April, 2014

The Bear don't want no GMO's either

Submitted: Apr 30, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Following the lead of several California counties, the Russians are joining other wimpy nations of the earth in rejecting genetically modified organism seeds and the pesticides that are created to resist, mainly RoundUp. Michael Meachum, former environmental minister in the UK at the outset of the massive invasion of GMO maize in Canada and the US, praised the citizens of North America for their courage in planting and eating these genetically engineered foods without adequate health studies in advance (because Monsanto et al had bought the FDA and its lawyers and flacksters savagely attacked anyone with the temerity to raise a critical voice), he Britons, however, Meachum said, lacked that kind of  courage and would study GMO's more completely than the Canadians and Americans had.

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The Long War, from UC Merced to Ukraine and beyond

Submitted: Apr 29, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

         

Stirred by the warm breeze of utilitarianism, it is not surprising that technology is more in favor with people than science is. The age of great scientific discoveries had already been left behind before Einstein's time. However, modern man is increasingly inclined to seeing all his dreams come true during his lifetime. This causes him, when betting on his own future, to prostrate himself and expect wonders from technology through a 1000-power concave lens. In this way, technology has achieved startling and explosive developments in a rather short period of time, and this has resulted in innumerable benefits for mankind, which is anxious for quick success and instant rewards. However, we proudly term this technological progress, not realizing that at this time we have already consigned ourselves to a benighted technological age in which we have lost our hearts [2].


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State Sen. Darrell Steinberg, our railroad baronet

Submitted: Apr 25, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 One could have a terrible sense that the whole California high speed rail scam was designed finally to end in this: Sen. Darrell Steinberg, High Speed Rail Baronet-Sacramento, and President Pro Tem of the state Senate, proposing to "securitize" cap-and-trade auction funds, generated through the authority of Prop. 32, the Greenhouse Gas Initiative, to fund a project neither courts, private investors, the major railroad companies, or the public wants. A project that has been a scam from gross overcalculations of ridership, of roadbed rights-of-way and widths, to endless games on routes to awarding the contract for the first leg to be built -- from nowhere to nowhere in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley -- to a company owned by US Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband, Richard Blum, a UC Regent and past chair of the Regents popular in the Valley for his strong promotion of that other outstanding local boondoggle, UC Merced.

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"Gross, gross, gross!"

Submitted: Apr 25, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 "Gross, gross, gross," remarked a combat veteran who occasionally offers a thought to the Badlands Journal editorial board.

Sick, sick, sick. Worse than the drone research and design going on at UC Merced in the midst of a student "body" too fearful to know or too drunk to care.  -- blj

4-21-14

RT.com

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Witness

Submitted: Apr 24, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We don't hold out the greatest hope that what Rep. Jerry McNerney has called for will help much but at least it bears witness to a deteriorating social situation in the San Joaquin Valley and is therefore closer to the truth of things than the Great Valley Eternal Whiners for anything to put another layer in the already gold lined pockets of those whose views monopolize respectable opinion. -- blj

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Garcia Marquez warmed our bellies with his humor

Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We looked for awhile on the Internet but could not find anything written by Milan Kundera (1) about Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of the fabulous One Hundred Years of Solitude and many other wonderful novels  who died last week. However, I did find an interview with Eduardo Galeano (2)   about him.

Pepe Escobar has a great quote in Globalistan from Garcia Marquez's Nobel speech I hadn't seen elsewhere: "Do you recognize our right to create literature?  Then recognize our right to create our History."

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Insights on water: Merced County Board of Supervisors, April 22, 2014

Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board
 
Insight was provided at this morning's Merced County Board of Supervisors' meeting on current local, state and federal efforts to cope with the drought. Summarizing the discussion, we  concluded that the supervisors believe a "no-brainer, diverse collaboration" is what is needed to deal with our water issues. Or was that the description of the actual state of our water-coping mechanisms?
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NPR toes the Sean Hannity line on Valley water

Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 "For the first time in the history — I've been a farmworker the majority of my life, and I've never seen the coalitions that have been formed — farmers and the farmworkers have united," Lopez says. "This is an issue that's going to affect the world."

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An unbalanced era

Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 President Barack Obama recently visited our Central Valley and blamed our meteorological drought on global warming. Has radical environmentalism gone wild, or is this a leftist political agenda being pursued under the frauds of drought, global warming and Delta smelt? – John Michelena, Modesto Bee, April 15, 2014

Although far be it from the Badlands Journal editorial board to judge intemperate utterances of any kind, we’re not sure if Michelena is playing with a full deck, as sincere no doubt as his outrage is over the drought.

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The Great Khaganess is screwing around with our poultry and grain prices

Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The neocon Khaganess of the State Department, Victoria "F**k th EC" Nuland Kagan, remains at her post. Why?

Evidently she is in charge of a neocon cabal in the State Department, the Khaganate of Nulands, intent on realizing a bizarre Khazarian Ravanche campaign to reconquer Ukraine, in part to sell the former Breadbasket of Eurasia to Cargill for the production of Monsanto's genetically modified wheat (which has never been approved in the US), and perhaps alos to make the whole country safe for the construction of Fiddler-On-The-Roof Shtetl Casinos and Retirement Communities (TM) and Last Adventure Tour-Chernobyl geriatric cancer clinics. 

Our point, lest we belabor it with satire, is that the US does not belong there regardless of the agenda of neocons in the federal government. 

Meanwhile, back in that poor, battered and despised world known as Historical Reality, for a number of reasons caused by the Great Khaganess, US grain and poultry producers are beginning to suspect that they've been had again and in a new, different way by the neocon corporatist gummint. Also, Russia is signing gas deals with China instead of the West. -- blj


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History in Agrobizistan

Submitted: Apr 12, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board
 
The fundamental raison d'etre of public relations, without which corporations could not survive a public with normal memory capacity,  is that "perception is reality." The reality is that Hilmar Cheese has destroyed the groundwater in Hilmar, was finally, after 15 years bribery and political intimidation failed, exposed by the state water quality board and fined, and "fixed" the problem by drilling deep injection wells for its enormous quantities of daily waste, and are now regulated only by the federal EPA. Presumably, the company's influence is still working in Washington DC. 
 
Last week, Hilmar Cheese received awards from various national "green building" groups for its new headquarters and "innovation center" in Hilmar. At the center of this little soap opera of success and righteousness, was a quote by the Chairman: 
 
Richard Clauss, chairman of the Hilmar Cheese Company board of directors, opened the dedication explaining, “LEED demonstrates our continuing commitment to stewardship and sustainability. Our owners and employees live here and we strive to do what is right – for our employees, the dairy farmers that supply us milk, the community and our natural resources.”
 
As the Swiss say: a large manure pile means the owner is wealthy.
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The form of government you're left with at the End of History

Submitted: Apr 10, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We fought a revolution to establish in a government of laws, not tyrannical monarchs who abused laws. We fought a Civil War and two world wars with the Great Depression between them to uphold this great principle. In the depths of WWII, in 1941,  President Franklin Roosevelt announced the Four Freedoms for which we were fighting against fascism and nazism: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom from fear. 

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"Improved hydrology"

Submitted: Apr 08, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

"Alicia Forsythe, restoration program manager for the Bureau of Reclamation, said: 'We have a long way to go in terms of improved hydrology to start releasing water for the program again.'" -- Mark Grossi, Fresno Bee, April 5, 2014

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Climate change hand-in-hand with colossal corruption

Submitted: Apr 05, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board
Although the primary environmental focus of Badlands Journal was momentarily diverted by the West installing a neo-Nazi government in Ukraine and the US Supreme Court shredding the last best defense the mortally wounded US democracy had against the plutocratic oligarchy created by monopoly special interests, we noticed the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published an extremely grim report on climate change a week ago.
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Collage from the bankster underworld

Submitted: Apr 02, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Two recent articles, representative of a flurry of similar ones about banking – even sharing one common bank, the Bank of England – contain information so radically at odds that it is hard to get them focused in the same planet.

And very disconcerting when you do. 

 

Because if Anglo-American banking is going to follow a tendency in the EU countries of confiscating or discounting the deposits of individuals held in  failing banks –  a joint study in December 2012 (2) considers just that – then the Bank of England’s open admission that the populist theory of people like Ellen Brown and Occupy Wall Street  has it right about how money is created, may be, as the Guardian reports, a “remarkable ... dose of honesty.” has occurred. 

The third article is from our wayward Central Valley financial godfather, the Bank of America, long gone but not forgotten.

 

We offer no opinion. We just note that there seems to be a commotion going on in the underworld of organized banksters and that perhaps an enlightened citizenry ought to be paying some attention to it. – blj

 

3-13-14

The Guardian (UK)

The truth is out: money is just an IOU, and the banks are rolling in it

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