March 2023

The nose knows

and there is no better one in the state than George Skelton of the LA Times: -- blj



Los Angeles Times

Column: Newsom cares more about almond growers than California’s salmon fishery
Baby winter-run Chinook salmon in a container tipped over a body of water

FEB. 27, 2023 5 AM PT

SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom bills himself as a protector of wildlife, so you wouldn’t think he’d take water from baby salmon and give it to almonds.
Or to pistachios, or cotton or alfalfa.

Oops, not at the table

...In any case, the agreement and the role of China in it do demonstrate that big changes are taking place in the geopolitics of the Middle East, and by tying itself so closely to Israeli priorities, the Biden administration made a significant error in not reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran would have been less likely to go into the Russian orbit if it had the prospect of trading with Western Europe, and it could have used Washington as the channel to restore relations with Riyadh...



Ukraine grain production shrinks due to war

Black Sea grain deal extended by 60 days
Arvin Donley

Black Sea grain deal extended by 60 days | World Grain (

KYIV, UKRAINE — The Black Sea Grain Initiative was extended on March 18 but by only 60 days, according to the United Nations, which along with Turkey has brokered the deal between Ukraine and Russia, which have been at war for nearly 13 months.