California’s Extreme Drought

 State officials in California have said that 17 communities will be out of water within the next two to four months.

17 California Towns Will Run Out of Water in the Next 60 to 120 days

Activist Post “Wells are starting to run dry and reservoir levels are low as the state faces the worst drought in almost a century. The number of vulnerable communities is expected to increase over the coming weeks and months, and the list will be updated weekly said Dave Mazzera, acting drinking water division chief for the California Department of Public Health.

Lompico is one of the affected areas.

“We have been unable to take water out of the creek since August and well production is down, and we didn’t have that much water to begin with.” said Lois Henry from the Lompico water board. She is certain the district will soon have to truck in water.”

Cloverdale has already seen the implementation of mandatory 25% rationing and a ban on lawn watering. It’s very likely that more mandatory cut backs will follow.” Full Story & List of Most Vulnerable Areas

DROUGHT STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR CALIFORNIA 1/17/14

Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States

Faced with the shortage, federal authorities this year will for the first time decrease the amount of water that flows into Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, from Lake Powell 180 miles upstream.

That will reduce even more the level of Lake Mead, a crucial source of water for cities from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and for millions of acres of farmland: NYTIMES

The Enormous California Wildfire Looks Like Hell On Earth

Governor Brown Declares Drought State of Emergency


Why The USDA Isn’t Recalling Contaminated Chickens

“The latest outbreak is a stark example of this dynamic. Foster Farms’ official statement asks consumers to see their tainted chicken as a learning experience: “The alert that regulators issued based on illnesses over the past seven months emphasizes the need to fully cook and properly handle raw poultry.”

Nation Of Change – “As an especially vicious salmonella outbreak sickens hundreds across the country, U.S. Department of Agriculture regulators have declined to crack down on the poultry processing plants that spread the pathogen. On Monday, the USDA threatened to close the California-based Foster Farms facilities, but decided to keep the plant open under scrutiny on Thursday night after Foster Farms submitted a plan for “immediate substantive changes to their slaughter and processing to allow for continued operations.”

The outbreak has sickened at least 300 people in 17 states, and 42 percent of the victims have been hospitalized — twice the normal hospitalization rate for salmonella. Yet neither state nor federal regulators have issued a recall order, stating the chicken is safe iffully cooked.

Industry publication Meating place interviewed Daniel Engeljohn, a USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service official, about the decision to keep the infected meat on the shelves. Engeljohn pointed to a federal court decision in 2001 that crippled the USDA’s ability to take meaningful action against meat processors that violate food safety standards. The notoriously conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the USDA did not have the authority to shut down Supreme Beef, a meat processing plant that repeatedly flunked tests for salmonella contamination. The justification for this ruling was that the meat was safe if it was cooked properly. Thanks to this decision, the USDA has only the power to ask the company at fault to recall their products voluntarily.” Full Story

Chicken products blamed for salmonella outbreak still on store shelves

Published on Oct 11, 2013

Consumers are confused about why Foster Farms chicken is still for sale when it made more than 270 people sick. But the USDA doesn t require recalls for salmonella, because it is widely found where chickens are raised.

 

Man Convicted After Police Smell Marijuana On His Money But Don’t Find Any Actual Drugs

The way your money smells could land you in jail. Seriously.

By Dominic KellyOpposing Views – “When William David Bush, a Sebastopol, Calif. resident, was pulled over for speeding, police searched his truck and found $47,000 in cash in his trunk. They suspected drugs were involved, but didn’t find any actual marijuana. They did, however, decide that his cash strongly smelled like pot and determined that the money had to have come from a drug deal. They arrested the man shortly thereafter, and has now been convicted following a two-day trial. 

“The odor was so overwhelming that one of the officers said he could smell it from across the road,” said prosecutor Sharmalee Rajakumaran.

Although they didn’t find any marijuana in Bush’s truck, they apparently did find a letter describing various strains of marijuana, as well as small particles of pot on the floor. They also discovered receipts for items that would be used to grow marijuana outdoors along with stubs from money orders used by many drug dealers to filter cash.

Bush, who represented himself in the trial, denied that the money came from marijuana sales and gave various reasons as to why he had $47,000 in cash in his trunk, including that it was given to him from his mother and that it was from his ATM business. Still, the testimony given by the police regarding the strong smell of the money along with the bits of evidence found in the vehicle were enough to convince a jury that Bush was guilty.

He could face a maximum of four years in prison, and his sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 24th.”

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via FIND LAW – By Aditi Mukherji on October 1, 2013 3:22 PM

Fact: If your money smells like pot, you could get busted — even if there’s no pot to be found.

William David Bush of Sebastopol, California, learned that the hard way when he was convicted of possessing proceeds from the sale of marijuana.

Cops pulled over his Benz and discovered $47,000 in his trunk which wafted a certain, shall we say, “skunk-like” aroma.

Stanky Money = Drug Money?

In general, automobiles may be stopped if an officer possesses a reasonable and articulable suspicion that the motorist has violated a traffic law.

Once the vehicle has pulled to the side of the road, the Fourth Amendment permits the officer to search the vehicle’s interior, including the glove compartment. However, the trunk of a vehicle can’t be searched unless the officer has probable cause to believe that it contains contraband or the instrumentalities of criminal activity.

In this case, it was the reefer smell of the pot proceeds that triggered probable cause. According to the prosecutor, it was more than a mere whiff o’ weed.

“The odor was so overwhelming that one of the officers said he could smell it from across the road,” prosecutor Sharmalee Rajakumaran said after the verdict was announced, reports The Press Democrat.

This adds a whole new dimension to why the chicken crossed the road…

Possessing Proceeds From the Sale of Marijuana

n California, it’s illegal to knowingly receive drug money.

Bush claimed the trunk of cash came from his ATM business and that his mother had given it to him. But the panel of jurors were swayed by police testimony that the moola smelled more than fishy… For an ATM business, the cash smelled awfully “maui wowie.”

Adding fuel to the reefer flame, further incriminating evidence included an alleged hand-written ledger of various marijuana strains, fine particles of pot on the floorboards, and stubs of money orders (which are often used for money laundering).

Unfortunately, Bush went down the pro se path and represented himself. He also rejected initial prosecution offers to drop the felony charge if he forfeited the money, reports the Press Democrat.

Bush faces a maximum of four years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000 for possessing proceeds from the sale of marijuana.

Maybe next time he’ll invest some of his “ATM proceeds” into a few of those pine tree-shaped air fresheners — or maybe a kilo of them.” FIND LAW

 

California Agents Seize Guns From “Unqualified” Owners

Wearing bulletproof vests and carrying 40-caliber Glock pistols, nine California Justice Department agents assembled outside a ranch-style house in a suburb east of Los Angeles. They were looking for a gun owner who’d recently spent two days in a mental hospital.

They knocked on the door and asked to come in. About 45 minutes later, they came away peacefully with three firearms…

 Bloomberg News “California is the only state that tracks and disarms people with legally registered guns who have lost the right to own them, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris. Almost 20,000 gun owners in the state are prohibited from possessing firearms, including convicted felons, those under a domestic violence restraining order or deemed mental unstable.

“What do we do about the guns that are already in the hands of persons who, by law, are considered too dangerous to possess them?” Harris said in a letter to Vice President Joe Biden after a Connecticut school shooting in December left 26 dead. She recommended that Biden, heading a White House review of gun policy, consider California as a national model.

As many as 200,000 people nationwide may no longer be qualified to own firearms, according to Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis. Other states may lack confiscation programs because they don’t track purchases as closely as California, which requires most weapons sales go through a licensed dealer and be reported…

…The no-gun list is compiled by cross-referencing files on almost 1 million handgun and assault-weapon owners with databases of new criminal records and involuntary mental-health commitments. About 15 to 20 names are added each day, according to the attorney general’s office.

Probable Cause

Merely being in a database of registered gun owners and having a “disqualifying event,” such as a felony conviction or restraining order, isn’t sufficient evidence for a search warrant, Marsh said March 5 during raids in San Bernardino County. So the agents often must talk their way into a residence to look for weapons, he said.

At a house in Fontana, agents were looking for a gun owner with a criminal history of a sex offense, pimping, according to the attorney general’s office. Marsh said that while the woman appeared to be home, they got no answer at the door. Without a warrant, the agents couldn’t enter and had to leave empty- handed…

…The state Senate agreed March 7 to expand the seizure program using $24 million in surplus funds from fees that gun dealers charge buyers for background checks.” Full Story on Bloomberg News

Lynette Phillips, 48, and her husband, David Phillips, 51, sit in their home in Upland, California on March 5, 2013. Lynette, a nurse, had to surrender three guns after spending two days in a mental hospital in December. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

 

It’s Raining…Sharks?

“It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s a…falling shark?”

I cannot even imagine what it would be like to have a shark drop from the sky and land on the ground right in front of me…I’d be thinking of the movie, “Dogma” right away, that much is for sure!

Kudos to the great folks who acted so quickly and saved this little guy -

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. – “Nobody yelled “Fore!” at a Southern California golf course when a 2-foot-long shark dropped out of the sky and flopped around on the 12th tee.

The 2-pound leopard shark was apparently plucked from the ocean by a bird then dropped on San Juan Hills Golf Club, Melissa McCormack, director of club operations, said Thursday.

No one was teeing up when the shark fell Monday afternoon, although some golfers had just left the area, she said.

A course marshal, who makes sure players maintain an appropriate pace, saw something moving around on the tee and went to investigate. He found the shark bleeding with puncture wounds, where it seems the bird had held it in its grasp.

The marshal put the shark in his golf cart and drove it back to the clubhouse.

“He went above and beyond,” McCormack said.

The marshal, McCormack and employee Bryan Stizer wanted to help the small shark, so they stuck it in a bucket of water. Then somebody remembered it wasn’t a fresh water animal, so they stirred up some “homemade sea water” using sea salt from the kitchen, she said.Full Story

Three Officers To Be Fired Over Kelly Thomas Beating & Death

Seeing as how it has taken over a year for this decision to be made, isn’t it only right that the officers to return the pay they have accepted since the night of the beating – the night of their original guilt? Why should they benefit from another year on the police force after using their power to  abuse and kill an innocent man? Scary to think they have been allowed to remain in such powers of position for so long but I’m sure the investigation of actions that were clearly seen on the first viewing of the video tape take time…right? It just wouldn’t have been right to assume that the officers plainly visible on tape while they beat a man to death were actually…uh…beating a man to death! At least there is some measure of justice being served here – even if it is over 300 days late and several paychecks short.

Excerpt from RT“More than a year after they beat a disabled homeless man to death, three California police officers are expected to be fired from the force soon over their role in the killing of Kelly Thomas.

Cpl. Jay Cicinelli and Officers Manuel Anthony Ramos and Joe Wolfe of the Fullerton Police Department all received letters this week from their superiors explaining the force’s intent to terminate their roles. They have ten days to respond with an appeal or else their titles will be revoked.

Both Ramos and Cicinelli are currently awaiting trial over the May 2011 death of Thomas, 37, a known schizophrenic and son of Fullerton’s former police captain. Wolfe has been linked to the assault but has not formally been charged in the crime.”  Full Story on RT

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MAP-21 Bill Would Suspend Passport Rights For Delinquent Taxpayers

We keep inching closer and closer towards the idea of debtor’s prisons being resurrected, don’t we? The vague wording of this bill would allow for revocation of travel rights for citizens who aren’t even charged with tax evasion but merely have a lien placed against them by the IRS! Comforting thought, isn’t it?

And of course, this charmingly vague little bill is conveniently tied together with funding so that extra ramming pressure can be applied to force this through. Boxer has *vowed* to get the bill passed in order to avoid the Highway Trust Fund from going bankrupt and makes the outrageous claim that somehow 3 million jobs will eventually be at stake…if we don’t allow the IRS to revoke passports of delinquent taxpayers…

Makes perfect sense…if you’re a California fruitcake, maybe… 

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A bill authored by a Southland lawmaker that could potentially allow the federal government to prevent any Americans who owe back taxes from traveling outside the U.S. is one step closer to becoming law.

Senate Bill 1813 was introduced back in November by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Los Angeles) to “reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes” .

After clearing the Senate on a 74 – 22 vote on March 14, SB 1813 is now headed for a vote in the House of Representatives, where it’s expected to encounter stiffer opposition among the GOP majority.

In addition to authorizing appropriations for federal transportation and infrastructure programs, the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” or “MAP-21″ includes a provision that would allow for the “revocation or denial” of a passport for anyone with “certain unpaid taxes” or “tax delinquencies”.

Full Story…

The Rawesome Raid On Food Freedom

Posted below are videos with more  live footage of food being confiscated in the Rawesome Raid last week along with interviews with members of Rawesome. This is a truly chilling example of our federal government overstepping their bounds and blatantly violating the constitutional rights of citizens. This is the prime example of the corporate takeover of our food supply and if you’re not afraid, you are not awake and not fully aware of the world we live in. Organic food is our right; freedom to choose our own foods is also our right.

They cannot take theses rights away without our consent.

According to reports from witnesses interviewed by Natural News Radio Sunday, August 7, 2011, $4,500 in cash was taken from the store and $9,000 confiscated from James Stewart, but only the $4,500 in cash was noted on the warrant. California law requires that all items seized at the raid are noted on the warrant, but the LA County Department of Public Health failed to note the $9,000, meaning there is no longer any paper trail for this cash that was taken from James Stewart. The $9,000 in cash was about to be used to acquire food products (honey, watermelons, eggs and others) that are offered to club members of Rawesome Foods.

Witness Lela Buttery states, “The warrant states that they are to take various samples of dairy products. It also says that they can take files, computers, hard drives, cash, etc., but they have to account for everything. So all of the milk that was dumped out is not accounted for. There’s a part of the warrant that they have to say what they confiscated. There were envelopes in the office that were already set out to pay these vendors… that was about $4500, but when Terrence Powell (Bureau Director, Specialized Surveillance & Enforcement Bureau of LA County Department of Public Health) asked James Stewart how much money is on the premises — that was one of the first questions that was asked — so he said he had nine grand on him, and Terrance asked why would you have so much money on you right now? That money was taken and on the currency sheet it is not on there. So I’m looking at some government agencies that are pocketing some dough right now.”

Listen to the full audio recording of this at:
http://snd.sc/oLNRED
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This is the ultimate food fight, folks.

The court has now placed a gag order on the defendants as a condition of bail. What right does the court have to silence them and prevent them from exercising their Constitutional Right to Freedom of Speech?

The gag order bars the defendants from:

Speaking to any member of the press.
• Tweeting or blogging about the raid.
• Posting anything on Facebook or websites.
• Sending emails about the case.
• Communicating in any way, verbally or non-verbally about the government raids conducted against them.

Public outrage is rapidly spreading over this unlawful and unconstitutional raid. A viral Tweet campaign has been launched that has people tweeting #rawesome and#farmageddon across the web. Learn more at Natural News and join in the fight to preserve our right to healthy foods and life as free citizens allowed to make our own decisions without the interference of a greed driven nanny state.

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