January 2010

Sacrifice is needed now

Every year about this time, California begins an annual religious rite, taking snow measurements in the Sierra and speculating on their meaning. California, which once worshipped conventional, modern gods has regressed, as its population and agribusiness has outstripped its water supply, to a more primitive, more energetic diety -- the Storm God.

800# sociopaths

Everything about state Sen. Lois Wolk's career, from teaching high school, Davis City councilwoman and mayor, Yolo County supervisor, and assemblywoman before becoming senator expresses one overwhelming focu -- care; care for disadvantaged people, the sick, and the human and natural communities connected to the San Joaquin Delta. Even when under enormous, unfair and shameful attack from fellow politicians like our governor, the Hun, and state Sen.

A small price to pay

It's a wonder UC Merced didn't also take credit for helping invent some of the grimmest real estate statistics in the country. It certainly has a right to that "honor" along with all the awards and recognitions it's claimed in recent Golden Bobcatflak.
Too humble, evidently.
Badlands Journal editorial board
1-14-10
Merced Sun-Star
Grim real estate statistics: Merced County leads state in foreclosures, #6 in nation
In 2009, 1 out of 10 properties got bank repossession filings...DANIELLE E. GAINES

Bankrupt and borrowing for unemployment insurance

ProPublica's Unemployment Insurance Tracker reveals that California is the largest among 25 states in the category of bankrupt unemployment insurance funds. Currently, according to ProPublica, the state has borrowed $6.5 billion from the federal government, has $113.8 million in the trust fund now and ProPublica predicts the state will be insolvent in six months. No other borrowing state has borrowed more than $1.5 billion (Indiana).

State banks

In the Democratic Party primary race for governor of Oregon, former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury is proposing a state bank modeled on the Bank of North Dakota. Historically, Oregon has provided good ideas to its sluggish southern neighbor, for example recall, initiative and referendum.
Badlands JOurnal editorial board
1-20-10
KATU.com
Bill Bradbury dreams of a Bank of Oregon
http://www.katu.com/news/local/82197232.html

Checkmate

 
1-08-10
Asia Times 

 Russia, China, Iran redraw energy map...M K Bhadrakumar
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/LA08Ag01.html
The inauguration of the Dauletabad-Sarakhs-Khangiran pipeline on Wednesday connecting Iran's northern Caspian region with Turkmenistan's vast gas field may go unnoticed amid the Western media cacophony that it is "apocalypse now" for the Islamic regime in Tehran.