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Riding With ICE: ‘We’re Trying To Do The Right Thing’

"Under President Trump, ICE agents are told to arrest anyone in the country illegally. Since Trump's executive order in January, calling for more aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, ICE arrests have skyrocketed and the agency plans to hire more agents."

"Immigrants without legal status "should be afraid," according to Thomas Homan, the federal agency's acting director."

"But that tougher stance has put the agency on the hot seat. Immigrant advocates say ICE agents are fearmongering and arresting people who only broke the law to come to the U.S. for a better life. The agents say they're misunderstood and that they simply want to enforce the law."

Farmers And Ranchers Are Completely Screwed By American Healthcare

"A new USDA-funded study led by researchers at the University of Vermont surveyed a thousand farmers and ranchers scattered among ten representative states (CA, WA, UT, NE, MI, KY, MS, PA, VT, MA). The survey aimed to find out exactly what the realities and concerns are among workers in the agricultural field about their healthcare in order to better understand the impact of the Affordable Care Act on farmers—and help inform policy going forward."

"The findings are pretty grim. Twenty-four percent of farmers aged 18 to 64 purchased a plan on the healthcare exchange, which doesn’t sound like all that much until you learn that 72 percent of farmers are forced to get a second job, primarily for healthcare purposes. With a whopping 64 percent of farmers and ranchers reporting a pre-existing condition, the state of that provision within American healthcare is paramount; almost half of all the farmers and ranchers surveyed are concerned they’ll have to sell land or equipment to pay for healthcare."

Baltimore Police Caught Planting Drugs In Body-Cam Footage, Public Defender Says

"On the sidewalk, Pinheiro activates his body-cam — apparently unaware that the device would also preserve his earlier actions. "Police cameras have a feature that saves the 30 seconds of video before activation, but without audio," The Baltimore Sun reports.

"I'm gonna go check here, hold on," the officer tells his colleagues, walking back to the property — and seeming to spark laughter from his fellow officers. After a "search" that lasts around 15 seconds, he picks up the soup can, pulls out the plastic bag, and displays it to the camera, showing that it's holding white capsules.

"Yo," he yells. "Hold up."

The operation resulted in an arrest and months of jail time for the suspect, who wasn't released until the public defender's office sent the body-cam video to the state attorney's office last week. He was held while unable to post $50,000 bail, the Sun reports."

Manufacturing Employees in New York

While the manufacturing index remains relatively strong in our state, manufacturing employment over the past year has seen a significant drop in total employment -- after about five years post-recession with relatively steady employment. Between 2012 and summer 2016, manufacturing employeed between 45,000 and 46,500 people in New York. In the past year, manufacturing employment has dropped to 43,500 New Yorkers.

Data Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, All Employees: Manufacturing in New York [SMU36000003000000001A], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/SMU36000003000000001A, July 18, 2017.

Manure Spills Reported to DEC, By County

After reading about the manure spill in Westerlo, I was curious to see how many manure spills had been reported to the DEC since 1972. The answer is 353 spills were reported, at least with the keyword "manure". Western New York -- DEC Region 9 seems to have the greatest number of reported manure spills -- but that may be due to differences on how regional offices in the state report spills. As the DEC doesn't standardize reporting of materials, it's possible other manure spills have been reported, but they used a different keyword, like "nutrients" or mispellings of manure. Here is the Westerlo story: http://wnyt.com/news/tractor-trailer-crash-injures-driver-route-411-silver-creek-road-westerlo-albany-county/4544404/

Data: NYS DEC Spill Database, July 18, 2017. Keyword "manure", joined together by county of spill. https://data.ny.gov/Energy-Environment/Spill-Incidents/u44d-k5fk

Cars With Carbon Ceramic Brakes Are Going to Be the Used Car Plague

"As some of you know, I'm currently mired in the search for a new car to replace my ancient Range Rover daily driver, which I've had for the last five years or so. One of the cars on my short list of Range Rover replacements is the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon -- and while I can't afford a newer 2014-2016 model, I've been eyeing them anyway, because they're perfect for me: cool, high tech, all-wheel-drive (good for winter!) and exciting to drive.

So I found a nice E63 Wagon for sale on Autotrader, and I sent it to my friend Peri, and he replied: "You know that one has carbon ceramic brakes, right?" Apparently, the gold-colored calipers give it away."

"Carbon ceramic brakes? In a luxury station wagon?"

"I looked it up, and Peri was right. Beginning in 2014, Mercedes-Benz started offering carbon ceramic brakes as an option on the E63 AMG and the E63 AMG Wagon -- and not just any option, but an option with a sticker price of just under $13,000. Mind you, the base price of a 2014 E63 AMG Wagon was only $103,400. This single option was nearly 13 percent of the car's entire price. Imagine, if you will, a $2,500 single option on a Toyota Camry."