July, 2017

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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Farm work is still dangerous

Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

4--12-17

The Agenda

Your farm is trying to kill you: Far from a bucolic idyll, farming in America is one of the most dangerous professions. And almost no one is trying to change that.

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The Muslim civil war

Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 This is an excellent article that begs this question: how humble to we need to become to learn what we need to know to survive our leaders?

If we stop for a second to imagine all the ways possible to dismiss this question, and ask where those voices come from and how you feel about them -- warm, cold, fearful, trusting? -- it helps us see how far down the road of endless war we have gone and what it is doing to us as a nation, a people, a society, a place we would want to live if we had a choice.

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"Teheran," by Robinson Jeffers

Submitted: Jul 07, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Teheran

Robinson Jeffers, 1948

 

The persons wane and fade, they fade out of meaning.

     Personal greatness

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Regulation and its absence

Submitted: Jul 05, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The dismal dialectic between government and business may be approaching the trough, even if it has not bottomed out yet. From this vantage point, the velocity of bribery having slowed from the sheer volume of the current bribes, something almost like a calm prevails. And in this calm it is possible to see why government regulates on behalf of the people and why business reacts and works to undermine and destroy every governmental regulation. Out of the latter motive comes such idiotic slogans as "The business of America is business," (Pres. Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929), and all subsequent slogans in this vein, like the immortal chamber of commerce chesnut, "Government should be run like a business."

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A sensible lawsuit to reform the state Legislature

Submitted: Jul 03, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 A federal lawsuit claims that our rights to representation are being violated because the size of the Legislature — 40 senators and 80 Assembly members — hasn’t changed since 1862 (and was made permanent by the 1879 Constitution ) even though the state’s population has grown from about 420,000 to nearly 40 million.

That means the number of Californians represented by each Assembly member has jumped from about 5,200 to nearly 500,000. And that dilutes the power of each vote and makes it nearly impossible for legislators to represent competing interests, according to the lawsuit.

 

 

 

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The drowned baby

Submitted: Jul 01, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Former state Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh used to refer to lobbyist money as "the mother's milk of politics." But he also advised new members of the Assembly: "If you can't drink their booze, enjoy their women, take their money, and vote against them in the morning, you don't belong here."

How things change! Special interests drowned the state Legislature in the 'mother's milk' not long after Unruh left office.

The cycle begins to turn when people look up from the tedious reports of ongoing corruption and ask: "Is there a cycle in this thing?" Because clearly, the progressive Democrats got everything they could have possibly wished for in terms of state and local administrations (at least the major metropolitan areas) and they use it to line their pockets and increase the "progressive" power of their positions. They are drunk with the money and the power.

-- blj

 

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How do you like government-by-developer now?

Submitted: Jul 01, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

6-29-17

The Guardian

Trump loves attacking women's looks. And America rewards him for it

Trump's vitriolic tweets about anchor Mika Brzezinski were vile, but so were his 'grab them by the pussy' comments. That didn't stop people voting for him

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