Detwiler Fire, Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Original Post at 7:50am: Mariposa, CA — The acreage on the Detwiler Fire has inched up to 80,250 and it is holding at 65-percent containment.

7-26-17

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Elite fundamentalists to the baracades!

Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The northern San Joaquin Valley public, at least, doesn't have to look any farther than the "boondoggle/land deal" called UC Merced, anchor tenant for the most severe housing construction boom/bust in its history, to see right through the campaign of scientists rallying to run for public office. All one has to remember is how scientists in the UC system and in the state and federal resource agencies charged with enforcing environmental law and regulation, not to mention public meeting legislation, bowed to political pressure and corrupted their own research to appease the UC and the finance, insurance and real estate special interests behind the Merced project.

 

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Is this progress?

Submitted: Jul 22, 2017

 And if it is progress, who, exactly, benefits from this progress? It's based on some assumptions that might not pass the rationality test. For example, does history support the proposition that California farmers haven't always lied about a labor shortage when farm-labor wages rise? Has mechanization really been all that successful in agriculture, or has it merely raised the amount of capital needed to enter agriculture, and therefore increase the size of farms that can break even, given so many other variables it would be tedious to mention?

As far as re-engineering crops for mechanical harvest, a la the famous Square Tomato of the 1970's, Discoll has of course already engineered its strawberry to be bigger, redder, containing more water and less taste, and possessing more shelf life than other strawberries on the market. It has evovled over the decades into a perfect example of agribusiness "progress," and, no doubt, pickerbot will further modify a once tasty berry.

Tom Peters, author of the famed In Search of Excellence, once wrote of Silicon Valley, his beat for many years, that while Japanese use technology to enhance human labor, Americans use it to replace human labor.

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Cotton lobbyists, the boll weevils of gummint?

Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Cotton Subsidies in the United States totaled $35.8 billion from 1995-2014. 2Cotton Subsidies in California totaled $3.2 billion during the same period.2..  Cotton Subsidies in Merced County, California totaled $175 million from 1995-2014.3.

Evidently, this was far from enough to satisfy American cotton growers, so they are trying to raid the coming crop-insurance based Farm Bill.

We don't find ourselves often on the side of the American Enterprise Institute or the Heritage Foundation, powerful conservative think tanks, but in this case we think their criticism is just.

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Detwiler Fire, Thursday, July 20, 2017, adds 25,000 acres overnight

Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 From 45,000 to 70,000 in another day of flames. Great reporting job by B.J. Hansen of My Mother Lode, and citizen reporters.

Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds owner and manager have been sheltering evacuated horses and other large animals fleeing the fast-moving fire.1.

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Detwiler Fire, Wednesday, July 19, 2017: Doubles in size overnight

Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 7-19-17

Los Angeles Times

Mariposa County fire doubles in size as flames force thousands to flee and threaten power to Yosemite

The Detwiler fire is threatening 4,500 homes after doubling in size Tuesday night. 

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Detwiler Fire, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The big smudge in the southeast is the Detwiler Fire -- a big, spreading wildfire fueled by tall grasses and manzanita east of Lake McClure and now descending on the City of Mariposa, driving crowds of cabin and ranchette owners before it. Fire trucks from the Inland Empire are lined up along Yosemite Parkway.

The fire doubled in size, from 11,600 acres to 20,000 acres in 24 hours.

We hope for the safety of the firefighters, residents and wild and domestic animals caught in the path.

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