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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Enviros Get 86% of Delta Water and Want Even More!

Enviros want another 850,000 acre feet of water. They say it's for the health of the Delta. We want to show you some numbers that back up why we disagree with enviros about their latest water grab from farmers and residents in Southern Californian. The chart below shows that from December 1, 2010 through July 28th 29.6 million acre feet of water flowed into the Delta. Of that, 25.4 million acre feet flowed through the Delta and out to sea. You always hear enviros saying farmers use 80% of California's water, apparently thinking if they say it enough people will believe them. Maybe it's the new math. Here's the real math: If 25.4 million acre feet out of 29.6 million acre feet flowed through the Delta and out to sea, it means 86% of Delta water is not being used by humans or farms. The absurd situation is that with all this water being flushed to the ocean, the drinking water supply for 25 million people and farms who pay for 100% of their state water allocation are only receiving 80% of the contracted water they pay for. And the politicians wonder why unemployment is high and food consumers wonder why there are food shortages and higher food costs. Here's the answer...connect the dots, folks.

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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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