California


In the wake of an attack on a California electrical utility, terrorism experts are warning that the power grid could be America’s weak point, reports the Wall Street Journal: SAN JOSE, Calif.—The…





Until now crop circles were seemingly one of the New Age obsessions that didn’t originate in California. That’s all changed though, with the appearance of some complex new circles in Salinas, reports…



revenge pornAs reported by CNET News:

Tempted to post a compromising photo of an ex-lover who spurned you?

A bill signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday promises up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for people “convicted of illegally distributing private images with the intent to harass or annoy.” Sponsored by Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), Senate Bill 255 goes into effect immediately and makes posting “revenge porn” a misdemeanor.

Such private photos are posted online, sometimes at multiple sites, without the subject’s knowledge or consent. Some sites that specialize in revenge porn photos charge the victim hefty fees to remove them.




The Los Angeles Times reports on the largest prisoner protest in state history:

California officials don’t plan until Tuesday afternoon to update the situation in prisons throughout the state, where 30,000 inmates on Monday began refusing meals.

The mass protest was called for months ago by a group of inmate leaders in isolation at Pelican Bay State Prison over conditions in solitary confinement, where inmates may be held indefinitely without access to phone calls.

But inmates in at least five other prisons have provided their own lists of demands. They seek such things as warmer clothing, cleaning supplies, and better food, as well as changes in how suspected gang activity is investigated and punished. Lawyers for a group of Pelican Bay hunger strike leaders, who also are suing in federal court over what they contend are inhumane conditions, are to meet with their clients Tuesday.















In response to both the killing an unarmed young man this past weekend and subsequent police brutality against protesters, hundreds of demonstrators converged in from of Anaheim City Hall yesterday, and cops once again responded violently, blanketing residents and reporters with a barrage of pepper balls and bean bag rounds as unrest in the city continues to grow: