your government thanks you for “drinking their kool-aid”…

…WOW… what a business opportunity for those corporate entities reputedly engaged in “protecting”

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your right privacy … so you really believe any of your stuff on the internet is SAFE … your government thanks you for “drinking their kool-aid”…

 

 

 

tell me again when it was

 

…OK … tell me again when it was that Americans taxpayers trusted the IRS…

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…Just what are you smoking…?

no longer any such right as unreasonable search and seizure

…thanks to corporate owned U $ $upreme Court there is no longer any such right as unreasonable search and seizure…

Supreme Court Rules Police Can Take DNA From Suspects

 

Read the Article at MSNBC

 

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the police practice of taking DNA samples from people who have been arrested but not convicted of a crime, ruling that it amounts to the 21st century version of fingerprinting.

 

The ruling was 5-4. Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative, joined three of the court’s more liberal members—Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan—in dissenting.

 

The five justices in the majority ruled that DNA sampling, after an arrest “for a serious offense” and when officers “bring the suspect to the station to be detained in custody,” does not violate the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable searches.

 

Supreme Court Rules That Police Can Take Your DNA Even If You Haven’t Been Convicted of a Crime

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The nation’s highest court ruled today that the police have the power to take DNA samples from people arrested for a crime. READ MORE»

 

US Supreme Court: Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees
06-03-2013  •  AP
A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday said police can routinely take DNA from people they arrest, equating a DNA cheek swab to other common jailhouse procedures like fingerprinting. ‘‘Taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee DNA is, l

 

 

what am I not seeing

…OK … so Vegas doesn’t believe the Colorado River will be able to provide WATER they need … and they are upstream from Arizona … and they have a very active water conservation program whereas Phoenix doesn’t give a damn … what am I not seeing…

 

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Las Vegas was first settled for its springs, springs that made it an oasis in the desert. Although those springs have decades since run dry, water is still the most import resource to Las Vegas and the dry Southwest.

And by all indications the region is only going to get dryer. Scientists predict devastating effects from global warming, conservationists are calling for a halt to growth in Southern Nevada as a way to preserve supplies and water managers are looking to ever more creative ways to reduce reliance on the overburdened Colorado River. A Colorado River reservoir at Lake Mead is the source of 90 percent of the valley’s water supply. Water levels there have fallen steadily for nearly a decade.

Now Southern Nevada water managers say they can no longer rely on the river so heavily, and must construct a massive pipeline to draw water stored underground for centuries in rural Nevada to Las Vegas. They say no amount of conservation can replace the need for this backup source of drinking water.

Opponents say the effects of the pumping would be devastating and that the plan would sacrifice a rural, ranching way of life in Eastern Nevada for casinos and tract home in the south.

But it’s not only the lack of water that worries environmentalists and water managers alike. It’s also water quality, the endangered species that life in Southern Nevada’s rivers and streams and the recreation opportunities that make the region’s national parks so popular.

Water is one of the most politically charged issues in Nevada today, and it’s certainly one of the most important.

Phoebe Sweet

 

QUENCHING LAS VEGAS’ THIRST

The Las Vegas Sun tells the epic story of the region’s water, based on the lives of five passionate, savvy and determined individuals who stand at the center of the issue.

·         PART 1, JUNE 1:Las Vegas has long complained that when Colorado River water was allocated in 1922 among the seven river basin states, Nevada got the bum’s rush. Richard Bunker, a descendant of Nevada’s Mormon pioneers, sets out to do something about it.

·         PART 2, JUNE 8:As burgeoning Las Vegas grows more thirsty, Richard Bunker turns to Pat Mulroy, who builds a water authority from scratch and launches a search for available ground water in Central and Northern Nevada.

·         PART 3, JUNE 15:Pat Mulroy’s plans require the backing of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The devout Mormon shepherds legislation to accommodate Nevada’s growth and to facilitate pumping water from underneath Brigham Young’s old empire.

·         PART 4, June 22: Three hundred miles north of Las Vegas, the push for Great Basin ground water ends at the ranch gate of Dean Baker, who becomes the face of rural opposition.

·         PART 5, JUNE 29:What are the environmental consequences of pumping water from beneath the Great Basin? Mulroy’s scientists arrive at conclusions that are inconvenient to Las Vegas, but Mulroy proves nimble.

nothing like the lure of the almighty $$$

…nothing like the lure of the almighty $$$ … legalize$ everything…

Looks Like Wall Street Is Starting to See the Dollar Signs in Legalizing Pot

 

 

The influential and conservative financial newsweekly Barron’s put marijuana legalization on its print cover this week. In reading the article, one can see that business is recognizing the profit in ending the prohibition of pot.

 

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary   . http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/18004-looks-like-wall-street-is-starting-to-see-the-dollar-signs-in-legalizing-pot

 

 

something $mell$ here…

…Johnson Utilities will soon be able to paper their office walls with the CITATIONS they have received over the years from ADEQ    How is Johnson Utilities able to avoid any very punitive financial fine$ … something $mell$ here…

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Citations but no fine for Johnson Utilities for foul pond

 

 

 

By Sean Holstege ,,,The Republic | azcentral.com …May 31, 2013 9:59 PM

Arizona environmental regulators have cited Johnson Utilities with four violations of state law as a result of last month’s sewage leak into a neighborhood’s ponds in Pinal County.

Residents of San Tan Heights said they were horrified to wake up on May 13 to the stench and sight of what seemed to them like raw sewage in the community pond at the entrance of the neighborhood.

After an initial investigation two days later, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality found that there was “no evidence of raw sewage” in the ponds, which Johnson employees had been pumping for two days. The state said the ponds had sediment and “some solids,” but no foul odor.

 

State inspectors did not take water samples but said, “Our inspectors are trained to know what to look for as telltale signs of raw sewage,” said ADEQ’s water-quality compliance manager, Mindy Cross. ……………….absolutely pure bullshit……………

 

On Thursday, ADEQ notified Johnson of four alleged violations at its San Tan sewage-treatment plant:

Exceeding standards for maximum and average turbidity levels, a measure of the cloudiness of treated water and an indication of the thoroughness of treatment.

Unauthorized discharge of treated wastewater.

Failing to establish or follow a plan to keep a key part of the treatment plant running after a power outage.

ADEQ’s inspection report reconfirms what happened. Over the weekend of May 11, the treatment plant lost power. Turbidity levels rose above 20 times the standard, before 705,000 gallons of partially treated sewage was released into the ponds.

The plant did keep running when generators kicked in, but an operator on the weekend skeleton crew failed to manually restart the aerators. Those are needed to pump oxygen into the tanks where microbes digest sewage solids, so the treatment was incomplete.

The state did not issue fines. Thursday’s action is the first step in a process, not unlike a criminal investigation, in which ADEQ issued allegations. Johnson has 90 days to answer those charges, and then the state will decide how, or whether, to proceed.

The utility is taking steps to prevent a recurrence, plant manager Greg Brown said.

“We’ve changed controls to turn on the aerators automatically after a power outage,” he said, adding that he plans to install automatic alarms to notify off-site employees when power is cut.

Cross credited the company with responding quickly and responsibly by pumping the man-made lake and removing the possibility of health risks. By the time ADEQ inspectors arrived, three-quarters of a pond had been pumped and crews began disinfecting the rest with chlorine. Inspectors didn’t test the water because they regulate the treatment plant, not the pond, Cross said.

Neighbors remain unconvinced and insist they smelled and saw feces. With the ponds mostly drained, they began noticing more flies this week and feared mosquitoes will be next.

Pinal County Environmental Health Division officials have been at the site every day since the spill and are satisfied with the cleanup effort, county spokeswoman Heather Murphy said. Johnson crews have been adding treated water, skimming off the scum, and repeating the process.

it ain’t no biggie

…Hey … it ain’t no biggie … we’ve been illegally tapping your phone for years … nothing new … and yes we respect your privacy…

The top two leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said today that the widespread monitoring of phone records revealed by Wednesday’s Guardian report has been going on for years and that Congress is regularly briefed about it.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss also defended the National Security Agency’s request to Verizon for all the metadata about phone calls made within the U.S. and from the U.S. to other countries.

"As far as I know, this is the exact three-month renewal of what has been in place for the past seven years," Feinstein asid. "This renewal is carried out by the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] under the business records section of the Patriot Act. Therefore it is lawful. It has been briefed to Congress."

Added Chambliss: "This is nothing new. This has been going on for seven years … every member of the United States Senate has been advised of this. To my knowledge there has not been any citizen who has registered a complaint. It has proved meritorious because we have collected significant information on bad guys, but only on bad guys, over the years."

The White House is defending itself against charges it secretly obtained records for Verizon phone calls made in the United States, arguing that the policy — first reported by Britain’s Guardian newspaper last night — is a vital tool in monitoring terrorists and has the approval of "all three branches of government," according to a senior administration official. The order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorizes the National Security Agency to collect phone numbers but "does not allow the government to listen in on anyone’s telephone calls" unless the NSA makes a separate request, the official said.