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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


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(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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"Public trust doctrine requires ..."

Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Public trust doctrine requires that natural resources like water be shared equitably. That means there must be diverse use of the water by the various interests that comprise the public. -- Jody Hallstrom, Modesto Bee, Nov. 25, 2016

Ms. Hallstrom's mention of the centrality of the Public Trust Doctrine is most timely, considering the recent federal water bill, which favors agribusiness over vital environmental interests.

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Free markets in miscellaneous commodities

Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Free markets in whatever commodity, water or members of Congress for example, always favor the highest bidder while the press keeps making real interesting stories out of the auctions. -- blj 

12-10-16

Sacramento Bee

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Baseline # 5: Mexico

Submitted: Dec 08, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Trumpa “category five hurricane” for the Mexican economy--- former Mexican Central Bank official

 12-5-16

Slate

How the Close U.S.-Mexico Partnership Could Unravel Under Trump

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Deck the halls with paper water

Submitted: Dec 07, 2016
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Fa la la la la

 The more water you give agribusiness bully boys, the greedier they become. The more government provides them, the more anti-government they become. The more socially responsible government becomes in making resources available, the more the greedy bully boys scream "Socialist!" at anyone who calls for limits to government largesse to its agribusiness corruptors.

The more private property ownership appears in its mode of a bundle of rights subject to regulations, the more the myth of absolute property rights is asserted by big landowners, their lawyers and bought politicians. And the well drilling goes on until someday, some banks are going to own a lot of choice coyote habitat.

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Army Corps denies pipeline crossing

Submitted: Dec 04, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

12-4-16

U.S. Army

Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing

Army POC: Moira Kelley (703) 614-3992, moira.l.kelley.civ@mail.mil

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Baseline #4: Conflicts of interest

Submitted: Dec 03, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The Trump presidency, its cabinet shaping up to be a plutocracy, is likely to become the most corrupt executive the United States has ever seen. This entry in our Baseline Series concerns only the president-elect's conflicts of interest, not those of the rest of his cabinet-of-the-wealthy. The exception to The Donald's plutocrat law is a retired US Marine general, who he chose for his secretary of defense. The selection of Genl. James Mattis shows Trump's contempt for the law excluding the general from serving in that position for seven years. It is one more example of that general contempt for the law and adds to the pattern of lawlessness this regime was elected to represent.

The appearance of corruption is an important principle established by several US Supreme Court decisions. Donald Trump must do whatever he can to stomp that principle into historical dust in order to continue on his merry way. The media, as it has been from the beginning with Trump, focuses on Mattis's nickname because it is always important to divert the attention of the children.

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