March, 2014

Cannon Michael: $11-million cotton-subsidy water whine

Submitted: Mar 31, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Between 1995-2012, Bowles Farming Co. of Los Banos received $10.9 million in cotton subsidies.(1) But how much of a subsidy can you collect if you don’t have water to plant cotton? Our guess is that whether it’s called a “subsidy” or not, agribusiness and the federal government will figure out ways of getting at least a little something to its favorite “farmers,” like the Bowles family farm here. 

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Any funds for repair and maintenance of dams?

Submitted: Mar 29, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 During California Gov. Gray Davis's administration, a study of California's 1,250 public and private dams found that only a handful were fully compliant with safety regulations. In this year of drought panic, there are nearly countless bills in some Western state legislatures and in Congress, the main thrusts of which are to override environmental law and regulation to provide more water for farming and municipal use. We've done a survey of them in too many news articles to mention and have found reference in only one bill to "upgrades" to groundwater and surface water storage facilities -- state Sen. Lois Wolk's modest $6.8-billion bill to create a proposition for statewide vote this November. (1) This would represent the adult view, albeit Wolk represents the Delta and has an interest in protecting the communities and farms in this richest-of-all farmland regions in the state.

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Another week in the Great California Drought of 2014

Submitted: Mar 26, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Day in the life of a “California drought”

 

With heavy rain falling, local irrigation districts raising the amount they can promise farmers (in the recent case of Modesto Irrigation District to two acre-feet), the drought panic may be lessening.

 

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US-based agribusiness no stranger in the Ukraine

Submitted: Mar 22, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 There are two things that most well-read people knew about Russia 40 years ago: they had fought for their warm water port on the Black Sea, Sevastopol; and the Ukraine was one of the great “breadbaskets” of the world, along with the Midwestern states of the US and the Pampas of Argentina. We don’t mean “breadbasket” as it is misused by propagandists for the irrigation and water districts in the San Joaquin Valley; we mean it as one of the great grain growing regions of the world.

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Lloyd Carter's report on House water dog and pony show

Submitted: Mar 21, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Chronicles of the hydraulic brotherhood..lloydgcarter.com

 

 Apparently, McClintock, who represents part of the Delta, is unfamiliar with, or unconcerned about, salinity repulsion in the Delta and the need to send  Delta water down to San Francisco Bay to prevent a catastrophic rush of sea water into the salt-sensitive 500,000 acres of farmland in the Delta.  Indeed, the fate of Delta farming should Valadao's bill become law was never mentioned.  Of course, no witnesses from the Delta region were invited to appear at the hearing. .....Nunes noted Governor Jerry Brown had been governor 40 years ago and didn't get anything done on water issues then.  Nunes forgets the defeat of the 1982 Peripheral Canal was not because of wild-eyed radical environmentalists, but was due to Tulare Lake land barons J.G. Boswell and the Salyer Bros. siding with enviros and Northern Californians to block the measure.

 

 

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Technopocrisy of UC Merced

Submitted: Mar 20, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

We are happy to see that the latest cypher to hold the position of chancellor at UC Merced writes so well about the campus’s impeccably green water policies and, particularly, its state-of-the-art technology.

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The rightwing water howl

Submitted: Mar 19, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Wayne Lysvardi, the Cal watchdog bringing illumination to all the lampposts, has delivered his considered opinion on what’s really wrong with the California water/energy system in a simply organized article of great duplicity. As is usual with Lysvardi, the deceptions are sprayed about so erratically as our watchdog trots through the night that it is difficult to bring them all to light. However, two “humps” and a few wobbles in his reasoned path do appear.

 

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The very ground the whine is coming from

Submitted: Mar 18, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Hyporcrisy dripped from the rafters and eves of the new UC Merced on March 3 when the great local water whine went up for the benefit of state officials meeting to "listen" to exactly such eloquent, entitled, hereditary complaint. 

The very ground on which the whine was made and listened to receives water and sewer services from the City of Merced, although UC Merced is outside the city limits. At the time of the hookup and probably still, this is a direct violation of the City's own ordinance, which prohibits City sewer and water service outside the City's corporate limits. 

The issue was litigated and decided as is nearly always the case with the University of Califonria, despite the merits of the case, in the university's favor by the perpetually fawning bench. 

Nevertheless, UC Merced is one of the largest consumers of City water, because, of course, totally contrary to the voiced opinion of Mike Wade, former eexecutive director of the Merced Farm Bureau and executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition, numerous UC lawyers, assorted consultants and flaks, there was never enough water under the campus to support academic life. 

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"Two for Vickie"

Submitted: Mar 17, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

“Ballad for the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department Victoria 'Fuck the E.U.' Nuland”

By blj, 2014

 

We don’t know where you’re taking us,

Miss Vickie. Is it to war with Russia?

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Now bring forth the invisible finger of the free market to tickle the belly of the drought for profits

Submitted: Mar 17, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The "politicization" of the drought "could be the inflection point" that gets investors serious about water, says Simon Gottelier of Impax Asset Management in London, which specializes in environmental investing. Kathleen Pender, SF Chronicle, March 15, 2014

 

You betcha! -- blj

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Legacy of hypocrisy

Submitted: Mar 04, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Anyone who has any illusion that Merced County government is capable of self-reform should meditate on the passages in bold red letters below, including  rank hypocritical utterance hurled by a politically wounded county supervisor against the vices that breed like little mices in the County Temple of Misfeasance,  Malfeasance and Nonfeasance on the corner of M and 23rd streets in Merced CA.  

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