January, 2017

Impeachment, when?

Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

After little more than a week, thoughtful Americans are anticipating the impeachment of Trump, basing their prediction on the evidence of Trump's unfitness to hold the office. He has already outraged more sectors of the population than can be imagined and the numbers grow by the day.  The only real question is how much damage will be done before he is removed. -- blj

 

1-28-17

Huffington Post

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The developer president to rescue the banks

Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 What does a developer want? Happy bankers. And if you are a developer who happens to be the president of the United States,  you can make your bankers very happy by dismantling the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Dodd-Frank was a pale sister of the Glass-Steagall Act, which the Great Depression Congress passed to prohibit commercial banks from engaging in investment. The repeal of Glass-Seagall in the last year of the Clinton administration was one of the main causes of the real estate bubble and global financial collapse of 2008.

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President Xerxes does global warming

Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

They then began to build bridges across the Hellespont from Abydos to that headland between Sestus and Madytus, the Phoenicians building one of ropes made from flax, and the Egyptians building a second one out of papyrus. From Abydos to the opposite shore it is a distance of almost two-thirds of a mile. But no sooner had the strait been bridged than a great storm came on and cut apart and scattered all their work.

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John Dean on Donald Trump

Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Just a little note from John Dean, White House counsel to President Richard Nixon, to the crowd that prepared the political ground for the Ascent of Trump by declaring the end of history.

No doubt it won't mean a thing to the neocons because it don't have that triumphalist swing. And the Alt-Right, the Devil knows, has its own chosen frequencies. Maybe you had to have been there watching Dean (not Howard, the antsy New Democrat from Vermont, but John, the lawyer with the photographic memory), testify before the Senate Watergate Commission in the summer of 1974, to understand how dangerous this moment is. John Dean is a dark and mottled character in American history, but he is a touchstone like few other living Americans are and fewer would wish to be. -- blj

 

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Threats and lies: The Trump Regime, Part 1. Soft threats

Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The thing about lies and threats is that they are meant to intimidate and they often achieve their goals.  Part of the shock involves the recognition that the regime in power actually wants to intimidate you.

Actually, it does. It does it blatantly, as in Trump's lies about the number of illegal votes cast in the last election, who is going to pay for the alleged wall on the southern border,  the size of the crowd at his inauguration.

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McKibben's take

Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-24-17

New Yorker

A Bad Day For The Environment, With Many More To Come

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Badlands Journal Anthem: L. Breakfast's "California Collapse"

Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                  'California Collapse'

 

by Lance Breakfast 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIQazFRIhZY&feature=youtu.be

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Ol' Hoss threatens Mariposa Creek in local press

Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Greg "Ol' Hoss" Hostetler of Los Banos, a prominent local real estate developer whose unfinished projects surround several cities in Merced, recently bought a full-page ag in the local McClatchy outlet. It is a call to "Fix Mariposa Creek Flooding," which had closed a section of SR 59 between Los Banos and Merced. For years, Hostetler, reportedly also the largest almond grower in Merced County, has shown animosity for any free-running water in the county. He deep-rips vernal pools and playas on pasture land to prepare orchards; he drives construction equipment through creeks in his way and tears out any riparian vegetation in the path of his development projects; he deep-rips a federally designated flood plain within the city limits of Merced to prepare it for orchard development; he does the same to plant cotton in another section in town, mangling a small creek with his equipment while preparing the soil; and he expresses in his ad that he cannot understand why government has not prevented Mariposa Creek from flooding after a five-year drought.

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Here now! Global warming and scientifically challenged rulers

Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-19-17

New Yorker

 

 

 

DAILY COMMENT

Earth To Pruitt: At A Confirmation Hearing, Denialism Stands While Temperatures Rise

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Spare us the amnesia of the plutocrats

Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

...Sherri Dillon, a tax attorney at the law firm Morgan Lewis, also delivered an explanation of how the Trump Organization will be structured going forward.

Dillon said all of Trump’s assets, including his cash holdings and real estate properties, would be placed in a trust for his entire presidency.

The Trump Organization is hiring a chief compliance officer to ensure the business is “operating at the highest levels of integrity," according to Dillon.

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West Coast governors propose green jobs to solve income inequality

Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The three West Coast governors, all Democrats, are proposing to join up with the government of British Columbia to form an alliance to develop more means of dealing with carbon emissions that cause global warming and create " hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of new jobs in lucrative manufacturing and energy sectors."

And, incidently, pull traditionally Democratic Party counties out of the pockets of Trump and back into the loving arms of Mama Democrat, who recently experienced a mugging at the polls.

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Sartoris Trumpsoris

Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 But, Holy Leon Leonwood! What are we supposed to wear?

Do they make galoshes in Oshkosh?

Will the hound dogs follow hunters in Wranglers?

Will the moose of Maine migrate to West Texas?

-- la jornada del malpais

1-12-17

The Hill

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When those with contempt for government take office

Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 While specific conflict of interest laws that apply to officials below the president don't specifically apply to the commander in chief, the "tone from the top matters," Shaub said. 

"The signals a president sends set the tone for ethics across the executive branch." -- Jordan Fabian, The Hill, Jan. 11, 2017

 

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Two federal conflict of interest statutes

Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
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LII / Legal Information Institute - Cornell University

 

https://www.law.cornell.edu/

 

18 U.S. Code § 208 - Acts affecting a personal financial interest

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Mergers and acquisitions

Submitted: Jan 09, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 As we roll into a week of confirmation hearings for President-Elect Donald Trump's selections to head the top positions in his cabinet, if you step back a moment, as the people at Public Citizen did ,1.what you see is a series of mergers and acquisitions of the various agencies by the "communities" they serve and regulate. While this is familiar to anyone who has pursued any public interest into the legislative and legal processes, there is something unique about this new cabinet: the man doing the selecting is himself performing an act of merger and acquisition, of the presidency of the United States.

We have tried to avoid joining the hysterical soothsayer set by making predictions, but nonetheless, we are considerng promoting a contest to see who guesses how long it will take before Trump brands the White House with a huge, overhead neon sign with his name on it. -- blj


NOTE:

(1). http://corporatecabinet.org/

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The news this time

Submitted: Jan 09, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

When you spread manure on a sunny day, the stinking dust chokes you. When you spread manure in the rain you have to worry about it running off and polluting creeks and rivers. Nevertheless manure is a good fertilizer. If it's spread judiciously, it helps any seeds grow better, even the seeds of doubt and sheer obliteration. -- blj

 

 

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Excellent description of why Trump was elected and who will rule

Submitted: Jan 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The spread of Trump's debt can in large part be attributed to the process known as "securitization," when debt is repackaged into bonds and sold off. More than $1 billion of debt connected to the president-elect has been handled in this way. -- Lauren McCailey, Common Dreams, Jan. 5, 2017.

And so, again we run into the obfuscation of securitization, this time in its disastrous political manifestation. Gretchen Morgenson, who explained the financial shenanigans that produced the Great Recession, got at one of the root causes behind Trump's election in the short, cogent article below.

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Three of Fisk's stories

Submitted: Jan 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 I found some relief from depression about the coming kleptocracy and decade's long daily slaughter in a form of journalism nobody I know does better than Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent for the Independent (UK), He writes book reviews that are stories in themselves, soaked in the blood and history of the region in which he has been a resident and Arabic speaker for decades.

Whatever the wit and wisdom of that agonized region is, few Westerners seem to grasp it or care to. Perhaps the region's tragedy, above even the lethal, zooming drones and the equally lethal droning of zealots' cries, is only fully seen and felt by the old gods of the Greeks, who are perhaps immortal after all. The Arabs are more hospitable to Plato and Thucydides than are the lords of the Superpower, these days, who don't pause to wonder why the New Testament was written in Greek.

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