Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Maryland Expands Brewing Laws

Governor Martin O'Malley has signed into law a bill which greatly expands beer brewing abilities in Maryland.

It establishes a Class 8 Farm Brewing license, which legalizes any brewery under 15,000 barrels a year, as long as they use only Maryland grown ingredients.

The bill goes into effect July 1, and comes with other benefits as well.

Holders of the licenses will also breweries to sell kegs and cases, as well as six ounce glasses for on site drinking.

They can also sell various foods, as well as apply for as many as a dozen special permits which would allow them to host beer festivals and other special events.

Several companies are already applying for the licenses. Til now, Maryland only has had one malt house.

Ben & Jerry's Continued Pro Occupy Stance

Ben & Jerry's is once again going beyond their announced support for Occupy.

The top ice cream company in the US has already taken time to raise funds to aid Occupy groups.

Now they're going beyond that and initiating their own campaign against the government and corporations.

Ben Cohen, one of the two founders of the company, is helping start a campaign that would see Ben & Jerry's locations pass out rubber stamps, with Occupy messages on them.

The goal would be for customers to then stamp any and all currency, they come upon, with anti corporate slogans.

Some of the slogans would be; "Corporations are not people", "Money is not free speech", and "Not to be used for bribing politicians".

In the US defacing money is an illegal act, though it is rarely enforced.

A company such as Ben & Jerry's to purposefully be part of a conspiracy to do so, could easily be grounds for the government to take legal action against the company as a whole.

So far the government has not made a response to the company's plans, but it is clearly a direct challenge to them, and a response is necessary.

Syria Expells Foreign Ambassadors

Syria has announced that ambassadors from seventeen countries are no longer welcome in the country.

Many of them had already been withdrawn, for various reason, including fears over their safety.

This comes after thirteen of those countries have expelled Syria's ambassadors from their own lands.

They were asked to leave after government forces massacred over one hundred civilians using artillery.

On Monday, a spokesman for the rebels declared that they could no longer abide by the UN delegated cease fire, which has struggled to accomplish anything, unless the UN was to send in troops or at least enforce a no fly zone.

The UN was quick to respond that no troops would be used, and that it wasn't even being considered.

Gas Can Replaces Child in Safety Seat

Whilst conducting click it or ticket stops last week in Aurora, Colorado police found something unexpected.

Police found that a gas can had been strapped in a child safety seat, and a child in a regular seat belt, next to it.

The officer took a picture of the sight, and it was posted on the Colorado Department of Transportation's Facebook.

Per Colorado law, any child under the age of eight is required to be in a safety seat whilst traveling in a motor vehicle.

An $82 fine is attached to a violation. In this case the driver was cited with three violations.

Police said the driver told officers the child lets himself out of the car seat. The officer then asked if the child put the gas can in the car seat and buckled it up, then buckled himself into a seat belt on the other side of the car.

Metro State of Denver Considering Illegal Immigrant Tuition Breaks

Metro State College of Denver is considering offering tuition breaks for illegal immigrant students.

This comes just barely two months after Colorado voters voted against a bill that would've allowed schools to offer breaks.

On Wednesday the school's board will decide on the tuition breaks.

The planned breaks would give illegal immigrants a discount of fifty-eight percent, from the normal tuition amount. Regular instate tuition is a little bit less yet.

To be eligible for the lower rate, students would have to prove that they've graduated high school, and lived in Colorado for at least the last three years.

Davis, California Prints Own Currency

Davis, California is now trading in Davis Dollars.

The currency is only good within the boundaries of the city limits.

Hopes are that the Davis will promote buying locally, and stimulate the city's economy.

So far around fifty businesses are accepting Davis Dollars, which have a value equal to that of the US Dollar.

They can be purchased via the town's website, or at the weekly farmer's market.

Davis is not alone in adding it's own currency. Around the country there are several dozen who have already done so.

Denver Police Enforcing Camping Ban

Denver Police have begun enforcing the camping ban that was put in place last week.

Anyone who is caught camping in Denver will now face up to a $999 fine, and as much as a year in jail.

The ban was mostly put in place as a reaction to Occupy Denver's repeated stays in Civic Center Park.

Occupy's presence also encouraged many homeless to come to the area as they saw it as a welcoming place.

City officials hope that it will encourage them to find other areas to go to.

Neighboring cities are now deciding what methods of their own to try, in order to keep the homeless from simply moving into their areas.