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Feds say many Central Valley farmers will get no water deliveries

This article by Matt Weiser links to SacBee.com.

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it won't release water to irrigate thousands of acres of California farmland. Fallow fields mean hard times for California's economy and a receding water table, as some farms continue to pump ground water up from below.

Jon Stewart Attacks Marin Parents for Opting Out of Vaccines

This article links to SFGate.com.

Two outbreaks of measles have been reported - one at Disneyland - just ahead of the release of a documentary film, Trace Amounts, which exposes vaccine makers for their continued use of Thimerosal, the mercury based preservative tied to autism. Now comedian Jon Stewart is helping out drugmakers by satirizing Marin County "liberals" who don't vaccinate their children. Today, one in 60 children is diagnosed with some form of autism-related malady. In 2007, The City Edition reported on Robert F. Kenney's crusade to get Thimerosal banned.

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California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to retire

This AP article by Kevin Freking links to SFGate.com.

Says Boxer, "So although I won't be working in my Senate space and I won't be running in that next tough race, as long as there are issues and challenges and strife, I will never retire, because that's the meaning of my life." The 74-year-old senator made the announcement in an unusual video in which she answered questions posed by her grandson, Zach Rodham, who is the son of Nicole Boxer and Tony Rodham, Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother.

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Members of the Anglican clergy voting in November, 2014 for a historic change.

Church of England Names First Female Bishop

This article by Alan Cowell links to the New York Times.

"Today we can begin to embrace a new way of being the church and moving forward together," the archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, said after a vote lat November to overturn a centuries-long ban on female participation in the hierarchy of the Anglican churcn. Now two decades after the first female priest was ordained, the Rev. Libby Lane is now a bishop.

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City College of S.F. Accrediting Commission Broke Law, Judge Says

This article by Bob Egelko & Nanette Asimov links to SFGate.com.

The long-awaited ruling of Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow didn't invalidate a commission’s decision to revoke City College’s accreditation, as San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s lawsuit requested. But Karnow said the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges broke state law in four ways during its evaluations of the school in 2012 and 2013, tainting its conclusion to revoke the college’s accreditation.

On the Trail of Yosemite's Monopoly Concessionaire

It happens only once every 15 years or so, and the last time it drove environmentalists into a state of apoplexy. That would be the award of the big contract to run Yosemite's lodgings, restaurants and other tourist services. It turns out, the Sierra Club and other nonprofits have cause to be concerned. In 1993, the Department of Interior may have secretly maneuvered to place the contract into the lap of Delaware North Companies, which is run by a billionaire with former ties to notorious gangsters. Bidding on the new contract was supposed to take effect in September 2011, but has been delayed again and again. Which begs the question: Is DNC the Halliburton of the National Park Service?

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Filaments of ebola attached to a cell.

Ebola 'Secret Serum': Small Biopharma, The Army, And Big Tobacco

This article links to Forbes.com

The experimental Ebola drug ZMapp is the product of a "convoluted convergence of U.S. and Canadian federal agencies and industrial partners that's typical for treatments of potential value against biowarfare and bioterrorism," according to this 8/5/14 article in Forbes. "The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has been a critical driver of much of this work as they maintain biosafety level-4 facilities in Frederick, Maryland, and have extensive expertise with non-human primates as a model for human infectious diseases." The research and development of ZMapp and related drugs described here calls to mind Leonard Horowitz's 1996 book, Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola - Nature, Accident or Intentional. (A video broadcast from Dr. Horowitz took place in August.) For more background, see also The City Edition's 2006 article about Liberia and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, "Sometimes You Win."

Greece Is a Crime Scene, and Vulture Funds Are to Blame - An Interview with Greg Palast

This article by Michael Nevradakis links to TruthOut.org.

Investigative reporter and bestselling author Greg Palast discusses the results of his investigation into the actions of so-called vulture funds and their role in the destruction of the Greek economy. According to Palast, "I've been investigating the causes of Greece's collapse; it's a crime scene; it's not something that was a matter of Greeks living beyond their means or being lazy, olive pit-spewing slackers, as the Germans would have it. In fact, I actually looked it up: The average Greek worker works 400 hours more a year than the average German worker."

Restoring Your Vision Without Glasses or Surgery

Back in the 1920's, Dr. William Bates developed an approach to correcting eyesight that unfortunately, never caught on with the medical establishment. Yet by following a series of simple techniques, you can get back your 20/20 vision and leave the spectacles behind. Here's a look at how it's done, along with alternative solutions to cataract surgery.

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