Tuesday, June 30, 2015
There is no one left to cut off. June 29, 2015
Based upon the most recent inflow projections, along with the lack of forecasted precipitation events, the existing water supply in the Upper San Joaquin River watershed is insufficient to meet the needs of pre-1914 claims of right. With this notice, the State Water Board is notifying pre-1914 appropriative claims of right within the Upper San Joaquin River watershed of the need to immediately stop diverting water with the exceptions discussed below. The Upper San Joaquin River runs from upstream of Friant Dam to the confluence with the Merced River.
On January 23, 2015 and again on April 2, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) issued a Notice of Surface Water Shortage and Potential for Curtailment due to dry conditions throughout the State. On April 1, 2015, the Governor issued an executive order, order B-29-15, continuing the state of emergency, initially enacted on January 17, 2014, due to drinking water shortages, diminished water for agriculture production, degraded habitat for fish and wildlife, increased wildfire risk and the threat of saltwater contamination to fresh water supplies in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta).
On April 23, 2015 and May 1, 2015, the State Water Board issued curtailment notices to all post-1914 appropriative water rights in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds, inclusive of the Delta, due to insufficient projected water supplies. On June 12, 2015, the State Water Board issued a curtailment notice to all pre-1914 San Joaquin watershed diverters with a priority date of 1903 or later. Based on updated water supply projections provided by the Department of Water Resources, the State Water Board is now notifying pre-1914 claims of right within the Upper San Joaquin River watershed that, due to ongoing drought conditions,
there is insufficient water in the system to service their claims of right.
there is insufficient water in the system to service their claims of right.
Monday, June 29, 2015
June 29, 2015 - In 2006, Pluto lost its status as a planet. It was downgraded to a “dwarf planet,” in fact, a decision that rankled many who had grown accustomed to the solar system containing nine celestial bodies—including Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory:
There may be a chance to revisit the controversial move again this year. Pluto, the last unexplored planet of any kind in our system, will be reached by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 15. The information the spacecraft provides will tell us if Pluto is a legitimate planet or merely a very large floating rock in the Kuiper Belt, a row of icy objects found beyond Neptune.
The downgrading of Pluto, discovered in 1930, came via a decision made by a very slim margin by the International Astronomical Union, spearheaded by what Discover magazine calls “Pluto haters.” Only 237 out of 10,000 members of the IAU voted in favor of downgrading Pluto—157 voted against, and the rest were not present.
Another NASA vessel, Dawn spacecraft, is due to arrive at Ceres—the largest asteroid in the belt between Mars and Jupiter—next week, which could result in Ceres being added to our list of planets. Some think Ceres has as much freshwater as Earth. As Dawn approaches Ceres’ orbit on March 6, this is a picture it captured:
Ceres was discovered in 1801 and immediately named a planet before being downgraded the next year. That could change this year—if astronomers can agree on what a planet is.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
June 28, 2015 - Here's a nice little weekend gift for all of you X-Files fan: Fox has released the first preview pics of the long awaited TV six-part series revival, along with a few teasing details about the first episode, titled "My Struggle," in which Annet Mahendru (The Americans) is Sveta, a woman "who believes she’s regularly abducted by aliens."
Friday, June 26, 2015
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — An unarmed black man killed by Baltimore County police told his girlfriend's mother that he was going to commit suicide as officers were on their way to his home after reports of domestic violence, the mother said Thursday.
Officers shot Spencer L. McCain, 41, about 1 a.m. at a condominium in Owings Mills. Also in the home at the time were two of his young daughters and their mother, Shannon Sulton, who told police McCain beat and threatened her, Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said at a news conference.
Three officers were on the scene, and all fired as McCain was in a "defensive position," holding his arms and body in a manner that suggested he was armed, Johnson said. He said the officers thought he had a weapon, but none was found. Two of the officers are white, and one is black, police said. All are on administrative leave.
The oldest child present, a 10-year-old girl, called her grandmother, Rochelle Byrd, who is Sulton's mother, early Thursday because she heard fighting in a bedroom and was scared, Byrd said. Byrd called 911.
"I called (the child) back to tell her to open the door for the police, and he took the phone. He said, 'I'm going to have to commit suicide,'" Byrd said. "I called back the police and told them he was going to commit suicide."
Byrd said she thought at that point that McCain could kill his family and then himself.
Johnson said an officer who responded to Byrd's calls heard screams coming from inside the second-floor condo and called for backup, Johnson said. The officers forced their way into the home, where McCain was shot. Johnson said 19 casings were found at the scene, but it wasn't clear how many times McCain was hit.
Sulton had bruises, cuts and a head injury, Johnson said. The girls and the officers weren't hurt.
Race has not been raised as a factor in McCain's death, but it comes amid a national debate about the deaths of black men at the hands of police.
According to 2013 census figures, 27.5 percent of Baltimore County's population is black and 64.1 percent is white. The police chief and county executive are white. As of February, black people made up less than 13 percent of the county's 1,868-member police force.
Byrd said McCain received treatment last year after another incident involving law enforcement.
"He was ranting and raving about the president," Byrd said. "They took him to Northwest Hospital and they put him on medication." Byrd said McCain was "like a different person" on the medication, but he recently decided to stop taking it, and Sulton told her last week that "things were starting to get bad."
Byrd said she and her family are distraught over McCain's death; that the man "was having issues" but "throughout it all, he was a very good father."
The couple had a history of problems, according to police and a neighbor. Since January 2012, police responded to 17 domestic violence calls at the home in a quiet suburban community outside Baltimore, said Cpl. John Wachter, a police spokesman. Johnson said there was a protective order barring McCain from contact with Sulton, and ordering him to stay away from the home and the children's schools.
Keith Lewis, who has lived next door for five years, said he would often hear the couple fight through the walls. But Thursday was particularly raucous, Lewis said — loud enough to wake him.
"They woke me up at about 12:45. Something hit the wall. I woke up. I heard yelling," Lewis said. "The babies were crying. It sounded like begging and pleading, 'Don't do this. Why are you doing this? Stop.'"
Johnson said Sulton told detectives McCain threatened to give her "the beating you deserve" and attacked her.
Lewis said he spotted a pair of police cruisers from his window shortly after 1 a.m., and things seemed to calm down briefly.
"I drifted back to sleep," Lewis said. "Then I heard her yelling again. I heard the door get booted, and then all hell broke loose."
Link : http://news.yahoo.com/police-maryland-officers-shot-man-during-domestic-situation-114042144.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory&soc_trk=tw
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The American hip hop industry is huge. Millions of fans and supporters across the world. And it sends a strong message. Women, money, and brands top the charts. But there's another kind of beat that doesn't make it on corporate labels - just as talented but not the right message. Political and social issues in rap music won't sell. One rapper who know's what a challenge it is to sell records if you say what you believe in is Jasiri-X who joined us In the Now along with Solomon Comission author of the book, "A Hip Hop Activist Speaks Out on Social Issues".
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
If you’re wondering how a man who stood up for a child molester can sink any lower, Mike Huckabee is trying his hardest.
Fresh off his latest scandal (if you lost count, that would be the one where he said as a teen he wished he could dress up like a girl towatch girls shower in the locker room) the former governor marched onto the set of Fox News to insist racism wouldn’t be an issue if only people would be more religious.
It was just the latest in Fox’s on-going effort to somehow, some way frame the Charleston church shooting perpetuated by an avowed white supremacist as a religious, not a racial issue. As was clear almost immediately, the strategy isn’t working. And if they are resorting to booking Huckabee, they must truly be getting desperate.
The interview opened up with a rare show of contention between a Fox host and a Republican guest. Fox’s Ed Henry noted that unlike many of his counterparts, Huckabee is still refusing to call for the Confederate flag to be taken down from South Carolina’s state Capitol. The flag had been used as a symbol of white supremacy by the Charleston shooter, as well as many racists for many generations. But don’t tell that to Huckabee. He’s pretty sure there is no racism left in South Carolina.
“And so what I said was, Ed, as a frequent visitor to South Carolina, I look at this objectively. You’ve got a female governor who is of Indian descent, you have the only elected African-American U.S. senator in the South from a state of 4.8 million people, elected largely by people who are mostly white. That’s not racism.“I don’t think the president of the United States need to be picking the symbols that fly on state capitol grounds. I didn’t punt, I didn’t squirm, I didn’t vacillate on it.”
So we know that Huckabee falls firmly into the “racism doesn’t exist” camp, an idea so preposterous that it should serve as a disqualifier for any presidential nominee. However, he manages to go further:
“I keep hearing people saying we need more conversations about race. Actually we don’t need more conversations. What we need is conversions because the reconciliations that changes people is not a racial reconciliation, it’s a spiritual reconciliation when people are reconciled to God.”
According to Huckabee, people who love God cannot possibly be racist and therefore the best way to combat racism (which he doesn’t think exists in America) is to double down on God.
“When I love God and I know that God created other people regardless of their color as much as he made me, I don’t have a problem with racism,” Huckabee said, before concluding: “It’s solved!”
Huckabee must not be aware of his nation’s troubling relationship between religion and race, or he might be wary of concluding that religion would stop racism. For much of America’s history, religion was used to justify slavery, and later segregation. The most famous hate group in the country, the Ku Klux Klan, is steeped in Christian beliefs and iconography. They had no trouble using that ideology to justify using an organized reign of terror on their black victims for generations.
As Slate columnist Jamelle Bouie vividly described recently, lynchings and KKK rallies were often little more than thinly-veiled religious rituals:
“[L]ynchings weren’t just vigilante punishments or, as the Equal Justice Initiative notes, ‘celebratory acts of racial control and domination.’ They were rituals. And specifically, they were rituals of Southern evangelicalism and its then-dogma of purity, literalism, and white supremacy. ‘Christianity was the primary lens through which most southerners conceptualized and made sense of suffering and death of any sort,’ writes historian Amy Louise Wood in Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890–1940. ‘It would be inconceivable that they could inflict pain and torment on the bodies of black men without imagining that violence as a religious act, laden with Christian symbolism and significance.’”
Huckabee’s motives to talk about God and not racism are less about reality and more about the self-serving need for Huckabee and his peers to avoid confronting the ugly rot at the base of the right-wing ideology.
Watch Huckabee’s sad attempt at derailing the discussion on racism below, via Raw Story:
Link : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/06/23/mike-huckabee-stop-talking-about-racism-its-solved-by-converting-to-christianity-video/
Last night, as I watched CNN Tonight with Don Lemon I was startled to see NY Times columnist Timothy Egan making the case that president Obama had a unique and important opportunity to apologize for Slavery on behalf of the United States. That Obama should apologize for "The land of the Free being the largest Slave holding country in the world." He referred to slavery as America's"Original Sin". He went on to say that with all of the division in the country over the Charleston shooting and Confederate Flag that the time was right for the jesture and that Obama being a black man would be the perfect candidate. Don Lemon ate it up. He thought it was a great idea but the other guy on the panel, Joe Madison, an African American said, "That is the most absurd thing I have ever heard."
I know that Don likes to stir the pot and interject his opinions but this was a time where he should've stayed nuetral. Don argued that if Obama didn't do it then who would because to date no one has. Sorry Don, that's not the point. There is absolutely no way the first Black President of the United States can be the one to apologize to black people for slavery. Call it ironic, call it what you want but I call it ridiculous. If Obama does this he will lose all credibility. I'd rather have no apology than to have the first black president do it and I can't believe that even Don Lemon thinks that this is a good idea. Get in the comment box and let me know what you think about this proposal.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Members of Columbia Prison Divest hold protest signs at a University Senate meeting on April 2, 2015.