The Elephant Not In the Room: The Shrinking Orange County Republican Party.  In the OCRegister Dec. 10, Martin Wisckol has a front page story about the decline of the Republican Party in Orange County .  In the last century, Republicans held about 55% of voter registrations but now it has shrunk to below 40% for the first time ever and is now only about 7% higher than Democratic registrations.  The exception is South OC which remains a Republican stronghold….

Congress continues to block research on gun violence. Did you know that decades ago the gun lobby pressured Congress to forbid any research on gun violence?  The NRA funds those who champion guns and more guns.  They continues to threaten defeat for any member of Congress who votes against their wishes.  As you know, they pretty much have Congress on a leash to the point where Democrats are reluctant to challenge them.  But according to the Washington Post this week, a group of doctors joined some Democrats in presenting a petition to Congress signed by 2,000 medical doctors asking that the ban on gun violence research be rescinded.  They pointed out that there has been an average of one mass shooting per day in the U.S. in 2015.  And guess what?  This happened just before the mass murders in San Bernardino.  And guess what?  Congress continues to do nothing because their number one priority (as usual) is going along with whatever big money lobbyists tell them to do.

The Shrinking Middle Class in Orange County.  Everyone knows that the gap between the rich and poor is growing nationwide (and worldwide) but did you know that it is happening right here in OC?  Read Teri Sforza in the OC Register on Dec. 3 “Gap between haves, have-nots grows in OC,”

What Contaminants are in Your Body?  In recent weeks, two major medical organizations have issued warnings about toxic chemicals linked to breast and prostate cancer, obesity, and diabetes. The current chemical industry is the new tobacco industry which spends $121,000 per member of Congress lobbying to block regulation of their products.  There are now over 80,000 chemicals in common use which have not been studied for detrimental health effects. Endocrine disrupters are found in plastics, shampoos, pesticides, food can linings, cash register receipts, and more.  Every pregnant American woman has at least 43 different chemical contaminants in her body.  Read all about it here.

Utilities Spend Heavily to Influence CA Politics.  Teri Sforza does it again.  The biggest political spenders are PS&E, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, SDG&E, Edison, WalMart, Disney.

Solution to Bachelor Glut in China: Share Wives.  By 2020, China will have 20 million bachelors called guanggun (“bare branches”).   The one child policy since 1979 led to decades of sex-selection abortions of females so there is now a shortage of women.  Read all about it here.

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