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Merck's "Mandatory Vaccine" Program Backfiring Nationwide... California, However, is, As Yet, Screwed Up... California "NO on SB277" Groups Grinding Away...
Sleazy Drug Lord Merck, through it's cash strewing lobbying teams nationwide, set out the same "Mandatory Vaccine" legislation in about twenty States. Now they are suffering the consequences. Backlash.
Never before has there been such a worldwide "anti-vaccination" campaign, extolling the horrors of vaccines. The Vaccine Construction, made up of Merck, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), State Public Health agencies, are, suddenly getting much more deserved scrutiny then ever before.
May 1, 2015
SB 277 will unleash 'medical civil war' in California as parents demand doctors be arrested for felony assault
It is a fundamental and non-debatable scientific truth that all vaccines have inherent health risks. The spectrum of harm varies widely, from small skin rashes to full-blown neurological damage and lifelong debilitation.
Because vaccines have the potential to cause harm -- and do indeed cause severe harm, injury and even death for some children -- when they are forced upon people against their wishes and consent, they represent a form of medical violence against women and children.
April 27, 2015
Medical Police State: CA SB277 Mandatory Vaccines Pass Senate as Votes Rigged & Public Silenced
After California's vaccine mandate bill SB277 was halted last week with an outcry of public outrage against it, the pro-vaccine mafia machine went to work. Democratic Sens. Ben Allen and Richard Pan helped pursue a vote rigging agenda.
That bill should have died in committee last Wednesday. Instead of taking a vote and letting it die, the bill gets postponed for a week so the author can work on amendments. It's currently scheduled as a "vote only item" Wednesday. That means no one in opposition will get to testify on whatever amendments the author proposes. How is that good government," asked Sylvia Pimentel, State Director of the Canary Party, and member of the California Coalition for Health Choice (CCHC).
April 24, 2015
Is California's Epidemic of Vaccine Legislation About Merck's Political "Health?"
Between December 17-20, 2014, measles arrived at the happiest place on earth and all hell broke loose. Anti-vaxxers were shamed and maligned by everyone from Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel to Dr. Richard Pan.
According to the California Department of Public Health's latest measles surveillance report (3/6/15), since December of 2014, there have been 132 confirmed measles cases reported in California residents out of a population of 38.8 million. 40 cases visited Disneyland during the period in question. 81% were not hospitalized. 56% were over the age of twenty. 18% were between the ages of five to nineteen. 19 cases were between the ages of one through four. 15 cases were under the age of one. This affected exactly 34 kids from birth to age four. Since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in December of 2012, there have been 109 school shootings and no legislation. There is no measles epidemic. There is, however, an epidemic of vaccine legislation.
April 20, 2015
Activists shut down Nestlé plant In drought-stricken California
As California suffers a record drought, local residents and activists took a stand to Nestlé to stop its guzzling of California's water for profit
In case you're not aware, California is currently experiencing its most severe drought ever recorded , the impending implications still being tallied. But profit-driven company Nestlé has yet to slow their bottling of plastic water bottles, guzzling 80 million gallons of water from Sacramento aquifers per year.
April 12, 2015
Expert: California custody fight ruling runs contrary to law
Parents doing their best to protect their out-of-control kids got a tough message from a California appeals court: If you don't keep them from harm, the state can take them from you.
"Typically, for the state to take a child from a parent involuntarily, there is a finding of abuse or neglect or unfitness on the part of the parent," said Ralph Richard Banks, a Stanford law professor who teaches family law. "But in the absence of any type of determination of parental deficiency, it is unusual and perhaps unconstitutional." Other experts say the case reflects frustration with how to corral wayward kids, and shows the need for early, comprehensive intervention that keeps children with their families but gets them help.
April 10, 2015
Reps: Water releases flawed
A panel of lawmakers, water managers and biologists at a public forum Saturday in Copperopolis took aim at environmental policies that require dam operators to release billions of gallons of water annually from Sierra Nevada reservoirs.
More than 200 people gathered Saturday morning inside the Black Creek Center for the "Lake Tulloch Water Crisis Forum" organized by the Lake Tulloch Alliance, an advocacy group for homeowners around Tulloch Reservoir. "This isn't just our battle," said Alliance President Jack Cox, who moderated the forum. "It's a battle for all of California, particularly the San Joaquin Valley and the hills."
March 30, 2015
LA County Kidnapped Unvaccinated Children Without Warrant, Forced to Pay 80K To Parents | Natural Cures Not Medicine
The Board of Supervisors for Los Angeles County have agreed to pay the parents of two children $800,000 after a sheriff's deputy and accompanying social workers forcibly removed them.
In their lawsuit, Sebastian Xoss and Mirtha Lopez accused the county of the "baseless, unreasonable, and unlawful" removal of their 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son from the hotel where they were staying on Feb. 10, 2011. They had gone to the hotel in part to escape suspected abuse of the daughter by a relative of Lopez, according to the lawsuit.
March 7, 2015
Social worker to be tried on charges of having sex with two East Palo Alto teens in his care
A former San Mateo County Child Protective Services social worker accused of having sex with two teenage girls assigned to him must stand trial, a judge ruled this week.
Manuel Anton Sedillo-Messer, 38, of Santa Clara, was supposed to work with "troubled children" in East Palo Alto when he committed the crimes, according to the District Attorney's Office. Sedillo-Messer, who is married and has a child, participated in a sexual relationship with two 16-year-old girls, prosecutors alleged.
March 6, 2015
SOLAR: Bird deaths at Calif. power plant a PR nightmare for industry
NIPTON, Calif. -- The Mojave Desert's gleaming Ivanpah solar plant is bright enough to make Las Vegas-bound air travelers and pilots squint from a distance of 60 or more miles.
The 45-story "power towers" shine with sunlight reflected by 350,000 heliostat mirrors spread across an area four times the size of New York's Central Park. Receivers atop the towers heat to nearly 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, boiling water to turn turbines that crank out 392 megawatts -- power for more than 100,000 houses.
February 10, 2015
UPDATED: Federal Court Issues 'Blistering' Ruling Against San Diego Child Protective Services
A United States District Judge this week issued a "blistering" Order against San Diego County Child Protective Services workers, and their employer, the County of San Diego, for CPS's unwarranted removal of the two children of Joanna and Steven Swartwood.
"Plaintiffs filed this lawsuit after D.S. and R.S. were removed from their home without a warrant and subjected to medical exams, which included a urine test and examination of their genitalia, without notice to Steven or Joanna."
February 6, 2015
To Protect His Son, A Father Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children
A 6-year-old can't be vaccinated against measles because he is recovering from leukemia. He faces a higher risk because parents at his California school have chosen not to vaccinate their kids.
Now Krawitt and his wife, Jodi, have emailed the district's superintendent, requesting that the district "require immunization as a condition of attendance, with the only exception being those who cannot medically be vaccinated."
January 27, 2015
Salinas women held for trial in alleged starvation case
Monterey County Judge Pamela Butler bound two Salinas women for trial Wednesday on allegations they severely starved an 8-year-old girl, a prosecutor confirmed.
Eraca Dawn Craig, 31, and Christian Jessica Deanda, 44, face seven charges in common. Together, they're accused of torture, child abuse causing great bodily injury and three counts of false imprisonment, all felonies. They're also looking at two misdemeanor charges for child neglect.
January 7, 2015
More Parents Homeschooling to Escape Common Core
Evidence shows that parents are choosing to homeschool their children in order to escape the Common Core State Standards, two leaders in the Catholic homeschooling field told The Cardinal Newman Society.
Recent findings in several states indicate that there has been a significant increase in parents who choose to homeschool their children in order to avoid the Common Core standards being implemented in public and private schools, according to reports by Heartlander Magazine and EAGnews.org.
November 24, 2014
California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.
Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of checkout counters at large grocery stores and supermarkets such as Wal-Mart and Target starting next summer, and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers. It allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags.
October 2, 2014
'Blistering' court decision aimed at county's Child Welfare Services
A family's nightmare leads to a scathing court decision aimed at the County of San Diego, a decision that could impact anyone who is a parent.
Team 10 first broke the story in 2011 when a local couple was left reeling after their young children were taken by Child Welfare Services. In April 2011, 1-year-old Riley and her 3-year-old brother Dale were enrolled in a home daycare in Linda Vista. Within weeks, their mother, Joanna Swartwood, noticed Riley was coming home with bruises on her cheek while Dale would cry when headed to daycare.
October 2, 2014
BREAKING: California Gun Waiting Period Laws Ruled Unconstitutional | Firearms Policy Coalition
Federal court decides 10-day waiting period laws violate Second Amendment rights. California's 10-day waiting period for gun purchases was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge this morning in a significant victory for Second Amendment civil rights.
The laws were challenged by California gun owners Jeffrey Silvester and Brandon Combs, as well as two gun rights groups, The Calguns Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation. In the decision released this morning, Federal Eastern District of California Senior Judge Anthony W. Ishii, appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, found that "the 10-day waiting periods of Penal Code [sections 26815(a) and 27540(a)] violate the Second Amendment" as applied to members of certain classifications, like Silvester and Combs, and "burdens the Second Amendment rights of the Plaintiffs."
August 25, 2014
California drought: Lawmakers consider historic rules to limit groundwater pumping
In what would be the most significant water law passed in California in nearly 50 years, lawmakers in Sacramento are working with Gov. Jerry Brown on a landmark measure to regulate groundwater pumping for the first time.
The governor has made Pavley's legislation a top priority. But her bill, SB1168, is drawing opposition from the state's main farm organization. Each county could use a wide variety of tools, including setting up programs to recharge aquifers by putting more water in the ground, and requiring farmers -- some of whom don't have meters on their wells -- to carefully measure and report how much they pump, and maybe pump less. If local governments didn't set up oversight systems or failed to show progress, state officials could step in and write and enforce the local rules.
August 9, 2014
18 mountain lion reports in IE neighborhood in July
An Inland Empire neighborhood is being inundated with mountain lion sightings. Some residents are at times, afraid to leave their homes with their pets. One homeowner says a big cat took off with one of his dogs.
Rancho Cucamonga resident Fred Gilley says one of his poodles was killed by a mountain lion last Friday night around 9 p.m. "We saw the footprint from over here in the corner where he jumped over the wall," said Gilley.
July 31, 2014
Stockton raid seizes 3,000 marijuana plants, cash
STOCKTON - The San Joaquin County Metro Narcotics Task Force teamed up with SWAT, police, sheriff's deputies and other agencies for a series of drug raids Wednesday that netted 3,000 marijuana plants, $30,000 in cash and other drugs.
San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department said it was part of an extensive investigation into marijuana growing operations in the Stockton area. It ended with 19 search warrants being served in Stockton. The raids led agents to arrest 13 Stockton residents for marijuana cultivation and related charges. Three children were placed in protective custody with Child Protective Services.
June 26, 2014
Why Every Foster Kid Should Have an 'Electronic Backpack'
Ventura County, Calif., is home to roughly a thousand children who end up in the tough and disruptive world of foster care. These adolescents live transient existences, sometimes changing homes two or even three times in a year.
But officials in Ventura County have an idea that might help: Give every foster kid an "electronic backpack." The county announced in June that it will phase in a digital repository of health, education and juvenile probation records for foster youth that will be stored and accessed from one centralized location. While policymakers have sought for years to improve electronic medical records for the general population, the issue is particularly relevant for children in foster care, who tend to suffer disproportionate rates of physical ailments, such as asthma, dental decay and malnutrition.
June 25, 2014
Flights Canceled--for Now--to Move Illegal Aliens from TX to CA
Last-minute cancelations of two flights to southern California, each carrying 140 illegal immigrant children and family members, may only be temporary.
As public awareness grew and flight time grew near, U.S. Border Patrol has decided to cancel plans to fly the detainees from overcrowded detention centers in Texas to San Diego and El Centro to be processed. Breitbart News previously reported that the flights of 300 being flown from Texas to California were commencing in an effort to relieve the overwhelmed Border Patrol agents. Agents and resources are stretched to the limit looking after overcrowded detention centers full of illegal aliens, many of them children, from Central America. That has left the border even more vulnerable, less patrolled and susceptible to breaches.
June 23, 2014
Report: California Illegally Sterilized Dozens of Female Inmates
Last year, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) accused California of sterilizing over 140 female inmates between 2006 and 2010 without required state approvals.
One doctor, James Heinrich, was responsible for the two-thirds of the tubal ligation referrals during that period from the biggest offender, Valley State prison. Asked by CIR about his startling record, Heinrich justified the money spent sterilizing inmates by claiming it was minimal "compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children-as they procreated more." He has since been barred from future prison work.
June 20, 2014
OC Child Protection Agency Under Fire
Orange County's child welfare system continues to draw criticism, with one local pastor telling county supervisors this week that numerous families have come forward to share horrific stories about how the agency handled their children's cases.
Drake publicly scolded supervisors for their collective silence about the county's system for protecting vulnerable children, known as Child Protective Services. He pointed to a 2010 appeals court ruling that warned Orange County to take "very seriously" a jury's finding that serious misconduct within the agency was not isolated to a single case.
June 19, 2014
Willow and Jaden Smith: You'll Never Guess What They Sleep With
Willow and Jaden Smith have been the center of controversy over the past month. When the infamously questionable picture surfaced of 13-year-old Willow in bed with 20-year-old actor, Moises Arias.
As a matter of fact, the picture caused so much controversy that the Los Angeles Department of Child Protective Services reportedly stepped in to investigate the situation. As if the bed debacle wasn't enough, now there's another allegation running rampant. Several news outlets have reported that although the "Whip My Hair" singer may not be sleeping with an older man, there is something she and her brother sleep with - snakes!
June 19, 2014
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