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A war of words--and advertisements--is taking place in California over long-simmering allegations that Kaiser Permanente has failed to provide adequate treatment and insurance coverage for patients who need mental health services.

Best known for platinum records in the early 2000s that put a techno sheen on blues and soul, the 49-year-old is taking on the drought-stricken state’s $46.4 billion agriculture industry with a petition calling for restrictions on how much water farmers may use. Even with his pop-chart reign long over, Moby commands more than 1 million Twitter followers and has inserted himself in the middle of one of California’s most heated policy debates in decades.
California's epic drought has led to increased grocery store prices for all of us coast to coast, and water restrictions that went into effect this week in the Golden State. The threat of $500 fines for wasting water is upsetting residents, especially since many multinational corporations are sourcing, bottling and making huge profits from water from California.
Now the musician has started a petition on Campaign Courage urging Brown to “stop corporate agribusiness from tapping out” the state’s water supplies. He is asking Brown to realign the state’s water rights, “put limits on irrigating super-thirsty cash crops like almonds, beef and alfalfa, and ensure our groundwater is not overpumped and depleted.” Those products, he told Forbes, are “the worst water offenders.”
The musician and activist discusses how policy-makers are like record executives in the Nineties: ignoring inevitable change and how his work with Courage Campaign is hoping to change the game.
A los manifestantes les preocupa que el escaso abasto sea usado por una corporación que da prioridad a la ganancia sobre el acceso de la gente, cuando el estado sufre una de las peores secas de su historia
As one of the self professed “poster children for California for advocating for California water reform,” musician/DJ and activist Moby says California’s water crisis’s biggest problem is that no one wants to face reality. “As a species, it’s almost like we hate consequences and being realistic. I know I do,” says Moby over the phone from his home in Los Angeles. “I hate the fact that I’m short and bald, but I am. I’ll never be a hair model or a basketball player. Actually, maybe that should be the solution. If the state is going to subsidize alfalfa, get me hair implants and figure out a way to make me taller. If we’re going to live in the land of unrealistic fairytales, that’s one I could support.”
Concerned that precious California water is going out of state during the state's ongoing drought, several dozen protesters were at the Nestle bottling plant in south Sacramento Wednesday to urge the company to cease bottling water.
Protesters demonstrate outside a Nestle bottling plant and deliver a petition demanding the company halt water bottling in in California, which is in the fourth year of a serious drought that has prompted the state's first-ever mandatory cuts in water use. Rough Cut (no reporter narration

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