July 2013

Not as easy as it looks

This is for all our friends who believe that large-scale government solutions to water issues are best; and to our friends who believe that the deregulated free market and individual enterprise are the only real, natural ways to allocate water resources. We have below two examples of water policies: one concerning state policies using surface water; the second involving the essentially unregulated, private use of groundwater in the Ogallala Aquifer.

The surface-water policies seem guided by 20th century dogma:


Global FrackThink

This is an example of what we at Gadlands have come to call FrackThink (Global variety). From time to time as examples of this species of cogitation are flushed out of the bowels of the global intelligensia by unregulated corrosive substances, we will pass them along to give our neighbors in the Monterey Shale Formation views of what we are up against. -- blj
Consortium News
US Energy Renaissance Shifts Power

Monsanto's chair of the Stanislaus Board of Supervisors

We found this piece of biotech propaganda by Vito Chiesa, the chairman of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, to be an offense to everyone in that county who is not an agribusinessman. He misinforms the local public about a legislative sneak attack on biotech regulation by the industry, the so-called “Farmer Assurance Provision,” stuck on page 78 of a resolution that had to be passed if the federal government was to continue paying its bills. This might be a clue about how Chairman Chiesa practices politics on the Stanislaus board.  

Rotterdam bans Monsanto's Roundup

As we know, Roundup (glyphosate) is a dangerous pesticide that is used all over the world. Though its maker, Monsanto, would have you believe there’s nothing to be afraid of, research says differently. As a matter of fact, glyphosate has been connected to numerous health problems including respiratory distress, cellular damage, and even cancer...Global Research, July 27, 2013

The military-industrial-cheap labor complex

 …Labeled a “surge” by its proponents, the number of armed, full-time active duty US Border Patrol agents will double from 18,000 to "no fewer than 38,405...deployed, stationed, and maintained along the Southern Border" – more troops than will be in Afghanistan by the end of next year…According to UCLA professor Raul Hinojosa, for the Border Patrol “to catch a Mexican,” it cost US taxpayers $220 per capture in 1992, which escalated to $8,000 by 2013, and would rise further to $25,000 if SB 744 becomes law… – PJRC, July 17, 2013