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When Branding Goes Wrong: 3 Companies That Might Not Last Through 2015

January 7, 2015

2014 was a record-breaking year for corporate America, but not all branding strategies have been tremendously successful.  While Amazon, Disney, and Facebook hit all-time highs, others brands have struggled to stay relevant in the fast-paced and ever-changing world of technology.  Take a look at these popular name brands one last time.  They may not be around for very much longer. Branding Your Website | Branding Los Angeles — When Branding Goes Wrong: 3 Companies That Might…

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Chris Hedges: America’s Disappeared – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig

August 12, 2013

In America, when you are poor, you can instantly disappear like this into the subterranean rabbit holes of our vast jail and prison complex. You crawl out weeks, months or years later. You try to pick up where you left off. You avoid the cops. You look for work. There is no work. It is a constant cat-and-mouse game the state plays with the poor. The hunters. The hunted. The poor, no matter what they do, are always potential prey, minnows in a sea of sharks. It is not only the masses in the Middle East and the jihadists who despise us for our purported “values.” The vast, persecuted underclass, the human refuse callously cast aside by our corporate state, the legions of poor our bankrupt media have rendered invisible, the young, violent street toughs with no education, no jobs, no prospects also see through the empty rhetoric of the power elite when it speaks about our freedoms and democracy. Chris Hedges: America’s Disappeared – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig

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Illegal Checkpoints In America, Because This Is America

May 25, 2013
Illegal Checkpoints In America, Because This Is America

I Don’t Need To Stop at a Checkpoint to Prove Who I Am Because This Is America” FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS GONE – THE CONSTITUTION IS IN CRISIS ~ YOU HANG BY A THR…

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Chris Hedges: The Shame of America’s Gulag – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig

March 18, 2013

Chris Hedges: The Shame of America’s Gulag – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig : If, as Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote, “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons” then we are a nation of barbarians. Our vast network of federal and state prisons, with some 2.3 million inmates, rivals the gulags of totalitarian states. Once you disappear behind prison walls you become prey. Rape. Torture. Beatings. Prolonged isolation. Sensory deprivation. Racial profiling. Chain gangs. Forced labor. Rancid food. Children imprisoned as adults. Prisoners forced to take medications to induce lethargy. Inadequate heating and ventilation. Poor health care. Draconian sentences for nonviolent crimes. Endemic violence.

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What Are The Best Diamond & Gem Certification Agencies? – Jewelry 101

March 29, 2012
What Are The Best Diamond & Gem Certification Agencies? – Jewelry 101

When you’re looking to buy, sell or know more about a particular gem , a certification report is the best starting point. A certification can help you understand a gem’s cut, clarity, carat, clarity and other qualities — all important when determining how much a diamond or other precious gem is worth. Here’s a quick guide to the most trusted gem certification institutes and how they evaluate a diamond , colored diamond , ruby , sapphire or emerald. Two certified gems from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection: a diamond, left, and a sapphire. Gemological Institute of America (GIA) The GIA is the most well-known institute for grading and evaluating diamonds , colored stones and pearls. A nonprofit institute, GIA has been providing reports on the quality of diamonds, colored stones and pearls since 1931. It’s considered to have the highest standards of all the major gem certification agencies. What you’ll find in a GIA report The GIA objectively compares and evaluates diamonds using the 4 C’s : carat, color, clarity and cut. It developed the 4C system in the 1940s, and has been using it ever since. The GIA’s color grading scale for diamonds ranges from D to Z, with D, the closest to colorless, being the most coveted grade. The GIA determines how many blemishes and inclusions a diamond has on a scale of flawless (most desirable) to included (least desirable). The institute grades cut based on how a diamond reflects light, the dispersion of that light, and the how much a diamond sparkles when it’s moved. You’ll also find grading for polish, symmetry and fluorescence in a GIA report. The GIA grades colored gems including colored diamonds , rubies and sapphires based on weight, facet angles and proportions. It also determines the gem’s origin and whether the gem was heated, or artificially treated, to achieve its color. The GIA has a separate color grading system for colored diamonds that ranges from vivid (most valuable) to light (least valuable). A GIA report also includes a diamond’s shape, measurements, weight, depth percentage, table percentage, girdle thickness, culet size, and general comments about the gem that was evaluated. A certified pear shaped diamond, left, and a certified ruby, both from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection. American Gem Society (AGS) The AGS is a nonprofit trade organization founded in 1934. Its membership includes fine jewelers, jewelry designers and jewelry suppliers throughout the U.S. The AGS has been certifying and grading diamonds and other gems since 1996. What you’ll find in an AGS report The AGS uses the 4C criteria for determining the quality of a diamond or gem. But one aspect that makes the AGS different is that it uses a scale of 0 to 10 for its cut, color and clarity grades. For cut, 0 is ideal and 10 is poor; for color, 0 is equivalent to the GIA’s D colorless grade; and for clarity, 0 matches the GIA flawless/internally flawless grade (I/IF). A colorless diamond with the finest cut grade and no blemishes or inclusions would get the “000” AGS grade. AGS also provides information on shape, weight and measurements. It gives a more in-depth view than the GIA on pavilion and crown angles. Gueblin Gem Lab The Gueblin Gem Lab dates back to the early 19 th Century, and has been providing scientific evaluations of gems since the 1960s. Two of the lab’s first gem report clients were luxury jewelry auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s. What you’ll find in a Gueblin report For diamonds, Gueblin uses the 4C scale developed by the GIA. It also provides table and depth percentages, information on girdle and culet, and a commentary on a diamond’s fluorescence. Gueblin also identifies origin , species and treatments (if any) for colored gems such as rubies and sapphires . A certified Asscher cut diamond, left, and a certified Kashmir sapphire, both from Diamond & Estate Trust. European Gemological Laboratory (EGL) The EGL is a for-profit company that certifies diamonds and colored gems around the world. It is known for having less strict standards than the GIA when evaluating a diamond or gem. Like the GIA, the EGL grades diamonds , colored diamonds , rubies, sapphires and other colored stones. What you’ll find in an EGL report An EGL report grades a diamond on the 4Cs using the same scales developed by the GIA. It also provides an in-depth look at a gem’s proportions, including its depth, table, crown, pavilion, girdle and culet. International Gemological Institute (IGI) The IGI is the largest independent laboratory for grading and evaluating jewelry and gems, and has been in existence for about 30 years. It’s considered to have more lenient standards than the GIA. What you’ll find in an IGI report The IGI grades using the same 4C scales as the GIA. Like the AGS, the IGI also provides more in-depth information on a gem’s crown and pavilion angles than the GIA does. Looking to buy a certified diamond , ruby or sapphire ? Diamond & Estate Trust has a wide range of certified diamonds and colored gems that you can trust to be of the highest quality imaginable. We use our discerning eye to select only the most exquisite gems for our collection , which is one of the finest examples of luxury jewelry in Southern California. Read more from the original source: What Are The Best Diamond & Gem Certification Agencies? – Jewelry 101

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Experience ‘I Have A Dream,’ ‘Beyond Vietnam’ Plus A Clip Of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Speech

January 16, 2012
Experience ‘I Have A Dream,’ ‘Beyond Vietnam’ Plus A Clip Of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Speech

Today, America celebrates an iconic man who selflessly lost his life in the fight for racial equality and against discrimination, and we here at LAist felt compelled to serve up a video lunch tribute to the charismatic orator. more › Excerpt from: Experience ‘I Have A Dream,’ ‘Beyond Vietnam’ Plus A Clip Of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Speech

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Mother of Arson Suspect in Federal Custody on German Warrant

January 4, 2012

The mother of arson suspect Harry Burkhart is wanted in Germany on 19 counts of fraud, including charges that she bilked apartment renters out of security deposits and failed to pay for breast-augmentation surgery, according to Los Angeles federal court papers unsealed Tuesday.  Dorothee Burkhart appeared in federal court for a detention hearing, but the proceeding has been delayed until Friday to give her time to hire an attorney.  According to various reports, her arrest last week may have led to her son’s alleged arson spree in which more than 50 fires were set in the Los Angeles area. Harry Burkhart, 24, allegedly launched into a tirade during his mother’s court hearing last week, a police official told the Los Angeles Times . A German national living in Hollywood, he is being held without bail in downtown Los Angeles on suspicion of arson of an inhabited dwelling and is tentatively scheduled to make a court appearance in Van Nuys on Wednesday.  “I hate America,” Harry Burkhart said as he was being arrested, ABC News reported.  In court, Dorothee Burkhart reportedly asked loudly for her son several times, repeating in heavily accented English, “Where is my son? What did you do to my son?”  At one point, the distraught woman, who is in her early 50s, spoke of “German Nazis.” She said that her son is “mentally ill” and has “disappeared.”  A warrant for Dorothee Burkhart’s arrest was issued in Germany in 2007, according to court papers. She is accused of subletting apartments she did not own, failing to pay rent and security deposits on other locations, and of defrauding a Frankfurt cosmetic surgeon out of the equivalent of about $10,000 for breast augmentation surgery she never paid for, according to a provisional arrest warrant. This report has been compiled with information from City News Service. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . See the original post: Mother of Arson Suspect in Federal Custody on German Warrant

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Mother of Arson Suspect in Federal Custody on German Warrant

January 4, 2012

The mother of arson suspect Harry Burkhart is wanted in Germany on 19 counts of fraud, including charges that she bilked apartment renters out of security deposits and failed to pay for breast-augmentation surgery, according to Los Angeles federal court papers unsealed Tuesday.  Dorothee Burkhart appeared in federal court for a detention hearing, but the proceeding has been delayed until Friday to give her time to hire an attorney.  According to various reports, her arrest last week may have led to her son’s alleged arson spree in which more than 50 fires were set in the Los Angeles area. Harry Burkhart, 24, allegedly launched into a tirade during his mother’s court hearing last week, a police official told the Los Angeles Times . A German national living in Hollywood, he is being held without bail in downtown Los Angeles on suspicion of arson of an inhabited dwelling and is tentatively scheduled to make a court appearance in Van Nuys on Wednesday.  “I hate America,” Harry Burkhart said as he was being arrested, ABC News reported.  In court, Dorothee Burkhart reportedly asked loudly for her son several times, repeating in heavily accented English, “Where is my son? What did you do to my son?”  At one point, the distraught woman, who is in her early 50s, spoke of “German Nazis.” She said that her son is “mentally ill” and has “disappeared.”  A warrant for Dorothee Burkhart’s arrest was issued in Germany in 2007, according to court papers. She is accused of subletting apartments she did not own, failing to pay rent and security deposits on other locations, and of defrauding a Frankfurt cosmetic surgeon out of the equivalent of about $10,000 for breast augmentation surgery she never paid for, according to a provisional arrest warrant. This report has been compiled with information from City News Service. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . See the original post: Mother of Arson Suspect in Federal Custody on German Warrant

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California Census Estimates 2011

December 22, 2011
California Census Estimates 2011

California gained the second-largest number of people of all states between Census Day 2010, and July 1, 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released today. The Golden State gained 438,000 new Californians. Texas had the biggest population gain in the first set of Census Bureau population estimates to be published since the official 2010 Census state population counts last year. The nation experienced a population increase of just 2.8 million to 311.6 million, making for the lowest growth rate since before the Baby Boom. California remained the most populated state in America, with a July 1, 2011, population of 37.7 million, followed by Texas (25.7 million), New York (19.5 million), Florida (19.1 million) and Illinois (12.9 million). The 10 States with the largest numeric increase from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011 were: Texas – 529,000 California – 438,000 Florida – 256,000 Georgia – 128,000 North Carolina – 121,000 Washington – 105,000 Virginia – 96,000 Arizona – 90,000 Colorado – 88,000 New York – 87,000 The U.S. Census Bureau will update city, county, state and national population numbers again in 2012. 438,000 NEW CALIFORNIANS! Read more: California Census Estimates 2011

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Listage : CA Wine Prices Predicted To Rise; Hottest Restaurant Openings in America

December 14, 2011

Bäco Pop at Bäco Mercat, Downtown. [Photo: djjewelz / Eater LA Flickr Pool ] · California Wine Prices Predicted To Rise [OCR] · Eataly Closes in on District Location [WaPo]

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