San Joaquin Valley

Good old boys on OID: for whom the bell knells

Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

9-9-16

Modesto Bee

OID dysfunction aired in court papers

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Dinosaurs mating: Peasants crushed underfoot

Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 ...The subsequent history of industrial societies does not justify complacency about their capacity to assure an equitable distribution of the fruits of increased productivity. The relationship between industrialism and democracy looks more and more tenuous and problematical. If we insist on a law of historical development, we might be justified in concluding that "societies based on large-unit production have a verifiable historical tendency to become increasingly ... hierarchical over time," in the wrods of Lawrence Goodwun. "Supporting evidence is so pervasive," Goodwyn adds, "that this may now be taken as law" --a "direct counter-premise to the idea of progress." -- Christopher Lasch, The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics, Norton, p. 157.

 

 

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Over irrigation in a drought

Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “As you know, California is on the verge of disaster.. we are facing catastrophic water supply shortages – in other words, we are experiencing a regulatory drought.” Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, Valley Voice, Sept. 15, 2016.

 

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A new California lifestyle

Submitted: Sep 09, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 
“We’re going to have to make the change about three times as fast as we’ve done so far,” said James Sweeney, director of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University... Some business groups have already raised concerns. Allan Zaremberg, president of the state’s Chamber of Commerce, said the law doesn’t require “regulatory agencies to give any consideration to the impacts on our economy, disruptions in everyone's daily lives or the fact that California's population will grow.”

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Li'l Hitler does the Valley

Submitted: Sep 03, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We imagine that everywhere in the nation Trump tramples, there are people who know something about their local world. These people are by no means their entire communities but, like us, they try to know where they are and are, therefore, appalled by the sheer magnitude of the lies and the hypocrisy the man spouts about their local world -- this wannabe Hitler born with a silver spoon stuck in one of his orifices. But he has local supporters and they, too, are people of the lie, people full of resentments and grudges wedged here and there about their persons--people with uneasy or hostile relations with their world. Li'l Hitler is feeding their fantasties of making the world totally secure for the total exploitation of man and nature for their profit and political supremacy.

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Where are they now?

Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Once they were dynamic young leaders of Merced County agriculture. Peter Koch was president of the county Farm Bureau, and he and his wife, Rochelle, founded and funded the Valley Land Alliance to "save farmland." VLA's main purpose these days is the constant promotion in its newsletter of a small number of farmer members. All references to the Koch family, however, have been expunged from its website since they sold their palatial residence, orchards and cow pens and left for the bucolic Willamette Valley in Oregon.

As we admire their latest agricultural venture, we can only say: "Skal, Dudes!"

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Oh, the Horror!

Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

California agriculture is a stroke of Gov. Jerry Brown's pen away from having to pay farmworkers overtime after 40 hours a week! Ag bigshots throughout the state are claiming that farmworkers will be the actual victims of this law because farmers will cut back on labor and cycle people out after 40 hours.

From the other side of their mouths, however, they have set up a terrific perpetual whine that there is a labor shortage in the fields due to immigration policies.

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Road taxes, fracking and the Adam-Condit-Gray mob

Submitted: Aug 22, 2016

Prop. 13 is a gift that keeps on taking from the California public. The real estate special interests, including the financial and insurance industries, advertise throughout the world the advantages of California famous Proposition 13, which sharply limit the annual increase of property taxes and, as George Skelton reminds us, required a two-third vote of the state Legislature to raise any taxes.

The two-thirds requirement is generally an insurmountable obstacle to the 120-member state Legislature. The state Secretary of State's office doesn't post (or in any convenient place) the number of registered lobbyists doing business in the state Capitol. However, starting at the beginning of the alphabetical list, we reached 120 at William Barnaby III, a ruggedly handsome young fellow with a law degree and fashionable stubble who is a hereditary member of the lobbying firm Barnaby and Barnaby. 

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How quickly can you forget this story?

Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The problem with the "mistakes" developers make in the heat of a construction boom is the decision the homeowner has to make once the "mistake," life-threatening or not, is discovered.

 To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question.

If I don't disclose, no one can help me.

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Western and west side-water madhouse

Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In the meantime, the Resnicks have been going hog wild with all that water. Based on current estimates, their Central Valley crops receive more yearly water than the amount used by every single home in Los Angeles combined. Their citrus crops alone use up more water than the city of San Francisco. -- Elijah Chiland, la.curbed.com, Aug. 10, 2016

It is our duty as journalists, in fact it is our precise duty as writers, to try to find plain words to describe what is happening in our world. But when it comes to the irrigated agribusiness of the West and the feudal social structures erected upon it, it is easy to become speechless or simply to document the ecological atrocity as if you were a fax machine spewing out pages to an empty newsroom.

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