Blackfish Producer to be Honored by PETA at Sublime; B-52's Fred Schneider Will Premiere Rock Lobster Video

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Manny Oteyza, the producer of Blackfish, will receive an award from PETA this Sunday at an invitation-only reception hosted by The B-52s' Fred Schneider.

Schneider has also produced a video exposing cruelty to lobsters. This all-new "Rock Lobster" video, in which he declares crustaceans sea life, not seafood, will make its South Florida debut at the event.

The ceremony, held at animal-friendly Sublime Restaurant & Bar, will honor Oteyza with the Nanci Alexander Award for his animal activism achievements.

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Jaxson's Ice Cream, Caffe Luna Rosa Up Minimum Wage: President Obama Pleased (Video)

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Jaxson's employees get a better wage, thanks to a nudge by President Obama.
It looks like businesses all over the country are taking President Obama's proposal to raise workers' minimum wage to $10.10 to heart.

The President, who proposed upping the minimum wage to $10.10 during his January 2014 State of the Union address, has also taken his fight on the road, talking about raising wages at every opportunity he can -- and citing examples of businesses who have decided to pay their workers a fair, livable wage.

Recently, during a speech at Central Connecticut State University, President Obama named several companies committed to upping employee wages, saying "it's good busines to do right by your workers. Some of the companies mentioned? Costco, the Gap, and Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant. In his talk, the President said that Jaxson's is "an ice cream parlor that's been in business since 1956" and that the restaurant will "lift workers' wages to at least $10.10 without cutting back on hiring."

See also: Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor Behind the Scenes

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Whole Foods CEO Confronted at Lynn University Over Fired Chicago Mom

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Rhiannon Broschat protests Whole Foods after being terminated from the grocery chain.
Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb was invited to speak at Lynn University this past Wednesday as part of the Dively Frontiers in Globalization lecture series. The annual series invites "outstanding individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in world markets" to speak to the community about their work. Past lecturers have included Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey.

But just as Robb started to address the audience with "I appreciate the warm welcome," a woman in the audience interrupted the talk with a question about Whole Foods worker Rhiannon Broschat.

According to the Palm Beach Post, the woman was removed from the audience, with Robb saying this was not the place to discuss the issue, adding that the public didn't have all the facts because it was a personnel matter and therefore confidential.

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Allen West Hates Coca-Cola's Super Bowl Ad

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Allen West finds Coke unrefreshing.
Allen West, one-term congressman, Tea Party darling, and crusader against anything he deems "un-American," doesn't like Coca-Cola's Super Bowl ad. Not one bit.

The... um... "distinguished gentleman" from South Florida blogged not once -- but twice -- about the Coke ad. According to West's first blog post last evening, the ad started off, "rather patriotically with the words of America the Beautiful."

What could be offensive about America the Beautiful, you (rightfully) ask? Some conservatives apparently feel the song is offensive if it's sung in a language other than English.

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House Approves Farm Bill: Food Stamp and Farm Subsidy Cuts, No King Amendment

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After two years of hold-ups the U.S. House of Representatives finally approved a farm bill.

We would say those fine men and women should pat themselves on the back, but it should never have been dragged out this long in the first place.

Anyway, the point is: we've finally made some progress.

The new five-year bill includes cuts to food stamps, caps on farm subsidies, stronger animal protections, and dairy farmer price supports.

It does not have in it the controversial King Act, which would have overruled state agricultural policy including animal welfare standards and genetically modified organism (GMO) restrictions.

See Also: House Blocked Debate, Sought to Limit States' Rights on Animal Welfare in Failed Farm Bill

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Chick-Phil-A Day in Support of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Is Real

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Quack, quack.
Dear lawd, please make it stop!

By now, everyone's familiar with the racist and homophobic remarks by Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson in a recent GQ interview and the subsequent backlash by civil rights organizations.

On December 18, A&E Networks suspended the 67-year-old duck-decoy mogul for his words that included comparing gay sex to bestiality and insinuating that black people were content under Jim Crow laws. Recently, the company rescinded the suspension, stating, "As a global media content company, A&E Networks' core values are centered around creativity, inclusion, and mutual respect." Which is network-speak for "we want to continue to make money off of these bearded weirdos that people seem to like."

But before the ban could be lifted, someone thought up a great idea:

Chick-Phil-A Day!

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Get Ready to Pay $8 For a Gallon of Milk if Congress Doesn't Get its Act Together

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Liquid gold?
We're not talking about the organic goat milk they sell at Whole Foods. We're talking about the stuff you pour on your Coco Puffs and dunk your Oreos in: plain Jane, pasteurized cow milk.

A gallon of milk in Florida currently costs around $4. Whether you prefer whole or skim, or voted for Obama or didn't, if Congress doesn't pass new legislation by the end of the year, we will all fall off the "dairy cliff" where eight-dollar-a-gallon milk awaits us at the bottom.

See also: South Florida Breast Milk Selling for $1 an Ounce on Craigslist


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President Obama Pardons Popcorn The Turkey (Video)

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Popcorn gets a Presidential pardon.
The votes have been counted and Popcorn the turkey is a free bird.

In his annual turkey pardon, President Obama stood outside the White House, accompanied by his daughters, Sasha and Malia, and told a group of press and invited guests that "the office of the presidency brings many awesome and solemn responsibilities", but "this is not one of them".

See also: White House Turkeys: Are You Team Caramel or Team Popcorn?

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White House Turkeys: Are You Team Caramel or Team Popcorn?

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Team Caramel or Team Popcorn? Choose a side.
On Wednesday, November 27th, President Obama will do his annual most solemn duty as leader of the free world.

No, he won't bring the troops home or cut taxes. He'll announce the pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

Although stories have come out regarding the short life-span of these pardoned turkeys, think of it this way -- would you rather spend the last six months of your life on a farm, eating corn and basking in the sun...or would you rather be killed and eaten? 'Nuff said.

This tradition, by the way, has been going on for decades...even a century, depending on what stories are true.

See also: Thanksgiving Horror Stories: Pig Abuse, Dead Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys

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Thanksgiving Horror Stories: Pig Abuse, Dead Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys

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Turkey gets pardoned. Sentenced to death anyway.
Today, NBC ran a story about pig abuse at an Oklahoma farm that supplied animals to Tyson Foods. An undercover video shot by Mercy for Animals in September or October of this year shows workers "kicking, hitting, and throwing pigs and slamming piglets into the ground." The video, a public relations nightmare for Tyson, prompted the food giant to terminate its contract with the farm and take possession of the remaining animals. Gary Mickelson, a spokesman for Tyson Foods said, "We're extremely disappointed by the mistreatment shown in the video and will not tolerate this kind of animal mishandling."

So, does this story have a happy ending? Of course not! This isn't the only time Tyson's farms were caught in the act of animal abuse.

See also: Where to Buy Local, Free-Range Turkeys


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