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Climate in the Age of Resentment

Submitted: Jun 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 It is not easy to put President Trump's exit from the Paris Climate Accord in perspective, perhaps because it is the new perspective, the world as it now is; and that is hard to accept. The general contour of this new perspective is that while large majorities of the public support environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water and Air acts even though they do impose limits on the capitalist economic system, today special interests have such a strong grip on at least two of the three branches of government (the judicial branch is still in question) that the United States government will no longer lead or follow intelligent environmental policies unless the sane majority regains control of -- for a start -- both political parties.

Our bar for sanity is low: stay on your medication and avoid overindulging your resentments.

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The political economy of Delta-fish extinctions

Submitted: May 01, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 For species like delta smelt and winter-run Chinook salmon, there will be considerable pressure to declare them extinct because maintaining even small populations requires releases of water from dams...But to avoid spending scarce conservation dollars on species that have already gone extinct, we need a policy in place that provides a pathway for declaring a species officially extinct. We address this in part II of our blog.

 So, we maintain both the state and federal endangered species acts while the species go extinct in publicly managed rivers, shaped by publicly funded levees and dams, and distributed by publicly funded canals, as a matter of "public policy"?

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Will Rep. Devin Nunes lose his office?

Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, rather than some House Republicans he once characterized as "lemmings wearing suicide vests," himself rushed like a lemming to the side of President Trump with special documents and Trump's reward was to hand Nunes his political suicide vest. He might avoid the fate if he bothered to listen very hard  to constituents but so far he seems content to go down as an arrogant elitist instead. -- blj

 

4-12-17

Fresno Bee

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One of the nation's most endangered rivers runs through it

Submitted: Apr 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Badlands readers have corrected our previous post on Rep. Devin Nunes, Raver-Visalia in different ways. Some considered our post nothing but evidence that we've been duped by the "Russian Conspiracy" Democrats. But the more interesting criticism raises doubts that Nunes's political gyrations for the benefit of the Trump Regime will be rewarded with a new dam on the San Joaquin River at Temperance Flats (a few miles upriver the Friant Dam). They argue, persuasively that the probably soon-to- be-former-Rep. Nunes, Political Graveyard CA, stupidly sacrificed his career for promises of support from Westlands Water District and President Trump.

"Trump was just lying and Westlands is already grooming a new boy or girl for the district," say these readers.

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What's National Security next to more off-stream storage?

Submitted: Apr 01, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The incoming Trump administration has appointed a Westlands’ lobbyist, David Bernhardt, to head the Interior Department transition team that will make recommendations on policies and personnel.

One of Bernhardt’s stated priorities has been “potential legislation regarding settlement of litigation” – which means the Valadao bill – according to lobbying registration records filed by Bernhardt’s firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Westlands paid the firm $245,000 last year, records show.

 

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Under normal circumstance, the liar is defeated...

Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Under normal circumstances the liar is defeated by reality, for which there is no substitute; no matter how large the issue of falsehood that an experienced liar has to offer, it will never be large enough, even if he enlists the help of computers, to cover the immensity of factuality. The liar, who may get away with any number of single falsehoods, finds it impossible to get away with lying on principle,This is one of the lessons that could be learned from the totalitarian experiments and the totalitarian rulers' frightening confidence in the power of lying -- in their ability, for instance, to rewrite history again and again to adapt the past to the "political line" of the present moment or to eliminate data that did not fit their ideology. Thus, in a socialist economy, they would deny that unemployment existed, the unemployed person simply becoming a nonperson...Hannah Arendt, "Lying in Politics," in Crises of the Republic, 1969; p. 7.

Nonpersons like the majority of voters who voted against Trump in the presidential election? Or the 14 million fewer with medical insurance by 2018, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office? Or the press? Undocumented immigrants?-- blj


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In California water flows uphill to poverty and agro-plutocrats

Submitted: Mar 08, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

These days in California, water flows uphill to money1. and the people move east. Our working people--and the largest area of the hardest working poor people in California is contained in its richest agricultural counties2. -- are moving out along with the produce,  as more -- but never sufficient -- water moves in. This could lead to the conclusion that agriculture, at least agribusiness as it is practiced in the US, continues to create poverty in its fields while it squanders the resources of others for export led growth enriching fewer and fewer people as the agrarian dream has soured and curdled into a corporate nightmare where a permanent autocracy of hydro-kleptocrats owns the countryside and high-intensity, high-tech, highly armed police squads attempt to pacify the urban populations of the county seats.

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The farm economy is not the rural economy

Submitted: Mar 02, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 3-2-17

 

Environmental Working Group

Will More Farm Subsidies Help the Rural Economy?

Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs

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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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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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