The Oldest Living Thing in the World Lives in California

on January 27, 2015
The Great Basin Bristle Cone Pine Tree, found in the White mountain range, in the Inyo National Forest in California is the oldest living thing on the Earth. The trees look dead and for the most part they are. Only 20 feet tall, the trees are almost as wide around as they are tall. As the trees get older they grow out instead of up, averaging expanding their width by only an inch every 100 years. 

Most of the bark of the tree is dead, only a small part of the tree trunk is actually alive and is connected to a giant body of dead wood.

TV NEWS: Huge Medicaid Subsidies Expire in California

As part of the Affordable Care Act, the Federal government provided subsidies for lower income individuals and families. Now that these subsidies are ending, what will Californians do for health care?

News DETAILS & VIDEO analysis...below

TV NEWS: Feds Tell California to Allow Foie Gras

on January 26, 2015
Sorry, animal rights activists, but the ban on foie gras has been overturned.

Please share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below, or send us a tweet @californiality.

Philosophy by Californians: Apple Computers

We love philosophy, especially when it comes from Californians. This week, we'll be listening to some philosophy from Apple (Yes, Apple. You know, the ones responsible for iMac, Macbook, and the oh-so-famous iPhone.)

So take a look at the video, and think about it. Would you agree this is how Californians should think?

Californiality TV 2015 Schedule of Shows and Topics.

on January 23, 2015
Here's a list of what you can expect for 2015. Have a topic you'd like us to address? Leave a comment, or send a tweet @californiality.

#FBF: Howard Hughes Breaks Transcontinental Record in 1937

On January 19,1937, Millionaire Howard Hughes flew from Los Angeles to Newark,NJ in just 7 hours 28 minutes and 25 seconds in a Northrop Gamma H-1 plane. Here is a picture of him emerging from that plane.

TV NEWS: The Great Plastic Bag Ban Just Might Float Away

on January 22, 2015
San Francisco has already implemented the plastic bag ban, but will the rest of California follow? The new  law banning plastic bags is set to take effect in July, but we're wondering if it will.

What are your thoughts? Tweet us @Californiality, or comment on Facebook!

#TBT: Building the golden gate bridge 1933

This week for throwback Thursday is an awesome video on how the Golden gate bridge was made.Enjoy..

Is This Too Bold? California Group Says Our State Is Better If It “Go It Alone”

on January 20, 2015
The California based non-profit “Sovereign California” has launched a recent booster campaign aimed at raising awareness among Californians – that California could do better for itself – IF it operated more independently. Not full independence but very close. 

The phrase is using is “Go it alone”

This is a very bold stance to take. Are they right? Here is their argument below...What do you think? 

UPDATE: Californiality called it first....California is 7th largest economy – not 8th.

Courtesy Yaymicro
UPDATE: Californiality called it first.

Official news comes out recently showing that California's economy is actually larger than Brazils.
"California is overtaking Brazil as the world’s seventh-largest economy, bolstered by rising employment, home values and personal and corporate income, a year after the most-populous state surpassed Russia and Italy."

We are very pleased that Californiality reported on this trend in September of last year, and it took until January of this year for official news to reach the same conclusion.

TV NEWS: Drought update..Snow cap results .Positive news?

Poem: The Necessity of Sorrow

by Anthony Marcolongo
...originally written in 2012

In the affairs of men,
There comes a time,
When sorrow must,
Be endured, even embraced.

TV NEWS: 2015 New CA Laws (Part 4) " Health and wellness "

on January 19, 2015
Having a hard time getting your birth control covered? There are new California laws concerning your health that you should be aware of.

Discuss these issues and more on Twitter.

Philosophy by Californians: Bill Murray

Every week we here at Californiality will provide a look at philosophies provided by Californians.

Take a look. Think. Do you agree this is something that Californians should think?

This week we listen to Bill Murray

TV NEWS: 2015 New CA Laws "Children & Schools" (Part 3)

on January 16, 2015
Did you know school's are now required to have epinephrine detectors to treat children with allergies? Here's a list of the latest California laws affecting children and schools in 2015.

#FBF: Bridget"Biddy"Mason Died in 1891

For this week's FBF, we'd like to highlight a woman brought to California by a slave owning Mormon. Bridget "Biddy" Mason not only escaped slavery, but became a nurse and a wealthy landowner. She formed schools and food pantries for the poor and African-Americans. Furthermore, she founded the first African-American church. Her charity was known, and most people called her Grandma Mason. Below is a picture of this inspirational woman known as "Biddy".

Californians Support Free Health Care for "Undocumented" More Than Any Place in America

on January 15, 2015
Nationally, 29% of Americans said that "Illegal" or "Undocumented Immigrants" should receive access to free health care, while 71% of American said they should not.  Compare that to California, where 35% of Californians said YES, undocumented Californians should receive access to free health care, while 65% of Californians said no.

Interestingly enough the next closest state to Californians opinions on this issue, is not another state that has a high degree of Immigrants, legal or undocumented from  Latin America, but the State of Maine that has a large amount of immigrants from Canada (which has had universal free medical care for years).

TV NEWS: 2015 New CA Laws Relating to Technology and the Internet

Here are the new California laws affecting technology and the internet. Aware of something we're not? Shoot us a tweet @californiality.

California Takes Care of its Own

Original reporting by Douglas J Bloomer

Who wouldn't appreciate a good meal, some great food items to bring home, entertainment and FREE toys for the 'little ones"?

Everyone, of course, but doesn’t it sound 'too good to be true'?

Tending the Roots in a STEM-Crazed World: What Poetry Brings to a Classroom

By Prartho Sereno

For whatever reason, I emerged from the wee hours of childhood on a quest. (Perhaps we all do.) Alone on a rainy afternoon, or catching butterflies in the summer fields, or deep in the throes of a fever dream, I had bumped into some mysterious inhabitants of my inner realms, and I intended to get to know them better.  And so, it was with great expectations that I entered the University Grand Hall for my first lecture in Psych 101. Perhaps I would get my first glimpse behind the curtain of human experience, to look in on its unadorned figure. But in his first lecture, my professor leaned into the podium, cleared his throat, and pronounced: “Psychology is a science, and … [dramatic pause] … as a science, it’s purpose is to predict and control … human behavior.”

#TBT: Rare Footage in Southern California 1951 (Part 2)

Today's TBT viewing pleasure is a collection of rare footage found at garage yard sales ,etc. It features Chariot races at Kellogg's Arabian Horse Farm, and a rodeo at Wrigley Field West, former home of PCL Champs Los Angeles Angels. For more info on the awesome guys who fix these old reels. Check them out here.

TV NEWS: 2015 New CA Laws "Undocumented" (Part 1)

on January 14, 2015
It's the second week of 2015, and there's already quite a few laws you need to be aware of. Know of new CA laws you don't see on this list? Shoot us a tweet @californiality!

Are You a Real Police Officer?


TV NEWS: Earthquake System Warning Update

on January 13, 2015
The Earthquake Early Warning System will now be expanding throughout California. Will the $5 million received in Federal funding be enough?

Californians Have Answer to Racism Toward African-Americans in America

EDITORS NOTE: This article reflects the opinions of the owner Marcus Ruiz Evans, and not of Californiality itself. 

It is almost the year 2015. Slavery was ended by 1860s, African Americans achieved full legal protection as equal citizens in the 1960s, and in 2008 an African American was elected to the most respected office in the USA. Yet, looking at 2014, you may not think that things are that much better.  Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and  Eric Garner are names that you have heard of if you live anywhere in America.

TV NEWS : A New Cannabis Treasure in California "The Emerald Cup"

on January 12, 2015
Like your cannabis? For the second year in a row, The Emerald Cup was held in Sonoma County. What can you expect next year?

Philosophy by Californians: Jeanne Lenhart

Every week we here at Californiality will provide a look at philosophies provided by Californians.

Take a look. Think. Do you agree this is something that Californians should think?

This week we listen to Jeanne Lenhart

TV NEWS: Are Oil Companies Cheating California?

on January 9, 2015
Over the past ten years, Californians have paid between 10 - 20% more for oil than any other place in America. Has the WSPA played a role in this?