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Democracy in Crisis: Charlottesville and the Shattering of America

Democracy in Crisis: Charlottesville and the Shattering of America

Sunday, August 13, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

Two middle-aged men, one black and one white, were walking up a street in downtown Charlottesville, Va., yelling at each other. It was a moment of relative normalcy in a day otherwise defined by mayhem.

Both men use the phrase “born and bred” to define their relationship to the smallish Southern coll...

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Anticipating a Break: California Already May Be Temporarily 'Paying' for Trump’s Hypothetical Tax Cuts

Anticipating a Break: California Already May Be Temporarily 'Paying' for Trump’s Hypothetical Tax Cuts

Thursday, August 10, 2017  |  Ben Christopher, CALmatters

Tax reform may not be much more than a glimmer in the eye of Republicans in Washington D.C., but their promise of lower rates and closed loopholes appears to be already affecting state and local finances.

Exhibit 1 comes in the form of a disappointing haul for California tax collectors this summer: I...

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Weed Everywhere: Despite the Legalization of Marijuana, California's Black Market Could Remain Huge

Weed Everywhere: Despite the Legalization of Marijuana, California's Black Market Could Remain Huge

Thursday, August 03, 2017  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

Legalizing marijuana, California voters were told last year, would create a “safe, legal and comprehensive system” allowing adults to consume the drug while keeping it out of the hands of children.

Marijuana would be sold in highly regulated stores, the Proposition 64 campaign promised, and Californi...

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August Astronomy: On Monday, Aug. 21, the Much-Anticipated Solar Eclipse Will Take Place—Nine Days After the Perseid Meteor Shower's Peak

August Astronomy: On Monday, Aug. 21, the Much-Anticipated Solar Eclipse Will Take Place—Nine Days After the Perseid Meteor Shower's Peak

Friday, July 28, 2017  |  Robert Victor

The summer of 2017 marks the 54th anniversary of my first successful expedition to observe a total solar eclipse.

The date was July 20, 1963, when our carload of astronomy graduate students from the University of Michigan made the long drive from Ann Arbor to the path of totality in Quebec. Cumulus c...

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Stopping Suffering: Reports Show Terminally Ill Californians Are Using the End of Life Option Act—but The Law Faces Opposition

Stopping Suffering: Reports Show Terminally Ill Californians Are Using the End of Life Option Act—but The Law Faces Opposition

Tuesday, July 25, 2017  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

On June 27, the California Department of Public Health issued its first data report on residents’ participation in the new End of Life Option Act.

The law was signed by the governor in 2015 and took effect on June 9, 2016. The report reveals that 258 terminally ill California patients—diagnosed as ha...

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Vista Chino's Latest Victim: After Yet Another Pedestrian Death, the State Is Finally Taking Action

Vista Chino's Latest Victim: After Yet Another Pedestrian Death, the State Is Finally Taking Action

Friday, July 21, 2017  |  Brane Jevric

East Vista Chino has claimed another pedestrian’s life—the third since last October.

This time, according to the police report, the deceased was 62-year-old Palm Springs resident John Palladino, who was hit by a car on the night of Sunday, June 18. He was hospitalized and fought for his life until Ju...

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29 Oct 2012

The Media on Prop 37: Six Articles to Enlighten

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Unless you’ve been living under rock (and if you’ve been living under a rock, well, you’re probably not reading this brand-new local-news website), you know that Proposition 37 is Big News, both here in the Coachella Valley and around the country.

In summary: Prop 37, on the Nov. 6 ballot, would require that any food using genetically engineered ingredients be labeled as such (save meats, dairy products and booze). Proponents say that consumers have a right to know what they’re putting in their bodies; opponents say that such labels are unnecessary and would cause unneeded concern, since many scientists say genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe.

We at the Independent believe that more information is always better, so we think Prop 37 has more pluses and minuses. But there are minuses.

For your enlightenment and/or entertainment (and/or horrification), are some links to some links to Prop 37 stories, from news sources around the country, that cover those pluses and minuses.

This is a helpful Q&A if you’re just confused as heck, and you want the basics.

This piece points out that the American Association for the Advancement of Science—the folks behind Science magazine—thinks that labeling would "mislead and falsely alarm consumers."

This interesting, but flawed (see the intro editor’s note and the comments) points out how some science is hinting that there could be dangers lurking in genetically engineered eats.

Populist Jim Hightower, who’s a big fan of Prop 37, points out how some organic-food companies—who like Prop 37—have been exposing the fact that they’ve been bought out big food companies—who are decidedly against Prop 37.

This is a nice, recent primer on how much dough is being spent on the campaign, and by whom.

This article, despite some serious hyperbole, discusses some of the legal issues regarding the proposition.

So, there you go … a little light reading on an important topic.

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