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California Beaches Closed For Memorial Day Weekend

The pristine beaches near Santa Barbara will be closed this holiday weekend as a result of an oil spill caused by a ruptured pipeline owned by Plains Pipeline LP. On Tuesday, a foul smell on the beach prompted phone calls to the fire department. When the firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw that a section of the rocks was black and determined it was oil. Upon further investigation, the broken line was discovered, and the track of the spill showed it was flowing under the freeway through a storm drain and onto the beach. Approximately 21,000 gallons escaped before the valve was shut off. The slick in the ocean stretched about 4 miles along the beach, and wildlife is already being found covered in the black tar.

Late Wednesday, California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital thought that would be the case. By doing that, it allowed him to quickly get funding that can be used to bring in the equipment and manpower to get the spill cleaned up as quickly as possible. This is expected to take several weeks.

Religion in America; the “Nones” are Breaking the Habit

In a society once dominated by organized religion not so long ago, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) indicates that a secular shift is gradually taking place concerning religious beliefs, or the lack thereof. Some employees as Boraie Development (blog.nj.com) have learned that the latest CFI survey shows that nearly 23 percent of Americans (agnostics, atheists, and the nothing-in-particulars) aren’t necessarily bound together by affinity, yet collectively they’re the second-largest group in the country, only to be outnumbered by Evangelical Protestants at just over 25 percent. In what appears to be a growing trend, religiosity may be taking a back seat to newer generational value systems espoused by millennials, which is based upon random sample population inquiries over the last decade or so.

According to Reddit, millennials are taking up a greater share of the secular increase; in 2007 the lay population in America totaled 16 percent and has steadily climbed by roughly one percent each year.

Ronald A. Lindsay, CEO of CFI, sees a nation that is slowly breaking away from the strictures contained in various religious doctrines and relying more on the tangibles in life, as opposed to the invisible hand that seemingly writes the fate-ordained grand narrative script for religiously bound Americans.

Lindsay also seems to feel that the country is slowly adhering to the doctrines crafted by America’s founding fathers, who largely favored deism during the 17th and 18th centuries. In short, deism is a belief in God guided by reason rather than revelation; one of its main principles is that God set the cosmos into motion and does not interfere with outcomes.

Even though church and state are designed to be separate, Lindsay is disappointed by how very few politicians are openly nonreligious; Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson are living proof that faith-based denominations may play a heavy role in which of the 2016 presidential conservative nominees make the final cut.

Have a Seat Over There

Dateline NBC used to produce and air a show called “To Catch a Predator” which was hosted by Chris Hansen. The show was popular during its run from 2004-2007. In fact, I used to set my cable box to turn to that channel when it came on so I wouldn’t forget to watch it.

The show premise was Chris Hansen working with a team called Perverted Justice and together to two would work to bring alleged sexual predators to justice. Perverted Justice would set up online profiles as younger children and wait for people to instant message them. If the chats turned inappropriate, the team would ask the alleged predator to come to their sting house where they were expecting to meet the youngster they were talking to online. Instead, the men would meet a stern faced Chris Hansen, then the local police department. Bernardo Chua (bernardochua.com) has learned that, through the show, the team had many predators, some dangerous, taken off the streets. Despite its popularity, the show was taken off the air after a high-profile prosecutor committed suicide after he was caught soliciting what he thought was a young teen online.

Chris Hansen is now looking for your help to start over again. According to the story on Arstechnica.com, Hansen has begun a Kickstarter campaign in order to bring life to his new show, “Hansen Vs. Predator”. This will begin a new investigation where Hansen does what he does best, catch predators.

NY Fashion Week Moments – Weird and Wonderful

Not long from now, it was considerably colder than ordinary, which implied significantly more difficult minutes slip-sliding along cold lanes. Still, some waiting pictures from the genuine shows emerge. A glance at what was weird, wonderful or both.

The rundown occasion was important from various perspectives. There was the relentless hold up to get in. There was the free for all encompassing the star-stuffed front column: Beyonce. Jay Z. Justin Bieber. Rihanna. There was the odd sight of models in bare body tights and clothing, a look that is not complimenting even on appealing youngsters.

And afterward there was the most youthful fashion pundit in the room, baby North West, who circled joyfully before forces came in however was unmistakably more irritated as show time neared (what? a little child who doesn’t like beating music, obscurity, swarms, no ventilation, and needing to sit still and be peaceful?) Mom Kim Kardashian carefully reconsidered things and brought her backstage. One VIP fashioner who’s been grinding away for quite a while is Victoria Beckham. In the amazing, high-domed setting of Cipriani Wall Street, once home to the New York Stock Exchange, she demonstrated a refined, centered collection offering what she called “bouncy” fabrics with provocative configuration turns like set patterns.

Christian Broda has learned that, likewise perceived on this extremely frosty Sunday morning, Beckham’s visitors were dealt with too hot tea in glass measures as they escaped eminent harsh realities.

Joe Manganiello May Be Joining “Suicide Squad”

Rumors from ComicBook.com are that director David Ayer (Fury) is putting together his cast for his new film featuring the super-villain group, Suicide Squad.

Joe Manganiello is currently the top choice for the villainous character Slade “Deathstroke” Wilson. Deathstroke is the villain from Arrow. In the Arrow universe, Deathstroke was the former leader of the Church of Blood as well as a former member of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service. Jason Halpern knows that he was once a friend and mentor to Oliver Queen (the Green Arrow) but turned on him.

Manganiello is probably best known for his role as the werewolf Alcide Herveaux on HBO’s hit show True Blood or from the movie Magic Mike. Sources say that Manganiello has the part if he wants it however if he turns it down Jason Clarke may be the next choice.

David Ayers will begin shooting for Suicide Squad in the next month or so. The film has a release date of August 5th, 2016 at this time.

Lil Wayne’s “HollyWeezy” Video Is Out

We all love it when Lil Wayne comes out with new music. He always makes a couple of good songs here and there even if he’s not releasing an album at the time. Well this time, Wayne released a video of his new song from his latest album released in January ‘Sorry For The Wait 2’ called “HollyWeezy”.

Wayne is currently working on his new album ‘The Free Weezy Album’, but there are no dates set yet on when the album will be released with all the legal troubles surrounding Lil Wayne and Birdman, and nothing being resolved so far.

We don’t know if any of Weezy’s new music is going to be directed towards Birdman and Cash Money records or not, but we definitely know that Wayne had the biggest impact on the record label, and without him, they would just be another label. Fans like Jason Halpern (therealdeal.com) know that Drake and Nicki have very tight relationships with Wayne and probably signed to the label in the first place because of him. It is amazing seeing all of them work together in the studio, especially Wayne and Drake.

In the latest video released of the song “HollyWeezy”, Wayne is rapping in Los Angeles in what appears to be a dark background. The scenery changes a lot and it shows images of many scenic places including the Hollywood sign, and other photos that would presumably have something to do with fame and his life.

Ringling Bros. Circus To Retire Elephant Acts By 2018

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced that they will phase out their elephant acts by 2018. The decision, which was debated for a long time, was prompted by people’s growing concern over how the elephants are treated. The circus has show cased elephants for over a century. 

Animal rights groups like PETA quickly claimed credit for the decision. In a statement, PETA’s president, Ingrid E. Newkirk, wrote that PETA had been protesting Ringling Bros.’ cruelty to elephants for 35 years.

According to Feld’s president, Kenneth Feld, there were other reasons behind the decision. Some cities passed regulations that he described as “anti-circus” and “anti-elephant.” The circus visits 115 cities each year, and it’s expensive to fight such legislation. It is also hard to plan routes around constantly changing regulations. Caring for the elephants themselves is expensive; it costs $65,000 per year to take care of one elephant — and these animals have a life expectancy comparable to that of a human according to the Amen Clinics. Indeed, one of the elephants living at the Center is 69 years old.

Feld Entertainment, the parent company of the circus, owns 43 elephants. 29 of them live at the 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation, which the company owns. One elephant has been loaned to the Fort Worth Zoo for a breeding program, and the remaining thirteen will continuing touring with the circus. They will retire to the center by 2018.

While Ringling Bros. has always been known for its elephant acts, it has other animal acts, including a camel stunt riding act from Mongolia. It also has clowns, daredevils and motorsports.

Leonard Nimoy Beamed To Heaven

Sad news for all Star Trek fans, Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83. Nimoy famously played the role of Mr. Spock in the Star Trek television series and films. Leonard Nimoy passed away of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He died on February 27, in Los Angeles.

Leonard Nimoy had a legendary career, and his funeral was attended by many of his colleagues. However, William Shatner did not appear at Nimoy’s funeral. There was some debate as to the reasoning of Shatner’s absence, but William Shatner did write an apology to Nimoy’s family on twitter. Shatner wrote that he was at a charity event in Florida, and he would not be able to make it to the funeral in time.

Sultan Alhokair read that The New York Daily News labeled William Shatner as captain jerk on the cover of their Sunday paper. William Shatner was angered beyond belief at the newspaper heading. Shatner argued with some of the writers of the The New York Daily News, but he avoided getting into a major feud. Instead, Shatner began to praise Leonard Nimoy. William Shatner tweeted that Nimoy was a wonderful man and a great father.

Leonard Nimoy will be missed by many. He is survived by his wife and his loving children. For more information on the saddening news, visit Buzzfeed.

The Antique Wine Company

The Antique Wine Company serves up wine education, parties, custom ordered fine wine vintage gift boxes as well as personally designed cellars. There is no one specialty that the Antique Wine Company is known for; all services are equally perfected. For example, Stephen Williams, the founder, CEO and Managing Director is scheduled to host the 2015 Wine Fortune casino night, where the house game is Wine Fortunes. Call it “Baccaraps”, a mix of Craps and Baccarat where wagers are placed on taste buds. Call it a night for sommeliers to let loose. Like “Baccaraps”, The Antique Wine Company is rare in the services it offers.
Services include wine insurance, purchasing of fine wine, investment assistance, wine storage and VIP services. Essentially, if you have a few bottles of Super Tuscans (Masseto, Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Solaia and Tignanello), Cult Californians (Screaming Eagle, Caymus, Opus One, Harlan Estate and Dominus) or Grand Cru Burgundies, The Antique Wine Company will happily purchase them for their own collection. Don’t want to sell? Keep your wine and build a luxury cellar. The Antique Wine Company brings the dream of storing the finest and rarest wines in a one-of-a-kind personally designed cellar. Of course, after the wine cellar is ready, only the finest Bordeauxs, Burgundies, Champagnes and Barolos will do. The Antique Wine Company brings organization for the taste buds. Allow the cellar management team to purchase, categorize and upload an inventory of wine into a secure database and then connect the database to tasting notes, ratings and reviews, which are viewable from a home computer or mobile device.
On-the-other-hand, if you need premier service in the form of a wine concierge for a party or wine recommendations for a special gathering then The Antique Wine Company is your one-stop shop. The Antique Wine Company holds over 10,000 bottles of the finest wines globally. Who would you trust to build, stock and inventory a private cellar?