Here are some resources to help promote kindness and tolerance after an upsetting election

November 12, 2016 by  
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No matter who you voted for, this election was a tough one, and in the aftermath, there has been a lot of violence, anger and frustration. If you are still reeling, check out these resources that can help you find peace and positivity and begin the process of healing.

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California voters pass Proposition 64 to legalize recreational marijuana

November 9, 2016 by  
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Yesterday, California voters passed Proposition 64, legalizing recreational marijuana use in the state. While law enforcement expressed displeasure, other people think the legalization could help shake up California’s criminal justice system in a positive way. California’s legalization move could also pave the way for other states to legalize the drug. Instead of treating marijuana possession and recreational use as a crime, California law will now regulate and tax marijuana as it does alcohol. Under Proposition 64, Californians can buy, possess, transport, and use as much as one ounce of cannabis . They can also cultivate as much as six cannabis plants. The measure applies to adults 21 and older. There will be a 15 percent tax on marijuana sales in retail stores, and California fiscal analysts think the criminal justice system in the state might save $100 million every year under the measure. Related: Legal Marijuana More Popular and Profitable than Smartphones in the U.S. California Police Chiefs Association President Ken Corney said his organization was disappointed the proposition passed and would look for “legislative solutions” to what they see as flaws in the measure like “lack of prosecutorial tools for driving under the influence of marijuana.” California legalized medical marijuana about 20 years ago, and the legalization of recreational marijuana could significantly change how many people are imprisoned in California. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons , 46.4 percent of federal inmates in the United States are in prison for drug offenses. Drug Policy Alliance State Director Lynne Lyman said in the past the prohibition of marijuana “disproportionally impacted communities of color.” California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom told the Los Angeles Times, “I think it’s the beginning of the end of the war on marijuana…I think it will have repercussions internationally, particularly in Mexico and Latin America. And there are a million people who tomorrow can begin the process of clearing their records.” Nevada and Massachusetts voters also legalized marijuana, and it appears Maine voters will too. Arizona voters rejected a measure to legalize marijuana. Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota, and Montana voters passed medical marijuana measures. Via the Los Angeles Times Images via Pixabay and Wikimedia Commons

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An open letter to the GreenBiz community

November 9, 2016 by  
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Like so many of you, I awoke this morning hoping against hope that last night had been merely a horrible dream. It wasn’t, of course. The 2016 election was a gut punch — a stunning and devastating indictment of decency, fairness and inclusion, one that will long reverberate in ways we can’t yet even imagine. It is, in a word, unfathomable.

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The US Election Cycle is a stationary exercise bike that slaps you in the face

November 9, 2016 by  
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Has this year’s grating, debilitating election left you thirsty for more? Then strap in to the US Election Cycle – a stationary exercise bike that slaps you in the face while you ride it. The bike’s creator, graphic designer Philip Johnson calls it “The world’s first exercise machine to accurately recreate the feeling of an American election year.” It’s hitting the market for the low, low price of just $3,500 – and yes, he’s really selling it. For the rest of us, don’t worry – it will all be over soon. + US Election Cycle + Philip Johnson Via Bored Panda

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Polish artist Olek crochets billboard-sized tribute to Hillary Clinton

November 8, 2016 by  
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Fiber artist Olek has created a larger-than-life tribute to presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in New York City. The piece is an unbelievable 16-by-46-foot crochet blanket, nailed to a billboard overlooking New Jersey’s Route 139 highway. Featuring the hashtag #ImWithHer, an image of Hillary’s face, and a shocking pink background, the blanket reportedly took a team of 38 helpers over four weeks to create. The entire piece consists of 794,880 individual stitches.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you wanted to know about swing states

November 7, 2016 by  
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Swing states are always important in any election, but this election they are even more important than usual. Tomorrow, just 11 battleground states could decide our next president , with several traditionally “safe” states even entering the fray. This infographic shows you everything you need to know about swing states, both in this election and recent ones. And after you learn all about the importance of these purple states, don’t forget to get out there and vote, even if you don’t live in one of them, because every single vote matters. + University of San Francisco 

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Nestl plans to pump 210 million gallons of Michigan water every year – and residents are pissed

November 7, 2016 by  
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Flint , Michigan locals still can’t drink their water without using a filter. But only around 120 miles away, in Evart, Michigan , Nestlé plans to begin pumping almost double the volume of groundwater  that they are currently to sell under their branded bottled waters. Michigan residents were upset upon learning the state may approve a permit for Nestlé to pump so much more water while the foreign company pays hardly anything at all for such access. Nestlé aims to up groundwater pumping to 210 million gallons yearly in Evart. They want to pump 400 gallons of water a minute instead of 150 gallons a minute from a Michigan aquifer . But the Swiss company worth $219 billion will likely only have to shell out a mere $200 each year for the increase, and maybe pay a permit fee. They won’t have to pay much for their pumping because under Michigan state law the Nestlé bottling plant is treated as a private well. Related: How Nestle is pillaging California’s water in the 4th year of the state’s worst drought The water pumped would fill Pure Life and Ice Mountain water bottles. According to the company , Ice Mountain is “the number-one selling bottled spring water brand in the Midwest.” Nestlé says increased operations will create 20 jobs. In a message to regulators he provided to The Guardian, a Michigan man said, “Why on earth would the state of Michigan, given our lack of money to address water matters of our own, like Flint, even consider giving MORE water for little or no cost to a foreign corporation with annual profits in the billions?” A Michigan woman said, “The rape of our Michigan inland fresh water sources is a cause for concern, especially when it is done by a private company for profit.” Michigan residents sued Nestlé more than ten years ago because of a very similar permit that would have allowed the company to pump 400 gallons a minute at a Mecosta, Michigan plant. Nestlé received a settlement letting them pump 218 gallons per minute. Via The Guardian Images via Nestle,  Wikipedia and Wilson Hui on Flickr

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The White House Garden is here to stay

October 7, 2016 by  
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The United States is now in the final stretch of its exceptionally long, extremely strange 2016 presidential election . While there is great national anxiety surrounding who will next inhabit the White House, one can take some comfort in knowing that the White House Kitchen Garden is here to stay. While the Garden’s original iteration was rustic in style, the First Lady unveiled a new design that includes cement, stone and steel features that will be difficult to remove without causing controversy. Founded by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009, the White House Kitchen Garden has provided organic produce for the First Family and served as an inspiring symbol of the still-growing Food Movement. Although the White House Garden has avoided the harsh criticism that Republicans have directed towards the First Lady’s school nutrition reforms, it is not without controversy. Within days of the garden’s inauguration, the pesticide industry wrote to the White House to advocate against the garden’s use of organic farming techniques. Related: Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers The National Park Service will continue to maintain the Garden in Obama’s absence while millions of dollars in private funding will help to pay for it. While neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton have commented on what they would do with the garden, its new design makes a total demolition much less likely. Wood chip paths have been replaced with a widened walkway made from blue stone while a new cemented archway and stone-paved seating area welcome visitors into the garden. “I take great pride in knowing that this little garden will live on as a symbol of the hopes and dreams we all hold of growing a healthier nation for our children,” said Michelle Obama at a formal dedication of the new and improved garden. “I am hopeful that future first families will cherish this garden like we have.” Via Politico Images via the White House and Angela N.

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October 7, 2016 by  
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The United States is now in the final stretch of its exceptionally long, extremely strange 2016 presidential election . While there is great national anxiety surrounding who will next inhabit the White House, one can take some comfort in knowing that the White House Kitchen Garden is here to stay. While the Garden’s original iteration was rustic in style, the First Lady unveiled a new design that includes cement, stone and steel features that will be difficult to remove without causing controversy. Founded by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009, the White House Kitchen Garden has provided organic produce for the First Family and served as an inspiring symbol of the still-growing Food Movement. Although the White House Garden has avoided the harsh criticism that Republicans have directed towards the First Lady’s school nutrition reforms, it is not without controversy. Within days of the garden’s inauguration, the pesticide industry wrote to the White House to advocate against the garden’s use of organic farming techniques. Related: Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers The National Park Service will continue to maintain the Garden in Obama’s absence while millions of dollars in private funding will help to pay for it. While neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton have commented on what they would do with the garden, its new design makes a total demolition much less likely. Wood chip paths have been replaced with a widened walkway made from blue stone while a new cemented archway and stone-paved seating area welcome visitors into the garden. “I take great pride in knowing that this little garden will live on as a symbol of the hopes and dreams we all hold of growing a healthier nation for our children,” said Michelle Obama at a formal dedication of the new and improved garden. “I am hopeful that future first families will cherish this garden like we have.” Via Politico Images via the White House and Angela N.

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Donald Trump leaks plans to relocate the White House to the top of Trump Tower

April 1, 2016 by  
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Election Day is still seven months away, but Donald Trump is already planning his takeover of the White House. On Friday, the Republican candidate was heard saying to a reporter “I’m going to win. But here’s the thing: the White House is just as old and outdated as the losers who’ve been living in it recently. I’m not gonna live with those liars and losers in Washington D.C., so I’m going to air-lift the White House to the top of Trump Tower where it deserves to be.” Read the rest of Donald Trump leaks plans to relocate the White House to the top of Trump Tower

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