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Heads Up! NYPD to Hunt Drones During Pope Francis Visit, Sniper Teams On Roof Tops Tags: Madison Square Garden Marcia Kramer NYPD papal visit Pope Francis Pope Francis NYC visit

Exclusive: NYPD To Hunt For Drones During Pope Francis’ Visit In The Fall

'Unprecedented' Security On Tap For Sept. 25 Mass At Madison Square Garden

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Part of the plan to keep Pope Francis safe during his New York City visit is to create a safety net so tight that hundreds of thousands of rush hour commuters might need divine intervention to get home.

Counter-sniper teams, frozen zones for cars and pedestrians and radiation detectors are expected. CBS2’s Marcia Kramer has learned there’s even a request for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to shut down Midtown trains.

Kramer was told exclusive details about what officials say is “unprecedented” security for the papal visit.

Penn Station is the busiest train station in North America, with some 600,000 commuters using the six subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, NJ Transit and Amtrak. So Pope Francis’ plan to offer Mass right above the station at Madison Square Garden at 6 p.m. on Sept. 25, right in the middle of rush hour, has law enforcment officials on hyper drive, worried about terrorism.

“You could potentially put some sort of bomb, explosive device there,” security expert manny Gomez told Kramer.

Sources told CBS2 that officials are working on a plan to close station entrances and have trains bypass Penn Station while the pope is there. It will be similar to the plan used during the 2004 Republican convention when President George W. Bush spoke. That time, police closed:

* Both entrances to Amtrak on Eighth Avenue, at 31st and at 33rd streets

* The two entrances in the middle of the block — the old taxiway

* All four subway entrances on Eighth and 33rd for the A, C and E trains

Federal, state and local officials have been working with the Swiss Guard since January on plans to protect the pope. Sources told CBS2 the unprecedented measures will include:

* Sniper teams with long rifles on rooftops

* Massive frozen zones for vehicular and pedestrian traffic

* No truck traffic and no parking before and during events

* Cameras and radiation detectors

* Helicopter to look for gunmen

* A hunt for drones

“That’s a real concern for us. (Pope Francis) is a different knid of person. He likes to get out and be with people and so we’re going to be monitoring the airspace for any drone activity,” NYPD Deputy Chief Salvatore DiPace said.

And while so far there has been no specific thrat, officials are worred about ISIS, al Qaeda and lone wolves, Kramer reported.

“If and when pope gets out of his already exposd vehicle and tries to mingle with the crowd, could there potentially be somebody there that is set on hurting him — that’s the wild card law enforcement can’t anticipate,” Gomez said.

As the pope’s visit approaches, sources told Kramer the NYPD will conduct random bomb sweeps at all the locations the Holy Father is scheduled to be at.

And while Penn Station will be a challenge to negotiate, the LIRR will add extra trains for people who want to attend the Mass.

Pope Francis will be in New York from Sept. 24-26, Kramer reported.

 

California Drought Could Wipe Cities Off Map If Their Water Runs Out Tags: CADrought California Drought drought East Porterville Tulare County

TULARE COUNTY (CBS13) — The epicenter of California’s drought crisis is in the Central Valley, where there are growing fears the drought could wipe entire towns off of the map.

Wells are going dry, jobs are harder to come by and families are already moving, either to different states or even Mexico in search of work.

Before visiting Tulare County, a place where wells have gone dry and some people are living in third-world conditions, we went to a place deep in the Mojave Desert that offers a dire warning of what can happen when the water runs out.

Desolate and deserted, Dave Leimbach is one of the few left in Lockhart.

“We didn’t ask for this,” he said.

Once home to hundreds, it’s an all but abandoned and forgotten ghost town in the Mojave that barely a half-dozen people call home.

The sun set slowly on the old farming town when the nearby lake dried up.

“I’ve been out here since 1980,” he said. “And they’re all gone. All of them.”

Hundreds of miles away, communities similarly built on farming are struggling as water is scarce. Orchards have been ripped out, and farm jobs are few. Many worry new ghost towns could be on the horizon in Central California.

In these parts, Donna Johnson is affectionately known as the water lady. She’s delivering water to a needy family in East Porterville, a devastated town we’ve visited before. Dozens more wells have run dry since our last trip. Most of the Tulare County community south of Fresno still has no wate

Inside, Juanna Garcia does dishes with bottled water. In the days before help arrived, she didn’t use soap. She gave the leftover dishwater to her kids. Living in poverty with no running water, she may have to leave.

Here we met Alex, a farm worker who drives nearly a day for the closest job to Washington state or even Toronto. Next month he plans to move away.

“No water, no nothing,” he said.

Drinking water and food lines are longer than ever at Iglesia Emmanuel.

“It’s dire, it’s dire here, it’s dire straits,” said Antonio Alvarez.

Fear in the air is as thick as the humidity on a sweltering summer day. The Porterville church hands out fruits and vegetables. Each time, the supplies seem to run out faster.

“We’re seeing a lot of new faces lately in the last few weeks, said Iglesia Emmanuel Church Pastor Roman Hernandez.

Nobody knows the area’s worsening struggles more than he does. He says families are packing up for Oregon, Illinois, and even Georgia to find farm work. One woman talked of going back to Mexico.

“She grew up in Mexico very poor: no running water, no shoes, no electricity, but she told me that she at least had plenty of water,” he said. “I haven’t seen her, so my suspicion is she went back to Mexico altogether.”

Water trucks fill up tanks in East Porterville front yards, but as the drought deepens, there are new reports of neighbors becoming hostile with the water haulers. They don’t want their dwindling well water to be taken elsewhere.

In one case, people reportedly parked their cars, trying to form a barricade to keep the truck from getting to that well. Another time it got so tense, the sheriff’s department was called out.

Raindrops fell on Porterville recently for the first time in months. Children were so excited they swam in the pastor’s church parking lot.

Any glimmer of hope is welcome in towns across Tulare County. Nearly 1,500 wells are tapped out and farms are scaling back.

UC Davis Professor Dan Sumner specializes in agricultural economics.

“It’s just tough, and people are having to leave communities they’ve grown up in,” he said.

He says while there are communities on the edge, the agriculture that supports them is strong enough to survive.

“The farms themselves, they’ve been built to deal with this drought and the next drought unless we do something really crazy,” he said.

But for those who live it every day, that fear is very real if the drought doesn’t end soon.

“They’re just gonna dry up just like the old days when there was a drought, towns would turn into a ghost town,” Alvarez said.

Out in the Mojave Desert, Leimbach saw it with his own eyes.

“No people, no alfalfa, no store; just me and my dad,” he said.

He can’t help but worry for the future of California’s farming heartland.

There is hope of drilling a new well to solve East Porterville’s water problems. Tulare County has a $1.6 million state grant and is asking the federal government for the remaining $400,000 balance to cover the cost of the new well.

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Hired “Experts” Infiltrate the Media to Confuse You About Food Tags: Big Agra Big Corp Health Media And Politics Preparedness Social Engineering

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Every day more people are becoming aware of the chemical pesticides, synthetic food additives, antibiotics, and growth promoting drugs that are used to make conventional food products, and are choosing cleaner organic food thanks to you! People like us are raising up against the companies that are creating these toxic chemicals and boycotting major brands that have been mainstays in American supermarkets for decades. You can find organics just about everywhere now – Walmart, Target, airports, Chipotle, Panera and you can even get organic tea at Wendy’s. It’s obvious that the conventional food sector is not happy about this growth in organic foods and subsequent decline in their profits. They are so unhappy that they’ll spin whatever they can in the media to hold on to their share of the food economy.

That’s why this brand new report that just came out last month is so important to read: Spinning Food: How Food Industry Front Groups and Covert Communications Are Shaping The Story Of Food by Kari Hamerschlag, Anna Lappé, and Stacy Malkan.

This report exposes the dirty tactics that Big Food and agrochemical companies have implemented to combat the organic food movement. They are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on stealth public relations (PR) campaigns, using deceptive front groups to push coordinated messages that attack organic food, and activists like me, while defending the continued use of synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, GMOs, and chemical food additives. We are being bombarded with their messages that are making their way to the pages of the largest media outlets and onto the evening news.

As exposed in their report, four of the largest food and chemical trade associations are spending insane amounts of money – over half a billion dollars from 2009 to 2013! They also uncovered that 14 of the largest front groups working for the industry spent about $126 million during that same time period, often without fully disclosing where their funding comes from. This amount of spending is unprecedented!

Front Groups Spending

 

graphic on page 9 of report

This just goes to show how much they want to ensure that they can continue profiting off of chemical-intensive industrial agriculture and cheap food additives – and to do this, they are doing everything they can to sway public opinion.

What do you think when you hear quotes in the media like these?

“Organic is no better than conventional and not worth the money.”

“U.S. meat production is safe, efficient and does not overuse antibiotics.”

“We need GMOs to feed the world.”

“Organic foodies are elitist.”

Corporate interests are at play!

Who is really telling the story here? Is it a non-profit organization that is working for the public good or for corporate interests? The Big Food and agrochemical companies are relying heavily on front groups to promote these types of messages in the media, and they even go as far as training seemingly independent farmers, bloggers, and scientists to act as expert sources for journalists. Front groups appear to be independent, but are actually run by experienced PR firms or industry trade groups that have their profits hanging in the balance. You’ll often see these front groups and their trained messengers quoted in the media without any mention of their connections to the industries they work for, and without any conflict of interest disclaimers. It’s all a sham!

The Spinning Food report exposes all of the big front groups that are seen quoted in the media, so we can become more aware of their tactics, and more vigilant about looking out for propaganda.

For instance, the “U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)” is a front group that’s funded by biotech and chemical companies like DuPont, Dow and Monsanto and they spend about $10 million every year promoting the use of routine antibiotics in farm animals, GMOs, and the safety of chemical synthetic pesticides. They have reportedly trained at least 8,500 farmers and ranchers in 22 states with a spokesperson training program where “participants learn how to engage with consumers, using USFRA talking points and research on consumer attitudes”. These trained spokespeople have been quoted in the media without any disclosure of their ties to this group. For example, this article was published in the Star Tribune listing the author simply as “Suzanne Vold is a Minnesota dairy farmer and mother of three”, when she was actually a trained public messenger for USFRA.

They want you to think yoga mat chemicals in our food are safe!

Marketing messages from the front group “Center for Food Integrity (CFI)” are making their way into the media as well. Their members include the National Restaurant Association (which includes Subway as a member), the American Farm Bureau Federation, and companies like Monsanto and Tyson, with a primary mission to downplay any public concerns about chemical food additives:

“When issues arise, teams are activated to determine how to engage. For example, when Subway responded to pressure from the blogger known as Food Babe and announced it would stop using azodicarbonamide in its bread, an Issues Advisory Team acted quickly to add unbiased, fact-based information to the conversation.” – Center For Food Integrity, August 2014

This is an example of why I have been heavily attacked for campaigning for the removal of food additives – additives that are banned or regulated in other countries because of health risks. They accuse me of all sorts of things – “I’m not qualified”, “I’m not a scientist”, they dig up old errors on my blog that I have removed or corrected and they bring it up over and over again as a way to discredit me. The truth is (as many of you have seen through my campaigns) there are plenty of scientists and consumer organizations (including my advisory council) that back my work and there is a mountain of evidence that synthetic, carcinogenic and neurotoxic insecticides are bad for human health and the environment.

Other front groups, like the “Alliance for Food and Farming” are funded by conventional produce farmers, and they continually attack EWG’s Dirty Dozen Guide on pesticides in conventional produce. Several other front groups like the “Council for Biotechnology Information” and “The Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food” advocate for GMOs, and “Keep Food Affordable” advocates for conventional (non-organic) meat and egg producers.

The food and chemical companies will do anything to win over women.

I’m sure you saw or heard about the Monsanto ads that were plastered all over women’s publications like Shape, Parents, and O Magazines earlier this year. They use several tactics like these to get their messages into the public eye, but they mainly target a female audience, because women “account for over 70 percent of consumer spending and are responsible for most food purchasing decisions”. The website “SafeFruitsAndVeggies.com” is funded by the Alliance for Food and Farming (the front group mentioned above that fights for conventional agriculture), and has a huge “MOM’S DESERVE THE TRUTH” banner on their front page, which also links to a “mommy-blogger” post that defends their stance against EWG’s pesticide guide.

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