Holy S@#t/Depressing Fact of the Day
From Time’s Tim McGirk:
Law enforcement officials say that a wildfire now raging in Santa Barbara’s Los Padres National park, burning more than 136 square miles, was sparked by a cooking fire started by the hirelings of a Mexican drug cartel which was growing thousands of marijuana plants in the remote canyons. Far from an isolated incident, the Los Padres fire, according to law enforcement agents, highlights an alarming trend: the invasion of California wilderness and parklands by armed Mexican drug cartels.
The article then goes on to say that California’s budgetary problems are causing massive cuts in rangers, firefighters, and police. So they start forest fires, bring criminal elements into the drug trade in the region, set booby traps in the parks, and are environmentally destructive through the use of toxic pesticides to grow the pot.