Federal Government

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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President Xerxes does global warming

Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

They then began to build bridges across the Hellespont from Abydos to that headland between Sestus and Madytus, the Phoenicians building one of ropes made from flax, and the Egyptians building a second one out of papyrus. From Abydos to the opposite shore it is a distance of almost two-thirds of a mile. But no sooner had the strait been bridged than a great storm came on and cut apart and scattered all their work.

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John Dean on Donald Trump

Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Just a little note from John Dean, White House counsel to President Richard Nixon, to the crowd that prepared the political ground for the Ascent of Trump by declaring the end of history.

No doubt it won't mean a thing to the neocons because it don't have that triumphalist swing. And the Alt-Right, the Devil knows, has its own chosen frequencies. Maybe you had to have been there watching Dean (not Howard, the antsy New Democrat from Vermont, but John, the lawyer with the photographic memory), testify before the Senate Watergate Commission in the summer of 1974, to understand how dangerous this moment is. John Dean is a dark and mottled character in American history, but he is a touchstone like few other living Americans are and fewer would wish to be. -- blj

 

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Threats and lies: The Trump Regime, Part 1. Soft threats

Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The thing about lies and threats is that they are meant to intimidate and they often achieve their goals.  Part of the shock involves the recognition that the regime in power actually wants to intimidate you.

Actually, it does. It does it blatantly, as in Trump's lies about the number of illegal votes cast in the last election, who is going to pay for the alleged wall on the southern border,  the size of the crowd at his inauguration.

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McKibben's take

Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-24-17

New Yorker

A Bad Day For The Environment, With Many More To Come

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Badlands Journal Anthem: L. Breakfast's "California Collapse"

Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                  'California Collapse'

 

by Lance Breakfast 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIQazFRIhZY&feature=youtu.be

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Ol' Hoss threatens Mariposa Creek in local press

Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Greg "Ol' Hoss" Hostetler of Los Banos, a prominent local real estate developer whose unfinished projects surround several cities in Merced, recently bought a full-page ag in the local McClatchy outlet. It is a call to "Fix Mariposa Creek Flooding," which had closed a section of SR 59 between Los Banos and Merced. For years, Hostetler, reportedly also the largest almond grower in Merced County, has shown animosity for any free-running water in the county. He deep-rips vernal pools and playas on pasture land to prepare orchards; he drives construction equipment through creeks in his way and tears out any riparian vegetation in the path of his development projects; he deep-rips a federally designated flood plain within the city limits of Merced to prepare it for orchard development; he does the same to plant cotton in another section in town, mangling a small creek with his equipment while preparing the soil; and he expresses in his ad that he cannot understand why government has not prevented Mariposa Creek from flooding after a five-year drought.

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Here now! Global warming and scientifically challenged rulers

Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 1-19-17

New Yorker

 

 

 

DAILY COMMENT

Earth To Pruitt: At A Confirmation Hearing, Denialism Stands While Temperatures Rise

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Spare us the amnesia of the plutocrats

Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

...Sherri Dillon, a tax attorney at the law firm Morgan Lewis, also delivered an explanation of how the Trump Organization will be structured going forward.

Dillon said all of Trump’s assets, including his cash holdings and real estate properties, would be placed in a trust for his entire presidency.

The Trump Organization is hiring a chief compliance officer to ensure the business is “operating at the highest levels of integrity," according to Dillon.

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