Category Archives: California

Amid record poverty, Jerry Brown pays down the debt

California Governor Jerry Brown said on Tuesday that he had some some “good news” for his state: tax revenue for the year was going to be way up, meaning he was revising his budget plan and announcing $2.4 billion in … Continue reading

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The West goes to pot

In my latest piece for Al Jazeera, I recount how a trip to a Hollywood plastic surgeon led to me embracing alternative medicine and Adult Swim. Check it out.

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U.S. Attorneys take on Big Pharma

In no uncertain terms, U.S. federal attorneys in California are blasting the corporatist health care system and the mega-corporations behind it that are every day placing profits over people. Benjamin Wagner, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, for … Continue reading

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Lies, damn lies, and drug war statistics

Anti-marijuana campaigners hate the fact that in some states in the U.S. sick people are allowed to use a drug that doesn’t come from a big pharmaceutical company, which they fear could eventually lead to a broader relaxation of cannabis … Continue reading

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Earlier this week Inter Press Service published a piece of mine on the situation at California’s Kern Valley State Prison, where inmates are being forced to drink water that officials know contains twice the level of arsenic that’s considered “safe” … Continue reading

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Prisoners forced to drink arsenic-laced water

I have a piece up today for Inter Press Service about a California prison where more than 5,000 incarcerated men are being forced to drink water known to contain twice the legal limit of arsenic, a known carcinogen. Prison officials have … Continue reading

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