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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Here's a program you don't want to miss, if you love fresh food, fresh water, and CA and you want your food to be grown locally, vs imported

First, a couple of background news stories to bring the topic into focus for you: California farmers, ecologists square off over drinking water pollution
April 8, 2011 | 4:00 pm Read more here

Water wars: Little-known rules proposed for the Central Coast are causing a big fight that may be reaching Sacramento
By Jason Hoppin
Posted: 06/19/2011 01:30:37 AM PDT
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Here's a show this Saturday morning, you don't want to miss. You can catch it live, or listen via podcast, but don't miss it! We have to eat to live, but not live to eat... Although, what we eat makes a big difference. Also, do we want to be dependent on imports for our daily sustenance?

Food Chain Radio Show #733 • July 2, 2011

Can agriculture survive clean water?
Growing plants consist of approximately 90 percent water. Water carries essential nutrients to plants and provides the turgor that allows them to stand up to their environment. Water is the lifeblood of our agriculture.
But we are not the only beings inhabiting the environment. Many other creatures rely on water as well, and therein we find a problem.
To encourage our plants to grow and produce beyond what nature would otherwise allow, we must provide them with additional nutrients. The more intensively we farm, the more nutrients we must provide. In California’s Pajaro and Salinas Valleys we farm very intensively, and thus must supplement with a lot of nutrients.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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