Category Archives: Science and Environment

SAN FRANCISCO TO MANDATE DRINKING WATER IN PAPER BAGS

imageSan Francisco, California – Paper or plastic? The City by the Bay that regulated Happy Meal toys, banned plastic grocery bags, and practically outlawed smoking, has a new target in its super radical health-conscious, eco-friendly crosshairs: plastic water bottles.

City officials are considering an ordinance that would require owners of new and renovated buildings with water fountains to install special bottle-filling taps. The law is designed to encourage thirsty people to refill containers instead of reaching for another bottle of Evian, Crystal Geyser, Arrowhead, Alhambra or Aquafina. Now, Supervisor David Chiu is also proposing immediately banning water bottles in parks and other public venues.

If the proposed ordinance is passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and approved by Mayor Ed Lee, the only water that would be allowed to be sold, distributed and consumed in buildings and public parks would be water in paper bags.

Already, warehouse stores like Costco, Target and Walmart are considering a huge public relations campaign to oppose the proposed ordinance because it would significantly cut their sales of bottled water cases, a very popular item in their inventory.

It’s time to start saving your brown paper bags. They may be the only way you would be able to drink your water in public if you live in, or visit, San Francisco.

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CALIFORNIA TO BAN LECHON, ROASTED DUCK AND BOILED CRAB

imageSacramento, California (EXCLUSIVE to The Adobo Chronicles) – Here in the most radical state of the U.S., shark’s fin and foie gras (fattened duck or goose liver) are already banned, thanks to legislation passed and signed into law within the  last two years.

California’s law that prohibits the sale, possession, trade, or distribution of shark fins went into effect in July this year, ending the longtime Chinese custom of serving shark’s fin soup. On the other hand, a federal appeals court ruled last September that California can keep in place its ban on the sale of foie gras. The law prohibits state farmers from force-feeding birds with a tube, a procedure used in producing foie gras. The law also prohibits the sale of the delicacy.

Now, in a new move that would inarguably seal California’s reputation as the world’s top melting pot of progressives, conservationists, environmentalists, human and animal rights activists,  a bi-partisan group of state assemblymembers is proposing a new set of  legislative bans.

The proposed bill will prohibit the sale of lechon (Filipino roasted pig), roasted duck and boiled crab throughout the state. The legislators cited the inhumane procedures used in cooking or displaying these traditional delicacies.

imageSuckling pigs are  bound and skewered in one whole piece before being roasted for hours over a fire pit. Live crabs are boiled in huge pots. Roasted ducks, on the other hand, are displayed stark naked in windows of Chinatown restaurants and food shops, hanging in iron hooks.

The lawmakers were one in saying that “the preparation and cooking procedures for these food items are cruel and have no regard whatsoever for the dignity of these poor creatures.”image

The Adobo Chronicles learned that this is just the beginning of a series of legislation that will look into other inhumane practices used in California’s multi-ethnic and diverse food and restaurant industry.

California voters concerned about other cuisine practices are urged to contact their assembly representatives. A toll-free hotline has been established for this purpose: 1 -000- BAN FOOD.

NASA WARNS OF FLIP IN THE SUN’S MAGNETIC FIELD

splash3Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) disclosed on its website that “something big is about to happen on the sun,” adding that “according to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun’s vast magnetic field is about to flip.”

Minutes after the announcement was posted, NASA’s phone lines became jammed and several of its servers crashed as people around the world sought answers on how this phenomenon, which happens every 11 years, would impact planet earth.  The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) immediately convened its council members to discuss the NASA announcement, summoning NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr. to New York City.

Bolden said that NASA is still assessing the potential impact of the change in polarity of the sun’s magnetic field.  However, he confirmed that the following will definitely occur as a result of this flip:

  • The Continental United States and all of Canada will lose their winter, spring and fall seasons.  Only the summer season will remain for the first half of each year.  The second half will see a hurricane season.
  • Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, Tonga, the Marianas, the Philippines and all other islands in the Pacific will lose their tropical weather and will experience winter for eight months of each year, with the remaining four months bringing fall-like weather
  • California’s tectonic fault lines will even up, practically eliminating any chance of earthquakes
  • Most of Western Europe – but only those countries who are part of the Schengen agreement – will not experience any change in weather or environment
  • Environmental changes in the rest of Europe remains unknown at this point
  • A few countries in the Middle East will see all their desert sand evaporate
  • The rest of the world will see shorter daylights, which will have a heavy toll on their electric consumption

Queried by the UNEP council members if there is anything that countries and governments can do to avert the impending solar flip, Bolden said, “Well, for a start, we  can all implore Pope Francis to lead a universal prayer for a miracle.  He expressed confidence that the Pope can intercede not only on behalf of Catholics but Atheists and all others who belong to different religions.