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  • 10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run

    07/26/2017 2:45:39 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2017 | Jenna Gallegos
    Most of us don’t spend our days plowing fields or wrangling cattle. We’re part of the 99 percent of Americans who eat food, but don’t produce it. Because of our intimate relationship with food, and because it's so crucial to our health and the environment, people should be very concerned about how it’s produced. But we don’t always get it right. Next time you’re at the grocery store, consider these 10 modern myths about the most ancient occupation.
  • John McCain is no one's hero anymore

    07/26/2017 6:09:08 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 44 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 25, 2017 | Mark Morford
    It was, as one Twitter pundit put it, a very good day for cancer. It was a good day for death, a good day for shameless cruelty, for the worst tendencies of the human animal; it's a good day to have that sickening, sour feeling in your stomach turn to abject disgust at your fellow man – Republicans very much in particular – as the Senate GOP, with coward John McCain’s help, shoved through a motion that will allow them to continue to destroy lives, take away the health care of millions and leave countless thousands to die.
  • Feds: East Bay man spoke of plan to kill thousands, join ISIS

    07/25/2017 7:33:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 25, 2017 | Evan Sernoffsky
    An East Bay man indicted on terrorism-related charges last week told an undercover FBI agent he was planning to kill 10,000 people in the Bay Area with bombs and cocaine laced with rat poison before fleeing the country and joining the Islamic State, prosecutors said. Amer Alhaggagi, 22, met with an undercover agent twice, pointing out potential targets while discussing plans to bomb the UC Berkeley campus, Assistant U.S. Attorney S. Waqar Hasib told a federal judge in Oakland during a Dec. 14 hearing, according to an audio recording unsealed this week
  • ‘Stop lying to the people’ on climate change, Schwarzenegger tells Republicans

    07/25/2017 3:11:44 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 47 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 25, 2017 | Christopher Cadelago
    Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday slammed President Donald Trump’s retreat from the world climate stage and challenged fellow Republicans to accept the science that spurred him to push cap-and-trade legislation. Schwarzenegger held up the bipartisan legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Treasure Island as a powerful signal to Washington that the United States has not pulled back from its environmental commitments, despite Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord.
  • Paying black people reparations for the war on drugs? Not as crazy as it sounds

    07/25/2017 7:01:35 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 24, 2017 | Erika D. Smith
    It was almost 15 years ago, but Malaki Seku-Amen still talks about the day he drove through Del Paso Heights and realized, with no small amount of horror, just how little had changed in his old neighborhood since he was 8 years old. The abandoned houses. The crumbling infrastructure. The struggling families. “The devastation from the drug war was still there,” the president of California Urban Partnership told me over coffee last week. “All of the pain and suffering from criminalization.”
  • Bay Area employers warned to offer commuter benefit to workers

    07/23/2017 6:56:12 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 07/23/17 | Denis Cuff
    Air pollution regulators are warning thousands of Bay Area employers they could be fined for failing to comply with a rule requiring them to offer a commuter benefit to employees who get to work via van pool, bus, train or bike. Under the 2014 rule made permanent last year, employers with 50 or more full-time workers must offer them a benefit encouraging commute methods that reduce gridlock and air pollution.
  • Arrested Muslim immigrant O’Hare Airport worker claims she is engaged in ‘legitimate warfare’

    07/23/2017 9:08:19 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    The awful logic of sharia is on display in Chicago. Meet Mediha Medy Salkicevic, a mother of four working at an air cargo company at O’Hare Airport, who was arrested two years ago on charges of conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists, including the Islamic State and al-Qaida in Iraq.
  • For Tesla, Model 3 marks a big push and a big test

    07/23/2017 8:29:20 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | Louis Hansen | Louis Hansen
    It’s new, sleek, fast and carries the hottest nameplate in the automotive world — Tesla. Tesla collected nearly 400,000 reservations for its lower-priced Model 3 in the days following its unveiling last year. The Palo Alto electric vehicle maker proclaimed that time “the week that electric vehicles went mainstream.” But uncertainty still surrounds the fate of the all-electric Model 3, Tesla’s $35,000 sedan reaching its first customers Friday.
  • Mexico murders up with deadliest month in at least 20 years

    07/22/2017 6:11:51 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 21, 2017 | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    Mexico's spiraling violence reached new heights with 2,234 murders in June, the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, according to government data. Killings rose in states ranging from the tourist haven of Baja California Sur to the Gulf coast state of Veracruz and even in Mexico City, long considered a relative oasis from drug gang violence. For the first six months of 2017, authorities nationwide recorded 12,155 homicide investigations, or 31 percent more than the 9,300 during the same period last year.
  • Putin's Playthings

    07/20/2017 6:15:38 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 20, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    About a year ago, Donald Trump Jr. met with a mysterious Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump Jr. was purportedly eager to receive information that could damage Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Veselnitskaya denies that she was working for the Kremlin to lobby for favorable Russian treatment. But in the past, Veselnitskaya has been connected with a number of Russian-related lobbying groups. Trump Jr., for his part, proved naive and foolish to gobble such possible setup bait. The Russians proved eager to confuse, confound and embarrass everyone involved in the 2016 election.
  • Senator McCain Introduces New Bill to Repeal Jones Act

    07/19/2017 6:02:42 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 45 replies
    gCaptain ^ | July 18, 2017 | gCaptain
    With all eyes on health care in recent weeks, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has introduced his latest legislation seeking to repeal the Jones Act. Senator McCain first introduced the legislation, known as the Open America’s Waters Act of 2017, last Thursday, one day before he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. The Senator has since been recovering at this home in Arizona and is said to be in good condition as doctors await tissue pathology reports. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, aka the Jones Act, requires that all goods shipped between ports...
  • Two Bay Area counties sue oil companies over sea-rise

    07/17/2017 7:32:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | July 17, 2017 | Richard Halstead
    Two Bay Area counties sued 37 oil, gas and coal companies Monday asserting the companies knew their fossil fuel products would cause sea level rise and coastal flooding but failed to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution. The lawsuit was part of a coordinated litigation attack by Marin, San Mateo County and the city of Imperial Beach.
  • Photographing a Superpod of Sperm Whales

    07/17/2017 7:18:43 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | July 22, 2016 | BioGraphic
    “Hundreds of sperm whales swam to and fro, their huge bodies elegantly twirling and twisting through the water as they socialized. I felt like a gatecrasher at a wedding, so obvious was their delight in each other’s company.” So began photographer Tony Wu’s experience of being underwater with a superpod of sperm whales.
  • ‘It is horrifying’: Oakland officials respond to fire findings

    07/17/2017 4:27:36 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 17, 2017 | Matthias Gafni
    OAKLAND — Officials in this fire-ravaged city reacted with alarm Monday over a report by this news organization that almost 80 percent of firefighter referrals to inspect dangerous conditions went ignored over the last six years. “It is horrifying,” Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan said of the investigation’s findings. “In fact, one of the issues (the story) identified is how it gets decided who gets inspected.” In January, a month after the Ghost Ship warehouse fire killed 36 people, Kaplan proposed reprioritizing which businesses get inspected.
  • Guns, bathroom bills, deportation: Is Texas safe for my California kid?

    07/17/2017 6:11:02 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 117 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 14, 2017 | Shawn Hubler
    Not long after California officially banned state-funded travel to Texas this summer, we awoke in a hotel there, behind enemy lines. It had been decades since my last visit to the Lone Star State; our daughter had gotten an offer she couldn’t refuse there from a graduate program. That was the good news. The bad news was, she’d be spending the next several years in a state whose political leaders are pathologically hostile to the blue state where she was born and raised.
  • Feminist scientists say citing research by straight, white men promotes 'a system of oppression'

    07/16/2017 9:23:41 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 74 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | July 16, 2017 | Kristine Phillips
    Academics and scholars must be mindful about using research done by only straight, white men, according to two scientists who argued that it oppresses diverse voices and bolsters the status of already privileged and established white male scholars.
  • UC Berkeley undergrad arrested in vandalism spree

    07/16/2017 5:36:24 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 14, 2017 | Michael Bodley
    A UC Berkeley student who posted a criticism of the Berkeley Police Department that went viral this month was arrested following nearly three dozen instances of vandalism, much of it racist, just south of campus, police said Friday. Ismael Chamu, 21, was arrested in San Francisco on Thursday night on suspicion of the graffiti vandalism, according to the Berkeley Police Department. He was held in Berkeley jail under $85,000 bail, records show.
  • A third of all Californians depend on Medi-Cal. Here’s who they are and where they live

    07/14/2017 6:13:34 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 25 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 14, 2017 | Hattie Xu
    The debate about health care in the United States resonates in California, considering that over a third of all people in the state rely on Medi-Cal, according to data from the California Department of Health Care Services. But amid all the arguments and partisanship, it may be easy to lose track of who exactly is hit when cuts are made to the health program for low-income Americans.
  • World leaders use the same rhetoric to talk about protesters as terrorists.

    07/13/2017 8:29:46 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 2 replies
    Monterey County Weekly ^ | July 13, 2017 | Rashmee Roshan Lall
    If we allow them to, anarchists can intimidate just as much as violent extremists. Both types of disrupters were probably on the minds of those who attended the G20 summit in Germany. The tyranny of the disrupter is worth remembering as the “war on terror” drags into its 17th year and there is no sign it is being wound down. There is no attempt to redesign or rethink the grammatically (and militarily) waging of war on an abstract noun.
  • Damaged Destroyer USS Fitzgerald Moves to Dry Dock in Japan -PHOTOS

    07/13/2017 6:02:04 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 80 replies
    gCaptain ^ | July 12, 2017 | Mike Schuler
    The USS Fitzgerald has entered dry dock at a United States Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan to continue repairs and assess damage following its June 17 collision with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) entered dry dock July 11 at the Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka base.