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Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 05:49 PM PDT

I moved my money and I feel fine

by ChristieKeith

I'd known for a long time I needed to say goodbye to the most abusive, dysfunctional relationship I had, but it was hard. Me and the Bank of America had been together since I was in high school, when they were my friendly neighborhood bank, founded right in my hometown of San Francisco by A. P. Giannini, a guy whose name adorned many San Francisco buildings and institutions when I was growing up.

But those days were long gone, replaced by an ever-expanding corporate behemoth that got drunk every night after work and came home and wrecked the house. Why, oh, why, didn't I leave sooner?

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Crossposted at Pet Connection.

Organizers at Change.org are reaching out to the animal community to bring pressure on the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation to deny Michael Vick the award.

Last night, Maria Tchijov, Outreach and Communications Coordinator at Change.org, emailed me and asked for help in getting signatures on a petition to Sam Lamantia, the CEO of the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation:

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Crossposted at Pet Connection.

The FDA is looking for citizen/consumer input on a proposed early warning system for pet food recalls.

Think you might have something to say about that?

I thought so.

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Crossposted at Pet Connection.

The story began last summer, when the FDA sued Teva Animal Health, the largest manufacturer of generic animal drugs in the United States, after agency inspections turned up adulterated animal drugs.

On Dec. 7, Teva reported to the FDA that it had begun receiving  reports dating back to November that as many as five cats may have died as a result of one of its drugs, the anesthetic agent ketamine.

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Suzie is a little while dog who came into a shelter in Ontario, Canada late last year. Her owner was an elderly man; no one really knows her story. But she was sick when she came in, and while the shelter gave her some veterinary attention, she just got sicker. She was slated to be euthanized a day or two before Christmas, when a volunteer -- who had been advocating for her to get more medical treatment all along -- decided she couldn't let that happen, and brought Suzie home.

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I really don't understand how liberals have gotten so far off track when it comes to animal legislation. Far from being supported by the Democrats who voted to pass SB 250 in the California State Senate today, mandatory spay/neuter should be anathema to progressives. It's absolutely contrary to every principle of liberal and progressive ideology.

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The justification for killing an abortion provider is that you're trying to prevent abortions. You know, the old, "If only someone had killed Hitler..." rationale.

But here's the thing: If that were truly someone's goal, it seems fairly obvious that the way to do it lies far opposite gunning doctors down in church.

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Yesterday at the "Day of Decision" rally for marriage equality in San Francisco, I noticed what an extraordinary number of dogs were there standing in solidarity with the lesbian and gay community on this important civil rights issue.

I've long been grateful to our straight allies, but this support, cutting as it does across the species line, means the world to me. I particularly welcome the support of the pit bulls, who, one must acknowledge, know a thing or two about second class citizenship.

Thank you, dogs of equality! Believe me, I'll be there to stand for your rights, too!

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Mon May 25, 2009 at 04:18 PM PDT

Day of Apprehension

by ChristieKeith

If you'd asked me 15 minutes ago what the California State Supreme Court's decision on Prop 8 tomorrow is going to be, I'd have given you a very balanced answer to the effect that the Court could go either way for a variety of reasons which I'm sure I'd have then proceeded to outline in great detail, all in tones of the most profound detachment.

In the last quarter-hour, however, I discovered that would have been utter bullshit.

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Crossposted at Pet Connection.

Last year at this time, I was huddled over a hotel computer in Austin, using one of the only working Internet connections in the whole downtown/convention center area -- the SXSW Interactive conference having overwhelmed even Austin's souped-up connectivity -- and ignoring the jittery circle of people trying to vibe me offline so they could get on.

I was filing a piece for the San Francisco Chronicle on the one year anniversary of the pet food recall. In it, I questioned whether anything had changed, and concluded that very little had. And now, another year later, my analysis pretty much stands, although I'm willing to entertain slightly optimistic thoughts for the future.

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Crossposted at Pet Connection.

I first "met" Suzie, or at least heard her story, on a canine nutrition email list I co-moderate. A member who volunteers at a shelter in Ontario, Canada, was wondering if there was a nutritional therapy that might help a little dog in the shelter who was dribbling bloody urine and not getting better on antibiotics.

I'm a bit of a fanatic on the subject of properly treating and diagnosing canine bladder infections, so I told her to sign the dog out of the shelter and I'd pay for a visit to her veterinarian for some essential diagnostic tests.

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I was driving in San Francisco today, on the freeway approaching the Bay Bridge. And there it was, in its 20x60 glory:

billboard

And I thought... bullshit.

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