By Maggie Caldwel (Mother Jones) It’s been dubbed the California Green Rush, but the explosive proliferation of pot farms to meet the sky-rocketing demand for medical marijuana is having some repercussions that are far from green. Local government officials and researchers in Humboldt and Mendocino counties say farmers are engaging in reckless forest clearing, illegal diversion of streams, and use of pesticides and fertilizers that are polluting the waterways and killing wildlife.
How can you ‘leak’ an AP photo?
Left, the National Examiner Feb. 4, 2008
Now it can be told. This truly absurd non-story is actually quite useful as an example of Clinton Rules, which Paul Krugman neatly summed up in February:
What’s particularly saddening is the way many Obama supporters seem happy with the application of “Clinton rules” — the term a number of observers use for the way pundits and some news organizations treat any action or statement by the Clintons, no matter how innocuous, as proof of evil intent.
There’s not the slightest shred of evidence that Clinton staff circulated the picture, but it is a fact that it was circulating on right wing sites previously. And even if some local Clinton dweeb in East Buttfuck, Texas, passed it along, nothing as yet links it to anyone with any executive power in the Clinton campaign. So all we have is the word of the notoriously ethical and reliable Matt Drudge. Compare the outrage over the anonymous sources in the New York Times story on McCain’s sleazy side. But when it comes to the Clintons, Drudge gets a complete pass.