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Book review of Right out of California

Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board
 This is an interesting review of a book, Right out of California, which argues that conflict between growers and migrant farm labor produced the peculiarly authoritarian right-wing element in "modern conservatism" (aka ideology of the wingnuts). For those who are still open enough to behold the core of California agribusiness -- exploitation of migrant labor, often foreign and with as little legal rights as possible -- without which the agro-plutocracy could not rule and its bottomlessly greedy babble about more water for themselves and all the rest of their favorite topics, paranoias, protestations of love for the Mexican people, and acts of threat and political corruption would appear to be what they are: mountains of the well known substance.

Be careful of whose stocking you consider stuffing this book into. It is recommended only for people with a greater ability to reflect than to be ditto heads because it puts into question every sacred cow that has ever ambled beneath Modesto's famous arch: Water Wealth Contentment Health -- to which there can be only reply: "Not! Not now!

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Federal subsidy for the Last Tango of the Dinosaurs

Submitted: Nov 01, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “If it wasn’t for having crop insurance right now, I would have lost everything three generations of Messonniers have created. If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t be here. It’s that simple.” ... “This was the first year ever we didn’t do any rice,” (Tom Roduner) said. “Sometimes we have a little bit. It’s so bleak this year, between the water allocation and how dry things were, it just wasn’t feasible to do any.”

-- Calix, Merced Sun-Star, Oct. 28, 2015

 

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Humanity doesn't deserve Nature

Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Suppose, contrary to nearly universal public opinion, humanity doesn't deserve nature. Man is destroying ecological system after ecological system, extinguishing species after driving them into habitat corrals, constantly encroached upon by agricultural and housing development. The only way the story of the global environmental crisis makes sense is once hope is removed from reflections on it.

Every day is the New Day!

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Mother Earth is an Indian woman from a high mountain who wears a fedora

Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 10-15-15

Common Dreams

'Capitalism is Mother Earth's Cancer': World People's Summit Issues 12 Demands

The establishment of an independent climate tribunal to hold wealthy nations accountable emerged as a central goal of conference in Bolivia

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The contribution to global warming of artificial fertilizers

Submitted: Oct 01, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Fertilisers, especially nitrogen fertilisers, require an enormous amount of energy to produce... Faced with this dilemma, the fertiliser companies have moved aggressively to control the international debate on agriculture and climate change, and to position themselves as a necessary part of the solution.

 -- GRAIN, Sept. 30, 2015

 

 

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The Bobcat guzzles the KoolAid

Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In vain once again, as we often have since the arrival of the University of California among us, we ask what sort of questions, if any, the faculty of UC Merced are asking as they lavish their attention on the Sierra Nevada (or not so much nevada lately).

We have watched them flirt with social issues, discovering that Hispanic youth prefer to stay at home when going to college. They solved that problem by importing Hispanic youth from Los Angeles.

There was the global warming period, when UC Merced did important original research on cow farts. There was even a time when the mission of the campus was seen as mainly in the Humanities. 

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Questions about the Delta and global warming

Submitted: Sep 01, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

We've assembled over the years enough articles on drought, California water and global warming to fill several books. Our aim was to inform and raise questions. As the drought grows worse -- news of larger forest fires and more dry wells -- lately the media seems to be trying to project a sense of perspective at this point. But they, and the politicians they quote and the scientists they paraphrase do not appear to be doing a very good job.

We wondered, for example, if it would destroy public confidence in the wisdom of The Interests  (finance, insurance and real estate) in California, if we dared to say global warming and the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta in the same sentence.

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Overview of fire in California

Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

California firefighters say that they have never seen the forest so dry. "Explosive," is a word they use. And the worst part of the fire season hasn't yet begun.

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Jobsjusticeclimate March in Toronto, July 5

Submitted: Jul 05, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

A major march for the combined causes of jobs, justice and climate took place today in Toronto. An estimated 10,000 people marched in the streets in this prelude to a conference called Climate Change: Summit for the Americas, which will take place there next week.

At the summit, Andrea Harden-Donahue of the Council of Canadians wrote last month, "[p]oliticians will face a choice: listen to corporate leaders from across the Americas gathering to advance an economic austerity agenda that is increasing inequality and causing a climate crisis felt disproportionately in the global south—or listen to the people."

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