FROM Michael Kiparsky
Report Says California is Unprepared to Regulate Fracking Hydraulic "fracking" injects highly pressurized chemical fluids underground to release oil and gas that are bound in rock. It's an old practice made profitable by new technology, and its rapid spread has already outstripped the ability of California to control risks to human health, aquatic life and ecosystems. That's according to a report from the Wheeler Institute for Water Law and Policy at the UC Berkeley Law School. Michael Kiparsky is the Institute's Associate Director.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.