Environment

Free market liberalism and California water, fresh and salt

Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We have prefaced Dan Bacher's latest, excellent article on the San Joaquin Delta water war with this piece on neoliberalism by noted environmentalist George Monbiot because Bacher uses the term to describe the political culture of the interests who will destroy the Delta if not successfully opposed. Monbiot defines this powerful, nearly anonymous creed well and he helps us see familiar faces in a different light and understand the motives and deception more clearly.

 Bacher adds a dimension by linking the Delta "plan" with the off-shore "marine protection areas" that cause even more harm to the coastal fishing economy yet seems to protect and encourage off-shore drilling and fracking.

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It's Yeltsin, stupid!

Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Trump and his inner circle may imagine he is the American Putin, but once Patrick Cockburn has suggested it, it seems obvious that he is the American Boris Yeltsin instead.

I would disagree with Cockburn on only one point, that the "national decline" that might result from the election of our very own Boris avatar, His Excellency The Donald, is "calamitous." It would be a blessing for ourselves and the rest of the world. We had reached a size and strength that has attracted brutal and stupid leadership, not the wisdom to bring about an orderly "decline." -- wmh


2-24-17

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Putting part of national security in hands of Valley-bagman Nunes is a bad idea

Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 A spokesman for Nunes said that he had already begun speaking to reporters to challenge the story and that, “at the request of a White House communications aide, Chairman Nunes then spoke to an additional reporter and delivered the same message.”

Unlike the others, Nunes spoke on the record and was subsequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal. -- Miller, Entous, Washington Post, Feb. 24, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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Serious water critique from LA ...

Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

...which has much drinking water to lose if things go wrong in Northern California. On the one hand, these are very sober, penetrating articles that reveal major issues in the state's water-development policies. On the other hand, they don't ask more fundamental questions: Is the size of California's population good? Has population growth brought more happiness to more people" Has it created better citizens? Is California a safer place to live than it was when the Oroville Dam was built in 1968 when we had half as many people, 20 million, than we do today at 40 million? -- blj

2-20-17

Los Angeles Times

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The name for it

Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 "...He doesn’t seem to care about the institutions and the laws except insofar as they appear as barriers to the goal of permanent kleptocratic authoritarianism and immediate personal gratification. It is all about him all of time, it is not about the citizens and our political traditions.” -- Timothy Snyder, Alternet.com  

 

2-14-17

Truthdig.com

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Harvard Business School eats the Croissant of Humility?

Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

11-29-16

Harvard Business Review

Why we Keep Hiring Narcissistic CEOs

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Crown prince of radicchio whines to the Times

Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Maybe it's the drinking water. Could it be the worst air quality in the country? What kind of pesticides do they spray on radicchio? Whatever it is, it's hard to imagine why any farmers, particularly the Marchinis with their operations spread out over several prime rowcrop regions: Le Grand, Kettleman City, Watsonville, Salinas, and Yuma, would bite the hand that gorged them with the 2013 Farm Bill?1.

No. The Crown Prince of Radicchio tuned up a wondrous California Ag Whine for the reporter ladies from New York and Los Angeles because he could and because that was what they wanted to hear.

You've got to hand it to Trump. He has done what even the foul state Proposition 187, in 1994 failed to do, even though it turned kindergarten teachers into Border Patrol personnel: he has flushed out the growers of the San Joaquin Valley and made them speak up about their workforce. Perish the thought that there should come a day when no surplus of undocumented Mexicans are wandering the Valley, the Central Coast and Yuma looking for farmwork! 

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Standing Rock in the balance

Submitted: Feb 07, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Maybe there is both rhythm and rhyme to history instead of the tedious "repetition" people talk about. The Indians of the Northern Plains are leading again. The government is trying to tear up the little land left to them, destroy natural resources, threaten tribal sovereignty (can you imagine what Trump thinks of tribal sovereignty?), destroy sacred sites, threaten pollution of a major American river, termination and relocation. And the Sioux are rallying the tribes to defend Native rights, even if, at the moment, they are trying to disperse demonstrators, who have themselves become an ecological problem.

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The alt-reality of agriculture

Submitted: Feb 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The latest spokesperson for the Merced County Farm Bureau appears to have been encouraged by the fabulously successful example of Kellyanne Conway to achieve an unusually high level of the dumb-dumbs, which, considering her predecessors, is actually quite a trick.

Surely, these truths are self-evident:  that the well-known substance flows downhill; and that alt-facts are just a subspecies of agribiz-facts. -- blj
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2-2-17

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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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