my reckoning, every inch of the coast is owned by humans, so why not give them this small section?

The debate rages around the famous La Jolla Children’s Pool, originally created for the kids of La Jolla then taken over by the seals. That happened many decades ago and ever since a fight has been raging among the local community.

The creator of the man-made cove built the cement walls to shield children from harsh waves. She then willed it to the children of future (hence the name Children’s Pool).

Then the seals came in, 100s of them, and it became an instant tourist attraction. This places environmentalists and nature lovers on one side, open-access for children on the other side. An unfortunate split.

The debate still rages every morning as both sides trek out to the beach and mark their territory. The open-access folks plant a flag in the sand that says “open” and shoo away the seals from that part of the beach. During which the pro-seal activists film this to ensure no harmful shoo-ing occurs, and, lately, document any problems the pregnant seals and baby seals encounter with all this conflict.

If you’re interested, join the pro-seal cause – Facebook – Save La Jolla Seals

 

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Jesus saves, Moses lends, Muhammad invests – Islamic finance accounts for 1 trillion in banking

“The interesting thing about Islam,” says Professor Constant Mews, “is that it was a much more commercial culture from the outset than Christianity.”

And from around the middle of the eighth century to the middle of the 13th, while European Christians were struggling through the Dark Ages, the Islamic world enjoyed a golden age.

Arab merchants had a lot to do with it.

“They developed alternative ways of regulating funds,” says Mews.

“In particular the core Islamic principle is simply one of sharing profit and loss. The desire is to promote investment by taking commercial risk.

“Risk, incidentally, is an Arabic word, referring to where you lend money to others without requiring a return unless there is profitable growth.”

And for some 500 years, this financial model underpinned advances in science, the arts, architecture, and innovation generally. Then came the Crusades and the Mongol hordes, and the Islamic model of finance declined, the space becoming filled by that other model.

Islamic finance, however, is undergoing something of a renaissance.

It is now a USD1 trillion industry…Mohamed Ariff continues the litany of statistical growth: there are 57 majority-Muslim nations, 76 countries which already practice Islamic banking, 350 banks, 15 insurance companies and about 1,200 mutual funds.

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Massachusetts man pays off his mortgage with pennies

A Massachusetts man who pledged to make the last mortgage payment on his home with pennies has fulfilled that promise.

After warning his bank, Thomas Daigle dropped off about 62,000 pennies weighing 800 pounds in two boxes for the final payment on the Milford home he and his wife, Sandra, bought in 1977.

He tells The Milford Daily News he just wanted to make his last payment on April 24 “memorable.”

He started saving his pennies when he moved in.

The optician says his wife laughed whenever he would pick up a penny he found on the ground and say it was going to the mortgage.

 

ViaU-T San Diego

 

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Facebook for Good: new update creates thousands of organ donors

Would you share your organ donor status on Facebook? You share what you’re making for dinner, how your garden grows, where you’re going on vacation…But what about your organs?

Mark Zuckerberg is hoping you will.

On “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Zuckerberg and company Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced that Facebook is letting those U.S.- and U.K.-based users add whether they’re an organ donor to their timelines and the story behind the decision to become one. There’s also a link to the official donor registry for those inspired to become a donor.

via Tech Now

 

That was this morning and by lunchtime, of that same day, the news had gone viral:

“As of 12:30pm today, the Donate Life California registry has increased its online donor sign ups by nearly 800% from yesterday thanks to this mornings announcement of the partnership with Facebook! Thank you Facebook!”

The wait list can range from six to eight years, depending on the organ needed.

Donate Life California CEO, Charlene Zettel, said, “today, statistically, one-third on [the wait] list will die before an available organ is presented to them.”

via Tech Now

 

In the place where you normally update your status, there is now a "Life Event" section.

Kickstarter project: build an environmentally friendly-er surfboard

My project is all about environmental and community responsibility.  I’m a custom surfboard builder that wants to help make a change in our toxic industry while also taking action to help protect a rare California coastal habitat.

The technologies required to make a better surfboard are no longer experimental, they’re high quality and available for those willing the invest the time and money necessary. The funding of this campaign will allow me to use plant-sap based resins and recycled foam products to build a collection of beautiful surfboards.

Once my work is finished I’m going to hold an art show/silent auction and donate the profit from the line’s sales to the Save Naples Coalition, a small group of people helping to protect the Gaviota coast from major development.

Larger scale change is always spurred on by grass roots efforts that raise consumers’ expectations. I want to be part of the challenge and help change the demands that customers put on our industry.

Ryan Lovelace (blogFacebook)

 

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Amazon releases a Kindle competitor to Instapaper, Pocket

There is a booming market for apps that allow you to read while offline. The two most popular of these apps, Instapaper and Pocket, let you save an article for later like on an airplane or in your underground nuclear bunker.

Now, Amazon is entering the game by offering the same service for the Kindle. A new app for Mac and PC allows you to “Send to Kindle” and then read on your e-reader or on a smartphone/tablet.

I think this gives the Kindle an edge in two big ways. One, most of us are likely to carry our Kindle with us when going into non-internet zones. That’s why we bring it, to pass away those long hours with books, but now we may be able to do so with articles and blog posts as well.

Two, we all know reading on an e-reader is preferable than doing so on the backlit displays of smartphones and tablets.

It will be interesting to see how this Kindle competition affects the market. I always thought that Instapaper and Pocket had a niche market. They must be scared to see the 10-ton behemoth, Amazon, entering the fray.

Los Angeles leads California and the nation in water conservation

Los Angeles is not only top in California, but also leads the nation’s large cities in water conservation. Since June 2009, when Mandatory Water Conservation took effect in the City of Los Angeles, Angelenos have saved more than 75 billion gallons – more than one-third of what Los Angeles uses in one year.

Water use in Los Angeles has fallen to 1970s levels, despite a population increase of more than 1 million. In fiscal year 2010-2011, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers used an average of 117 gallons of water per person daily – the lowest among the nine U.S. cities with populations over one million.

“Angelenos have embraced water conservation as a way of life and are not only leaders in California, but across the nation. Four years ago, critics said LA couldn’t achieve further water savings, but incentives combined with strong policies, public awareness and a strong response by our customers has led to the lowest water use by our customers ever recorded.”

“Water conservation is the best source of water supply” said Ronald Nichols, General Manager of LADWP. “These reductions in water use result in lower imports of water to Los Angeles. It saves our customers money; it reduces risk of uncertainty of availability of imported water supply sources, and is the most environmentally sustainable means to meet the total water supply needs of Angelenos.”

via Sierra Club

 

Los Angeles is also second in the state for solar power.

San Diego's Seal Harbor first pup of 2012 – a 2-day old seal puppy

Provided with love and nurturing from his Mommy, premature puppy “Baby Miracle” continues to thrive on the second day after his birth.

Born sometime during the night one day ago, Baby Miracle, premature and an estimated 10 pounds under the average birth weight of a healthy Harbor Seal puppy, is none the less, the first live birth of the Casa Beach Harbor Seal Pupping Season.

Several long days lie ahead for this little puppy, if not more so, due to his low birth weight and under development wherein he will receive only 3 sips of milk from his Mommy every 4 hours until the arrival of his first bowel movement two days from now.

On occasion during this interval, his own Mommy will need to resort to seemingly abusive behavior in order to keep her little puppy stimulated enough from falling asleep too deeply and never waking up again.

For more photos and videos visit Save San Diego Seals

San Diego’s Seal Harbor first pup of 2012 – a 2-day old seal puppy

Provided with love and nurturing from his Mommy, premature puppy “Baby Miracle” continues to thrive on the second day after his birth.

Born sometime during the night one day ago, Baby Miracle, premature and an estimated 10 pounds under the average birth weight of a healthy Harbor Seal puppy, is none the less, the first live birth of the Casa Beach Harbor Seal Pupping Season.

Several long days lie ahead for this little puppy, if not more so, due to his low birth weight and under development wherein he will receive only 3 sips of milk from his Mommy every 4 hours until the arrival of his first bowel movement two days from now.

On occasion during this interval, his own Mommy will need to resort to seemingly abusive behavior in order to keep her little puppy stimulated enough from falling asleep too deeply and never waking up again.

For more photos and videos visit Save San Diego Seals