July, 2015

The global chicken deal

Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The Guardian

7-14-15

Will the worst bird flu outbreak in US history finally make us reconsider factory farming chicken?

The outbreak has required that farmers resort to fire-extinguisher foam to kill off infected flocks. Can commercial farms protect themselves, or is US chicken farming fundamentally unsustainable?

Laura Entis

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Something new to worry about

Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 7-18-15

Farmlife.com

Greek crisis diverting attention from other markets

 

http://www.farminglife.com/news/farming-news/greek-crisis-diverting-attention-fromother-markets-1-6857197

 

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And, right on schedule ...

Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

here comes the salt.

 7-24-15

Stockton Record   

Salt worries building in Delta waters

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With all the foresight of roadkill

Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

The decision by the state Supreme Court not to review the published state Fourth Appellate Court decision preventing jurisdictions from raising water rates beyond costs as a conservation measure cuts off one more avenue for reduction of water use, which at this point is increasingly from groundwater pumping. We could say that either it shows a judiciary ruled by hide-bound conservatives or that it shows a judiciary aware that agriculture, not urban taxpayers, is the larger water user and that high court is not going to be diverted by a bunch of Capitol flibbertigibbets.  While Gov Jerry Brown and his administration -- a typical collection for a Jerry Show, thin on competence, thick like their boss on glib evasion -- demand great urban water-consumption cutbacks, and the people respond (except the rich) pretty well to these demands, the disastrous and permanently damaging agribusiness groundwater pumping continues night and day, sucking aquifers dry causing land subsidence.

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Groundwater, considered all by itself

Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Local support is required for each type of boundary change. Mr. Springhorn explained the tiered system with an increasing level of local support depending on the severity of the requested revision. “We’ve been messaging that for boundary revision in the state, there needs to be broad local agreement for these revisions because these revisions have impacts on the implementation of groundwater management and also sustainable groundwater management in the high and medium basins so that’s been a key theme throughout all of our stakeholder engagement and outreach.”

http://mavensnotebook.com/2015/07/20/sustainable-groundwater-management-act-implementation-an-overview-of-the-basin-boundary-regulation/

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The Border forever; siempre la frontera

Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 

 

It isn't cynicism. That's just some editor's idea of a headline. The article that follows is a good description of the particular nature of Border culture in these violent times and in other times. -- blj

 

 

 

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Bob Baker, you'll be greatly missed

Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Bob  taught journalism as a high, vitally important practiced in real time on deadline. (What else? He was also a rocking bass player.) No one could teach journalism better. We were immensely lucky to have known him and to have read his magnificent Newsthinking:  Making your Facts Fall Into Place.  He leaves us with the obligation of not letting newsthinking pass with him.

Thank you, Bob, for your passionate curiosity, pursuit of clarity, your bravery, and your magnificent teaching skills.

Bill Hatch

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Water skirmishes increase, intensify between agribusiness and state

Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

In light of this week's skirmishes in court over agricultural rights to river water, it is a good time to look at the call, heard from a growing number of voices, for an overhaul of California water rights that is swelling under the increasing flow of lawsuits and the decreasing flow of surface water, the shrinking aquifers and subsiding land.

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The Greek fiddle

Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The problem is with democracy. If democracy cannot express illusions and crazy hopes; if it cannot contain narratives of emotion and ideals, it dies. By countermanding first the landslide victory of an elected government and then a 61% plebiscite majority, the EU functionally vetoed the outcomes of Greek democracy. If the democratic spirit now dies in Greece – and it might – we had better hope that phenomenon too does not go viral. -- Paul Mason, The Guardian, Julhy 13, 2015

The leaders of Syriza are revolutionaries of a kind – but their revolution is the perverse, familiar appropriation of social democratic and parliamentary movements by liberals groomed to comply with neo-liberal drivel and a social engineering whose authentic face is that of Wolfgang Schauble, Germany’s finance minister, an imperial thug. -- John Pilger, The Saker, July 12, 2015 

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Raising water rates v. Prop. 218

Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 All one has to do is take a drive out of any town in the Central Valley, pass brown lawns in town verging into parched horse lots next to ranchettes on the periphery to the green green orchards and vineyards and flowing canals of the agribusiness zone, to realize just how rotten this state government and congressional delegation really is.

The water board wrings its hands and retired top water bureaucrat, Less Snow, who headed every agency in the last 25 years that helped destroy the Delta, mildly mouths a plea to "reform" Prop. 218, an unlikely course of state-government action. But the water board hides behind Prop. 218, and has the vapors rather than risking a challenge from the redoubtable -- but not always right -- Jonathan Coupal and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association's legal raiders, a very, very Eighties coterie  of  private property selfies that needs to be extirpated along with the endangered species its obstructions would help crash this summer.

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What is the issue?

Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 All one has to do is take a drive out of any town in the Central Valley, pass brown lawns in town verging into parched horse lots next to ranchettes on the periphery to the green green orchards and vineyards and flowing canals of the agribusiness zone, to realize just how rotten this state government and congressional delegation really is.

The water board wrings its hands and retired top water bureaucrat, Less Snow, who headed every agency in the last 25 years that helped destroy the Delta, mildly mouths a plea to "reform" Prop. 218, an unlikely course of state-government action. But the water board hides behind Prop. 218, and has the vapors rather than risking a challenge from the redoubtable -- but not always right -- Jonathan Coupal and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association's legal raiders, a very, very Eighties coterie  of  private property selfies that needs to be extirpated along with the endangered species its obstructions would help crash this summer.

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Cheers for Willie

Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 7-9-15

Mcclatchycd.com

Willie Nelson wins Gershwin Prize

BY MARIA RECIO

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Just your basic, down home chicken abusers, apologists and employers

Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

7-2-15

Mcclatchydc.com

Animal rights group files complaint against California poultry firm

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De fimo diabolico

Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In a speech that also touched on the need to rapidly move away from the destructive model of unbridled capitalism—which he described as the "dung of the devil"—Francis went much further than any of his predecessors in accounting for the crimes of the Church while it pursued and perpetuated colonialism and oppression across Latin America and beyond over the last five centuries. -- Jon Queally, CommonDreams, July 10, 2015

 

7-10-15

CommonDreams.com

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Say it ain't so, Magnum

Submitted: Jul 09, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Entertainment Weekly reported on July 6 that the Calleguas Water District has sued Tom Selleck and his wife for stealing truckloads of water from hydrants to irrigate their 60-acre avacado orchard.

According to court documents, the actor or his workers began to steal water from hydrants in 2013 and resumed in March 2015. Calleguas is asking for $21,000 for damages, court fees and costs, and a "preliminary or permanent injunction" against Selleck and his workers from stealing more municipal water. The Selleck estate is located in Westlake Village, near Thousand Oaks, on the Los Angeles-Ventura county line. 

Calleguas is a water wholesaler supplying 18 retail municipal districts in northwestern Southern California, from Simi Valley to Oxnard.

In recent years Selleck has achieved his Hollywood rightwing apotheosis as the star of the TV series "Blue Bloods" as New York Police Commissioner Francis "Frank": Reagan. -- blj

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A hero economist inside the gates

Submitted: Jul 07, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 "And I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride."

--Yanis Varoufakis

 

7-6-15

Yanis Varoufakis

thoughts for the post-2008 world

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Jobsjusticeclimate March in Toronto, July 5

Submitted: Jul 05, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

A major march for the combined causes of jobs, justice and climate took place today in Toronto. An estimated 10,000 people marched in the streets in this prelude to a conference called Climate Change: Summit for the Americas, which will take place there next week.

At the summit, Andrea Harden-Donahue of the Council of Canadians wrote last month, "[p]oliticians will face a choice: listen to corporate leaders from across the Americas gathering to advance an economic austerity agenda that is increasing inequality and causing a climate crisis felt disproportionately in the global south—or listen to the people."

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Green madonna to visit pope

Submitted: Jul 02, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

"The truth is that we have arrived at this dangerous place partly because many of those economic experts have failed us badly, wielding their powerful technocratic skills without wisdom," she said. "In a world where profit is consistently put before both people and the planet, climate economics has everything to do with ethics and morality. Because if we agree that endangering life on earth is a moral crisis, then it is incumbent on us to act like it." -- Nadia Prupis, CommonDreams, July 2, 2015

 

7-2-15

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The whole enchilada on our front porch

Submitted: Jul 02, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 An editor of Badlands Journal was once studying agricultural economics at a great UC campus established firmly on the back of California agriculture. One night, shortly before leaving these studies, the future Badlands editor looked up from his equations, gazed out into a hot summer night, and formulated the one scientific thought he had ever had: The San Joaquin Valley of California is the greatest laboratory in the world to demonstrate all that is wrong with agribusiness.

As usual, his thought was puny compared to the onrushing reality. -- blj

 

 

 

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Citizen Yee cops plea

Submitted: Jul 02, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

 

But will he sing?

 

 

After delighting in the rich aroma of political corruption, we decided to scan the press to see if there was more to the story of the downfall of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-SF, than his connection to Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, the colorfully named alleged Chinatown gangster or blameless import-exporter, depending on who you talk to.

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