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Articles from the July 6, 2022 edition

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  • Duality: Does duality encompass non-duality, or does non-duality encompass duality?

    Alita Arose, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 6, 2022

    Earth is the bridge between the worlds. Chthonic energy resides everywhere on planet earth. Heavenly energy can be accessed too. However, it's easier to succumb, entertain and be amused with the chthonic. It requires no sacrifice. The heavenly however, needs an open heart. Humility as well. Both of these require discipline and a devotion to truth. The chthonic doesn't care what one is devoted to; it's humanity's carnal nature. Carnality without the spirit is a spiritually dangerous place to be....

  • Can I Claim My Own Social Security Benefit After Claiming Spousal Benefits?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jul 6, 2022

    Ask Rusty – I'm Getting Spouse Benefits – What Happens to My Own? Dear Rusty: I was born in late 1951. When I retired 5 years ago, I was made aware that my own Social Security benefit was less than half of my husband's SS Benefit. So, I chose to take half of his. What happens to my undispensed SS dollars? On the off chance the balance increases beyond the amount I am now collecting, can I eventually switch to my own full SS amount? Signed: Curious Senior Dear Curious Senior: Much depends on exa...

  • Santa Monica Council Greenlights Permanent Outdoor Dining Program

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 6, 2022

    Buoyed by the success of a pandemic-era pilot program, the Santa Monica City Council this week approved a permanent program to allow local businesses to convert curbside parking spaces into sidewalk dining and retail areas. The permanent Santa Monica Outdoors Parklet Program takes effect October 1 and includes a streamlined review and permit process and provides standards for traffic safety and neighbor outreach, said city officials. "The Santa Monica Outdoors Program has been a critical...

  • Norway Blocks Delivery of Supplies to Russian Settlement in Svalbard

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 6, 2022

    The Moscow Times, an English language independent website centering on Russia and its English speaking community, reports that the Norwegian government has blocked the delivery of food and medical supplies to the world's most northerly Russian outpost. And the Russian's are pissed off. "Moscow accused Oslo of violating the Svalbard Treaty of 1920, which grants citizens of all signatory nations, including Russia, equal access to the Arctic archipelago’s resources," says the Moscow Times. C...

  • Thanks to 'Change Slate' City Councilmembers, Downtown Santa Monica Inc Board Now Composed of Majority Stakeholders

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Jul 6, 2022

    June 30, 2022 - On Tuesday night, the City Council narrowly voted to appoint three business property owners to the Downtown Santa Monica, Inc board instead of the previous council-connected outsiders. DTSM is a "private" non-profit organization that is supposed to work with the City government to manage services and operations in downtown Santa Monica. The 13-member board of DTSM is made up of 6 members appointed by the City Council, 6 members elected by the dues-paying property owners in the...

  • The Biggest Splash is a Safe Swimming Pool

    Paul Netter, Southern California Edison|Jul 6, 2022

    Life might indeed be cool by the pool, but it's even better when it's safe in and around the water. That safety begins with an annual electrical inspection - of your pool, hot tub or spa and all their working parts to ensure that life-saving devices like ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and all grounding and bonding systems are functioning correctly to prevent hidden electrical hazards. "With swimming pools and hot tubs bringing water and electricity close together, it is critical to...

  • Fully Boosted Are Catching Covid-19 More Frequently than Those with Primary Vaccine Series Only, Both in Los Angeles County and the Nation

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 6, 2022

    June 23, 2022 - Both the Centers for Disease Control and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are revealing that individuals who are up to date with their Covid-19 booster shots are becoming infected with the virus at nearly twice the rate as the merely vaccinated. The unexpected reversal of the vaccine's effect is more pronounced in some age groups than others, according to data from the LADPH. On June 19, CBS news showed a case rate chart from the CDC that showed the simply...

  • Ben & Jerry's Parent Company, Unilever, Puts a Stop to Israel Boycott

    Simon Wiesenthal Center|Jul 6, 2022

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center received a call Wednesday morning from Unilever CEO Alan Jope, who informed the SWC of the company's decision to put a halt to Ben & Jerry's Israel boycott. Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and CEO of the SWC, was informed of the decision personally in a phone call Wednesday morning from Unilever CEO Alan Jope. Shortlybenandjerrys-unilever-quote_2022 after the call between Rabbi Hier and Mr. Jope, Unilever officially announced it reached a new agreement with its current...