Drones- April and May 2015

White House officials and Barack Obama have admitted to not knowing who the unmanned  drone was targeting when they killed those two civilians. It’s because usually drones target people who fit a profile, also known as a signature strike. People who “look like terrorists” are killed indiscriminately all of the time. I personally can’t even comprehend the terror people must face because of the fear of drones.

Despite all of the training and practice of weaseling their way out of potentially problematic situations, the presidency can’t squirm out of this one.

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The Drought In California- City Of Orange

California drought: “No relief in sight.” By Brian Carrillo

Temperatures are predicted to rise as California leaves the rainy season. The national weather service writes on their website, “After several days of near-seasonal weather early in the week- with highs in the low-to-mid 70s- the winds will turn offshore, allowing dry, hot conditions to press toward the coast and push temperatures to near record levels, about 15 to 20 degrees above normal. On Friday the high will probably edge over 90 degrees in downtown los Angeles.”

Scientists agree that the current drought in California requires everyone to use water consciously.  

  • Chairwomen of the Water Resource Control Board, Felicia Marcus, said that; “We are not seeing the level of stepping up and ringing the alarm bells that the situation warrants.”
  • California average annual rainfall is 13 inches. The rainiest months of the year are Dec through March. Since Oct 1st, downtown Los Angeles has seen 7 ½ inches.
  • Jet propulsion’s laboratory climatologists: “no relief in sight.”

Governor Jerry Brown along with top lawmakers from both parties unveiled a plan that would spend $1 billion on water conservation management:

  • To improve the states water infrastructure
  • Provide emergency assistance to struggling communities
  • Protect wildlife

Brown stopped just short of calling mandatory water rationing. Brown said, “This is a struggle. Something’s we’re going to have to live with. For how long, we’re not sure.”

How the City of Orange is conserving water:

  • Prohibiting the watering or irrigation of landscape between the hours of 9am and 5pm.
  • Watering or irrigation of landscaping is limited to no more than 15 minutes of watering per day per station.
  • Washing down hard or paved surfaces such as driveways, streets, sidewalks, etc. is prohibited.
  • Using water to wash a vehicle is prohibited except by hand-held bucket or hand-held hose equipped with positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle.

April 14th Protests In The U.S.

Stop Mass Incarceration Now is organizing gatherings across the country for April 14th in an attempt to bring real social awareness towards police brutality. From San Diego to New York, SMIN is hoping to “stop the system that gives the green light to killer cops.”

In Los Angeles come to LAPD headquarters @ 1pm

Collateral Murder- Today Marks Five Years

Today marks five years since the release of Collateral Murder– Video footage of a U.S. Apache helicopter firing upon civilians in Iraq. Taken from Wikileak’s YouTube video page: (the footage) shows Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad. They are apparently assumed to be insurgents. After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene and attempts to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well. The official statement on this incident initially listed all adults as insurgents and claimed the US military did not know how the deaths ocurred. Wikileaks released this video with transcripts and a package of supporting documents on April 5th 2010