Is California’s Water Crisis Man-Made?

Californians are very familiar with water preservation. But why exactly do we need to be so cautious with our water usage? Experts tell us enough water hits our state in a given year to comfortably supply everyone’s needs. That begs the next question: Then where does the water go?

Darcy Burke, president of Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, explains why a court ruling is restricting the amount of water we capture and distribute, and how California struggles to find a balance between environmental, agricultural, and urban water distribution.

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Air Force Official: China Buying High-End Tech ‘5-6 Times’ Faster Than US

A U.S. defense official has warned the Pentagon that China is buying new, high-end equipment at a rate “5-6 times” faster than the United States, suggesting that a heated arms race could be developing between the superpower nations.

According to The Drive, which tracks advancements with military-related technologies, Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt, a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, recently informed Department of Defense officials about China’s push to develop perhaps the world’s finest airborne military fleet.

As a counter, from Holt’s perspective, it is urgent that the U.S. overhaul the way it goes about fielding new weapons.

The major general oversees all aspects of acquisition for the Air Force, according to The Drive, “from buying new weapon systems to logistics and operational support.”

Citing the same piece, Holt’s remarks about China were made at the recent Government Contracting Pricing Summit. It also occurred before Holt resigned from his current post with the U.S. military.

Holt asserts that the Chinese are also operating far more efficiently. 

“In purchasing power parity, they spend about one dollar to our 20 dollars to get to the same capability,” Holt reportedly told his audience. “We are going to lose if we can’t figure out how to drop the cost and increase the speed in our defense supply chains.”

Holt also raised concerns about the U.S. military’s logistical means for promptly acquiring high-tech equipment, and then providing enough training and support to utilize the enhanced technology.

Releasing budgetary funds for the equipment may be “slow and stodgy,”according to The Drive, via Holt, but the greater concern lies with the resourcing system.

“If we don’t change our resourcing system, none of the rest of it matters,” Holt reportedly said. “If you just change the execution year flexibilities and modernize Congress’s oversight of it to be more patient.”

The current model for purchasing and acquisitions resembles a typical bureaucracy, Holt said. It starts with the “painfully slow” process of getting budgets approved at various levels, and then writing up formal requirements for a project — including the sustainment and life cycle costs.

Put another way: Those who control the budgets, from Holt’s perspective, have the power and influence to recalibrate the speed of finalizing major purchases with DOD.

“We also have gotten a very centrally and micromanaged system of appropriations that have served the Cold War well,” Holt said. 

He added: “In this environment today, it is absolutely going to kill us. We cannot have a system where the appropriations — where it’s in statute that the name of the program is on that money, and the phase within the program is on the statute, so it’s illegal for a program executive officer inside of execution year to look at that and say — ‘no, there’s a better way to allocate those resources.'”

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Witness Exposes China’s Organ Harvesting; Ethan Gutmann Details New Organ Harvesting Findings

A witness of China’s organ harvesting, a former gang member from Japan told The Epoch Times exclusively what he saw in a Chinese transplant hospital, as well as the execution of prisoners of conscience for their organs and China’s sudden boom in organ transplants. I spoke with Ethan Gutmann, a long-time investigator of China’s organ harvesting against Falun Gong adherents, Uyghur Muslims, and other religious groups, about his view of the methods and ways in which the Chinese regime is running this dark operation. 


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Canada Funds Booklet Teaching Kids to Be ‘Anti-Racist,’ Wary of ‘Free Speech’

The Canadian government has funded a booklet for parents and teachers on how to teach children to be ”anti-racist” and suspicious of classmates who bolster ”free speech.”

The booklet, ”Confronting and Preventing Hate in Canadian Schools: a Toolkit,” was written by a nonprofit organization, the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, or CAHN, according to Reclaim the Net, and published on June 30, after the Canadian government paid $268,400 Canadian dollars to the nonprofit.

CAHN Chairman Bernie Farber said the booklet would lead the campaign in educating children to ”fight and win against hate.”

”The point of this free toolkit,” Farber said, ”is to help parents, educators and the community identify and intervene when a young person is being groomed and recruited by a white supremacist movement before it is too late. It’s not just a free toolkit. The Canadian Anti-Hate Network is launching a whole education program.”

As Parliament member Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s minister of diversity, inclusion and youth, told reporters, ”This new resource will be delivered through workshops in schools across the country and it will help raise awareness with students.”

It will also ”teach core values to our kids,” he said.

The booklet states that its goal is to provide a ”comprehensive anti-racism education.” Though there are earlier mentions of the term anti-racism throughout history, it has been credited to Boston University Professor Abram X. Wendi, who wrote ”How to Be an Anti racist,” a New York Times bestseller.

Anti-racism is defined in the Oxford Dictionary of English as “the policy or practice of opposing racism and promoting racial tolerance.” It is listed in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy as a subsection of critical race theory.

Though the booklet mentions anti-racism, it does not define it. The booklet does, however, recommend teachers reprimand a student if they are invoking ”advocacy for a white” or if they are promoting sensibilities that are ”anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, antisemitic … anti-Black” or anti-”2SLGBTQIA+ community” by letting ”the student know right away that behaviour is not acceptable and is harmful, and explain why. Educate the student if you feel the information is coming from a place of ignorance rather than malice.”

”If able, counter the student’s remarks with facts and create a teachable moment. If you are not sure how to counter, refer to resources to determine a good approach.”

As for free speech, the booklet states that ”hate-promoting groups will co-opt language about free speech and cultural identity to steer the dialogue away from the bigoted nature of who they are and what they do.”

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Calif. lawmakers approve prostitution, drug injection sites bill

Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Santa Rosa, left, calls on lawmakers to approve a measure carried by Assemblyman Matt Haney, D-San Francisco, right, to allow Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco, to set up places where opioid users could legally inject drugs in supervised settings, during the Assembly session in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday, June 30, 2022. The Assembly approved the measure and sent it to back to the Senate for final consideration. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

UPDATED 11:22 AM PT – Wednesday, July 6, 2022

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed off on a bill which could benefit human trafficking and prostitution in the state. Last week, the Democrat approved SB 357, which reverses loitering laws that law enforcement used to combat both.

Some critics of the bill, which was authored by Democrat state Sen. Scott Weiner, contend it will hurt areas that already have poverty and a lot of crime. Additionally, sex trafficking victims argued the bill is hurting victims instead of providing help to survivors, while also increasing demand.

“This is specifically talking about street walking and loitering for prostitution is public,” explained Jonathan Keller, President of the California Family Council. “This is going to effect poor communities, it’s going to effect black and brown communities more, but it’s going to actually harm them and make those places much less safe and much more hostile for families, for woman and girls.”

It also received push back from California Senate Republican Scott Wilk who said the government should be doing everything it can to combat the crisis and not enable perpetrators. However, Newsom has claimed the legislation does not legalize prostitution and stressed it must be implemented “cautiously.”

The measure will also allow those who were previously convicted or are serving sentences to ask a court to dismiss and seal the record of the conviction. California is not only taking legislative action on prostitution, but also drug use. Last week, the California Assembly passed a bill to authorize drug injection sites in several cities.

The assembly approved bill SB 57 last week, which allows cities, including Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco, to set up sites where opioid users could legally inject drugs in supervised settings. State Sen. Weiner, who authored the legislation, claimed safe consumption sites are a proven strategy to save lives and get people into treatment.

The push to create injection sites comes amid a national opioid crisis and spike in overdose deaths. However, the legislation received push-back from Republicans who argue enabling illegal and destructive drug use will never work. The bill still needs to be passed by the state Senate before heading to Governor Newsom’s desk.

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Man Charged With Murder in Overdose Deaths of Model, Her Friend

LOS ANGELES—A Beverly Hills man who was already facing sex-related counts involving seven women over a 13-year period has been charged with murder in the overdose deaths of a model and her friend, who were dumped outside Southland hospitals last November, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced July 5.

David Brian Pearce, 40, was arrested last December but was not immediately charged in the deaths of Christy Giles, a 24-year-old model and aspiring actress, and her friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, 26. But he had remained jailed in connection with a series of unrelated alleged sexual assaults.

The charges initially involved alleged crimes against four women, with alleged felony crimes against three other women in 2007, 2019, and 2020 included later.

Pearce is set to be arraigned next Monday on the two murder charges, along with two new felony counts of sale/transportation/offer to sell a controlled substance—fentanyl.

“I realize that this will not bring any comfort necessarily to the Arzola family or the Giles family, but it will bring accountability,” Gascón said at a news conference announcing the charges.

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón speaks at a press conference in Los Angeles on June 21, 2022. (NTD Television)

Pearce’s attorney, Jacob Glucksman, countered, “Similar to the other charges, in this case, the evidence on the new counts appears to be extremely weak, and because there’s smoke the D.A. is trying to find some fire.”

The deaths of the model and her friend were classified earlier this year as homicides by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, with toxicology reports finding multiple drugs present in both victims’ systems.

According to the department, Giles died of a mixture of cocaine, fentanyl, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, and ketamine, while Cabrales-Arzola died of multiple organ failure with cocaine, ecstasy, and other undetermined drugs found in her system.

Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, or GHB, is also known as the “date rape drug,” according to the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration.

The two women were last seen at an apartment in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood before their bodies were dumped, Giles outside Southern California Hospital in Culver City and Cabrales-Arzola outside Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Hospital.

Giles was already dead when she was found outside the hospital last Nov. 13. Cabrales-Arzola, an architect, was alive but in critical condition. Her family took her off life support later that month, a day before her 27th birthday.

Giles’s mother, Dusty, wrote on Facebook that she hoped the coroner’s findings would lead to criminal charges being filed over the women’s deaths.

“While we, her family all along knew and felt strongly our baby was murdered, it is now officially listed as her cause of death!” Dusty Giles posted earlier. “With this, our prayers are the L.A. County D.A.’s Office will move quickly and swiftly on re-arresting ALL parties involved, and this time PRESS THE CHARGES! Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers.”

Two other men, Brandt Osborn, 42, and Michael Ansbach, 47, were each booked on suspicion of being an accessory to manslaughter in connection with the deaths of Giles and Cabrales-Arzola but were later released from custody while the investigation continued. Osborn has since been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact with knowledge of the crime, according to the latest criminal complaint.

During the news conference on Tuesday announcing the newest charges against Pearce, the district attorney asked any other potential victims to notify the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Homicide Bureau at 213-382-9740 or the District Attorney’s Office at 877-542-9370.

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US, UK Leaders Raise Fresh Alarms About Chinese Espionage

The head of the FBI and the leader of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency raised fresh alarms Wednesday about the Chinese government, warning business leaders that Beijing is determined to steal their technology for competitive gain.

FBI Director Christopher Wray reaffirmed longstanding concerns in denouncing economic espionage and hacking operations by China as well as the Chinese government’s efforts to stifle dissent abroad. But his speech was notable because it took place at MI5’s London headquarters and alongside the agency’s director general, Ken McCallum, in an intended show of Western solidarity.

The remarks also showed the extent to which Wray and the FBI regard the Chinese government as not only a law enforcement and intelligence challenge, but are also attuned to the implications of Beijing’s foreign policy actions.

“We consistently see that it’s the Chinese government that poses the biggest long-term threat to our economic and national security, and by ‘our,’ I mean both of our nations, along with our allies in Europe and elsewhere,” Wray said.

McCallum said the Chinese government and its “covert pressure across the globe” amounts to “the most game-changing challenge we face.”

“This might feel abstract. But it’s real and it’s pressing,” he said. “We need to talk about it. We need to act.”

A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington, Liu Pengyu, rejected the allegations from the Western leaders, saying in an emailed statement to The Associated Press that China “firmly opposes and combats all forms of cyber attacks” and calling the accusations groundless.

“We will never encourage, support or condone cyber attacks,” the statement said.

In a nod to current tensions between China and Taiwan, Wray also said during his speech that any forcible takeover of Taipei by Beijing would “would represent one of the most horrific business disruptions the world has ever seen.”

Last week, the U.S. government’s director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, said at an event in Washington that there were no indications Chinese President Xi Jinping was poised to take Taiwan by military force. But she that did say Xi appeared to be “pursuing the potential” for such an action as part of a broader Chinese government goal of reunification of Taiwan.

After the appearance with his British counterpart, Wray said that he would leave to others the question of whether an invasion of Taiwan was more or less likely after Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine. But, he said, “I don’t have any reason to think their interest in Taiwan has abated in any fashion” and added that he hoped China had learned what happens “when you overplay your hand,” as he said the Russians have done in Ukraine.

The FBI director said there are signs the Chinese, perhaps drawing lessons from Russia’s experience since the war, have looked for ways to “insulate their economy” against potential sanctions.

“In our world, we call that behavior a clue,” said Wray, who throughout his speech urged caution from Western companies looking to do business in or with China. He said Western investments in China could collapse in the event of an invasion of Taiwan.

“Just as in Russia, Western investments built over years could become hostages, capital stranded (and) supply chains and relationships disrupted,” he said.

President Joe Biden said in May that the U.S. would respond militarily if China invaded Taiwan, offering one of the most forceful White House statements in support of Taiwan’s self-governing in decades. The White House later tried to soften the impact of the statement, saying Biden was not outlining a change in U.S. policy toward Taiwan, a self-governing island that China views as a breakaway province that should be reunified with the mainland.

The embassy spokesman said the Taiwan issue was “purely China’s internal affair” and said when it comes to questions of China’s territory and sovereignty, the country has “no room for compromise or concession.”

“We will strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification with utmost sincerity and efforts,” the statement said, though it noted that China will “reserve the option of taking all necessary measures in response to the interference of foreign forces.”

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Palestinian-American journalist ‘likely’ unintentionally killed by Israel forces, says State Dept.

Yellow tape marks bullet holes on a tree and a portrait and flowers create a makeshift memorial on o May 19, 2022, at the site where Palestinian-American Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed in the West Bank city of Jenin. The Palestinian Authority on Saturday, July 2, 2022, said it has given the bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to American forensic experts, taking a step toward resolving a standoff with Israel over the investigation into her death. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

UPDATED 12:35 PM PT – Wednesday, July 6, 2022

The US State Department is not picking a side in the investigation into the death of Palestinian-American Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. In a statement released on Monday, spokesperson Ned Price claimed after looking at the findings from Israeli and Palestinian Authority reports, the bullet that killed AbuAkleh likely came from a troop with the Israel Defense Forces. However, he stressed the killing was likely unintentional.

In May, Abu Akleh was killed while covering an Israeli raid in the West bank, but Palestinian witnesses claim the raid was unwarranted and the death did not need to happen. However, ballistic experts say the bullet was badly shattered and could not be traced to an individual shooter.

Additionally, Israeli officials said the raid was a part of a complex battle between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants. They urged the public not to jump to any conclusions while the conclusion is still uncertain.

“It is important to emphasize that during this operational event, like in many others, hundreds of bullets were fired at IDF (Israeli Defense Force) troops, which responded with firepower of their own, only in the direction of the sources of the shooting,” stated Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister. “The first to bear responsibility in such events, are the terrorists who operate from within population centers.”

Meanwhile, officials within the Palestinian Authority decried the State Department’s stance while arguing it weakens the Biden administration’s credibility as a beacon of freedom of press. Critics further claimed only Israeli troops fired shots during that raid and will seek an investigation by international organizations.

“We will continue to call for justice and we will continue to call on the US to carry out a transparent investigation by an independent body,” said Lina Abu Akleh, niece of Shireen Abu Akleh. “In addition, we continue to call on the UN and the ICC to carry out an investigation and hold Israel accountable. And put an end to this grotesque impunity that Israel continues to enjoy. We call for justice for Shireen.”

In the meantime, Israeli officials maintain they are committed to finding the truth about who killed Abu Akleh. The State Department is urging investigators from Israel and the Palestinian Authority to come together and cooperate on further investigations. It promised to monitor those bilateral actions.

The Biden administration has come under scrutiny for weakening the staunch pro-Israel position of the Trump administration by sending more economic aid to Palestine, resources critics say could fall into the hands of terrorists in the region.

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Twitter Suspends Zelenko’s Foundation Account One Day After Doctor’s Death

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a Nobel prize-nominated physician who famously discovered and distributed an early treatment protocol for COVID, dubbed the “Zelenko Protocol,” passed away from cancer on June 30, 2022.

The next day, some Twitter users started taking note of the suspension of the account of the Zelenko Freedom Foundation, a group dedicated “to provide funding to social entities and social activities surrounding education, leadership development, health literacy, advocacy, public policy, social, health and community development,” according to their website.

“It is no secret that big tech abhors free speech and instead worships at the altar of Marxist collectivism and group-think. The Silicon Valley speech cartel has sunk to new lows when twitter suspended the Zelenko Freedom Foundation account less than 24 hours after the passing of Dr. Vladimir Zelenko,” co-chair of the Zelenko Freedom Foundation, Ann Vandersteel, told The Epoch Times.

She maintains that no one from Twitter reached out to verify who was managing the account.

“If they had bothered to do even the most basic of inquiries they would have learned that the account was run by the foundation, not by Dr. Zelenko. The account wasn’t established for some end around their ridiculous ban of Dr. Zelekno, the account was established to represent the interests of the Foundation, which is committed to investing in individuals and technologies that will save and extend the lives of people all across the globe,” she said.

Vandersteel thinks that the suspension of the foundation’s account was done for “no reason other than petty vindictiveness.”

“The question is, what does Elon Musk think? Does he believe in saving lives or does he want those lifesaving technologies silenced?”

Zelenko had been practicing in Monroe, New York, in 2020 during the outbreak of COVID-19, and is credited with having treated about 7,500 patients with his method.

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko. (Courtesy of the Zelenko Freedom Foundation)

Zelenko could not sit back and wait for politicians and health officials to agree on prescribed treatments, so he came up with the “Zelenko Protocol”—a combination of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), zinc, azithromycin, and other drugs, including steroids, and later informed then-President Donald Trump about it via a letter.

The other co-chair of the foundation, Kevin Jenkins, told The Epoch Times that the suspension reminded him of a Martin Luther King quote:

“All we say to America is ‘be true to what’s on paper.’ If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. Maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privilege, because they haven’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right. And so, just as I say, we aren’t going to let dogs or water hoses turn us around; we aren’t going to let any injunction turn us around.”

“When Ann and I spoke with Dr. Zelenko, regarding the mission of this Foundation he said, ‘I want the truth to spread like a mantra!’” Jenkins said.

“Our team at the Zelenko Freedom Foundation will stay true to Dr. Zelenko and Dr. King! We will fight to the end to save humanity! Come join us Dr. Zelenko’s dream will not be deferred!” he added.

The Epoch Times reached out to Twitter for comment.

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NYC Files Suit to Keep 82 School Employees Suspended Over Fake Vaccine Cards

Claiming that at least 82 New York City school employees turned in fake COVID-19 vaccine cards, the city Department of Education (DOE) filed a lawsuit Tuesday to keep them suspended without pay, the New York Post reports.

According to the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit, the employees were told on April 19 that they would be placed on unpaid leave beginning April 25 “based on information that the DOE had received from an independent law-enforcement agency that their proof of COVID-19 vaccination was fraudulent.”

The accused employees were told to respond to the DOE email if they didn’t feel the allegations were true.

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) union previously said some of its members contacted the DOE to say they received the notice in error and requested an arbitrator get involved.

On June 27, the arbitrator decided that the DOE had violated the employees’ “due-process protection” and told both sides to meet Tuesday to try to hammer out an agreement, according to the court filing.

The DOE is now asking a judge to rule that the arbitrator did not have the authority to get involved in the matter.

The complaint alleges that the arbitrator’s decision “will undermine the DOE’s ability to ensure compliance with the DOE vaccine mandate and thereby jeopardize the health and safety of students and their families, DOE staff, and the broader community,” if it isn’t reversed.

The DOE is requesting an emergency and permanent injunction from the court, according to the Post.

“These employees were afforded due process,” a spokesperson for the city Law Department told the news outlet in a statement. “There is no lawful basis for this arbitrator’s decision, which undermines DOE’s authority to enforce an important public health initiative protecting students, school staff, and the broader community.”

The DOE was informed that the suspended employees are also being investigated by law enforcement, the spokesperson added.

“Unhappy with the arbitrator’s decision, the DOE has now tried to appeal the arbitrator’s ruling,” a UFT spokesperson told the Post. “We are confident that on reviewing the record the courts will support the arbitrator’s stand.”

In March, Reuters reported that New York City Mayor Eric Adams lifted the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for professional athletes and performers, while leaving it in place for police officers.

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