End of Week Open Thread

 


Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) might have left his state’s fiscal house in utter disarray, but a study released Thursday finds that he also did California’s young people a huge favor by signing a bill decriminalizing marijuana.

 

In its October 2012 research brief (PDF), The Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice (CJCJ) found that the governor’s agreement with the 2010 measure is directly linked to a 47 percent drop in adolescents ages 10-17 arrested on drug related offenses versus 2010′s statistics.


The White House on Thursday threatened to veto the Defense authorization bill on the Senate floor “in its current form,” over the Senate's departures from the Pentagon’s 2013 budget request and provisions limiting transfers of detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

 

But the veto threat in the Obama administration’s Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) released Thursday is not as strong as the one made during last year’s bill that led to a drawn-out fight over indefinite detention provisions.


 

Fracking threatens farms and food safety

After fracking began at 32 sites within a couple miles of her ranch, Schilke’s cattle started dropping dead and Schilke herself started suffering from poor health. Ambient air testing found high levels of a bunch of nasty chemical compounds associated with fracking, and with cancer and birth defects.


 

 

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Good morning?

Glinda's picture

Decriminalizing marijuana is always a good thing.

Surprise:  Executive Branch doesn't want their powers limited.

Yeah, who could have evah predicted that fracking could be a bad thing.

Now back to important things like the fiscal cliff.

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