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It’s a shame that secession effort stalled so quickly. As Twitchy reported, California Gov. Jerry Brown just signed into law a bill making California a sanctuary state, and now he’s signed legislation that makes it no longer a felony to knowingly pass along HIV.

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The California hepatitis A outbreak is on the verge of reaching statewide epidemic status, as cases have spread through homeless tent cities from San Diego north to Sacramento.

California health officials have reported that at least 569 people have been infected with the hepatitis A liver disease and 17 have died since a San Diego County outbreak was first identified in November. Cases have migrated north to homeless populations in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Sacramento over the last 11 months.

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‘The Catholic diocese in San Diego, California is facing a backlash after it appointed a priest who once admitted to destroying documents that detailed sexual assaults to be in charge of the church’s sex abuse hotline.

According to Raw Story, Melanie Sakoda of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) demanded that Bishop Robert W. McElroy remove Fr. Steven Callahan from his position because he is “an admitted embezzler [who]shouldn’t oversee bank accounts.”

Callahan has been designated as the Victims’ Assistance Coordinator on the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego website. Sakoda said he should not even be allowed to “oversee abuse reports.”’

Read more: Priest linked to sex-abuse cover-up tapped as chief of California church’s sex-abuse hotline, dismaying victims
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Why Saudi Arabia’s Pursuit Of Market Share Is Self-Defeating
The Saudi decision to maintain crude output levels and even grow them, could prove to be a decisive move that could undermine its economy for years to come
http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Why-Saudi-Arabias-Pursuit-Of-Market-Share-Is-Self-Defeating.html

Is This The Breakthrough Fusion Researchers Have Been Waiting For?
A small, secretive company in California claims to have made a significant breakthrough in nuclear fusion technology, but is it just more hype in the space?
http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/Is-This-The-Breakthrough-Fusion-Researchers-Have-Been-Waiting-For.html

Decline In U.S. Oil Production Accelerates
The EIA has released its latest revisions of U.S. crude oil production for 2015 so far, and while they are down substantially, this is no reason for celebration in the markets…
http://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Decline-In-US-Oil-Production-Accelerates.html

With China Slowdown, Russia Looks To India
Russia has been extremely busy in negotiating energy deals not just with China and Europe but now India as well, as the oil and gas superpower seeks to salvage its economy
https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/With-China-Slowdown-Russia-Looks-To-India.html

California Oil Bill Defeated
California’s landmark energy bill succumbed to pressure from the oil and gas industry but proponents have vowed to fight on to achieve their original goals.
http://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/California-Oil-Bill-Defeated.html

Oil Price Recovery Seems Far Away As U.S Stockpiles Increase
The crude complex is trying to rebound today after yesterday’s dip, but strong bearish news in the form of a possible one million barrel U.S stockpile build
http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Oil-Price-Recovery-Seems-Far-Away-As-US-Stockpiles-Increase.htmll

Media Missing The Point On Platinum Supply And Demand Situation
The deficit in 2015 platinum supply was to be expected, given the miners strikes in South Africa last year, but this is not indicative of a long-term trend.
http://oilprice.com/Finance/investing-and-trading-reports/Media-Missing-The-Point-On-Platinum-Supply-And-Demand-Situation.html

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Nestle has found itself more and more frequently in the glare of the California drought-shame spotlight than it would arguably care to be — though not frequently enough, apparently, for the megacorporation to have spontaneously sprouted a conscience.

Drought-shaming worked sufficiently enough for Starbucks to stop bottling water in the now-arid state entirely, uprooting its operations all the way to Pennsylvania. But Nestle simply shrugged off public outrage and then upped the ante by increasing its draw from natural springs — most notoriously in the San Bernardino National Forest — with an absurdly expired permit.

Because profit, of course. Or, perhaps more befittingly, theft. But you get the idea.

Nestle has somehow managed the most sweetheart of deals for its Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water, which is ostensibly sourced from Arrowhead Springs — and which also happens to be located on public land in a national forest.

In 2013, the company drew 27 million gallons of water from 12 springs in Strawberry Canyon for the brand — apparently by employing rather impressive legerdemain — considering the permit to do so expired in 1988.

But, as Nestle will tell you, that really isn’t cause for concern since it swears it is a good steward of the land and, after all, that expired permit’s annual fee has been diligently and faithfully paid in full — all $524 of it

http://theantimedia.org/nestle-pays-only-524-to-exract-27000000-gallons-of-california-drinking-water/

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‘Almost 2 million people in California and the Midwest live on aquifer sites which have up to 180 times the safe level of uranium, according to a recent study by US researchers.
Some 275,000 groundwater samples were taken for evaluation, and it turns out that many Americans live about a kilometer from wells that are uranium-polluted, scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discovered.

Seventy-eight percent of the pollution comes from nitrate, the contaminator deriving from chemical fertilizers and animal waste. Nitrates oxidize uranium, making it soluble in groundwater.’

Read more: Two million people in California, Midwest drink uranium-contaminated water – study

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‘As California’s record-breaking drought continues to worsen, officials have introduced tough new restrictions that went into effect on June 15, 2015. The city’s one million residents face fines of up to $500 per day if they are found not to be in compliance with the strict new rules.

The region is still suffering from a severe water shortage caused by sparse recent yearly rainfalls that have been less than half the average amount. In addition, the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which normally contributes meltwater to the area, has been at only around five percent of its normal volume this year.

In response to the crisis, the city has issued a long list of restrictions on water usage.’

Read more: Extreme water rationing begins in San Jose, California: Residents subjected to surprise inspections by the ‘water police’

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U.S. Drought Monitor June 9Things have never been this dry for this long in the recorded history of the state of California, and this has created an unprecedented water crisis.  At this point, 1,900 wells have already gone completely dry in California, and some communities are not receiving any more water at all.  As you read this article, 100 percent of the state is in some stage of drought, and there has been so little precipitation this year that some young children have never actually seen rain.  This is already the worst multi-year drought in the history of the state of California, but this may only be just the beginning.  Scientists tell us that the amount of rain that California received during the 20th century was highly unusual.  In fact, they tell us that it was the wettest century for the state in at least 1000 years.  Now that things are returning to “normal”, the state is completely and total unprepared for it.  California has never experienced a water crisis of this magnitude, and other states in the western half of the nation are starting to really suffer as well.  In the end, we could very well be headed for the worst water crisis this country has ever seen.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/california-has-never-experienced-a-water-crisis-of-this-magnitude-and-the-worst-is-yet-to-come

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Wave of medical police state refugees to flee California if SB 277 signed into law

| 20 May 2015 | California will be the origin of America’s first wave of medical police state refugees fleeing medical tyranny if Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB 277 into law. SB 277 is California’s pharma-funded vaccine assault on all parents and children. It would eliminate all personal belief exemptions and force nearly all children in California to be forcibly injected with vaccines that are knowingly manufactured with neurotoxic substances such as mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and MSG. If he signs the law, Gov. Brown will be declaring medical genocide against children whose genetic makeup causes them to have extremely heightened risks to vaccine injury. No child will be safe in California, and the state will cement its position as the first real-life medical police state in America, where risks of a medical civil war skyrocket.

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  • Experts estimate there will be less than a year’s worth of drinking water in California reservoir’s at the end of 2015
  • Yet the rich and famous of Los Angeles continue to water their lawns with apparently no concern for conservation 
  • Photographer John Chapple recently went out in a helicopter to photography the ever-green lawns of Kim Kardashian, Barbara Streisand and Petra Eccelstone among others 

California is currently in the fourth year of its worst drought in history, but the rich and famous residents of Los Angeles are still keeping up with the Kardashians when it comes to their over-the-top landscaping.

Residents across California have been demolishing pools, cutting back on showers and letting their lawns turn brown after experts estimated that there will be less than a year’s worth of drinking water left in the state’s reservoirs by the end of 2015.

But for the residents of Los Angeles’ wealthy enclaves, a $100 fine for wasting water is chump change and a fee they are apparently glad to pay in order to maintain their almost fluorescent green lawns.

Photographer John Chapple recently went out in a helicopter to photograph these private oasis and found the mega-mansions owned by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and heiress Petra Eccelstone to be among the worst.

‘The Kardashian flowers and hedges are right in our face,’ a neighbor of West and Kardashian in Hidden Hills told the New York Post. ‘It’s disgusting. You walk by and you can smell the freshness.’

The reality star previously claimed that she was washing her hair only every five days in response to the drought, a move she called ‘a little excessive, maybe.’

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What drought? The Hidden Hills, California estate owned by rapper Kanye West and his reality-star wife Kim Kardashian appears healthy and green despite California currently being in the middle of its worst drought in history 

What drought? The Hidden Hills, California estate owned by rapper Kanye West and his reality-star wife Kim Kardashian appears healthy and green despite California currently being in the middle of its worst drought in history

Bring on the fines: Gov Jerry Brown is calling for extreme cuts in water usage, but paying a $100 fine for water is chump change to stars like American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez

Bring on the fines: Gov Jerry Brown is calling for extreme cuts in water usage, but paying a $100 fine for water is chump change to stars like American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez

You too Babs? Despite being an advocate for energy conservation, Barbra Streisand's beach-side home in Malibu appears green as ever

You too Babs? Despite being an advocate for energy conservation, Barbra Streisand’s beach-side home in Malibu appears green as ever

His own private oasis: Magazine mogul Hugh Hefner refuses to let the lawn at the Playboy Mansion go brown, even though experts predict there will be less than a year's worth of drinking water at the end of 2015 

His own private oasis: Magazine mogul Hugh Hefner refuses to let the lawn at the Playboy Mansion go brown, even though experts predict there will be less than a year’s worth of drinking water at the end of 2015

From Justin to Khloe: Khloe Kardashian purchased this Calabasas estate from pop-star Justin Bieber last year, and keeps the lawn in trip-top shape 

From Justin to Khloe: Khloe Kardashian purchased this Calabasas estate from pop-star Justin Bieber last year, and keeps the lawn in trip-top shape

Emerald: The Hidden Hills, California of pop-star Jessica Simpson is seen above. Patches of her lawn appear to be browning, though her garden is still much greener compared to the neighboring lot 

Emerald: The Hidden Hills, California of pop-star Jessica Simpson is seen above. Patches of her lawn appear to be browning, though her garden is still much greener compared to the neighboring lot

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Having faced up to the dreadful reality of a dust-bowl-esque California, and following Governor Jerry Brown’s mandatory water restrictions, The LA Times reports a growing list of ‘plans’ to solve the state’s water shortage is growing. From innovations to insanity – from iceberg-towing to biodegradable towels and from ‘water pipelines’ to bumper stickers – officials have cataloged more than 170 messages containing suggestions and received untold more in emails, phone calls and public meetings.

 

With the drought threatening every aspect of Californians’ lives — how long they stay in the shower and what food they eat — it’s not surprising that so many have opinions on how to handle the problem. In a sense, The LA Times reports, people are responding to a rallying cry from Brown, who has repeatedly cited the state’s history on the cutting edge of new technology and saying the dry spell “will stimulate incredible innovation.”

But this is not the first time this has happened as a flood of drought-busting proposals is nothing new for California, where dry periods are a recurring phenomenon.

During a parched spell in 1976 and 1977, the state opened a Resources Evaluation Office, which responded to 4,400 letters, telegrams and postcards offering ideas. Many people wanted to complain about neighbors wasting water, according to a 1978 state report.

 

 

“Writers promised to end the drought for a price, usually to be paid in advance,” the report said. “A few writers stated that it rained wherever they went for their vacations and offered to vacation in California if the state would pay their bills.”

 

The report said hundreds of people suggested importing snow from the East Coast. The state actually calculated what it would take to use snow to make up the deficit in water supply: Every train tank car in the country would have needed to make 500 trips, for a total cost of $437 billion.

And now in 2015, the pitches run the gamut.

Would the state like to invest in biodegradable towels that don’t need to be washed with water? What about covering reservoirs to prevent evaporation? Why aren’t more desalination plants being built?

 

One person suggested a water pipeline from Alaska, an idea also offered by William Shatner. The “Star Trek” actor’s proposal was more modest, reaching only to Seattle.

 

The suggestions are recorded and categorized, such as “water supply — solar water purifier” or “conservation idea(s) — leak detection technology.” Some are forwarded to the state water board for review.

 

“There could be good ideas here,” said Nancy Vogel, a spokeswoman for the California Natural Resources Agency. “We don’t want to miss out.”

 

Almost none of the pitches have been successful, officials said. The state isn’t in the business of investing in towels, and experts say a Shatner-esque pipeline isn’t feasible. One of the more popular suggestions, desalination of ocean water, is already being pursued in San Diego, although it has not been embraced as a silver bullet because of concerns about cost and environmental effects.

 

The “cheapest, smartest, fastest” way to address the drought is for Californians to use less water, Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the state water board, has said.

 

Still, Dave Todd, who works on drought issues at the Department of Water Resources, said the state is keeping an open-door policy for new ideas. For example, when someone reached out to discuss irrigation technology, Todd put him in touch with a laboratory at Cal State Fresno.

“They’re being good citizens in trying times,” Todd said. “We don’t want to discourage people from thinking outside the box.”

Some go way outside the box. Todd said one man sketched out a plan for changing the weather by aiming abandoned airplane engines at the sky.

 

It wasn’t clear exactly how that would work, Todd said. “His physics were obviously way beyond mine.”

 

Some ideas are more grandiose. “Is there someone with whom I can speak about a project that will be approximately the scope of the Central Water Project, and perhaps save civilization?” David Newell, a 79-year-old retired engineer who lives in Sacramento County, wrote in November. He also conceded, “I sound nuts.”

 

The suggestion involved “the direct air capture of CO2 utilizing endorheic basin alkaline deposits” (essentially, pulling pollutants out of the sky in areas with high concentrations of certain minerals).

 

Other ideas are modest. Ethan Rotman, who runs an education program for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, suggested bumper stickers, to be placed on unwashed cars, “transforming them from being a visual blight to hero status.”

 

His email last June received a form letter in response, as most of the senders do.

 

“It seemed like a brilliant idea to me,” said Rotman, 55, of Marin County. “Maybe my marketing was wrong. Maybe it wasn’t a brilliant idea. I don’t know.”

What about iceberg towing?

As for iceberg towing, the email last month came from Allen Fuhs, who is retired from teaching at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

 

 

In 1977, he attended a conference on the topic at landlocked Iowa State University sponsored by a Saudi prince who was interested in new water supplies for the Middle East. The prince even footed the bill to fly a chunk of iceberg from Alaska (it cost $7,500 — close to $30,000 in today’s dollars).

 

In an interview, Fuhs suggested testing the concept with a demonstration tow that would bring an iceberg from Alaska to the Bay Area.

 

Asked if he had heard from state officials, Fuhs, 87, said no. But “I’d sure love to have an opportunity to make a presentation.”

“Well, it’s entertaining,” said Nancy Vogel, a spokeswoman for the California Natural Resources Agency.

The problem remains

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-09/iceberg-towing-bumper-stickers-solving-californias-drought

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The move by California to require mandatory cuts in water use for the first time in its history has highlighted the world’s looming water crisis and increased the focus on the links between sustainable water and sustainable energy.

“We need a new paradigm,” says Steven Solomon, author of Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization. “The days when we could just go further into the mountains and find new sources of water are past. We need to make better use of the water we have.”

The good news is that this offers opportunities for investors in everything from IBM’s development of smart metering for water use to more mundane technology like devices to detect water leaks.

more: http://oilprice.com/The-Environment/Global-Warming/California-A-Microcosm-For-Impending-Global-Water-Crisis.html

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California used 70 million gallons of water in fracking in 2014

| 3 April 2015 | California oil producers used 214 acre-feet of water, equivalent to nearly 70 million gallons, in the process of fracking for oil and gas in the state last year, less than previously projected [!], state officials told Reuters on Thursday. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, occurs when water and some chemicals are injected deep underground at high pressure to break up rock and release oil and gas into wells. The practice has been criticized in the state, which is suffering from a drought so severe that Governor Jerry Brown announced the first-ever mandatory 25 percent statewide reduction in water use on Wednesday.

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Gov. Brown orders California’s first mandatory water restrictions: ‘It’s a different world’

| 1 April 2015 | Gov. Jerry Brown (‘D’), standing on a patch of brown grass in the Sierra Nevada that is usually covered with several feet of snow at this time of year, on Wednesday announced the first mandatory water restrictions in California history. “It’s a different world,” he said. “We have to act differently.” Brown was on hand Wednesday as state officials took stock of historically abysmal levels of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada amid the state’s grinding drought. Brown ordered the California Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory restrictions to reduce water usage by 25%.

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Once upon a time, much of the state of California was a barren desert.  And now, thanks to the worst drought in modern American history, much of the state is turning back into one.  Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century that the state of California had seen in 1000 years.  But now weather patterns are reverting back to historical norms, and California is rapidly running out of water.  It is being reported that the state only has approximately a one year supply of water left in the reservoirs, and when the water is all gone there are no contingency plans.  Back in early 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the entire state, but since that time water usage has only dropped by 9 percent.  That is not nearly enough.  The state of California has been losing more than 12 million acre-feet of total water a year since 2011, and we are quickly heading toward an extremely painful water crisis unlike anything that any of us have ever seen before.

But don’t take my word for it.  According to the Los Angeles Times, Jay Famiglietti “is the senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech and a professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine”.  What he has to say about the horrific drought in California is extremely sobering

As our “wet” season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows. We’re not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we’re losing the creek too.

Data from NASA satellites show that the total amount of water stored in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins — that is, all of the snow, river and reservoir water, water in soils and groundwater combined — was 34 million acre-feet below normal in 2014. That loss is nearly 1.5 times the capacity of Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir.

Statewide, we’ve been dropping more than 12 million acre-feet of total water yearly since 2011. Roughly two-thirds of these losses are attributable to groundwater pumping for agricultural irrigation in the Central Valley. Farmers have little choice but to pump more groundwater during droughts, especially when their surface water allocations have been slashed 80% to 100%. But these pumping rates are excessive and unsustainable. Wells are running dry. In some areas of the Central Valley, the land is sinking by one foot or more per year.

Are you starting to understand why so many experts are so alarmed?

For much more from Famiglietti, check out this 60 Minutes interview.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, essentially the entire state is suffering drought conditions right now.  And as you can see from the map below, most of the state is currently experiencing either the highest or the second-highest classification of drought…

US Drought Monitor California 2015

Nearly 40 million people live in the state of California at the moment.

What are they all going to do when the water is gone?

In some rural areas, reservoirs are already nearly bone dry.  And in other areas, the water quality has gone way down.  For example, in one Southern California neighborhood black water is now coming out of the taps

Residents of a Southern California neighborhood are concerned about the fact that the water flowing out of the taps in their homes is the color black. That’s right; the water coming out of their faucets is indeed black — not gray, not cloudy — but black. Inky, opaque black water that the water company says is okay to drink.

Those who live in Gardena, California, are understandably skeptical when asked to consume water that strongly resembles crude oil or something emitted by a squid. The water reportedly also has an “odor of rotten eggs or sewer smell,” according to one resident.

Perhaps you don’t care about what happens to California.

Perhaps you believe that they are just getting what they deserve.

And you might be right about that.

But the truth is that this is a crisis for all of us, because an enormous amount of our fresh produce is grown in the state.

As I discussed in a previous article, the rest of the nation is very heavily dependent on the fruits and vegetables grown in California.  The following numbers represent California’s contribution to our overall production…

more @ http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/california-is-turning-back-into-a-desert-and-there-are-no-contingency-plans

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