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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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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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Do the crime and beg forgiveness?

Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

The worst thing about this journalistic foul is that everyone who subsequently acknowledged, recognized, or realized that they had violated the privacy and endangered the futures of these young students did not know what they were doing when they did it and have no idea of the harm they have caused, the anxiety and fear they have raised; they have no idea of the damage they did. For their different motives, they were all willing to violate these kids.

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The ban and high tech labor

Submitted: Feb 08, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Political, legal and business arguments about President Trump's travel ban saturate the airwaves this week. The saga of the neo-Goldfinger in the White House, the separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government raise Constitutional issues, the vissisitudes of Trump's daughter's clothing line (as traumatic as Margaret Truman's bad reviews), the case of the President's Pick for US Supreme Court ... drama, drama, drama. Already, we miss No-Drama Obama, and his respect for institutions and viewpoints other than his own.

One reason that compelled the state of Washington to bring suit against the travel ban is Microsoft.

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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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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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"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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Baseline #2: State of the species

Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “Nowhere is this more evident than in California’s Central Valley, where intensive land development and use has threatened or extirpated dozens of native plant and wildlife species,” McConnell said. -- Central Sierra Audubon Society, Union Democrat, Nov. 11, 2016

And right here in the North San Joaquin Valley, the University of California built a brand new campus on top of endangered species habitat, which stimulated the biggest building boom in regional history. But now UC scientists are poised to closely study  the extirpation of species in the region.

 Extirpation is technocratic euphemism for wipe out, obliterate, or utterly destroy. -- blj

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